Msunduzi Road Challenge set to rock Pietermaritzburg in October

Preparations are in full swing ahead of the anticipated second leg of the 2014 UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT), the Msunduzi Road Challenge, to be staged in South Africa once again from 26 to 27 October 2013.

The UWCT serves a dual purpose of offering the road cycling enthusiast a chance to cycle the scenic routes with full road closure, as well as provide the seasoned competitor an opportunity to qualify for the once-off UWCT Final in 2014, previously known as the UCI Masters Road World Championships.


South African women’s cycling star Lynette Burger was one the standout performers when she claimed gold in both the time trial and the road race in the women’s 30-34 category of the 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour Final in Pietermaritzburg. Photo credit: Anthony Grote/
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This year’s event is the only qualifying event in Africa for the 2014 UWCT Final, which will be held in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana.

The new lap-race format will be true to World Championship-style racing as opposed to the previous out-and-back course, and the event offers a road race and a time trial. The time trial course will be the same that was used in the UWCT Final in 2012, a 25km loop with start and finish in Wartburg. This year’s road race will also take place in Wartburg, and offers a 40km loop that was used during the 112km race in the UWCT Final in 2012. This loop has to be done twice for men above 50 and women above 40, and twice plus the 25km TT route for men below 50 and women below 40.


The peloton heads up Table Mountain hill on the way out of Pietermaritzburg at the start of the 96km road race during the 2012 UCI World Cycling Tour Final in Pietermaritzburg. Photo credit: Anthony Grote/
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Routes:

  • Time Trial: 25km – Men and Women
  • Road Race: 2 laps of a 40km loop making up 80km, or 2 laps of a 40km loop plus the time trial route making up 107km (dependent on age category)

The core of the organisational team are the same people that have been responsible for other major successful world-class events in Pietermaritzburg over the past number of years, including the 2009, 2011 and 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cups, 2009 and 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cups and the 2010 UCI BMX World Championships, as well as the 2012 UWCT Final.

Proposed Event Schedule: 

Friday 25th October 

  • 10am – 5pm Rider Registration

Saturday 26th October 

  • 9am – 1pm Time Trial Competition
  • 10am – 4pm Rider Registration (Road Race)

Sunday 27th October 

  • 8am – 2pm Road Race

Entry Info 

Entry fees for all distances will be as follows:

  • Time Trial – R 120.00 incl VAT ($ 25.00 or € 20.00)
  • Road Race – R 200.00 incl VAT ($ 35.00 or € 25.00)

Click here for detailed information about the 2013 Msunduzi Road Challenge, including where and how to enter, route maps and profiles, and general information on Pietermaritzburg as the host city, and start training to be part of another great Cycling SA event.

For general enquiries, please email Alec Lenferna alec@realem.co.za, and for event enquiries please email events@cyclingsa.com. Online entries will open 15 August and close on 14 October 2013, and will be affected through the website at www.msunduziroadchallenge.co.za. Late entries will be charged a R75.00 surcharge.