Although the feature event in the Takealot Jock Classic road race remains the popular choice, ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen says the different options can accommodate more riders.
Last month the race organisers announced that riders could do one, two or three stages in the July 13 event in Nelspruit, White River and Sabie in Mpumalanga.
“The entries are coming in steadily for all three distances, but the main interest is still in the feature three-stage event over 155km,” said Oosthuizen.
“However, opening up the options for riders to do shorter distances has been a sound move.
“For instance, I had a call this week from a guy in Australia who only wants to do two stages, so I think it caters for more types of riders.”
The unique challenge of learning how to manage three stages in one day remained a big incentive, he added.
“It’s a classic race in the Lowveld and the fact that it is one of the oldest events in the country underlines its popularity.
“It really is a magical kind of riding experience. Although it’s a bit cold in the early morning, the Lowveld winter provides the sort of warmth which allows you to find your rhythm pretty quickly.”
He reminded cyclists that the benefit of entering two or three stages would be that meals were included.
The stages will cover 48km, 45km and 62km respectively and there will be specific starting times for each leg. Entries close on July 3.