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  1. Drapac Pro Cycling team, an Australian team riding SwiftCarbon bikes, are in Cape Town. They'll be competing in the Tour de Boland and the Cape Town Cycle Tour. We caught up with Brenton Jones, Malcom Rudolph and Peter Koning. Here's a quick insight into their attitude ahead of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Click here to view the article
  2. They punched the air, bumped fists and grinned – sometimes all at the same time – as they completed their ride and collected their medals on Sunday, bringing the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s weekend of mountain biking to an end. About 3 500 cyclists competed in the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge at Le Bonheur Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, held over two days this weekend. Click here to view the article
  3. Cyclists riding the 38km and 55km routes were treated to a feast of mouth-watering mountain biking in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy in Stellenbosch as they carved up single track and devoured gnarly descents. “It was hot and sandy,” said Craig McKune. “No, it was sandy and hot,” argued Steve Pike in the chill zone. They were both right. Riders battled soft sand and temperatures approaching 30 degrees. They also had to contend with sharp steep climbs and wind, but were rewarded with magnificent views, shady and fast forest trails and some of the country’s finest congestion-free single track. Jerry Groenewald, participating in his first Cycle Tour MTB Challenge, was a bit alarmed when his saddle came off 15km before the finish. At water point four, after riding 7km standing, he was still fighting to get to the end. Asked how he was riding without the saddle, he replied, “with difficulty”. As long as he didn’t sit down, he said, he thought he should be fine. After the ride, mud-caked cyclists chilled in the hospitality area, wolfing down Spur burgers, drinking beer and exchanging war stories and comparing wipe-outs. “What happened to you,” said one rider to his friend, whose face was covered in dirt. “Let’s just say I own a bit of the farm,” he replied. The riders agreed that the MTB challenge, which is in its 14th year, just gets better and better each year. A day earlier, Herman Lazarus celebrated a personal achievement after completing the 22km mountain bike ride. In 2014 Lazarus was approaching midlife as an unfit smoker. He decided to embark on a mission to become healthy. His first step was to stop smoking, which he did successfully. And then, with the help of his company Lieben Logistics, which sponsored kit and bikes to their employees this year, he started cycling. He completed the 22km on Saturday with colleagues riding alongside him in support. The long MTB Challenge routes, which were designed and built by route co-ordinator, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, saw the introduction of new scenic and shady areas for riders, as well as an increased amount of single track – the most in the history of the event. “Feedback about the route has been positive – the top riders described it as a cross country route with lots of variety,” said Botha, who started building the trail in November. “We’ve had 24 guys on the go for the last two months, cutting the route by hand.” Botha’s plan is, with the help of the local farmers in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, to unlock the mountain and, with its network of trails, make it a mountain biking mecca. Meanwhile, Erik and Ariane Kleinhans showed why they are a mountain biking marriage machine. The couple, who ride for Team RECM, won the 55km race in their respective categories. The line-up included top local professional riders and multiple World Champion and Olympic medallist, Christoph Sauser. Team EAI’s Johann Rabie took second place while Team RECM’s Nico Bell secured the final podium spot. Winning in a record time of 02:12:54, Erik was thrilled, saying his victory was even sweeter because Ariane had also won. Eric described the race as aggressive. “We (Eric and Johann Rabie) were leading from the beginning with big guys chasing us, but we managed to stay away for a long time. Towards the end I got a small gap at the last single track section which helped me to come out in front. I’m super happy to take the victory today.” Conquering over 1 350m of climbing, the ladies event was a tough race between Team RECM Swiss rider, Ariane and Swedish national champion, Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis). With nearly five minutes to spare, Ariane Kleinhans came out on top, finishing in 02:32:28. Team Velocity Sports Lab’s Carmen Buchacher from Austria took third place. Edward Boshoff was crowned the winner of the 38km event, followed by Danie le Roux, and Johann Trotzky in third. Allison Morton took first place in the ladies 38km category, while Amy Burton finished in a close second, followed by Marie Heatlie. David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust who organises the annual event, said the 2015 race was a resounding success and the venue and routes had continued to impress riders. “It was fantastic to see the competitors taking on the tough, hot and windy conditions today. A huge thank you must go to the entire team at the events office that put together this wonderful festival of mountain biking.” Renée Jordaan, Operation Director, said from parking, to toilets, to routes, to medical facilities, to the finish everything had run smoothly. “We have been able to offer good quality mountain biking. We saw a lot of novices enter the 14km and 22km on Saturday and, hopefully, they will get into mountain biking and be back to enter the 38km and 55km routes next year. This has been a very positive event – and it’s good to end on a high as we head towards the Cape Town Cycle Tour next week.”
