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  1. Cycling South Africa’s Coaching Commission will be hosting a UCI Level 2 Coaching Course in KwaZulu-Natal from Saturday 5 to Friday 11 December 2015. The venue will be in Westville. Click here to view the article
  2. This course will be presented by UCI accredited coach, Scott Bugden. Cycling SA will be flying Scott out from the UK – he brings considerable experience and will be valuable individual from which to learn from. Cycling South Africa’s Coaching Commission will be hosting a UCI Level 2 Coaching Course in Westville, KwaZulu-Natal from Saturday 5 to Friday 11 December 2015. Photo: Supplied To be part of this course, candidates need to have been a Level 1 or an active Cycle Skill and Club Level Coach for twelve months. Alternatively, candidates can make an application to attend based on experience. Existing Level 2 coaches need not pre-qualify. The cost to attend the course is R6000 per candidate. Course material will be supplied as will refreshments and lunch. For further information on the course please contact Mark Carroll by email coaching@cyclingsa.com.
  3. For ten young cyclists from the Legadima Cycling Club in Zandspruit Informal Settlement, Gauteng, the forthcoming 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge is the highlight of their year. For many of them, this will be their first time participating in this prestigious event, courtesy of the Pedal Power Association (PPA). Click here to view the article
  4. David Baloyi, Given Mkwayi, Happy Mkwayi, Ephraim Zimbili, Johannes Malejane, Freddie Mkwayi, Reginald Kiti, Classwell Muleya-Ptazwe, Ephraim Monageng Matsemela and Malekutu Jack will be joining celebrity ‘Safe Cycling’ ambassadors DJ Fresh and Gugu Zulu in the PPA’s “Stay Wider of the Rider” start group at the race. “Youth cycling is a particular focus for the Pedal Power Association,” explained PPA CEO Robert Vogel. “A bicycle allows youngsters to explore and channel their energies in a positive manner. We are pleased to support an enthusiastic and passionate group of riders such as Legadima and wish them luck and fun at the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge.” The team will be riding in PPA’s highly visible “Stay Wider of the Rider” cycling shirts and brand new helmets, also sponsored by the PPA. For these youngsters, cycling has been a lifesaver which has given them something positive to focus on. "Cycling has become a safe space for me to destress and refresh my mind,” explained team member Reginald Kiti. “When I am with the team, I feel at home with them; it feels like a community. We have grown as a team. We look out for each other, and that helps us to bring positive things out of our circumstances," he added. The enjoyment of a healthy lifestyle, linked to fitness and the camaraderie on group rides has become a priority in the Legadima team’s lives. "Cycling means a lot to me. It changed my life into a positive one. If it wasn't for cycling, in the community that I live in, I would be doing drugs or alcohol. It has taught me the importance of teamwork, the desire to help others, and endurance. It's a great reason to stay off the streets and away from the bad things around me. It taught me discipline and the importance of time management. Even if I don't ever win races, I still praise myself for leading a healthy lifestyle through cycling," said team member Freddie Mkwayi. “We are honoured to have DJ Fresh and Gugu Zulu riding in support of our ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ campaign, and that they are role models for the Legadima team,” Vogel said. “We appeal to cyclists and motorists alike to share the road in a respectful manner and to always be mindful of each other whenever they are out on the road.” The Pedal Power Association, with more than 15 000 active members, is a Public Benefit Organisation committed to promote cycling and the interests of cyclists. “Our influence and interest spans across recreational road and off-road cycling events and initiatives; supporting cycling community projects; lobbying for the interests of cyclists' safety and rights; assisting communities to develop through cycling; and encouraging our youth to cycle,” Vogel concluded.
