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31 October 2011

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Get ready for Cycle Challenge Sunday by checking the route. A new interactive mapping tool will benefit riders and motorists alike.

THAT time of year when tens of thousands of cyclists take to Joburg’s roads for the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge is fast approaching, and to help the large number of riders, many of the city’s streets will be closed on the day of the race, 20 November.

Residents should take note of road closures for the cycle challengeResidents should take note of road closures Joburg’s most popular cycle race is celebrating its 15th year, with approximately 25 000 participants getting on their bikes to tackle the gruelling route, which starts and ends on the R55 between the Buccleuch Interchange and Waterfall Country Estate in Kyalami.

“The cyclists will be taking on a 94.7km route that runs through many of Johannesburg’s busiest areas, including Sandton, Johannesburg CBD, Randburg and Diepsloot,” says Primedia’s public relations and communications manager, Pippa Rowles.

This year’s route follows the new and improved one introduced in 2010, when the riders got to see the best of Joburg in the round the city loop. It highlights regenerated areas and landmarks such as Nelson Mandela Bridge and Gandhi Square.

This means that numerous roads, including stretches of highways, will be closed on the day. Organisers encourage residents to familiarise themselves with these road closures so that they can plan ahead, Rowles says.

Highways closed
Some of the major thoroughfares that will be closed include: the M1 South between the Buccleuch Interchange and the M1/M2 split between 5am and 12.30pm; Joe Slovo Road between Carse O’Gowrie and M2 East/Joe Slovo off-ramp from 5.15am to 12.30pm; Rissik Street between Main Road and the Rissik Street off-ramp from 5.15am to 12.30pm; Jan Smuts Avenue between Empire Road and Bram Fischer Drive from 5.30am to 1.15pm; and the N14 highway between the Lanseria on-ramp and the Diepsloot off-ramp from 6.30am to 3pm.

The complete list of road closures and what time these roads will be closed is on the Cycle Challenge website.

To help residents plan their routes and to enhance the race experience for riders and spectators, an interactive map has been developed by MapIT.

Executive mayor Parks Tau starts the 2010 race (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)Executive mayor Parks Tau starts the 2010 Cycle Challenge (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)“The user-friendly map features unique interactive tools, including accurate street-level zooming, medical and water point locations, an automated routing function to help in planning and navigating around road closures, and a 360° interactive street view of selected sections of the route,” she says.

Cyclists will be able to visualise their route before their tyres even hit the tar through the map’s route profiling function, which provides the elevation details of the entire route. It shows inclines and downhills measured in metres against distance measured in kilometres.

This map can be accessed through the Cycle Challenge’s website or directly on 947.mapservice.co.za.

Water points
In terms of the race itself, riders will be kept hydrated and refreshed by 10 water points along the way, as well as one at the finish line. There will also be Powerzones to keep participants’ spirits up.

In addition to the main race, there is also the Children’s Cycle Challenge and the Mountain Bike Challenge. The children’s race was instituted as a standalone event in 2009, while the mountain bike event was introduced in 2006 for those who preferred riding off-road.

The former will take place on 12 November, and the latter on 13 November.

Entries for the main challenge closed on 3 October and entries for the other two races closed on 17 October, but it is still possible to enter as late entries are still available through the race office on 011 463 2743.

Participants will be able to collect their race packs as well as shop around for cycling-friendly goods at the Expo, which will be at the Sandton Convention Centre from 17 to 19 November.

It will be open from 10am to 6pm on the Thursday and Friday, and from 8am to 3pm on the Saturday. Riders will need their SMS/email confirmation with their race number and starting time to collect their packs.

For more information about any of the cycle challenges, visit the race website. Any race-related queries can also be directed to the call centre on 0862 947 947.

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