Full road closure for aQuellé Tour Durban

Aquelle Tour Durban

Photo: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

With a huge field of road and mountain bike riders entered and weather forecasts pointing to almost perfect weather for the weekend, the organisers of the aQuellé Tour Durban are urging local residents to support the event and to plan their movements on Sunday around the closure of some of the city’s roads.

The event has seen significant growth in entries year-on-year, partly due to the race’s new status as a seeding event for the Pick n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour but also because it guarantees the cyclists total road closure and the rare opportunity to ride in safety on the city’s highways.

The three routes all start and finish at the Moses Mabhida stadium, with the 105km road race starting at 6:30am, the cyclo-cross MTB race starting at 8am, and the 45km road race starting at 8:15am.

In co-ordination with the Metro Police and municipal authorities, the roads to be used for the race will be fully closed to vehicle traffic, and will be re-opened once the race officials are satisfied that the last rider has passed through that point.

The major change to the race route returns to the descent from Pinetown using the M19 to Springfield Park, which will result in less inconvenience to residents in the Pinetown, Cowies Hill and Westville areas through which the 105km road passed last year.

“This is a landmark event for the City of Durban, and riders come from every corner of the country to take advantage of the opportunity cycle many of the cities attractions in the security of total road closures,” said race director Stu Berry.

“The safety of cyclists on our roads is a major issue, and the closure of some of our roads for a few hours on Sunday morning is very important to the cycling community,” he added.

“The people of Durban through whose suburbs this race passes have been very supportive over the years. They understand the rationale behind it and pro-actively plan their travel plans on that day around these road closures, for which we are very grateful.”

“I trust it will once again be a successful event for the City of Durban, and one that every resident of the city can proudly take ownership of,” he said.

The main roads that will be affected are:
• NMR – North and South
• Esplanade – West
• M4 – South
• Edwin Swales – West
• M7 – West
• Shepstone Road – Pinetown
• M19 – East
• Inanda Road – Springfield
• Riverside Road
• M4 – North and South
• Argyle Rd – Bottom End

The race organisers have advised the use of the following alternate routes:
• Umhlanga Rocks Drive
• Northway
• Umgeni Road
• Old Fort Road
• N2
• N3
• Lagoon Drive
• Forest Drive
• Marine Drive
• Waterkant Road

Road closure and re-opening times:

Place

Est Closure

First Rider

Last Rider

Est Re-opening

Start MMS

04h00

06h30

07h00

14h00

M12/Margaret Mncadi

04h30

06h35

07h15

07h40

Margaret Mncadi/M4

04h45

06h38

07h22

08h00

M4/M7 (Edwin Swales)

05h00

06h44

07h41

08h00

M7/N2

05h30

06h50

08h00

08h30

M7/N3

06h00

07h04

08h41

09h00

M7/M13 (Begin St Johns Ave)

06h00

07h07

08h49

09h30

M19/Shepstone Rd

06h00

07h08

08h50

09h45

M19/Umgeni Rd

06h15

07h20

09h30

10h00

N2/Inanda Rd

06h15

07h22

09h40

10h15

Riverside

06h15

07h32

10h02

10h30

Riverside/M4

06h30

07h37

10h13

12h30

M4/Virginia

06h40

07h41

10h25

12h30

M4/M12

06h40

07h45

10h47

12h30

Sibaya Circle

06h40

07h51

11h04

12h30

M4/ La Mercy Lagoon

06h50

07h56

11h25

12h30

Designaiger Circle

06h50

08h03

11h43

12h30

M4/uMhloti

06h50

08h10

12h06

12h30

M4/Umhlanga River Lagoon

06h50

08h17

12h25

12h30

M4/La Lucia Mall

06h50

08h27

12h47

12h30

M4/Swapo Rd

06h50

08h33

13h06

12h30

M4/Blue Lagoon

07h00

08h33

13h13

13h30

M4/Argyle

07h15

08h37

13h25

13h50

Finish

04h00

08h40

13h30

14h00

The aQuellé Tour Durban road races takes place on Sunday 28 April. More information can be found at www.tourdurban.co.za

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