Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge

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Date: 18 November 2012
Time: 05:30
Event Cost: R299
Location: Waterfall Country Estate, Woodmead Drive, Woodmead East
Distance: 98km


Start times from 05h30 until 09h44 on the R55 and Woodmead Drive

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REGISTRATION EXPO (Sandton Convention Centre): Thursday 15 November, 10h00 – 18h00; Friday 16 November, 10h00 – 18h00; Saturday 17 November, 08h00 – 15h00

Cost: R299

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Organised by: Race Office
Phone: 011 463 2743

43 Ratings on “Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge”

  1. Peter November 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm #
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    It was my first 94.7 and I enjoyed. I cycle with The Cows and it was awesome to be a part of something bigger than me!! The only negative I have is the numbers were falling off but Im sure the race organisers already know this! The vibe from supporters was very encouraging and the water points were very effective! I am from Durban and I will be back next year!

  2. Marius November 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm #
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    Awesome! The changes in the route made for a tough climb in the early stages. The sticker number is not working. So many numbers were lying on the road and overall not a great innovation. Organisation is great and would not miss this annual event. Done 4 of them; planning to do lot more if health allows!

  3. Greg James November 19, 2012 at 6:34 am #
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    this was my first event. A little apprehensive, first ride in Gauteng. During the race our was tottaly amazed at the areas we were riding through, the support, the waterstations, the entertainment. for me a unbelievebale event would rank in my top 3. well done to 94.7. i will be back

  4. landie potter November 19, 2012 at 10:43 am #
    landie potter's rating:

    this was my first race on a tandem, enjoyed it very much. a few problems during the race. 1) race no”s sticking on no good. and then pedesrians running crossing the roads in town, and up where investment cars use to be , and then also on joe slovo drive, while traffic cops and marshals standing around chatting not looking out for this, some one could get killed onece you come down that hill and i have seen and heard of where a cyclist have hit a pedestrian on a down hill and the cyclist died. if u know what speed we are doing on tandem and we were not freeing down we were peddeling down the downhills. there was no control over this situation, please people this is a matter of life and death.

    and then the riders that travels on the right side of the road when you are coming down the hills of flats on a speed between 50 and 70 you cant just swerve out for them or just start break, . make sure it is in the rules of the race. stay on left and leave the right side open for passer bys,

    other than that it was amazing. thank you so much for all the waterpoint , was functioning very well and for the foods as well. that banana helped me a lot. see u next year

  5. Eugene Taljaard November 19, 2012 at 11:17 am #
    Eugene Taljaard's rating:

    Did my third 94.7 and despite the hot weather and strong wind I reduced my time by 48 minutes thanks largely to my cadence training.
    I support the stick on numbers rather than the safety pin variety. Despite a number of them coming off the majority stayed on.
    I don’t enjoy having to go back off the highway just to ride around Gandhi square and over Mandela bridge. What’s the point? The roads there were very potholed and dangerous. If this is the “people’s race” then why doesn’t the city ensure that all potholes en route are filled in? There were plenty of narrow escapes!
    Also, is it not possible to change the date of the race to September or October to avoid the heat? The majority of riders, who after all make the race, start after 8:30 when it is already hot.

  6. Henco November 19, 2012 at 11:35 am #
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    Once again an awesome event. well done to the organisers. (the sticky numbers didn’t work though bur there’s nothing wrong in trying something new and learn from it)

    the only reason the argus is better is due to the scenic route and the “holiday” that goes with it.

  7. Ian Barnard November 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm #
    Ian Barnard's rating:

    Awesome race as always! First time that I rode at the back of the pack… Started in RR with friends that rode for the first time. No racing – just riding. Everyone that has raced this race should try riding it once in their lifetime. It is even more amazing!

  8. Trevor November 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm #
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    Finished race number 12 – great organization, except for sweep vehicles that block the road to “assist” a rider and put the rest of us in danger.
    Sticky numbers suck – try get the adhesive off your shirt – pins still the best if done properly.
    The organizers of ALL races should remind slower riders to KEEP TO THE LEFT – it was hairy past the zoo, with the left side of the road empty (did help me as I passed a large group down the left hand side).

  9. Ian Milner November 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm #
    Ian Milner's rating:

    This was my 11th 94.7 and despite the heavy wind and blistering heat I thoroughly enjoyed it (as I have always done). This is a superbly organised event and enjoys such great support from those on the side of the road that make it’s easy to just take it easy and enjoy the music and cheers along the route. I didn’t do as good a time as I wanted to (blame the wind and heat) but will be back next year to do it all over again.
    P.S. Do I need to mention the horrible stick on numbers, I’m sure I lost my bike one early on so not going to get many pictures this year.

