The Tshwane Classic is back after the success of last year’s inaugural race and according to the organizers they aim to make this bike race is one of the country’s biggest and best.
An unshakeable belief that the Tshwane Classic will become one of the country’s premier road cycling races was at the forefront of Mauritz Meyer’s mind as he tirelessly worked to establish the first edition of Pretoria’s signature mass participation road cycling event in a totally traffic free environment last year.
Meyer is the founder of the Tshwane Classic and he is the driving force behind a bid to elevate the occasion to that of the other city mass participation road races in South Africa – the Cape Town Cycle Tour and 947 Cycle Challenge.
As it turned out the race proved itself beyond all expectations last year with more than 5000 cyclists taking part in the inaugural edition.
This year the race is presented on 4 November, in association with Jacaranda FM and Sun Time Square, and the sails are set for significant growth in participant totals following large scale buy-in from the Tshwane Metro and the local community as well as the business sector.
Meyer, who has a legacy in politics and Springbok rugby, said a discussion with councillor Sakkie du Plooy, MMC for Health in Tshwane, had paved the way to get the Tshwane Metro excited about the Tshwane Classic.
The organizers created a route that starts and finishes at the Voortrekker Monument and goes past landmarks such as the Union Buildings, the Paul Kruger Statue, Freedom Park and Wonderboom Airport.
Consolidating the Tshwane Metro’s support of the event was their agreement to total road closure for the 98km, 60km and 20km races, which Meyer said was a crucial element for the success of the event. He added that, thanks to the Tshwane Metro’s roads maintenance team, the roads being used on the route were in excellent condition and would make for yet another safe and exciting event.
“With an excellent route, the backing of the Tshwane Metro and support from the local community and incredible sponsors, everything is in our favour to make this a must-do race on all cyclists’ calendars annually,” Meyer concluded.
For more information visit the official website at www.tshwaneclassic.co.za
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