  4. Team RECM’s power couple, Erik and Ariane Kleinhans both out-raced stiff competition in their respective fields today as they claimed top spots at the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour Mountain Bike Challenge in Stellenbosch. Click here to view the article
  5. A line up that consisted of top local pro riders and multiple World Champion and Olympic medallist, Christoph Sauser didn’t deter Team RECM’s Erik Kleinhans today, showing sheer skill and determination to clinch the number-one spot. He took a significant lead within the first 10 minutes of the start gun at Le Bonheur Wine Estate, breaking away to leave the first batch of riders in the dust. With some incredible racing, Team EAI’s Johann Rabie took second place while Team RECM’s Nico Bell secured the final podium spot. Winning in a record time of 02:12:54 at the 14th annual MTB Challenge, Erik Kleinhans was thrilled at his first place. “It’s always great to be at this event, it’s a favourite of mine every year. I won this race a few years ago, but this year is very special to win it again with Ariane winning the ladies race too.” Commenting on the riding, Erik Kleinhans adds, “It was quite aggressive from the front with Johann Rabie. We were leading from the beginning with big guys chasing us, but we managed to stay away for a long time. Towards the end I got a small gap at the last single track section which helped me to come out in front. I’m super happy to take the victory today.” Conquering over 1 350m of climbing, the ladies event was a tough race between Team RECM Swiss rider, Ariane Kleinhans and Swedish national champion, Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis). With nearly five minutes to spare, Ariane Kleinhans came out on top, completing the 55km route in an impressive time of 02:32:28. Team Velocity Sports Lab’s Carmen Buchacher from Austria took third place, making the ladies category an international affair this year. With perfect racing conditions and temperatures reaching 29 degrees Celsius, Ariane Kleinhans was ecstatic at defending her title and praised the specially crafted routes. “It was a fast start today and the men went really hard from the get-go. I tried to stay with them as long as possible, and when I reached the single track I could open up a nice gap. This is always a great race and the route has improved so much over the years with more single track and flowy sections, making it very enjoyable to ride,” she says. The 38km route provided superb mountain biking trails through the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy in Stellenbosch. Edward Boshoff was crowned the winner, followed closely by second place Danie le Roux, and Johann Trotzky in third. Allison Morton took first place in the ladies 38km category, while Amy Burton finished in a close second, followed by Marie Heatlie. Described as “challenging, entertaining and rewarding” by commentator, Paul Kaye, over 2 500 riders lined up to tackle the long MTB Challenge routes, which were designed and built by route co-ordinator, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia. The 2015 race saw the introduction of new scenic and shady areas for riders, as well as an increased amount of single track – the most in the history of the event. David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust who organises the annual event, said the 2015 race was a resounding success and the venue and routes had continued to impress riders. “It was fantastic to see the competitors taking on the tough, hot and windy conditions today, and seemingly embracing the great new routes that have been added to last year’s events. A huge thank you must go to the entire team at the events office that put together this wonderful festival of mountain biking.” Race Results 55km Men 1st: Erik Kleinhans (Team RECM) – 02:12:54 55km Men 2nd: Johann Rabie (Team EAI) – 02:12:55 55km Men 3rd: Nico Bell (Team RECM) – 02:14:52 55km Ladies 1st: Ariane Kleinhans (Team RECM) – 02:32:28 55km Ladies 2nd: Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis) – 02:37:45 55km Ladies 3rd: Carmen Buchacher (Team Velocity Sports Lab) – 02:49:18 38km Men 1st: Edward Boshoff – 01:50:36 38km Men 2nd: Danie le Roux – 01:51:13 38km Men 3rd: Johann Trotzky – 01:53:34 38km Ladies 1st: Allison Mouton – 02:15:44 38km Ladies 2nd: Amy Burton – 02:15:54 38km Ladies 3rd: Marie Heatlie – 02:22:05
