What you need to know about SA Road Champs

Hundreds of keen cyclists have registered for the 2016 edition of the SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships, and are beginning to arrive in KwaZulu-Natal for the star-studded event, which runs from 10-14 February. This year’s line up includes a greater number of UCI WorldTour riders with big cycling names like Louis Meintjes (Lampre Merida), Daryl Impey (ORICA-GreenEDGE), and the South African riders from Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka – Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Jaco Venter, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Nicolas Dougall, Johann van Zyl and Songezo Jim.

Added to this line-up are many more high-ranking men who will set out to claim the honourable title and all-important National Champion’s Jersey, with riders representing Team Telkom, Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team, Lights by Linea, Team RoadCover, Kargo Pro MTB Team, Pro Touch Global SA, <any more?>

The women’s field also offers an accomplished line-up, including UCI Women’s Tour competitors Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla Pro Cycling Team), Lise Olivier (Team Bizkaia-Durango) and An-Li Kachelhoffer (Lotto-Soudal Ladies), as well as riders representing Team Activate/DEMACON, Time Freight eTeam, Team BestMed ASG, Team Valencia, Team Bianchi and the Clover Prestigio team amongst others.

In the Para-cycling race, various classes will see the familiar faces of multiple Olympian and multiple World Champion Ernst van Dyk (H5 handcyclist), Double World Champions Justine Asher (H2 handcyclist) and Pieter du Preez (H1 handcyclist) and Tricyclists George Rex (T1) and Goldy Fuchs (T2) amongst others take to the start line.

RACE BIBLE and START TIMES

The all-important Race Bible, which is packed with all the information that competitors, spectators and cycling fans need to know about the Championship event, can be downloaded here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160209_CSA-RACE-BIBLE-gs.pdf. This includes details of the Race Permanence as well as the start times for all the races.

ROAD CLOSURES

Please be aware that in order to ensure our cyclists’ safety for the duration of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships, certain roads will be closed in Wartburg/Noodsberg/Harburg from 08:00 to approximately 13:30 on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February; and a large section of the M13 in Westville from 03:00 to 15:00 on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February. All Road Closure details, as well as alternative routes, have been placed on the event website and can be viewed here:

·       https://cyclingsa.squarespace.com/s/Detours-SA-National-TT-Champs-10-11Feb.pdf

·       http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160121_SAs-Detours-2016.pdf

CYCLE SAFETY and RULES OF THE ROAD

While certain roads have been closed during the Championship event, Cycling SA appeals to all participants to remain vigilant and cognisant of the fact that the other roads serve as alternative routes, and that there are residents and businesses that require those roads to continue their daily activities. We urge you to ride responsibly and within the yellow line and adhere to the rules of the road for your own safety and for those around you whilst on your training rides. This particularly applies to the TT venue in Wartburg/Noodsberg/Harburg farming area where tractors and vehicles are using the road as part of their daily business function. We appeal to you as cyclists, team managers and crew to remain polite to the locals and fellow road users in the lead up and during to the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships.

WELCOME MESSAGE

President of KwaZulu-Natal Cycling, Greg Stedman, said: “KwaZulu-Natal has been fortunate to host a number of high profile cycling events over the past few years. This has been largely thanks to our partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation. This partnership has been extremely beneficial to the sport of cycling in KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa. We have benefited from being able to host these prestigious events in KwaZulu-Natal and raise the profile of our sports men and women, being able to attend these events in their home country and province.”

SUPPORT OUR GREAT RIDERS

Come and support South Africa’s greatest road cyclists in their quest to be crowned the SA National Road Champion. There is no entry fee to watch this fantastic display of road cycling, but please take note of the road closures and alternative routes in order to get to the race venue.

For further event information, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-road-champs/.

ENDS