The Lorraine Cycle Tour will cater for riders of all levels when it takes place in Port Elizabeth at Lorraine Primary School on Saturday, October 12.
While the elite category cyclists will contest the 80km feature road race, there will also be distances of 50km and 30km.
The Africa Cup, scheduled to take place in the same period as the cycle tour, has been cancelled, but race director Alex Cooper said it would have no bearing on their event.
“The race, which is one of the longest-running events in the city, is definitely on and we are looking forward to another bumper event,” he said of the tour, which is sponsored by Africa Bank, Mecer and Strada.
Last year, Rohan du Plooy, who rode for Alfa Bodyworks-Giant, and Anriette Schoeman (Africa Silks-Bestmed) took the men’s and women’s honours respectively and Cooper said they were expecting another fiercely contested race.
“The Giant team from Cape Town are always a strong outfit, while we will have cyclists from the Southern Cape and Nelson Mandela Bay who will also be in the mix,” he said.
Local hero Schoeman has become an iconic figure at the event, having won the title 18 times, and Cooper said she would be one of the main attractions.
Online entries will close at midnight on Monday (October 7) and registration will take place at Lorraine Primary on Friday from 4pm to 7pm.
The 80km race will start at 7am, followed by the 50km at 7.15am and the 30km event at 7.30am.
There will also be a fun walk, expected to attract around 500 people.