The South African National Championships is the blue ribbon event for each cycling discipline and is held each year. The prestigious event crowns the National Champion in their chosen discipline, for their respective gender and age groups.
For 2019, the SA Road National Championships will be held for the Elite, U23, Masters and Para-cycling categories from 7 – 10 February 2019 in the City of Tshwane, hosting a Time Trial and a Road Race. The Junior, Youth and younger categories will be held in a separate event later in the year.
All participants must have a Full Racing Licence issued by Cycling SA. The following categories of riders can participate in the 2019 SA Road National Championships: Elite Men and Women; U/23 Men and Women (A cyclist who turns 19, 20, 21 or 22 years of age in a registration year); Para-cycling categories; Masters categories Men and Women (30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ Women, 75-79 Men and 80+ Men).
Time Trial: The first two days of the championships will see riders compete in the time trial on the 14.6km Rooiwal circuit. The time trial will start on 7 February with the Vet Women (60 +, 50 – 59, 40 – 49), and Vet men (70+,65 – 69), followed by the Para-cycling (men and women), taking on the 16km distance. The Vet Men 60 – 64 and Vet Women 30 – 39 and Elite and U/23 women will ride the distance of 26km. On 8 February the Vet men (50 – 59, 40 – 49, 30 -39) will be riding the 26km circuit, followed by the U23 and Elite men participating in the 42km route.
Road Race: The road race will take place from 9-10 February. The route will start at Rietondale Park in Soutpansberg Road with the loop around the Union Buildings. It passes in front of the Union Buildings and is 10km in distance. Riders will do the required number of laps on this loop, until the last lap. This final lap will deviate over Tom Jenkins Road before returning to the original route just after the Union Buildings again.
The final lap of each category will be 16.6km in distance with the finish-line in Soutpansberg Road, opposite Rietondale Park. This same route will be used for Para-Cyclists which will exclude the steep Edmond Street.
The road races on 9 February will start with the para-cyclists in their categories and distances, followed by the Vet Women (60 +, 50 – 59) doing the 53km, followed by Elite and U/23 women riding the distance of 137.8km. The last race of the day will be the Vet Women (40 – 49, 30 – 39) riding the106km distance.
The last day of the event will showcase the Vet Men (70 +, 60 – 69, 50 – 59) all riding different distances. The U23 and Elite men will take on the 169.6km route, with the Vet men (40 – 49, 30 – 39) finishing with the 137.8km. No late entries will be allowed for the Time Trial due to seeding order and start times.
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