Tour Durban sets tills ringing across KZN
As the online entries for the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Sunday Tribune closed on Sunday night, the iconic Durban cycling event which will be held on Sunday 26 April 2015, heads for another significant year-on-year growth. Tourism and hospitality stakeholders are looking forward to a bumper weekend triggered by the influx of cyclists into the region.
Based on statistics gathered over the last two years, almost 40% of the field travels from outside of KwaZulu-Natal, triggering a direct spend of over R12,6 million in travel, accommodation and hospitality over the Freedom Day long weekend of the race. Add to that the spend by the local riders on the day, enjoying the long weekend mood of the event, the array of different races that are on offer to riders will play a massive part in ensuring hotels and restaurants enjoy a prosperous weekend.
The aQuelle Tour Durban takes place at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, offers riders three route options:
105km Road Race:
The signature event is the 105km Road Race, attracting the country’s top cycling professionals, and taking riders from the stadium south towards the Bluff along the M4, turning inland along the M7 into Pinetown, and back down into Durban, before heading north up the picturesque M4 highway towards Ballito and back.
45km Road Race:
The 45km road race has become hugely popular over the past 4 years as social riders, both road and mountain bikers, realise how easily attainable the 45km road distance is. Starting and finishing at the new stadium, this route takes riders on the M4 north to Umdloti, and back again along one of Durban’s most beautiful stretches of road, with constant views of the Indian Ocean.
55km Cyclocross Event:
A huge hit in 2014 with a great turnout of young and old! This event combines the best of Mountain Biking and Road Cycling and needs to be done on a mountain bike, as we have thrown a few detours from the 45km road route into this one providing you with a fix of not only some great tar riding, but a few sections of mountain biking and single track. The route for 2015 will be similar to that of 2014.
More than a quarter of the entrants in the aQuellé Tour Durban come from Gauteng, many of them opting to spend the long weekend on the coast with their families, reflected in the majority of them booking more than two bed-nights per person around the race. Many of the serious cyclists and professional teams will also be in the region for over a week, taking part in the brand new Autumn Series of UCI point bearing road races organised by Cycling South Africa, in Pietermaritzburg and the South Coast, in the days following the Durban-based one day spectacle.
NEW SUNDAY TRIBUNE 1km KIDS RACE @11h00
Sunday Tribune will be hosting a 1km Kids Ride around the Moses Mabhida Peoples Park circular track. Entry is FREE and open to push and pedal bike for all young kids. Parents welcome to assist and supervise their little ones. aQuelle for all entrants.
Tour Durban Expo
aQuelle Tour Durban are delighted to announce that for the first time there will be a Registration Expo taking place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th April at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World. Exhibits will include Bikes, Cycling accessories, Apparel, Supplements, Nutrition and more. Based by the responses received to our Race Survey this is likely to be a popular addition [in excess of 95% of respondents stated they would like an Expo].
Friday 24th April: 10h00 – 18h00
Saturday 25th April: 10h00 – 17h00
Just as important for the city, which is bidding for the Commonwealth Games in 2022, the reliable autumn weather shows off the cities attractions and the coastline impressively in images and television footage that are seen around the world. eThekwini Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo said that drawcard events like the aQuellé Tour Durban were important cogs in the regional economy and underscored the city’s drive to position itself as a premier sporting destination on the African continent.
“The City has gone through great strides to ensure that cycling is encouraged with our residents and visitors. The dedicated cycle lanes that you will see around the city are to ensure that locals and tourists use non-motorised means of transport to reduce carbon emissions. ”We are proud to say that today, you can easily hire a cycle in Durban and you will see many cyclists on the beach promenade. The phenomenon is growing and events like the Tour Durban help towards profiling the destination as a cyclists paradise and encourage more social cyclists as well in our city.
“We hope that all the participants enjoy this special natural paradise, take advantage of the warm Indian Ocean, our spectacular Beach promenade and enjoy the warmth and soul of our unique city,” added Nxumalo. The race organisers are predicting a surge of late entries that will push the race entry beyond the 5000 mark. ”Entries were 18% up on last year and we are looking at breaching the 5000 entry mark as we expect the usual late entry deluge on Friday the 24th and Sat 25th April,” said Mike Lewis of the Club Cappuccino organisation that owns and administers the race.
While online entries have closed, late entries will be taken at registration at the Suncoast Casino from 10h00 to 17h00 on Friday 24th April and Saturday 25th April 2015. No late entries will be accepted after 25th April 2015.
aQuellé Tour Durban Entry Geographical Split:
KwaZulu-Natal – 57% o
Gauteng – 27% o
Cape – 3% o
Mpumalanga – 8% o
Free State – 5%
Gauteng – R6 682 500 o
Cape – R1 980 000 o
Mpumalanga – R1 285 600 o
Free State – R1 073 335 o
KZN outside 100km from Durban – R3 427 600
More information can be found at www.tourdurban.co.za.