The Tshwane Classic this year will have significantly reduced entry fees in the face of South Africa’s current tough economic climate, organiser Mauritz Meyer announced at the race’s launch today.
Entries for the second edition of the 98km event in November have been opened and have been reduced to an affordable R330.
“With entry numbers in all cycling races declining consistently over the past two years we are hearing punch-drunk consumers loud and clear,” Meyer said.
“Statistics show the number of cyclists in South Africa keeps increasing, yet participation totals in events are plummeting in many cases.
“Our economy is under pressure and we would like to break down the financial barrier to entry and make the race as accessible as possible to everyone.”
Total road closure would also be implemented for the race on November 4, Meyer added.
“The logistics around ensuring full closure on a road circuit is a massive task and the Tshwane Metro worked tirelessly and relentlessly to ensure their plan was executable last year.
“With the assistance of a massive personnel base from SAPS and Tshwane Metro Police all bus and taxi routes were diverted and the race route closed effectively.
“The Tshwane Metro is serious about the event and it’s positioning alongside the two other big city road races. It is wonderful for us to be a part of the process.”