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  1. We are launching our famous CTCT Sale for 2017. We're going all out to bring you unbeatable prices. Keep your eyes on this thread... we will keep loading more and more as they come in. All sale items and prices are "While Stocks Last". CWC reserves the right to end this promotion at any time. Enough with the fine print... SALE!
  2. Hi all! I have an entry for the Argus available for substitution. Unfortunately I just moved to old Pretoors for work and won't be able to attend the event. I'd be glad to sell my entry for the price I paid for it - R510. 0797211002 Keep going \o.o/
  3. All available entries were snapped up in just eight hours when they opened last month, taking the race organisers by surprise and leaving many local would-be entrants disappointed. David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, said: “We have decided to reallocate some entries which had been reserved for various groups and international participants. By doing this we will be making an additional 3 000 individual entries available to local riders.” Entries made available last month had been allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, but the additional 3 000 will be assigned through a “random selection” process. Bellairs explained: “Riders wishing to secure an entry will be given a week to register their interest on our website. The available entries will then be allocated to individuals on a ‘ballot-style’ basis, after which fees will become payable. We believe this to be the fairest way to allocate the remaining entries without prejudicing participants and overloading our systems.” He added: “We were completely taken by surprise by the quick sell-out on September 26 and we are evaluating the entry process for future events.” How to enter the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour: From 13h00 on Tuesday, 7 October until 13h00 on Tuesday, 14 October, potential riders wishing to secure an entry to the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour must update their details and register their interest in participating at www.cycletour.co.za. There is no cost to registering interest; On Friday, 24 October from 13h00 onwards, 3 000 potential riders who have registered their interest will be chosen on a ballot-style selection basis and notified whether they have been successful; Successful entrants will have until 13h00 on Tuesday, 4 November to pay the R430 entry fee required to secure their entry; Any entries for which payment has not been received by 13h00 on Tuesday, 4 November will be reallocated to entrants who were unsuccessful in the first random selection process. Riders who are unsuccessful in securing one of the 3 000 additional Cape Town Cycle Tour entries will still have the option of riding for one of the 110 registered charities. Bellairs cautioned that selling and buying of illegal entries was strictly prohibited and no entrant would be allowed to ride with a race number that was not allocated to them. “The only way to transfer an entry to another rider is through the official substitution process, which will take place in February, 2015. If participants are found guilty of buying or selling entries illegally they could be banned from the Cape Town Cycle Tour.” For event related queries, participants should contact the Cycle Tour Events Office on 087 820 7223 during office hours.
  4. Another 3 000 entries are to be made available to local riders wanting to take part in the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour. Click here to view the article
  5. In recognition of the tour’s global status and international appeal, its organisers and owners - the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT) - in association with the three co-naming rights sponsors, Cape Argus, Pick n Pay and Momentum, introduced the name change and logo in celebration of the event’s iconic status and increasing global appeal. Speaking at the event, Steve Hayward, Chairman of the CTCTT, took guests through the history of the tour saying: “The Cape Town Cycle Tour is Africa’s premier cycling event. It has grown from humble beginnings, attracting only a few hundred cyclists who participated in the first tour as a protest ride, to the worlds’ largest timed cycle race. The event has enjoyed a remarkable journey over the past 37 years, and the new name and logo revealed tonight is testament to our coming of age as we move into the next phase to becoming one of the worlds’ most desirable participation sporting events.” From modest beginnings to iconic stature Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann, two men who formed part of a group of people with a dream of a cycling South Africa, are credited with being the visionaries behind the first Cycle Tour. The inaugural event took place in 1978 and inspired the idea for a longer ride around the peninsula. Only 525 riders