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  1. The South African cycling fraternity has received a boost with leading global sport and cycling industry player ASG announcing they have attracted a significant strategic investment from South African Enterprise Development (SAED). "This investment will see us fast-track our growth and international expansion," ASG founder and CEO Heinrich Dannhauser said after the news broke today. "We welcome SAED on board as our strategic partner as we broaden our product offering and events to the ever growing cycling market." He said as a trusted cycling brand in South Africa, ASG operated through subsidiaries ASG Sport Solutions, ASG Events and Italy-based ASG International. Besides distributing top brands like Pinarello, Rudy Project, SIDI and High5, they also own and stage some of the country's leading cycle races – among them the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. Through ASG International, they own custom cycling clothing brand F-tech and global bike transportation solution Scicon, which is distributed in more than 60 countries. SAED managing director David Pimstein said ASG had developed strong relationships with international distributors and provided a full and differentiated distribution solution. "They are however not just distributors, but brand owners with an exciting vision to grow their business in Italy, South Africa and globally." Pimstein said the combination of capital, experience in designing and manufacturing premium consumer goods and a dynamic team would take the business to the next level. "We look forward to partnering with this passionate company for many years to come." SAED is a specialised investment company that provides expansion capital to entrepreneurial companies with high growth potential. In addition to providing capital, by partnering with SAED, portfolio companies have access to the broad relationships and business networks of SAED. SAED also provides advice, mentoring and a strong sounding board to entrepreneurs to help unlock and capacitate a high growth strategy for their businesses (www.saenterprise.co.za). Dannhauser said the early results of the growth investment were already evident with the imminent launch of leading American mountain bike brand, Ellsworth, in SA. The ASG executive management team, which include Steyn du Plessis (ASG Sport), Wynand de Villiers (ASG Events) and Massimo Fantin at ASG International in Bassano, will remain unchanged.
  2. An array of wonderful venue partners have added their support to the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope and the race village at the beautiful La Paris Estate is set to deliver a festival atmosphere during the week of the Tour, which takes place from 29 February – 4 March 2016. Riders receive five meals during the course of the week, kicking off with the presentation dinner on the eve of the first stage and then lunches daily following stages 1-4. County Fair and Karan Beef are providing the chicken and beef for meals while Rhodes Foods are sponsoring juice for the venue. County Fair is one of the largest suppliers of poultry in South Africa while Karan Beef is well-known for supplying some of the finest red meat on the globe. Karan Beef will be supplying succulent 300gram, 28 day matured steaks and will also supply the beef patties for the event’s burger lunch day. Rhodes Foods is a Paarl based enterprise and it’s a great honour for the tour to have local support. Paarl's famous chocolatier, DV Artisan Chocolates, will also be on hand to provide their sweet treats at a fraction of their retail price. These award winning chocolates will provide much needed energy sustenance courtesy of their cocoa base. Another locally based businness, Buffet Olives, sponsor of the Time Trial prize money, is providing its delectable olives, which were very popular last year. The central race village hub for the 2016 Tour has opened up these opportunities for sponsors to assist because the activation is a lot less challenging than with a point to point race. The central race village also significantly reduces the logistics and own costs of participants, related to travelling and accommodation. For previous editions of the tour most riders had a support crew whom they also had to accommodate and feed for the week. The tour is trying to minimise rider costs and logistical difficulties as much as possible for next year, opening it up to a wider participant base. The changes will decrease the hassle factor of attending the race considerably. Paarl is surrounded by some of the most famous passes in the country and lends itself perfectly to a clover leaf racing format. The 2016 Bestmed Tour of Good Hope, presented by Rudy Project and the City of Drakenstein, is the biggest road stage race in the country and the only Western Cape road tour to be officially sanctioned by Cycling South Africa - the organising committee are eager to set the wheels in motion. The five-day tour, which starts in Paarl on February 29, will take a thousand riders on a 522km journey through the Cape Winelands, with racing categories for both professional and amateur teams. “We’re building something really special, a proper national road tour, for the future here,” said event convenor, Wynand de Villiers of ASG Events. “The event is ideally positioned as the only sanctioned tour ahead of the Cape Town Cycle Tour and it takes place shortly after SA road champs, so the competitive riders should be in good racing form. “It’s also excellent preparation for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which happens two days after the Tour of Good Hope comes to an end. Without exception, every open/seeded rider who has taken part in the Tour rides their best Argus ever. “Cycling comes from cycling, as the saying goes,” he said. “Lots of mountain-bikers get in on the act as well. The Absa Cape Epic starts two weeks after the tour and it’s a great chance to sharpen up for the Epic contenders. Christoph Sauser has also confirmed his attendance.” According to De Villiers, because the event takes place in the European off-season, the Tour of Good Hope has become an attractive proposition to international teams and normal cyclo sport riders from Europe. ”We have more than 100 cyclo sport riders from Europe who have entered in the individual open/seeded category.” The racing comprises four road stages plus a time-trial. Further event info at www.tourofgoodhope.co.za.
