This year, the 20th Cycle Challenge won’t be just another cycling event. It will be where acceleration meets determination. Joburg’s biggest cycling event has just become faster, thanks to our new partner Telkom. The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge takes place on Sunday November 20 at Riversands Commercial Park.  947 will once again shut down some of the busiest roads on the continent, to give you the opportunity to take over the city, on two wheels. Beyond the physical challenge, you can ride for a purpose to make a difference to others. Connect with your city like never before.

The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge. Connected by Telkom. Official sponsor of speed. Hosted by the City of Joburg. A world-class African city.



The 2016 Route

The 2016 route for the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge has a few tweaks and additions to the route from last year. 

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The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge provides the perfect opportunity for corporates, teams or charities to entertain their clients, colleagues and team mates in the Hospitality Village, after their ride.

Situated on the fields within Riversands Commercial Park – preparing for the over 80 corporate clients, sponsors and charities (as recorded in 2015), who occupy the Hospitality Village on Cycle Challenge Sunday, is an operation of monumental proportion.

The exclusive catering and bar services offer a range of options to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Delicious meals are freshly prepared on site to meet the highest standards.

Ensure you don’t miss out on the festivities encompassed in South Africa’s largest cycling-related corporate hospitality setup! Avoid the post-race traffic – take advantage of the summer sunshine and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in your very own Hospitality site.

A variety of packages are available from the Race Office. Please contact Chevaughn Jacoby on 011 017 2700, or


Dear Resident of Joburg

The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge is in its 20th year and is set to attract 35 000 cyclists on Sunday, 20 November 2016. To ensure the safety of both the cyclists as well as the residents, the City of Joburg, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department, the Johannesburg Roads Agency and the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport will implement TOTAL ROAD CLOSURE along the route.

We understand the impact of the road closures and thank you for giving up your streets for the day – your co-operation helps to make a difference to many people, in addition to the cyclists as thousands Ride for a Purpose.

We, the event, take great measures in ensuring that we notify the residents in the community of the road closures so that you can plan your day to avoid inconvenience.

  • These include:
    • Notifying all ward councillors that are directly affected by the Road Closures
    • Erecting traffic advisory boards along the route
    • Resident flyer drop offs to all residents, shopping centres and churches along the route
    • Traffic bulletins on both 947 and 702 stations
    • Notification, and even maps in print media during the week leading up to the event
    • Awareness on our social media platforms
  • We encourage the community to get involved as much as possible along the route:
    • We offer Power zones for companies to activate and enjoy branding and presence along the route.
    • If you are a company looking to activate along the route, please contact Nicole at
    • Home owners to come out on the day and support along the route… Camper chairs, umbrellas and loads of gees!
    • School bands can also get involved by finding a spot along the route and activating. Be sure to contact Nicole to check availability of the spot.

We also don’t want to take away from the fact that some of our residents have work, or church on Cycle Challenge Sunday, and therefore we have alternative routes to assist to get you through Joburg avoiding the closures.

We have a dedicated Call Centre that can assist with routing you around the closures. Our Call Centre number is 011 017 2700.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. You will be contributing to the success of one of the world’s largest mass participation cycling events and an iconic Joburg event.



  • Routing around the Cycle Challenge Sunday Road Closures:
    • Click on the Route icon (first icon on the top of the page)
    • A block will appear.
    • Insert your departure point.
    • Tab.
    • Insert your destination point.
    • Enter.

TomTom Maps has successfully routed you around our Road Closures.

  • Route Info :
  • Get the locations for the below by clicking on the icon,
    • Telkom Blue Zones spectator points
    • Route Warnings
    • Hotspots
    • King and Queen of the Mountain
  • Parking and Venue Info:
    • Bike Park
    • Entrance to Start Pens
    • Hospital
    • Colour Parking Areas
    • Charity Hospitality Area
    • Gates
    • Other

A very big THANK YOU to TomTom Maps for their wonderful map.

On Sunday, 13th November, thousands of off-road junkies will take part in the 25km* and 55km* Telkom 947 Mountain Bike Challenge from Riversands Commercial Park.

The 25km* route will offer ample fun for the new to fairly seasoned weekend warrior with single track, jeep track, and some interesting urban obstacles to peak your interest on the fat tyres. Not overly technical, this is a great way to have fun, while exploring parts of Northern Joburg you may not have known existed.

The 55km* route is for more technically advanced mountain bikers, and will present an exhilarating route that includes hand cut single track, purpose built bridges, water crossings and steep traverses on some virgin land. Riders will need to qualify to participate in the 55km*, to ensure safety on route, as well as a superior trail experience.

*distances may vary within 5km

This year, Joburg’s youngest cyclists will get to zoom around on their push bikes, tricycles and bicycles in the most anticipated kids event of the year: the Telkom 947 Kiddies Ride!

Kids from as young as 2-years-old to 10-years-old can participate in rides graded by size and ability, while Mom, Dad and the rest of the family join in on the fun and cheer them along from the side lines.

At the end of the morning, the Telkom 947 10km Family Fun Ride offers entry level mountain bikers, older kids and families a great introduction to Mountain Biking.

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