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  1. Established in 1997, the 947 Ride Joburg is held annually over an eight-day period in November and is South Africa’s ultimate celebration of cycling. It includes kids events, a mountain bike event, a high- profile expo and a road cycling event that enables between 20 000-30 000 participants to enjoy a pedal through the closed-to-traffic streets of Johannesburg, the country’s largest city. Most cyclists will know other Faces events such as The Nissan Trailseeker Series, Race to the Sun and Trans Cape, which is being organised by a Faces owned company, Faces Advendurance, a successful events company that was established in 2002. Faces also owns and organises other world class South African sports events, including the Otter Trail Run, Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, the Warrior Race and the Torpedo Swim Run Series. “Faces is all about providing exceptional sports & adventure experiences and to organise the best events in various sporting categories. The 947 Ride Joburg fits perfectly into our portfolio because it is already one of the best road cycling events in South Africa with the potential to become the biggest timed cycle event in the world,” said Fritz Pienaar, Managing Director of Faces. While the acquisition brings good news during the Covid-19 lockdown period, where mass sports events have not been permitted since 27 March 2020, Pienaar states that the 947 Ride Joburg will not take place in its regular format as planned from 7-15 November in 2020. “The Ride Joburg event will unfortunately not go ahead during 2020, as the ban on mass gatherings imposed by the South African government is still in place. However, a fun and ‘not-so-virtual’ event, which complies with all Covid-19 safety regulations in place at the time, will be held on 15 November, Cycle Challenge Sunday, to keep morale high. Planning has already begun for an incredible edition in 2021 though,” said Pienaar. The inaugural edition in 1997 attracted a field of 4500 road cyclists, making it the largest cycling event in Gauteng from the outset. The entry numbers doubled the following year and the 947 Cycle Challenge, as it was known then, was set for success. In 1999 a Children’s Cycle Challenge was added and in 2005 a partnership with the City of Joburg secured more road closure, allowing participants to ride through the streets of Johannesburg city itself, as well as the northern suburbs. Also in 2005, a mountain bike event was added and with close to 5000 participants each year, it’s still the biggest mountain bike event in South Africa. By 2009, start and finish location changes as well as careful logistics planning made it possible for the road cycling event to accommodate up to 30 000 participants. The race attracted close to this at its peak, but saw a general decline in numbers in the past few years, a trend seen at most mass participation events in a sagging economy. “While the Covid-19 lockdown has been highly disruptive, we are seeing that cycling has experienced a huge revival. Former cyclists have rediscovered their passion for riding bicycles and, perhaps more importantly, there have been many newcomers to both road cycling and mountain biking during the lockdown, which bodes well for events when they finally get the green light. “With this in mind, we are throwing our weight behind restoring the 947 Ride Joburg to grow bigger than when it was at its most popular and, in the process, take it from the second-biggest time event in the world, to the biggest,” smiled Pienaar. “High quality events are important for the cycling market – both for the participants and the industry. As the country’s leading events company, Faces is committed to the continued growth of premium events like the 947 Ride Joburg and to supporting the issues facing cyclists, in particular, safety and ensuring that through our events, we can help the cycling market to continue to flourish,” added Pienaar.
  2. Hi, anyone have Garmin route file for 2019 947 Ride Joburg which I can import into my Garmin? Or if you have the Strava file, that would also work. Please. thanks.
  3. Hi all, I'm sure it's been asked before but: Does anyone know where I can borrow or hire a tandem for 97,4? Really don't want to buy one for one race but me and my partner would love to have the experience of doing the race on a tandem! Any advice or a hubber willing to rent out their beloved 4 pedal, would be greatly appreciated