  3. GET IN SHAPE FOR THE TOUR OF GOOD HOPE WITH OUR NEW FIT-TRACK 16 WEEK CUSTOM TRAINING PLANS 2016 BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE PRESENTED BY RUDY PROJECT PAARL, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA 29 FEBRUARY – 4 MARCH 2016 5 STAGES – 515KM – 6168M ASCENT WWW.TOUROFGOODHOPE.CO.ZA To help riders get in shape (and stay in shape over the festive season) custom 16 week Fit-Track training plans are now available free on the event website. Everything is in place nicely for what has now become South Africa's largest and most prestigious road tour. More than 700 riders have already entered. Entries will close on 30 November or as soon as the entry cap of 1000 riders is reached. Following the completion of our routing journey, all the route directional information as well as placement of Sprint and King of the Mountain primes are now available on the Tour of Good Hope website. CLICK ON WWW.TOUROFGOODHOPE.CO.ZA TO GET AL THE INFO ON SOUTH AFRICA'S PREMIER ROAD STAGE RACE. For further information email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za or phone 076 621 1807
  4. JOCK TOUR AND CLASSIQUE PUBLIC ENTRIES OPEN TODAY PUBLIC ENTRIES FOR NEXT YEAR'S BESTMED JOCK TOUR AND CLASSIQUE ARE NOW OPEN. Next year's Bestmed Jock Tour and Cycle Classique takes takes place from 15-17 July 2016. TO GO TO THE EVENT SITE OR TO ENTER, CLICK HERE The Jock Tour is limited to 500 riders and the Jock Classique will feature a limited field of 800 riders. Entries are allocated on a first come first paid basis. We are including two new categories in the Tour for next year with the addition of the 8-Rider Amateur Team category as well as the Grumpy Old Men category. These two categories have proven to be very popular at the Tour of Good Hope (sister event to the Jock) and hence we've made them available to the Jock as well. The 3-Day, 3 Stage Jock Tour (15-17 July) is open to all men's licensed categories (with the exception of juniors) as well as amateur riders in the open/seeded bunch who feel up to the challenge. The 1-Day, 3 Stage Jock Classique (16 July) is open to all licensed categories and open/seeded riders. Licensed ladies aren't permitted to ride in the 3-Day Jock, but provision is made for them in the 1-Day event. Most licensed riders this year opted to ride in the 3-Day Jock Tour, so licensed groups, with the exception of the ladies, will again be combined into one licensed bunch. GO TO WWW.THEJOCK.CO.ZA TO VIEW ALL THE EVENT INFO THE JOCK TOUR 2016: 3 DAYS - 3 STAGES - 334KM – 7200M ASCENT THE JOCK CLASSIQUE 2016: 1 DAY – 3 STAGES – 154KM – 2900M ASCENT WITH EVERY JOCK MEDAL WORN, AGAIN A CYCLIST IS BORN For further enquiries phone the race office on 076 621 1807 or email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za
  5. DETAILED ROUTE DIRECTION AND HOTSPOT ALLOCATION NOW AVAILABLE 2016 BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE PRESENTED BY RUDY PROJECT PAARL, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA 29 FEBRUARY – 4 MARCH 2016 5 STAGES – 515KM – 6168M ASCENT WWW.TOUROFGOODHOPE.CO.ZA Following the completion of our routing journey, all the route directional information as well as placement of Sprint and King of the Mountain primes are now available on the Tour of Good Hope website. To access the relevant page, click here. Entries for the Tour of Good Hope close in three weeks time on 30 November or as soon as the entry cap of 1000 riders is reached. CLICK ON WWW.TOUROFGOODHOPE.CO.ZA TO GET AL THE INFO ON SOUTH AFRICA'S PREMIER ROAD STAGE RACE. For further information email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za or phone 076 621 1807
  6. Event Name: Bestmed Tour Of Good Hope When: 29 February 2016 - 4 March 2016 Where: La Paris Estate, Paarl, Western Cape Category: Road 2016 BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE PRESENTED BY RUDY PROJECT PAARL, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA 29 FEBRUARY – 4 MARCH 2016 5 STAGES – 515KM – 6168M ASCENT WWW.TOUROFGOODHOPE.CO.ZA Entries limited to 1000 participants. The Tour of Good Hope is presented in the week leading up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour from 29 February to 4 March 2016 and will be based in the Paarl, encompassing five days of clover leaf racing from this wonderful location in die Cape Winelands over a total distance of 515km and 6168m vertical ascent. The 2016 Tour will be based at the spectacular La Paris Estate midway between Paarl and Franschhoek on the R301. La Paris will host registration and the launch function on 28 February 2016 as well as daily lunches for riders, which is included in the entry package. Riders will receive lunch after every stage with the exception of the final stage which finishes at the Taal Monument. The entry fee for the Tour is R3300 per rider and other entry elements include an event jacket, further racing aids from High 5, daily top tube route profile stickers and an exclusive ASG Discount Voucher Booklet. ALL INFO AND ENTRIES: WWW.TOUROFGOODHOPE.CO.ZA .............................................................................................................................................................. Go to Event Page
