Entries are still being taken for the road race of the Msunduzi Road Challenge in and around Pietermaritzburg as interest in the only African leg of the UCI World Cycling Tour continues to gain momentum.
The specialist time triallists have been rostered into startlists for the 27km time trial in the Lion Park area on Saturday 29 October, while the field for the 90km, 111km and 126km road race continues to grow daily with late entries.
Race director Alec Lenferna has confirmed the full closure of the road in the city from 06h40 until approximately 07h45 on Sunday morning for the start of the various divisions of the road race.
This will involve the roads from the start in Alexandra Park, out along Durban Road, New England Road, Boschoff Street, Bulwer Street, Echo Street, Ohrtmann Road, Manning Avenue out to Baynes Drift Road.
Once the last of the riders has left, traffic police and local authorities will enforce a partial road closure that will allow traffic to move around the area to the north east of the city around Albert Falls, New Hanover and Dalton where the road race is taking place.
“The directional road closure will mean that the left lane of the roads the cyclists will travel on in the direction they are going will be closed but the contra flow traffic can still move,” said Lenferna.
“The R 614 and R 33 will be open to traffic contra flow to the cyclists (i.e. R614 – towards Wartburg & R 33 from New Hanover to Pmb) with points people directing traffic at intersections where traffic will cross. People can travel along R33 from Pietermaritzburg and turn right onto the R 614 when the road is clear of cyclists,” explained Lenferna.
On their return to the race start/finish venue at Alexandra Park the race will be under partial road closure for the returning cyclists.
Local residents are urged to visit the event website at www.msunduziroadchallenge.co.za to familiarise themselves with the race route and to plan alternate routes if necessary.
The Msunduzi Road Challenge cycle race takes place on Sunday 30 October in Pietermaritzburg and is preceded by a time trial on Saturday 29 October.
ROAD CLOSURE POINTS:
FULL ROAD CLOSURE – SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER from 06H40 to approx 07h45
From start start in Alexandra Park turning:
Right onto Durban Road (R103) for 809 m,
Left onto New England Road (R56)/Woodhouse Road for 1.2 km
Left onto Boshoff Street (M40) for 1.6 km
Right onto Bulwer Street for 2.5 km
Right onto Echo Road (M20) for 3.5 km
Left onto Ohrtmann Road (M20) for 3.8 km
Right onto Manning Avenue 6.5 km to Baynes Drift Road
PARTIAL ROAD CLOSURE POINTS:
R614 at Bayne’s Drift concerning traffic approaching from Wartburg / Tongaat heading towards the R33. Traffic will be directed onto the Table Mountain Road (P25-1) towards Pietermaritzburg.
R33 at Bayne’s Drift concerning traffic approaching from Pietermaritzburg heading towards Albert Falls / New Hanover / Greytown via the R33. Traffic will be directed onto the R614 towards Wartburg / Tongaat.
P154 at New Hanover concerning traffic heading towards Schroeders / Wartburg. Traffic will be directed along the R33 towards Bayne’s Drift, then along the R614 towards Wartburg.
P156-1 at New Hanover concerning traffic heading towards Dalton / New Hanover / Tongaat or towards Wartburg via the P63 at Noodsburg. Traffic will be directed along the R33 towards Bayne’s Drift, then along the R614 towards Wartburg.
P63 at Noodsburg concerning traffic heading towards Harburg / Wartburg via the P156-2. Traffic heading towards Wartburg will be directed along P156-1 to New Hanover, then along the R33 towards Bayne’s Drift, then along the R614 towards Wartburg. Traffic heading towards Harburg will be directed along P156-1 to the R614 turn-off to Harburg.
R614 at the Harburg turn-off concerning traffic approaching from Tongaat heading towards Bruyn’s Hill / Wartburg / Table Mountain / Pietermaritzburg via the R614. Traffic heading towards Bruyn’s Hill / Wartburg will be directed along P156-1 to New Hanover, then along the R33 towards Bayne’s Drift, then along the R614 towards Wartburg. Traffic heading towards Table Mountain / Pietermaritzburg will be directed along P156-1 to New Hanover, then along the R33 towards Pietermaritzburg.
Table Mountain Road (P25-1) at Bayne’s Drift concerning traffic heading towards Table Mountain / Pietermaritzburg via the Table Mountain Road (P25-1). Traffic will be directed onto the R33 towards Pietermaritzburg.
More information can be found at www.msunduziroadchallenge.co.za