Oudtshoorn has been recognised as much more than merely the ostrich capital of the world, and locals and tourists alike return every year to the prime Garden Route spot in the Western Cape province for the cycling festivities. The terrain is perfect for any cycling discipline, which always makes for a great turnout of young riders and many supporting spectators at the Oudtshoorn Youth Festival each year.


The annual Oudtshoorn Youth Festival will take place from 29 June – 2 July 2015. // Photo: Mylene Paynter.

This year will see some minor changes to the 2014 Oudstsoorn Youth Festival format in order to accommodate and benefit young riders more than ever before. Different routes have been designed for the Road and MTB events and instead of a Team Time Trial, there will be a 1km hill climb to the iconic Cango Caves. Team composition for the revised format will be critical.

The objectives of the Oudtshoorn Youth Festival events are to:

To create opportunity for all riders under the age of 18 to participate on a regular basis against other riders in the countries with similar abilities, as a team (not as individuals)

To assist provinces with their development and transformation goals

To create venues for younger age groups to show and develop potential, as they are no longer participating in the annual South African Championships.

The emphasis is on “team and mass participation” and the events are structured in such a way that points will be awarded to every participant.

Events will include Road Races, Hillclimb, Criterium, MTB cross-country (XCO) and MTB half- and quarter-marathon races.

Entries for the event are open, and close on Sunday 21 June 2015. Entry forms can be downloaded here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20150506_Youth-Festival-entry-form-2015.pdf

Completed entry forms and proof of payment needs to be faxed/emailed to 086 668 9664/ cornebotha01@gmail.com. Use “Youth Festival” as your reference. Please bring along copy of proof of payment to registration.

More information about the Oudtshoorn Youth Festival 2015 can be found here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20150506_Letter-Youth-festival-2015.pdf