SOUTH Africa is a land of sporting opportunities, and has a huge potential to become a cycling country, due to its weather and scenic beauty. Historically, the country’s sport was about the big 3 – soccer, rugby and cricket. Today, there are thousands of cyclists entering various
cycling events, be it road or mountain bike races.
“With recognition that our nation enjoys sport and exercise, we opted to support cycling events and teams to show our commitment to the promotion of achieving and maintaining optimal health. At this year’s Bestment Jakaranda Satellite Classic, which is the oldest classic race in South Africa, some new riders are expected to participate, following a successful race held
last year that boasted over 5000 cyclists.
The rapid adoption of cycling shows growth in cyclists and shows that it is becoming more and more appealing as a sport that caters for everyone,” says Bestmed’s Corporate
Communications Manager, Sasja la Grange.
Close to 6000 riders are expected to converge on Harties for the 2013 Bestmed Jakaranda Satellite Classic race on 19 October. The race event, starting at Saloon Route 66 in Hartbeespoort, will offer riders three route options – the 40km route which is well suited to riders that are new to the cycling scene, while the 80km and 106km routes, will serve as official
seeding events for the 2013 Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour, are better matched to the more experienced riders.
According to Wynand de Villiers, the event organiser, ASG is investing in infrastructure at Route 66 to create a permanent home for the Satellite Classic. “The new venue means there is only one right turn on the 80km circuit and two on the 106km, which enhances the safety aspect of the event considerably. The new venue is situated on the original circuit, which means the event now doesn’t have to do the link-up to Necsa, which carried a high traffic load,” says de Villiers.
“Bestmed is proud to be associated with this event, and we wish all of the riders a safe and enjoyable ride,” concludes La Grange.