The organisers of the Amashova Durban Classic yesterday announced that an extended route will form part of the event when it takes place on October 21.
This is the first time in its history that the longer 160km route will be included in the event.
It will start at the same point as the existing 106km route, in front of the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, but an additional loop has been added via Richmond before riders rejoin the Comrades Marathon route to Durban.
Race director Annie Batchelder said they were really excited about adding a challenging 160km route to their already popular 106km, 65km and 35km distances.
“Not only will the Amashova be one of the very few races in South Africa to offer this kind of extreme distance, but the hills and overall profile of the Richmond area will in their own right push the limits of the brave athletes and cyclists prepared to take on the challenge,” she said.
Qualification for the longer route would be based on entrants’ personal seeding index.
The Amashova Durban Classic welcomes the country’s top elites each year. Team BCX’s Nolan Hoffman took his sixth title last year, a tally that matched Malcolm Lange’s. Lange is one of the country’s most successful cyclists.
It was also announced that this race will be included in the Gran Fondo World Tour.