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  1. Eighteen-year-old Stefan de Bod (MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team) was the youngest rider to claim victory at the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge in a well-executed race with his team in Gauteng on Sunday 15 November. Click here to view the article
  2. Racing in his first year as an Elite rider, the Stellenbosch local – who turns 19 today – won the 94.7km race ahead of teammate Clint Hendricks with Daryl Impey (ORICA-GreenEDGE) in third place. (From left) Orica-GreenEDGE's Daryl Impey, who came in at a well-fought third place, chats with MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team's Stefan de Bod (first) and Clint Hendriks (second) to MC Paul Valstar after the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge Elite Men's race in Gauteng on Sunday 15 November. Photo: Supplied Listed as the biggest moment of his cycling career, De Bod said that it was a good race and the first race that he has been in that was planned from the beginning to the very end. “We had a clear strategy. The plan was for me to go with 3km to go, which worked perfectly.” Speaking about his uncertainty for the 2016 season since the Feeder Team will be without a sponsor, De Bod said: “This is the last race in the Feeder Team for now – no one has contracts for a bigger team next year. It was a bit emotional to leave the team house in Potchefstroom because we all grew close as a family there. Last year I was still a junior and I’ve learned a lot this year and can only say thank you to JP van Zyl, because he taught me so much. If it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't have won today because he told me exactly where to go.” Second placed Hendricks was pleased with how the race unfolded according to plan. “The bunch stayed together until Steyn City and then our team turned up the heat. In the last 6km, Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Team MTN-Qhubeka) put the pressure on. We prepared well for this race in the last month or so - this race was a big goal for the team. We looked at the course and the last 6km, in every single bit of detail, and decided on where we were going to attack and Stefan planned it to perfection. For me it was to follow the counter. Luckily I had the legs to do that and it was fantastic that we took the victory!” Impey, who is back on home soil, has recently started his training programme and was happy with his third place. “I’ve only started training now and surprised that I was okay in the end. These two guys and their team did a good ride. “The local standard of racing is improving; especially when the young guys get more opportunities, that’s going to raise the level and the standards of racing. Next year, I hope that the sponsors do come to the party because it would be a shame if the younger guys don’t get the opportunity to have that bridge to Europe.” For more information on the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge, visit: www.cyclechallenge.co.za Summary of Results – Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge Elite Men’s Race 1. Stefan de Bod (MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team) 2:15:23 2. Clint Hendricks (MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team) 2:15:28 3. Daryl Impey (ORICA-GreenEDGE) 2:15:32 4. Shaun-Nick Bester (Bonitas Pro Cycling) 2:15:36 5. Jayde Julius (MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team) 2:15:38 6. Ryan Gibbons (Team Europcar SA) 2:15:41 7. Gustav Basson (MTN-Qhubeka Feeder Team) 2:15:44 8. Dirkie Nel (Lights by Linea) 2:15:45 9. Steven van Heerden (VWE/Europcar Track Academy) 2:15:50 10. Herman Fouche (Bonitas Pro Cycling) 2:15:51
  3. South African Cycling Champion and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games medallist Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla Pro Cycling Team) claimed victory in the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge UCI 1.1 women’s race in emphatic style against the odds at the Riversands Commercial Park, Gauteng, earlier today. Photo: supplied/Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. The quality women’s field included teams like Bigla Pro Cycling Team, Team Liv Plantur and Team Tibco SVB, as well South Africa’s Activate/Demacon, Time Freight eTeam, BestMed ASG Women’s Cycling and Clover Prestigio, and African invitational teams from South Africa, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Israel, Namibia, Rwanda and Mauritius. Moolman-Pasio’s first blow came when she arrived at the start line with her front derailleur malfunctioning, not shifting out of the small blade. A quick repair job meant that her chain ring was fixed on the big gear, which meant that Ashleigh’s ride was a hard slog from the start. As multiple World Champion Marianne Vos predicted before the race, the attack would come at the major first climb, and this is where the women’s peloton burst open with attacks on the lead into Joe Slovo Drive off the M1. Multiple National Champion and women's cycling stalwart, Anriette Schoeman (BestMed ASG Women's Team) rides alongside race winner Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla Pro Cycling Team) in a show of support for her compatriot after her high speed crash in the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge UCI 1.1 women's race in Gauteng earlier today. Photo: supplied/Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. Shortly after, when they approached