The Berge & Dale road cycling race in South Africa will celebrate its 20th anniversary next month, with retailer Takealot.com on board as naming sponsor for one of the country’s most popular events.
The annual race takes place in Krugersdorp on the West Rand on February 23, starting and finishing at the Silverstar Casino. The feature distance will be over 108km, while there is also an offering of 60km.
A premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, it presents a chance for race organisers ASG Events and Takealot, the country’s biggest online store, to cement their growing partnership.
Having already sponsored one of the country’s premier road stage tours at the Tour of Good Hope, Takealot Chief Marketing Officer Julie-Anne Walsh said the Berge & Dale formed part of their long-term strategy. “Thanks to our close relationship with ASG, this is more than just adding immediate value,” she said.
“Takealot’s aim is to establish itself as a cycling destination so anything that can help us achieve that, such as visibility at events like this, is key.”
She continued, “It will also give us an opportunity to interact with cyclists to understand what they want to buy online, where the product gaps are and source information from them to take our store offering to a superior level.”
Walsh added, “ASG have been instrumental in helping us roll out our cycling store, with the cycling expertise they bring to the table. In terms of our business model, we want to form closer relationships with our customers and interact with them to get a better understanding of how we can support them online.”
ASG Group Chief Executive Heinrich Dannhauser said “We already offer some of the best brands and products to local consumers, as do Takealot; and, with this partnership, they look set to become South Africa’s biggest online cycling store.
“They are becoming a very visible name in all areas of South African cycling and the support they are giving to the industry is tremendous.”
Takealot, he said, were recently voted as one of the country’s most trusted brands “so this joining of forces looks like it could add real value to the cycling community.”