  5. Cries and cheers of excitement are heard as dad passes by on his bike, and the smiles of admiration and wonder on the faces of the young supporters are enough to fill anybody within a twenty metre radius with the same energy. The younglings and future rock stars of cycling are as important as our top athletes, and it’s imperative that the love for cycling within these young ones is nurtured from a very early age. Click here to view the article
  6. Cycling offers a number of health benefits and healthy elements like cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle tone, improved coordination and mental health that places an all round positive effect on our bodies. BMX rising starlets enjoy a rest between races: (from left): Jonathan Duarttee, Salvador Cronje and Lee Singh. Photo: Kevin Bender. When it comes to “Cycling for All”, BMX forms a good foundation of cycling skills for a rider to learn from a very young age. Youngsters starting out are able to acquire new development skills such as depth perception, quick decision-making, balance and coordination, which are instilled in them forever during their cycling career. Many cyclists have their roots in BMX before demonstrating brilliance in other disciplines later in life. Other off-the-bike life lessons include manners and respect for fellow riders and elders, sportsmanship and a pure love for the sport of cycling. BMX racing includes quick bursts of speed and skill in a short time period. This way, children are exposed at a very young age to competition environments without necessarily putting as much strain on their bodies as long endurance road races or technical mountain biking races would. Young riders under the age of five can explore their own physical limits on a BMX track as soon as they are comfortable to ride a bicycle alone without assistance. Cycling is competitive, but also about having fun. Fun is a vital element in the basic foundations of childhood, and BMX brings joy to all ages involved. Being part of a sporting community gives anybody a sense of belonging, which in turn helps youngsters feel included and make new friends. This builds self-confidence in young and older riders. Cycling SA BMX Commission Director, Margot Gerber, said: “Besides the fact that it keeps the kids active and gives them a sporting interest, this is a great family environment where they learn bike skills by playing on a BMX track. The youngsters are determined and motivated to overcome any obstacle by watching and learning from fellow riders – they are the future of our sport!” If parents aren’t participating with their children, BMX Parks and tracks are usually situated with seated areas to sit and watch them. This provides a safe practice environment out of the way of cars and traffic. Cycling is a community sport and encourages participation from all ages. By getting more children involved from an early age, cycling in South Africa’s depth and talent pool will be bolstered and the sport will continue to flourish across the nation.
  7. South African Schools Cycling (SASC) is driving cycling skills development to young school goers in a very big way, and the inaugural Solomon’s Primary Schools MTB Development Series, presented by SASC, is making huge inroads into the growth of cycling and cycling development at schools. Click here to view the article
  8. Leaners were able to develop their cycling skills at the Solomon’s Primary Schools MTB Development Series, presented by SASC on Saturday 2 May 2015. // Photo: Shinead Wannenburg. Comprising three events, the brand new series in Gauteng held its first event at Montana High School in Pretoria North on Saturday 2 May. Almost 100 learners attended, where they rode various obstacles on the school field in order to hone their cycling skills, all contributing to the success of the event. The focus of the series is cycling development, and the learners discovered skills development, an understanding of basic regulations, mountain bike protocols, safety issues and the role of the commissaire. The first Level 1 Coaching Course for teachers, organised by Elize Nieuwenhuizen, which took place at Montana High School in Pretoria North from 1-3 May 2015. // Photo: supplied. Ten teachers also attended a Level 1 Coaching Course, which was organised by Elize Nieuwenhuizen. Starting on the Friday, the course ran for three days, imparting valuable knowledge to the attendees. SASC President, Deon Steyn, said: “What this means for us is that 10 teachers will be sitting in 10 high schools with 1000 learners each, providing a total of 10000 learners with access to coaching skills. This is amazing!” Steyn also thanked Cycling SA General Manager, Mike Bradley, for organising the funding to get the coaching courses going. Plans are underway to host the next coaching course in the Free State in June. Learners, aged between 14 and 18 years of age, raced against each other in their respective age groups for a chance to claim the medals on offer at the Spur Tour de Plot, part of the Gauteng Spur High School MTB Series presented by Anatomic at Curro College, Hazeldean on Saturday 16 May 2015. // Photo: Sinead Wannenburg. Adding to the success of the Solomon’s Primary Schools MTB Development Series, the popular Gauteng Spur High School MTB Series presented by Anatomic took place at Curro College Hazeldean at the weekend. Over 584 enthusiastic and eager riders representing 50 schools in Gauteng took part in the “Spur Tour de Plot”. “Unfortunately we had to exclude the neighbouring provinces as we could see early that the event was just getting too big,” said Steyn, who is also the Gauteng Series Director. “Over 500 riders is a lot to handle, and if the North West Province, Free State and Limpopo were also in attendance, we would’ve had over 750 riders in Hazeldean.” The learners, aged between 14 and 18 years of age, raced against each other in their respective age groups for a chance to claim the medals on offer. For details on how the racing unfolded, and for the results, visit: http://highschoolmtb.co.za/spur-tour-de-plot-2015. To view photographs of the Solomon’s Primary Schools MTB Development Series and the Gauteng Spur High School MTB Series presented by Anatomic, click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anatomic-Spur-High-School-MTB-series/268283973240871 The next event is the Spur Tour de Dal presented by Anatomic, which takes place at FH Odendaal Hoërskool in Pretoria on 25 July 2015.