the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg, Moolman-Pasio crashed hard when she rode into a pothole and her hands came off the handlebars, causing her to fall hard and slide for several metres on the tarmac. Unsure whether she should continue, and in a lot of pain as she suspected a broken collarbone, Moolman-Pasio still mounted her bike and rejoined the race. “It was a real challenge out there today,” said the South African women’s cycling ambassador. “I was quite shocked as it was a high speed crash. I checked if everything was okay and had to settle my nerves but my team was absolutely fantastic today. The Bigla girls did absolutely everything to support me out there. They chased with absolute heart to bring back the breakaway and put the pressure on at the climbs. “Sharon Laws set me up beautifully – she attacked and I saw that she was riding away from the other two riders and saw that this was my opportunity to join her. I tried to encourage her to come with me but I think the hard work today had taken its toll on her.” With no-one on her wheel and with under 10km to go, Moolman-Pasio put her head down and didn’t look back, claiming the victory in front of a big adoring crowd. Competing for the first time in the second largest timed race in the world, and for the first time in South Africa, Sabrina Stultiens (NED) of Team Liv Plantur finished second with her teammate Floortje Mackaij (NED) rounding out the podium. A top-class women's peloton of 120 riders representing teams Bigla Pro Cycling Team, Team Liv Plantur and Team Tibco SVB, as well South Africa’s Activate/Demacon, Time Freight eTeam, BestMed ASG Women’s Cycling and Clover Prestigio, and African invitational teams from South Africa, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Israel, Namibia, Rwanda and Mauritius in the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge UCI 1.1 women's race in Gauteng earlier today. Photo: supplied/Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. Stultiens said: “I experienced problems with the heat from yesterday already, when we did the Twitter ride. The altitude was also a struggle and something to get used to. The hills are not very long but there are lots of ups and downs, so it was a hard race today. But we are happy to have two of us on the podium.” Cycling SA President, William Newman, said: “It is a fantastic result for women’s cycling in South Africa to get our champion winning this UCI 1.1 race here on home soil at the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. It will add significantly to her points tally for qualification for Olympic Games and therefore we will have more chance of qualifying more riders. Even after her tumble, she showed her mettle against a top-class international field and she came out a winner. We are very proud of Ashleigh." Speaking on what an event of this magnitude means to women’s cycling in South Africa, Mr Newman said: “It’s a huge opportunity for our women to compete at a higher level. Our women haven’t been exposed to a lot of international competition so by us facilitating this UCI 1.1 event with the help of the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge event organisers, it means that we can significantly lift the profile of our women’s cycling. “We would like to see more of these UCI events attached to our major mass participation events around the country.” For more information on the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge, visit: www.cyclechallenge.co.za
  4. South African Cycling Champion and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games medallist Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla Pro Cycling Team) claimed victory in the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge UCI 1.1 women’s race in emphatic style against the odds at the Riversands Commercial Park, Gauteng, earlier today. Click here to view the article
  5. Plantur, sponsor of professional international female cyclists, Team Liv-Plantur, has announced it will donate R20 000 to support a prominent disadvantaged woman cyclist as a contribution to developing the sport in South Africa. Click here to view the article
  6. Team Liv-Plantur has entered four members of its global cycling team in the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge this weekend. They are among three female pro international teams in the race for the first time in its 19-year history. The Liv-Plantur team has identified Zanele Tshoko, 22, from pro SA Team, Rand Water, as the recipient of their donation. Tshoko is part of the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy which promotes cycling among disadvantaged communities. “We are thrilled to be at the 947 and as part of our campaign, we want to give back to SA cycling development. We believe Zanele and Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy are worthy recipients and we hope to take our association further in the future,” said Plantur spokesperson, Michael Seefeldt. Tshoko is currently the Western Province road cycling champion with several podium finishes this season. She recently represented SA at the All Africa Games in Congo. She said she was thrilled with the donation which would go towards kit and race entry fees. “I am incredibly grateful and looking forward to further collaboration between myself, Velokhaya and Team Liv-Plantur to help further develop cycling in SA,” Tshoko said. The donation will be presented to Tshoko at the Plantur gazebo at 9:30am at the end of the Twitter Ride on Saturday, 14 November 2015.
