aQuellé Tour Durban Media Release

 No: td2001

10 Dec 2019

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Written by: Dave Macleod


2020 Tour Durban announces bold innovations


Durban – The organisers of the aQuellé Tour Durban have confirmed the dates for 2020 along with some bold innovations to the Durban cycle classic.

The road races will take place on the 26th April 2020, once again coinciding with the Freedom Day long weekend, and will include a new 115km elite classic, and a new 90km race to go with the popular 45km ride on the M4 on full road closure.

The cyclocross event has been replaced with two new MTB races to be held on Saturday 25 April, starting and finishing at the Cornubia Mall.

Another new addition to the programme on Saturday 25 April is a race for the athletes from districts each training centre run by the KwaZulu-Natal Cycling Development programme.

Saturday will also see a new junior race and a kids trike race at Cornubia Mall for the younger riders keen to get in on the action of the weekend of cycling events.

The revised program is aimed at offering an expanded choice of rides for cyclists that have supported this popular event in the past.

New event director Alec Lenferna says the 115km route is aimed at providing a challenge for the elite men's field that always supports the Durban classic as well as the fitter cyclists.

He added that the route, designed in close conjunction with the city’s traffic management team, would take riders into a new section of the city.

"It is essentially a reverse of the old 100km route," he said. "From the race headquarters at Moses Mabhida Stadium it heads north up the M4 past Mdloti and turning at the Watson Highway circle before heading back towards Durban.

"Then we turn onto Riverside Road and then along North Coast Road and onto Queen Nandi Drive and cross the Mgeni River on the new Super Highway into Pinetown before descending on the M7 and returning to the finish on the South Coast freeway," he explained.

The new 90km race would create a new option for riders who had comfortably finished the 45km race in the past and are looking for a new challenge. Both the 45km and 90km races will use the popular M4 lap from Moses Mabhida to Mdloti and back. This is also the route that will accommodate the various racing women’s groups.

The race remains steadfastly geared towards raising money for the Domino Foundation, that runs a variety of programmes aimed at supporting, uplifting and empowering the Amaoti community north of the city.

"That is what makes this race special," said Lenferna. "It is a chance for Durbanites to join cyclists from around the country to enjoy riding the roads under full road closure, on a long weekend, and in the reliably good Autumn weather, the whole time knowing that they are making a massive difference to the lives of the people supported by the Domino Foundation."

Entries for the road race are now open at http://www.cycleevents.co.za/road-events/aquelle-tour-durban-2020/ and the new MTB races can be entered at http://www.cycleevents.co.za/mtb-events/aquelle-tour-durban-mtb-challenge-2020/

More information can be found at www.tourdurban.co.za 

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Team Enza's Stephan van Heerden claims the line honours at the 2019 aQuellé Tour Durban.

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The cream of the country's elite teams will vie for the overall title at the aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday 26 April.

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Cashandra Slingerland claims the women's aQuellé Tour Durban. The elite women's race will be decided over the last 90km M4 route on Sunday 26 April 2020

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Full road closure continues to be one of the major drawcard at the aQuellé Tour Durban.

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The 45km loop up and down the M4 highway remains a central attraction of the aQuellé Tour Durban.

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The fast, flat M4 freeway that flanks the Indian Ocean will host the 45km and 90km races at the aQuellé Tour Durban.

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