  9. Competitive cyclists from South Africa’s two biggest townships have been given the opportunity to showcase their talent and potential on the national cycling stage thanks to the support of Rand Water, the new headline and title sponsor of the Velokhaya National Competitive Programme Click here to view the article
  10. A long-time supporter of cycling, Rand Water’s partnership with the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy will provide deserving cyclists from Soweto and Khayelitsha with a much-needed platform to develop their cycling talent, compete against the best cyclists in the country and improve their lives through the sport of cycling. According to Velokhaya General Manager, Sipho Mona, “Velokhaya has already produced a number of top road cyclists, including Team Bonitas Captain, Luthando Kaka and Team MTN Qhubeka’s Songezo Jim and Nicholas Dlamini. These riders have not only made their mark on both the local and international cycling stage, but have inspired many township youth to participate and excel in the sport. “Thanks to the Rand Water sponsorship, the Velokhaya Competitive Team will now be able to build on its successes of 2014, which included gaining a number of podium places in provincial events, a win in the Western Province Time Trial Championships as well as competing in the Mzansi Tour, South Africa’s only international road race.” Mona said Velokhaya was “delighted that Rand Water has recognised the many years of work and commitment put in by both the Velokhaya team and its management. “It’s an honour to welcome Rand Water as one of Velokhaya’s main partners for 2015,” he said. The Velokhaya Rand Water Competitive Team will also be supported by Cadence Nutrition, the team’s official supplements partner, the One Sight Foundation, its eyewear partner and Squirt Lube, which has committed to providing lubricants to keep the team’s wheel’s turning throughout 2015. The Velokhaya Rand Water team members include: Elite/u23 Men 1. Thando Zothe - age 23 2. Mthetheleli Boya– age 22 3. Siyabonga Somciza– age 22 4. Mihlali Lupuwana – age 22 5. Nkosinathi Nohesi - age 22 6. Thulasizwe Mxenge- age 21 7. Simphiwe Mhlakaza – age 23 8. Nam Fikile - age 22 Elite Woman 9. Zanele Tshoko – age 22 For more on Rand Water, please visit www.randwater.co.za. More details on the Velokhaya programme, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014, are available on www.velokhaya.com. You can also follow Velokhaya on Facebook, on Twitter and YouTube.