participated in the first race. Today, 35,000 local and international cyclists are drawn to the Mother City on the second Sunday in March each year to tackle the spectacular 109km route. The event has been affectionately known as “The Argus” since its inception. Jermaine Craig, Editor of the Cape Argus newspaper which has sponsored the event since that first year, says: “When the Cape Argus was approached to use our name for the first ride, it spoke strongly to our paper’s civic activist roots. In our paper this year we reported that in Cape Town alone 300km of cycling lanes had been completed or were nearing completion, so the cycling ‘activists’ can certainly say it’s been a case of mission accomplished. “From the start we have supported the race in its different guises and evolutions. We are proud to again pledge our support to the ‘Cape Town Cycle Tour’ and we remain passionate partners of this exciting event.” Pick n Pay has been a key co-naming rights sponsor of the Cycle Tour for over two decades. “Pick n Pay, along with the Cape Argus, has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the Cycle Tour. Together with the City of Cape Town and Momentum, we are now moving into a new partnership phase,” says Malcolm Mycroft, General Manager of Marketing at Pick n Pay. “We have always been incredibly proud to be part of this iconic international event, which not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but also raises funds for many local charities.” Earlier this year, Momentum acknowledged the upward trajectory of the Cycle Tour when it joined Cape Argus and Pick n Pay as a co-naming rights sponsor. Commenting on the new direction of the Cycle Tour, Danie van den Bergh, Head of Brand Momentum, says: “As the newest sponsor in the Cycle Tour family we could not be happier to be on board and part of the development of this iconic event. We were fortunate that all partners shared the vision to renew and rejuvenate the race as it moves forward into a new and exciting phase. The tour’s charitable component is important to us because we want to further fulfil our role as a good corporate citizen, and offer our clients a superior experience with every interaction with us. We are proud to share the passion of Momentum’s involvement, the beauty of Cape Town and the bounty of a South African welcome, with everyone.” The start of a brand new cycle The new brand incorporates traditional aspects that have always been associated with the event: iconic Table Mountain – the universal symbol for Cape Town – and a cyclist pedalling the route which wraps around the peninsula. “We wanted to uphold the event’s rich heritage, while aligning with other international tours. The new Cape Town Cycle Tour name and logo is a logical next step to achieving our ambitious goal of positioning the tour globally as an iconic bucket list event and use our growing international appeal to attract a wider audience to not only participate, but also spend time in Cape Town and South Africa.” explains David Bellairs, Marketing, Sponsorship and Communications Director of the CTCTT. The event’s iconic link to Cape Town was highlighted by Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille, who shared her enthusiasm on the impact this will have on the future vision of the City. “We have a vision for the City of Cape Town to become the events capital of Africa. For years, people from across the country and the world have cycled through the city and seen everything that we have to offer. We are honoured that the Cycle Tour has now been named after the City and look forward to welcoming the participants for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.” Riding for a cause Over the years, the Cycle Tour has generated millions of Rands for cycling development and the charitable projects supported by its two main beneficiaries, the Pedal Power Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont, who collectively make up the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. In 2012, charity entries were introduced for the first time with some 5,000 entries offered to various charity groups. “We want participants to use the event as a platform to give back to their communities, and the interest we receive each year from charities wishing to use the event as an opportunity to fundraise for worthy causes is overwhelmingly positive,” says Bellairs. The Cape Town Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday, 8 March 2015 and entries open on Friday, 26 September 2014 at 2pm. The event’s name and logo change will not impact on the format of the 2015 route, and cyclists and spectators can continue to enjoy the world-class experience they have come to love over the past 37 years. For regular updates on the Cycle Tour, find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/cycletour or on Twitter @CycleTour_SA. For more information on the Cycle Tour, visit www.cycletour.co.za.
