About the Race
The Tour de Limpopo aims to set a new precedent in stage racing. One that will develop and leave a legacy of continued and sustained cycling development, investment into community SMMEs as service providers to the event, and to showcase Limpopo Province as a premier Adventure Tourism destination with so much to enjoy.
Starting in the capital city of Polokwane on Monday 23 April, the Tour de Limpopo is a four-day stage race which heads east to the town of Tzaneen, where riders will stay for three nights before heading back to Polokwane on 26 April to finish the Tour at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
It is the first international road cycling stage race to be hosted in Limpopo.
The fully catered stage race will consist of two races, one being a UCI AfricaTour 2.2 stage race for professional teams.
The 427.6-kilometre route with a total of 6,896 metres of elevation gain will showcase the diversity of the terrain of the Limpopo province.
MONDAY 23 April
TUESDAY 24 April
WEDNESDAY 25 April
THURSDAY 26 April
Teams and Format
Elite Men Pro Race
- Maximum 20 teams
- Part of the UCI AfricaTour – UCI categorised as a 2.2
- Cycling SA will invite teams from Africa, Middle East and Taiwan
- Invitations to local professional teams
- Teams of six riders + three support crew
- Fully accommodated
- Every evening there will have a joint event dinner, for the days prize giving with cultural activities and other entertainment.
- Every evening, riders and support teams will have a joint event dinner for the day’s prize giving with cultural activities and other entertainment synonymous with the province’s cultural flair.
- Each evening will have a theme embracing the rich cultural diversity of Limpopo.
The yellow jersey will be awarded to the rider who leads the General Classification at the end of each stage and shall be worn by that rider during the following stage.
King of the Mountain
The polka jersey will be awarded to the rider who leads the King of the Mountain points classification at the end of each stage and shall be worn by that rider during the following stage. There will be one King of the Mountain hotspot on Stage 1, three King of the Mountain hotspots on Stage 2, and one King of the Mountain hotspot on Stage 4. Points and time bonuses will be awarded at each King of the Mountain hotspot as follows → → →
The green jersey will be awarded to the rider who leads the points classification at the end of each stage and shall be worn by that rider during the following stage. There will be one sprint hotspot on Stage 1, Stage 3 and Stage 4. Points and time bonuses will be awarded at each Sprint hotspot as follows → → →
Sprints at the finish line of Stages 1, 3 and 4 will add points to the Green Jersey competition and the first two positions of Stage 1 will receive a time bonus.
Best Young Rider
The white jersey will be awarded to the highest ranked u23 rider in the General Classification at the end of each stage and shall be worn by that rider during the following stage.
Most Aggressive Rider
The Commissaire’s panel shall, at the end of each stage, determine the rider who displayed the most combative racing during that stage and that rider shall be awarded the Red Jersey, which shall be worn by him during the following stage.
Team classification will be determined by accumulative time at the end of each stage, by the top four finishers from each team. Teams that end up with less than four finishers in a stage will forfeit team classification.