  11. The Development Race Day Series 2014 visited Ixopo Primary School in the Sisonke district of KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday 22 November. KZN Cycling Development Officer, Tyrone Johns, and his team consisting of Phakamane Radebe, Khulekhane Bulose, Manqoba Madida, met with the sports co-ordinator Mr. Mkhize, whose school was on their best behaviour. Click here to view the article
  12. Out of the 70 enthusiastic learners, 20 were female participants, which was the largest group of girls competing so far in the series this year. This made for some interesting and close racing as no one wanted to give an inch to their friends and everyone wanted the bragging rights at school on Monday morning. Practice got under way and the learners all took turns on the BMX bicycles, which are taken to each event. They got used to the temporary flat course that was marked on the school field using cones. Once everyone had had sufficient time to get used to the course and bikes, it was time to get down to some racing. Racing consisted of three qualifying rounds and then a straight knockout until the final, which consisted of the eight fastest riders who battled it out for the podium.First it was the 9-10 year old girls with Owam Mvusi putting a dominant performance followed by Hayley Monitere and Lia Murray. Next were the 11-12 girls. Christen Mcnamara won every heat, as well as the final, and really enjoyed her racing experience. In second place it was Inga Mlisana and third Afika Mlisana. Next it was the 9-and-under boys, which saw Asanela Hadebe beating Oluhle Kunene and Luke Rilly to the line. 10-year boys’ rider Miguel Haines took victory followed by Nkazimulo Shabalala and Phila Godwanna. In the 11-year boys race, Mpumelelo Ndlovu won all his heats and the final with a dominating performance. Ayabongwa Shoba finished second and Sabelo Dumakuda third. The 12-year boys race saw another full house of wins all the way to the final, with Unathi Mpantsha taking the victory. Mhlengi Zulu was second and Sanele Gambusha third. Tyrone Johns said: “It was a pleasure working with Ixopo Primary School. KZN really has some great talent out there and through initiatives like this being backed by KwaZulu-Natal Sports and Recreation, Cycling South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal Cycling, the future is looking very bright not only for our province but for all of cycling in South Africa.” The Development Race Day Series 2014 is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation, Cycling South Africa and Cycling KZN. Thank you to Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park for the use of your vehicle in transporting the bicycles and equipment. For further information about the Development Series Race Day, please contact KZN Cycling Development Officer, Tyrone Johns, on 083 606 6086.
  13. Georgenau School in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, played host to the Umgungunglovu District Race on Saturday 15 November 2014. The enthusiastic Principal, Mr. Diko, and teachers Mandla Thusini and Ms Dlamini, expressed great excitement in holding the popular race on school property. Click here to view the article
  14. Seventy-five eager learners attended the event and participated in the cycle races that were set up on the school playing field, with the course marked out using cones. KZN Cycling Development Officer, Tyrone Johns, and his dedicated team added a vital element to the day’s proceedings by including a learning programme. Learners that were not 100% confident with their riding abilities spent time with some of the helpers to learn to ride without experiencing the pressure of racing. This was a big success, keeping the kids busy for most of the day. The morning started with practice where everyone had the opportunity to get used to the BMX Bikes and the short course. Learners were then categorised into ages according to the number of participants, which resulted in Girls Junior, Girls Senior, Boys 10-and-under, Boys 11-13, Boys 14-16 and Boys 16+ groups being created. Amanda Gwala was the stand out girl, winning all her heats and the final with ease with Nokwanda Nkosi in second and Nothamelo Chamane in third. In the Boys 10 and Under it was Siphosethu Zakwe with the win closely followed by Banele Mhlongo and Menzi Zakwe in third. The Boys 11-13 saw Siyabonga Zondi, Sifiso Sibiya and Seluleko Ngobo take the podium. In the competitive age category Boys 14-16, the boys changed positions and no one really dominated the day, but in the final it was Sifiso Madondo followed in by Mazwi Sikhakhane and Lwazi Faye. Then it was the big boys turn in the fastest race of the day. Bongani Nuss put in a flawless performance winning all his heats, his Semi Final and Final and really made the race day his own. Lindokuhle Nkosi finished second with Siyathemba Ndlovu third. “I was very encouraged to see some girls taking part as this is an area we usually battle with,” said Johns. “They took part and showed some real talent. The race day was so well received and after every event we are asked when we are coming back,” said Johns. “I do think that we will have to start increasing the amount of events we hold in the future but this is just the start and it is gaining huge momentum.” The Development Race Day Series 2014 is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation, Cycling South Africa and Cycling KZN. A huge thank you goes to Dr. Clive Coetzee from KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury, Alec Lenferna from Real Events Management and Reneesha Nath from KwaZulu-Natal Sports and Recreation for joining on the day. Without their support, none of this would be possible. Thank you to Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park for the use of your vehicle in transporting the bicycles and equipment. For further information about the Development Series Race Day, please contact KZN Cycling Development Officer, Tyrone Johns, on 083 606 6086.
