Organisers revise road closures

2011-10-29 00:00

THE organisers of the Msunduzi Road Challenge cycle race taking place this weekend have struck a compromise on their road closure plans to ensure the residents in the New Hanover, Dalton and Wartburg areas are not adversely affected.

The race, which offers options of 90 km, 111 km and 126 km from Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg, past Albert Falls dam and traversing the midlands via New Hanover, Dalton, Harburg and Wartburg before returning to the start venue, was initially planned for full road closure for tomorrow’s races.

However, after entering into discussion with residents in the area and businesses that normally operate on Sundays, the race organisers, Cycling South Africa and the Road Traffic Inspectorate have revised the road closure plans to allow for sections of “directional road closure”.

“We are aware that there would have been disruptions to some businesses, churches and events in the area, and while we already had approval for full road closure for the duration of the event, we modified this to minimise the inconvenience of the local residents,” said race director Alec Lenferna.

“Certain sections where the peloton will be tightly bunched will remain full road closure, but we have implemented a directional road closure for large parts of the route that will close the left hand lane that the cyclists will be riding on while allowing traffic to move in the opposite lane in a controlled manner.”

Mountain Bikers can join the action at the Triple Challenge next weekend (Sunday, November 6) as the organisers have opened up the MTB route for a stand-alone mountain biking option, namely the Challenge Mountain Bike. The 52 km mountain bike starts in Camperdown and finishes at Inanda Dam.

The route comprises some fast off–road sections, steep ascents and descents through the Valley of a Thousand Hills and some superb new single track leading into the valley and down to Inanda Dam.

Climatic conditions are another factor to consider and participants may experience extremes between the misty highs of Inchanga to the swealtering 40°C heat of the Inanda Valley. In dry conditions, the top athletes are expected to take around two-and-a-half hours for this leg while on average, cyclists can expect to take three to four hours to complete the route. Entries on ww.roag.co.za

The BSG / Energade Triathlon Series takes place at Midmar Dam tomorrow morning. This event offers a 600 m swim, 20 km cycle and five kilometre run and is open to teams and individuals. For further info log onto www.bsg.co.za

The Triple Challenge celebrates it’s 10th year next Sunday, November 6. This multisport ultra offers a 20 km trail run between Pietermaritzburg and Camperdown, followed by a 53 km MTB leg to Inanda Dam and either a 18 km paddle (Multisport race) or seven kilometre Trail Run (Multi-X option). The event is open to individuals and team combinations. New this year is the introduction of the stand-alone Challenge Trail Run and Challenge Mountain Bike which allows individuals to take on the challenge of these legs on their own. Further info on www.triplechallenge.co.za

Look out for the Matat Fees taking place at the Matatiele Country Club on the weekend of November 12-13.

This year, the organisers are not only hosting a motor-bike and quad ride, but will include a night bowls, fly fishing competition, a golf tournament, a 4x4 outride, a horse fun ride, a mountain bike cycle event and, a fat stock show (Rooi Vleis/Red Meat). Flea market, arts & craft — local & rural, and food stalls will be available all weekend. By public demand, Karen Ferreira and Natures Creation are back! Saturday night’s entertainment will be held at the town hall. For further info log onto www.r56bikeadv.co.za or contact Sakkie Maartens at 083 626 8826.

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