With less than a month to go, South African road racing cyclists in the non-elite racing categories are preparing for the 2013 Msunduzi Road Challenge, the only leg of the global UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT) that takes place on the African continent.
The two-day event takes place in and around the Noodsberg and Wartburg areas, near Pietermaritzburg, on 26 and 27 October.
The UWCT event serves a dual purpose; it offers road cycling enthusiasts a chance to cycle the scenic routes with road closures, and also provides seasoned competitors with an opportunity to qualify for the once-off UWCT Final in 2014. Previously, the UWCT Final was known as the UCI Masters Road World Championships.
This year's event forms part of the 2014 season challenge, and is the only qualifying event in Africa for the 2014 UWCT Final, which will be held in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.
The race distances for the various Masters' age categories have been determined, with the Masters once again be racing in the five-year category increments from 30 years of age upwards.