A new junior men’s category will add a fresh dimension to the Bestmed Jock Classic when the 155km road race takes place in Mpumalanga next month.
The race on July 14 will take riders along a route from Mbombela to White River and Sabie, divided into stages of 48km, 45km and 62km respectively.
ASG Events acting chief executive Fritz Pienaar said the junior men’s event would provide a separate race for the younger riders.
“The difference to the main event is that the junior men will start at White River and will only be doing stages two and three.
“However, in order for them to have their own starting batch and commissaire there will have to be at least 30 entrants.
“Should there be fewer than 30 participants they will be moved to the open-batch starting time.”
Pienaar added that there were several benefits to competing in one of the oldest road races in the country, which compared favourably to similar events on the international stage.
“The Jock Classic has some of the most beautiful routes in the country and includes climbs which provide a good idea of what riders can experience in overseas events,” said Pienaar.
“It’s the perfect opportunity for riders to stay in shape during the winter months.
Entries for the event close on July 4, but he said there was an incentive for riders to submit their names by June 25.
“Those who have entered and paid the entry fee by then will receive a R150 voucher which can be redeemed at any ASG store,” he said.