Bigger and better ROAG this year

2013-02-23 00:00


FOLLOWING the success of last year’s inaugural ROAG Series powered by Quattro, ROAG promise that this year is going to be even bigger and better.

Earlier this year, the races that form part of the 2013 ROAG Series powered by Quattro were released to the public to great excitement. Including three of the province’s largest events — The Sunday Tribune Jeep Hill 2 Hill, the Karkloof Classic MTB Festival and the 4ever Cycles MTB Classic — the Series includes six of the largest ROAG-administered races, as well as three wild card events.

The 4ever Cycles Wartburg MTB Classic takes place today and is the first event in the Roag Series. The race, in its ninth year, is expecting an increase in cyclists on the track, who will be handled by a combination of batching and multi-tracking.

“All our single-tracks have two [or in some cases three] track options, which intensifies that ‘race-your-mate’ feeling, but dissipates the cycle traffic effectively. Also, being a part of the ROAG Series again this year, we believe the popularity of the race will be boosted further still,” said event organiser Antony Jarvie.

The race is introducing a 62 km marathon option, in addition to the traditional 45 km Classic. For the enthusiasts, there is a 25 km MTB ride and a 10 km Fun ride. For trail runners who enjoy cool forest track, there is a 10 km trail run that can be run on its own or combined with the 25 km MTB ride for the Multisport option.

Registration opens at 5.30 am until 8.30 am and late entries will be taken. The 10 km Trail Run starts at 6 am while the 62 km MTB race starts at 7.45 am followed by the rest of the MTB races.

The annual Sabie Classic takes place in Sabie today. This is the second time that this event will form part of the global UCI World Marathon Series.

The 2012 edition of the popular annual Sabie Classic was the first time that a race on African soil was part of the International Cycling Union’s World Marathon Series, and so good was the feedback from the international riders that the event has once again been invited to become part of the 2013 UCI series.

International interest includes entries from Germany, France and Malaysia amongst others, and throw into the mix the best that SA has to offer and you can be sure that sparks will fly. In 2011 Karl Platt of Germany became the first non-African to win the race, but 2012 saw Kevin Evans and the other top SA riders reign supreme.With local boy Max Knox a close second last year and his recent victory at the Barberton race fresh in his memory, he is sure to want to make it two for two.


The Burg Wheelers Battery Centre Noodsberg Road Cycle Challenge takes place tomorrow morning from the Noodsberg Country Club. According to the organisers, they have listened to the feedback from riders and improved all round.

“There are new distances, new routes and no more bumpy tar!” said Gill Bure, one of the organisers. Four races offer something for every ability — a two kilometre around the circle for the kiddies, a 27 km for the fun riders, a 65 km for the fit ones and 90 km for the super fit, the last long ride before the Pick n Pay Cape Argus! Water bottles will be given to the first 400 riders through registration, and medals will be awarded to the first 600 finishers. R10 000 worth of prize money is up for grabs.


Triathletes and multisporters will be gearing up for the CompliMed Midlands Ultra on March 2 and 3; a full weekend of action which includes a kids splash & dash race, a sprint triathlon, Ultra fun run and the Ultra Triathlon. Further info on

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