  7. PREFERENTIAL ENTRIES OPEN TUESDAY- 10% DISCOUNT FOR 2015 RIDERS http://i2.cmail2.com/ei/j/7C/F3B/35E/csimport/BESTEMEDRACES2015editableJock.122914.jpg RIDERS WHO TOOK PART IN THIS YEAR'S BESTMED JOCK TOUR AND CLASSIQUE WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER FOR NEXT YEAR'S EVENT FROM TUESDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2015. Next year's Bestmed Jock Tour and Cycle Classique takes takes place from 15-17 July 2016. As a 2015 participant you are receiving this mail as we'd like to reward all our riders who took part in the event this year with an automatic 10% discount on their entry fee for 2016. Entries for the Jock Tour are limited to 500 riders and the Jock Classique has an entry cap of 800 riders. The 2015 Jock database has been loaded onto our on-line entry portal and the portal will automatically detect when a 2015 rider enters, and allocate the discount. Public entries for the event will open a week later on 10 November 2016. We are including two new categories in the Tour for next year with the addition of the 8-Rider Amateur Team category as well as the Grumpy Old Men category. These two categories have proven to be very popular at the Tour of Good Hope (sister event to the Jock) and hence we've made them available to the Jock as well. The 3-Day, 3 Stage Jock Tour (15-17 July) is open to all men's licensed categories (with the exception of juniors) as well as amateur riders in the open/seeded bunch who feel up to the challenge. The 1-Day, 3 Stage Jock Classique (16 July) is open to all licensed categories and open/seeded riders. Licensed ladies aren't permitted to ride in the 3-Day Jock, but provision is made for them in the 1-Day event. Most licensed riders this year opted to ride in the 3-Day Jock Tour, so licensed groups, with the exception of the ladies, will again be combined into one licensed bunch. GO TO WWW.THEJOCK.CO.ZA TO VIEW ALL THE EVENT INFO THE JOCK TOUR 2016: 3 DAYS - 3 STAGES - 334KM – 7200M ASCENT THE JOCK CLASSIQUE 2016: 1 DAY – 3 STAGES – 154KM – 2900M ASCENT WITH EVERY JOCK MEDAL WORN, AGAIN A CYCLIST IS BORN For further enquiries phone the race office on 076 621 1807 or email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za
  8. http://i9.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i1.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/EventsTralyxBanner.082127.jpg .............................................................................................................................................................. RUDY PROJECT ANNOUNCES BIGGEST PRODUCT SPONSORSHIP EVER FOR A ROAD CYCLING TOUR IN SOUTH AFRICA http://i3.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/NewPicture6.080520.png Leading global sports brand Rudy Project has made an incredible sponsorship commitment to South Africa’s flagship road cycling stage race, the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. The Italian eyewear manufacturer has made a phenomenal pledge of R3.5 million in product sponsorship to the event, which represents the ultimate event endorsement and the largest of its kind in road racing on the African continent. The Rudy Project sponsorship will directly benefit all riders who complete the race, which takes place from 29 February to 4 March 2016, with every finisher being rewarded with their own set of Rudy Project Tralyx eyewear - and the privilege of becoming part of cycling event history. To join the ranks of the most exciting race of the year, make sure to enter before November 30th 2015. The field is limited to 1000 riders and 550 riders have already signed up. Event info is on www.tourofgoodhope.co.za. Click here to view the new Tralyx! With our pro teams and events catapulting onto the world stage, South African cycling is gathering momentum and a global reputation for excellence. This unprecedented investment into South African cycling by Rudy Project is a testament to the fact that the Western Cape is fast becoming a favourite destination for cyclists from all over the world and underlines the prestige of the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope. The Bestmed Tour of Good Hope has captured the imagination of cyclists from across the globe, and for good reason. The event has set a new benchmark in road stage racing, offering an array of different riding bunches from elite all the way to the Grumpy Old Men bunch in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The event also provides for one of the most competitive amateur team competitions in the sport, encompassing a team time trial (limited to participants in the amateur team competition) and four road stages. Having celebrated its’ 30th birthday earlier this month, Rudy Project boasts with three decades of experience in creating top-of-the-range sports products worn by elite athletes in events across the globe. Their latest groundbreaking invention, the Tralyx sports glasses, debut as the eyewear choice of victorious athletes at the Tour de France and in Iron Man competitions earlier this year. These glasses are revolutionising the face of competitive eyewear. About Rudy Project Tralyx: Bringing together a wealth of experience in optical and