The Herald to celebrate 34 years of cycling classic – The Herald Continental Cycle Tour

Photo credit: Fredlin Andriaan

Tiso Blackstar’s Eastern Cape title, The Herald, will celebrate the 34th year of the now iconic sports event, The Herald Continental Cycle Tour which takes place in Port Elizabeth on 24 February 2019. The event has grown to become a highlight on the South African cycling calendar, and similarly boosts the profile of Nelson Mandela Bay.

The race, which is the second oldest cycling classic in South Africa, takes participants along a route that winds through Port Elizabeth – the city that embodies the spirit of Nelson Mandela – as it bursts into lush farmlands, streams through small coastal villages, and hugs the spectacular coastline on the way to the finish. It is also not uncommon for riders to spot PE’s local school of dolphins along the coastal route.

The Herald Continental Cycle Tour is one of the few races in SA that still offers road closure on race days. More than 80 traffic officials, 105 marshals, and teams of medics are all on duty to ensure riders are safe and secure come race day.

The road race starts and finishes at the Race village, positioned on the coast at Pollok Beach in Port Elizabeth. The day starts with the 106km Coastal Classic at 06h00, and the 55km Pursuit at 08h00.

A number of races are taking place over the two race weekends: 17 February 2019 –The Herald Continental Mountain Bike Challenge (80km, 60km, 30km), 23 February 2019 – The Herald Continental Junior Cycle Tour (500m for toddlers, 2km for kids), 23 February 2019 – The Herald Continental Team Relay Challenge for road and mountain bikes, both 38km in distance. Race entries close at midnight on 27 January 2019.

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