The 94km route of the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge gives riders a once-a-year chance to experience the streets of Johannesburg without any other vehicles on the roads.
On Sunday, 20th November the Cycle Challenge will celebrate the 20th edition and will once again start and finish at Riversands Commercial Park in Fourways.
Joburg has an ever-changing landscape and as a result event organisers have made changes to the route in order to accommodate the expanding city. From Riversands, the route then moves through Blue Hills and Kyalami.
NEW THIS YEAR: off the R55, the route will take a sharp right turn into the NEW Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit giving cyclists the chance to test their speed around this recently upgraded world class track. The opportunity to ride through the newly renovated circuit with its breathtaking views of the city, smooth tarred surface, wide sweeping road and sharp exhilarating bends is something unique.
From Kyalami the route follows Woodmead Drive onto the M1 South. The M1 South is a 17km section of rolling hills and is much tougher than it looks in a car.
CITY LOOP: 2016 sees the removal of the Joe Slovo, Hillbrow and Ghandi Square loop. The route however will continue up the M2 South where you will take a left turn onto the Carr Street onramp into the Newtown Precinct and over the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge. Smile for the cameras – this is a favourite spot for photographers!
You’ll pedal on to Jan Smuts Avenue and head towards Zoo Lake and Rosebank. This stretch is very popular with the Sunday brunchers who come out to support. Enjoy the cheers (and beers and braais) along the way. The route continues along Jan Smuts onto Bram Fischer in Randburg. Here cyclists will take a left turn onto Homestead Avenue and wind through Bryanston and onto Grosvenor Road through Douglasdale and then left onto Witkoppen Road.
SOME NEW TWISTS AND TURNS: From Witkoppen Road turn right into Newmarket, left into Epsom Road and onto Malibongwe Drive. We then travel north along Malibongwe to the Lion Park intersection at the R114 and take a right turn.
THE STING IN THE TAIL: Then cycle down Cedar Road and up again into the picturesque Steyn City estate where the views are matched with some tough hills! From here you continue onwards to the Finish at Riversands Commercial Park. We’ll level out Steyn City’s bumps for a smoother ride so close to the finish.
“Steyn City is a unique, world-class lifestyle resort situated on 2000 acres, where the focus on outdoor living. We’ve catered to cycling enthusiasts with over 60km of off-road cycling tracks, as well as several kilometers of bicycle lanes. Residents need never leave home, and can cycle in the safety of its environment,” says Tammy Menton, Executive Head of Sales, Marketing & Events at Steyn City.
For the 3rd consecutive year, Century Property Developments and Riversands Commercial Park will host the start, finish and hospitality areas for Cycle Challenge. The venue also plays host to the Kiddies Ride and the Mountain Bike Challenge.
Feel the new rush and connect with your city like never before!
The Telkom 94.7 Cycle Challenge is proudly hosted by the City of Joburg, a world class African City.