Test your mettle with the Berge en Dale Classic

This year marks the 15th 102km Bestmed Berge en Dale national classic road race, which is estimated to see around 5 000 cyclists assemble for the start at Cradlestone Mall, before embarking on an epic route through the West Rand.

This edition will also have a 55km road race on 4 February but, for the first time, will be extended for a second day to introduce a mountain biking component on 5 February.

The Berge en Dale is a seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour and, as Darren Herbst, ASG Events route director confirmed it has always attracted many cyclists, with last year seeing about 3 300 cyclists hit the tarmac.

Gustav Basson from Team Road Cover wins last year's 106km race. Photo: Supplied.

Gustav Basson from Team Road Cover wins last year’s 106km race. Photo: Supplied.

Herbst added the event is strategically positioned the week before the national champs to be held in Wellington. “Being placed one week ahead of the nationals gives it extra importance in terms of helping riders to peak at the right time. It also gives us an idea of who is going well,” Herbst said.

According to him, the road race’s feature event would remain unchanged and Cradlestone Mall will once again offer various fun activities leading up to the race.

“A cycling expo will run from Friday, 3 February where bikes and products will be on display during registration,” said Herbst.

With regards to the mountain-bike component, he explained that ASG Events had received many requests over the years to incorporate mountain biking. The mountain bike race will have 40km and 15km options to accommodate families, beginners and professional mountain bikers.

ASG Events joined hands with Hero Adventure Hobby Park in Krugersdorp for the mountain bike race which is expected to see between 500 and 600 participants ride through the park, along the Krugersdorp Ridge and into the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.

Cyclists take off from the start line near Craddlestone Mall. Photo: File.

Cyclists take off from the start line near Craddlestone Mall. Photo: File.

“With areas such as the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens to work with, there are amazing trails with many features, so it was a no-brainer. The route is really special as it goes through the trails at the hobby park and into the mountains, with views that you can see up until Sandton,” Herbst concluded.

Entries close on 26 January. For more information, visit the ASG Events website.

 

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Amy Ingram
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