sports technology, the Tralyx represents a new standard in optical design. Literally “sculpted by the wind”, the cutting edge design - created using a light and flexible grilamid frame - ensures the ultimate in aerodynamic efficiency. The new and unique PowerFlow™ ventilation system reduces fog and provides visual clarity in all conditions. Comfort for the wearer is assured thanks to breakthrough Adaptive Tips™ which benefit from an inner bendable steel core, allowing the front portion of the tip to very easily adjust and create a custom fit. Moreover, the addition of a unique safety fold-in-hinge eliminates any sharp edges builds on the safety prioritization, which is so integral to Rudy Project products across their ranges. The Tralyx also utilises tried and tested Rudy Project features such as Ergonose bridges and ImpactX™ shatter-proof lenses resulting in the ultimate mix of new and old innovations for a product guaranteed to stand the test of time. Race Office: Call 076 621 1807 or email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za .............................................................................................................................................................. PAARL MTB CLASSIC FINAL EVENT OF BESTMED NATIONAL MTB SERIES http://i4.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/PaarlMTB_500x740mm-page-001.080825.jpg CONQUER THE PAARL MOUNTAIN! THE PAARL MTB CLASSIC, WHICH TAKES PLACE ON 22 NOVEMBER, IS THE FINAL EVENT IN THE BESTMED NATIONAL MTB SERIES. FOR SERIES INFO, CLICK HERE FOR EVENT INFO. CLICK HERE .............................................................................................................................................................. SOUTH AFRICA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL RACE The second edition of the Liberty Cape Winelands Encounter is scheduled for 15-17 April 2016. To view a preview video of the race, click here. For more info go to www.capewinelands.capetown. http://i5.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/Cape-winelands-logo-2015_liberty.122823.jpg .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i6.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/pagina2.123442.jpg TOUR OF GOOD HOPE FEVER! CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR TOUR OF GOOD HOPE REPLICA JERSEYS! http://i7.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/BergenDalelogo.081436.jpg ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR THE WEST RAND'S BIGGEST CYCLING WEEKEND! CLICK HERE TO ENTER. http://i8.cmail2.com/ei/j/3E/D2D/B15/csimport/SondelaSuperClassic.081706.jpg BELA BELA, SITUATED JUST 45 MINUTES FROM PRETORIA, PRESENTS THE BACKDROP FOR ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA'S FASTEST GROWING ROAD RACES. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUR MORE ABOUT THE SONDELA SUPERCLASSIC. .............................................................................................................................................................
  9. Now offering a Tour of Good Hope Limited Edition Tralyx!! The ultimate Event Endorsement Good Hope GOLD The latest feather in the BestMed Tour of Good Hopes’ race cap is a record-breaking sponsorship deal with global sports brand Rudy Project. Having celebrated its’ 30th birthday earlier this month, Rudy Project had 3 decades of experience creating top-of-the-range sports products worn by elite athletes in events across the globe. The BestMed Tour of Good Hope has been grabbing the attention of cyclists from across the globe, and for good reason. Offering unique opportunities for riders of every level and style, such as the brand new amateur teams time trial; fantastic individual and team prizes from a range of sponsors; a seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour; and a location in one of the most beautiful and most esteemed cycling regions in the country; it’s not hard to see why this race is being considered the golden cycling event of the year. Entries still available>> Not participating? You can also BUY your very own pair!>> Fuel for champions. Now train with them! Celebrating their role as a sponsor for the upcoming Bestmed Satellite Road Classic, High5 is giving you a chance to win a weekend away with the infamous Team MTN Qhubeka at their spring training camp. That’s 3 stunning days of cycling alongside the pro’s, taking place in Clarens from 23-25 October 2015. To be entered into the draw simply enter the Bestmed Satellite Road Classic, and purchase a High 5 Racepack on the ASG Events website. Entries for the competition close on 6 October 2015 (the same day as entries close for the race). Enter Today!