Hotel group reinvents SA’s oldest classic cycle race

South Africa’s oldest classic race, the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, has been reinvented, with the new inclusion of a 150 kilometre route.

This year also marks its recognition as a race of international significance, through its inclusion in the Gran Fondo World Tour.

In an announcement made on April 11 at the Johannesburg VIP launch of this year’s Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, race director, Annie Batchelder said: “We are excited about adding the challenging 150 kilometre route to our already popular 106 kilometre, 65 kilometre and 35 kilometre race distance. Not only will the Tsogo Sun Amashova be one of the very few races in South Africa to offer this kind of extreme distance, but the hills and overall profile of the Richmond area will, in its own right, push the limits of the brave cyclists prepared to take on the challenge.”

The new 150 kilometre route will have the same starting point as the 106 kilometre route, in front of Pietermaritzburg’s City Hall, however cyclists will do an additional 44 kilometre loop via Richmond before re-joining the Comrades Marathon route from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

According to organisers of the Gran Fondo World Tour, the Tsogo Sun Amashova race will close off the ten-event tour, which takes place over eight months on four continents, offering a prize of $25 000 (R300 000). The Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic will also be the first and only race in the ten-race line-up to be hosted in Africa.

“As the title sponsors, we are committed to ensuring that the Tsogo Sun Amashova remains one of the most attractive cycle races, both for South Africans and for avid cyclists beyond our borders. We believe the new 150km route and the Gran Fondo World Tour announcements provide even more reasons for cyclists to enter this challenging and scenic race. These developments are extremely exciting for the City of Durban and the KZN region from a tourism perspective, with the potential to have a positive economic impact on the region,” says Ravi Nadasen, COO of Tsogo Sun Hotels.

Batchelder adds that, apart from these two main announcements, there are several other new developments cyclists and spectators can expect this year. This includes a healthy living and cycling expo that will see a number of top brands, products and services showcasing their goods to the public prior to race day.

The venue for this year’s race number pick-up and late entries has been changed to the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel on Durban’s beachfront.

For more information, or to enter the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, click here

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