Tshwane Diamond Classic

Sunday, 26 May 2019
GautengBaviaanspoort Correctional Facility, Pretoria

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The Tshwane Diamond Classic, presented by Hectic Promotions, is a brand-new National Classic road race for Gauteng! The date falls within a wonderful climate time on the Highveld when Fall temperatures are mild and the chances of rain slim, ensuring that the race optimises the potential participant base. The road race presents a feature 110km distance while a 50km fun ride distance also forms part of the weekend to make the event as inclusive as possible.We also have a kids event and a fun walk inside the correctional facility terrain to complete the picture. The traction of the Tshwane Diamond Classic is locked into the delightful and quiet Sunday morning road conditions around Cullinan as well as the Tshwane Metro's support and the town's vicinity to the major cycling catchment area represented by Johannesburg and Pretoria

Venue

Baviaanspoort Correctional Facility, Pretoria, Gauteng
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Karooryder, May 24 2019 02:16

Anyone know if late entries will be available at the start on Sunday?

Swift&Aero, May 24 2019 02:23

Anyone know if late entries will be available at the start on Sunday?

I'd like to know too... I am hesitant to enter events beforehand this time of year with all the viruses floating around, can't know when you will be healthy enough to ride...

Furbz, May 24 2019 02:34

i collected my entry yesterday and i saw a few guys filling in forms for a late entry.

not sure about on the day though.

 

will be in A group

Dogs, May 24 2019 02:36

I'd like to know too... I am hesitant to enter events beforehand this time of year with all the viruses floating around, can't know when you will be healthy enough to ride...

 

You can do late entry at number collection, not sure about morning of the race, even though I plan to pick up my number on Sunday morning.

 

Mayybe give them a call at :

 

Phone: 083 534 7979

Mountain Bru, May 24 2019 05:56

This was under Venue arrangements on my seeding email:

"Late registration as well as registration for the kids races and 5km fun walk/run will take place inside the dining hall, which is adjacent to the starting chutes."

I assume that means you can register on the day. 

 

Mountain Bru, May 24 2019 05:58

Anyone know what the road condition will be like in terms of potholes, man hole covers etc? And what the road closure situation looks like?

nagougrote, May 24 2019 08:40

I asked them today at collection and they confirmed that you can enter on the morning of the race unless you're in the licensed categories.

nagougrote, May 24 2019 08:46

By the way, best goodie bag ever. The sponsor Ultimate Office National provided a whiteboard, whiteboard marker, permanent marker, high viz vest, water bottle etc. Was not expecting it and had to carry it all back to the office on my bike. Well done.

Roul, May 26 2019 09:42

By the way, best goodie bag ever. The sponsor Ultimate Office National provided a whiteboard, whiteboard marker, permanent marker, high viz vest, water bottle etc. Was not expecting it and had to carry it all back to the office on my bike. Well done.

 

Sounds like a good one.

 

Race report?

Furbz, May 27 2019 07:19

I'd say yesterdays route was one of the best I've done in a long while.
I found it very entertaining.
A good mix of fast sections coupled with a few surprisingly steep hills.
As for road surface, it was fairly rough, but not unbearable.
I only saw one or 2 small potholes - nothing at all serious.
And traffic was minimal.

Very impressed with the organisers on that front. Well done.

Only one gripe - signs to the toilets all pointed to one set of toilets with only 2 toilets men, 3 for ladies (2 of which I believe were not flushing).
I believe there were other toilets around, but there was no obvious signage to them. Buildings one could easily approach from the parking area were all locked.
Saw a couple patties in the field after there race were people must have relieved themselves in order to not miss their starts.

Frosty, May 27 2019 07:20

By the way, best goodie bag ever. The sponsor Ultimate Office National provided a whiteboard, whiteboard marker, permanent marker, high viz vest, water bottle etc. Was not expecting it and had to carry it all back to the office on my bike. Well done.

\care to share a pic of the hi-viz vest?

Long Wheel Base, May 27 2019 07:59

I'd say yesterdays route was one of the best I've done in a long while.
I found it very entertaining.
A good mix of fast sections coupled with a few surprisingly steep hills.
As for road surface, it was fairly rough, but not unbearable.
I only saw one or 2 small potholes - nothing at all serious.
And traffic was minimal.

Very impressed with the organisers on that front. Well done.

Only one gripe - signs to the toilets all pointed to one set of toilets with only 2 toilets men, 3 for ladies (2 of which I believe were not flushing).
I believe there were other toilets around, but there was no obvious signage to them. Buildings one could easily approach from the parking area were all locked.
Saw a couple patties in the field after there race were people must have relieved themselves in order to not miss their starts.

:eek:

Roul, May 27 2019 08:13

I'd say yesterdays route was one of the best I've done in a long while.
I found it very entertaining.
A good mix of fast sections coupled with a few surprisingly steep hills.
As for road surface, it was fairly rough, but not unbearable.
I only saw one or 2 small potholes - nothing at all serious.
And traffic was minimal.