> BUY HIGH5 ONLINE> Get a bike to go with that training camp... Buy your Gran Fondo K8 in the next 30 days and get Spring MTN training Camp in Clarens free. There has never been a better time to purchase a Dogma K8, LIMITED STOCK OF SPECIAL GRAN FONDO K8’s are still available, however only a few are left. To be entered into the draw you need to purchase a PINARELLO K8 Gran Fondo at R159 000 incl. through participating Pinarello Dealers. Entries for the competition close on 11 October 2015. Find your nearest dealer>> Tour of Good Hope Rider Exclusive Free bike transportation with the purchase of a Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 TSA bike bag. With the purchase of a Scicon AeroComfort 2.0 TSA bike bag, you are entitled to the exclusive bicycle transport service facilitated by Scicon. All you need to do is to pack your bicycle, book collection and we will take care of the rest, making sure your bicycle is assembled at the event. Let Scicon provide you with ease of mind, so that all you have to do is to worry about the finish line. Scicon provides all ASG Events participants with complementary bicycle assembly assistance (if required), no matter how you transport your bicycle to the event. Dedicated Scicon staff will provide you with mechanical support to get your bike assembled. Bicycle stands will be available for your own bike maintenance needs on site. Read More>> #PackSafeRideFast. Visit SciconOnline>
  10. http://i9.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE WEST RAND'S BIGGEST CYCLING FESTIVAL http://i3.cmail2.com/ei/j/55/792/5ED/csimport/BergenDalelogo.121441.jpg The 2016 Berge en Dale Classic, presented by Optimum Financial Services on 6 February 2016, is a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, presenting distance options of 102km and 55km. TO GO TO THE EVENT SITE AND TO ENTER, CLICK HERE The state-of-the-art Cradlestone Shopping Mall on the R28 in Krugersdorp provides the venue for the event, presenting a user-friendly experience with ample parking and lots to do once the race finishes. The event attracted 5 000 cyclists in the 2015 edition and the 2016 venue remains unchanged with the only change on the race route that cyclists will be going directly onto the R28 off Beyers Naude Drive without having to descent down and through Muldersdrift. R10 of every race entry will be donated to the South African Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of South Africa. Please look out for the tick box during the on-line entry process if you would like to make an additional donation. Race Office: Call 076 621 1807 or email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za .............................................................................................................................................................. BESTMED BALLITO EXPEDITION PEN-ULTIMATE STOP-OVER FOR BESTMED NATIONAL SERIES http://i4.cmail2.com/ei/j/55/792/5ED/csimport/BESTEMEDRACES2015editable_Page_3.122522.jpg The Bestmed Ballito Expedition is in its third year now and takes place at the Sugar Rush Adventure Centre on 14 November 2015. It's the pen-ultimate event of the series with the Grand Finale at the Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic a week later on 22 November. For info on the Series, click here. For info and entries click here. .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i10.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_01.jpg http://i3.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_03.jpg http://i1.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_04.jpg http://i2.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_06.jpg
  11. http://i9.cmail19.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i1.cmail19.com/ei/j/28/087/CD9/csimport/FacebookBanner_TrainingCamp.161433.jpg .............................................................................................................................................................. WIN A SPOT ON THE MTN QHUBEKA SPRING TRAINING CAMP http://i2.cmail19.com/ei/j/28/087/CD9/csimport/BESTEMEDRACES2015editable_Page_1.140816.jpg Celebrating their role as sponsor for next month's Bestmed Satellite Road Classic, High5 is giving entrants the chance to win a weekend away with Team MTN Qhubeka at their Spring training camp. That’s three days of stunning cycling in Clarens alongside the MTN Qhubeka riders from 23-25 October 2015. Click here to read all about what's in store for the lucky winner. To enter into the draw simply enter the Bestmed Satellite Road Classic and purchase a High 5 Racepack on the ASG Events website during the on-line entry process. Entries for the competition close on 6 October 2015 (the same day as entries close for the race). Already entered for the race? No worries, just go onto our entry website, log in with your profile, purchase a High 5 Racepack and you are automatically entered. FOR ENTRIES AND INFO, CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE EVENT WEBSITE The 2015 Bestmed Satellite Classic features a whole weekend of cycling activity with the Road Classic taking place on Saturday 17 October and the Mountain-bike Classic on Sunday 18 October. The Bestmed Satellite Road Classic (both long road distances; 106km and 80km) is a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour and R10 of every race entry goes to the Cancer Association of South Africa. For further information email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za or phone 076 621 1807. .............................................................................................................................................................. .................................................................