  6. South Africa’s best mountain bikers and a giraffe will zigzag their way through Stellenbosch dust this weekend as the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge kicks off the annual Lifecycle Week. Click here to view the article
  7. The MTB Challenge returns to Le Bonheur Wine Estate in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy in Stellenbosch with a 38km and a 55km route on Sunday, 01 March 2015. In the 55km men’s race RECM’s Erik Kleinhans and Nico Bell will do battle with Waylon Woolcock, from Team Cannondale Blend powered by RED-E, Johann Rabie from EAI Cycling and Adriaan Louw from Team Contego. Joining them will be a braai king and a giraffe – let’s hope the braai king doesn’t catch the giraffe. The braai king – Jan Braai – has become a competitive mountain biker while radio presenter Liezel “Giraffe” van der Westhuizen has shown she’s no mug on a mountain bike. “Sunday's race will attract some great competition,” says Woolcok. “Last year my teammate won the race so we are hoping to keep it in the RED-E Blend camp. The route, even though not long, is going to be very challenging with its steep ascents. As for the single tracks, the faster you tackle them, the more technical they become. It’s going to be awesome.” Nico Bell said the race will be a nice rev up for the legs and lungs leading up to the Absa Cape Epic, which starts in two weeks. “It will be nice to get some time in with teammate Erik Kleinhans and test our skills on the single tracks as well as fitness on short punchy climbs. We will be looking at racing for the overall as a team and finishing on the podium this weekend.” Rabie also hopes for a podium finish and believes Sunday’s race will be highly competitive as riders will be in fine form. “It will definitely be fast! It's a nice route and I’m looking forward to the event.” In the ladies’ race for podium spots this year, RECM’s Cherise Stander and 2014 MTB Challenge winner, Ariane Kleinhans will tackle the 55km route to claim top honours. Route co-ordinator, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia has crafted the routes specifically for the event. “After moving the race to Le Bonheur Wine Estate last year, the feedback from riders has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “Developing trails in this area is part of our legacy project, so we didn’t want to simply rehash 2014’s routes. Instead, we’ve introduced new scenic and shady areas for riders. We’ve also incorporated a lot more single track – the most in the history of this event – and hope that this contributes to our aim of continuously improving the overall experience for our participants.” Riders who complete the 55km Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge and the 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour will receive a special medal.
  8. It is with great pleasure that Cycling South Africa, Pedal Power Association and the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust announce that an agreement has been reached between the three organisations in respect of the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour. The outcome of recent discussions between the parties is that the events of the Cape Town Lifecycle Week have been placed on the National Cycling Calendar of Cycling SA. Click here to view the article
  9. This now clears the way for riders from across the board, both licensed and unlicensed, to participate without fear of sanction in the events of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week. Cycling South Africa, Pedal Power Association and the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust are committed to pursuing discussions to ensure that the three organisations work together to ensure that cycling across the spectrum in South Africa benefits from a clear and unified approach.
