Interest is steadily growing for the East Rand Classic cycling event which will take place at Kempton Park in Johannesburg at the end of this month.
In addition there is a new race venue at an Airports Company South Africa parkade. This is adjacent to the OR Tambo International airport, close to the previous venue, and will provide a much better logistical outcome in terms of access, security and parking.
The closing date for entries is April 15 and ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said they were seeing a nice build-up of interest.
“This is really promising and there should be an increase with race day coming closer,” he said.
He added that the space available in the parkade would allow them to create a venue which would be user-friendly.
While much of the focus would be on the feature 98km race, won last year by Reynard Butler, he felt the other races on offer added considerable value to the overall package.
“For example, the mountain-bike trails take you right past the ‘giant birds’ of OR Tambo, but they are still such cool trails.
“It’s a really affordable option right on the doorstep of a big cycling population and it gives cyclists an opportunity to have a great day out on the bike before the Jozi winter chill really sets in.”