The Bestmed Berge en Dale Championship will be offering an impressive number of options when the annual event is held near Krugersdorp in Gauteng on February 24 and 25.
Beside the feature 107km road classic on the Saturday, there will be a 59km road race as well as mountain-bike distances over 40km and 15km on the Sunday.
Presented by Optimum Financial Services, the Berg en Dale starts at the Cradlestone Mall in Muldersdrift and ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers believes the overall offering is fast increasing the popularity, among other factors.
“By moving the race towards the end of February, we are also giving riders more time to prepare for the event after the holiday period,” said De Villiers.
He expects the entries to rise above last year’s number of 4 500 due to this change.
The ASG boss added that the economic situation was also forcing cyclists to focus more on races in their own regions.
“One cannot overlook the fact that it’s not easy to travel long distances to take part in certain events.”
“I feel we’ll see people supporting local races for simple economic reasons.”
De Villiers also pointed out the “wonderful partnerships” they had built up with their sponsors, Bestmed, and the race hosts, Cradlestone Mall.
“Bestmed, who have been involved with a number of events for 14 years, continue to be committed to the support of cycling in the country.
“Cradlestone Mall have been on board in the last three years and have really pulled their weight as the event kept growing.”