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!

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:

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!

80-year-old to complete his 15th Cycle Challenge

Peter Plath finished last year's Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge for the 14th time with a time of 3 hours and 51 minutes.

How to stay cycle-safe

A few simple tips that can go a long way to ensure your safety while training for, and on the day of Cycle Challenge.

Cyclist Nicholas Dlamini keen to tackle Tour de France in two years

Dlamini speaks to Xolani Gwala about how his career started.

Beginners Guide to the Telkom 947 Mountain Bike Challenge

Feeling like you might be way in over your head with this offroad race entry? Relax, we've got your back!

The Beginners Guide to the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge

An endurance sports specialist unpacks what is needed to ensure that you not only get to the start line, but also finish the race.

Joys of the Tour de France

The Tour de France grabs new fans for cycling every year, but it would be great to inspire these fans to start pedaling too?

The greatest Cycle Challenge advice you've ever received? Here's our 7 favs...

Veteran cyclists share advice they would give someone entering the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge for the first time.

Tips on Safe Cycling

Full road closure which allows cyclists to ride safely and enjoy the roads in Joburg for the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge is a plus.

Winter Pedal Pleasure

If you want to ride the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge this year, riding your bicycle in winter could be a bit tough.

Technology for your Cycling

A bicycle could never have been invented without technology, and we have to admit that #LoveCycling means #LoveTechnology.

Alex Caige gets Cycle Challenge ready!

It can be tough to stay active during Winter. There are a number of training opportunities that can keep you motivated and on a bike while the mornings are dark and cold - 947’s Alex Caige decided to take on a high performance customized programme at CycleZone in Rosebank.

Three great hints to ride, not suffer.

If you put in some well-planned hours on your bike you can feel the benefit when it comes to Cycle Challenge Sunday.

Mountain Bike Magic

Biased mountain bikers don’t like to hear that road cycling can vastly improve their fitness with constant effort; and some fanatical roadies are not even prepared to consider riding on dirt unless they have to. As big fans of all bicycle moves we prefer not to choose, but here are 5 reasons to give mountain biking a chance if you haven’t:

Share the bicycle blessing

How to get your little ones on a bike ahead of the Telkom 947 Kiddies Ride!

5 Critical Safety Tips for Riders in South Africa

We loved this piece by Sally Perkins, a professional freelance writer. She enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible. She has a keen interest in road safety as she is a cyclist.

The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge helped Joseph Jacobs reach a milestone 

We loved this piece in Soweto Urban West Side (by Janice Beckett) about Joseph Jacobs (49) from the Riverlea Cycling Club who said, “when I finished the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge, I reached a milestone that I thought I'd never reach.”

Enjoy the perks of entering your Company Team!

The Company Teams category offers opportunities to use the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge as a wellness day, a team building adventure, a powerful source of corporate exposure, and even a way to raise funds for a charity through the Ride for a Purpose platform.


Having staged the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge for 20 incredible years, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting many loyal riders time and again.


Telkom, 947 and the City of Joburg #LoveCycling - it’s why we take over the city with over 30 000 bicycles once a year, and hand over the streets to anyone else who’s part of this crazy, special community who #LoveCycling too.

21 Reasons to ride the 21st edition of Cycle Challenge!

Looking for a good reason to enter the 21st edition of the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge – Joburg’s most iconic cycling event? Here are 21!


Cycling used to be a men’s sport with not many women involved, but over the past few years the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge has been actively welcoming more and more women to the event and the sport. Over 20% of our entrants are already women and we want you to #lovecycling, and join them in 2017!