Safer Berge en Dale Classic route approved

Organisers of next weekend’s Rudy Project Berge en Dale Classic confirmed a change to the official race route after receiving the go-ahead from local authorities.

Route director Darren Herbst said they made the decision in conjunction with the Mogale City Metro Police Department to divert the iconic West Rand cycle race from its traditional course due to ongoing road works on the N14 and R28.

 

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Riders in this year’s Rudy Project Berge en Dale Classic, presented by Optimum Financial Services, will enjoy a safer run-in to the finish. Photo: Supplied

 

“Riders will take a detour off Beyers Naude after Valverde Country Hotel to access Muldersdrift from the opposite side via the Cradle road past Kloofzicht Lodge.

 

“This means riders will access the R28 at the same spot as in previous editions, but from a different side.”

 

Herbst said that he was excited about the change to the race, which is presented by Optimum Financial Services, as it had been on the cards for a couple of years.

 

“After speaking to the Department of Roads and Public Works, they assured us that the repairs on the M14 will be completed well before the event and that we can finish in the same place we do every year.”

 

Herbst said Berge en Dale attracted between four and five thousand riders annually and that “one can never be too safe”.

 

“Safety arrangements around the race are quite substantial,” he said, but warned riders not be complacent and to stay on their toes during the event.

 

Apart from the racing, Herbst said that the venue at Cradlestone Mall lent itself to entertainment for the whole family, including live performances.

 

“They will be hosting us again this year and, as usual, all the shops and restaurants are on board.”

 

An innovation is the first leg of the new ProTouch Cycling Club Criterium Series, which will be held alongside this year’s event at Silverstar Casino.

 

“Berge en Dale has become an institution on the cycling calendar over the past 16 years,” said Herbst.

 

“Guys come out year after year for the challenge and our duty is to try and evolve the race. The criterium will definitely add an extra dimension to it.”

 

He said the feedback from the cycling community had been extremely positive after the initial announcement a few weeks ago.

 

Herbst said even though Berge en Dale was high on the agenda of the country’s top professionals, they made an effort to accommodate social riders.

 

“From a social rider’s perspective, it is the beginning of the season and we try to create a good atmosphere for them – a day that they will remember.”

 

The event, which includes the 102km feature race and shorter 55km option, takes place on February 6.

 

Enter at www.asgevents.co.za until Tuesday, January 26.






6 Comments

Comments

Wez-O, Jan 26 2016 08:55

Dear ASG, 

 

Why is number collection only in Krugersdorp? As someone living in the East Rand, I find that highly inconvenient and I'm sure 90% of all participants would agree with me. Please make a plan for collections in Fourways as has been the case for pretty much every Gauteng race in the last decade. Thanks

DominionZA, Jan 27 2016 06:13

Also East Rand. And I agree...

Long Wheel Base, Jan 27 2016 07:24

Dear ASG, 

 

Why is number collection only in Krugersdorp? As someone living in the East Rand, I find that highly inconvenient and I'm sure 90% of all participants would agree with me. Please make a plan for collections in Fourways as has been the case for pretty much every Gauteng race in the last decade. Thanks

+1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's not cool.

Firstly we pay the high ASG race entry fee(Can't deny that ASG races are more than the others) then we must trek all the way out there during work hours(I would have to take leave for this!). O well like every other race we will make a plan.

JA-Q001, Jan 27 2016 07:29

+1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's not cool.

Firstly we pay the high ASG race entry fee(Can't deny that ASG races are more than the others) then we must trek all the way out there during work hours(I would have to take leave for this!). O well like every other race we will make a plan.

Same complaints for the last 6 years about. Every start of year we complain, just ask spidey.

Blue Monster, Jan 27 2016 08:50

The route change according to my calcs comes in with about 2.5km longer with about an additional 100m ascent.

This is made up of the two "bumps" up to Kloofzicht, as well as the two smaller bumps after/around Avianto.

Should be interesting as this is at the end of the race. :ph34r:

Wez-O, Jan 27 2016 11:27

Same complaints for the last 6 years about. Every start of year we complain, just ask spidey.

True, although now its getting worse not better... Perhaps next year ASG will make us drive to Bloem for number collection?