Fun Ride a vital element of Tour Durban

Another massive field of cyclists is expected for the 45km Fun Ride at the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers on Sunday 30 April. PHOTO: Dave Macleod (Gameplan Media)
Another massive field of cyclists is expected for the 45km Fun Ride at the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers on Sunday 30 April. PHOTO: Dave Macleod (Gameplan Media)

WITH KwaZulu-Natal entering road cycling season with the approach of Autumn, the 45km Fun ride at the aQuellé Tour Durban will once again be the best supported leg of the three races that will be held on Sunday 30 April.

The race starts and finishes at the Moses Mabhida stadium and takes the field of recreational riders along the M4 coastal freeway to eMdloti and back, offering the cyclists close up views of the beach and sea for most of the route.

“The full road closure is a massive drawcard,” says Gary Harman, a member of race hosts Club Cappuccino. “Safety for road cyclists has become a major issue in recent years and the shift away from recreational road cycling has been affected by this. So the chance to ride on full road closure is a rare luxury.

“Just as attractive is the condition of the M4, which was recently resurfaced and is now a fantastic surface for road cyclists. The route has changed over the years and settled on this out-and-back loop, which has become very popular, for a number of reasons. There are no major climbs, which makes the 45km route very achievable, even to cyclists who are not that fit,” said Harman.

Many of the Fun Riders also elect to ride for a particular charity, either to raise funds or awareness for their chosen cause. East Coast Radio DJs Darren Maule and Damon Beard road last year in the colours of the Domino Foundation, the race’s major beneficiary.

Entries for the 45km Fun Ride close at 11pm on 17 April.

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