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Tsogo Sun Amashova cyclists to enjoy full road closure!

Tsogo Sun Amashova cyclists to enjoy full road closure!

With just weeks to go before the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic taking place on 21 October, the organisers are pulling out all the stops to ensure South Africa’s oldest classic cycle race lives up to its name as a fun day out for professional and social riders, and the whole family.

The race enjoys full road closure and follows the Comrades Marathon Route between Pietermaritzburg and Durban and is one of the country’s most popular road cycling races. For those who have not yet entered, late entries are still available, and a host of new things have been added to the day’s line-up. Here’s everything you need to know:

Late entries

Online entries are now closed but late registration is still available at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotels on Thursday 18 October from 1pm to 6pm, Friday 19 October from 9am to 6pm and Saturday 20 October from 9am to 4pm. Race numbers and packs may also be collected at these times. Excluding CSA membership, the late entry cost of the 35km route is R230, 65km route is R310 and 106km route is R530. Late entries will not be seeded.

 

Road closure times

Chief Albert Luthuli St – Alexandra Road 04h00 – 10h30

Alexandra Road – Umlaas Road 05h00 – 12h00

Umlaas Road – R103 Inchanga/1000 Hills 04h30 – 12h45

103 Inchanga – Botha’s Hill Butchery 04h00 – 14h00

R103 Patna Road – Kassier Road/M13 On-ramp 04h00 – 14h00

M13 Hillcrest – M13 Westville 04h00 – 15h00

M13 Westville – M13 45th Cutting 04h00 – 15h00

N3 Outbound – Monty Naiker Street 05h00 – 15h30

Monty Naiker Street (Pine Street) 04h00 – 15h45

Masabalala Yengwa Ave (South Bound) 04h00 – 16h00

 

Road closure times for 160km route

R56 – R624 Eston 06h30 – 08h15

R624 Eston – R603 07h00 – 09h15

R603 – Umlaas Road 07h30 – 10h00

Bike storage at Golden Horse Casino

Riders can sign up with Pickfords to have their bikes transported from Durban to Pietermaritzburg for storage at the Golden Horse Casino. Located at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel (in Playfair Road) Pickfords will ensure all bikes are either boxed or wrapped in blankets to ensure they are not damaged. The bikes will be stored in a secure venue. Dates and times for bicycle drop off at registration will be on Friday 19 October from 9am to 6pm and Saturday 20 October from 9am to 4pm. Bicycles can be collected from the Golden Horse Casino on race day where buses will drop riders off outside the venue. Transport to Pietermaritzburg for the 160km and 106km distances can also be arranged.

 

Point-to-point car rental

In partnership with Avis Car Hire, the point-to-point car rental drop-off service was successfully introduced last year to assist out-of-town riders with easier car hire and bike transportation logistics. Those who hire cars through Avis can drop their cars at the Golden Horse Casino in Pietermaritzburg without having to return it to Avis once they get to Durban. Avis can also assist with baby seats, bike racks and GPS rentals.  For more information please visit:  https://www.avis.co.za/drive-avis/travel-partners/sporting-events/amashova.

 

ER24 is the new medical partner

Race participants and spectators can rest assured that any medical issues during the Amashova will be covered by official medical provider, ER24. 40 specialised crew will be positioned at the start, finish and along strategic positions on the route. Ambulances and rescue vehicles will form part of the medical deployment.

 

Tsogo Sun Lifestyle Expo

Responding to requests for an exhibition that would display new and innovative cycling products, this year will see the first Tsogo Sun Amashova Lifestyle Expo to take place at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel. Riders and spectators can visit the many stalls and exhibitions while collecting their race packs at registration. Exhibitors to watch out for include Thule, Soloman’s Cycles, Hammer Nutrition, SOS Eyewear, Game Day Importers and more. Charities to support include the CHOC, Made for More, Hero 777, CANSA and more. Tsogo Sun Café will ensure nobody goes hungry or thirsty while you collect your race number and flex your retail therapy muscles.

Amashova Race Director, Annie Batchelder says, “Our online entry numbers are marginally up from last year and we are expecting a significant number of late entries for a record year of cyclists participating in the race. All the organisational nuts and bolts are also falling into place and we are confident it’s going to be another excellent ride for both competitive and social cyclists at this year’s 2018 Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic. The Amashova team has been hard at work all year and we are so grateful for the full support the City of eThekweni and Msunduzi give this event to ensure that all participants have the day of their lives whilst enjoying the freedom of the City for one day of the year!”

For more information on the Tsogo Sun Amashova, please visit www.shova.co.za.

 

 

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