Strong support from all parties in the region has laid the groundwork for the Tshwane Classic to eventually take its place among the elite road races in South Africa.
Set to happen on November 5, Mauritz Meyer, who is working alongside ASG Events on the race, said the backing and encouragement they had received from the metro and the community had been fantastic.
He said a discussion with councillor Sakkie du Plooy had paved the way to get the Tshwane metro on board.
“I was telling Sakkie what we were trying to achieve and he was very enthusiastic.”
Once Meyer had met with the council, he said everybody got behind the project as they wanted to use the occasion to promote Tshwane as a top tourist destination.
Included in the metro’s commitment to making the event a success are the total road closure they have introduced on the day and the excellent condition of the roads on the route.
Besides the backing of the metro, he said the reaction of the cycling community had been overwhelmingly positive.
“I sent a letter explaining our idea to all the cycling clubs in the region and the feedback I received was so positive that I could hardly sleep, I was so excited,” he said.
“With an excellent route, the backing of the metro and support from the local community, everything is in our favour to make this a must-do race in the next few years.”
Although not a cyclist himself, Meyer has become heavily involved in organised cycling events, working hand-in-hand with ASG Events on events such as the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship at Sun City.
His vision is to develop the Tshwane Classic into a race which will be rated alongside such classics as the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the 947 Challenge.
He has his full attention on making the Tshwane Classic the best race it can be.
“I love the people of Tshwane. They are so friendly and the cycling community is unbelievable, so I am really excited because the Tshwane Classic has the potential to become one of the country’s biggest cycling events.”