Dis-Chem Ride for Sight spins to life this Sunday in Boksburg; take note of traffic delays

Ride for Sight 2015 winner: Tyler Day.

 

The 2018 Dis-Chem Ride for Sight will be a very special cycle event – it is the 30th Anniversary of this popular and enduring cycle event- one of the top five in the country and the second largest in Gauteng.

According to metro spokesperson, Themba Gadebe, the Ekurhuleni metro’s infrastructure will show visitors what a great place Ekurhuleni is to live in and play sport in.

“Metro residents are being encouraged to show the same support and hospitality to our visitors,” said Gadebe.

The event takes place this Sunday, February 18. The two events include the 116km Super Classic which is a seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2019 or the 62km vita-thion challenge for the younger or novice cyclist.

Both events start and finish in the Boksburg City Stadium and there will be traffic delays in the area around the stadium and adjacent roads such as Barry Marais Road, North Boundary Road, the R23 between Heidelberg and Boksburg, the Carnival City area, the R103, the Alrode, the Leondale, Vosloorus, Dawn Park, Parklands and Helderwyk area.

Carnival City Mall traffic to and from Boksburg will also be disrupted.

“Residents are asked to use extreme caution and allow for the fact that the top Cyclists in South Africa will be in action and their speed should not be under- estimated,” said Gadebe.

“Please allow for extra time when entering or leaving the area and remember that cyclists cannot stop as fast as a motorcar can.

“Residents should be encouraged by the fact that all the helpers on the day are volunteers and all proceeds will be go directly towards finding treatments for retinal blinding conditions.”

The event has raised almost R10 million over the past 29 years and this entire amount has, and will continue to be, donated to the UCT research project dedicated to finding treatments for genetic retinal blinding conditions such as Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), Macular Degeneration (MD) and dozens of other rare and devastating forms of retinal vision loss.

  • Entries on the day

Online entries are now closed but late entries will be taken at the stadium on Saturday until 2pm.

Over R80 000 worth of cash prizes will be awarded to the top racing cycling categories but fun riders also stand a chance to win big- over R120k lucky draw prizes will be drawn on the day.

All cyclists who enter the donation draw stand a chance to win special lucky draw holiday prizes valued at over R100 000.

These funds will be matched by the Dis-Chem Foundation so we strongly urge participants to donate generously.

For further information, see www.cycleevents.co.za  or call 0878204210.

For more information on retinal blinding conditions see www.retinasa.org.za or call Retina South Africa on 011 450 1181 or contact Claudette Medefindt on 0833065262

 

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Riaan Engelbrecht
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