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Photo: Candice Lill at 2019 South African XCO Champs - Photo Credit: Stuart Pickering/Flowerdew Media
In the women’s race Western Cape cyclist Candice Lill raced to victory at the 2019 South African XCO Champs on a dry and chilly highveld afternoon at Thaba Trails in Johannesburg on 20 July 2019. All the excitement happened at the women's race when Candice Lill claimed her first elite national title beating her rival, Mariske Strauss by a comfortable 48 seconds with Cherie Redecker in third place. The last time Candice won the national champs was back in 2013 when she raced in the U23 category. Her cycling career reached new heights when she won the South African MTB XCO Cup Series #4 at Mankele
Bike Park in Mbombela and placed 19th in the UCI MTB World Cup that took place in Les Gets, France. Tiffany Keep, U23 National Road Champ claimed the victory over Danielle Strydom in the U23 women’s race and continued her winning streak after her recent win at the University Sports SA (USSA) Cycling Champs and the Knysna Cycle Tour. Zandri Strydom, a very technically gifted mountain-biker completely blew the field apart in the Junior women’s race, beating Emma van Coller by 6 minutes 18 seconds.
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CYCLING SA - LOOKING AT THE FUTURE FOR 2020
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XCO Mountain Biking Unlike road, which only has a 12-month qualification time line (24 October 2018 - 23 October 2019), mountain biking XCO qualification is calculated by the sum of a nation’s top ranked riders from 28 May 2018 - 27 May 2019 added to the sum of the top three ranked riders from 28 May 2019 - 27 May 2020. Cycling SA’s goal to qualify two men and two women for Tokyo, is to be ranked between three to seven in the UCI Olympic qualification ranking. With outstanding results from Alan Hatherly (U23 World Champion in 2018) Candice Lill having achieved two Track Cycling - The qualification criteria are very high, with both team versions of the sport (team sprint, Madison and team pursuit), only allowing qualification for nations ranked in the top seven and eight respectively. Continents that do not qualify for riders in these disciplines can qualify individuals through international ranking of the sprint or Omnium for men and women. Currently Cycling SA has a few contenders improving their international ranking, namely Jean Spies and Charlene Du Preez. Jean Spies is currently ranked 21st in the Keirin and 38th in the individual sprint; whilst Charlene is Ranked 33rd in the individual sprint and 26th in the Keirin.
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BMX - Cycling SA’s goal to be ranked between 6-11 on the international ranking, is in progress. The UCI BMX World Championships coming up will be a test to see if our riders can progress to the finals, to improve on our current international ranking of 13th place on the UCI Olympic programme. Much like MTB, the BMX qualifications run over a two-year period.
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Road Cycling - Men’s Road Cycling is currently ranked 18th, despite the number of South African’s competing abroad in high points value points races, is not the same as most European countries. “We still have some strategic events in hand to maintain our ranking, for four men to complete in Tokyo 2020. Our women’s national ranking is 12th, and we are currently within the range we have targeted. Cycling SA will be sending a women’s team to Europe during September, to compete in various UCI events leading up to UCI World Championships in Yorkshire.”
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Cycling SA determined a new policy to aid riders based on performances abroad. The program’s 2020 focus, dubbed Agenda 2020, is to ensure that Cycling SA qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with the highest possible international ranking. Cycling SA takes stock of what has been achieved under the programme that was launched in November 2018.
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SWELLENDAM - THE PERFECT LOCATION FOR CYCLING EVENTS
Photo: Around The Pot 100 Mile distance crosses the Breede River on the hand-drawn Malgas Ferry 100 kilometres into the 160 kilometre route - Photo Credit Oakpics.com
Surrounded by the Langeberg mountain range and rolling wheat lands of the Overberg, the town of Swellendam is the perfect location for mountain bike and road cycling events, situated on the N2, approximately 220 kilometres from Cape Town and George. Cycling events in the area generate a influx of cyclists into Swellendam and creates the unique opportunity for cyclist to experience the beauty of the region - with more than 50 provincial heritage sites, over 200 bird species, endangered
bontebok, alongside Cape Mountain Zebra, bushbuck, Grey Rhebuck, Cape Grysbok, baboon, mongoose, genet, and the occasional leopard. The third oldest town in South Africa will play host to the 1-day edition of the Chas Everitt Around The Pot - Overberg 100Miler - Presented by SEESA on 20 July 2019, followed by the 3-day Langeberg Link MTB in September, the Rainmaker RollerCoaster in October and South Africa’s premier endurance road cycling event, the Coronation Double Century in November.
