The 2017 edition of the Bestmed Jock Cycle Classic, took place on Saturday 15 July 2017 on the traditional route between Nelspruit, White River and Sabie in the beautiful province of Mpumalanga. The Jock Cycle Classic is a one day event over three stages, a total distance of 154 km and 2,900 m ascent. The Jock is the second oldest event in South Africa, and is only outlasted by the Cape Town Cycle Race (Argus).
The first stage starts at the Mombela Stadium in Mbombela/Nelspruit, and finishes at the Rob Ferreira High School in White River (42km). The second stage starts again in White River, takes cyclists over the infamous “Spitskop” and finishes at the Sabie Primary School (45km) in Sabie. The third stage starts at the Sabie Primary School, over the Long Tom Pass and finishes at the Mombela Stadium in Mbombela/Nelspruit (63km).
Weather conditions were ideal during the early morning start but soon deteriorated with wind gusts of up to 40 km/h making the steep descents outside Sabie treacherous. Nearly 700 cyclists started the race with only 593 completing all three stages.
Several members from Rustenburg Cycling Club participated in this unique but tough event.