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  1. Entries for the 2017 MALUTI DOUBLE90 TEAM CHALLENGE on Saturday 1 April 2017 will open at 13h00 on Monday 28 November 2016. Only 120 team spots are up for grabs. “We were a little lucky with the weather this year,” explained Pedal Power Association CEO Robert Vogel. “The inaugural event took place this year on the second weekend of May and while we had good cycling conditions on race day, it was really cold and very wet the next day. For that reason we decided to look for a slightly earlier date. Taking Easter and other bookings in Clarens into consideration, the first Saturday in April was the next available date.” The Maluti Double90 is a 12-rider team time trial over 180 km. Located in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and slotted between the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Clarens is known as the “Jewel of the Free State” and is the undisputed tourist magnet in this part of the country. The town is roughly equidistant from Bloemfontein and Johannesburg (both being some 3 hours normal travel time away), with Durban being 4 hours away. After an intense ride to make up 90 seconds in the first 100 km of the race, Team Road Cover won the 2016 Maluti Double90 Challenge in a time of 4:50:48, averaging just over 37 km/h over the challenging 180 km eastern Free State course. Starting in the last position as the top-seeded team, they crossed the finish line seconds ahead of Team Bluff Meat Supply (4:53:48) to beat them by just under 3 minutes. Third across the finish line was Team Van Heerden Pharmacy/Apteek (5:01:58). The first mixed team across the finish line, Team Token Cycling (5:07:46), finished fifth overall. Second in the mixed category was Clover Prestigio Mixed (5:32:21), with Team Enervit (5:38:34) third. The Enervit King of Maluti (KOM) was Jaco van Dyk (Team Almec Carpet Worx) who blitzed the tough Strava climb in the Golden Gate reserve in 05:29, while Desray Sebregts (Team TOKEN Cycling; 07:37)) was crowned the Enervit Queen of Maluti. DISCOUNT FOR TEAMS WITH 6 OR MORE PPA MEMBERS Entries will cost R7 800 per team. All teams that start and finish the 2017 Maluti Double90 with a minimum of 6 paid-up/valid PPA members will receive a 10% discount on the 2017 entry fee. As the names of team members will be loaded by the team captains only after the team entries have been paid, a membership validation will be done against your team’s results after the event, and the discount will be refunded after the event. Entries close on 13 March 2017 or as soon as 120 team entries have been received, whichever comes first. Event info at a glance: Saturday 1 April 2017180 km 120 teams 12 riders per team (the time of the 6th rider will count as the team’s time) Team categories: Open, mixed and all-female Prize money for the first three teams in each category (T’s and C’s apply) Elevation gain over the 180 km: 2 220m Steepest gradient is the 'Mine Shaft' at 22% (roughly at the 155km mark) Enervit “King of Maluti” (KOM) and “Queen of Maluti” (QOM) hot spot Team entries will open on Monday 28 November 2016 at 13h00. Entries close on Monday 13 March 2017 at 13h00 or as soon as 120 team spots have been filled, whichever comes first. More information: www.malutidouble90.co.za. (The entries link will be posted here on the 28th) Enquiries: Please email bloem@pedalpower.org.za
  2. Exciting Format The Cycle Lab Maluti Double 90 powered by Biogen is a 180 km team time trial that’s now in its fourth year and, given its growing entry numbers, it is clearly becoming an increasingly popular event for SA cyclists.The team time trial format puts a different spin on the usual bike race, giving amateur cyclists the unique experience of racing as a team. The format brings tactics into play that you won’t find in any solo-rider event with teams strategising around sharing the workload and controlling the pace to get at least six of their riders across the line in the fastest possible time. There are 12 riders per team, each team starts 30 seconds apart, and has up to nine hours to complete the event. Challenging and scenic route The 180 km distance alone makes it a proper endurance event, but add 2200 metres of climbing into the equation and a decent result not only requires good teamwork, but commitment and preparation.As its name suggests, the race takes place among the Maluti mountain range, starting and finishing in the picturesque Free State town of Clarens. The teams get their starter’s orders at