That’s all systems go for 947 Ride Joburg
The 25th edition of the annual 947 Ride Joburg road race – Africa’s most iconic cycling event – will see more than 10,000 cyclists test their endurance on a slightly improved and grueling 97 km course, as they compete top honors on Sunday, November 21.
Starting and ending at the enterprising Calabash of Africa in Nasrec, also known as FNB Stadium, the prestigious cycling event promises to provide a unique experience for participants and spectators.
This year’s edition of the road race will be the first of its kind held during a Covid-19 lockdown and will see spectators return, as the adjusted Lockdown Alert Level 1 allows a total of 2,000 spectators for outdoor sporting events. The race is organized by the city of Joburg and is the second largest timed cycling event in the world after Cape Argus. It represents 97 km from some of the most picturesque places in the city.
After a smooth start at FNB Stadium, the route will push pelotons of cyclists towards Soweto for a brief loop, passing the historic Joburg gold mine dumps, which surround the township, before turning onto the N17 towards from Main Reef Road.
Cyclists will experience picturesque cityscapes as the road winds through the M1 South heading north. For about 3 km, the backmarkers will be able to see the race categories jostling each other to position themselves in the race towards the finish.
Riders will join the old M1 route to tackle a series of fast undulating descents to Woodmead in north Joburg. The race will then head to Kyalami for an exclusive opportunity to cycle through the world-class Grand Prix circuit, before entering a new section on Main Road at Lonehill.
The first difficult ascent is on this stretch of road as riders ascend to Witkoppen Road, which also marks the King or Queen section of the Mountain spot. The second half of the route is quite hilly, but the view over the leafy, leafy streets of Joburg is well worth the effort.
As the riders get closer to the final 15 kilometers, they will cross the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein before entering the M1 South to pass Gold Reef City. At this point, cyclists will spot the FNB stadium in the distance, marking the final stretch of a thrilling race.
The finish line of the race will be on Nasrec Road, after which cyclists will ride inside the FNB Stadium for a heroic welcome and great hospitality.
Joburg City Events Director Bongi Mokaba said the municipality is looking forward to a successful race.
âA team of at least a dozen volunteers from various organizations will ensure that all operations run smoothly and efficiently on the same day,â Mokaba said.
To ensure the safety of cyclists and spectators, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) and the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport will implement TOTAL ROAD CLOSURES along sections of the route from midnight Saturday. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Johannesburg’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) will be on high alert during this exciting cycling challenge, and JMPD will line up all closed roads along the 97km route to ensure the safety and well-being of cyclists and spectators.
âA carnival atmosphere incorporating welcome tents, entertainment and guaranteed fun awaits cyclists, their families and friends at the FNB stadium at the end of the race,â explains Mokaba.
There are 8 refreshments and 8 medical points along the route. A detailed route map is available here: https://ridejoburg.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/947-Ride-Joburg-ROAD_Route-MAP.pdf