Race taps into the heart of the Midlands
It’s about to happen again under the guise of a new name. Previously known as the Compendium Midmar-Notts Road Cycle Race, this popular cycling event has been renamed as the Compendium Midlands Road Cycle Race.
The race, organised entirely by the Burg Wheelers Cycling Club based in Pietermaritzburg, and their race organiser Warwick Weedon, will take place on Sunday, February 17. Michaelhouse is again the start/finish venue.
The longer distances will serve as an excellent “tester” for those cyclists planning to take part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour. E-Bikes are welcome to enter the 50km ride where they will have their own batch starting at a respectable 7.30am.
There will be two distances on offer; 80km (5.50am start for tandems and the various batches departing at 5 min intervals) and 50km (6.20am, with the various batches leaving at 5 min intervals). The 80km route will be the same as last year: straight down the R103 to just south of Midmar Dam, then a “U turn”, heading back north with the undulating challenge of Dargle Road to the end of the turn; then a second “U turn” and the uphill slog to Michaelhouse – some 1200m of climbing – a good test for “Suikerbossie” down south.
The 50km race heads south to the T junction south of the Midmar Dam Wall and returns, giving riders elevation gain of some 600m.
The tried and tested family orientation of the race will again be a feature of this year’s edition. Upon finishing, hot showers and various Midlands food stalls will be there to welcome the riders with true Midlands hospitality. Many of these will be serving a much-needed coffee or snack before the start of the race.
Prize giving will commence at 10.30 am with a total of R17 950 spread across all categories and distances, together with a generous number of quality lucky-draw prizes.
Excellent safety will be provided by professionals, road traffic officers and a host of marshals; on-site medical facilities and sweep vehicles will be on hand to collect any rider who needs to opt out.
Burg Wheelers, as in the past, will repair the more major potholes along the route.
As always, the organisers are thankful to the local drivers and residents who have been most considerate in accommodating the race on their roads.
Info: Late entries will be accepted at the start and further information can be found on the ROAG website. Roag Tel 086 100 7624; fax 086 546 9000; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.roag.co.za or race director (Warwick Weedon) on 083 794 1158.