18 October 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Sun City gears up for 21st Bestmed Cycle4CANSA

by: Kleintjie Kraai   date: 03 August 2018

Sun International’s Sun City is gearing up for the 21st annual Bestmed Cycle4CANSA race in 2018. This annual sports event raises the much-needed funds and awareness for CANSA’s research, education, patient care as well as support programmes for cancer sufferers in Bokone Bophirima and Limpopo provinces.

“The Bestmed Cycle4Cansa weekend is one of the most highly anticipated sporting events on the Sun City calendar. Thousands of cyclists flock to the North West to test their mettle in the cycling challenge, and make a contribution to a worthy cause,” said Thapelo Modise, Marketing Manager at Sun City. 

The Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Classic, takes place on 26 August. It features both road and mountain bike challenges on one of the flattest and most scenic routes through Bokone Bophirima province. 

The race attracts thousands of entries as it distinguishes itself from other cycling events with its emphasis on road safety, medical assistance services and good value for money. The first event held back in 1998, attracted 1 800 riders. However, in the last three years, a record number of 12 000 cyclists have participated in Cycle4CANSA. 

Road safety for the riders is always a top priority for the organisers and Sun City. Chief organiser, Mauritz Meyer, said various road closures in and around Sun City will be implemented to enhance rider safety during the event’s road races.

The 103km and 70km events get under way from 06h30. The R510 road - between the R556 and Monakato, which riders access after 20km on the route - will be closed between 06h00 and midday.

“This closure is really of immense importance to the event as this road doesn’t boast a broad shoulder. We’ve always put the rider first and we are working closely with local authorities to pinpoint crucial areas on the route. 

“We’ve had a significant buy-in from the local authorities and we hope that together, we can raise awareness and get people to avoid this area on Sunday,” Meyer said.  

The 25km and 50km mountain bike races on 25 August pass through the Gary Player and Lost City golf courses as well as the neighbouring Letsatsing Game Reserve.