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2015-04-30 14:59

THE inaugural Hibiscus Coast Cycling Festival will witness an array of cycle racing for cyclists of all ages when Margate plays host to the Hibiscus Coast Classic on Saturday 2 May.

A change to the route will now see cyclists tackle a scenic 15.5km loop through the Hibiscus Coast Municipality region with the number of laps dependent on the route distance entered.

The Hibiscus Coast Classic is aimed at the young-age categories from U10 to the veteran age categories of 60+ years, as well as the Elite-U23 and junior classes.

Racing in the various categories starts at 10am until about 3.30pm. Roads will be closed to traffic during this time.

South Africa and Africa’s road cycling teams that are competing in the UCI category 1.2 races on Friday 1 May and Sunday 3 May are welcome to enter and compete in the Hibiscus Coast Classic.

Competing in the Saturday event would provide great exposure to the teams, as it is the exact same route that will be used for the Sunday race.

A cocktail evening in true South Coast hospitality fashion will follow the cycle race where drinks and snacks will be provided.

Slotting perfectly in between the UCI Cat 1.2 Maritzburg Margate Mayday­ Classic (Friday 1 May) and the Hibiscus Coast Cycle Challenge (Sunday 3 May), the Hibiscus Coast Classic offers all cyclists the chance to compete.

The lure of full road closure along the entire route is paramount for cycling safety, and the attractive prize money is sure to appeal to the greater cycling public with a total prize purse of R45 000 up for grabs.

Proceeds from the race will go towards donating 50 bicycles valued at R100 000 for local community development­ as part of the KZN Cycling Development Programme. The bicycles are single-speed road bikes with durable tyres suitable for on-road and gravel travel.

Uplifting the local community aims to see the pupils competing in the scheduled Chainworx KZN Series at the Dezzi Raceway in Oslo Beach from May. Racing on a closed motor racing circuit, free from public transport, is open to all age groups on any type of bicycle in a safe environment.

The criterium races aim to get schools onto road bikes where parents are too scared to let their children cycle on the road.

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