Welcome – to the home of the Carnival City Macsteel National Classic!
You are in the right place to find out more information about the Carnival City Macsteel National Classic cycle race (MTB and Road events), as well as a 5/10Km trail run.
The 36th edition of this popular East Rand classic is back, for a third time in the new Spring slot. Diarise 26-27 October 2019 now – our race weekend. It is perfectly placed 3 weeks before the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg (aka Cycle Challenge), and one week after the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic. The road race will once again be a premier seeding event for the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
We’ve simplified the website to have as much information about each event on one page, and will require that you scroll up/down to find the information. Use the menu at the top of the page to select a specific page, or to return back here (click on Home, or the event logo).
The trail run (5Km) is now a pet-friendly event – bring your fluffy friend, a leash, a poop bag and water.
The same route used for 2018 will be used again for 2019, with a few more Traffic-free zones or Reduced Traffic zones. If we could get FULL ROAD CLOSURE we would do it, so instead we will work with the Ekurhuleni Metro Police to ensure areas with traffic-free, or reduced-traffic zones.
Roads around the Carnival City complex will be closed, or partly closed, to traffic. Priority will be given to participants to get into the Carnival City complex, and also for the start and finish areas. Most of the roads on the route will be affected, so we’ve listed to major roads that will be affected, including the times cyclists will be using the roads. Use our Road Closure page to stay up to date with the roads affected in your area.
As cyclists, Germiston Wheelers understand that safety on the route is important. As a club, we take part in a number of events around the country and get to see how other organisers run their event and always look to better the strong points, and avoid their weaker points. This would include placing a marshal at every intersection on the route, together with a traffic official at every traffic light intersection as well as the major 4-way intersections. We also employ the services of the Bestmed Road Rangers, and ensure there is one biker per start group. They are there to ensure riders keep left of the centre line, warn on-coming traffic to slow down as the bunches pass by, as well as assist traffic to safely pass the riders from behind.
While we would like to secure full road closure to provide a perceived “safer” race, crashes happen between cyclists often resulting in broken bones, road rash, broken bikes, and more. Safety is also the responsibility of the cyclists, in that they should ride in a safe and predictable manner. Don’t overlap wheels, avoid excessive braking, keep left of the centre line, ride within your ability even if it means sucking wheel in the wind rather than forming echelons that drift across the road.
Read our Latest News blog, where we will be posting various articles on rider safety as well as what we do to ensure you have a safe route to ride on.
In the event of a heat wave, we have a contingency in place to re-route cyclists that are struggling to complete the course. This will be decided, on the morning of the race, and communicated to participants on the route.
Hospitality & Post-event Entertainment
The usual post-race food and drinks (including a craft beer stall) will be on sale on the Festival Lawns at Carnival City. Clubs can book a gazebo spot, and provide club members with an opportunity to relax, socialise and enjoy the post-race festivities.
Online entries and event details
Online entries Cycle Events
Online entries have closed at 10:00 today (21/10/2019). Late entries can be done at the number collection venues (Road & MTB).
Trail Run entries remain open until 25/10/2019, and can also be done on the morning of the event.
- Provisional start times are available to view.
- Once entries have closed, the seeding run will take place, and participants will receive their race number and start batch details by SMS/Email used on the Cycle Events profile.
- Final instructions is available to download, or collect a copy at registration venues.