  10. Johnie Oosthuizen November 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm #
    Johnie Oosthuizen's rating:

    The race was very well organised and everybody involved deserve a high five from us the cyclist! We really appreciate the effort!

  11. Stoffel November 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm #
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    Awesome race did my 7 race , sweep vehicles was in the way at some points, and the stick on number not a good idea, please try not to order the wind again for next years race, I will be back next year, and the next , and the next

  12. Jane le Roux November 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm #
    Jane le Roux's rating:

    Great Race & the atmosphere is starting to compete well with that of the Argus! Thanks to all the supporters & “music makers” along the route – you keep us going!!! Thanks to Fit track training this (my 5th) is the most enjoyable 94.7 race ever & my results are +/- 30min better than myPB!! Only issue – although our family all ended with our stickers safely stuck to our jerseys – was the stickers. CU next year!

  13. Hannelie November 20, 2012 at 2:48 pm #
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    I am a supporter and not a cyclist and would like to post some comments from that perspective. It was mentioned on the e tv show that on average every cyclist brings 2 people with him to the race so I do think the following suggestions for improvements can make a great race even better:
    1) Food stalls will be great. As we have to walk far it is difficult to carry heavy picnic baskets and cooler boxes. I had a 17-year old with me who was convinced that his tummy has started to consume his other organs. Also there was way too few cooldrink sellers and the prices were ridiculous. 2) It will be sssoooo nice to have a view of the start. We are all getting up early to support our cyclists and then you basically end up not seeing much of their race. If we can see the start and the finish it will be great. 3) How about a decent stand at the finish line where you can see more of the final sprint? If it can have some covering so that we do not have to sit in the sun for hours I will support whoever for any number of hours it takes to cross the finish line. 4) With the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 supporters can subscribe to receive sms’e so that we know where our loved ones are in the race. It helps us to have an idea how they are doing and since my guy have had flat tyres in both 94.7 races that he had completed up to now, it will definitely help me in calculating how much longer I will sit in the hot highveld sun.

  14. Leon November 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm #
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    Done my 10th 94.7 ! Without a doubt, it is more challenging than the Argus, but more enjoyable ! I will be back next year, but the road surface, although bad spots were clearly marked, would need some attention. The stick on number was not a success as the road was littered with lost numbers. Thanks to the organisers and marshals for a great effort and the spectators were also awesome !

  15. Andre Raubenheimer November 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm #
    Andre Raubenheimer's rating:

    Awesome ride ill be back next year with out a doubt even with the wind and heat still took 30min off my last year’s time big up to all the support along the way you guys are the best.the only suckie thing The stickers they stick to nothing not the shirt not the handle bars not the bike .

  16. Mark November 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm #
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    Enjoyed the race, wind made it tough. Was hoping for a better time but the fact that I felt so good the plowing day was probably testament to the fact that I didnt push hard enough.

    Well organized but found it tough to get o the start as all roads were blocked pretty early.

    Great support the spectators really make you push yourself.

    Racetec still showing race was 97 km when it was only 94 obviously changes average speeds

    Well done to organisers

  17. LeonJ November 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm #
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    From the entry to the number collection to race day, everything went like clockwork. Hat’s off to the organisers for running a professional event.

  18. Oliver Z November 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm #
    Oliver Z's rating:

    As is typical with this event, the organisation was phenomenal… again. However, at the start it would be great to have some earlier signage indicating which chute to filter to.
    An awesome thanks to the citizens in the urban areas that had to give up their access to their homes. And the folks manning the waterpoints – you rock !!
    To all the @*##@*s out there, deliberately littering between rest points – you suck. What is with you throwing your junk onto the side of the road ?!?! Heck, even animals don’t defecate right where they live. Is that empty gel packet really going to slow you down if it’s in your shirt pouch ? Surely discarding it can wait until the next waterpoint ?!?! I hope that there will soon be a system introduced where the guilty riders get banned from forthcoming events.

  19. Nico Brandt November 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm #
    Nico Brandt's rating:

    My first 94.7 Well below three hours so super stoked. Had lots of fun taking over the streets of Joburg for one day. I’ll be back.

  20. nelani November 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm #
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    race well organised. this was my second one this year and it was awesome. just something to note, there were too many cars this year blocking the road which was a bit distractive. The winds made it a rough race but the scenery and the atmosphere made it all possible.

