A new venue, revamped routes and a mountain bike relay will give this year’s Takealot Satellite Classic a fresh look when it takes place in mid-October.
The race village has been moved to Bekker High School in Magaliesburg, where all the events will start and finish.
The traditional two road races on the menu will take place on October 12, while the maiden mountain bike relay will now provide an alternative competitive option on October 13.
The Satellite Classic, which comes at the height of the second half of the road racing season, is a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
The feature race, which takes place near Hartbeespoort Dam, has been shortened from 110km to 106km and will offer a variation of the traditional route.
The most telling change is the 4km Hekpoort climb, which now comes 8km into the race instead of providing a sting in the tail near the end.
The last stretch is technical with a short climb up to the finish, including a left turn approximately 100m before the line.
The shorter option has been adapted from 84km to 31km to cater for a broader audience.
It includes very little climbing, which makes it an ideal opportunity for beginners and social riders to experience racing conditions.
The mountain bike relay is over 40km and caters for teams of two, three and four riders in open and school categories.
Road race (106km): R400
Road race (31km): R170
MTB relay (40km): R300 (two riders), R450 (three), R600 (four)
Registration is from 9am to 5pm on October 10 at the ASG Concept Store in Olympus Road, Pretoria, and from 9am to 5pm on October 11 at the Wanderers Club at 21 North Street in Illovo, Johannesburg.
Entries close at 11.59pm on October 2.
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