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105km Road Race
This is the signature event of the aQuelle Tour Durban, attracting the country's top cycling professionals, and taking riders from the Moses Mabhida 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.
From the Start at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, riders exit the Peoples Park and turn right into Masabalala Yengwa Ave (NMR). Ride through town on to Margaret Mncadi Ave ( Victoria Embankment) and onto the M4 South. Exit onto Solomon Mahlangu Drive (Edwin Swales) and head west up the M7. The 12km climb takes you to the first water table as you approach Pinetown. After a short climb out of Pinetown, riders descend down the fast M19. Please take care and be aware of other riders on this descent. At the bottom of the M19 riders turn left over the Umgeni River and turn right into Inanda Road. The route then crosses over Chris Hani Road (North Coast Road) into Riverside Road following a scenic route alongside the Umgeni River. The route then takes to the M4 North passing Umhlanga where there will be a water table, and on to Desainager Circle where the route then heads back South on the M4 to Durban. After crossing the Blue Lagoon Bridge you continue south for approximately 2.5km before turning into a TIGHT right turn into Sandile Thusi Road (Argyle Road) and TIGHT right again onto Masabalala Yengwa Avenue (NMR) for the final straight to the finish.
A huge hit with all who have participated in this rather unique format of racing, the event has almost grown to capacity, so get your entries in early! The event combines the best of Mountain Biking and Road Cycling and ideally 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 taste of some great tar riding, along with a few sections of mountain biking and single track.
The 55km CycloCross starts at the stadium and follows the same route as the aQuelle Tour Durban 45km race with three 5km offroad sections that take you through the picturesque sugar cane fields and natural bush of the Tongaat Hullett Estate between Umhlanga River and Umdloti. Knowing the route is the cyclists responsibility. Marshals on the route are there to manage traffic and not to direct you. Please be courteous and obey instructions. Metro Police will be in attendance and cyclists must obey any instructions and give them right of way should they need access to the route.
45km Fun Ride
The 45km road race has become hugely popular over the past 5 years as social riders, both road and mountain bikers, realise how easily attainable the 45km road distance is. Starting and finishing at the Moses Mabhida 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.
An out and back route which provides a nice challenge for novices and anyone interested in venturing out on a bike to enjoy full road closure. Water points along the way will keep you refreshed, but don't forget to take your own water and supplements to keep you fueled along the route. Remember to keep left and allow faster riders to pass, but most importantly enjoy the occassion.