  6. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour was officially renamed the Cape Town Cycle Tour at a launch event held in downtown Cape Town this evening. Click here to view the article
  7. The new venue for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum MTB Challenge drew a sold out field to the Le Bonheur Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, and a host of world class riders littered the start line for the 55km route. Click here to view the article
  8. As always it was a great honour to start with names like Sauser, Lill, Pfitzenmeier, Rabon, and Evans to name a few. The raw strength of these riders became clear as they immediately pulled away from the rest of the field. The start was flat and sandy for the first few km’s. The groups that formed on the dry dual tracks kicked up clouds of dust which lowered visibility and coated us with layer of fine dirt. The first few hills were short and sharp and kept us looking out for the best lines with wash-aways and patches of thick sand. A recurring characteristic of the elevated farm roads was off camber 90 degree turns on hard clay that had a light covering of gravel. These caught a handful of riders around me off guard as front wheels slid out from underneath them. Admittedly my tire pressure was slightly off and I almost ended up the same way a few times. There was a short single-track section as we crossed farms that had 3 very tight little switchbacks. These were also off-camber, which claimed a few riders before the track joined up with a paved road again for a short while and then back on to farm roads. The various sections of single track that were scattered throughout the route (apparently 8km’s worth) were great fun to ride, from flowing tracks that zig-zagged under tree canopies, narrow paths that snaked up the hill sides and small rock gardens. I didn't feel like there was anything overly technical and I would like to think that very few people would have had to get off the bike to walk a section. Where I was placed during the race there were no bottle-necks or hold ups. The biggest fall I witnessed was a rider being thrown off the edge of the really great Simonsberg Conservancy single track by a deep rut and into the dead trees below. Fortunately he managed to climb back up and continue on his way with only deep scratches on his thigh. The climb that weaved its way up around the 43km mark was steady but not too steep. And although not the highest point on the route it opened into a stunning 360 degree view of the area (if you took the time to look around). After that it was just about downhill all the way to the finish with a few minor little kicks and again a few short fun sections of purpose built single-track that weaved its way around the farm buildings dropping us onto a ramp and into the finish area. The finish area itself had a great atmosphere but was a narrow area that became very crowded very quickly and I am told that the shuttle service between the start and finish (1.5km apart) worked well for spectators. This was a very enjoyable ride just on 53km with 1234m of vertical ascent according to Garmin. It was technical enough to keep most riders interested but tame enough not to scare others away. The route also had enough climbs to keep you honest. While previous editions of the race at the old venue have been referred to as a "suffer fest", this route was much more manageable with the terrain and difficulty open to an intermediate skill level and up. The lack of bottlenecks on the new route stands out over the old route and the water points were well spaced if needed. Overall, it was a good day out on the bike. Words - Rob Bateman Images - Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum MTB Challenge Keen to contribute a race / ride report to be featured? Send us a mail at features@thehubsa.co.za
  9. With over 35,000 cyclists and large crowds of supporters along the length of the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour route, highly efficient and well-coordinated emergency medical services are imperative. For the third consecutive year, Tracker Business, leading tracking and monitoring solutions company, will be supporting the race by assisting with emergency and event management logistics behind the scenes. Click here to view the article
  10. Using industry-leading telematics technology and location-based services, Tracker Business assists with the speedy dispatch of emergency services directly to specific locations. This includes providing on-the-spot information to determine the nearest ambulance, nearest hospital, nearest technical support, nearest sweep vehicle and shortest route to incident, taking into account the traffic on the day. Bronwynn Tippett, Chief Marketing Officer at Tracker says, “We’ve embarked on a dynamic drive across a number of national platforms to make cycling safer. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is well-loved by many and we’ve really taken on the responsibility of keeping all cyclists in this race safe.” This support includes assisting the organisers to manage the all-important water points based on volume of riders and traffic to reach and replenish these stations. Tracker Business also tracks the top cyclists and participating celebrities, providing SuperSport with map interfaces for better broadcasting. Last year, British business magnate Sir Richard Branson, Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille and TV and radio presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen were among those tracked. Live map feeds to the media centre assist the media in knowing where to place their cameramen and photographers, depending on the location and timing of specific riders and incidents – ultimately giving producers and presenters an intelligent angle. Scott Seaward, Executive Producer at SuperSport says, “Tracker Business’s service added another dimension to the on-screen information and tracking of cyclists on the route. We had a selected number of celebrity cyclists that were carrying the Tracker Business units and we were able to display on screen their exact whereabouts whilst concentrating on the pro cyclists race in the morning.” The emergency services in the Western Cape do have a tracking system but complexities arise due to the numerous service providers. Tracker Business solves this problem as its system can be used across all vehicles, allowing the control room to know the exact whereabouts of the closest vehicle to the incident. With rider safety at the heart of Tracker Business’s involvement, each race is followed by shared learnings during which Tracker Business and Emergency Medical Services define best practice and improved efficiencies for the next race. Dr Wayne Smith, Head of Emergency Medical Services Western Cape says, “We work closely with Tracker’s technical team and they’ve provided an invaluable resource over the last couple of years. They’ve served us incredibly well during what can, at times, be extremely challenging circumstances.” Tracker Business’s relationship with the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour endorses its broader safe cycling initiative – Ride Free – that focuses on providing safer cycling alternatives. The initiative kicked off with the sponsorship and upgrading of two leading mountain bike parks in Joburg – the well-known Ride Free Bike Park at Avianto in Muldersdrift and the Ride Free Bike Park at Modderfontein Nature Park.
