15 Nov Queen Nandi Challenge Preview (WE 1.2)
The South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, the second most populated in South Africa, will host the inaugural edition of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Summer Series. The series comprises of two events, two one-day races ranked under UCI 1.2 status, that will be a milestone for both the country and the continent as it will be the first event held only with women-only races.
Despite the fact that these two one-day races are held independently from the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge, they are both a great precursor to the one-day UCI WE 1.1 ranked race held in the province of Gauteng, the most populated in South Africa, on November 20th.
The inaugural KZN Summer Series events will be held on Wednesday 16 November and Thursday 17 November 2016. Both races are held in the surroundings of Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of the province of KwaZulu-Natal and an important city for cycling as it has recently hosted many international cycling events such as UCI MTB World Cups, UCI BMX Supercross World Cups, UCI BMX World Championships, UCI Masters Road and MTB World Championships, UCI MTB & Trials World Championships, UCI XCM World Championships and UCI Para-cycling Road World Cups.
The first race of the 2016 KZN Summer Series is the Queen Nandi Challenge, taking place on Wednesday 16 November. The one-day UCI WE 1.2 ranked race is a 100-kilometre loop starting and finishing in Midmar Dam (near Howick). The race is named after Queen Nandi, mother of Shaka Zulu, and who is recognised as the mother of the Zulu nation.
Mavi García, Lourdes Oyarbide and Yessica Pérez (Bizkaia-Durango) will be our Spanish representatives at the first edition of the South African one-day race.
Wednesday 16th November 2016, Local time from 09:00 am (UTC+2)
Route 105km: Selby Msimang Road – Midmar Dam (Howick)
Favourites & Outsiders
Mavi García, Clara Koppenburg, Vita Heine
Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Marie Vilmann, Heidi Dalton , Anriette Schoeman
Lise Olivier, Roos Hoogeboom, Carla Oberholzer, Brittany Petersen, Vera Adrian
Our favourite: Clara Koppenburg
Our outsider: Brittany Petersen
A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race: