Developing the Tshwane Classic into one of the country’s elite road cycling races is at the top of the agenda for Mauritz Meyer as he contemplates the event on November 5.
He believes the Tshwane Classic will, in time, reach this level.
“With an excellent route, the backing of the metro and support from the local community, everything is in our favour to make this a must-do race in the next few years,” he said.
Meyer, who has a legacy in politics and Springbok rugby, said the support from the metro was crucial in making the event a success.
“Once I had met with the council, everybody got behind the project as they wanted to use the occasion to promote not only the race, but also Tshwane as a top tourist destination.
“That is why we have created a route that starts and finishes at the Voortrekker Monument and takes in landmarks such as the Union Buildings, Paul Kruger statue, Freedom Park and Wonderboom Airport.”
Consolidating the metro’s support of the event was their agreement to total road closure for the 98km race, which Meyer said was a huge bonus for the safety of the cyclists.
He added that, thanks to the metro’s maintenance, the roads being used on the route were in excellent condition and would make for a safe and exciting event.