In 2018, the race organisers switched things up and made the decision to turn the route on its head... The route was reversed for the first time in the 21 years.
The route looked deceptively easier on paper, but the cyclists were not fooled. Our community spent the next three months, after the announcement, training on mornings and spent their weekend in the saddle.
The event got such positive feedback from the cyclists after Ride Joburg Sunday, that it was decided to keep the flipped route for the 2019 edition.
Here is some of the feedback that we received from our social media platforms:
Take a look at the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg route map for 2019 and what it has up its streets. Many of the hills are what the regular Joburgers train on so they know them well, but now is the chance to prove to your club just how strong you really are when the pressure is on.
A strong start
The initial 20km, following Waterpoint 2, will see the bunches settling to take on the main altitude gaining trek totown. Get settled and work with your bunch to maximise the time you can make up without emptying the tanks too much. Homestead up to WP3 is going to be of particular interest to the strong riders – they will want to move up through a few groups and this road presents a tough challenge to those who went out to hard in the beginning but if the fitness is there the opportunities abound.
The big climbs
The real racing and where the top dogs will show their mettle will be on the double whammy: Hyde Park and the Zoo climb (known to the regular early morning Jhb cyclists). Hyde park suits the strong rouleur who has a kick. The climb is steady but rolls nicely till the last bit up to Hype Park when it kicks really hard. The legs will be screaming for a rest but so will everyone elses!
After WP4 The steeper and more brutal Zoo hill awaits. Similar profile but over a shorter distance means greater gradient. This means hanging onto your pace and proving your grit!
The effort to halfway will feel like you have done the whole 94.7km but that’s what you want to maximise that personal best time opportunity.
The reward is now for the taking. Get together with the other riders and make the most of the slipstreaming advantage as you head down the M1 at 40 to 50km/h with the wind in your hair! Take every opportunity to catch your breath because although most of the climbing is done a few stings remain for your aching legs to deal with.
Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit is short, silky smooth and has two vicious little climbs that will bite you if you don’t manage them properly – and to make matters worse you climb out from Kyalami on the R55 before being able to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Hills area. The final approach is a site to behold Riversands Commercial Park in all its glory waiting to welcome you home!
The Discovery 947 Ride Joburg is all about getting people to move more, and to own the streets of Joburg for a day. The event is proudly hosted by the City of Joburg and will be taking place at Riversands Commercial Park on Sunday 17 November. There are still entries left and you can secure your place on the start line by entering at www.947ridejoburg.co.za Let's all move more!