aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers Media Release

 No: td1710

24 April 2017

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Written by: Tim Whitfield


Beautiful conditions expected for 2017 aQuellé Tour Durban

Durban - With just days to go before Sunday’s aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers, the excitement among the cycling community is growing, helped no end by the fact that near perfect weather has been predicted.

Race organiser Stu Berry said this week he was delighted to see the long term weather forecasts and was predicting a great day of cycling for race entrants and supporters.

“It looks like we are going to be very lucky with the weather this year,” said Berry as he inspected the start and finish venue at Moses Mabhida this week.

“There looks like being light winds and the temperatures are going to be very mild which means riders can simply go out and enjoy their ride without having to fight the elements.”

The yr.no weather site is predicting temperatures hovering around 20 or 21 degrees centigrade for the morning with a light winds picking up to a gentle breeze by midday when most of the bulk of the field will have finished. Further good news is that the breeze is from the north which should help nudge tiring riders home as they return along the M4 from the Ballito area.

Windguru.cz’s long range prediction is very similar, with slightly higher tempertures (up to 24 degrees) in the late morning but identical winds. Accuweather.com’s forecasts are also similar with the only negative being some stronger gusts in the afternoon, but once again those are from the north which means a bit of extra help getting the slower riders home.

Pre-entries closed last week, but late entries will be taken at the race registration at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm each day. The late entry fees are R450 for the premier 105km Classic, R300 for the 55km mountain bike / road race Cyclocross event, and R250 for the shorter 45km fun ride road event. All riders will be asked to produce CSA licences or be asked to buy a day licence.

“Entries have been good so far. We will however still be taking entries at registration, but unfortunately the t-shirts allocated to the first 2 000 entrants have all gone,” said Berry.

“I am very excited about the aQuellé Tour Durban this year as I think we are on course to provide entrants and spectators with a great event.

“There is of course full road closure for all Sunday’s events which means riders can enjoy their ride without worrying about traffic, and we have a few of the big names coming to fight for the win, and most of the top teams will be represented, which means spectators are in for a treat as well.

“And of course everything is based around the stunning Moses Mabhida precinct which, as all Durban people known, might just be the best looking stadium in the world. Surely there cannot be many better venues to start and finish a cycle race?”

The 2017 aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers, takes place on Sunday 30 April. More information can be found at www.tourdurban.co.za 

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Riders are in for a treat at the 2017 aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday, 30 April as the weather is set fair with mild temperatures and very little wind when they set off on the various routes that make the race one of the most appealing on the East Coast on KwaZulu-Natal.

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