  10. In a massive step for women’s cycling, the Cape Town Cycle Tour has introduced a dedicated group for elite ladies. 2012 Cycle Tour winner Ashleigh Moolman Pasio believes this milestone move will shake up the women’s race “in a good way.” Click here to view the article
  11. For the first time in 38 years, elite ladies cyclists will ride the Cape Town Cycle Tour on equal terms with their male counterparts after organisers of the Cycle Tour, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, heeded calls for them to be seeded in their own group, rather than among the racing Vets as in previous years. David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, says: “After much engagement and discussion with the ladies committee late last year, and a number of internal discussions, the Cape town Cycle Tour is pleased and proud to announce that elite ladies participating in the 2015 Cycle Tour will have their own start group.” Moolman Pasio said she was thrilled at the chance to ride with the top women cyclists in their own starting group, adding that she was convinced it would have a positive impact on the event. “I think it will make it really exciting for the racing ladies and for the spectators. Nine times out of 10 the men’s contest ends in a dramatic sprint finish, and with the women racing alone this year, it will surely shake things up in a good way – hopefully with some exciting breakaways along the route.” The announcement of 25-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish and his teammate Mark Renshaw participating in the 2015 event has introduced stiff podium competition for South Africa’s pro men, but with their own start group, the ladies are set for an equal share of the spotlight this year. Among the female cycling legends who will line up at the start of the world’s largest timed cycle race on Hertzog Boulevard to compete for the coveted title are: Moolman Pasio, recently crowned SA sports woman of the year and who returned from last week’s African Road Cycling Championships in KwaZulu-Natal with five gold medals; Cycle Tour’s defending champion Cherise Stander; seven-time Cycle Tour winner Anriette Schoeman; Swedish National Champion Jennie Stenerhag; and last year’s third place finisher An-Li Kachelhoffer. Defending champion Cherise Stander echoed these sentiments, saying: “I’ve always enjoyed riding with the men as it has made Cycle Tour an aggressive race – something I love – but with the calibre of female cyclists we have competing at the moment, the dedicated elite ladies group will make it a tough event with tactic being the most important factor.” Despite a recent injury during a mountain biking event, Stander is determined to defend her title, adding: “I’ve been doing a lot of mountain bike racing lately. While this impacts on my level of speed and attacks, it has definitely made me tougher endurance-wise.” Anriette Schoeman, who has a long track record of Cycle Tour wins, adds: “Cycle Tour is not like any other race. It always pushes your limits and is in another league altogether. While I’ve always found riding with the men very exciting, it is brilliant that the organisers have women’s cycling at heart.” Moolman Pasio, who has secured a continuation of Momentum’s long-term support as her main sponsor, said she had been training hard in the hopes of being crowned the Cycle Tour winner for the second time. “My training has been going really well and I’m looking forward to the race next month.” Join the conversation using: #CycleTour2015
  12. The Cape Town Cycle tour is going to be epic. I propose its epic because cyclists take a stand for road safety and awareness. We often ask how we can make a difference, well here is the proposition. The cycling community here on the Hub makes suggestions for a section on the route where we commit to lie down on the road in protest for 5 minutes. Its called a 'die in', and that is how the community in Copenhagen protested roads deaths and changed cycling in their city. Surely decision makers in the city would take notice of thousands of cyclists making their voice heard, and in a visual way such that they could not escape the images of the worlds largest timed cycling event demanding action. Yes, it is a race and for many riders a few minutes makes a big difference. Imagine if the front groups just lay down on the ground for a minute prior to the start. A powerful take on a minute of silence to remember those who have been killed. Lets discuss how the cycling community can use this event to peacefully and powerfully create a change. I cannot bear to go through another training season hearing of cyclists being killed on the roads. It could have been any one of us. We only have a few chances as powerful as this. Thoughts?