  12. http://i9.cmail1.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. PENNYPINCHERS SILVERSTAR MTB CHALLENGE – RIDER BRIEF http://i3.cmail1.com/ei/j/32/35B/982/csimport/2015Silverstarlogo.113542.jpg Finally, the big day isn’t far away! Thanks for entering Saturday’s 8th edition of the Pennypinchers Silverstar Mountain Bike Challenge. We look forward to hosting you and trust you’ll enjoy your day out on some wonderful riding terrain. Starting times for the batches are as follows: 08h00: 40km batch A 08h05: 40km batch B 08h10: 40km batch C 08h20: 20km batch A 08h25: 20km batch B All riders have to report to the registration venues to collect number boards, batch stickers and race packs. Every rider will receive a temporary Spectrum Sport timing board which they have to affix to their handlebars with cable straps. These boards have to be handed in at the finish line once you’ve completed your ride. RIDERS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RIDE WITH THEIR PERMANENT SAS BOARDS. Registration venues: Thursday 3 September 2015: Cycle Lab Superstore, Fourways (10h00 – 16h00) Friday 4 September 2015: The Bicycle Company Muldersdrift (10h00 – 16h00) Riders who cannot get to these venues will be helped on the morning from 07h00 at the main entrance to the Casino, but will not receive race packs and will not be able to collect any race merchandise. There will be event T-shirts on sale at registration (limited sizes) - please enquire from our crew. Our route crew under the guidance of experienced route builder Darren Herbst have been working hard on the route and we will do our utmost to help everyone have a pleasant day out on the bike. With more than 1000 riders entered, it’s inevitable that the route will be congested in certain areas where the 20km and 40km events are on the same stretches. The Hillsnacks climb does, however, provide ample distance to stretch bunches out and the route keeps climbing for a further 2km after riders exit off the R28. The split point is at the 13km mark where the 40km ride turns back onto the mountain for a sublime loop on the Ridge while the 20km riders turn down towards the finish line. The split point is clearly marked in the lead-up as well as at the split, so make sure you look out for it. The two distances join each other again shortly before the final descent. The final descent down the old ox wagon trail is technical, but we’ve done a lot of work on it to try and make it ride-able. 20km and 40km riders will be on this section together and we request that 20km riders, who can’t ride the descent, walk to the far left hand side off the track to allow the quick 40km riders free passage to the finish line. There will be marshals on this section pushing slow traffic left - please adhere to their instructions. Click here to view the 20km route map and profile. Click here to view the 40km route map and profile The race starts inside Silverstar Casino’s new top parking lot above the complex (not the bottom parking area next to the boom gates as was the case in previous years) and goes out onto the R28 tarred main road climb before turning left into the bush on the Krugersdorp Ridge. Metro police will provide an escort and pointsmen on this section and we request riders to be cautious until we leave the main road (big thanks to Chief Sup Bryan Murray and his officers!). There are two water points on the route, which are stocked with PowerAde and Coke as well as tasty titbits, including koeksisters and crunchy cookies. We ask riders to be courteous at all times and stick to the left of the track whenever possible to allow faster riders to pass. NO SHOUTING AT SLOWER RIDERS WILL BE TOLLERATED AND THE ORGANISERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY ANY RIDER DUE TO MISCONDUCT IN THIS REGARD. The boom gates at Silverstar Casino will be open from 6:30 on Saturday. Prize giving is in the Piazza in front of the big screen at 11:00. Festivities are hosted by the “Voice of Cycling” in South Africa, Johnny Koen. The prize giving function will be broadcast on the big screen, creating a nice atmosphere at the venue. The finish line is inside the Super Dome at Silverstar For directions to the venue go to www.silverstarcasino.co.za A big thank you to our sponsors and partners: Pennypinchers Silverstar Casino Mogale City Metro Police Action Ford High 5 Ftech Rudy Project For further information email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za or phone 076 621 1807 .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i4.cmail1.com/ei/j/32/35B/982/csimport/BESTEMEDRACES2015editable_Page_1.055748.jpg FOR ENTRIES AND INFO ON THE BESTMED SATELLITE CLASSIC, CLICK HERE. THE SATELLITE CLASSIC IS AN OFFICIAL SEEDING EVENT OF THE CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR. .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i5.cmail1.com/ei/j/32/35B/982/csimport/TOGHofficiallogo2016.081324.jpg BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE, PRESENTED BY RUDY PROJECT FOR ENTRIES AND INFO ON THE BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE, CLICK HERE http://i6.cmail1.com/ei/j/32/35B/982/csimport/Cape-winelands-logo-2015_liberty.081438.jpg LIBERTY CAPE WINELANDS ENCOUNTER TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST, CLICK HERE .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i10.cmail1.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_01.jpg http://i3.cmail1.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_03.jpg http://i1.cmail1.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_04.jpg
