Entries are open for the 3rd edition of the Bestmed Tshwane Cycle Classic, presented in association with Jacaranda FM and Office National. The 2019 edition of Pretoria’s signature cycling race takes place on 3 November this year and riders who enter before 23 April 2019 qualify for a 20% discount.
For more information and to enter go to www.tshwaneclassic.co.za
The 95km long distance entry fee has been pinned at an affordable R385 per rider and riders who enter at the early bird discounted rate on or before 31 March will pay only R308 per entry.
“We know that cyclists are feeling the pinch at the moment and we want to make the race as accessible as possible to everyone who rides a bicycle,” explained race organiser Mauritz Meyer.
“We can’t expect riders to pay in excess of R500 to take part in a one-day road event anymore. If we do that we are simply not looking after the consumer, the event or our sponsors.”
The rapid rise of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic is the current exception to the rule in mass participation cycling races. Its inaugural edition in 2017 attracted 5000 cyclists and last year more than 7000 cyclists took to the streets of Pretoria.
“We have wonderful buy-in from the Tshwane Metro and the event falls under the management of a non-profit organisation, which means we’re able to keep entry fees affordable. We don’t have to charge R500 per rider, so we don’t. It’s as simple as that. We are very conscious of the economic climate,” said Meyer.
Courtesy of the Tshwane Metro’s support, a total of 342 metro police officers, 250 marshals and more than 20km of barricading will be deployed to ensure a traffic free environment for cyclists in the third edition of the Tshwane Metro’s official mass participation road race.
“The logistics on the circuit is a massive task and the Tshwane Metro have worked tirelessly and relentlessly over the past two years to ensure that they have enough personnel on race day and that the operational plan is executable,” he said.
All bus and taxi routes are diverted, and the race route closed effectively by predominantly barricading and with the assistance of a massive personnel base from SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police.
“The Tshwane Metro is serious about the event and it’s positioning alongside the two other big city road races, and it’s wonderful for us to be a part of the process,” said Meyer.
According to Meyer the major challenge with road closures is that operations don’t only focus on the management of the race circuit where intersections must be controlled. “A big focus is also the management of traffic around closures and creating awareness in the lead-up.
“This starts in the months leading up to the event already with an awareness campaign on all major media platforms in Pretoria. On race day traffic signs and officials ensure traffic flow via detour routes.”
The Tshwane Metro will call on its residents to have patience on the roads on 3 November 2019. “As was the case with the Cape Town Cycle Tour and 947, the Tshwane Metro expected resistance from some residents in the first two years, but the positive response has been remarkable. Tshwane has embraced the event and understand its value for the city.”
Entries and more information on the race is on www.tshwaneclassic.co.za. The event features distance options of 95km and 60km as well as 20km, 5km and 500 metre fun ride options.
Presented by Hectic Promotions (a registered non-profit organisation) in association with the Tshwane Metro, it’s wonderful news for the South African cycling community that the city is has embraced the event and that’s its irrevocably set on its path to take its place next to the Cape Town Cycle Tour and 947 as South Africa’s signature city cycling classics.
About Hectic Promotions: Hectic Promotions is a registered non-profit corporation and boasts a proven record of accomplishment in presenting mass participation cycling events which fulfil the requirements of sponsors, stakeholders and participants.
It is one of the foremost cycling event organisation companies in South Africa with a long history of presenting prestigious events on the national cycling calendar that benefit a number of community-based charity projects.
Released by De Villiers National Cycling, on behalf of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic, presented in association with the City of Tshwane, Office National and Jacaranda FM.
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