The Tsogo Sun Amashova race turns 30!

Cycling team with Derek Watts at the Wattbike Challenge.

Cycling team with Derek Watts at the Wattbike Challenge.

A favourite sporting event for those in KwaZulu-Natal and around the country, the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic cycling race will celebrate its 30th anniversary on 16 October.

As the oldest and among the largest South African races, the Amashova has attracted over 10 000 entries across its three races, with prize money of over R100 000.

The race highlights the province’s inspiring landscapes and views, beginning at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, heading through to Durban and ending at Masabalala Yengwa Avenue – a total distance of 106km. The shorter ‘fun rides’ include a 35km track beginning in the idyllic Hillcrest area and ending at Tsogo Sun’s Suncoast, and a 65km route starting at Cato Ridge and ending at Suncoast. Prize giving will be held at Suncoast, and with full road closure for all races, safety has been given top priority.

This marks the third year of Tsogo Sun’s headline sponsorship, and together with Amashova event co-ordinators, they’ve organised a number of events in Durban and Johannesburg to celebrate the race’s anniversary. This included the Tsogo Sun Wattbike Challenge which took place at the Montecasino Piazza on 22 and 23 July.

Derk Watts, Neil Fraser and Stefan Terblanche at the Wattbike Challenge.

Derk Watts, Neil Fraser and Stefan Terblanche at the Wattbike Challenge.

“We’re delighted to be celebrating the Amashova’s 30th anniversary as the race’s headline sponsor,” says Noëleen Bruton, Director of Marketing, for Tsogo Sun. “It’s been exciting to see that Tsogo Sun’s commitment has given this significant event on the South African sporting calendar a new lease on life, with additional activities and appeal that is attracting the attention of riders from elsewhere in the country and even from Europe.”

Tsogo Sun has also arranged for some fantastic accommodation promotions at their Durban and uMhlanga hotels over the race period, as well as transport and safekeeping for bikes.

“As has become usual, Tsogo Sun is pulling out all the stops to ensure that all Amashova guests experience a brilliant weekend away,” says Bruton. “The race combined with a weekend in Durban makes for an exciting break – and this is a wonderful opportunity for riders and their families to make an adventure of the weekend, enjoying the challenge of the race, the magnificent countryside, as well as the many attractions of the area.”

Book your place in any of the three races online and be sure to check out Tsogo Sun’s accommodation deals. For more information on the hotels, visit the Tsogo Sun website.

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