Para-Cycling - Para-cycling, due to its number of categories, has a very complex qualification system. Based on individuals’ rankings as per 31 December 2019, riders must complete in at least one UCI World Cup and the UCI World Championships in 2019. All the qualifying nations’ points are added up and then divided by the number of available Olympic places. Then in turn, each nations’ ranking points is divided by this factor, to determine the number of athletes each nation qualifies for (max 13 for men and six for women). Reimbursement Policy - In terms of the Agenda 2020 reimbursement policy, Cycling SA has already reimbursed riders to the value of R446,498 since inception in November 2018 across the five disciplines. The national body has also invested R730,000 in hosting UCI events and National Championships this year, bringing total high-performance investment to R1,176million.
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The 2019 South African XCO Champs would form the final event in Alan Hatherly’s three week racing stint and would take some careful preparation to be on top of his game. Returning from two somewhat disappointing World Cup races in Andorra and France, Alan put in a safe and controlled ride to take his third Elite title. Behind Alan in second, was Jan Withaar who finished in second with Buys rounding out the podium in third. As Hatherly wraps up his local Cross-Country season, he shifts focus to the remainder of the World Cup races. He will head back to Europe for the Italian and Swiss rounds, to Canada and America at the end of August for World Champs and the final round of the World Cup in Snowshoe, USA.” “I have been struggling the past few weeks to keep my body on track, but thankfully some recovery during the week was enough to get me ready for the race. It’s really important to me to keep the South African Flag on my chest, and I put a lot of personal pressure on myself to deliver the goods,” described Hatherly. The U23 category race saw Henry Liebenberg ride to victory with Julian Jessop and Marco Joubert rounding out the podium, while Luke Moir secured the junior men’s title by beating Johan van Zyl and Tristan Nortje to the finish-line. Other Western Cape podium finishers include: Luca Ruwiel, Nico Pfitzenmaier, Pieter Matthysen, Nicole Murphy, Philip Van Schalkwyk, Hendre De Villiers, Jeandre Ungerer, Jed Bridger and Ryan Koorzen. Cycling South Africa selected the following team to represent South Africa at the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships presented by Mercedes Benz, taking place in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, from 28 August to 1 September:
Elite: Candice Lill, Mariske Strauss. Cherie Redecker. Alan Hatherly. Jan Withaar, Greg Minnaar (DHI), and Theo Erlangsen (DHI). U23: Wessel Botha and Henry Liebenberg. Junior: Zandri Strydom. Frances Janse van Rensburg. Luke Moir. Daniel van der Walt, Tristan Nortje, Johan van Zyl, Sabine Thies (DHI) and Jasper Barrett (DHI).
FIRST SA NATIONAL CHAMPION
ASHLEIGH TAKES THIRD
TO WIN A STAGE AT TOUR DE FRANCE
Photo: Alan Hatherly - Photo Credit : Andrew McFadden
IN THE PENULTIMATE GIRO-STAGE
South African Road Champion, Ashleigh Moolman Pasio - runner-up in last year’s Giro Rosa, felt confident leading up to the Giro Rosa that took place from 5 - 14 July in Italy. Ashleigh, riding for CCC-Liv finished third overall in this year’s Tour of California, said the Italian tour was always a highlight. After a disappointing time trial on Stage 1, she lost valuable time and placed ninth on General Classification. On Stage 3 she fought back and came fifth. Ashleigh achieved an excellent result with a third place in Stage 9 - the penultimate stage of the Giro Rosa. The finish line was drawn on top of the Montasio after a long, monstrous climb with gradients up to 20 percent. Stage winner Anna van der Breggen and the pink jersey leader Annemiek van Vleuten finished ahead of Ashleigh.