  7. South Africa is abuzz amidst the arrival of three prominent international women’s cycling teams, African teams and local women’s teams ahead of the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge taking place in Gauteng on Sunday 15 November. The first ever UCI 1.1 Women’s road race will see these great women cyclists competing for all-important UCI points in their attempt to strengthen their chances for Olympic places for 2016. Click here to view the article
  8. The opportunities for the growth of women’s cycling in and around Africa are becoming greater. Having a UCI 1.1 category women’s race on the continent will give South Africa and it’s neighbouring countries a chance to compete against acclaimed international cycling teams, elevating the experience and development of women’s cycling on the continent even further. South Africa is abuzz amidst the arrival of three prominent international women’s cycling teams, African teams and local women’s teams ahead of the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge taking place in Gauteng on Sunday 15 November. Photo: supplied. Cycling South Africa Women’s Commission Director, Lise Olivier, is constantly driving her passion and energy on the bike, into projects that encourage and embrace the development of women’s cycling in and around the country. She says, that this race status could not have come at a better time for South African women cyclists. “This year has been incredibly historic for women’s cycling in the country and Africa, and having a UCI 1.1 women’s race here on Sunday is the best way to end the 2015 season,” she said. Olivier mentioned that the talent witnessed over the past few months from women cyclists around Africa has been amazing. She spent time at the WCCA women’s training camp last month, and had this to say: “The ladies that I spent some time with at the World Cycling Centre Africa’s women’s training camp are remarkable. It was incredible to see them so eager, and all helping and teaching each other in order to better themselves. I hope that in the future we are able to accommodate more and more women cyclists from around the continent.” When speaking about how far women’s cycling has come in South Africa, Olivier said: “Five years ago when I lined up on the start line of my first African Continental Championships in Rwanda, there were only six or seven women that raced, representing two countries. In February this year, there were 30 women from 14 different Africa countries. And it remained consistent with similar numbers at the African Games in Brazzaville this year. The talent at the second training camp at the UCI World Cycling Centre Africa is incredible.” Two time Olympic gold medallist and multiple World Champion, Marianne Vos, said that the women would be exposed to new race tactics that will come into play during the race. “The short 94.7km distance and bigger field made up of high level cyclists will be fast from the start. I expect to see that the race will explode on the first proper climb. The length of the route lends itself to early attacks.” South African women’s cycling ambassador and pro cyclist, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio of the Bigla Pro Cycling Team, said that for the younger women and girls in the sport, to be part of a race of this size is really great and shows what the level of cycling needs to be in order for them to achieve top results. The 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge brings the streets of Johannesburg alive with electricity, passion and excitement of cyclists and supporters each year. This year will be the first year that the women’s race has the UCI 1.1 prestige attached, resulting in an even larger international attraction. For spectators, this is a chance to witness the talent of some of the greatest women cyclists in Africa and the world battling it out on the streets of Johannesburg. For more information on the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge, visit: www.cyclechallenge.co.za.