  15. Cycling in South Africa has been identified as a sporting code that plays an important role in the drive to mobilise the nation. Sports and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) created the Cycle for Life programme to resolve socio economic issues in South Africa. With the framework established, Cycling SA is working closely with SRSA and the provincial government departments to assist in driving the initiative. Click here to view the article
  16. The inaugural Ride4Mandela event, which was hosted by Unite2.0 Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day, was one of the first major programmes to be launched, incorporating running and cycling with the aim to mobilise the youth. The Unite 2.0 campaign promotes social cohesion, nation building, patriotism and world peace utilising the power of sport and arts as a tool for nation building and social mobilisation. Cycling SA has a good, strong relationship with KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation, and with their full support, the latest initiative from KZN Cycling is literally taking cycling to the schools in the province’s nine regions. The Development Race Day Series 2014 is expected to develop into a major project over the next four years. Already the success has been overwhelming with some of the rural schools welcoming over 145 learners to cycle on a flat track marked out with cones on a field. Some of these learners had never ridden a bicycle before, and had learnt the basics during the course of the morning. The Uthukela District, hosted by the Ladysmith Development Cycling Club in Ladysmith, saw 145 enthusiastic pupils from 10 different schools in the district take part. The cycle “race” is intended to encourage mass participation by introducing cycling to as many youth as possible in the province, which will in turn provide KZN Cycling and Cycling SA the opportunity to source talented youngsters through the Talent Identification process. The initiative is also teaching the schools and clubs how to host a cycling event. The long-term aim is to bring these events together to create a provincial series, where the top riders from each leg will compete in a finale event to crown a series winner. With the project seeing great success in KZN, Cycling South Africa aims to take the Development Race Day Series and expand it on a national level, using the model as a blueprint for the rest of the provincial government departments.
  17. As many as 145 enthusiastic pupils representing 10 different schools in the district were eager to race against each other on the flat track, which was marked with cones. With the numbers being so high, KZN Cycling Development Officer, Tyrone Johns, and his dedicated team were grateful for Nhlanhla Thabede and his crew for filling in all the gaps. They benefitted from the help of Mukelesiwe Zwane and Milele Kubheka, who handled registrations, while all of Nhlanhla’s athletes helped set up the course and marshalled and assisted where needed. The designated race area was dry, flat and very open, with the kids generating great speed. First up was the girls’ class; it was very exciting to see seven girls participating on the day as it is becoming increasingly challenging to find young females to participate on race day. The top three girls were Khumalo Nobuhle 1st, Zwane Nomusa 2nd and Thungo Kwanele 3rd. Next, it was the 10-and-under boys, who tried their best, raced hard and will definitely be future stars one day. The day ended with Mlotshwa Lungelo 1st, Mdlalose Andile 2nd and Zwane Sanele 3rd. The 12-and-under class is where the racing started to heat up and the pace got faster. BMX is a cruel sport as one slip or a fall might mean that you will not make the final race of the day. In the final heat, the podium went to Luyanda Ziqubu 1st, Bongisipho Ndlovu 2nd and Bayanda Mabaso 3rd. The 14-and-under was the class of the day. The boys were very competitive and no one wanted to make a mistake that could cost them the chance to make the main event. There were a few falls and bad luck here and there, but the fastest riders progressed to the main event and it was time to see who the fastest 14-and-under boy was going to be. It was a very spectacular race with Nala Luthando 1st, Hlatshwayo Mseshi 2nd and Hlubi Sboniso 3rd. The race event had made such a positive impact throughout the day that by the end of the final race there were a handful of 16-and-over young men that wanted to race to see who was the fastest. After a race was put on for them, the honour of champion went to Simphiwe Magubane followed by Bongumusa Miva and Andile Hadebe respectively. “All-in-all it was a very busy, but great day. There was lots of fast racing action and great awareness about cycling was brought to Uthukela District, and that through cycling we all can change lives,” said Johns. The Development Race Day Series 2014 is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation, Cycling South Africa and Cycling KZN. A very big thank you is also extended to Giba Gorge MTB Park for the sponsorship of the vehicle, which was so desperately needed to transport all the equipment. Thank you too to Jessica Conradie from Uthukela District Sports and Recreation for joining on the day. The next event takes place at Giba Gorge (eThekwini District) on 25 October 2014. The weekend of racing at Giba Gorge MTB Park includes the prestigious 2014 SA BMX National Championships (25 October) and the 2014 BMX African Continental Championships (26 October) where our national riders will be able to gain valuable UCI points towards their Olympic qualification. For further information about the Development Series Race Day, please contact KZN Cycling Development Officer, Tyrone Johns, on 083 606 6086.
