The annual Wharic Cycle Challenge Road Race, which is the biggest event in Gaborone Cycling Club’s calendar, will this year be held on January 31st.
The challenge is sponsored by Wharic Construction, and a floating trophy is up for grabs.
“The event is organized by Gaborone Cycling Club, but the main sponsor is Wharic Construction, and the Wharic Construction Floating Trophy is up for grabs again,” said Media Liaison Officer Peter Sekwale.
He urged local athletes to take advantage of this popular cycling event to supplement their training ahead of this year’s Cape Argus competition, also adding that people should use the race to shed a few kilos and keep fit.
“This event is mainly aimed at training athletes for the annual Cape Argus, which is held in South Africa. It is also an ideal training event, such that people can lose some of those kilos gained during the festive season,” said Sekwale.
The Wharic Cycling Challenge has always drawn large crowds as the number of participants has increased over time. There were about 100 participants in last year’s 108 km race and about 40 in the 54 km race.
The registration fee is P100 for the 108 km race. Gaborone Cycling Club members will however only part with P80. For the 54 km race general members will pay P90 and GCC members P70.
Sekwale also warned that late entry penalty for registration on the day of the race is P20, urging participants to register early to avoid the P20 additional fee.
“Registration will be on the 29th of January from 17:00 to 19:00 hours. There will also be late registration on Sunday morning at the race venue from 6am through to 7am”, said Sekwae.
He further reminded athletes that those without helmets will not be allowed to ride. Cycling is now affiliated to the Botswana National Sports Council.