The East Rand Classic will move to a new date next year, taking place in early April instead of its traditional date at the end of that month.
ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said the new dates would boost the profile of the event.
“It is nicely situated between the Cape Town Cycle Tour (March 8) and Tour Durban (April 27), so we believe there will be plenty of incentive for cyclists to enter the Classic,” he said. “It remains one of the most popular races in the region.”
He added that they would again be offering a full package of events over the two days, with the start and finish venues at an Airports Company South Africa parkade adjacent to the OR Tambo International airport.
The programme will kick off with the mountain-bike races of 50km and 25km on the Saturday.
On Sunday, the 98km classic will get under way at 6.15am, with the 45km race starting at 7.50am.
Oosthuizen said the new race venue proved a success this year, providing a much better logistical outcome in terms of access, security and parking.
“The space available in the parkade allows us to create a venue which is user-friendly for both cyclists and spectators.”