The Takealot Jock Classic cycle road race has widened its options this year to ensure a theme of inclusivity when it takes place in Mpumalanga on July 13.
The long-running event comprises a distance of over 150km, covering three legs all in one day. It will start and end at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
The route has stages of 48.5km, 45km and 62km and will take cyclists on roads through iconic Lowveld towns such as Sabie and White River.
While the nature of the race does offer its particular challenges, ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said they encouraged cyclists of all disciplines to take part.
“This is a race that offers an opportunity for riders of all levels to become involved,” he said.
“In fact, the nature of the course means that even those with mountain-bikes would be able to manage the route.”
Adding to the inclusivity of the event is that this year cyclists have the option to do just one or two of the stages.
The three-stage race remained the preferred choice among the competitors, said Oosthuizen, but he felt the shorter options would open up the event to those somewhat daunted by the prospect of riding the full distance.
“I am sure that will be an option for many to consider, although it is important to note that entering two or three stages means you will have meals included in your package.”
Entries for the race close on July 3.