aQuellé Tour Durban
11 May 2021
by: Dave Macleod
aQuellé Tour Durban date set for last weekend in November
Durban – The 2021 aQuellé Tour Durban will be staged on 27 and 28
November with a cap of 4000 participants as the race organisers aim to
give the event the best chance of being held to its traditional scale
and standards during the pandemic.
With the country approaching the potential third wave of Covid-19
infections, it was felt that the provisional date in August was
unrealistic, given the race’s commitment to ensuring that the event is
staged in a safe and responsible manner, and at a level that allows it
to contribute meaningfully to the race’s charity beneficiaries.
Race organiser Alec Lenferna said he was excited by the level of
enthusiasm for the 2021 aQuellé Tour Durban based on the number of
questions he has been fielding from riders around the country. He added
that the decision to stage the race was done in conjunction with Cycling
South Africa and all the local authorities.
“It is difficult to look into the crystal ball and to try and predict
what is going to happen with the pandemic in South Africa,” said
Lenferna. “The consensus of opinion from all the experts we have spoken
to says that we will in all likelihood not be able to host the event in
anything like its usual size and format in August.
“Cycling SA has found us a gap in their calendar at the end of November,
and hopefully by that stage we will be in a good place to be able to
stage the event, adhering to all the regulations that will be in place
at that time,” said Lenferna.
“We will not be fully out of the lockdown by that stage, we are lead to
believe, so we have put in place a plan that will ensure that we can
stage the event and continue to support The Domino Foundation which is
the race’s main beneficiary, in a meaningful way, as well as allow for
people to be able to take part in events of this nature again” he added.
Lenferna said that the race will use the popular 45km loop up the M4 to
Mdhloti and back, and offer a 45km, 90km and 135km option on Sunday 28
November, with the MTB races based in the vicinity of Cornubia Mall
taking place on Saturday 27 November.
The road race elite racers will be started in small batches, after which
the bulk of the field will be allowed to start in their own time during
specific time periods to ensure social distancing is adhered to.
“It will be a mat-to-mat event. That means that each rider will be given
a window of time during which time they can ride to the start, cross the
timing mat and then complete their own ride.
“Once they are finished they will ride over the finish mat and then head
back to their cars and return home, as there will be not prize giving,
socialising or entertainment at People Park at Moses Mabhida Stadium,
due to the current Covid – 19 parameters” he said.
Lenferna pointed out that there were around 1500 entries from the
cancelled 2020 event that would be carried over to the 2021 event,
leaving only 2500 entries available for riders when entries open on 2
“By the time we host the aQuellé Tour Durban in November, we will all be
so eager to ride and enjoy the occasion that we can look forward to
celebrating being out on a bike together and enjoying this special part
of our city,” he added.
“We are hashtagging the event #CelebrateTogether as something that we
can all look forward to together, and show our resilience and optimism
as Durbanites,” he said.
More information can
be found at www.tourdurban.co.za
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aQuellé Tour Durban
The 2021 edition of the
popular aQuellé Tour Durban will be held on the weekend of 28 and 29
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