the town’s President Square, then head out to Bethlehem before turning right onto the undulating R714 towards Warden and Eenzaamheid. Thereafter it’s a right turn towards Kestell before the last stretch on the R712 that includes a tough hilly section for the final 40 km through the awe-inspiring Golden Gate National Park. This is not a race for novice cyclists especially given the final 40 km. Make sure you’ve put in some training. If you have enough miles in your legs though, you are going to love it. PPA CEO, Robert Vogel Great weekend away for the whole family It’s not always easy to convince the family to come along to bike race you’re doing, but Clarens is tough to say no to. Situated in eastern Free State Highlands, on the northern-most point of Lesotho, the town is famous for the spectacular sandstone mountains that surround it and is regarded as one of the most beautiful areas in the country.Clarens is also a foodie heaven and respected travel website, Tripadvisor, lists some 31 restaurants, coffee shops and farms stalls within a 20 km radius. There’s plenty of accommodation too with roughly 1 000 beds in Clarens and 4 000 in the immediate district. With the help of two new major sponsors on-board – national retail chain, Cycle Lab, along with wellness and nutrition brand Biogen – the 2019 edition of the Maluti Double90 promises to knock it out the park. This exciting team trial format is a unique, challenging and fun event that is becoming one of the “must do” events for many South African cyclists. Key event info Date: Saturday, 13 April 2019 Length: 180 km Format: team time trial, 12 riders per team Entry fee: R9 300 per team Entries close: 28 February 2019 or as soon as 120 teams have entered Start time: 6:30 am Cut off: 16:30 pm Website: https://malutidouble90.co.za/ENTER NOW
  3. This includes an increased first prize purse of R12 000 in the Open Team category, as well as a new cash prize of R3 000 for the team that displays the most camaraderie and team spirit during the event (as judged by the event officials), crossing the finish line with all the team members who started in the morning. The Enervit King of Maluti (KOM) and Enervit Queen of Maluti (QOM) Strava-based competitions will, for the third year running, determine the fastest individual climbers up the 2.6 km to the top of the notorious “Mineshaft” in the Golden Gate Reserve. The Token Double90 challenges teams of between 6 and 12 riders to complete a 180 km route in less than 9 hours, with the time of the 6th rider across the finish line taken as the team’s official time. “We are very excited to be the title sponsor for the 2018 Token Double90,” said Token Cycling CEO, Warren Foyn. “Without the support of our customers, our fellow cyclists, TOKEN Cycling SA wouldn’t be where it is today. Becoming involved with this event is one way we feel we can show our appreciation for that support.” Strong competition expected in 2018 Teams can enter one of three categories: Open, Mixed (3 members of the opposite gender in the top 6 finishers), or All-female.The 2017 winning team in the Open category, Team RoadCover Cycling, crossed the finish line in only 4:38:31, beating Team Bluff Meat Supplies into second place (04:52:52) for the second year running. Team Centurion Express was third in 05:11:16. But things may be quite different in this category in 2018, with the Barzani Pro Team having indicated that they will be on the start line on 14 April. In the 2017 Mixed Category, Team Token Cycling successfully defended their 2016 title and finished in 05:10,12, with Team RRAV second in 05:13,15 and Team Tri-Star third in 05:32,52. Five all-female team entries have already entered which points to some exciting competition in this category in 2018. Most teams took between 7 and 9 hours to complete the scenic course, with the hilly last 40 km through the Golden Gate Reserve testing both physical and mental strength. Entries close on 23 March 2018 or as soon as 120 teams have entered, whichever comes first. Unfortunately no late or on-the-day team entries will be available, although teams will be able to substitute riders (at a fee) at registration, which takes place in Clarens on 13 April. Teams looking for riders, or riders looking for teams, are welcome to post their details to the Notice Board on the event website. Win a set of token wheels worth R 29,000 It’s GIVEAWAY time! One lucky 2018 Token Double90 Team Challenge entrant will win a set of TOKEN C50 Zenith Carbon Clinchers worth R28 999! Simply follow these