The 947 Ride Joburg grows longer – with big prize money

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The 947 event is a globally regarded one day classic, for all types of riders (Photo: Sonwabo Valashiya)
The 947 event is a globally regarded one day classic, for all types of riders (Photo: Sonwabo Valashiya)
  • You’ll have to ride a few thousand meters more to earn your 94.7 finisher’s medal
  • There is a new start venue, but most of the iconic segments remain – including those sharp climbs
  • If Covid protocols trim the numbers in November, early entrants will be prioritized

Entries have opened for the 25th edition of Gauteng’s favourite road race.

Despite events having to navigate an opaque risk profile, with the threat of a third Coronavirus wave, organisers of the 947 have committed to making this year’s race one to remember – if it happens.

Scheduled for 13 November, the 947 Ride Joburg organisers are using a first-in principle, if Covid-19 protocols limit eventual rider numbers.

For those riders who aren’t keen on risking their entry fee, due to a late cancellation of the event, the 947 will offer a full refund.

Although the 947 is an opportunity for most road riders to enjoy Johannesburg’s road network, free of traffic, there will be a notable reward for elite riders. Both the winning male and female elite category riders, will receive a prize purse of R200 000

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The route profile has some surprises toward the right of its progression graph (Photo: 947 Ride Joburg)

Beware of the last bit

This year’s 947 will depart from the FNB Stadium, near Nasrec, and totals 97km. That makes it a touch longer than the event’s eponymous legacy distance, of 94.7km. What hasn’t changed, is the privilege of riding flowing tarmac in South Africa’s busiest city, with only other cyclists around.

Part of the route includes a detour through the Kyalami race track, for a lap of the internationally renowned motorsport venue.

The overall route profile will see riders climb a total of 1398m over 97km, with some of the most challenging uphill bits within the last third of that race distance. Our tip? Pace yourself and leave a lot in reserve for the last 30km.

Entries for the 947 Ride Joburg are R595 each. If you need an incentive to keep training diligently throughout winter, the 947 is certainly a worthy goal, especially for inland riders.

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