The South Coast will come alive with cycling festivities in early May as the coastal tourist region plays host to the Hibiscus Coast Municipality Cycling Festival from 1-3 May.
Lucrative prize money and full road closure for the cycle race events is certain to attract cycling enthusiasts to Margate for the weekend of cycling festivities, particularly for the Hibiscus Coast Classic on Saturday, 2 May, which carries a total prize purse of R45000.
The Hibiscus Coast Classic slots in perfectly between the UCI Cat 1.2 Maritzburg Margate Mayday Classic (Friday, 1 May) and the Hibiscus Coast Cycle Challenge (Sunday, 3 May), offering non-elite category cyclists the chance to compete in their own race.
With the KwaZulu-Natal Autumn Series events being closed to UCI teams and South Africa’s Top Clubs, non-team riders have a platform to compete on the same course that the pros will race on the following day.
Aimed at the Vets’ and Schools’ categories, the Saturday event is also open to those riders in the elite and Under-23 age category who are not part of a UCI team or top club.
Furthermore, UCI team and top club riders are more than welcome to participate, but the race entry fee and normal race entry process applies.
The cycle race will be followed by a beach party in true South Coast hospitality fashion where drinks and snacks will be provided.
The Schools, Elite, Under-23 and Vets racing categories start racing at 10:00 until approximately 15:30 with various distances and loads of prize money up for grabs.
Competing in the Saturday event would provide great exposure to UCI teams and top clubs as it is the exact same route that will be used for the Category 1.2 event that takes place on Sunday.
KZN Cycling also announced that proceeds from the race will go towards donating 50 bicycles valued at R100000 for local community development as part of the KZN Cycling Development Programme. The bicycles are single speed road bikes with durable tyres suitable for on-road and gravel travel.
Uplifting the local community aims to see the learners competing in the scheduled Chainworx KZN Series at the Dezzi Raceway in Oslo Beach from May.
Racing on a closed motor racing circuit, free from public transport, is open to all age groups on any type of bicycle in a safe environment. The criterium races aim to get schools onto road bikes where parents are too scared to let their children cycle on the road.
The recently launched KwaZulu-Natal Autumn Series provides cycling fans and enthusiasts the chance to watch UCI teams and top clubs battle it out for UCI points in three road race events on 27 April (Freedom Day Classic), 1 May (Mayday Classic) and Hibiscus Coast Challenge (3 May).
The string of top-quality road events will be held in KwaZulu-Natal as part of KZN Sport and Recreation’s programme to continue bringing prestigious cycling events to the province.
Entries for the Hibiscus Coast Classic are open.
For manual entries, click here to download the entry form.
Hibiscus Coast Classic categories:
Schools U10 boys and girls; U12 girls – 10km
U12 boys; U14 girls – 30km
U14 boys; U16 girls and Open (All ages) – 40km
Vet Men 60+; Vet Women (50-54, 55-59, 60+); Tandems (Open and Mixed) – 60km (2 x 30km)
U16 boys; Elite/U23 Men; Elite Women; Junior Men; Junior Women; Vet Women (30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49); Vet Men (30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59) – 80km (2x40km)