steps:Enter the TOKEN Double 90 Team Challenge before 23 March 2018 ‘Like’ the Token Cycling Facebook page and share the competition on your timeline using #TokenDouble90 Comment with a picture of you and/or your team training, preparing or planning your race tactics for the 2018 Token Double 90 Team Challenge. The winner will be announced at the 2018 TOKEN Double90 prize giving in Clarens on Saturday 14 April. Event at a glance: Event: Token Double90 Team Challenge Date: Saturday 14 April 2018 Distances: 180 km Venue: Clarens, Free State Team entries: R8 600 per team. Entries close at 13h00 on Friday 23 March 2018 or once 120 teams have entered, whichever comes first Enter here: http://www.cycleevents.co.za/ More information: www.malutidouble90.co.za. Enquiries: bloem@pedalpower.org.za
  4. The first mixed team across the finish line, Team Token Cycling (5:07:46), finished fifth overall. Second in the mixed category was Clover Prestigio Mixed (5:32:21), with Team Enervit (5:38:34) third. Race day dawned cold and crisp with a start line temperature of just under 10 degrees. “The wind on the latter part of the course was a challenge,” said Team Road Cover’s Bradley Potgieter. “There are a few ways to ride this race, and we decided to go all-out from the start. It was maybe a bit intense for some, but we had a good working order and kept a high speed,” Potgieter added. “We could have been faster, but we are happy with our result. We’ll definitely be back next year.” Team Road Cover, who had combined riders from the Road Cover Cycling Team with the RCCC Hollard u/23 team, pulled into the Supporter Zone at Kestell (104 km) just 30 seconds off Team Bluff Meat Supply who had started 2 minutes ahead of them. Road Cover spent less than a minute to refuel at the Supporter Zone and sped off with seven riders, having dropped five of their team members by now. The two leading teams rode within sight of each other in the approach to the hilly Golden Gate section. With cramps threatening, neither team pushed the pace up the hills, with Bradley Potgieter and Kent Main putting their heads down to pull Team Road Cover into first place, overtaking Team Bluff Meat Supply close to Clarens. Team Road Cover. Potgieter, incidentally, won the 2016 Aquelle Tour Durban, while the team’s Clink Hendricks took the coveted title of the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour. “Cyclists participated in teams of up to 12 riders,” explained PPA Chairman Steve Hayward. “While some teams did line up with fewer than 6 riders, you needed a minimum of 6 riders to be counted as an official team. Teams had to stay together as long as possible, as the time of the sixth rider across the finish line counted as the team’s official time.” While most teams started 1 minute apart, the top teams started 2 minutes apart at the back of the field. To qualify as a mixed team, the team needed three members of the opposite gender in the top 6 across the finish line. Team Token. The first team challenge was first held 23 years ago when the Pedal Power Association organised the first ‘Double Century’ in the Western Cape. “Over the years, the event has only ever been held in the Cape. However, when the Association opened an office in Bloemfontein in 2015, we decided this was the ideal time to take the team challenge concept to the Free State,” Hayward said. A number of route and venue options were investigated, with the final route taking participants from Clarens to Bethlehem and out towards Warden before pedalling through Kestell and the Golden Gate Reserve. “Once teams entered the scenic Golden Gate Reserve, they had only 40 km to go – but this section included most of the hills on the course,” explained Hayward. “At the 150 km mark, we introduced the Enervit Hot Spot, a 2.6 km climbing section which included the notorious ‘Mineshaft’ with gradients spilling over at 16%.” The winner of the Enervit King of Maluti (KOM) was Jaco van Dyk of Team Almec Carpet Worx, who blitzed off the climb in 05:29. Desray Sebregts of Team Token Cycling was crowned as the Enervit Queen of Maluti (QOM), having completed the steep climb in 07:37. QOM winner Desray Sebregts. At the finish, several cyclists said that they had underestimated the 180 km route, or overestimated their own fitness, with the wind on the day adding to the challenge. “That was just terrible!” puffed one cyclist as he crossed the finish line. “Where do I sign up for next year?” Is it as tough as the Coronation Double Century? The field was a bit divided