Limpopo Tourism Agency In partnership with Cycling South Africa Present Tour de Limpopo 14-18 May 2019

The inaugural Tour De Limpopo took place from the 22nd April to the 26th April 2018. The event, in its inaugural year, saw a collaboration between the Limpopo Tourism Agency and Cycling South Africa, to showcase the diversity of the Limpopo Province, as a premier cycling destination. The 2018 event attracted 18 professional international teams, and produced some of the most amazing views of the Greater Letaba district and the Makgoebaskloof.

Limpopo is the northernmost province of South Africa. It is named after the Limpopo River, which forms the province’s western and northern borders. The name “Limpopo” has its etymological origin in the Northern Sotho language word diphororo tša meetse, meaning “strong gushing waterfalls”. The capital is Polokwane.

Limpopo contains much of the Waterberg Biosphere, a massif of approximately 15,000 km2 (5,800 sq mi) which is the first region in the northern part of South Africa to be named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The massif was shaped by hundreds of millions of years of riverine erosion yielding diverse bluff and butte landforms. The Waterberg ecosystem can be characterised as a dry deciduous forest or Bushveld. Within the Waterberg, archaeological finds date to the Stone Age.

Limpopo Tourism Authority CEO, Ms Nomasanto Ndlovu is excited to announce theta the event will return to Limpopo Province for 2019 and 2020. Ms Ndlovu said “Adventure Tourism is another fast growing segment in Limpopo Province, and it attracts a high volume of cyclist in mountain biking, as well as 4×4 off road enthusiasts from all over South Africa and beyond. This finds resonance with LTA’s Marketing Strategy, particularly on the sport tourism front. This is mainly due to the provinces scenic beauty provided by the topography. This event will help grow the provinces sport tourism profile”

The 2019 version will see the event start in Bela Bela, highlighting this biodiversity, from the private game reserves close to the roads, the savannah plains, to the grape growing regions and the World Heritage Site at Mokapane. The route will really show that there is “More to Enjoy” in Limpopo.

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The Event

The Tour de Limpopo will be a 4 day stage race starting Bela bela, heading North to the capital city of Polokwane. Teams will overnight before heading east to the town of Tzaneen, where riders will stay for 2 nights, before heading back to Polokwane on the 18 May, to finish the Tour at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.

International Elite Race

The Elite race will comprise of teams of 6 riders and 3 support crew. Continental Teams, National teams and Local regional/professional teams will be invited to participate in the tour. The interest in the tour has grown with over 24 teams expressing interest to participate. These teams span 4 continents, representing 14 countries.

Teams will race it out for General Classification, sprinters jersey, king of the mountain jersey, best young rider and most aggressive rider, as well as overall team classification.

Mass Participation elements

To involve as many people as possible, the event will introduce some new concepts to involve as many people as possible. From “best host municipality”, school competitions, and a cycle challenge up Mount Agatha, outside Tzaneen.

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Race information

  • 14 May 2019 – registration, team managers meeting, welcome dinner – Bela Bela
  • 15 May 2019 – Bela Bela to Polokwane – 172km,
    4 x sprint hotspots and finish sprint time bonus
    1 x king of the mountains hotspot
    Evening function – Daily prize giving
  • 16 May 2019 – Polokwane to Tzaneen 96km
    1 x sprint Hotspot
    2 x King of the mountains hotspot
    Evening function – Daily prize giving
  • 17 May 2019 – Tzaneen – Modjajieskloof – Tarantaal – Coachmans Climb (Mt Agatha)
    2 x KOM (Hillclimb finish) – double points for King of the Mountain
    Evening function – Daily prize giving
  • 18 May 2019 – Tzaneen – Polokwane – 116km,
    Gala dinner – Overall Prize giving

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