  9. This year, the women’s race has been granted UCI 1.1 status by cycling’s global governing body, which should draw one of the strongest feminine fields in the history of the event as a number of Olympic hopefuls try to qualify for Rio in 2016. Four-time champion Anriette Schoeman (Africa Silks-Bestmed) will be a guest rider for Team Bestmed-ASG at the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg on Sunday. Photo: Alex Cooper Four-time Cycle Challenge champion and Bestmed ambassador Anriette Schoeman will spearhead the Bestmed-ASG attack as guest rider. Schoeman appears to be on dangerous form after winning the mountain bike component of the event last weekend. She will be joined by elite riders Michelle Benson, Sanet Coetzee, Riana Robertson and Mariette Hattingh. SA veteran road champ Desray Sebregts will represent the team in her age category, while Lynette Benson and Azulde Britz will vie for the junior and under-16 titles respectively. The team will look to test themselves against leading international teams like homegrown heroine Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio’s Swiss-based Bigla Pro outfit. The Team Bestmed-ASG squad, pictured here on a training ride, will be represented at the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg on Sunday. Photo: Erik Vermeulen Also in the mix are the Liv Plantur and Tivco SVB teams, which are based in the Netherlands and United States of America respectively. On the home front, they will face competition from traditional rivals Activate-Demacon, Time Freight-e and Clover Prestigio, while invitational teams comprising a mix of riders from as far afield as Eritrea, Ethiopia, Israel, Rwanda and Mauritius round out a thrilling start list. Visit the team on www.teambestmedasg.co.za, find them on Facebook or follow @TeamBestmed_asg.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. With the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge women’s race being granted UCI 1.1 status by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), even more of Africa’s top women will take to the tarmac and use the opportunity to shine and show the continent just how far women’s cycling has developed on Sunday 15 November. Click here to view the article
  13. World Cycling Centre Africa (WCCA) Director, Jean-Pierre van Zyl, is thrilled to have had the experience of working with women cyclists from around Africa over the past weeks in the build up to the momentous race. “It’s been really, really good. These women are going to have a huge impact on this race. It’s the calm before the storm. I hope South Africa is ready for what’s coming.” The UCI 1.1 status granted by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), will see many top women cyclists competing for points at the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge women's race on Sunday 15 November. Photo: Craig Dutton / pics2go.co.za WCCA hosted women cyclists from all over the continent for the month-long Women’s Development Training Camp, including Eritrea, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Botswana. The riders have been assigned to two invitational WCCA teams, which will be competing in the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge UCI 1.1 women’s race next weekend alongside leading international women’s cycling teams such as Bigla Pro Cycling Team, Team Liv Plantur and Team Tibco SVB. In addition, South Africa’s Activate/Demacon, Time Freight eTeam, BestMed ASG Women’s Cycling and Clover Prestigio as well as composite invitational teams from South Africa, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Israel, Namibia, Rwanda and Mauritius will be competing for the 2015 title. Van Zyl chatted about what a race of this stature means to women’s cycling on the continent: “In terms of a race like this – this is just the start. It’s exactly the right stepping stone we’ve needed to get women’s cycling on the go. In the last two to three years alone, the number of women entering and cycling these sort of races has doubled.” Van Zyl could not reiterate enough the humbleness of the countries he has been working with. “The women I have had the pleasure of assisting over this time are incredible. I have never before met a greater bunch of calm, loving, respectful ladies that are so willing to learn. They all get along so well with each other. These women know the struggles that each of them has gone through to get to where they are today. These women expect nothing, and are so unbelievably appreciative of everything. There are a few language barriers, but at the end of the day they are all laughing, smiling and joking around with common words and phrases that they all know. And they work so hard.” He mentioned the great efforts he had witnessed in training the ladies, and the determination and passion for cycling he saw on their faces. Cycling South Africa Women’s Commission Director, Lise Olivier, also took part in some of the action, and Van Zyl said that the abundance of women power with the cyclists has been magical to watch. “I have literally just sat back, observed, and said to myself, “wow”. It’s wonderful to be a part of it all. Men in Africa have had some time in the sun, but now its time for our women to shine, and get these opportunities that they so rightfully deserve,” he concluded. For more information about the World Cycling Centre Africa, click here: http://www.wccafrica.com/ For more information about the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge, click here: http://www.cyclechallenge.co.za/
  14. The Bigla Pro Cycling Team will be heading to South Africa to race the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. The popular mass participation event has for the first time this year received UCI 1.1 status for the women’s race. Click here to view the article
  15. BPCT will be led by former winner Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Clara Koppenburg, Doris Schweizer and Sharon Laws. “We’re looking forward to racing in South Africa for the first time,” Team Manager, Thomas Campana said. “This event is important for Ashleigh so we’ve sent a team there to support her. We’re grateful to the organisers for the invite extended to us and we’re looking to make them proud with some great racing at this world class event. They’re one of the biggest events in the world and to make this investment in women’s cycling is great. We’re more than happy to support their endeavours in growing women’s cycling.” Several other international teams will also be taking part as well local and invitational teams from Botswana, Eritrea, Israel, Namibia, Rwanda and Mauritius. The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge takes place in November in Johannesburg every year with 33000 participants in the road race. “We’re delighted to have the Bigla Pro Cycling Team join us this year,” race organiser, Tanya Harford said. “It’s that time of the year when Cycle Challenge takes over Johannesburg and together with our sponsors, we’re particularly excited for the women’s event. As always we’ve got committed media coverage and great TV exposure, all that will aid the development of women’s cycling.”
