Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Builders World Botswana Classic to kick off Friday

Tsela Riders Cycling Network’s inaugural Builders World Botswana Classic three-day Stage Race will kick off this Friday in Gaborone.

Complete with prize monies, teams, yellow jerseys, green jerseys and the polka jerseys, the three-day event is expected to be formatted along professional races. Speaking in an interview, Tsela Riders’ Media and Publicity Officer, Karabo Moilwa described the race as the first of its kind in Botswana.

Sponsored to a tune of more than P200 000 by Builders World Botswana, the race is expected to attract cyclists from the Southern African region countries, mainly South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

According to Moilwa, only a limited number of 120 cyclists will be registered to compete in the three-day stage race.

The first stage of the race will be a time trial at 4 p.m. on Friday where cyclists will compete on one lap of a 4 km circuit starting at Masa Centre.

Unlike in the road races where cyclists will leave at the same time, competitors in the time trial stage will leave a minute apart and race against time on a 4 km loop around Gaborone’ s Central Business District (CBD).

The second stage of the race will be an 84 km road race from Boatle to Mmankgodi on Saturday morning. Pitting cyclist against other cyclists and team against other teams, the race will start at 8 am, with the cyclist crossing the finish line first awarded the famed yellow jersey.

The race will then move back to the CBD in the afternoon of the same day for a criterium race, which will be a 5, 6 km lap. The last stage of the 3 day event will be a 100 km road race from Grand Palm to Rasesa and back on Sunday morning before a prize giving ceremony later in the afternoon.

“For the prizes, we will have prizes for the best team, winning cyclists as well as prizes for best sprinters and prizes for king of the hill. What happens is that during the race, we will have set points where the first cyclist who reaches the point will be awarded king of the hill and there will be a price for that. The same will also apply for the sprints where the best sprinter will be awarded points and the green jersey during the race,” Moilwa explained.

The winning team will walk away with a P12 000 prize money. The winner of the open classic race will be awarded P9 000, the runner up P4 000 and third place will be given P2 000.

Moilwa said apart from this, there will also be price monies for positions four (4) up to ten (10) while there will also be price monies for the sprint winners and king of the hill.

He said should the overall winner also win different categories of the sprints and king of the hill, price monies for such could move up to more than P20 000. Meanwhile, for those not competing in the main three-day stage race, there will be fun rides on Sunday including the kiddies ride, 20km corporate challenge and beginners’ race, and a 60km race.

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