Preparing for the first-ever 947 Vitality Short Ride

Just under 3000 enthusiastic riders have signed up for the brand new 947 Vitality Short Ride. At around 40km in distance, this race is for those who want to own the streets of Joburg but don't want the pressure of completing 94.7km. We want to ensure your experience is as relaxed as possible.

Where does it start?

The 947 Vitality Short Ride will be fed onto the 94.7km route from the Athol Oaklands offramp (M1S) adjacent to Melrose Arch. The first batch will start at 09h30.

Where to park?

Parking for the 947 Vitality Short Ride participants will be in the underground parking bays at Melrose Arch. Height restrictions do apply when accessing these parking bays. Due to the restrictions in the underground parking vehicles with roof-mounted bike racks will need to make use of the Drop-off Zone on Whitely Road before accessing the Melrose Arch underground parking area.

Traffic will be busy, just remember to give yourself enough time on event day. We recommend 2 hours ahead of your start time.

You may be directed to a different parking area from the one you planned to park due to traffic flow.

Drop-off Zone

Being dropped off at Melrose Arch, is a great option.

The zone is before the start, opposite The Piazza inside Melrose Arch, which can be accessed from Atholl Oaklands into Whitely Road. It will be a one-way from Atholl Oaklands to Melrose Boulevard only to assist with traffic flow.

Your Checklist

Race Number: Pin your unique race number to the back of your cycling shirt, over the pockets.

Bike number board: All 947 Vitality Short Ride cyclists will be issued with a unique bike number board that is to be attached to the front handlebars of your bicycle using the cable ties supplied. This bike number board is to easily identify 947 Vitality Short Ride cyclists along the route, crossing the finish line and if you are making use of the Melrose Arch return shuttle service.

RaceTec timing chip: Secure the RaceTec chip to the bike clip on the front wheel of your bike. You can also use a Velcro strap to attach it to your left ankle, with the chip sitting on the outside of your leg. No chip, no ride; no time, no result.

Helmet: Your safety is extremely important to us. Because of this, you won’t be allowed to access the start pen or route without your helmet. No helmet, no ride.

What to do at Melrose Arch before your ride

We have been in communication with some of the great establishments at Melrose Arch and they will be opening their doors early to ensure everyone has their pre-race fix.

Tashas and Seattle Coffee Company are open from 6am, The Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Piza e Vino, Woolworths Food and Starbucks are open from 6:30am while Rocomamas open at 8am.

Water points

There are four water points along the route - at waterpoints 6, 7, 8 and 9. These waterpoints are stocked with Powerade, Coke and water.

There will be medical, physiotherapy and chiropractic support at the water points, as well as mechanical support and toilets.

Beware of road closures

The M1 S-Bound (into Joburg CBD) is closed from Buccleuch interchange to the M2 interchange from 4:30am to 2:35pm.

Alternative routes may be planned using the event interactive map that can be accessed HERE to assist you to navigate your way around route road closures on Ride Joburg Sunday.

Getting back to the Melrose Arch after your ride

Nightwing Couriers have been appointed as the official transport company responsible for transporting bicycles back to Melrose Arch.

The Nightwing Courier ‘Bike Catchers’, who will be easily identifiable in their uniform and official event accreditation lanyards, will be ready to catch 947 Vitality Short Ride cyclists before Circle 6 to facilitate the loading of bikes for transport back to Melrose Arch. Should you not be returning to Melrose Arch after your ride, you can just advise them that you do not require the shuttle service.

Bike shuttle trucks, operated by Nightwing Couriers, will be used to load your bike onto from the Shuttle Bike Park at Riversands Commercial Park located between Circle D and Circle 6. No bikes will be permitted on the busses. TheNightwing Courier staff will accept your bike for loading and issue you with a numbered colour coded wrist band as proof of receipt thereof.

You will be required to wear the armband on your wrist, the other will be attached to your bicycle. Your bike will then be loaded and safely be transported ahead of you to Melrose Arch.

Shuttles from Riversands Commercial Park to Melrose Arch will be returning cyclists and their bikes after the 947 Vitality Short Ride. These shuttles will depart from dedicated Melrose Arch Shuttle pick up points located at Riversands Commercial Park between Circle 6 and D and will be easily identified by signage on the digital display boards around the venue.

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