  18. The fourth event of the inaugural Development Race Day Series 2014 took place in the Uthukela District, hosted by the Ladysmith Development Cycling Club in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday 18 October. Click here to view the article
  19. As an avid MTB'er and business man I am looking at setting up two development teams with entries to 2015 Sani2c. I want to select 4 previously disadvantaged riders from the Soweto/Katlehong area, preferably guys that are looking at making riding a career or are top of their cycling clubs etc if they have one. The idea is simple, · Identify four individuals that suit the criteria · Organize sponsored bikes and gear · Setup a training program etc which will be either with myself or a professional · Pay for their entry into Sani2c(entries secured already) · Sponsor them getting down to Underberg and back from Scotties · Continue to develop them if it works to do Dusi2c etc etc With the above on the table I was wondering if anyone could lend any assistance in this regard, firstly to assist in identifying the individuals or pointing me in the direction of the person that could assist. Maybe to assist in obtaining the gear sponsorship and training programs/professionals. Any comments and suggestions would be great
  20. The first round of the Development Series Races was held in the UGU District on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast on Saturday 13 September 2014. Click here to view the article
  21. The Burry Stander Bike Park hosted approximately 75 children from the local district to take part in the event. The kids were given most of the morning to practice riding the BMX bicycles along the 150 metre track, which was marked with cones on the flat grass surface. For those kids that could not ride a bicycle comfortably, a quick skills session was imparted during the course of the morning until they were confident to compete with the other participants. Photo caption: The Burry Stander Bike Park hosted approximately 75 children from the local UGU District on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast to take part in the inaugural Development Series Race - the first in a series of nine events - supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation, Cycling South Africa and Cycling KZN. // Photo: supplied One of the many success stories of the day was a young female competitor, Shibase Saneliswe, from Olwandle High School, who started the day by being assisted on how to ride a bicycle to successfully finishing the course without assistance at the end of the day. Despite being termed a “race”, learning, teaching and up skilling formed an integral part of the event.All riders had the chance to compete in three qualification rounds before the top two from each race thereafter was selected for the elimination rounds. The Grand Final presented four of the top riders, vying for gold, silver and bronze medals. The women raced first, with a very confident Amile Zuma from Duduzile Secondary School leading all the way from start to finish. The men’s racing was intense, with Lucky Khabela from Duduzile Secondary School taking the win and the prize as being the UGU District Development Race Champion. “For us, this event is a huge success,” said Cycling KZN Development Officer Tyrone Johns. “If we can teach more young people to ride, and to enjoy the freedom of cycling, then we are doing our job correctly.” We extend a big “thank you” to KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation’s Duncan Pool, Thembanini Yengwa and Sibusiso Kunene for joining at the event, and to Mandie Stander, The Burry Stander Bike Park for hosting the inaugural District Series Development Race. The series is supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation, Cycling South Africa and Cycling KZN. The next event takes place in the eThekwini District at the Lahee Park Sports Field on Saturday, 20 September. For further information about the Development Series Race Day, please contact KZN Cycling Development Officer, Tyrone Johns, on 083 606 6086.
