Around seventy of the country’s top junior cyclists and a team from Namibia have entered in the first TRAC National Junior & U-16 Cycle Tour to be hosted in Mpumalanga. The cyclists and their support teams will arrive in Nelspruit on Wednesday, 30 March for final registration and preparation.
The tour is hosted over four days and routes have been chosen to tests the cyclists’ grit and ability; and to showcase some of the region’s iconic landmarks and scenery.
Stage 1 (Thursday, 31 March)
The first stage will cover a distance of 122km for the Junior cyclists and 78km for the
U- 16’s along the N4 Toll Route via Schoemanskloof. While this stage is underway, TRAC will close Schoemanskloof to ensure the safety of cyclists. Traffic will be diverted via Elandskloof between Waterval Boven and Montrose.
Stage 2 (Friday, 1 April)
The Junior group will start their second stage in White River while the U-16 race will commence in Sabie. Both groups will finish at TRAC’ Nelspruit office. The office is located just off the N4 on Mataffin Road, close to the Mbombela Stadium and behind Hall’s Gateway.
Stage 3 (Saturday, 2 April)
Cyclists will participate in two different stages on the third day: A time trial over 20km along the Nelspruit Ring Road and a criterium around the Mbombela Stadium.
Stage 4 (Sunday, 3 April)
The final stage on Day 4 will start and end at TRAC’s Nelspruit office and will take cyclists to Kaapmuiden and back to Nelspruit via Boulders.
Cyclists and officials who have seen the new routes are all in agreement, “tour is going to be tough with demanding climbs – a true challenge to all participants”.
On behalf of: Trans African Concessions
TRAC Help Desk (for traffic updates, roadside assistance and emergency response along the N4 Toll Route): 0800 8722 64
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