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Road Cycling Icon Andrew McLean Commits To Msunduzi Road Challenge


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Road Cycling Icon Andrew McLean Commits To Msunduzi Road Challenge

Press Release: Cycling South Africa, 16 September 2011


16 September 2011 – With two weeks to go to the closing of online entries, veteran road cycling icon Andrew McLean has committed to the Msunduzi Road Challenge in Pietermaritzburg on 29 and 30 October 2011, saying it's significance on an internal scale is a career highlight.


“It is absolutely awesome,” said McLean of the event, which is the only African leg of the UCI World Cycling Tour. “I have spent a large part of my life flying around the world with bikes to get to events of this calibre and to now have it on our very own door step is something I was convinced I would never get to experience.


“It is not only important to me and many other top racing Vets in South Africa but it is world class events like this that stimulate the cycling industry,” he added.




McLean is a respected rider with Giro del Capo and Vets World Road Race titles to go with numerous national time trial, road and mountain bike titles. He feels that the brand new Msunduzi Road Challenge will have major significance for the thousands of amateur road cyclists in the country, and the veterans in particular.


“Vets form by far the largest numbers in SA road cycling and this is also where the disposable income sits,” says McLean. “I would imagine even all our top pro's would love to be part of this weekend cycling festival. This will and should be the crown jewel in Vets SA racing. Maybe this event could double as our Vets SA champs?”


McLean also backed the recent decision to shorten the long race route from over 180km to 126km. “I think the new proposed shorter 126km route will be ideal and attract a lot more vets than the initial longer 180km race,” he said.


He added that the UCI event, hot on the heels of the Mountain Bike World Cup and BMX World Champs was helping to entrench Pietermaritzburg's status as a major international cycling hub.


“Pietermaritzburg is ideally positioned for an event of this nature. It is big enough to house and support a world-class event, small enough to care. The city area has ideal terrain, roads and controllable traffic,” he added. “The city is perfectly positioned geographically in South Africa and with the backing of the local government it is fast becoming a World cycling Mecca.”


The popular presenter of SuperSport's SuperCycling magazine programme has also thrown his weight behind the event by committing his company Cycle Lab to the race as the neutral service provider. “Cycle Lab is extremely proud to be the technical partner to this event and we look forward to adding value to the event as well as participants wherever possible. We will supply the neutral service as well as full technical half way service centre manned by Cycle Lab Pietermaritzburg,” he said.


As for his plans for the race, McLean vowed to be on the start line and to race as hard as his recovery from injury allows. “I'll be going as fast as possible!” he quipped. “I have had a knee injury for the past two months so I am not expecting peak form but would not miss this one.”


Event Information:

  • Date: Saturday 29th October to Sunday 30th October 2011
  • Venue: Alexander Park, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Distances and Age Categories: Road Race (Qualifiers for the UWCT Final must enter as per their age category below – recreational riders can enter any distance they wish)
    - Men – 16-29 / 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 = 126km
    - Men – 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 = 111km
    - Men – 65+ = 90km
    - Women – 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 = 111km
    - Women – 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65+ = 90km
  • Distance: Time Trial – 27km
  • Entry Fees:
    - Road Race – R200 ($ 30.00 or € 25.00)
    - Time Trial – R120 ($ 20.00 or € 15.00)
  • Start Times: To Be Confirmed
  • Enter Here: http://csams.cycling...dchallenge.aspx
  • Online Entries Close: Friday 30 September 2011 – first 2500 entries are guaranteed a sample bag
  • Late Entries Close: Friday 21 October 2011 and will incur the additional nominal charge of R50
  • Merchandise: Participants can purchase an exclusive commemorative event shirt together with their entry submission via the CyclingSA website - the shirt is to be collected at registration. The cost is R165.

Msunduzi Road Challenge logo.jpg


Further detailed information about the Msunduzi Road Challenge can be found on the event website by visiting http://www.msunduziroadchallenge.co.za.

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