South Africa will be hosting the Confederation of Cycling Road Cycling Championships this year for the first time.
The three-day continental road cycling showcase event will take place in rural Wartburg outside Pietermaritzburg, Africa’s “Bike City”, from February 9 to 14.
This will follow immediately after the South African Road Championships in Mbombela, providing a key fortnight opportunity for elite road cyclists from 26 African nations to test themselves and earn crucial Olympic qualifying points for their federation in the process.
The time trial and road races will use the tried and tested courses used for the UWCT Final in 2012, using 24km and 42km laps between Wartburg and Harburg to stage the elite, Under 23 and junior races for men and women.
Event director Alec Lenferna said the African Road Championships was the biggest road cycling event that South Africa has ever hosted.
He added that Cycling South Africa had earned the respect of the continental and international governing bodies through hosting nine major road, BMX, track and MTB events since the Worlds View Challenge races in 2008.
“After hosting the MTB World Champs and MTB Marathon World Champs, hosting these events shows that Cycling South Africa is not stagnating,” said Lenferna.
Visit African Continental Road Cycling Championships for more event information.