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Posted on: Friday, 7 August 2009

The “Comrades” of the cycling world – The Amashova Cycle Classic

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Entries for the MTN Amashova Cycle Classic which takes place on Sunday 18 October 2009 have now opened and if you want to be a part of this challenge you need to apply before 28 September 2009. This is a 106km race from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall to Durban, starting bright and early at 06h30. There is also a less challenging but equally fun 39km fun ride commencing at 05h45 from Hillcrest High School and ending and the Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World.

What about rounding up your buddies and entering the corporate challenge? You can do this in either the 106km or, for those who are not as energetic, the 39km downhill from Hillcrest. Enter more than 2 teams of 5 members each and you can hire a covered corporate site where you can relax after the race and it’s also a great way to build your brand … Remember there are only 30 spots available in the challenge so get your spot early and why not challenge your competition to a little friendly race? This is an excellent opportunity to build staff moral and enjoy a bit of team building.

And if you were wondering how on earth you were going to get back to your car at the end of the race, because let’s be honest some of us couldn’t face turning around and cycling 39km uphill or even worse 106km back to the starting point, the race organisers have come to your rescue and offer transport back to the start for you and your bike (but don’t forget to apply). There is also bus transportation to the start of the 106km race.

Another dimension to this event has been added this year with the MTN Asishove mountain bike challenge taking place on Saturday 17 October 2009 at the Midmar Dam, starting at the Blackhurst Camp Site. Here there you can take part in the 70km or 35km race.

MTN Amashova

MTN Amashova

This challenging yet scenic route was designed by Kim Philips, who has been an MTB rider for the past eight years as well the National championship XC MTB course builder for past 6 years and has many other titles under his belt, so you can expect a fun and challenging race that will suit most riders, while challenging more experienced riders who are able to take the course at pace.

There is also a MTN Asishove 10km mountain bike ride which is a kiddie’s fun ride and is free of charge. So while you’re competing in the bigger races your child can be a part of the experience in their own fun ride. Parents are also welcome to ride with their children as it is open to everyone, this race is all about having fun!

There will also be an MTN Minishova which takes place on 10 October 2009, the week before the MTN Amashova Classic Cycle. And parents are encouraged to ride alongside their children. There are two races, the 5km fun ride for children age 7 to 11 years starts at 09h00 and the 1km fun ride for children aged 3 to 6 years starts at 08h00. Both races start and end at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.

Don’t forget to bring your helmets, water bottles and other cycling gear and get ready for some fun thanks to MTN and the Amashova Team.

If you’d like more information on how to register or general information about these events go to www.amashova.co.za or you can contact the Amashova organisers during office hours on +27 (0)31 312-8896.

What are you waiting for… get your application in today!

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1 comment about The “Comrades” of the cycling world – The Amashova Cycle Classic
  1. October 16th, 2010 at 11:47
    D Baker says:

    Although I recognise that the various Amashova events are huge in the eyes of all keen cyclists, I believe it’s completely wrong to impose so severely on the mobility of residents in the Highway error to the extent that is done. In addition, the organisers and sponsors need to communicate effectively with all non-cyclists who may be affected by the events – especially those held on the Sunday. We had to scour the Amashova websites to find any route map and that was very vague. Would it be unreasonable to suggest that a detailed route map be published in the KZN newspapers for a few days before the event – say Wednesday to Friday?
    Best of luck and safe riding to all those participating but have a care for those who aren’t.