  13. http://i9.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. RIDER COMMUNIQUE http://i2.cmail2.com/ei/j/CE/661/B34/csimport/2015Silverstarlogo.113542.jpg Our route crew have just finished their mammoth task on the final descent for Saturday's event and the result is sublime. Riders who are familiar with the Krugersdorp Ridge will remember the cutting from some previous editions which brings the event back to Silverstar at the end of both distances, but they won't recognise it with various bridges having now been built and lots of landfill work having been done to make it rideable all the way to the bottom. Quick riders in the 40km event are advised that they will encounter slow traffic on this section and they need to be cautious on their way down. RACING SNAKES NEED TO BE VERY VOCAL ON THE DESCENT TO ALERT SLOWER RIDERS OF THEIR PASSING. We will have marshals that will try and keep slow traffic left for the faster guys to pass, but there are no guarantees, SO PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS. Unfortunately the dynamics on the route don't allow free passage for the 40km racing snakes on this section - the only way was to allow the 40km riders to start 2 hours before the 20km, but this isn't possible due to start and finish logistics. We've traditionally had the quicker 40km guys link up with the 20km route in the final few kilometers of the event so this year won't be any different - all riders are just requested to be courteous. The Bicycle Company in Muldersdrift has let us know that they are going to have some great specials on High 5 supplements at number collection on Friday, so look out for these specials if you are collecting in Muldersdrift on Friday. Starting times for the batches are as follows: 08h00: 40km batch A 08h05: 40km batch B 08h10: 40km batch C 08h20: 20km batch A 08h25: 20km batch B All riders have to report to the registration venues to collect number boards, batch stickers and race packs. Every rider will receive a temporary Spectrum Sport timing board which they have to affix to their handlebars with cable straps. These boards have to be handed in at the finish line once you’ve completed your ride. RIDERS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RIDE WITH THEIR PERMANENT SAS BOARDS. Registration venues: Thursday 3 September 2015: Cycle Lab Superstore, Fourways (10h00 – 16h00) Friday 4 September 2015: The Bicycle Company Muldersdrift (10h00 – 16h00) Riders who cannot get to these venues will be helped on the morning from 07h00 at the main entrance to the Casino, but will not receive race packs and will not be able to collect any race merchandise. There will be event T-shirts on sale at registration (limited sizes) - please enquire from our crew. Our route crew under the guidance of experienced route builder Darren Herbst have been working hard on the route and we will do our utmost to help everyone have a pleasant day out on the bike. With more than 1000 riders entered, it’s inevitable that the route will be congested in certain areas where the 20km and 40km events are on the same stretches. The Hillsnacks climb does, however, provide ample distance to stretch bunches out and the route keeps climbing for a further 2km after riders exit off the R28. The split point is at the 13km mark where the 40km ride turns back onto the mountain for a sublime loop on the Ridge while the 20km riders turn down towards the finish line. The split point is clearly marked in the lead-up as well as at the split, so make sure you look out for it. The two distances join each other again shortly before the final descent. The final descent down the old ox wagon trail is technical, but we’ve done a lot of work on it to try and make it ride-able. The race starts inside Silverstar Casino’s new top parking lot above the complex (not the bottom parking area next to the boom gates as was the case in previous years) and goes out onto the R28 tarred main road climb before turning left into the bush on the Krugersdorp Ridge. Metro police will provide an escort and pointsmen on this section and we request riders to be cautious until we leave the main road (big thanks to Chief Sup Bryan Murray and his officers!). There are two water points on the route, which are stocked with PowerAde and Coke as well as tasty titbits, including koeksisters and crunchy cookies. We ask riders to be courteous at all times and stick to the left of the track whenever possible to allow faster riders to pass. NO SHOUTING AT SLOWER RIDERS WILL BE TOLLERATED AND THE ORGANISERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY ANY RIDER DUE TO MISCONDUCT IN THIS REGARD. The boom gates at Silverstar Casino will be open from 6:30 on Saturday. Prize giving is in the Piazza in front of the big screen at 11:00. Festivities are hosted by the “Voice of Cycling” in South Africa, Johnny Koen. The prize giving function will be broadcast on the big screen, creating a nice atmosphere at the venue. The finish line is inside the Super Dome at Silverstar For directions to the venue go to www.silverstarcasino.co.za A big thank you to our sponsors and partners: Pennypinchers Silverstar Casino Mogale City Metro Police Action Ford High 5 Ftech Rudy Project For further information email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za or phone 076 621 1807 .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i3.cmail2.com/ei/j/CE/661/B34/csimport/BESTEMEDRACES2015editable_Page_1.055748.jpg FOR ENTRIES AND INFO ON THE BESTMED SATELLITE CLASSIC, CLICK HERE. THE SATELLITE CLASSIC IS AN OFFICIAL SEEDING EVENT OF THE CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR. .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i4.cmail2.com/ei/j/CE/661/B34/csimport/TOGHofficiallogo2016.081324.jpg BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE, PRESENTED BY RUDY PROJECT FOR ENTRIES AND INFO ON THE BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE, CLICK HERE http://i5.cmail2.com/ei/j/CE/661/B34/csimport/Cape-winelands-logo-2015_liberty.081438.jpg LIBERTY CAPE WINELANDS ENCOUNTER TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST, CLICK HERE .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i10.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_01.jpg http://i3.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_03.jpg http://i1.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_04.jpg