  13. The Cycle Tour attracts 35 000 cyclists to Cape Town every year and, over the past 36 years, has emerged as one of the greatest cycling events on the planet, with everyone from rank amateurs to Hollywood celebrities to top pro riders taking part. The headquarters for Cavendish and Renshaw will be the beautiful wine estate of Klein Constantia, which is also owned by Bakala. Starting this year, Klein Constantia will be a jersey sponsor for team Etixx - Quick-Step. As they did in 2014, Klein Constantia and Etixx-Quick-Step will host a special cocktail function and auction, and a short bike ride to support Francois Pienaar’s MAD CHARITY ™ (Make a Difference) on Friday, the 6th of March. Mark Cavendish and five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx, the undisputed greatest pro cyclist of all-time, will be guests of honour at the event. "I've never been to South Africa before," says Cavendish. "I've heard great things about the Cycle Tour and I'm excited about the trip. I’ve heard from a few riders who have been there before that it's a lovely place, and a beautiful event to race. To ride with 35 000 people, that's not something I've ever done in a bike race before. But I'm looking forward to it. Klein Constantia is a new sponsor of the team this year, and I want to do them and Mr. Bakala proud by going and showing my support. Also, I am happy to be associated with the charity actions they will sponsor. I'm really looking forward to visiting South Africa for the first time and taking part in a well-organised event that comes with a history of goodwill and charity attached to it."
  14. This year, Mark Cavendish, one of Etixx - Quick-Step’s biggest, and his lead-out man, Mark Renshaw, will participate in the Cycle Tour for the first time. Click here to view the article
  15. The 2015 Juniors event takes place on Saturday, 07 March at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wynberg, offering young riders the chance to build their confidence and learn the basics of cycling in a safe and controlled environment. Children aged 0 – 6 can tackle the 1.7km fun ride, while those between the ages of 6 and 12 years will have the option of riding one of four routes: 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km or 10km, depending on their level of skill and fitness. Parents must accompany their 0 – 6 aged riders on foot, while parents of the older participants have the option of accompanying their kids on a bike. The “No Helmet, No Ride” rule will apply to both children and accompanying parents. David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust which organises the annual event, says: “The popularity of cycling as a healthy lifestyle continues to grow, not only amongst older riders, but with the youth. The Juniors event encourages youngsters to become more involved with cycling and to develop their passion for the sport, in the hope that they will go on to tackle the 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour one day. The Juniors event is a great platform for us to instil safe cycling practices and promote the benefits of cycling from a young age.” To avoid disappointment, parents are encouraged to enter their children as soon as possible. Online entries are limited to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all riders on event day. Each rider who successfully completes one of the five available routes can look forward to receiving a goodie bag, medal and certificate. Apart from the routes, a range of other child-friendly activities – from jumping castles and face painting to special bird shows and lucky draws – will be on offer at the venue. This is sure to keep the young ones entertained for hours, making the Juniors event an ideal day out for the entire family. Registration will take place between Friday, 27 February and Friday, 06 March at the Main Stage area of Canal Walk Shopping Centre, open from 9am to 9pm daily. This registration venue will also offer an array of activities to keep young tots entertained while they wait to collect their ride packs. Online entries close on Monday, 23 February and no entries will be processed on the day of the event. For more information on the Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors event, or to enter your aspiring cyclist for 2015, visit www.cycletour.co.za, select the ‘Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors’ event from the list of Lifecycle Week events, and follow the easy instructions.
