Don those cycling shorts, show off your mettle and display all that time spent on the road bike. What is known as PE’s toughest cycle race is just around the corner!
The Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race is set to take place on Saturday, 8 December. The mass start at 6 am is from the Grass Roof Farm Stall, corner of Seaview Road and Heron Road. The home-grown and respected motor dealership Williams Hunt Isuzu will have some of their toughest vehicles on display at the start: a fitting tribute to tough-minded athletes.
Whether competing for a win or improving upon a personal best, all cyclists participating in the Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race deserve a champion’s welcome home across the finish line.
There is no prize money for this event. All the entry fees – at R120 per visitor’s entry – and donations will go towards a chosen charity.
“We have decided to support an organisation known for alleviating the burden of those they support through counseling and other means, whether to individuals or to their families and loved ones,” said Trevor Villet, dealer principal at Williams Hunt Isuzu.
Kenneth Bartle, programme manager at Isuzu said, “The Masters and Ladies Cycle Club has extended their thanks for the sponsorship of the Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race.” Check out the Masters’ and Ladies Cycle Club facebook page for details on entry fees and race rules.
The Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race is described as 90 km of grueling hills to Van Stadens River Mouth and back. The very hilly route reaches an elevation of over 1500 metres.
The first hill is Theescombe Hill (Welcome Road). From there it is an undulating route along Kragga Kamma Road with a small climb up to Cows Corner in Colleen Glen.
Whether the wind is behind your back or the sun is shining on your face, the Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race will require mental stamina as much as pedal power.
The 45km turning point is about 400 metres from the Van Stadens River mouth entrance on a gradual descend. The return route takes cyclists back all the way they came.
Last year’s winner in the Men’s category was Clinton Barrow in a dominating time of 02:30:42. Kelsey van Schoor won the Ladies category in a formidable time of 02:53:03.
The winner will bag a voucher for a 1kg steak. The first Steak Race was held in 1992, 26 years ago. Legend has it, or the most realistic version of what led to the name of this iconic race, that there was a bet between two riders, with the loser standing the winner to a steak dinner.
The version which seems most plausible is that Alex “Hoffie” Meiring enjoyed a fillet with cheese sauce at the expense of Schalk Pienaar.
There will be 150 finisher medals. All finishers of the Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race will be winners-in-their-own-right. Besides overcoming the challenge of a 90 km hilly route, these tough, tender-hearted cyclists will be supporting a charity.
Please support the Williams Hunt Isuzu Steak Race, whether watching from the sidelines or participating. Do your city and yourself proud. Who knows, you may even make new friends en route.