Riders of all ages will be accommodated as organisers of the Tshwane Classic strive to ensure there is a family festival element when it takes place in Pretoria on November 5.
Apart from the 98km and 60km races, a series of routes in the grounds of the Voortrekker Monument has been set up to ensure nobody misses out on the fun.
Tshwane Classic spokesman Mauritz Meyer, who is working with ASG Events on the race, said they wanted children from a few days old to senior veterans to join them for the event.
“We are starting at the very beginning,” he said, “and this is even for those who may still be in their prams.”
Parents with children up to two years old could enjoy a relaxing stroll over 500 metres and while there will be no winners, every participant will receive a medal and a gift-pack.
Meyer said the next group, from two to five, would ride over a course of 500m on anything with wheels.
“It does not have to be a bicycle and this will also be a race for fun, with medals and gift-packs for all riders.”
Meyer said a big attraction for the children’s races would be the fact that these took place entirely within the grounds of the monument.
“There is no traffic in the grounds so the safety factor will not be an issue. Even the longer race, over 5km for children up to 10 years, will be on the grounds and without traffic concerns.”
To help youngsters experience the real thing, he added that they would have their own finish area, passing over a mat which would ring a bell when they crossed the line.
“The entry fee is just R50, part of which will be donated to needy children to provide clothing for the winter months,” said Meyer.
“In more than one way, we want the Tshwane Classic to become known as the race that cares.”