The entry cap of 4000 riders for this year’s 21st anniversary edition of the Bestmed Cycle4CANSA Road Championship has led to an unparalleled entry rush for the popular race.
The Bestmed Cycle4CANSA is presented by Optimum Financial Services and hosted by Sun City on 25 and 26 August 2018.
It’s shaping up to the biggest edition of both the road and MTB events. The Cycle4CANSA MTB Championship takes place on Saturday 25 August 2018 and the Road Championship on Sunday 26 August 2018.
According to race organiser Mauritz Meyer the increased demand for entries has been brought about by the 21st birthday celebration coupled with the fact that the event has moved away from the weekend on which the annual Marikana Commemoration takes place.
“The event takes place a weekend later this year which means cyclists will have a hassle-free travel experience to and from the event,” said Meyer.
“We can’t deny the fact that a lot of cyclists opted to rather stay away last year for fear of intimidation and violence on route to Sun City. It was a tumultuous time in the country’s political landscape and there were major disruptions to the road network around Sun City.
“The interest for the 21st edition is unparalleled and to ensure rider safety we have taken the precautionary measure to limit entries to 4 000 riders for the road race and 1500 riders for the mountain-beg leg,” said Meyer.
Entries will close once the entry limit has been reached. Riders who intend to take part in the event and who don’t have their entries in yet are advised to visit the website soonest to make sure they don’t miss out – www.cansalostcity.co.za
Sun City have put together special accommodation packages for the Friday and Saturday evening over race weekend which also include breakfast. More info on this is available on www.cansalostcity.co.za
The Road Classic offers distances of 103km and 70km and takes place on Sunday, 26 August. The MTB Classic, which presents 25km and 50km route options, fills the Saturday slot (25 August) over the weekend cycling festival.
The road race route is fast and flat and according to Meyer it has received stunning feedback over the past two editions following the return to the traditional route in 2016. “Because it takes place on the Sunday the roads were quiet and perfectly suited to present a mass participation race in safe surroundings,” he said.
The Bestmed Cycle4CANSA Road Championship is a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the event has to date raised in excess of R3.6 million for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).
The 21st anniversary edition has seen a dramatic upswing in entries with a host of cancer survivors making the trip back to Sun City this year as well as riders who have taken part in the race somewhere along the line in the past 21 years.
The casino resort offers convenient and safe parking as well as a variety of family entertainment options once the racing is done, including free entry into the Valley of Waves.
For further info go to the www.cansalostcity.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org