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"The event should serve as a catalyst to grow cycling in the province,” said PPA CEO Robert Vogel. “As in the past, any profits from the event will be ploughed back into projects to develop cycling in the Free State.” Vogel also confirmed that some prize money will be offered this year.

In 2014, the Pedal Power Association, a public benefit organisation committed to promote cycling and the interests of cyclists, heeded a desperate call from local cyclists for assistance after the OFM Classic was cancelled. “PPA took the decision to underwrite any potential shortfall in funding for the event for three years,” Vogel explained. “We did not want road cyclists to miss out on the opportunity of a local seeding series event.”


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Participants can enter one of two distances, a 103 km route (which will be used as seeding for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour), or a shorter 32 km route. Both routes incorporate new sections, with the start/finish moving to the Tempe Military Base. As in the past, the routes are primarily flat, with a few short climbs.

2016 will also boast a bigger Expo, which will be run in conjunction with registration on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October.

Off-road enthusiasts and cyclists wishing to make a weekend of it are invited to enter the Mangaung MTB events on Saturday 29 October. Various distances are being finalised and more information will be available in the very near future.

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Online entries will remain open until Friday 21 October 2016 at 16h00. Late entries will be available at registration on the Friday and Saturday prior to the event, at an additional R100 admin fee.

Follow this link to enter online http://www.cycleevents.co.za/road-events/ppa-mangaung-cycle-tour-2016/

For more information, please visit www.pedalpower.org.za.

Event details at a glance


Road event:
  • Date: Sunday 30 October 2016
  • Start time: From 06h00
  • Venue: SA School of Armour, Van Blerck St, Bloemfontein
  • Entry fees: 103km (R260, PPA Member R220), 32km (R170, PPA Members R130)
  • Follow this link to enter online http://www.cycleevents.co.za/road-events/ppa-mangaung-cycle-tour-2016/
  • Late entries @ additional R100 admin fee at registration on the Friday and Saturday prior to the event.
  • No registration and no late entries on the day of the event.
  • Queries: (051) 436-0711 / 071 864 4768 or e-mail bloem@pedalpower.org.za


MTB event:

  • Date: Saturday 29 October 2016
  • Start time: From 06h30
  • Venue: SA School of Armour, Van Blerck St, Bloemfontein
  • Entry fees: Long distance (R230, PPA members R200), medium distance (R180, PPA members R150), short distance (R130, R100 PPA members)
  • Online entries opening soon at www.cycleevents.co.za
  • Late entries @ additional R50 admin fee at registration on the Friday to the event.
  • No registration and no late entries on the day of the event.
  • Queries: (051) 436-0711 / 071 864 4768 or e-mail bloem@pedalpower.org.za