Amashova gets international thumbs up

Amashova cycle race DurbanThe UCI World Cycling Tour has announced that this year’s Tsogo Sun Amashova – due to take place in October – has been selected as a qualifier event for the UCI World Cycling Tour 2016.

(If you want to enter any of the Amashova races, click here.)

This is the second time that Durban’s top cycling event has cracked the international nod of approval. Last year’s Amashova was included as a qualifier event for the first time and welcomed over 10,000 participants at the starting line.

This was a new record for the UCI World Cycling Tour and far out shone similar events around the world – the Amy’s Granfondo, held in Lorne, Australia, last September attracted 5 200 starters, the Granfondo Golfe de Saint-Tropez 1 500 starters, the Perth cycle event 525 starters and Copenhagen Granfondo 1 600 riders.

The Amashova replaces the Msunduzi Road Challenge as the only African qualifier for the UCI’s Amateur Road World Championships.

The 106km road cycling classic, which begins in Pietermaritzburg at the City Hall and finishes at Suncoast on Durban’s Golden Mile, is KwaZulu-Natal’s premier cycling race and has been in existence since 1986.

Race organiser, Annie Batchelder, responded to this good news: “The Tsogo Sun Amashova is delighted to be part of the UCI World Cycling Tour.

“Being part of the amateur world qualifier series just goes to show the top quality event that Durban’s oldest cycle race has become.

“Our exciting new partnership with Tsogo Sun – which has brought together one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest brands and what is undoubtedly this province’s premier cycling event – has elevated the Amashova to the point where it has attracted a truly international audience.”

Amashova races in front of PMB city hallThe Amashova’s recent inclusion in the UCI World Cycling Tour is sure to attract top-seeded national and international riders, giving the race the international status it deserves. In addition to encouraging high-level competition for Masters and Amateur, the series aims to promote the UCI’s Cycling for All programme by adding new attractions.

“With the decision to add exciting new events to our line up, cyclists and spectators can expect to see a variety of riders crossing the finish, which always creates an adrenaline rush for all. For the more serious riders, there’s the criterium and for the kids, a fun ride which is set to commence along the newly completed Snell Parade to Durban’s Blue Lagoon and back. This way, with so much on offer, we have pedalling good fun for everyone.”

The reintroduction of the 1km and 5km Minishova Kids race, along Snell Parade to Durban’s Blue Lagoon and back, is certain to be a popular feature. The event has consistently been a big hit among families and children alike.

For those cyclists looking for something a little shorter, then the 65km half challenge from Cato Ridge to Durban is available, as well as the even shorter 35km route from Hillcrest to Durban.

This year’s Tsogo Sun Amashova will take place on Sunday, October 18. This prestigious event is now in its 29th year.

For detailed information and route info, click here.

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