on this. “The route may be 20 km shorter, but the altitude plays a big role. And the hills are definitely tougher. But without the wind, it could be very similar,” seemed to be the general consensus. “From an organisational point of view, we are thrilled with the inaugural PPA Maluti Double90 and how the event unfolded on the day,” said Race Director Karin Pohl. “Everything ran like clockwork and we have received rave reviews from participants. It was challenging. It was scenic. And the last 40 km through the Golden Gate reserve was a killer. It’s the perfect combination.” Entries for the 2017 PPA Maluti Double90 will open in October 2016. Entries will be limited to 100 teams. Top results are as follows: Open:1. Team Road Cover Cycling (04:50:48) 2. Team Bluff Meat Supply (04:53:08) 3. Team Van Heerden Pharmacy/Apteek (05:01:59) 4. Team #gountilyouthrow (05:06:22) 5. Team Arch Centric (05:11:58) 6. Team Bestmed ASG VETS (05:18:54) 7. Team DarthVaders (05:20:23) 8. Team Cycle Lab (05:22:17) 9. Team CEFRATEC (05:26:18) 10. Team Paper Peddlers (05:27:13) Racing Mixed: 1. Team Token Cycling (05:07:46) 2. Team Clover Prestigio Mixed (05:32:21) 3. Team Enervit (05:38:34) 4. Team Mellow Velo (06:02:06) 5. Team Edenglen (06:22:32) Enervit King of Maluti (KOM) Jaco van Dyk (Team Almec Carpet Worx) 05:29 Enervit Queen of Maluti (QOM) Desray Sebregts (Team TOKEN Cycling) 07:37 Full event results are available on http://results.pedalpower.org.za/results.aspx?R=1&SID=190&. For more information, see www.malutidouble90.co.za
  5. After an intense ride to make up 90 seconds in the first 100 km of the race, Team Road Cover won the inaugural PPA Maluti Double90 Challenge on Saturday 7 May 2016 in a time of 4:50:48, averaging just over 37 km/h over the challenging 180 km eastern Free State course. Starting in the last position as the top-seeded team, they crossed the finish line seconds ahead of Team Bluff Meat Supply (4:53:48) to beat them by just under 3 minutes. Third across the finish line was Team Van Heerden Pharmacy/Apteek (5:01:58). Click here to view the article
  6. Entries for the Maluti Double90 Team Challenge open this Wednesday, Wednesday 9 March 2016, at 13h00. Click here to view the article
  7. Twenty four years ago, the Pedal Power Association organised the “Double Century” over 200 km for the very first time. Over the years, the venue and route changed from time to time, but the concept of a 12-rider team time trial over roughly 200 km remained the same. The event became more and more popular, with team entries in 2015 selling out in just 13 minutes. Since 1993, the event has only ever been held in the Western Cape, with teams travelling from all corners of South Africa to participate. That is, until 2016. Several route and venue options were investigated, with the Eastern Free State town of Clarens emerging as the ideal host for the new event. Located in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and slotted between the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Clarens is known as the “Jewel of the Free State” and is the undisputed tourist magnet in this part of the country. Clarens is roughly equidistant from Bloemfontein and Johannesburg (both some 3 hours normal travel time away), with Durban being 4 hours normal travel time away. In 2016, only 120 teams will be accepted. As for the Coronation Double Century, teams can field up to 12 riders, with the time of the 6th rider counting as the team’s official time. Participants must be 18 or older. Entries will cost R6500 per team and will be available online only. Entries will close as soon as the 120 available team spots have been filled or on 20 April, whichever comes first. A tough endurance event, the Maluti Double90 is about team spirit and camaraderie, the aim being for the team to finish as a whole. It is not an easy ride and teams are encouraged to put in the training miles, taking into consideration the average altitude of roughly 1900m and elevation gain of over 2200m for the event. EVENT INFO AT A GLANCE: Saturday 7 May 2016 180 km 120 teams 12 riders per team (the time of the 6th rider will count as the team’s time) R6 500 per team Open, mixed and all-female teams Elevation gain over the 180 km: 2220m Steepest gradient is the 'Mine Shaft' at 22% (roughly at the 155km mark) Entries open 9 March 2016 at 13h00 See the event website for more details and to enter: www.malutidouble90.co.za For more information, email Liandri on bloem@pedalpower.org.za or phone Karin or Wendy on (021) 671-6340.