  11. The event takes place on Saturday 8 March and this year the organisers have added in an exciting Junior Training Wheels programme for the youngsters to help build their confidence and make them a little more road savvy on their bicycles. The Junior Training Wheels programme mirrors the Training Wheels programme that was launched last October to prepare and coach adult novices to enter and complete their first Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in 2014. Adri Bootsma, Marketing, PR and Media Manager for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, says “The Training Wheels programme has been a major hit amongst adult novice cyclists aiming to participate in their first Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour so we’ve decided to introduce a simpler programme for the kiddies to teach them the basics of cycling safety and help them tackle the Trike and Junior events with confidence.” The Junior Training Wheels programme is open to youngsters up until the age of 12 who own and can pedal a two-wheeled bicycle without assistance. Daily 90-minute sessions will take place from 16h30 from Wednesday 05 to Friday 07 March at Canal Walk Shopping Centre and entry fees are R150 per child. Parents are encouraged to enter their tots online early as entries are limited to 30 riders per session. Wearing of helmets at each of the sessions is compulsory to ensure the safety of all riders. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Tricycle and Junior Tours take place on Saturday, 08 March at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wynberg. Each participant who successfully completes the route will receive a goodie bag, medal and certificate. There are also lots of other activities on offer - face painting, jumping castles and prize giveaways - so parents will be glad to know their little ones will be well entertained for hours. A ride for all ages: take your pick The Tricycle Tour, presented by Minute Maid, is aimed at young children between the ages of 0 and 6 years and is a 1,7km fun ride that introduces little ones to the basics of cycling in a safe and controlled environment. The Junior Tour, presented by Spur Steak Ranches, is for older children between the ages of 6 and 12 years who want to develop their cycling skills. There are 5km, 7.5km and 10km routes - ideal for aspiring cyclists to choose their favoured distance according to their fitness and capability. Parents must accompany their Trike Tour riders on foot. Those who wish to participate in the Junior Tour with their children must do so on a bike. In support of The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust’s on-going safe cycling initiative, all riders must wear cycling helmets and the strict “No Helmet No Ride” rule will apply to both kids and accompanying parents. “The Tricycle and Junior Tours are a great way to get kids on their bikes from a very young age and to teach them about the fun and exciting sport of cycling,” says Bootsma. “The events grow each year and parents should enter their children as soon as possible as online entries will be limited to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all riders on event day.” To alleviate traffic and promote environmentally friendly practices, parents are advised to carpool to the event. Free, secure parking will be available in demarcated areas at the venue. Registration will take place between 28 February and 07 March 2014 at the Main Stage area of the Canal Walk Shopping Centre. No entries will be processed on race day. For more information on the Tricycle and Junior Tours, the Trike & Junior Training Wheels Training Wheels programme and to enter your kids online, visit www.juniortour.co.za.
  12. Calling all budding young cyclists! Online entries for the 2014 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Tricycle and Junior Tours opened on Wednesday, 22 January 2014. Click here to view the article
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