The forests and sugarcane plantations around Wartburg will host the 2013 Msunduzi Road Challenge, which will serve as the African continent's qualifier for the 2014 UWCT Final.

Photo: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

The UWCT event serves a dual purpose of offering the road cycling enthusiast a chance to cycle the scenic routes with road closure, as well as provide the seasoned competitor an opportunity to qualify for the once-off UWCT Final in 2014, previously known as the UCI Masters Road World Championships.

This year’s event forms part of the 2014 season challenge, and is the only qualifying event in Africa for the 2014 UWCT Final, which will be held in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana.

The new lap-race format offers something different and will be true to World Championship-style racing as opposed to the previous out-and-back course, and the event offers a road race and a time trial. The time trial course will be the same that was used in the UWCT Final in 2012, a 27km loop with start and finish in Wartburg. This year’s road race will also take place in Wartburg, and offers a 40km loop that was used during the 112km race in the UWCT Final in 2012. This loop has to be done twice for men above 50 and women above 40, and twice plus the 27km TT route for men below 50 and women below 40.

Proposed Event Schedule:

Friday 25th October

10am - 5pm Rider Registration

Saturday 26th October

9am - 1pm Time Trial Competition

10am - 4pm Rider Registration (Road Race)

Sunday 27th October

8am - 2pm Road Race

Entry Info

Online entries open today, Thursday 15 August. Click here to enter. Late entries will be charged a R75.00 surcharge. Entry fees for all distances will be as follows:

  • Time Trial - R 120.00 incl VAT ($ 25.00 or € 20.00)
  • Road Race - R 200.00 incl VAT ($ 35.00 or € 25.00)

Click here for detailed information about the Msunduzi Road Challenge, including, route maps and profiles, and general information on Pietermaritzburg as the host city; and keep training to be part of another great Cycling SA event.

For general enquiries, please email Alec Lenferna alec@realem.co.za, and for event enquiries please email events@cyclingsa.com.