The East Rand Classic road cycling race will move to an earlier date next year, which organisers ASG Events feel will be a boost for the event.
With road and mountain-biking options on offer, entries are open for the races, which will take place on April 4 and 5 in Kempton Park in Johannesburg.
Having been moved from the end of April, ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said the new dates would work better.
“It is nicely situated between the Cape Town Cycle Tour (March 8) and Tour Durban (April 27), so we believe there will be plenty of incentive for cyclists to enter the Classic,” he said.
The programme will kick off with the mountain-bike races of 50km and 25km on the Saturday. The longer distance will start at 8am, followed by the 25km at 8.15am.
On Sunday, the 98km classic will get under way at 6.15am, with the 45km race starting at 7.50am.
Oosthuizen said the Saturday trails took cyclists right next to the planes of OR Tambo, but introduced a distinct mountain-biking aspect with a forest section on the route just metres away from built-up Johannesburg.
The road races, he felt, were a perfect opportunity for cyclists in the region to enjoy a day out before the chill of the Highveld winter set in.