  21. Lieb van Tonder November 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm #
    Lieb van Tonder's rating:

    Great race, thanks to all involved, see you next year

  22. Jabulani November 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm #
    Jabulani's rating:

    Well run race, Joe Slovo summit dangerous people just cross some probably underestimate the speed of bikes suggest some barricades with single manned crossing point. The argus has a subscripion where sms’s are sent when a cyclist crosses the timing mat the Momentum guys should look into that. Sticky numbers not a good idea. I enjoyed the race despite two punctures and a cut rear tyre, thanks to bicycling tips after changing the rear tyre to the front and some discarded GU sachet to plug the hole I finished the race, I lost more than an hour though. Thanks to the good samaritan who gave me his spare tube where I was stuck just before the N14 exit. I will be back next year!

  23. Themba November 28, 2012 at 7:26 am #
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    Well organise and enjoyable, it is worth doing again or a new challange

  24. Willem December 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm #
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    I absolutely loved this race and will be back again. It’s definitely Gauteng’s safest road event. It receive ticks for all the important checks, from organizing to the finish.

  25. Sandile Skhosana-Secunda December 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm #
    Sandile Skhosana-Secunda's rating:

    Great race and excellent water points.This was my first.It was hard due to my poor preparation but I finished within respectable time.Thanks to a gentleman from Northcliff Cycles,who I believe is an Assistant Manager there for giving me his tube after a puncture and a damaged spare tube.Give this man a Bells!IPlease sort out the sticky numbers.I will be back in 2013.

  26. DaveS January 18, 2013 at 8:50 am #
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    My second and an hour slower than target and over 40 mins slower than last year – heat and wind a major player.

    Major highlights – the MEDICS from ER24 (got severley dehydrated!), good organisation.

    Lows – (non) sticky numbers. Lost time when ran over one – couldn’t weave – and it gummed up my brakes. Wasted 10 minutes clearing it out. Happened a second time later. Dangerous spectators – esp Summit Rd area. The HEAT. Surely this can move to earlier in year? Bulk of the field started after 8 – by which time th eleaders had finished. If you were a PROFESSIONAL would you start in that heat????

    Suggestions – what about ‘drop off’ points so family can drop me off w/out getting snarled up in traffic? You are likely to queue for over an hour at hte start. What about having water available?

  27. Lu-cinda Berman January 30, 2013 at 9:19 am #
    Lu-cinda Berman's rating:

    My first 94.7 and it as Amazing!!!!
    Very well organised, never had to worry about dehydration as the water points were well positioned. The only thing I think is a serious problem, are the pedestrians in town who think it is a joke to run in front of cyclists, I almost hit the guy!!! Metro police did not do a Thing to help keep this in order!

    I LOVED the spectators and all their support, without you guys, it would not be the same.
    Great event, I will be back.

  28. Will August 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm #
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    Was incredible being able to finish my first 94.7.. Started in group SS. Bit worrying that the last 2 water points ran out of water, and the cooling points “Fans with water jets” were not functioning.. Otherwise well organised.. I’m all excited for this years race.

  29. TONY October 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm #
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    amazing race

  30. Gerhard Engelbrecht November 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm #
    Gerhard Engelbrecht's rating:

    Wat ‘n voorreg om in die stad met fiets te ry . Kom al vir 8 jaar elke keer terug.
    sal beter seeding moet kry om vroeg te begin .Wil volgende jaar 2013 sub 3 doen

  31. Laetitia November 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm #
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    My first 94.7. What a fantastic race, I will be back next year!

  32. Alvin Geen November 21, 2013 at 8:24 am #
    Alvin Geen's rating:

    4th time doing this race. Enjoyed every bit of it. Would like the orginisers to arrange a sepetate path to your starting group, for riders that is late for the starting line.To waive yourself respectfully through the excited participants is hectic, and missing your starting group very dissapointing. Metro officers on duty the day of the race to take more responsibilty for the safety of the cyclist and ensure their in no criss crossing of the roads by pedestrians.
    Overall atmosphere was super, race good, uphills super, water points well attended, overall spectator behaviour was good.
    Will register for next, and have invited already more friends to take up the challenge. The two closest to me, wife and baby daughter(14), and son in law, will also take part. So I am really looking forward to 2014 94.7 Cycle Challenge…

  33. Sean November 21, 2013 at 10:42 am #
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    I am from CT and this was my very first 94.7 and hopefully not my last really enjoyed the race except for the last 5 km suffered with a bit of cramps but still managed a fairly good time of 3.16 on a mtb, support along the route was amazing thanks to the organizers only gripe riders should stick to left hand side of road to allow faster riders to pass.

