2018 Carnival City Macsteel National Classic – the road race
We are excited to announce that our 2018 road race (the 35th edition) will feature a completely new route, with a phrase we’re going to claim: 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 sections of the route have traffic-free, or reduced-traffic zones.
We are still working with the relevant traffic departments in Ekurhuleni to finalise sections of the route that will feature roads that will be closed to traffic, while the rest of the route has been finalised. We start outside Carnival City, as always, but head East towards Brakpan and Springs. From Springs, we take you South to Nigel on the R51, right then left on the R550 towards the R23. Shortly after the first sprint prime (hot spot 1), you’ll turn left (to Heidelberg, 41Km) instead of the right turn back to Carnival City like previous years, then right on the R103 just before Heidelberg. At the next 4-way stop, you’ll turn left on the R550 towards Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, turning right on the road to Magagula Heights. A left turn, up a short drag to Diana Road to turn right. Diana Rd takes you back to the R550, where you’ll turn left and ride over the second sprint prime (hot spot 2). At the 4-way intersection (R550/R23) you’ll turn left and ride the final 14.5Km to the finish, which is the same as previous year. Total distance is 109Km (700m elevation).
The short distance event (red on map) for the less fit, more social rider has been retained, and follows the first 42Km of the new route described above. At the R23 riders will turn right to head back to Carnival City. Total distance is 58Km (367m elevation gain).
Water points remain the same as before (2 on the short route and 4 on the long route).
We’ve done away with the longer distance for the Elite, U23, Juniors and Vets – the primary reason is to do away with the delayed start times for the tandems, open groups and the shorter route. The race will start at 06:00 for the Elites, followed by the rest of the groups at regular intervals. All groups would be on the course by 08:10, allowing 5-10 minutes before the Elites return to the finish.
One of our core objectives is the development of amateur cycling. As part of this objective we have decided to offer a 30% discount for all riders aged 19 years and younger (as of 31 December 2018). This is an initiative of Germiston Wheelers Cycling Club who are giving back in order to encourage and develop young riders for the future of the sport.
All ages, U11, U13, U15, U17 and Juniors (both male and female), qualify for this discount. The usual online entry process needs to be followed, vetted by ID number to qualify for the discount, and is only valid for the road race.
Carnival City Macsteel MTB race
The MTB event will be the same as 2017, except for the chillier-than-normal weather we experienced last year. The route will remain the same (pending track conditions), with the option of 60Km, 34Km, 6 or 12Km family friendly, or a 1/2/3Km ride for the kids.
The race will start at 07:00, with the A-seeded 60Km riders, followed by the rest of the groups/distances at 5 minute intervals.
The trail run had about 10 participants in 2017, mostly due to weather, line entries only, and a last minute decision to host a trail run.
For 2018, the trail run will take place on Sunday, while the road race is taking place. Start time is 08:00, and runners have the option of a 5.5Km (1 lap) or 11Km (2 laps) race, on trails inside the Carnival City precinct.
Post race hospitality
For both days, Saturday and Sunday, we will have the hospitality area offering a place to unwind after your race, enjoying food and drinks and the company of fellow riders. Prize giving takes place in the hospitality area, as well as the lucky prize draws (taking place through the day).
Clubs are invited to erect their gazebos in pre-booked sites on the Carnival City Festival Lawns.