Cyclists will get an early test to gauge their fitness as the road-racing season looms when the Bestmed Satellite Classic takes place near the Hartbeespoort Dam in North West Province on October 13.
The programme is headed by the feature 110km race, but caters for riders of all levels by including distances over 84km and 60km. The two longer races are premier seeding events for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
Race organisers ASG Events have been focused on improving the traffic congestion which had created some problems last year.
ASG chief executive Fritz Pienaar said they had taken note of the feedback received on this issue.
“This time we have a second entrance and an exit route will be available to allow for an easier flow of traffic.”
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.”
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.
“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 around the Hartbeespoort Dam.”
Entries for the Classic close at 11.59pm on Wednesday, October 3.