13 Oct, 2015

Get up to date for the Amashova

After the race, Springbok supporters will still be able to watch the rugby world cup games.


Get your UCI points

KwaZulu-Natal’s premier cycle race, the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic road cycle race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on 18 October, is the only African qualifying event for the 2016 UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) final.

The UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) is a series of UCI-sanctioned races held all over the world. Some 15 qualifier events will qualify the top 25% in each age group to the Amateur Road World Championships, the former UWCT Final and UCI Masters Road World Championships, where the champions are awarded with the coveted rainbow jersey. The 2016 UWCT Final will be held in Perth, Australia.

While promoting high-level competition for amateurs and masters, one of the aims of this series is the globalisation of “Cycling for All”. With that in mind, the geographical spread of the events is very important, alongside with strict organizational and sporting criteria, and a certain tourism interest.

Now in its 29th year, The Tsogo Sun Amashova is South Africa’s oldest classic cycle race and there are three options.

The 106km main race, which is always the highlight of the day, will see cyclists setting off at 07:00 at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, with the 65 kilometre Half Challenge beginning at 05:30 at Drew Lane in Cato Ridge and the 35 kilometre Fun Ride beginning at 05:30 at Old Main Road, Lillies Quarter in Hillcrest, supported by full road closures.

Adding to the new additions to this year race, all events will have a new finish line and will see cyclists ending their ride in Masabalala Yengwa Avenue (NMR Avenue) underneath the bridge which links Mustering Fields and Peoples Park in Durban.

Cyclists will then proceed to the Suncoast property for a first class hospitality experience where there will also be a screening of two world cup rugby games in the Suncoast Bok Town, so come along and support our rugby heroes.

Last year, a total of 11 000 cyclists took part in the mass-participation event, a testament to its popularity.


Second bike park launched

To celebrate Transport Month, the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic officially launched its second Road Safety Bike Park.

George Cato Primary School, situated in Cato Ridge, Durban, recently saw the completion of the Amashova Road Safety Bike Park. Welcoming this special feature to the school, the principal Mr Magwaza, prepared a beautiful storeroom to house the bikes and helmets needed to make the Bike Park run successfully.

The Tsogo Sun Amashova team have been working closely with Cycling KZN who will assist them in starting a cycling club at the school. Mr Magwaza identified two teachers to lead the project and, not only were they provided with all the equipment needed, but they were also awarded the opportunity to complete a fully paid for seven-day UCI coaching course, in April.


Red carpet ride for celebs

To celebrate the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, Suncoast hosted a celebrity ride on Thursday, 10 September with enthusiastic celebrities keen to put foot to the pedal and show their metal.

Among the guests were SA Rugby Legends, Andre Joubert, John Slade and Butch James, a number of well-known faces from Tsogo Sun, Greg Albert from Cyclesphere, Pete de Wet, chief executive officer of the Sunfoil Dolphins as well as MasterChef SA season three winner, Roxi Wardman and her fiance’ Byron Maclou.

It was a morning filled with fun, excitement and cheers as celebrities took off wearing Tsogo Sun shirts on bicycles sponsored by Cyclesphere and were given a royal escort by a fleet of Harley Davidson’s.

The five kilometre route started at Suncoast and continued on to Blue Lagoon, along Athlone and Masabalala Yengwa Avenue and back onto the promenade to the finish at Suncoast.

One of the celebrities who participated in the ride, MasterChef SA Season 3 winner, Roxi Wardman, said on completion of the ride, “It was an awesome experience and I had a great time. Plus an added bonus was the warm weather that allowed us to really see the beauty of our City”.