South Africa’s UCI sanctioned TransCape mountain-bike race will feature masters and grandmasters team categories for men when the event kicks off in the village of Knysna in the picturesque Garden Route on 4 February 2018.
The organisation made this announcement today shortly after the news that the event has been awarded UCI status by the sport’s world governing body.
UCI sanctioning means that the top 15 registered UCI elite men’s and women’s teams will earn UCI points in the event and they will also share in the prize purse of R250 000 that’s up for grabs in the overall teams and individual classification.
The seven-day race, driven by Volvo, was established in recently in 2015 but has rapidly become one of the most prestigious and sought-after mountain bike races in South Africa and it has already attracted some top riders.
TransCape takes place over 7 stages, 630km and 10 200m of vertical ascent from the picturesque Garden Route town of Knysna to Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands in South Africa from 4-10 February 2018.
It presents an unequalled experience that combines hard-core mountain biking with luxury, comfort, and great food. The event has earned a reputation as mountain biking’s most luxurious tour in South Africa.
The masters and grandmasters categories will cater respectively for riders 40 years and older and 50 years and older.
While there won’t be cash prizes for these categories, podium placed riders will receive product prizes courtesy of ASG International.
To qualify for the master’s category, both riders must be 40 years or older on 31 December in the year that the event takes place and in the grandmaster’s category both riders must be 50 years or older.
Riders must ride with their partner at all times, and must remain within 2 minutes of each other.