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Satellite Classic race now offers three distance choices


Coetzee Gouws


23 September 2016

Participants in the Bestmed Satellite Classic cycling race will be able to sample any three "courses" dished up by organisers when the race takes place next month.

The annual cycling race will be held near Hartbeespoort Dam in Bokone Bophirima province on 22 October 2016, and now comes with three distances to choose from.

Last year the organisers - ASG Events - added a more palatable 60-kilometre option to the traditional 106-kilometre and 80-kilometre fare and the decision paid off handsomely, according to ASG Events' Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wynand de Villiers.

He said the shortest of the three distances was well received and he anticipated it would continue to grow.

De Villiers said while the two feature races presented plenty of challenges for participants, the latest addition provided something for those who found themselves "slightly undercooked" after the winter break.

"It [the race] takes place on a beautiful road surface and offers a wonderful alternative to the other two races. It's undulating, but by no means a difficult ride," he said.

One of the major incentives of competing in the Bestmed Satellite Classic, said de Villiers, was that it doubled as a premier seeding event for both the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg.

He said the race, which is easily accessible from the West Rand, was also the only event that presented two seeding distances.

And with the Bestmed Satellite Classic taking place roughly a month before Gauteng's premier one-day race, de Villiers said it offered participants much more benefits.

"It has turned out to be a nice barometer for their form heading into the 94.7," he said.

ASG Events is again hoping for strong support from members of the public as the organisers strive to boost the coffers of the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa). Cansa has been a beneficiary of this annual race for some time.

De Villiers said: "The Satellite Classic attracts 3 500 riders annually and with 2 000 entries already received, we are slightly up compared to the same time last year.

"It is vitally important to get as many participants as possible because R10 for every entry goes to Cansa."