A variety of entry options for the Takealot Jock Classic are among the key changes to one of South Africa’s longest running and arguably most challenging road cycle races, which takes place in Mpumalanga on July 13.
Covering a distance of around 150km and incorporating the towns of Nelspruit, White River and Sabie, this event offers a unique package in which the overall route is divided into three stages, all taking place on the same day.
This year race organisers ASG Events want to make sure nobody gets left out by offering various race options as an alternative to the full feature event.
This means participants will be able to enter the first, second or third stages, which will cover 40.9km, 45.3km and 63.7km respectively. There will be specific starting times for each leg.
Those who enter two or three stages will have meals included in the overall package.
The race will start and finish at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, with the elite and U23 riders beginning the first stage at 6.30am.
The second stage will get under way at Rob Ferreira High School in White River at 9.10am and the final stage, from Sabie back to Nelspruit, will start at Sabie Primary School at 12.40pm.
The organisers encourage local clubs and cycling supporters to join them at the finish at Mbombela Stadium, where there will be a festival atmosphere.
Children up to the age of 12 will be catered for in the Jock Junior race, which will offer three distances within the safety of the Mbombela Stadium precinct.
For those up to the age of six, there will a 750m route and entrants must be accompanied by a parent on foot.
The six to 12 category can choose between routes of 1.2km or 3km and can be accompanied by an adult on a bike if they don’t feel confident on their own.
These will start at 10am (750m), 10.30 (1.2km) and 11am (3km). Helmets are compulsory.
The entry fees are R700 for the full race, R550 for two stages and R270 for one stage. Breakfast and lunch are provided for those who enter the first two stages.
Riders will also receive High 5 nutritional supplements and, for non-elite participants, a R200 voucher to be used at www.asgstore.com.
This content was sponsored by ASG Events.