  22. The first event takes place this Saturday, 13 September, in the UGU District at the Burry Stander Bike Park on KZN’s south coast. Seven of the events have been confirmed to take place this year, with the remaining two event dates to be confirmed. The cycle “race” is intended to encourage mass participation by introducing cycling to as many youth as possible in the province, which will in turn provide KZN Cycling and Cycling SA the opportunity to source talented youngsters through the Talent Identification process. Although termed a race, the event will attract budding enthusiasts with the competitive edge to gain experience of competing against each other, as well as spark interest in those who may have never ridden a bicycle before, giving them an opportunity to learn how to cycle. The district races will garner youth from all the local areas close to the event to participate in the fun cycling experience. They will compete on a very basic flat course with a distance of between 200 and 500m in length. Four children of the same relative age will race against each other, in categories of 12 years and under, 12-14 years, and 14 years and over. All competitors will compete on the same type of BMX bike in three races with the two participants with the least amount of points after three races moving into straight elimination rounds, where the top two participants will move into the next round, until there is a final round of four participants. The top three competitors will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal, with every other participant receiving a copper medal as reward for their efforts. There is no entry fee for the competitors of these events. The event is all about fun, participation and the upliftment of youth surrounding the event area and thus opening the opportunity for the children to see that through sport, anything can be achieved. Proposed Development Series Race Day Calendar 2014 13 September 2014 – UGU District – Burry Stander Bike Park 20 September 2014 – eThekwini District – Lahee Park Sports Field 4 October 2014 – Mandeni – Mcatshengalwa Primary School 18 October 2014 – Ladysmith 25 October 2014 – eThekwini – Giba Gorge 1 November 2014 – Ixopo – Sports Grounds 15 November 2014 – Mgungunglovo Date TBC – Msunduzi (Final – Youth Festival) Date TBC – Majuba For further information about the Development Series Race Day, please contact KZN Cycling Development Officer, Tyrone Johns, on 083 606 6086.
  23. With the full support of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sports and Recreation, Cycling South Africa and Cycling KZN will be putting together a nine-event race series with one event being held in every district throughout KwaZulu-Natal. Click here to view the article
  24. Please note that membership is R20 for juniors (born in 1996 and later) and R150 for seniors (born in 1995 and earlier). If a senior works they should not be joining PPA paying development fees but should be joining normally. If a senior is unemployed and cannot afford the membership fees the club will have to send a motivation as to why the person cannot pay. The above message was part of an email sent to all DEVELOPMENT CLUBS that PPA supports in terms of various rebates. This email contained an attachment that explains the criteria for 2014 -2015 season. Something is a miss in this shifting of the annual goal post strategy without any form of consultation and what I would like to gather are the opnions and thoughts from: "development club" members, from ordinary PPA mmembers (you dont belong to any club except the club" of PPA) and, from the cyclists that simiply dont subscribe to the PPA philosophy. When posting Please identify yourself as forming part of one of those 3 groups. This will form part of research to determine whether there are merits in continuing with the development club status as it is or whether CSA is maybe the better option to follow. Please bear in mind nothing is for FREE and PPA beenfits from having dvelopment clubs on their books. Let the dicussion begin....
  25. Hi Hubbers, We've been taking in feedback and have been working away on various Classifieds improvements over the last while. And we are just about ready to release a test version. This post is a quick preview of some of the updates. Required Fields Browsing adverts can be frustrating when you come across incomplete or just plain lazy listings with little useful info. We'll be introducing required fields to adverts to improve advert quality and create consistency in terms of the type of information provided. Fields are category specific so based on the category the advert is placed in you'd be presented with different additional fields to complete (e.g. a complete bike would have fields for the components with key component fields being required) Dynamic filters Some required fields are also used to filter ads. E.g. Wheel size, frame size, etc. We've had tons of feedback and requests for a frame size separation of sorts. This will provide the ability to filter the ads based on various attributes and will greatly improve the searching experience. Advert page The advert page itself has received a significant overhaul. Images are now front and center and easier to quickly browse in a larger view with fullscreen available. The page also now accommodates a table type layout for the required fields. Fields layout Advert listings The advert listing pages have also had a more subtle revamp. Larger thumbnail images give a better idea of the item before opening the advert. Trader Feedback The whole trader feedback section and rating display have been improved. Among other general improvements you can now easily search for a specific members profile to view feedback and ratings. The display of ratings in adverts has also been improved. Instead of displaying a count of positive ratings the in-advert rating now indicates how many ratings the user has and the percentage of those which are positive. This gives a more meaningful view of the specific user's feedback profile and credibility. We're excited to get these updates out. First for some testing and then live on the site. In the next week we should have a test site up and will invite regular Classifieds users to give it a test run before we roll it out live. Watch this space for updates. *Note the elements shown in the screenshots may still receive some design tweaks before final rollout
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