Ready to take part in next week’s Tshwane Classic, the Danish embassy in Pretoria will add an international flavour when a group of their members take part in the various races.
Shaping up as one of the country’s major road events, the feature race in Pretoria will be over 98km, starting and finishing at the Voortrekker Monument on November 5.
Total road closure has been organised for the three road races – the other distances are 60km and 20km – and Danish embassy sector adviser Kristoffer Moller said they were excited to be part of the event.
“In Denmark, cycling is very much part of our lives and children as young as three and four already learn how to cycle,” he said.
“We realised here is an aligned agenda so let’s all chip in and make it a success,” said Moller.
“It is also a way for the embassy to pay something back to the city where it’s located. This sort of involvement is very important to us.”
Moller said their entry had created much spirit among the staff members who would be competing, while it gave them an opportunity to again work with the Mamelodi group, the Tshwane Urban Riders.
“This is a group who have become quite formalised and offer opportunities for members of the local community to get involved in cycling,” he said.
“They promote it as a form of recreation, but also as a way of cheap and beneficial transport.”
Riding in the Danish colours of red and white, Moller said they would have entries in all the offerings at the Tshwane Classic, including the kiddies’ races which will be held within the grounds of the Voortrekker Monument.