Amashova Africa's only qualifier for UWCT

KwaZulu-Natal’s popular Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic road cycle race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban will be the new South African qualifying event for the 2015 UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) when it takes place on 12 October 2014. The Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic replaces the Msunduzi Road Challenge as the only African qualifier for the UCI’s Amateur Road World Championships.

The 106km road cycling classic, which begins in Pietermaritzburg at the City Hall and finishes at Suncoast on Durban’s Golden Mile, is KwaZulu-Natal’s premier cycling race and has been in existence since 1986. Last year, a total of 11000 cyclists took part in the mass-participation event, a testament to its popularity.  For those cyclists looking for something a little shorter, then the 65km half challenge from Cato Ridge to Durban is available, as well as the even shorter 35km route from Hillcrest to Durban.

Right on the Night race organiser, Annie Batchelder, said: “With the decision to add exciting new events to our line up, cyclists and spectators can expect to see a variety of riders crossing the finish, which always creates an adrenaline rush for all. For the more serious riders, there’s the criterium and for the kids, a fun ride which is set to commence along the newly completed Snell Parade to Durban’s Blue Lagoon and back. This way, with so much on offer, we have pedalling good fun for everyone."

For detailed information, route info and accommodation specials with Tsogo Sun for the 2014 Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic, click here.

The UWCT is known as the amateur Worlds qualifying series, and consists of 15 qualifying events all over the world. These events qualify the top 25% in each Masters’ age group for the Amateur Road World Championships, where the champions are awarded with the coveted rainbow jersey. Click here for information regarding the UCI World Cycling Tour.

To enter, click here. Entries close on Monday 8 September at 16:00. For any further information, you may call the race organisers during office hours, on 031 312 8896.