Other sport 12.11.2015 01:01 pm

Joburg routes to avoid for Sunday cycling race

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

“As a necessary precaution to keep all the cyclists safe.”

Drivers in some parts of Johannesburg on Sunday will face road closures in parts of the city to make way for the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge.

The event will take place at Century Property’s Riversands Commercial Park, just off the R551 in Fourways, on November 15.

“As a necessary precaution to keep all the cyclists safe, certain roads will be closed on the day by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, Johannesburg Roads Agency and the City Of Joburg,” Romaana Naidoo of Primedia said in a statement.

The route, which starts and ends at Riversands Commercial Park, meanders through the streets of Johannesburg from Mnandi Road around the city, bringing cyclists home via Cedar Road, through
Steyn City Boulevard and back up to the finish, along Riversands Boulevard.

Pippa Rowles told The Citizen they expected about 33 000 cyclists to take to the route, making the event “the second largest mass participation timed cycling event in the world”.

She said there would be 8 hydration stations along the route, stocked with water, coke and Powerade and ice. “We are extremely mindful of the heatwave conditions that we have experienced this week and have increased the amount of ice that we will supply to the hydration stations as the race doctor has advised that cold fluids are critical in extreme heat.”

Rowles added they would avoid wasting water as far as possible, but they had to consider the safety of the cyclists and staff, so there would have to be adequate hydration and cooling for cyclists at each hydration station.

“At this stage it seems that it might rain on Saturday which will cool things down slightly, but we are still planning for a hot day in the early 30s,” she said.
The event will take place at Century Property’s Riversands Commercial Park, just off the R551 in Fourways, on November 15.

“As a necessary precaution to keep all the cyclists safe, certain roads will be closed on the day by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, Johannesburg Roads Agency and the City Of Joburg,” Romaana Naidoo of Primedia said in a statement.

The route, which starts and ends at Riversands Commercial Park, meanders through the streets of Johannesburg from Mnandi Road around the city, bringing cyclists home via Cedar Road, through Steyn City Boulevard and back up to the finish, along Riversands Boulevard.

Pippa Rowles told The Citizen they expected about 33 000 cyclists to take to the route, making the event “the second largest mass participation timed cycling event in the world”.

She said there would be 8 hydration stations along the route, stocked with water, coke and Powerade and ice. “We are extremely mindful of the heatwave conditions that we have experienced this week and have increased the amount of ice that we will supply to the hydration stations as the race doctor has advised that cold fluids are critical in extreme heat.”

Rowles added they would avoid wasting water as far as possible, but they had to consider the safety of the cyclists and staff, so there would have to be adequate hydration and cooling for cyclists at each hydration station.

“At this stage it seems that it might rain on Saturday which will cool things down slightly, but we are still planning for a hot day in the early 30s,” she said.

To ensure the smooth travel of motorists, a number of roads will be closed at specific times when alternative routes should be used.

A table and map below with the details:

Some of the major arteries that will be affected include:

Riversands Boulevard, which will be closed throughout the day;

the M1 South (4.30am – 2pm),

Joe Slovo Road (5.30am – 2pm),

the M2 East (4.30am – 2pm),

Jan Smuts Avenue (6.10am – 3pm),

Witkoppen Road (6.40am – 3.40pm),

Malibongwe Drive (6.40am – 4.10pm),

R114 (7am – 4.25pm),

Cedar Road (5am – 4.40pm),

Erling Road (4.30am – 5pm).

“We are always acutely aware of the impact that the race has on our residents and strive to do everything possible to minimise the impact on those who need to move around on Cycle Challenge Sunday,” said Ravi Naidoo, 947 station manager.

“The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge together with Cycling South Africa has been granted UCI 1.1 status for the women’s race, so this means that this year there will be some top international women cyclists out on the streets, promising some great competition among the leaders,” the statement said.

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