The KwaZulu-Natal Summer Series for Men takes place in the city of Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March. Event organiser, Alec Lenferna has said that preparations have gone very well so far, and that the host city is ready for the weekend.
“It is really gratifying to see the level of support shown, as well as the interest by the teams,” said Mr Lenferna.
Twenty-nine teams will be taking part in the two-day series from all over South Africa. Some of these teams are South Africa’s top professional cycling teams, as well as some international riders from Africa who are currently competing at the African Continental Track Championships in Durban.
“This shows that there is a desire for road cycling races of this nature and a need for it,” he added.
Mr Lenferna mentioned that organisers have once again had tremendous support from the local traffic and road departments.
When chatting about the races, Mr Lenferna said: “We are ready to go! Saturday afternoon we start at 12:30. We’re expecting this race to be pretty quick – it’s probably going to be a sprinter’s race.
“Then on Sunday is 135-kilometre race, which is on a much more arduous course. The guys are going to have to work a lot harder. We have the series format in place, which means that the riders will have to actually ride hard both days in order to be an overall contender of both days.”
Mr Lenferna also extended his gratitude to KwaZulu-Natal Sport and Recreation as well as the City of Pietermaritzburg for making the series a reality. “It is another step in ensuring the consolidation of Pietermaritzburg as the Bike City for Africa,” he concluded.
Although some rain and showers are predicted for the night time, race organisers are confident that there will be an excellent display of racing regardless of the conditions.
For more information about the KZN Summer Series, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-kzn-summer-series-for-men/.