The entry options for next year’s Takealot Tour of Good Hope have been increased with the addition of a race for solo cyclists.
The five-day road tour in the Cape Winelands from March 4 to 8 will now offer three races – a pro-elite tour, an amateur tour with a team focus and the new solo race.
There will be a general classification for individual riders in each event.
Fritz Pienaar, of race organisers ASG Events, said the solo option was added in response to a call from riders who preferred to compete as individuals.
“There was a lot of interest from riders who have participated in the past as individuals to keep a solo section,” said Pienaar.
“So there is a market there for guys who want to ride solo and that led to our decision to rethink the entry options.”
He felt it would add value to the event and tied in with an approach of being inclusive.
“There will be a new dynamic with this move and I think it speaks to us trying to get everybody involved in what is a fantastic stage race.”
Pienaar said the pro-elite race, which boasts UCI status for the first time, would be run under the governing body’s regulations while the rules for the amateur team event would remain unchanged.
The amateur race for teams will comprise open men, women, junior, mixed and veteran sections while the solo event will cater for men, women and veterans (over-30).
Pienaar said amateur teams could be made up of four to eight riders with the fourth rider’s time counting towards the team standings.
“Mixed teams can consist of two men and two women with the second woman’s time counting for the team,” he added.
The solo entry option is open on the race website with a full package of R5 800 and a no-frills option of R4 200.