First entries see big names ahead of 2016 SA Road Champs (KZN)

The 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships, which is expecting to see some of the country’s biggest names in cycling on the start line, is just less than a month away, and brings with it two exciting competition venues on offer in sunny KwaZulu-Natal from 10-14 February.

The four-day 2016 competition will be taking place over five days in two supreme race venues. The Time Trial and the Para-cycling divisions will be hosted in the Wartburg / Noodsburg / Harburg area from 10-12 February, with the Road Races taking place in Westville/ Durban from 13-14 February. Great cycling stars will be heading to the province with guns blazing to compete for their chance at the “National Champion” title, and well-respected National Champion Jersey.

Race organiser, Kelvin du Sart says that it is all-systems go ahead of the event, and he is excited to have the SA Road Champs on KwaZulu-Natal’s roads once again. “From our side, we’re all ready to go – logistics, service providers – all A-for-away,” he said.

 
Big names such as Louis Meintjes (front) and Daryl Impey (third) will be heading to KZN to compete in the The 2016 SA Road Championships from 10-14 Ferbuary.

Big names such as Louis Meintjes (front) and Daryl Impey (third) will be heading to KZN to compete in the The 2016 SA Road Championships from 10-14 Ferbuary.

 

“And we’ve just had a look at the first batch of entries – names like Impey, Meintjes and Janse van Rensburg all coming through for it, so we’re going to be seeing a lot of the big guns,” he added.

Du Sart also stressed the importance of road closures to an event of this stature, and mentioned that there will be full closure of the M13 in Westville for the Road Races on Saturday and Sunday.

For those participating in the Time Trial or Para-cycling divisions, there are great accommodation rates on offer in Wartburg. For detailed information about the accommodation that is available, please visit the Cycling SA website.

Riders wishing to compete must be in possession of a Full Racing Licence, which is for riders from the age of 17-years-old who would like to be eligible for provincial and national selection and championship (for riders under 16, a Cycling SA Membership is required to participate). All Cycling SA members may make use of the great preferential rates offered by Europcar South Africa for your travel requirements if you’re visiting from out of town. To book your rental through your online membership portal, click here: http://csams.cyclingsa.com/

Online pre-entries are open, and close on Monday 1 February 2016 at midnight. Click here to enter: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/.

For event information, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-road-champs/, or contact Kelvin du Sart on kzncycling@iafrica.com 082 446 9833, or Michelle Matthews on matthewsmichelle68@gmail.com 084 407 5566.

Attention Time Trial participants: Please note the TT bike measurements

TT Bike measurements

The following is a description of the permitted bike measurements for the 2016 South African National Road Championships

Deep section wheels and disc wheel are permitted and this also applies to the U16 age group.

3. What is the correct weight for road bikes?

The minimum weight of the bicycle (in working order) is 6.800 kg, considered without on-board accessories in place, that is to say those items that may be removed during the event. The bottles, on-board computers and GPS systems must be removed during the weight check. However, the bottle cages, fixture systems and clipped-on extensions are part of the bicycle and stay in place during the weighing.

4. The gauge must allow the following dimensions to be checked:

A) The 50mm distance between the tip of the saddle and the centre of the bottom bracket axle, with measurement marks displayed every centimetre as a minimum,

B) The distance from the centre of the bottom bracket axle to the extremity of the handlebars; which must not exceed 750mm,

C) The distance between the centre of the bottom bracket axle and the centre of the front wheel axle, which must be between 540 and 650mm,

D) The distance between the centre of the bottom, bracket axle and the centre of the rear wheel axle, which must be between 350 and 500mm.

Figure 1 illustrates the measurements of the bicycle that the measuring jig must be able to assess, as defined in point 4.