The Bestmed Satellite Classic, to be held near Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West Province on October 13, will provide cyclists with the perfect launching pad for the upcoming road-racing season.
The annual cycling extravaganza comprises a number of options headed by the feature 110km race, which has the plus factor of being a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
That seeding status also applies to the 84km distance, while the third race over 60km ensures that the Classic caters for cyclists of all levels.
Race organisers ASG Events are going all out to make this a day to remember, with a number of improvements having been introduced.
ASG chief executive Fritz Pienaar said one of the significant changes to the event this year would ease the traffic congestion of previous races.
“We have taken note of the feedback we received in terms of this issue, which occurred when there was only one entrance and two lanes of traffic,” he said.
“This time we have a second entrance and an exit route will be available to allow for an easier flow of traffic. Motorists should note that this is a gravel road.”
He added that they had also worked on improving the offering at the race village to create a festive atmosphere for cyclists and supporters.
“They can expect a much better race village, which will have a wide range of food vendors and clothing stalls.
“There will be entertainment and music, while supporters can enjoy breakfast or a day tour at Maropeng’s Cradle of Humankind.”
He said a special rate had been arranged, with an entry fee of R120 for adults and R85 for children aged four to 18. Students can book for R75 per person on presentation of a valid student card.
On the race itself, Pienaar said they were confident of hosting another top-class event.
“Although some may use it as preparation for upcoming races, the Satellite Classic has legs in its own right and will present a strong challenge to the competitors.
“There are some significant climbs, including the infamous Hekpoort about 30km from the finish.
“Besides being close to the Gauteng hub, which has a huge cycling population, a big plus is that the race takes place on relatively secure roads with a scenic route around the Hartbeespoort Dam.”
Entries for the Classic close at 11.59pm on Wednesday, October 3.