With the safest route to date, an array of popular distance options and a packed day of family entertainment at the Voortrekker Monument, the Bestmed Tshwane Classic is shaping up to be a cycling showcase like Pretoria residents have never seen before.
Pretoria’s biggest cycling event takes place this Sunday, 3 November, starting and finishing at the Voortrekker Monument in the heart of the capital and if you haven’t entered you can enter at one of the registration venues this week listed on www.tshwaneclassic.co.za
The city section of the 98km route option, which is a seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, has undergone some final tweaks following a two-month traffic impact study and a final Metro Police dry run which took place two weeks ago.
This has led to the race now detouring the congested bits of the inner-city and there will be 534 Metro Police officers on duty to look after cyclists’ safety in the city.
Good news for riders in the 50km middle distance race is that the Tom Jenkins ascent at the back of the Union Buildings has been taken out of their course.
The 50km follows the same city routing as the 98km but cuts out Soutpansberg Way and the Union Buildings, going directly from Vermeulen onto Stanza Bopape street where they re-join the 98km route. This makes the 50km ride a lot less daunting for fun riders.
Riders in these events, as well as the 20km route option, will enjoy the support of more than 30 Tshwane Metro officers on motorbikes, 250 marshals and a further contingent of escort motorbikes and vehicles supplied by the organisation.
A wonderful new addition to the race is the reshaped 20km ride, which goes out and back on Botha Avenue from the Voortrekker Monument.
This ride starts at 07h20 and presents a wonderful way for family members who aren’t avid cyclists to also enjoy the day from the back of a saddle. The 20km takes place on double lane roads out and back and it’s a mildly undulating course which anyone can complete.
In addition to the well-known Tshwane Classic in the streets of Pretoria, the Hectic Promotions non-profit company is also offering a packed entertainment program for the whole family at the Voortrekker Monument while cyclists are sweating it out on the roads.
The organisation has invited schools from all over Pretoria to attend the activities at the Monument and the public are welcome to join in. There are kids’ races, a fun run, a kermesse circuit race, guided tours of the Monument and a Recycling Expo to fill the day (see full schedule below).
Spectators will be in awe at the kermesse, which is a circuit-based cycling race. It’s by invitation only and will host the country’s top professionals. The kermesse features a secure 1.1km circuit on a smooth road surface inside the grounds of the Monument.
There is ample spectator space on the kermesse course, and it will be completely closed to traffic. Spectators will feel the exhilaration as the pros come speeding past on them numerous occasions for half an hour.
The Blue Bulls mascot, “Bulletjie” will be in attendance and the Monument is setting up a delightful race village with the Avocado Deli increasing their capacity on the day to ensure visitors get enough to eat and drink.
A big beer garden also forms part of the picture this year and will be set up in the race village adjacent to the Kermesse course.
Visitors can also look forward to the delightful Green Caps Recycling Expo at the Voortrekker Monument.
One of the community-based projects funded by Hectic Promotions is the Tshwane Green Caps Recycling Project, which assists informal recyclers in Centurion to get goods to market. The project has also created housing and ablutions for recyclers and looks after their well-being.
The project keeps 26 recyclers busy on a full-time basis and these “Green Caps” contribute to the R750 million in landfill space which informal recyclers save the city annually.
Mpact as well as SA Plastics will have encompassing recycling displays at the Monument. Major attractions at the expo will include a model house built from plastic bottles and the popular Mpact mascot.
Other attractions include the interactive “Living Water” display, which will make you cringe when you see how impure our daily drinking water has become, and Joseph Ntuli will do an exhibition of artworks which he makes out of old tyres that can’t be recycled.
The organisation will also present three wheelchairs to kids who can’t afford them through the Sweethearts Foundation. The Foundation, through their Tops ‘n Tags programme, recycle plastic tops and bread tags in exchange for wheelchairs. It takes around 225 000 tops to get an adult wheelchair. Hectic Promotions collected 675 000 bottle caps!
Proceeds from all the activities at the Monument will be put towards upgrading the Katjiepiering School in Pretoria West, which is in desperate need of help.
Everyone who arrives at the grounds of the Monument before 08h30 will get free parking.
Program of Events at the Voortrekker Monument on 3 November 2019
Each participant receives a medal, a soft drink and a gift pack. Entry for the children’s races can be done at the start in front of the race village at the Monument from 08h30. Entry fee is R50.
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