With entries for the Kremetart Tour open, riders wanting to enjoy the hospitality of the long-running Louis Trichardt race should waste no time booking their places.
The 28th edition of the event takes place on June 3, testing the field over 175km in four stages during the day.
The race attracted some quality riders last year with the elite men’s title going to Team RoadCover professional Bradley Potgieter and former national road champion An-Li Kachelhoffer taking the women’s event.
This year ASG Events have stepped in to assist the organisers in the staging of the race, hoping to ensure it retains its spot on the national cycling calendar.
ASG chief executive Wynand de Villiers they felt the Kremetart was an important part of the racing scene in South Africa.
“It has been a pillar of the sport for 27 years and every year it attracts a field of almost 1 000 riders,” he said.
“Positioned just before the onset of winter, it gives riders the chance to experience the wonderful sunny climate in Louis Trichardt.”
He said the food stops which occurred during each stage and had attained legendary status, with great camaraderie at the Potjiekos Party after the final stage on the Saturday evening.
ASG Events have agreed to help the race by providing an online entry solution at cost, as well as marketing the event free of charge.
The race is a boost for the Louis Trichardt community, providing cycling and fundraising opportunities for local bodies.
Presented by the Soutpansberg Cycling Club and a variety of sponsors in Louis Trichardt, the Kremetart not only aims to develop cycling in the region, it also helps to raise funds for a number of community and service organisations, who assist in the running of the event.
De Villiers said he felt the entry fee of R950 provided good value for what riders received during the day’s racing.
“Those who have ridden the Kremetart know what an absolutely stunning job they do with the event and what a fantastic visit it is to the beautiful town of Louis Trichardt.
“The potjie evening is always memorable and it really is a one-of-a-kind event.”