The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge route will challenge your legs with some tough climbs through the City of Johannesburg. With complete road closure it will give you the freedom of the city for the day and a once-a-year chance to experience the streets of Johannesburg without any vehicles on the roads.
The Cycle Challenge will once again Start and Finish at Riversands Commercial Park in Fourways.
From Riversands, the route then moves through Blue Hills and Kyalami.
Off the R55, the route will take a sharp right turn into the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit giving cyclists the chance to test their speed around this world class track. From Kyalami, re-join Woodmead Drive onto the M1 South. The M1 South is a 17km section of rolling hills and is much tougher than it looks in a car.
The 2018 route will again continue up the M1 South where you will take a left turn onto the Carr Street onramp into the Newtown Precinct and over the iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge. Smile for the cameras – this is a favourite spot for photographers!
You'll pedal on to Jan Smuts Avenue* and head towards Zoo Lake and Rosebank. This stretch is very popular with the Sunday brunchers who come out to support. Enjoy the cheers (and beers and braais) along the way. The route continues along Jan Smuts Avenue onto Bram Fischer Drive in Randburg. Here cyclists will take a left turn onto Homestead Avenue and wind through Bryanston and onto Grosvenor Road through Douglasdale and then left onto Witkoppen Road.
* The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) has developed a draft design for the upgrading of Jan Smuts Avenue to a dual carriageway from Northwold Drive to Bolton Drive and from 8th Avenue to Kent Road in Rosebank. The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge Organising Committee is in regular communication with JRA and will advise if any of the upgrades will directly affect the Cycle Challenge route.
SOME TWISTS AND TURNS:
From Witkoppen Road turn right into Newmarket Road, left into Epsom Road and onto Malibongwe Drive. We then travel north along Malibongwe Drive to the old Lion Park intersection and take a right turn at the R114.
THE STING IN THE TAIL:
Then cycle down Cedar Road, up to the King of the Mountain into the picturesque Steyn City Estate where the views are matched with some tough hills! From here you continue onwards to the finish at Riversands Commercial Park.
The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge is proudly hosted by the City of Joburg, a world class African City.