The second edition of Tour de Limpopo starts in Bela Bela on Wednesday and will end on Saturday in Polokwane over four stages.
The 2.2 UCI event begins with 175 km from Bela Bela in the Waterberg district then stage two is 98km starts from Polokwane to Tzaneen.
Stage three is in and around Tzaneen and is 100km and it will conclude at the old Peter Mokaba stadium in the fourth and final stage which is 16km.
Cycling South Africa General Manager (GM) Mike Bradley says though they were unable to conduct their CSI project in Bela Bela on Tuesday they are excited for the start of the competition.
Bradley adds that having five competitive continental teams including Rwanda, Italy, France and Germany will improve competition this year.
Bradley also says the increase in distance is going to be a big ask for cyclists and will affect finishing times especially the first stage.
Bradley, however, believes the riders are equipped to handle any pressure and he is expecting some surprising results.
The race is hosted in partnership with Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA). The Agency’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sonto Ndlovu is pleased the race helps with road safety education.
Ndlovu adds that all road users including pedestrians are now aware of cyclists.
The cyclists will be using the R101 heading to Limpopo’s capital on Wednesday, then use the usual Magoebaskloof road to Tzaneen on Thursday with Ndlovu emphasizing that the longest estimated waiting period for other road users is 20 minutes.
– Report by Lethabo Kganyago