The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge together with Cycling South Africa is delighted to announce that the 2015 race will be hosting three international women’s teams, top local women’s teams and composite invitational teams from across Africa.
Bigla Pro Cycling Team, Team Liv Plantur and Team Tibco SVB will be travelling to the event from overseas to join South Africa’s Activate/Demacon, Time Freight eTeam, BestMed ASG Women’s Cycling and Clover Prestigio as well as composite invitational teams from South Africa, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Israel, Namibia, Rwanda and Mauritius.
The teams will be presented at a press conference ahead of the event, where international super-cyclist, Marianne Vos will discuss the teams’ intentions for the race.
Earlier this year, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) granted the Cycle Challenge women’s race UCI 1.1 status, which means cyclists have the opportunity to earn valuable UCI points in their attempts to strengthen their chances for Olympic places for Rio 2016.
The news builds on the event’s already strong focus on female cyclists. Last year, Momentum brought Vos to Johannesburg to race in the Cycle Challenge along with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, South Africa’s international cycling champion. Vos and Moolman-Pasio took 1st and 2nd places respectively in the 2014 Cycle Challenge women’s race.
“We are thrilled that Marianne enjoyed her experience with us last year and that she is coming back in 2015 to welcome the racing women’s teams to the event,” said Momentum head of sponsorships, Carel Bosman.
CyclingSA has shown their full support for the ranking of the event by stepping in to assist the teams with rider accommodation and logistics. The UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Africa has also hosted a women’s only training camp for African riders leading up to the event.
The awarding of the UCI 1.1 ranking for the ladies, adds a new level of excitement to the race, now in its 19th year and organizers are proud of the opportunity this affords the ladies and the contribution this makes to women’s cycling. Besides adding this opportunity and a level of prestige to the race, we are also heartened that the Cycle Challenge is one of a few cycling events that offers female racers their own peloton and equal prize-money to the men.
The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge takes place on Sunday 15 November 2015 at the Riversands Commercial Park. For media enquiries or accreditation, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information go to www.cyclechallenge.co.za