JOZI & SUR­ROUNDS

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A pil­lar of the Jo­han­nes­burg cy­cling scene, the En­gen2en­gen can at­tract a huge turnout and has a long his­tory of putting the city’s best riders to the test. With only 400m of climb­ing, the route is pretty fast; riders usu­ally av­er­age about 38km/h.

There are a cou­ple of short, steep climbs on the route. Wick­low Hill, a 1min45sec all-out ef­fort on a 7% gra­di­ent, is the first, and is renowned as a sec­tion of the route where at­tacks are pop­u­lar. You’re of­fered a brief respite be­fore you hit Jan Smuts Drive, which sees the pace ac­cel­er­ate again, thin­ning out the pelo­ton even fur­ther. By the top of Jan Smuts, there are gen­er­ally only five to 10 riders left at the front.

As the first ride of the week, the Tues­day out­ing is the pick of the ros­ter. Ev­ery­one goes pretty much full gas all the way, but with big bunches come lots of at­tacks – no wait­ing if you get dropped.

DIS­TANCE: 38KM

WHEN: TUES­DAY TO FRI­DAY, 4.45AM START­ING POINT:

ENGEN GARAGE,

MAIN RD, BRYANSTON

GEES FAC­TOR

“There’s def­i­nitely an ele­ment of com­pe­ti­tion to the En­gen2en­gen; but at the same time, ev­ery­one’s there to get in a re­ally hard ride. You won’t find guys sit­ting in to save them­selves. There’s usu­ally quite a mix, with some of the elites join­ing in, a lot of the very strong sub­vets and vets, and then some more so­cial riders as well.”

– Richard Da­mant, En­gen2en­gen reg­u­lar

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Sim­ply rock up at the start… if you have the legs for it.

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