By Bardy the Action Scribe

The excitement of the Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova road cycling race will be on show to the entire country on Sunday 21 October as a result of the four hours of live TV coverage on SABC 2.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the 106km race between Pietermartizburg and Durban, has again attracted all the top male and female cyclists in the country and they can be seen in action from the comfort of the couch from 06h00 until 10h00.

The Elite Men start at 06h10 and should take about two hours and 25 minutes to finish, while the Elite Women start at 06h20 should finish in around two hours and 55 minutes.

Two former multiple winners of the race, Johnny Koen and Ronel van Wyk will be doing the live commentary, offering valuable insight into the country’s oldest National Classic-rated event. Koen won the first two editions of the race (1986/87), while Van Wyk’s three women’s race victories came more recently (1998, 2000 and 2005).

More than 6000 participants have already entered KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest cycle race, with that number expected to swell to over 7000 during the next couple of days with the usual late-entry rush.

Late entries are still open for the Pick ‘n Pay Amashovashova as well as the other cycling festival events: East Coast Radio 40km Fun Ride, Mini-Shova 1km and 5km kiddies rides, and the Asishove 43km mountain bike race, 24km mountain bike fun ride and 6km kiddies ride. Entries will be taken at registration at the Colony Conference Room at Suncoast Casino, Durban on Thursday (13h00-19h00), Friday (09h00-19h00) and Saturday (09h00-17h00).