Above: Members of the vets Mr. Price Cycle Club team (from left) Emile Fouché, Werner Venter, Kelvin du Sart, Derrick “Ballie” Tives and Bryan Cusack get their entry in for the Msunduzi Road Challenge in Pietermaritzburg on 29 and 30 October © Dave Macleod/Gameplan Media
Organisers of the Msunduzi Road Challenge on 29 and 30 October have paved the way for social road cyclists to participate through a new corporate section to the event, which is the only African leg of the new UCI World Cycling Tour.
In response to requests for corporate teams to take part in the 90km race of the prestigious international road race, Cycling South Africa and the race organising committee have formalised a five-rider corporate team event that can include unregistered riders.
“There is a great deal of interest in this event, even from road riders who are not currently registered,” said race committee head Alec Lenferna. “It is a prestigious and internationally recognised event, and there will be a lot of riders taking part to try and qualify for the finals of the UCI World Cycling Tour. But, at the same time, we want to make it possible for the rank-and-file road riders to be able to enjoy the unique occasion as well,” he added.
The corporate entries will be restricted to the 90km race, and won’t be allowed to enter the 111km and 126km races, and will start once the other entrants have been set on their way. “Other than that, the social and corporate riders will get the same benefits and will be able to enter as a team of five and get a 25% saving on the entry fee,” he added.
The corporate race entries must be done through the race website at www.msunduziroadchallenge.co.za before the closing date of normal entries at the end of September.
“It’s very much part of our programme for the year,” said Mr Price Cycle Club stalwart Kelvin du Sart. “It is two weeks after the Amashova, and before the 94.7 and we see it as part of our training for our annual 640km two day ride from Nigel to Durban later in the year.”
The UCI World Cycling Tour consists of a number of UCI-sanctioned age-group events around the world aimed at amateur riders, ultimately leading to qualification for the tour final at the end of the season, formerly known as the UCI Masters Road World Championships. The 2011 season final has just taken place in Stavelot in Belgium.
Date: Saturday 29th October to Sunday 30th October 2011
Venue: Alexander Park, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Distances and Age Categories: Road Race (Qualifiers for the UWCT Final must enter as per their age category below – recreational riders can enter any distance they wish)
o Men – 16-29 / 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 = 126km
o Men – 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 = 111km
o Men – 65+ = 90km
o Women – 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 = 111km
o Women – 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65+ = 90km
Distance: Time Trial – 27km
o Road Race – R200 ($ 30.00 or € 25.00)
o Time Trial – R120 ($ 20.00 or € 15.00)
Start Times: To Be Confirmed
Enter Here: http://csams.cyclingsa.com/msunduziroadchallenge.aspx
Online Entries Close: Friday 30 September 2011 – first 2500 entries are guaranteed a sample bag.
Late Entries Close: Friday 21 October 2011 and will incur the additional nominal charge of R50
Merchandise: Participants can purchase an exclusive commemorative event shirt together with their entry submission via the CyclingSA website – the shirt is to be collected at registration. The cost is R165.
Further detailed information about the Msunduzi Road Challenge can be found on the event website by visiting http://www.msunduziroadchallenge.co.za.