What to expect at the 2018 Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic
While it may be South Africa’s oldest classic cycle race, the Tsogo Sun Amashova is certainly not languishing with old age. This year’s race will see several firsts for the professional and social riders pedalling down the ‘road of champions’ between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. With an array of entertainment, food and beverage offerings and a new lifestyle expo added for good measure, participants can look forward to a well organised event and a bumper day of fun for the whole family.
As always, there will be a boat load of entertainment and various food vendors on the day offering everything from baked goods to biltong to bunny chows. Spectators and participants can listen to the tunes of Qadasi & Maqhinga and North & South while grabbing a bite from one of the food stalls including new addition, Simply Yum Food Truck. A gin bar, craft beer and coffee will also be available.
Amashova Race Director – Annie Batchelder enthuses, “The ‘spirit of shova’ is alive and well in this year’s race and we have a host of personalities competing this year, many of them with inspiring stories of overcoming adversity or simply going all out to support a worthy cause or charity.”
East Coast Radio’s Darren Maule will ride out on the 35km route hopefully with sports presenter, Sky Tshabalala, in tow. Speaking of toes, wheelchair entrant and disabled sports ambassador, Grant Oosthuyzen, will do his second race once again driving his purpose-built wheelchair with his big toe. Tandem team, Bryan Cusack and Brennan Anderson, will begin their ride in Secunda racing 600km with their last 106km coinciding with the Amashova. They will be assisting the Cows with their fundraising efforts for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa. 20-year-old heart and lung transplant patient, Matthew Legemaate will race in honour of his donor and, through his Hero777 initiative, raise awareness about the critical need for more organ and tissue donors in South Africa.
Elite riders to watch out for are the Gran Fondo World Tour leaders who will be competing in the inaugural 160km race as well as some of the SA Rugby Legends. Annie says, “We’ll be keeping an eye on our 2017 champion, Nolan Hoffman, to see if he breaks away from Malcolm Lange for having the record number of wins at the Amashova for the 106km race. So far they are tied with seven wins each.”
With the big race just weeks away, online entries are now closed however, Annie concludes, “Riders can still be part of the action and do a late entry at number collection just before the race. With the 35km, 65km and 106km still available to enter, we’ve got something for every ability so there’s no excuse to miss the fun.”
Number collection dates and times:
Venue: Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel
Thursday 18 October – 13h00 to 18h00
Friday 19 October – 09h00 to 18h00
Saturday 20 October – 09h00 to 16h00
Late entries will not be seeded. For more information on the Tsogo Sun Amashova, please visit www.shova.co.za.