Get ready for SA National Road & Time Trial Champs 2018

SA National Road & Time Trial

Western Cape Cycling will host the 2018 SA National Road & Time Trial Championships taking place in Oudtshoorn from 6-11 February 2018. The Eden Cycling region will organize the event on behalf of the Western Cape.

Oudtshoorn Municipality is one of Eden Cycling’s partners in hosting the 2018 SA National Road and Time Trial Championships and appropriately the start and finish will be on the doorstep of the Municipality in Voortrekker Road. The Oudtshoorn Municipality will support the event financially as well as with infrastructure required for the event, and the involvement of the Municipality is one of the reasons why Eden Cycling was able to secure the allocation of the event to Oudtshoorn.

With the start and finish located in the Centre of Town, riders will not be far from the venue. If riders decide to make use of accommodation out of town, they should bear in mind that the Oudtshoorn/De Rust road is under construction and delays could occur. The same applies for the road to the Cango Caves that is presently being re-surfaced. Further updates on the road conditions will be given closer to the event.

The 1st two days of the championships will see riders compete in the time trial on a 14.6 km circuit. The circuit will lead out of town in the direction of Volmoed onto the Mossel Bay road towards the Safari Ostrich farm, and from there back to town via Langenhoven Road, and back to the start in Voortrekker Road.

The 3rd day of the event will be the start of the road races with all the Para cyclists, U11/U13 boys and girls and U/15 girls taking place on the time trial route of 14.6 km. The next 3 days will be the road races for the rest of the categories.

All the routes will start and finish in Voortrekker Road with different distances for the age categories. All the routes will start in the direction of Volmoed (depending on the distance), with a shorter loop entering the town in Rademeyer Street, onto Langenhoven Road with the finish-line in Voortrekker Road.

The following routes with distances will be utilized: 14.6km, 88m accent;  52.8km, 473m accent; 61.0km, 305m accent;  86.8km, 822m accent;  99.8km, 908m accent;  120.8km, 1,178m accent, and the 154.8km, 1,529m accent.

The main attraction at the 2018 SA National Road and Time Trial Championships will be the Elite, U/23 and Junior men’s and woman’s races that will take place on Saturday, 10 February 2018, and not on the last day of the event as organized in the past. This will allow enough time for cyclists to travel to the African Continental Road Champs in Rwanda.

Registration for the event will take place at the SWD Cricket grounds in Voortrekker Road, Oudtshoorn on Monday, 5 February 2018 from 14h00-17h00, and from Tuesday, 6 February to Saturday, 10 February from 06h00-17h00.  There will be no registration on Sunday, 11 February. GPS coordinates for the registration is 33.592326, 22.199766. Parking during the event will be available at the back of the SWD Cricket stadium in Vrede Street, GPS coordinates -33.594655, 22.199521.

Entries will be available on the Cycling SA online entry portal. Entry fees for 2018 will be the same as in 2017, according to age categories.

Spending a few days in Oudtshoorn?

SA National Road & Time Trial

Oudtshoorn, although a small town, is the largest in the Klein Karoo region of the Western Cape. Oudtshoorn lies roughly 500km from Cape Town and 200km from the Garden Route coast making it an accessible spot to visit. Oudtshoorn also forms part of the Route 62 wine route, a scenic tourist route. You can find, a wide variety of options when it comes to your accommodation in Oudtshoorn, whether it is a Bed and Breakfast; Dinner Bed and Breakfast; Self-catering; Guest Houses; Guest Lodges; Game Reserves; Hotels as well as Backpackers; Camping; Homestays and Farmstays.

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Besides the beautiful scenery of Oudthoorn and the Little Karoo, there are many attractions such as the Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch, Safari & Higate Ostrich Farms (both situated on the official routes), Meiringspoort waterfall, Rust en Vrede waterfall, Buffelsdrift and Chandelier Game farms, Meerkat Magic tours and many more.

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