The Takealot Jock Classic will have a variety of choices for cyclists when one of the country’s oldest road events takes place in Mpumalanga on July 13.
Covering a distance of 155km, competitors will face the testing task of conquering three stages all on the same day, with specific starting times for each leg.
This year race organisers ASG Events have adopted the approach of offering three choices within the feature event, with the route going through Nelspruit, White River and Sabie.
“This year you can do all three stages or you can do the last two stages, or just the last stage,” said ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen.
“However, there is a built-in incentive if you ride in two or three stages, because these come with meals, which greatly add to the offering.”
The stages will cover 48km, 45km and 62km respectively.
Coming at a time of the year when the event calendar is not that full Oosthuizen felt it was an ideal opportunity to get in some decent winter training.
“Fortunately, the weather is so good in the Lowveld that it is not a problem, while the race offers a unique challenge in incorporating three stages in one day.
“You need to manage the demands of warming up and cooling down three times during the day.”
He added that it remained a popular option with cyclists.
“It will always be a favourite amongst the purists out there. But, having said that, it’s something new riders will enjoy too as it is possibly different from the normal events they enter.”