aQuellé Tour Durban
presented by Bridge Fund Managers
aQuellé Tour Durban route extended
Durban - The ever-increasing number of keen road cyclists training for
the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers on Sunday 28
April will enjoy a full 100km route laid out for them on the iconic main
The organisers have confirmed that the new start loop will now turn at
Swapo Road (formerly Broadway) instead of turning at Riverside Road as
was the case last year, adding that this was purely to bring the race
distance up to 100km.
Last year the race route was tweaked to shorten the final out-and-back
leg on the M4 to turn at Mdloti instead of Desainager Circle to minimise
the impact of road closure on the local residents in that area. To make
up for the distance lost a start lap along the coastal M4 route was
“The route worked well but after the race we saw the total race distance
was 97km, and all the classics aim to be 100km,” said race route
director Andrew van Rensberg.
“We will keep the same format but simply ride up to Swapo Road (formerly
Broadway) and turn there before heading back into the city via
Masabalala Yengwa Avenue (NMR Avenue) and onto the familiar route that
takes the riders out to the M4 Southern Freeway,” he explained.
Van Rensberg added that start lap was well accepted as a chance for the
peleton to warm up and ease into the ride.
“The attacks come later, particularly on the climb up to Pinetown,” he
The routes for the popular 45km ride that uses the M4 to Mdloti and back
will remain unchanged. Van Rensberg said that small changes will be made
to the 55km “cyclocross’ route that is aimed at mountain bikers, hoping
to incorporate new sections of single track on the three 5km sectors off
The new route for the start lap:
The race starts on Masabalala Yengwa Ave (NMR) outside the Moses Mabhida
People's Park proceeding south on the north bound carriage way (contra
flow). Participants will turn into Sandile Thusi Road (Argyle) and then
turn left toward the M4 where participants will enter the Ruth First M4
south bound (contra flow) and proceed north taking the Fairway/Broadway
onramp and returning on the Ruth First M4 north bound (contra flow).
Riders then exit the Ruth First M4 at Isaiah Ntshangase Road and turn
left onto Masabalala Yengwa Avenue in the south bound carriage.
Participants will cross over from the south bound of Masabalala Yengwa
Avenue to Samora Machel (contra flow) at the intersection of KE Masinga
Road, where they will ride into the city, crossing over AB Xuma and
Monty Naicker Streets, and turning right onto Margaret Mncadi Avenue
west bound to get onto the M4 Southern Freeway.
The aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers, takes place
on Sunday 28 April 2019. More information can
be found at www.tourdurban.co.za
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An extra three
kilometres has been added to the 100km race
the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers on 28 April
2019 to bring the total race distance up to 100km. The start lap will
now turn at Swapo Road (formerly Broadway).
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