  16. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the governing body of competitive cycling across the world and their endorsement gives elite women cyclists the opportunity to earn valuable UCI points in their attempts to strengthen their chances for Olympic places for Rio 2016. The news builds on the event’s already strong focus on female cyclists. Last year, Momentum brought international super-cyclist, Marianne Vos to race in the Cycle Challenge along with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, South Africa’s international cycling champion. Vos and Moolman-Pasio took 1st and 2nd places respectively in the 2014 Cycle Challenge women’s race. In addition to riding, Vos and Moolman-Pasio took the time to meet with South Africa’s top female riders to share their insights and advice with them. International super-cyclist, Marianne Vos (left), South Africa’s international cycling champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (right), and Cycling SA's Women's Commission Director, Lise Olivier (centre) at the 2014 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge women’s race, which has been granted UCI 1.1 status for the 2015 event. Photo: supplied. The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge, in its 19th year, caters for over 33,000 participants through the closed roads of Johannesburg and has always been sanctioned and supported by Cycling South Africa (Cycling SA) who has actively lobbied the UCI, on behalf of the event, to gain the 1.1 status. Commenting on the race’s status, Mike Bradley, General Manager of CyclingSA, said: “Cycle Challenge becoming a UCI sanctioned event in 2015 could not have come at a better time, as the event will offer an opportunity to female racers to earn valuable UCI points in their attempts to strengthen their Olympic berths for Rio in 2016. There are various conditions that need to be met for an event to be UCI sanctioned, including a level of prize-money, which 947 already surpasses, as well as having at least five different nationalities competing. CyclingSA has shown their full support for the ranking of the event by stepping in to assist the teams with rider accommodation and logistics, as well as extending invites to African countries. The UCI’s World Cycling Centre in Africa will also be hosting a women’s only training camp for African riders leading up to the event. This is great for Africa, but in particular for our South African women.” Tanya Harford, CEO of Harford Sports Promotions, and Cycle Challenge Race Director said, “This groundbreaking news is another step in the right direction for the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. The UCI status will attract international interest as riders search for opportunities to earn UCI points prior to the Rio Olympics next year. Our currency, climate, complete road closures, Joburg’s warm welcome and the riding terrain adds to the attractiveness and the reason why we already see so many of the world’s best riders and teams out here in SA on a regular basis. An influx of the world’s best female cyclists can only add to the calibre and excitement of the race.” Carel Bosman head of Sponsorships at Momentum said, “We have always been very supportive of women in sport and especially women in cycling. We are currently sponsoring Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and have in the past been involved with the Momentum Toyota Woman’s Elite Team. We are very proud of the UCI announcement and the added stature that this brings to the event. We look forward to welcoming some of the world’s best elite teams to compete in South Africa." The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge and CyclingSA also applied to have the men’s race granted a UCI status for a chance to boost their UCI points on the continent, but with the Tour du Rwanda taking place the day after the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge, this was declined by the UCI. The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge takes place on 15 November 2015 at the Riversands Commercial Park, entries close 31 August 2015. To enter go to www.cyclechallenge.co.za Follow the event on Twitter @momentum947 #CC2015 or on the Facebook page, Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge.