Very impressed with the organisers on that front. Well done.

Only one gripe - signs to the toilets all pointed to one set of toilets with only 2 toilets men, 3 for ladies (2 of which I believe were not flushing).
I believe there were other toilets around, but there was no obvious signage to them. Buildings one could easily approach from the parking area were all locked.
Saw a couple patties in the field after there race were people must have relieved themselves in order to not miss their starts.


Patties😂

Sorry to have missed it then.

Spinnekop, May 27 2019 08:27

Loved the route.  Challenging and not your boring run of the mill stuff.

Organisers were very good, start on time, safe sprint, traffic was good, bike marshals perfect.

 

I'll be back for more suffering for sure.

riteshm, May 27 2019 08:33

Not doing this race again. A couple of toilets for almost 1,700-2,000 cyclists is not acceptable.

 

There were no road closures, not even partial, with the cars and coal trucks getting really close to us at times.

 

Car drivers were driving on the wrong side of the roads pushing us of on to the yellow lane; there was minimal policing, only visible at the intersections.  

Dogs, May 27 2019 09:56

Enjoyed this race from the middle of the field, despite a strange start....marshals at intersections managed the traffic ok...road surface was surprisingly good IMO....traffic in and out of parking was managed.  Enough sign posts where everything was and the distance was spot on, with water points(not used) every 20k's.

That little hump just before Cullinan sorted out the heart rate.

I think some of the riders doing the 50km on mountain bikes suffered a bit...

Will do iot again.

PierreH, May 27 2019 10:21

It was my first race. Started way at the back.

The route was nice and challenging, traffic between Cullinan and Rayton was a bit hectic though. I will definitely be back next year.

Can anyone see the results on racetec yet? I bought a new chip and nothing is up on my profile. I'm not sure how long the wait is usually.

nagougrote, May 27 2019 10:32

Enjoyed the 110km race - varied and interesting route. Those steep hills near the start were no joke. Went past a dude from VB/VC(?) at the top of the steepest climb who had pulled over and was having a good vomit. Only thing I was surprised at was the number of riders just chucking their gel wrappers on the ground - this was in AL. Seemed like everyone was doing it. Will definitely enter next year.

Ossie NL, May 27 2019 11:18

It was my first race. Started way at the back.

The route was nice and challenging, traffic between Cullinan and Rayton was a bit hectic though. I will definitely be back next year.

Can anyone see the results on racetec yet? I bought a new chip and nothing is up on my profile. I'm not sure how long the wait is usually.

Results have been up since yesterday evening

Furbz, May 27 2019 11:40

Enjoyed the 110km race - varied and interesting route. Those steep hills near the start were no joke. Went past a dude from VB/VC(?) at the top of the steepest climb who had pulled over and was having a good vomit. Only thing I was surprised at was the number of riders just chucking their gel wrappers on the ground - this was in AL. Seemed like everyone was doing it. Will definitely enter next year.

 

that was a lightie riding in AL.

strong, went over the top right at the front. maybe pushed a bit to far into the red  :oops:

Cheese, May 27 2019 01:18

that was a lightie riding in AL.

strong, went over the top right at the front. maybe pushed a bit to far into the red  :oops:

Yes saw him, the guy in the white, but unfortunately we did not go hard enough after the hill because we were about twenty after the hill and when we turned left to Bronkies we were about 50 again and he was back.

A friend of Mine chain dropped on the top of the hill and he also came back to the bunch.

Nobody wanted to pace after that hill, including me.

Cheese, May 27 2019 01:23

\care to share a pic of the hi-viz vest?

Hi,

 

You can have a look on Facebook , he posted quite a lot under Tshwane Classic.

I think this is the most involved I saw a sponsor in the marketing of a race , especially on social media.

Li Mu Bai, May 27 2019 02:03

Tough route, first hour was really slow in AL - felt like we were climbing the whole time.

Cold winter air was challenging too.

Roads not too bad, but the punchy hill just before cullinan on the return was disheartening as 20 riders got away, and no matter how hard I pulled, I couldnt bridge again before the finish.

Still waiting to forget the suffering and let time cloud my experience before thinking of doing it again.

nagougrote, May 27 2019 02:06

Yes saw him, the guy in the white, but unfortunately we did not go hard enough after the hill because we were about twenty after the hill and when we turned left to Bronkies we were about 50 again and he was back.

A friend of Mine chain dropped on the top of the hill and he also came back to the bunch.

Nobody wanted to pace after that hill, including me.

Yes, I was in that second group after the hill - we put in a moerse effort to get back to you guys. Luckily we made it or it would've been a long day from there...

Frosty, May 27 2019 06:52

Hi,

You can have a look on Facebook , he posted quite a lot under Tshwane Classic.
I think this is the most involved I saw a sponsor in the marketing of a race , especially on social media.

Thanks - I’m not on FB anymore