2018 Emperors Palace Road Classic

25 March 2018

The route remains unchanged for 2017.

Billed as “The Race of Dreams”, the road race is shaped around getting as many riders as possible to ride their personal best over the two distances on offer.

The road races start at 06h15 (98km) and 07h46 (48km) respectively on Sunday. The Sunday offering includes the ever-popular Emperors Palace Kids Classic, which caters for youngsters aged 3-5 and 6-8.


The Race of Dreams...

Billed as “the race of dreams”, the event’s offering is stunning and includes both road riders and mountain bikers. The racing starts with the 25km and 50km MTB races on the Saturday, followed by the 40km and 98km road races the following day.

As far as the average rider is concerned, the line-up offers the perfect autumn challenge for riders of all fitness levels and technical abilities.

The event is nicely nestled at a time of year when temperatures are becoming milder and the chances of rain are slim.

ROAD RACE ROUTE - Fast and flat!

The road routes offer fast and flat circuits with good surfaces throughout. The total ascent on the 98km ride is 358 metres while the 40km ride presents 240 metres of vertical ascent.

Click here to view the route map and profile

Safety is the highest priority for ASG Events and we raise awareness and visibility through various means.

We will be erecting signage along the route to alert motorists of the event ahead of race day and on the day, more than 200 marshals and 150 traffic officers would be on duty.

Emperors Palace MTB Classic set for lift-off once again!

24 March

The MTB event kicks off at 08h00 on Saturday and consists of a 25km track which riders complete either once or twice. Click here to view the Route Profile & Map

Riders will once again get to experience the excitement of riding in the shadow of the aircraft on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport.

It’s urban mountain biking at its best and it’s so close and easily accessible for riders from all over Gauteng.

Stockenstrom, who has been responsible for the mountain bike routes since the discipline was added five years ago, said the course would remain largely unchanged.
It’s very user-friendly and slightly undulating, with some tar work thrown in as well.

There is just one technical drop-off on the 25km track where riders have the option to either take the dive or use the chicken run on the side.

The track is essentially made up of three sections. The first bit is through a forest, then round the dam and suburbs, and finally a seven-kilometre flat section right next to the runway – all interlinked by pavement rides.

The tree section is absolute bliss. It consists of 6km of winding forest with more than enough room to overtake and slightly downhill – so it’s nice and fast!