  16. Online entries for the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors event are now open, with approximately two thirds of the available entries still on offer for budding cyclists eager to develop or show off their riding skills. Click here to view the article
  17. Entries for the 2015 event opened in September last year, coinciding with the announcement of the newly-named Cape Town Cycle Tour and MTB Challenge. Following rave reviews from riders who tackled the race in its new location in 2014, the MTB Challenge will return to Le Bonheur Wine Estate in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy in Stellenbosch this year. Well-known trail builder and mountain biking enthusiast, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, has crafted the four routes specifically for this event. Botha shares some insight into what riders can expect, saying: “After moving the race to its new home at Le Bonheur Wine Estate last year, the feedback from riders has been overwhelmingly positive. Developing trails in this area is part of our legacy project, so we didn’t want to simply rehash 2014’s routes. Instead, we’ve introduced new scenic and shady areas for riders. We’ve also incorporated a lot more single-track – the most in the history of this event – and hope that this contributes to our aim of continuously improving the overall experience for our participants.” The two shorter routes (14km and 22km) take place on Saturday, 28 February. Aspiring MTB-ers looking to enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful Stellenbosch winelands are encouraged to secure their entries as soon as possible, with 600 entries still available for the 14km route, and 800 for the 22km route. The MTB Challenge’s longer and more intense routes (38km and 55km) takes place on Sunday with some specially crafted trails. These two routes will see some of South Africa’s top mountain bikers compete for bragging rights as they conquer the wealth of dirt and single-track on offer. Eager participants should hurry as there are only 80 and less than 300 entries still available for the two long routes, respectively. To ensure a pleasant and safe riding experience for all cyclists, the 14km and 22km routes on the Saturday are limited to a total of 2 000 riders, while the longer 38km and 55km routes on the Sunday are limited to 2 500 riders. How to enter: To enter the 2015 event, the following information is required:Your ID or passport A valid credit card Your medical aid details and membership number An emergency contact number Visit www.cycletour.co.za, select the ‘Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge’ event from the list of Lifecycle Week events, and follow the easy instructions. Keep informed of developments of the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge by joining their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cycletour or by following them on Twitter @TheMTBChallenge.
  18. With less than one month to go until the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge, the majority of available entries for the event – especially the longer 55km route - have already been snapped up. Less than 2 000 entries are still available for the four routes at this year’s MTB Challenge, which kicks off the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week on 28 February 2014. Click here to view the article
  19. Argus / Cape Town Cycle Tour Entries A friend asked me to advertise this which is for a really great cause... General entries for the Argus sold out in 8 hours, however we still have entries available to ride for the Sunflower Fund. People entering under the Sunflower Fund charity can either ride in their seeded time or with the charity group. Please spread the word because every two entries through the charity generate R2000 for the great cause, which pays for one person to join the stem cell registry. If you're still looking for an entry and want to donate R1,000 to a really great charity organization, you can pay R1,700 (R1,000 donation + R700 which is less than normal entry and substitution cost) as well as get a Sect. 18A tax certificate for the donation. CLOSING DATE FOR CHARITY ENTRIES IS 30 JANUARY Use the link below to enter, and please forward this on to other cyclists who could be interested: https://online.entries.co.za/entries/jointeam.aspx?eid=2015&group=3c8f7f30-1731-4efc-8171-ab2741f73d6a
  20. Be an Ambassador for Education at the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour with BSG Cycle for LEAP for only R995 (excl. VAT and donation) Only 50 entries left, sign up now! For R995 excl. VAT you get: Cape Town Cycle Tour 2015 Entry feeRace entry admin feeGoody bag packed with awesome giveawaysBSG Cycle for LEAP branded cycle shirtTotal package value: R1620! Please note, this excludes merchandise and timing chip. Should you require a Race Tec timing chip, you will need to purchase one with your entry at an additional cost. We encourage you to pledge over and above R1000, should you wish to do so, you can continue raising funds until 28 February 2015. Go to http://bit.ly/BSG4LEAP2015 and complete your details to receive your unique payment reference. Once payment is received, you will be sent a ink to complete the entry process as a part of the BSG Cycle for LEAP Charity Bond. Argus downloadable invite.pdf
  21. Bloemfontein will have a Cape Town Cycle Tour seeding series event for 2014! After it was announced earlier this year that the OFM Classic was cancelled, a dedicated operation was launched to ensure that cyclists from primarily the Free State and surrounding areas will still be able to participate in a local event that can be used to seed them for the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour. Click here to view the article
