Seventy-one athletes representing 20 Nations will be competing in the opening round of the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup this weekend at Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg, from 7-8 May. The two-day competition will see Para-cyclists tackle the Time Trial event (Saturday) and the Road Race event (Sunday), while South Africa’s top junior road cyclists will be competing on the same days.
The route incorporates the start/finish at Alexandra Park, and follows the neighbouring roads to form a circular loop around the Park. Portions of all of these roads will be fenced off and closed to traffic for the protection of the disabled athletes as well as other road users.
Cycling South Africa urges residents and motorists to the area to plan alternative routes beforehand.
The route will utilise the following roads:
· PARK DRIVE
· COLLEGE ROAD
· TOPHAM ROAD
· FRENCH ROAD
· ALEXANDRA ROAD
· CHIEF ALBERT LETHULI
The races start at 08:00 each day and will be completed by 16:00.
The way the traffic system will work for these two days are as follows:
· Park Drive – FULL ROAD CLOSURE – no access from 06:00-17:00
· College Road – one lane open with managed traffic flow with stop/go system in both directions
· Topham Road – one lane open with traffic flow towards French Road only
· French Road - one lane open with managed traffic flow with stop/go system in both directions
· Alexandra Road – single lane traffic flow in both directions
· Chief Albert Lethuli – single lane traffic flow into town
Traffic marshals on motorbikes will be positioned in each of the roads and will patrol these roads so as to assist all residents to be able to exit and access the area safely and as quickly as possible.
On Friday 6 May, the circular loop of Park Drive and Balmoral Drive (within the Alexandra Park grounds) will be closed to traffic from 14:00-17:00 for the Junior Criterium and the Para-cycling Team Relay.
Pietermaritzburg, Africa’s Bike City, is all set to welcome the national and international Para-cyclists and has become known as the leader in hosting prestigious internationally acclaimed events. Over the past seven years in particular, Pietermaritzburg has hosted the 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 UCI MTB World Cups, 2009 and 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cups, 2011 and 2013 Msunduzi Road Challenge (UWCT qualifier event), 2010 UCI BMX World Championships, 2012 UWCT Final (Masters Road World Championships), 2013 UCI MTB Masters World Championships, 2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships, 2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships and the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup.
Pietermaritzburg will also host the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship event, further entrenching the City of Choice as Africa’s Bike City.
More information can be found here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-uci-para-road-world-cup/. Spectators are welcome to come and support the local and international riders that will be participating, and the pit area is open for people to meet their cycling heroes.