International cycling stars flock to SA’s richest cycling race to #Unite4Mandela

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On Saturday some of the biggest names in international and local cycling will take to the streets of Pretoria to show unity for Mandela. None other than South African president Jacob Zuma will be firing the start gun to signal the start of what is to be an iconic example of what can be achieved through unity in memory of Nelson Mandela.

In addition to passing by nearly all the landmarks in Pretoria the event can boast that it is by far the richest race on the African continent. It is no wonder that the Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Sky), originally from Kenya and with his cycling roots in SA, will be in the mix together with first ever South African Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEdge). On the women’s cycling front multiple world champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank) and top SA export Ashleigh Moolman (Momentum) make for an equally impressive line-up.

The international cycling stars will be joined by a plethora of top local talent including the likes of Louis Meintjes (MTN Qhubeka) and Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg (Giant Shimano) who have burst onto the international road cycling scene with their recent performances. Local professional outfits like Team Bonitas, Team Abantu, Europcar SA and Lights by Linea will be looking to make their presence felt in the classy field.

Widely hailed because of the equal prize money for both men and women the event also attracted an exceptionally strong contingent of female cyclist. The likes of Cherise Stander (RECM), Heidi Dalton (Lotto) and Lise Olivier (TimeFreight VeloLife) will be pitting themselves against some of the best in the world in a desperate dash for cash.

The relatively hilly short course is bound to produce some fireworks in both races where riders will put everything on the line for the substantial prize purse at the finish. The 2014 Unite 2.0 campaign, an initiative of the Department of Sport & Recreation South Africa and the Department of Arts and Culture, will this year include Athletics (road running and walking) in addition to the cycling.

On the day over R2m in prizes will be handed out. As if that’s not enough, the public will be treated to a free mega feast when a cultural program full of 67 artists ranging from craftsmen/women, artisans to musicians and comedians unites the nation in remembrance of Madiba at the foot of the iconic Union Buildings.

#Ride4Mandela #Run4Mandela #Unite4Mandela

Prizes

And if competing for this wonderful cause wasn’t enough, there are some unbelievable cash prizes for competitors on the day, with more R2 million on offer.

The 67km cycling race winners, in both male and female categories, will receive an unprecedented R250 000; second-placed riders will receive R150 000, while third-place riders will pocket R100 000. The main running event is the 27km road race, and the winners of the race will pocket R150 000, with second getting R100 000 and third R50 000. The winner of the 9.4km run will receive R40 000, while the 9.4km walk winner will get R20 000.

Prize money breakdown:

Category

MEN

WOMEN

67km Cycle

Open

1st

1st

R250 000.00

2nd

2nd

R150 000.00

3rd

3rd

R100 000.00

4-10th

4-10th

R140 000.00

Junior

1st

1st

R5000.00

2nd

2nd

R3000.00

3rd

3rd

R2000.00

40+

1st

1st

R5000.00

2nd

2nd

R3000.00

3rd

3rd

R2000.00

50+

1st

1st

R5000.00

2nd

2nd

R3000.00

3rd

3rd

R2000.00

60+

1st

1st

R5000.00

2nd

2nd

R3000.00

3rd

3rd

R2000.00

70+

1st

1st

R5000.00

2nd

2nd

R3000.00

3rd

3rd

R2000.00

About UNITE:

The UNITE Campaign isan initiative of Sport & Recreation South Africa and the Department of Artsand Culture to promote social cohesion and nation building utilising the power of sport and arts as a tool for nation building and social mobilisation. This overarching campaign cuts across a number of other programs which the two departments deliver.

The anchor programme of this campaign is the Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day.

The Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day was first held on the 17 August 2013 inthe form of double-header matches where 52000 spectators saw Bafana Legends take on the Italian Legends, the mighty Springboks defeating Argentina, whilst Bafana Bafana saw off Burkina Faso all in one day, at one venue, the FNB Stadium.
The festivities ended with a music concert featuring the legendary Salif Keita.

This program is firmly anchored on the fundamentals that unite us all as South Africans, i.e. social cohesion, nation building, patriotism and promoting world peace. These are after all, the same ideals to which our former President, Tata NelsonMandela dedicated his life, and one of the many legacies he left!

More on Daryl Impey:

Johannesburg-born Impey needs little introduction to the South African cycling fraternity, and is arguably South Africa’s leading cyclist at the moment. The former Tour of Turkey winner, currently races for the Orica-GreenEDGE professional team, and recently won the Tour of Alberta race in Canada.

More on Chris Froome:

Froome was born in Kenya, and was raised both there and in South Africa, where he went to St Johns College. He races for Team Sky and represents Britain. He is currently one the world’s leading cyclists and has won a number of stages in the Tour de France in the past, and is the two-time defending champion of both the Tour of Oman and Tour de Romandie.

More on Ashleigh Moolman Passio

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio is arguably South Africa’s professional female road cyclist. She is based in Europe most of the year and races for UCI Hitec Ladies team. In South Africa, Ashleigh rides for Momentum.

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4. City of Tshwane
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