Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge FAQS

Entering Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge

When is Cycle Challenge Sunday?

The 22nd edition of the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge takes place on Sunday, 18 November 2018

How much is the entry fee?

The entry fee is R504.50 per person

When do the entries close?

The entries for the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge will close on 30 September 2018

Do I have to qualify for the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge?

We highly recommend that you partake in events which are over 90km and timed by Racetec in order to better your seeding for the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge.

How old do you have to be to enter the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge?

The minimum age is 12 years, should anyone younger than 12 years want to ride tandem, we require letter of consent from a parent / guardian.

What kind of bike is allowed?

Only conventional bicycles and conventional tandems may be ridden. BMX bicycles and tandems with disc or covered wheels are deemed to be conventional. Bicycles and tandems with fairing or attachments to improve airflow, recumbent, extended bicycles, tricycles, machines known as human powered vehicles (HPVs) and other similar machines are deemed to be unconventional and are not permitted to enter without the express permission of the organisers. Please apply for special dispensation in writing to the Race Office.

E-Bikes may be ridden only if the participant selects the E-bike category when entering online.*please see terms and conditions online.

How will I be timed?

The event uses Racetec for timing which means that you will need a Racetec Timing Chip. One will automatically be allocated to you when entering online should you not own one. NO CHIP = NO RIDE!

When will I know my start time?

Once the seeding has been done in October your Race Number and Start Time will be sent to you via email

Has the route changed?

Only the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge gives cyclists this annual opportunity to take over Joburg, and that won’t change in 2018, but this year – we’ll be doing it in reverse! Cyclists will enjoy the same city-spanning route and the challenge doesn’t get any easier but now the climbs will be downhills, and riders will need to work where they used to be freewheeling. A big difference in terms of the enjoyability for many riders will be that the cluster of steep hills that made the last 10km of the route such a grind in previous years, will now be tackled and gotten out of the way in the first 10km of the reverse route, while legs are still fresh.

What will the new elevation of the race be?
The lowest elevation will be 1 331m and the highest point is at 1 757m (this is at the King/Queen of the Mountains at just before the descent into Braamfontein. The total climbing, or elevation gain, is 1 480m. It was ±1 530 when the route went in the original direction.

How will the route flip affect my seeding?

The route flip will not affect your seeding. We will still make use of your results from your 2017 ride to seed you according to your index.