The Satellite Classic, one of the country’s top mass participation races, is set to take centre stage on the road calendar on Saturday, November 28.
The one-day classic – as well as a mountain bike relay on the Sunday – has been acquired by Slipstream Events.
“Race organisers have faced tremendous challenges this year and we are fortunate that the event is scheduled at a time when sport lovers are able to start participating in races again,” said owner Erick Oosthuizen, who is a cycling events veteran.
“We’ve pulled the event together in a fairly short space of time, but I look forward to delivering a quality race to road cyclists and mountain bikers who have been itching to get back in the saddle.”
The event, which starts and finishes at Bekker High School in Magaliesburg, offers 106km and 32km route options as well as a mountain bike team relay.
The 106km race – which is an official seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour – will once again feature the infamous Hekpoort climb about 8km after the start.
According to Oosthuizen, the relatively flat 32km course is perfect for cycling novices, families and riders who are coming back from an extended break.
Participants in both distances must prepare for a technical finale – a short, punchy climb up to the school with a left turn 100m before the finish.
In the mountain bike, teams will compete to see who can complete the most 5km laps in four hours. Riders of all ages are invited to form teams, challenge their mates and enjoy a great day out.
The organisers have put up R45 000 in prize money across the various racing categories in the road races, while the mountain bike relay offers R10 000.
Online entries close at midnight on Sunday (November 22).
Visit www.satelliteclassic.bike for more information.
Published in association with Slipstream events.