By Quintin van Jaarsveld
Cyclists will converge on Dezzi Raceway for the opening round of the 2015 Chainworx KwaZulu-Natal Criterium Cycling Series on Saturday.
Last held in 2013, the provincial road series will be re-established at the Oslo Beach race track, the ideal venue in terms of safety and excitement, according to KwaZulu-Natal Cycling head of road commission, Kelvin du Sart.
“We and the riders are very excited that the series has returned,” Du Sart told eHowzit.
“Due to not having full road closure in the past, the number of entries dropped to the point that we were forced to cancel the series.
“We do not have enough road races in KZN, so we’re always looking to host events and have found the perfect venue in the Dezzi Raceway.
“It’s safe and we don’t need road permission from the various traffic departments, which are a nightmare to deal with.”
A major drawcard of the series is that it caters for cyclists from Under-10 to 65 years and older.
“The big events like Shova and Tour Durban do not cater for schools distances, so the series is ideal for school children of all age groups to participate in,” said Du Sart.
The series consists of four rounds of closed circuit racing, all to be held at Dezzi Raceway, with R10 000 prize money up for grabs across the various age groups in each event.
After Saturday’s series opener, the remainder of the series will be held on Sundays, the second and third rounds taking place on 21 June and 26 July before the provincial champions are decided at the series finale on 9 August.
The series will count towards cyclists achieving KwaZulu-Natal colours and will be used as a qualifier for the Badplaas Youth Festival from 2-5 July as well as for selection for the interprovincial on 15 August.
Entry is R100 for scholars and R150 for adults per event and will be accepted on the day.
Registration is at 7am before the first of seven batches sets off at 8am.
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