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DURBAN – The aQuellé Tour Durban is already the city’s favourite cycling weekend, with the road race and mountain bike event attracting thousands of riders, but this year a new challenge is going to see clubs, schools, corporate teams and groups of friends facing off for bragging rights in the new Gooderson Leisure Team Competition.
Road riders have a choice of three distances – 110km, 42km and 28km – on May 14th, while the mountain bikers have a choice of 40km, 20km and 10km in the aQuellé Tour Durban MTB presented by Cycle Lab on May 13th.
However, road riders in the 110km event now also have an extra incentive to enter with the news that the Gooderson Leisure Team Competition will give the riders in the long event an opportunity to represent their club, school, corporate team or even just join up with a bunch of friends and have a friendly challenge against rivals.
There is no entry fee to enter a team, but only riders who have been entered and are paid up to take part in the 110km Road Race will be allowed to take part in the team competition.
Each team must consist of five or six team members and the times for teams will be taken on the fifth rider to cross the line, so there is sure to be some interesting tactics at play as team members will have to decide whether to chase personal glory by racing up the road, or play the team game and look after weaker riders.
While the top male, female and mixed teams (at least two female members to enter, and at least one female to finish) will be recognised, the main prize for the team competition will take the form of a generous lucky draw prize from Gooderson Leisure. All six members of the lucky team drawn from all team entries will each win a voucher for one family room accommodating two adults and two children for two nights (including breakfast) at Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort.
Gooderson Leisure, the aQuellé Tour Durban’s official accommodation partners for 2023, have also generously gone a step or two further and every entrant in the event can benefit from their big-heartedness.
Firstly, it was recently announced that the mountain bikers will be competing for points in the prestigious Quattro ROAG KZN MTB Marathon Series, but the elite riders now also have an added incentive. Gooderson Leisure have added a prize of a weekend getaway for the winning male and female riders and their families at the 40km MTB event. The two race winners will each get a free entry and weekend accommodation of one family room (two adults two children for two nights with breakfast) at the Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens MTB & Trail Running Challenge on July 8th.
And then, Gooderson Leisure has not only opted to give the top riders an incentive to enter, but every entrant qualifies for a 15% discount for accommodation at any Gooderson Leisure accommodation venue. Details on the mechanics of claiming the 15% discount will be sent to entrants shortly and added to the race website before the end of April. Riders can use the discount when booking accommodation for Tour Durban or at any other resort.
More information on the aQuellé Tour Durban can be found at https://tourdurban.co.za/ or https://roag.org/events/event-info/3995 and riders can enter at https://roag.org/enter/event/3995
The race registration for all aQuellé Tour Durban events will take place at Cycle Lab at Cornubia Mall on Friday and Saturday May 12th and 13th.