The 2018 edition of the Bestmed Jock Cycle Classic Presented by Rudy Project, which is an official premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, takes place on 14 July 2018 on the traditional route between Nelspruit, White River and Sabie.
Entries limited to 800 riders.
Following our concerns for the state of the Brondal Road, which span many years now, Mpumalanga traffic authorities have afforded the Jock use of the N4 and an alternative route past the Kruger National Airport for the first stage.
ASG spent weeks fixing potholes and repairing the deteriorating road surface last year prior to the Jock. Mpumalanga Provincial Government also did repairs on the road earlier this year, but it still isn’t ideal. After Consultation with a number of role players and the assistance of Mpumalanga Traffic we have made the call to change the 1st stage route
The change doesn’t alter the nature of the challenge on the first stage and overall Jock, but it does bring piece of mind for the organisation and we thank Mpumalanga Traffic for there support . The Race distance does increase by just over 2km to 44km
THE 2018 STAGES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- Stage 1: Nelspruit – White River: 42km
- Stage 2: White River – Sabie (via Spitskop): 45km
- Stage 3: Sabie – Nelspruit (via Long Tom Pass): 63km
TOTAL ASCENT: 2900 METRES
Stage 1: Nelspruit – White River: 44km
New Route Description stage 1
- Start as normal from the Mbombela Stadium
- Route Turns Right out the main gate
- 1st circle left and through 3 more traffic circles
- @5km Left turn onto the N4 Highway
- Continue on N4
- @21km Turn Left at Karina Turn onto R538
- Over Robot
- Waterpoint @ 31km
- KOM @ 32km ( Likweti Guest House )
- 32.5km Over Traffic Circle straight on R538
- 35.6km Turn Left
- 40.5km Turn Right
- Finish infront of BUCO Hardware 43km (Hennie Van Til st)
- From there follow the route markers to Rob Ferrera Hight School for Breakfast and start of stage 2
Stage 2: White River – Sabie (via Spitskop): 45km
At 09:30 riders will start tackling the second stage (in the same order as the first). The race moves out of White River onto the Sabie road over Spitskop and will end at the entrance towards Sabie. It’s a 45km ride after which the field will settle down to lunch at Sabie Primary School before gearing up for the final leg.
Stage 3: Sabie – Nelspruit (via Long Tom Pass): 63km
The third stage starts at 13:00 from Sabie Primary School and riders almost immediately hit the first (and only) big obstacle – The Long Tom Pass. The pass is a monster, totaling 12km with an average gradient of 7 percent.
The good news is that – after Long Tom – the riding becomes easier as the stage progresses all the way back to Nelspruit to finish back at the Mbombela Stadium.
CUT-OFF AND PRIZE GIVING:
The cut-off in Nelspruit is at 17:30 and prize giving will take place at 16:00.
There are no 1 or 2 stage options this year for the Jock Classique.
R10 of every entry is donated to the Cancer Association of South Africa.
ENTRY FEE INCLUDES:
- Jock long sleeved shirt
- Breakfast and lunch
- Tog bag vehicles (please note your tog bag has to be on the tog bag vehicles 15 minutes prior to each stage start)
- High 5 nutritional supplements
The Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit will play host to registration for the Jock Classic on Friday 13 July:
Jock Cycle Classic registration: 08h00 – 20h00.
OFFICIAL VEHICLE PARTNER:
NTT Toyota and Produkta Nissan are the official vehicle partners to the Jock and have made more than 20 vehicles available to the organization.
TOG BAG VEHICLES:
Tog bag vehicles will be available to transport rider’s tog bags between stages.
Please note that riders are only allowed one tog bag.
The tog bag vehicles will be parked adjacent to the Food Service area at every stage finish.
Please note your tog bag has to be on the tog bag vehicles 15 minutes prior to each stage start.
WITH EVERY JOCK MEDAL WORN, AGAIN A CYCLIST IS BORN!
For further enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org