  34. Marthinus Botha November 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm #
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    Great Race; Well done to all the organizers.

  35. Dipz November 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm #
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    Alot of congestion wrt the traffic getting to the race. Would be awesome if a dedicated lane could be arranged for people have paid for parking prior to the day.

    Water was finished at the finish line very very early on in the day.

    Will I be back next year if these two issues are not attended to? Yes, because it was an awesome day out!

  36. Marcellus Hoods December 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm #
    Marcellus Hoods's rating:

    Was my first 94.7 and raced with my 12 year old son Kyle.
    Had a fantastic day, superb vibe along route, great water points and well organised.
    My wife and daughter who came to support us struggled a bit to find a shaded area at the finishing point. Will need to remember to bring an umbrella next time, but we will be back again in 2014 !!!

  37. Paulo September 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm #
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    it was my first time to ride this race and was amazing. i wanted to do again this year but the pre-entries are closed. is it possibility to re-open?

  38. Monica Antoinette Smith November 17, 2014 at 7:11 pm #
    Monica Antoinette Smith's rating:

    For the Elite Women and men Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge is a RACE. For the rest of us ,
    (+ 30 000 ) it is an endurance ride, a physical challenge as well as a mental contest with yourself. We know we are not going to win and accept the race for what it is – A CHALLENGE !
    We also know that the Challenge will NOT be easy , because if it was easy, there wouldn’t be
    more than 10 000 cyclists each year who are unable to complete the race. Most important
    for the majority of riders is that they want to have a great and memorable experience.
    In 2013 I completed my first 94.7 – what an awesome and memorable experience.
    I was so excited to hear ` no more N14 ` , and was even MORE excited than last year to
    tackle the 94.7 Challenge this year. I put in the hard work this year, did most of the races
    on the race calendar , much to my own ASTONISHMENT, I even completed the feared
    HEKPOORT race. I even lost 5.5 kg to better my chances of riding a better time this year and
    I was totally convinced that I can cut off at least an hour off my 2013 time. If only I knew what
    horrible shock awaited me – as from Cedar Road up to the finish line this route was a nightmare –
    a horrible and terrible experience that I would like to forget as soon as possible. I fail to understand why the organisers would go from BAD to WORSE – why cut out N14 if you are going to replace it with something MUCH worse ??? As we were walking in the bunch to collect our medals people in my group were ranting and raving and I heard at least 30 people saying that this was officially their last 94.7. I gather from this that I am not the only person thinking that this is somebody`s idea of a sick joke to slap you with the most gruelling uphills in the last third of the race when your legs are feeling like Jelly already , and then, to top it all , you have to finish on an uphill – PURE TORTURE !! What a disappointment – all my hard work for nothing – my losing weight – all for nothing – with this new HELLISH route the average JO like me ( the majority of riders ) was put 5 steps back – whatever time we rode last year , instead of getting a better times this year , most of us got much worse times than last year !

  39. antje November 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm #
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    have never seen something that well organized. I enjoyed every minute!! it has been a very tough challenge, but was worth all the effort and I liked seeing all this beautiful places. the supporters were amazing! for those who couldn’t manage to go to the venue due to traffic situations, I feel very sorry. I came through William Nicol and it wasn’t a problem at all as all the people that managed the traffic, did an awesome job.

  40. John Charles Henry November 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm #
    John Charles Henry's rating:

    Very few of the riders obeyed the keep left pass right. It was certainly not the safest ride I have had.

  41. Lonika November 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm #
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    What an amazing race! Will be doing it again!

  42. Eddie Byrne November 18, 2015 at 11:12 am #
    Eddie Byrne's rating:

    The best organised race I have ever done, congrats to the whole team. don’t change a thing.
    Traffic off the N4 – no problem.
    parking – no problem.
    Start/Finnish – no problem.
    The route – long and hard but I wouldn’t want it any different.
    Refreshment stations – terrific.
    Road conditions – I’m impressed with the improvements that are happening in Gauteng.
    Departure from the venue – no problem
    And last but not least, a very big thanks to the organisers, the sponsors and all those Police men & women and the Marshals who spent the whole day out there in the blazing SUN (and wind) us just to make this day so special for us all.

  43. Marcellus Hoods November 23, 2015 at 5:17 pm #
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    Came back again in 2014 and 2015 with my son Kyle. Still the best organised race ever. New venue is fantastic. Parking was a breeze. Being a member of the Toyota Super Cycling Club for the past 2 years made the experience even better with after-race refreshments and entertainment. Enjoying the new route and convinced my wife and daughter to join us next year !!! The vibe is just unbelievable.

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