Every year at the end of February, the club hosts the last of the summer classics in Gauteng. Together with the Germiston Rotary Club, the Carnival City Macsteel National Cycle Classic hits the roads around South-East Ekurhuleni and Heidelberg on a flat(ish), but fast course.
2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the event, formally known as the Germiston Classic. The main distance in recent times (prior to 2011) had been the 103Km event, with the 65Km event having close on 30% of the entries. Both these distances are a little short for the local professionals, so the club took the initiative to increase the distance to 134Km (2011 and 2012), then up to 150km (2013) and finally 160Km (2014) and 165Km (2015), even though the route remained fairly flat.
The route distances for 2016 hasn’t been finalised yet, but it is unlikely that we’ll continue with the extra long distance for the Elite & U23 men.
With the race calendar showing the SA Champs only a few weeks prior to our event, it’s the perfect time to be racing 150Km or more. It’s also the last race for the fun-riders before the popular Cape Town Cycle Tour (2 weeks after our event, but one week earlier than normal in 2016).
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