  22. “During September, we were approached by Free State Cycling to see if there was any way in which local cyclists could be given the opportunity to participate in a local seeding event for the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour, the largest timed funride in the world which takes place on Sunday 8 March 2015,” said Pedal Power Association (PPA) chairman Steve Hayward. “With the Mangaung Municipality onboard as a sponsor, PPA has agreed to come onboard and assist to put on the event, throwing our 30-plus years of event expertise behind the local organising committee to make sure that a top-class event will be presented on Sunday 2 November 2014.” The new event will be known as the PPA Mangaung Cycle Tour. “We are very grateful to Mangaung Municipality for their commitment to this race as well as the support and commitment from PPA. We hope that the new event will grow in stature and that the benefits of having the event will become clear to all cyclists in the Free State and Central South Africa,” said Pieter Herbst of Free State Cycling. For 2014, the event will be aimed at the recreational rider. Due to budgetary constraints, no prize money will be offered, although the local professional riders will, as in the past, be most welcome to participate in the event. “We are proud to announce that any profits of the event will be ploughed back into cycling-related projects in the Free State,” Hayward said. Participants can enter one of two distances: a 100 km route (which will be the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour seeding distance), or a 40 km route. Entry fees are respectively R220 for the 100 km route (R200 for PPA members) and R150 for the 40 km route (R130 for PPA members). Entries are open. Online entries will be taken until Sunday 26 October 2014 at 24h00. Late entries will be available at registration on the Friday and Saturday prior to the event, at an additional R80 admin fee. Please click here to enter: http://www.cycleevents.co.za/road-events/ppa-mangaung-cycle-tour-2014/ Event details at a glance: PPA Mangaung Cycle Tour 2014Sunday 2 November 2014 • Start time: From 06h00 Venue: Old Greys Sports Grounds, Att Horak Avenue, Bloemfontein (opposite Free State Cricket Stadium) Discounted entry fee for PPA members (see above) Online entries until 26 October 2014: http://www.cycleevents.co.za/road-events/ppa-mangaung-cycle-tour-2014/ Late entries @ additional R80 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: Please email info@fscycling.co.za.
  23. All available entries were snapped up in just eight hours when they opened last month, taking the race organisers by surprise and leaving many local would-be entrants disappointed. David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, said: “We have decided to reallocate some entries which had been reserved for various groups and international participants. By doing this we will be making an additional 3 000 individual entries available to local riders.” Entries made available last month had been allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, but the additional 3 000 will be assigned through a “random selection” process. Bellairs explained: “Riders wishing to secure an entry will be given a week to register their interest on our website. The available entries will then be allocated to individuals on a ‘ballot-style’ basis, after which fees will become payable. We believe this to be the fairest way to allocate the remaining entries without prejudicing participants and overloading our systems.” He added: “We were completely taken by surprise by the quick sell-out on September 26 and we are evaluating the entry process for future events.” How to enter the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour: From 13h00 on Tuesday, 7 October until 13h00 on Tuesday, 14 October, potential riders wishing to secure an entry to the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour must update their details and register their interest in participating at www.cycletour.co.za. There is no cost to registering interest; On Friday, 24 October from 13h00 onwards, 3 000 potential riders who have registered their interest will be chosen on a ballot-style selection basis and notified whether they have been successful; Successful entrants will have until 13h00 on Tuesday, 4 November to pay the R430 entry fee required to secure their entry; Any entries for which payment has not been received by 13h00 on Tuesday, 4 November will be reallocated to entrants who were unsuccessful in the first random selection process. Riders who are unsuccessful in securing one of the 3 000 additional Cape Town Cycle Tour entries will still have the option of riding for one of the 110 registered charities. Bellairs cautioned that selling and buying of illegal entries was strictly prohibited and no entrant would be allowed to ride with a race number that was not allocated to them. “The only way to transfer an entry to another rider is through the official substitution process, which will take place in February, 2015. If participants are found guilty of buying or selling entries illegally they could be banned from the Cape Town Cycle Tour.” For event related queries, participants should contact the Cycle Tour Events Office on 087 820 7223 during office hours.
  24. Another 3 000 entries are to be made available to local riders wanting to take part in the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour. Click here to view the article
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