A number of incentives, including a new junior men’s category, will ensure that the Bestmed Jock Classic remains an attractive option for a wide range of cyclists when it takes place in Mpumalanga next month.
The race on July 14 covers 155km, divided into three stages, and will take riders along a route from Mbombela to White River and Sabie.
The distances for the three legs are 48km, 45km and 62km respectively.
ASG Events acting chief executive Fritz Pienaar said they felt the race was the perfect vehicle to keep riders active during the cold winter months.
He added that there were several benefits to competing in one of the oldest road races in the country, which compared favourably to similar events on the international stage.
“The Jock Classic has some of the most beautiful routes in the country and includes climbs which provide a good idea of what riders can experience in overseas events,” said Pienaar.
“It’s the perfect opportunity for riders to stay in shape during the winter months and takes place on roads which are safe for cycling.”
Entries for the event close on July 4, but he said there was an incentive for riders to submit their names by June 25.
“Those who have entered and paid the entry fee by then will receive a R150 voucher which can be redeemed at any ASG store,” he said.
“These, for example, can be used to purchase HIGH5 nutritional supplements, which are so valuable during races of this nature.”
The junior men’s category was a new addition to the Jock Classic this year, providing a separate race for the younger riders, said Pienaar.
“The difference is that the junior men will start at White River and will only be doing stages two and three.
“However, in order for this category to have their own starting batch and commissaire there will have to be at least 30 entrants.
“Should there be fewer than 30 participants they will be moved to the open-batch starting time.”
Pienaar said there was much for the riders and spectators to look forward to on the day.
“We are looking to have an exciting vibe at the finish venue, with live music on offer and a beer garden available.
“The spectators will not be left out because there will be plenty of food vendors and a variety of entertainment available for them to enjoy.”