The 2016 Mpumalanga Cycle Tour is attracting great interest from professional and non-professional cyclists alike as entries begin to pour in for the Forever Corporate Cycle Challenge coming next month.
The Forever Corporate Cycle Challenge gives corporate teams of any size the opportunity to ride the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour race routes alongside professional riders, without every rider having to ride every stage of the race.
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Non-professional teams can join the pros on each of the six stages from 18 to 23 January, covering a total of 749km around Mpumalanga. The route climbs more than a total of 11 500m and takes riders through areas including Loskop Dam, Barberton, Hazyview and Pilgrims Rest. The route also includes the Panorama Route, Blyde Canyon and Graskop with the race ending at the Forever Hotel at White River.
The best time of a team rider for each stage will be taken into account in determining the non-professional team’s overall time for the Tour.
“We trust that companies will take up the challenge to allow their riders to participate in this ‘Tour de Force’ and have the opportunity to ride in the tracks of the late Ertjies Bezuidenhout and other well-known South African cyclists from yesteryear,” said event organiser Hendrik Wagener.
The Forever Corporate Cycle Challenge will carry a first prize of R10 000, second prize of R5 000 and the team finishing third will get R3 000, with the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour carrying a total prize purse of R200 000.
The Tour has sparked great interest, with teams and riders from all over Mpumalanga, the country and even the African continent set to compete for the spoils.