Hosted by the Gauteng Tourism-as one of its signature events- the TriRock Cradle seeks to encourage triathletes both nationally and internationally, to be moved by an experience ever to be explored in Gauteng.
Close to 1000 triathletes are anticipated to grace the competition, according to the organisers.
Race Director, Grant Kunneke commented, “TriRock Cradle of Humankind will offer a uniquely African triathlon set in the heart of the Cradle area. Gauteng Tourism have been fantastic and earmarked this as a GTA signature event with a view to attracting TriRock’s experience with World Heritage sites and a chance for athletes to race with zebra, buck and giraffe around them in a unique way.
Triathlon such as Donovan Van Gelder, winner of TriRock Durban 2014, Michael Cannon, 2nd TriRock Durban, 1st TinMan triathlon (Durban) and Gerhard du Bruin, CG and SA triathlete, will be part of it.
According to Kunneke, the roads are being constructed for running, and will allow athletes access from the site of their 1,9km swim (Lake Heritage, the largest hand-made dam in Africa) and the two-lap 90km cycle leg will go out to the Hartbeeshoek Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Full road closures will ensure that the roads will be free from traffic to ensure the safety of all competitors. The athletes will complete their 21km run portion of the triathlon, says Kunneke.
The CEO of Gauteng Tourism Dawn Robertson says: “The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an area of tremendous heritage significance and sublime natural beauty. It is an excellent and healthy environment in which to compete in this sport kind of event, yet challenging participants in body, mind and spirit.”
Gauteng is the ‘Home of Champions’ after all…