  14. http://i9.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i1.cmail2.com/ei/j/EF/9E4/0CE/csimport/702481600x1502.160754.jpg .............................................................................................................................................................. DEDICATED "PENSIONERS" BUNCH FOR RIDERS OLDER THAN 65 http://i3.cmail2.com/ei/j/EF/9E4/0CE/csimport/TOGHofficiallogo2016.161340.jpg 2016 BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE PRESENTED BY RUDY PROJECT PAARL, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA 29 FEBRUARY – 4 MARCH 2016 5 STAGES – 515KM – 6168M ASCENT WWW.TOUROFGOODHOPE.CO.ZA THE ORGANISATION HAS ANNOUNCED ANOTHER UNIQUE ADDITION TO THE 2016 BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE WITH THE CREATION OF THE “GRUMPY OLD MEN”BUNCH CATERING SPECIFICALLY FOR RIDERS 65 YEARS AND OLDER. We have had many riders “on the wrong side of 65” approach us wanting to ride in the Tour, but who were worried they’d be left out on their own and too far off the pace every day. And so, we’ve roped in some more help from our friends at the Road Ranger motorbike marshals who have offered to assist in getting the “pensioners group” home every day and provide traffic protection. The Grumpy Old Men will take off last every day and they will be forced to remain together as a bunch. If you are older than 65, and fancy yourself as a racing snake, you can still ride in the normal open/seeded bunches with all the other age groups mixed in together or in the 50+ Masters racing category. Most Grumpy Old Men who approached us were able to do a 4 hour Cape Town Cycle Tour. Riders who are within the 4 hour 30 minute Cycle Tour window, or believe that they can get there if they train properly, are invited to enter. It is, however, an absolute prerequisite to commit to a DEDICATED training regime to ensure you can manage multiple days on the bike comfortably. The Grumpy Old Men bunch will be limited to 50 riders. When you do your entry, there is a Grumpy Old Men (65+) category which you have to select. For the pensioners aiming at their best Cape Town Cycle Tour time ever, we assure them that they will achieve their personal best following 5 days of riding in the Winelands – the Cycle Tour will feel like a walk in the park. Remember the old cycling adage – Cycling comes from Cycling! ENTER AT THE EVENT SITE: WWW.TOUROFGOODHOPE.CO.ZA For further information email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za or phone 076 621 1807 .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i10.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_01.jpg http://i3.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_03.jpg http://i1.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_04.jpg http://i2.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_06.jpg http://i4.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_07.jpg http://i5.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_08.jpg http://i6.cmail2.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/footer_09.jpg Click here to unsubscribe
  15. http://i9.cmail20.com/ti/j/E1/3D5/F9D/194019/images/asg_news2.png .............................................................................................................................................................. ........................................................................................................................................................... BIG SCREEN, BIKE PARK, BALLISTIC TRAILS http://i3.cmail20.com/ei/j/A6/356/080/csimport/2015Silverstarlogo.113542.jpg Silverstar Casino, "the West Rand's favourite entertainment destination", is bracing itself for the onslaught of a huge field of mountain-bikers who are ready to take on the Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge next Saturday (5 September 2015). Entries are still streaming in for the Pennypinchers Silverstar MTB Challenge, which will follow a new route along the Krugersdorp Ridge and boast a wonderful atmosphere at the revamped Silverstar Casino on September 5. Those riders who dine out at the venue in the week leading up to the event (next week) will be able to sit and watch the highlights of last year's event on the massive big screen in the Piazza area. The big screen will also broadcast the prize giving function live on the day, hosted by Johnny Koen, which will enable everyone who is having lunch after their ride to be a part of the action. The event starts in the new top-end open-air parking lot at Silverstar and finishes inside the big white Super Dome, adjacent to the Piazza area. A supervised bike park will be set up inside the Dome so that riders can leave their bikes in a secure area if they'd like to go and get a bite to eat, and, as per usual, the bike wash will also be set up. Riders who would still like to get on the start line, need to get their entries in at www.asgevents.co.za The Silverstar Challenge route has always been known as a challenging task and this year will be no different, although the 20km ride doesn't have major technical obstacles. Route director, Darren Herbst, said riders could look forward to beautiful forested sections, open fields and rocky trails with some spectacular views over the West Rand. “On a clear day, you can see all the way to Pretoria.” From the top of Protea Ridge, participants plunge down through the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden en route to the finish. “The last three kilometres will hair-raising for a few but exhilarating for most,” laughed Herbst. He said the casino finishing area, with its surrounding restaurants and children’s zone, would keep the whole family entertained for the day. Enter at www.asgevents.co.za. Alternatively, find Silverstar MTB Challenge on Facebook or follow @silverstarMTB. Broadcast by SuperSport Medals to all finishers. Timed by Spectrum Sport Start times: 40km - 08h00; 20km - 08h15 Entry fees: 40km - R210; 20km - R160 Results will be published on www.spectrumsport.co.za For further information, go to www.asgevents.co.za or email eventsupport@asgworld.co.za .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i4.cmail20.com/ei/j/A6/356/080/csimport/BESTEMEDRACES2015editable_Page_1.055748.jpg FOR ENTRIES AND INFO ON THE BESTMED SATELLITE CLASSIC, CLICK HERE. THE SATELLITE CLASSIC IS AN OFFICIAL SEEDING EVENT OF THE CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR. .............................................................................................................................................................. .............................................................................................................................................................. http://i5.cmail20.com/ei/j/A6/356/080/csimport/TOGHofficiallogo2016.081324.jpg BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE, PRESENTED BY RUDY PROJECT FOR ENTRIES AND INFO ON THE BESTMED TOUR OF GOOD HOPE, CLICK HERE http://i6.cmail20.com/ei/j/A6/356/080/csimport/Cape-winelands-logo-2015_liberty.081438.jpg LIBERTY CAPE WINELANDS ENCOUNTER TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST, CLICK HERE
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