  8. Are you and your friends tough enough to tackle the Maluti Double90 which takes place on Saturday 7 May in and around Clarens? Come and find out, but hurry… entries close at 13h00 on Wednesday 20 April 2016. Click here to view the article
  9. Twenty four years ago, the Pedal Power Association organised the “Double Century” over 200 km for the very first time. Over the years, the venue and route changed from time to time, but the concept of a team event over roughly 200 km remained the same. This year, the concept is being taken outside the Western Cape for the first time. As for the Coronation Double Century, teams can field up to 12 riders, with the time of the 6th rider counting as the team’s official time. Participants must be 18 or older. Entries cost R6500 per team and are available online only. A tough endurance event, the Maluti Double90 is about team spirit and camaraderie, the aim being for the team to finish as a whole. It is not an easy ride, taking into consideration the average altitude of roughly 1900m and elevation gain of over 2200m for the event. Please see www.malutidouble90.co.za for terms and conditions, more details and to enter. EVENT INFO AT A GLANCE: Event date: Saturday 7 May 2016 Venue: Clarens (eastern Free State) Distance: 180 km Maximum teams: 120 12 riders per team (the time of the 6th rider will count as the team’s time) Entry fee: R6 500 per team Categories: Open (all-male), mixed (3 riders of the opposite sex in the top 6 across the finish line) and all-female Prize money: R5 000 (first), R3 000 (second) and R1 500 (third) plus medals and hampers per team per category, provided at least 5 teams entered in that category Enervit Hot Spot: R2 000 (Strava section between WP1 and WP2) Elevation gain over the 180 km: 2220m Entries close: 20 April at 13h00
  10. Fast forward to 2015: After selling out in just under 30 minutes in 2014, entries for the 2015 event sold out within a record-breaking 13 minutes, with 256 teams listed on the results page. Since 1993, the event has only ever been held in the Western Cape, with teams travelling from all corners of South Africa to participate. That is, until 2016. “We are thrilled to announce that the Pedal Power Association will be putting on the MALUTI DOUBLE90 on Saturday 7 May 2016,” said PPA Chairman Steve Hayward. “This follows the Association opening an office in Bloemfontein in 2015.” Several route and venue options were investigated, with the Eastern Free State town of Clarens emerging as the ideal host for the new event. Located in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and slotted between the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Clarens is known as the “Jewel of the Free State” and is the undisputed tourist magnet in this part of the country. The town is roughly equidistant from Bloemfontein and Johannesburg (both some 3 hours normal travel time away), with Durban being 4 hours away. “Due to the local infrastructure, the Maluti Double90 route will be (only!) 180 km, but looking at the route profile, this will be a tough ride indeed, with the toughest hills concentrated in the last 40km,” Hayward said. “The altitude could also influence participants’ efforts.” In Year 1, only 120 teams will be accepted. As for the Coronation Double Century, teams can field up to 12 riders, with the time of the 6th rider counting as the team’s official time. Participants must be 18 or older, although cyclists who turn 18 during 2016 will be able to send in a motivation to be included in a team. Entries will cost R6500 per team and will be available online. Entries will open at 12h00 on Wednesday 9 March 2016 and will close as soon as the 120 available team spots have been filled or on 25 April, whichever comes first. More information will soon be available on the event website, www.malutidouble90.co.za, which will be live by 1 March.
  11. So having looked at the PPA newsletter this jumped out as interesting: If you liked the Coronation Double Century, you’ll love the new road event that we’re working on… The event will take place early in May, in a very scenic upcountry location. As is the case with the CDC, it will be a team-format event, with up to twelve riders per team. More information to follow soon… When they say up country, I hope they are talking, Cape Town's version of up country, as I do not think the WC is flooded for events in May!! Regardless, sounds like an event up our alley! Hopefully any suggestions posted here are read by PPA As per usual, a little self promotion slapped in there for good measure, and people love pictures
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