The Liberty Life Cradle Classic cycle race will take place on Sunday 25th September 2005. Starting at the Roodepoort Athletics Stadium in Ruimsig, the race will travel through Krugersdorp and the surrounding areas.
This dynamic race is one of only three Gauteng seeding events for the renowned Pick ‘n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour 2006 and a qualifying event for 2007. It is also one of a limited number of classic race events that meets the required organisational, marshalling and co-ordinating standards suitable for professional entrants.
Approximately 3 000 cyclists are expected to enter the race, which consists of a 105 km, timed route for professional cyclists wanting to qualify for the Cape Argus, and a non-qualifying more social, 75km ride.
One of the most positive aspects of the race, which is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Rosebank and Northcliff, is that it raises funds for key Rotary charities in and around Johannesburg.
The key projects that will benefit directly from monies raised by the race include: The Wheel Chair Project in Northcliff and the Phutaditchaba Community Centre and Clinic in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, which Rotary is refurbishing as part of a R1.5-million project.
Lloyd describes the race as unique in Gauteng, as it traverses some of the province’s most scenic terrain, including the world famous Cradle of Humankind.
To find out more about the route, organizers and race sponsors, log onto: www.libertylife.co.za and click onto the link for the Liberty Life Cradle Classic. If you wish to enter the race, log onto www.cyclelab.com – closing date for online entries is 23h00 on the 4th September 2005. A fee of R130 is charged to enter the 130km race and R90 for the 75km.
The winner of the 105km event is set to receive a tidy R5 000, with the runners up receiving R4000 and R3 000 respectively. Friends and family who lend much needed moral support to the cyclists participating in the Liberty Life Cradle Classic will not be left out as there’ll be a range of entertainment and tasty treats on offer.
Closing Date: 11 September 2005