Amashova Classic is a race that offers something for everyone — young and old alike

2014-10-08 00:00

THE Amashova Classic may seem like a daunting race, but if you are fit and determined to finish, not much stands in the way of doing so.

Those are thoughts of Andy Kudla, chairperson of the East Coast Cycling Club, which is based in Durban.

Theirs is a social cycling club, with some members also focusing on mountain biking. With around 150 members, they cycle often, but do not have any national competitors at the moment.

“We probably have 30 or 40 members taking on the Shova this weekend, and that has been a consistent number in years past,” Kudla told The Witness yesterday.

The chairperson has raced the Classic a number of times, but won’t be doing it this year.

However, he believes the race has something to offer everyone.

“It’s got a bit of everything. There are some difficult hills and some beautiful views, and you get the chance to cycle out into nature. Other races run primarily through urban areas, so the Amashova is refreshing,” he said.

As his club is mainly social, Kudla understands that some people will not be able to race competitively.

But he says that shouldn’t stop them from doing the race.

“You’ve got to do a reasonable amount of training, but if you are fairly fit and pace yourself, you can easily do it,” he said.

“I think the majority of the cyclists in our club could do it, and there are the shorter distances of the race to consider as well.”

ENTRIES:

Cyclists who still haven’t registered to take on the 28th Amashova Classic this weekend need not panic.

There are four different race categories to consider riding: the full 106 km Amashova, the 65 km half race, the 35 km fun ride, and the Minishova for kids.

The full race sees cyclists start at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, while the half race starts at Cato Manor.

The 35 km fun race starts at Lillies Quarter in Old Main Road, Hillcrest.

The Minishova will take place on Saturday at Sunkist Beach, and will feature a 5 km and 1 km race for kids to take part in.

Late registration for all the races will be held at Suncoast Casino on Thursday from 1 pm to 6 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Parents can register their kids for the Minishova at the same times on Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday at 7 am at Sunkist Beach.

This year’s Amashova is part of the UCI World Cycling Tour, which is the amateur world’s qualifier series.

The tour is a series of 15 races around the world that aim to help the top 25 racers in each age group to qualify for the Amateur Road World Championships.

Cyclists are also reminded that they need a licence to participate in races longer than 25 km, in accordance with Cycling South Africa’s (CSA) rules.

You can apply for a full racing licence for R350 at www.cyclingsa.com.

A CSA membership costs R75 and entitles you to enter a race without buying a day licence. However, some provinces charge additional fees.

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