SOUTH Africa’s oldest classic cycle race, the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, has been reinvented with the inclusion of a 160km route for the first time in its history. This year also marks its recognition as a race of international significance, through its inclusion in the Gran Fondo World Tour.
The new 160km route will have the same starting point as the 106km route in front of Pietermaritzburg’s City Hall but cyclists will do an additional 44km loop via Richmond before re-joining the famous Comrades Marathon route from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
There are several other new developments cyclists and spectators can expect this year. This includes a healthy living and cycling expo that will see a number of top brands, products and services showcasing their goods to the public prior to race day. The venue for this year’s race number pick up and late entries has also been changed to the conveniently located Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel on Durban’s beach front.
One of the much-loved aspects of the race that hasn’t changed is the full road closure on one of the most picturesque and challenging routes from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. The day will also still lend itself to the overall enjoyment of cyclists and spectators alike with food and festivities on the route as well as live music and an array of food stalls offered post-race on the Suncoast Casino Hotels and Entertainment lawns.
To enter the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, go to www.shova.co.za.
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