Entries for the two-day festival, incorporating two mountain bike events on April 22 and two road races on April 23, close on April 10.
ASG Events race director Darren Herbst said they were expecting many riders who lost out on the Cape Town Cycle Tour to use the Emperors Classic to cash in on all the training they had done.
“Because of what happened in Cape Town last month, with the race being cancelled, we are finding that many riders are now looking for an outlet,” he said. “We are expecting another good entry.”
In addition, Herbst is pleased that the Emperors, in its 10th year, will serve as a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, providing further motivation for the riders in the 98km feature race.
“It is an important element and proves what a quality event Emperors has become,” he said.
He added they had beefed up their marshalling and would be working closely with the Road Rangers and metro officials to ensure everything ran smoothly.
“We have more entries every year and the roads also get a bit busier so we always need to make sure we have plans in place to manage that.”
The Emperors Palace Classic starts off with 25km and 50km mountain bike events on the Saturday and culminates with 48km and 98km road races on the Sunday.
The event also caters for children aged three to five and six to eight with the Emperors Palace Kids Classic on the Sunday.