Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge now on TAG Heuer time

The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge is proud to announce that iconic Swiss watchmaker, TAG Heuer, will be the Official Timekeeper of the race in 2017.

Get to know your Trek Troopers!

The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge has joined forces with Trek Bikes, to bring you the ‘Trek Troopers’, put in place to help our last few groups out.

Support for the Cycle Challenge from the City of Joburg

Without assistance from the City of Joburg, we could never have hoped to be lining up for the 21st edition of one of the biggest and most interesting timed cycling events in the world!

Tourism impact of the Cycle Challenge

The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge is predominantly supported by locals, with 85.99% of our riders coming from Gauteng. However, the stature of the event does attract international riders from as far afield as the USA who make enquiries about riding, and a French travel operator has joined the event for the last two years with an interest in packaging tours to ride the Cycle Challenge, to the French.

New in 2017: Trek Troopers

Organisers have taken another step in helping social riders get through the Cycle Challenge in the time required.

A tandem tickle

A two-person tandem can let a parent share the adventure of riding with a child who is not fit or skilled enough to ride on their own, allow a couple who don’t usually pedal the same pace or distance to enjoy a ride together, or offer crazy racing for two strong riders. However, there are a few things to bear in mind:

Volkswagen and Qhubeka putting the future in motion

‘Blue Bikes’ is an initiative of VW in partnership with the Qhubeka Bicycle Education Empowerment Programme.

Safe places for your kiddies to ride

We’ve done some research – and here are a few local spots to help get your child on their bike in a safe environment, and #CCkiddies ready:

Cycle Challenge granted UCI 1.1 status for the Women's Race

The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge is very pleased to confirm that we will once again be hosting a UCI 1.1 Women’s Race. This will be the third edition of this prestigious race within the race, and we look forward to welcoming international, African and local teams once again.

The colour of your race number and what it means

Here's what you'll be seeing when there's a rider with a coloured number board ahead of you that you might want to salute, even if you pass them! ;-)

"You need time in the saddle to start feeling comfortable" - David Katz

Mr Active says there is no time like the present to start training for the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge.

Start times and seeding, explained

Seeding, what is seeding?

#CCMTB2017 - how we determine your start time

You wanted more information on how your start time is determined... here it is!

Women in mountain biking

In recent years the traffic density on many of our roads in South Africa has made riding mountain bikes increasingly popular because it is safer – but is this really a sport for women?

Bike, body and kit

Even if you are just planning to ride and enjoy the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge with plenty of calm training, part of the challenge of this race is the fact that it’s not quick, nor easy.

Why Mountain Biking is just... awesome!

Need a reminder about why mountain biking is an awesome sport to enjoy whether you are a racer, an experienced participant, a newbie or anywhere in between?

Joel's Stransky's 'love affair' with mountain biking

We could keep telling you how awesome the #CCMTB routes are, but take it from someone who rides a lot, like commentator and former Springbok Joel Stransky.

Join us on Sat 11 November for fun for the WHOLE family!

Socializing with other kids or having family fun on a bicycle offers a great way to burn calories, boost a child’s life skills and confidence, and sneak better fitness into that little body.

5 of the best cycling trails in Jozi

For those who love the wilderness-feel in a big city, here are some great trails to explore in and around Johannesburg.

Soweto now? Feel inspired!

Learn more about the Ride for a Purpose initiative ahead of Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge.

The 947 Breakfast Club can get you to #CC2017... with lots of help from Joburg!

For the past few months, we’ve been asking you to enter The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge. You’ve probably always wanted to, but maybe you don’t have the one thing you need to actually do it – a bike.

Not sure how to get your child riding?

With the Telkom 947 Kiddies Ride approaching, and summer officially starting in less than 2 weeks, we’ve found some great advice to help you get your newbie cyclist #CCKiddiesRide ready!

Camping at Riversands Farm Village

Take the hassle out of making your way to the venue on the morning of the Cycle Challenge and come camp with us!

Mountain Bike fitness and skills assistance

Not sure if you are skilled or fit enough to ride the Telkom 947 Mountain Bike Challenge routes? Going for rides in mountain bike parks in and around Gauteng will allow you to prepare for your ride by becoming more skilled, confident and fit, and some facilities also offer skills clinics, which are highly recommended.

Your 5 most frequently asked questions, answered.

You’ve entered #CC2017 – what next? We’ve answered your 5 most frequently asked questions below:

Picking a favourite part of the Cycle Challenge route? NOT as easy as it sounds!

Facebook fans shared their highlights from the race route through Joburg - showcasing a broad range of fond favourites!

Celebrating 21 years of Cycle Challenge

We reflect on the growth of the iconic Cycle Challenge event from humble beginnings to what it is today.

Structuring your training rides

With less than 3 months to go to Cycle Challenge Sunday, we're ramping up our advice to help you train for the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge.

Meet a Telkom 947 Kiddies Ride fanatic

Young Linda was just five years old when he convinced mom to buy him a bicycle, and now he's enjoyed the Kiddies Ride 5 times.

What to expect from the Telkom 947 Mountain Bike Challenge

Mountain biking is intended as an outdoor adventure, and the 25km route offers novices exactly that.

Join the Dirty Double Club and enjoy the time on your bike in Joburg, twice!

Why not experience a double dose of #LoveCycling? We’ll reward your commitment to cycling off-road and on closed roads for the Dirty Double with a green number board during the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge, so everyone will know you are part of the Dirty Double Club!