  17. The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge together with Cycling South Africa have sought and been granted UCI 1.1 status for the women’s race, making the event that much more attractive to competitive professionals and national teams. Click here to view the article
  18. What is the ‘Stay wider of the rider’ campaign? The Pedal Power Association is a Public Benefit Organisation committed to promote cycling and the interests of cyclists. Our new ‘STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER’ campaign launched in February 2015 ahead of the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour. It aims to create maximum awareness amongst all road users, especially motorists, which will hopefully lead to safer roads for all cyclists. Join thousands of supporters and pledge your support for the PPA Safe Cycling campaign by riding in a PPA STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER jersey at this year’s Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge.Visibility is a key issue that contributes towards cycling accidents on our roads. The new “Stay Wider of the Rider” safe cycling jerseys are highly visible and include the simple “Stay Wider of the Rider” message, says chairman of the Pedal Power Association, Steve Hayward. “It is our responsibility as drivers to become more aware and tolerant of other road users,” says Hayward. Statistics show that 84% of cycling fatalities on our roads are caused by cyclists being hit by a motor vehicle from behind or when a vehicle underestimates the speed of a cyclist and turns in front of the cyclist. Cyclists have almost no protection when they are involved in an accident, so by giving them adequate space on the roads, motorists can avoid accidents that can cost precious lives. The PPA launched the very successful ‘Cyclists Stay Alive at 1.5’ campaign back in 2011 which resulted in a law promulgated in 2013 in the Western Cape which states that motorists must pass cyclists with a passing distance of (at least) 1m. Through the STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER campaign, PPA urges motorists to obey the law and pass cyclists at a safe distance of at least 1 metre or more. Top South African celebrities DJ Fresh, Joel Stransky, Gugu Zulu, DJ Suga and Liezel van der Westhuizen all support the campaign, assisting to deliver a powerful message in support of safe cycling via the media. Come ride the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge with us and show your support for Safe Cycling in South Africa. How to enter: The only requirements for being accepted into the start group is entry to the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge www.cyclechallenge.co.za and to ride the event in a PPA ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ jersey.Spots for the SC group will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You apply online at www.pedalpower.org.za for a spot in the start group once you have entered the challenge at the same time as buying your PPA ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ jersey (which you can collect from the PPA stand at the Expo). Support our campaign and help us keep cyclists alive on our roads.
  19. You are invited to apply for the PPA Safe Cycling STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER start group at the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Entries close 31 August Click here to view the article
  20. In aid of its continuous support for woman in sport, financial services company, Momentum has announced that it will be hosting Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos to ride the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge on 16 November 2014. Click here to view the article
  21. Compared to Eddy Merckx, the greatest pro-cyclist ever, Marianne Vos, is now regarded as the greatest female cyclist of her generation. She became World Champion at the age of 19 and has dominated the sport for the past decade in road races, time trials, and Cyclo-Cross. Compared accolade for accolade, Vos is rated as the best or at least most decorated and recognised cyclist in the world at the moment. In her extraordinary career, Vos has made huge strides and boasts an impressive list of accolades. She is a 10-time Dutch National Champion for Road Time trial and Cyclo-Cross; two-time European Road Race Champion; two-time European Cyclo-Cross Champion; three-time UCI Road World Champion, winner of two Olympic gold medals and with more than 300 career race wins on the top of her list. Through their involvement with the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge, the Momentum Toyota professional cycling team and now the Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly Pick n Pay Cape Argus Momentum Cycle Tour) the financial giant has invested significantly in cycling in South Africa over the past couple of years. Earlier this year, Momentum announced a continuation of their long term support for international cycling champion Ashleigh Moolman Pasio - last year’s winner of the women’s section of the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. Momentum’s sponsorship will take Ashleigh all the way to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil where a podium finish is anticipated. Ashleigh is on top form having made her first Commonwealth Games appearance earlier this year in Glasgow, with a solid performance, taking bronze in the women's road race. Carel Bosman, Momentum Sponsorship Manager comments, "Supporting women in sport is an integral part of our diverse sponsorship portfolio, and we are very excited to host Marianne Vos in South Africa ahead of her debut in the 947 Cycle Challenge. It is an exciting time for cycling in South Africa and we believe that through our partnership we are able to create a platform for mentorship, development and support for equality and diversity in sport. Historically women have struggled to gain equal recognition in sports, but great strides are being made in allowing women to excel in cycling and we are glad to be able to contribute towards driving this shift. “In Ashleigh South Africa now has a world-class cyclist and we want South Africans to get excited about the reality of being in contention for medals in Rio. Before then, we wish Marianne Vos, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and all participating in the 947 Cycle Challenge well, as they tackle one of South Africa’s greatest cycling events,” adds Bosman. Both Marianne Vos and Ashleigh Moolman Pasio will be participating in both the Twitter ride on Saturday 15 November and the 947 Cycle Challenge on Sunday 16 November 2014. Both Ashleigh and Marianne will be spending some time with local ladies teams to inspire and give valuable tips on their cycling success. A media conference will also be held once Marianne and Ashleigh are in South Africa. For more on the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge see: www.momentum/for/you/sponsorships/cycle-challenge.
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