The organisers for this weekend’s Takealot Satellite Classic would like to update riders on the condition of the road surface.
Organisers were notified of road surface maintenance on the R560 last week, with completion scheduled by the end of this week. Unfortunately the planned deadline was not met and the areas affected have been left bare. There are six segments in total and the total distance of these segments amounts to 2.4km. Riders entered for the 106km event will encounter this after 86km and entrants into the 31km event will reach this area after 12km. “We have been in consultation with Cycling South Africa, safety personnel, certain Pro Teams as well as Veteran Riders, and made the decision to continue with the event on the planned route” says Erick Oosthuizen, CEO of A[S]G Events. Whilst these sections are required to be approached with the necessary care, these surfaces are rideable. Should riders approach this section in big groups they may be requested to thin out and to keep their positions, to avoid any incidents. In order to mitigate what is unfortunate, organisers have put in place the following precautions:
- Smoothed / filled the areas where the milled section meets the tar
- Added more marshals to the sections affected
- Placed extra caution signs
- Ambulance placed in close proximity of these areas
- Added a Tech Station at waterpoint 4
Should there be any further updates on this matter, organisers will update all entrants.
We wish all riders a pleasant and safe event!