Cape Town - Race organisers are leaving no
stone unturned in their efforts to develop the Tshwane Classic into one of the
premier road cycling races in the country.
Central to their planning is
the element of total road closure for the 98km, 60km and 20km distances as they
and the Tshwane Municipality embrace the key issue of rider safety.
More than 4 000 cyclists have already entered for the event that
takes place on November 5.
ASG Events’ operations manager Darren Herbst said they understood
they could face a few teething problems in implementing their plan, but they
were confident the Tshwane public would understand the value of the race.
term total road closure is easily said and often taken lightly by cyclists,” said Herbst.
it is advertised, an organising entity must be 100 per cent convinced that the
plan to ensure closure is executable.
“It’s one thing advertising it, but implementing it
effectively on race day on 98km of roads only comes after countless hours of
meticulous planning by city experts.”
He added that the City of
Tshwane had been working tirelessly to overcome many obstacles that could
potentially affect the success of the day.
Race spokesperson Mauritz Meyer
outlined some interesting statistics related to their vision of full road
total of 342 metro police officers, 250 marshals and more than 35km of
barricading are among the elements that will be deployed,” he said.
bus routes will be diverted and all roads will be closed effectively by
predominantly yellow plastic barricading, with the assistance of a massive
personnel base from the SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police.”
He added that signage was
already being erected on the race route to alert motorists about closures and
various billboards in Tshwane were also being used to warn the public.
Meyer said the metro had urged
residents to have patience on race day.
appeal to the road users to assist us on this occasion. We are convinced the
public will embrace the Tshwane Classic when they come to understand its value
for the city.”
The organisers see the event
as one that could gain the prestige associated with the country’s major city classics.
It slots in two weeks before
the 947 Cycle Challenge and serves as a premier seeding event for the other big
one, the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
With the route taking
participants past a number of historical landmarks, the metro have earmarked it
as an opportunity to promote the city as a tourist destination.
The latest news is that the
country’s biggest paper recycling company, Mpact, have
partnered with the event to ensure the neighbourhoods are not affected by any
environmentally-friendly cups, teams of workers will be used to clean up at
water points and the finish.
There will also be a series of
kiddies’ events at the Voortrekker Monument, the official
venue of the Tshwane Classic.
View more information on www.tshwaneclassic.co.za and see a
breakdown of the road closures below.
Eufees to Trichardt: 0 to 6.8km, 04:00 to
Trichardt to turn of 20km
race: 6.8km to 10km, 04:00 to
20km turn to R55: 10km to 16.5km,
R55 to split point on N4: 16.5km to 30km,
Trans Oranje to N4 split, N4
out to N4 back: 30km to 70km, 05:30 to 11:30
DF Malan to Lavender: 70km to 76km, 06:30 to 12:00
Lavender to Steve Biko to
Soutpansberg: 76km to 83km, 07:00 to 12:30
Soutpansberg to Hamilton: 83km to 88km, 07:00
Hamilton to finish: 88km to 98km, 07:30