Amashova Fun-Seekers Unite

Smiles are compulsory at the Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova’s fun events, the East Coast Radio 40km Fun Ride and the Asishove 20km mountain bike ride. Both events are ideal for all ages and fitness levels.

Smiles are compulsory at the Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova’s fun events, the East Coast Radio 40km Fun Ride and the Asishove 20km mountain bike ride. Both events are ideal for all ages and fitness levels.

The South African cycling community will gather in Durban this weekend to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova, the country’s oldest National Classic-rated cycle race (comprehensive Schedule of Events follows below).

The main event will be the 106km road race that starts in Pietermaritzburg and finishes in Durban, but the popular cycling festival includes a variety of events that run from Tuesday 16 October.

If you’re looking for a fun event, look no further than the East Coast Radio 40km Fun Ride, the baby-brother event to the Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova 106km race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban this weekend, and with hardly any uphill responsibilities, it has to be fun!

Starting at the Hillcrest Pick ‘n Pay, the 40km ride gets off to a quick downhill start, followed by a quick downhill middle section and then a quick downhill finish.

Actually, that’s not entirely true… There is a bit of a flat section in the final few kilometres where fun-seekers will probably have to pedal to maintain some forward momentum.

 This event takes place on fully closed roads, and has become a favourite among those that believe work should be a banned four-letter word. Only riders with deep psychological issues will be unable to smile broadly from start to finish, with this cool wind-in-the-face downhill plunge.

Even unfit people have surprised themselves – and their friends – by dancing gleefully on their pedals as they cross the finish line at the beach at the Suncoast Casino. Beach, casino, dancing – could almost be synonyms for the word ‘fun’. Post-ride festivities are a given when you’ve hardly built up a sweat.

The East Coast Radio 40km Fun Ride takes place on Sunday 21 October, is open to all ages and is ideal for families or friends that wish to ride together, but don’t want to suffer any kind of unnecessary lung or leg pain. It’s really only those with a high fun threshold that should consider riding this event.

For those with a more gritty sense of fun, the Asishove 20km mountain bike ride will take place on Saturday 20 October at Giba Gorge, Pinetown.

Specifically created to not be too long or too difficult, this 20km off-road event is geared to guarantee frill-free fun for those who like their adventurous spirits shaken, not stirred.

To enter, or to find out more information about the East Coast Radio 40km Fun Ride and the Asishove 20km mountain bike ride, visit the Amashovashova website.


Schedule Of Events:

Thursday 18 October
Race expo and rider registration
Time: 13h00-19h00
Venue: Colony Conference Room, 1st Floor, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, Battery Beach, Durban

Friday 19 October
Race expo and rider registration
Time: 09h00-19h00
Venue: Colony Conference Room, 1st Floor, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, Battery Beach, Durban

Saturday 20 October
Race expo and rider registration
Time: 09h00-17h00
Venue: Colony Conference Room, 1st Floor, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, Battery Beach, Durban

Asishove 45km mountain bike race
Time: 08h00
Asishove 20km family fun ride
Time: 08h15
Asishove 6km kids ride
Time 08h30
Venue: Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, Marianhill

Pick ‘n Pay Mini-Shova 1km (3-6 years old)
Time: 16h00
Pick ‘n Pay Mini-Shova 5km (7-11 years old)
Time: 17h00
Venue: Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, Battery Beach, Durban

Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova Kermesse – Veteran Men
Time: 17h30
Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova Kermesse – Elite Men
Time: 18h30
Venue: Suncoast Boulevard, Battery Beach, Durban

Sunday 21 October
East Coast Radio 40km Fun Ride
Time: 06h00
Venue (start): Pick ‘n Pay, Old Main Road, Hillcrest
Venue (finish): Suncoast Boulevard, Battery Beach, Durban

Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova 106km Race
Time: 06h00
Venue (start) Pietermaritzburg City Hall
Venue (finish): Suncoast Boulevard, Battery Beach, Durban

Late entries will still be taken for all events at registration. For more information, visit the Amashovashova website, or call 031 3128896.

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