A fourth stage will be added to the Tankwa Trek next year, event organisers Dryland Event Management announced today.
The race, the only UCI S1-category stage race in South Africa, will see the newly introduced 32km stage on the first day – Thursday, February 7 – followed by the three longer stages.
Race organiser Henco Rademeyer expressed excitement at the addition to the race, which takes place through the Witzenberg Valley.
“We are really excited to add a new opening stage,” he said. “Since the inception of the Tankwa Trek in 2013 there has been an explosion of trails around the race village at Kaleo Manor.
“Ernst van Dyk and his team have done a superb job building the trails,” he added.
The reason behind the addition, he said, was because the UCI had slightly changed their regulations regarding stage races. A fourth stage was therefore added to enable the Tankwa Trek to maintain its S1 status.
He said the extra 32km of racing would not affect the entry fee, meaning full medical support, the well-stocked Dryland water points and media coverage would essentially be free of change.