  4. Hi all For the last few years I have been riding the 947 Road and MTB races to raise funds for Husky Rescue SA through the Barking Army. The Barking Army raises funds for 4 animal rescue organisations and you can choose which you would like to support when signing up. These are Husky Rescue, Woodrock, PETS and Paws R Us. All funds raised go directly to your chosen organisation and all four organisations are in desperate need of funds to house, feed and take care of all the animals. I know that there is huge support for animal causes here on the Bikehub so I am hoping that some of you will consider joining us in riding for a purpose. More details can be found on the website or post your questions here. http://www.barkingarmysa.com With my son at finish of last years race, just squeaked in under 3hrs.
  5. Good afternoon all. I'm posting on behalf of Bulldog Rescue Angels. These guys to very good work regarding the rescue of Bulldogs, however they are always keen to lend a hand to the other organisations to help with re-homing's etc. Little Hulk (check out the "Show us your pets" thread) was adopted with their help. Please help them out!! Ps. I will be riding, and if all goes well I'll be on my SS. ________________________________________________________________________________ Now from their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/BulldogRescueAngels/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf Calling all cyclists! Bulldog Rescue Angels still need 17 more cyclists in order to register as a charity bond for the 947 Cycle Challenge 2017. An investment R1 000 per rider is needed to be part of the Squashy Face Cycle Team 2017 and you will benefit from a snazzy cycle jersey, a rider pack and a hospitality tent afterwards. If interested in cycling for the Squashy Faces please send us an email on bulldogrescueangels@gmail.com. #CycleChallenge2017 #RideForAPurpose #BulldogRescueAngelsCycleTeam https://youtu.be/t428pcMfs8I Why we need YOU! BRA is a registered NPC (NON-Profit Company) which doesn’t get any funds from the state and we therefore solely rely on the support of the public to help us helping bulldogs in need. Our mission is to aid ALL bulldogs that are surrendered to us and to make sure that the Bulldog’s health needs are properly attended to, that they are happy and will have a better life than ever before. Up until 17 May 2017, our expenses for the year was already calculated at R 13 610, an amount for Vet fees alone, a further R1 400, was incurred for behaviourist consults and have we not calculated the costs of all the bags of dog food, beds, etc. we have purchased. As a rescue organisation, we do not hesitate to use the services of accredited behaviourists to help potential and past adoptive families manage their dog's behaviour issue, as and when they arise. Our adoption fees, normally don’t even cover the medical expenses of one bulldog, especially if the dog had to receive specialised vet care such as a soft palate - or a cherry eye operation. Our fundraising events for the rest of 2017 are as follows: - BRA Annual Golf Day 29 June 2017 - BRA Winter Fundraiser Walk 9 July 2017 - BRA 947 Cycle Challenge 2017 (we hope to get enough riders this year to enter a team again). We will really appreciate your assistance to attend, share and help to network or even email us if you can help us in any other way or form! The Bulldog Rescue Angels Team ????????????????????????
  6. Hi Guys If anyone is looking for 2 race entries to the 947 race i have 1 with a start time of 7:40 and the other 8:20 i am just looking to recover the costs. Thanks Regards Jason 0837992767
  7. Hi all, I'll be riding this year's 947 for the Endangered Wildlife Trust. The Endangered Wildlife Trust has asked each rider to create a GivenGain page. This gets linked directly to the charity so any money donated goes directly to them. If anyone would like to back my cause, you can find my GivenGain page here: My page: https://www.givengain.com/ap/ewt/ EWT's campaign: https://www.givengain.com/cause/2347/campaigns/17164/ Please feel free to pass the link on to anybody who'd be interested in supporting the Endangered Wildlife Trust (even if they pick another rider)
  8. Good morning Hubbers :-) Trust you all had a great weekend of Vitamin D and riding :-) :-) We sure did. I would like to find out if any of you rode last years 947 with a GoPro or the likes of and took video of the route? I would like to get the video and the GPS file linked and uploaded to CycleOps Virtual Training as we would like to provide a competition for all hubbers on this course. Prizes to be confirmed, but just saying there are some new toys launched from CycleOps and ......... We will leave you guessing :-) Thanks in advance :-)
  9. Does anyone know which upcoming races (Road/MTB) are seeding events for the 2015 947 Cycle Challenge?
  10. Guest

    How primitive...

    I would expect any mass participation event to have their entries available to the most used platform by now.
  11. GregM

    947 Mtb results

    would anyone out there know if this past 947 mtb race results would be added to the SAS seeding's.
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