Improvements to the starting and finishing area at the Bestmed Satellite Classic later this month are designed to ensure a memorable experience for riders in the road cycling extravaganza.
With three distances on offer – 60km, 80km and 106km – there is plenty of choice for cyclists of all levels and ASG Events have focused closely on creating top-class conditions for the participants.
The races will take place on October 22 near Hartbeestpoort Dam in North West and ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said they had invested heavily in the infrastructure since moving to the new venue at Saloon Route 66 three years ago.
“Specifically we have tarred a section of road to serve as the start and finish area,” De Villiers said.
“This section measures more than 500 metres and we’ve also made it a metre wider to ensure the riders do not experience any hassles.”
The races traditionally attract around 3 000 participants and De Villiers said they were mindful of the need to avoid traffic issues.
“We have an agreement in place with the neighbouring farm to create more parking space so that we aren’t dependent on Route 66 alone for parking.”
The ASG Events boss said the Classic had a “nicely balanced route” and provided a useful barometer of riders’ form heading into a number of big races – including next month’s 947 Challenge in Johannesburg – towards the end of the year.
“The first half is fast, but once they hit Hekpoort 30km from the finish things change very quickly,” said De Villiers.
“After Hekpoort the famous Poeierbult has to be overcome. Although it is only 1km in length, it’s a real challenge on tired legs.
“Due to the route we have set up, the overriding feedback from riders over the years has been that if you ride a good Satellite Classic, you’ll have a good 947.”
De Villiers said the 60km, which was introduced for the first time last year, would provide another option to riders who may be looking for a less demanding ride.