World-class cyclists to compete in Pietermaritzburg in February

2008-01-12 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG will welcome high-level competitive road racing to its roads from February 2 to 7 when three International Cycling Union (UCI) teams and a host of South African pro teams will race five events at the Intaka Tech World’s View Challenge.

It is a privilege to host cyclists of this calibre since they bring not only exciting racing, but also exposure and publicity to the capital. They also offer local cycling fans an opportunity to meet some of the best cyclists in the world.

Three confirmed UCI teams have been announced. Team Barloworld, Liquigas and Milram will compete both for points towards the UCI leaderboard and for prize money to the value of R650 000. These teams boast a wealth of international cycling experience, having competed in other UCI events such as the Tour de France and the Tour de Suisse.

Joining the big three names on the starting line are teams from Zambia, Libya and Namibia. They will be cycling alongside local teams MTN, Konica Minolta, Neotel, a South African national team and the Intaka Tech Development Team.

Barloworld team riders are:

Robert Hunter (South Africa), Daryl Impey (South Africa), Christopher Froome (Kenya), Enrico Gasparotto (Italy), Baden Cooke (Australia), Patrick Calcagni (Switzerland) and Christian Pfannberger (Austria).

The Liquigas squad includes:

Daniele Bennati, Leonardo Bertagnolli, Dario Cataldo, Claudio Corioni, Roman Kreuzinger, Vincenzo Nibali, Franco Pellizotti, Filippo Pozzato, Manuel Quinziato, Frederik Willerns and Alessandro Vanotti (all Italy).

Milram’s line-up comprises:

Luca Barla (Italy), Markus Eichler (Germany), Artur Gajek (Germany), Andriy Grivko (Ukraine), Christian Kux (Germany), Dominik Roels (Germany), Bjorne Schroder (Germany), Sebastian Schwager (Germany), Martin Veltis (Slovakia) and Peter Veltis (Slovakia).

Each race caters for a mass participation “open” category, which provides a rare opportunity for local cyclists to race on the same route as the pros over five successive events.

For further details of the event and entry information, log on to www.worldsviewchallenge.co.za

The following routes will be used for the five one-day races (all races start and finish near the cricket Oval in Alexandra Park):

Race 1 starts at 11.30 am on February 2: 111,6 km from PMB-Richmond-Camperdown-PMB.

Race 2 starts at 9.30 am on February 3: 113,4 km from PMB-Thornville-Ashburton (Dardanelles Circuit)-PMB.

Race 3 starts at 9.30 am on February 4: 108 km from PMB-New Hanover-Wartburg-PMB.

Race 4 starts at 9.30 am on February 6: 133,5 km from PMB-Camperdown-Thornville-Richmond-Camperdown-Thornville-PMB.

Race 5 starts at 9.30 am on February 7: 108km from PMB-Edendale-Taylors Halt-Cedara-PMB.

TRIATHLON

January is the triathlon month, it would appear. The next three weekends at Midmar Dam will be action-packed with the BS Duncan Memorial taking place tomorrow, the KZN Triathlon Championships on Sunday, January 20, and the Duel Ultra Triathlon on Sunday, January 27.

Those wishing still to enter tomorrow’s event, the BS Duncan Memorial Triathlon, can register from 5.30 am tomorrow until an hour before each event.

Seven o’clock sees the elites and age-groupers race the full distance over a 1 km swim, 30 km cycle ride and 7,5 km run. For non-swimmers there will be a duathlon over a 4 km run, 30 km cycle and 7,5 km run. The 16-19 age-group race over a 750 m swim, 20 km cycle and 5 km run which starts at 9.30 am and is open to fun and novice athletes.

At 10.30 am the 12-to-15-year-olds race over a 400 m swim, 10 km ride and 2,5 km run. The U12s will race at 11.45 am over a 200 m swim, 5 km ride and 1,25 km run. Details available from Gerrie van Heerden at 072 424 1457.

The highlight of the KZN Triathlon calendar will be the staging of the KZN Triathlon Championships presented by Tri-X Multisport Club.

All these exciting events will ensure that KZN triathletes are well prepared for the SA triathlon championships on February 16 at Orient Beach, East London.

Various age group categories will tackle the course surrounding the Midmar resort at the KZNTA Triathlon Champs. The day will start at 7 am with the age group category, the U23 and Elite, as well as the 16-19 category doing a 1,5 km swim, 40 km cycle and 10 km run.

This will be followed at 10.30 am by the 12-15 age category doing a 400 m swim, 10 km cycle and 2,5 km run. The final event of the day will be the 8-11 age category doing a 200 m swim, 5 km cycle and 1,25 km run. The prizegiving will be at noon.

Entry fees are R80 for competitors 15 years and under, R100 for 16-19 years and R140 for 20 years and older. A penalty of R20 will be charged for late entries on race day.

Registration takes place on the morning before the event between 5.30 am and 6.45 am, with the race briefing for the first event starting at 6.45 am.

For further information, log on to www.kzntriathlon.co.za. A downloadable entry form is available from www.bactive.biz. Otherwise e-mail info@bactive.biz or call B-Active Sports Marketing at 031 5644 062.

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