The traditional Tour Durban has not only acquired a new sponsor in the bright red and white colours of South African leisure wear giant, Mr Price, but it also now incorporates an even more rider-friendly route with greater road closure.
The April 24 event annually attracts the cream of South Africas cyclists and the 2005 edition will be no different with most of the top teams already confirmed on the start line.
The event is known as Durbans easier ride, compared with the Pick n Pay Amashovashova National Classic, and with a slight route change to make your journey even more user friendly, the race will no doubt again attract large numbers.
The route starts at the well-known Berea Rovers sports club in Durbans NMR avenue, proceeds up Northway all the way to Umhlanga Rocks Drive , goes past Gateway and then down Sharks Board Hill, left in to the M4 towards Ballito, around the Lifestyle centre and then back down a completely closed section of the M4.
Riders come off the free-way at the Umhloti exit, go right on to the link road to Ottawa, then down Ottawa hill past the Phoenix cemetery and on to the R102.
The route remains on the R102 all the way to the top of North Coast road , then goes left into Riverside road, parallel to the Umgeni river, past the Bird Park, then left again into Soofi Road and past the Japanese gardens.
The final stretch swings left in to Old Mill way, left again in to North way and, at last, makes for home along NMR Avenue. Its a fast rider-friendly course guaranteed to make the easy trip down to Durban more than worth the effort.
With categories for everyone from Elite and U23 licenced men, through U16s and juniors, Licenced ladies, and Vets from 30 plus to 50 plus on Sunday April 24, as well as a range of fun races for kids on Saturday, April 23, there is absolutely no excuse not to be in Durban for the race.
All that, and the race features one of the premier race timing systems in the world , Championchip.
All the information you could need is available on www.tourdurban.co.za, and any inquiries can be made to Annie and Melissa on , by fax to , or by e-mail to