Photo: Daryl Impey - Photo Credit : A.S.O./Thomas MAHEUX
The first African leader of the Tour de France, for two days in 2013, Daryl Impey became the second South African stage winner after Robert Hunter in Montpellier in 2007 as he outsprinted his last breakaway companion, Belgium’s Tiesj Benoot, in Brioude on Stage 9, who attacked from the peloton in the last climb but was brought back by Team Ineos. The deficit of the peloton was 8’50’’ at Mur d’Aurec. A time gap of 10’49’’ was recorded at km 47, after which Deceuninck-Quick Step maintained it just above ten minutes. Roche and Benoot attacked from the leading group reduced to seven riders. Impey came across and passed first at côte de St-Just with 13km remaining. Benoot and Impey rode to victory 7km before the end while Romain Bardet, Richie Porte and Steven Kruijswijk attacked in the côte de St-Just but Team Ineos was prompt to bring them back. Benoot and Impey shared the turns to avoid the return of their former breakaway companions. Benoot took the initiative of launching the sprint but Impey proved to be the fastest. He’s the first rider to win a Tour de France stage with the South Africa national champion jersey. The last victory of his Mitchelton-Scott team was with Michael Matthews in 2016.
Photo: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio - Photo Credit : Cor Vos
With this great performance, the South African took a few places back in the general classification and placed fourth overall at the Giro Rosa when the final stage finished in Udine, Italy on 14 July.
POSTHUMUS & WEBB WIN 2019 AROUND THE POT Also in contention for victory, as the race was briefly neutralised for the crossing of the Breede River on the hand-drawn Malgas Ferry, were Oliver Munnik, Erik Kleinhans, Louis Visser and Robert Hobson, among others. On the relentless rolling climbs from Malgas back towards Swellendam, on the Eastern side of the river, Posthumus escaped with Hobson and Visser. Posthumus, who rides in the colours of Team dormakaba, then continued to inexorably exert pressure on his young rivals. Of the leading trio, Visser, who represents Team TEG Procycling was the first to crack. Then Hobson slipped from Posthumus’s wheel. Posthumus rode into Swellendam to claim the 2019 Chas Everitt Around the Pot Overberg 100-Miler, Presented by SEESA, in a time of 5 hours, 22 minutes and 50 seconds. Hobson was second, 4 minutes and 45 seconds later, while Visser hung on to finish third, 5 minutes and 54 seconds behind the race winner.
Photo: Around The Pot - Overberg 100Miler - Photo Credit: www.oakpics.com
Mike Posthumus and Courtney Webb raced to victories, in muddy conditions, at the 2019 Chas Everitt Around The Pot – Overberg 100Miler – Presented by SEESA. The muddy conditions were caused by torrential rain pre-race. Fortunately for the 1 000 odd cyclists, who gathered in the Overberg town of Swellendam, the rain held off during the races. Along with the flagship 100-mile distance, the event also boasted a 60 and 25-miler races, as well as a children’s lap race at the Swellendam Show Grounds Start/Finish venue. In the elite men’s race Posthumus was keen to ensure that the pace was high from the off. The doctor of Sports Science did big turns at the head of a select group which raced through the first 100 kilometres together.
In the women’s race, Webb rode to a dominant win over the defending champion Kylie Hanekom. The talented Under 23 rider distanced her main rival relatively early in the race and gradually extended her lead over the second half of the route. However, Hanekom was not disappointed to give up her title. She was more than happy to be racing in such a beautiful part of the country. “It was muddy, damp and chilly,” Hanekom revealed. “But the amazing views and route more than made up for that. Even though there were a lot more entrants this year, the Chas Everitt Around the Pot Overberg 100-Miler, Presented by SEESA, still had that great small town feel that made me fall in love with it initially,” the second placed finisher praised. Webb and Hanekom were joined on the women’s podium by Shauna Esmeyer. Webb’s winning time was 6 hours, 28 minutes and 18 seconds. Hanekom was 5 minutes and 59 seconds slower over the 160 kilometre long course, while Esmeyer was a further 31 seconds slower.
PODIUM FOR CHARLENE DU PREEZ - KEEPS HER TRACK DREAM ALIVE South African track cyclist Charlene du Preez has been on a mission to garner UCI points in order to qualify for the 2019 UCI Track World Cups starting in November, with the most recent podium position awarded at the Dublin Track Cycling International (UCI/C1) race in Ireland from 6-7 July where Charlene finished in third place. Putting in some solid miles on the track this year, her campaign has included some valuable time overseas at UCI-accredited races, where her results are steadily climbing. Earlier this year, Charlene participated in the South African Track National Championships in Cape Town at the end of March, followed by her cycling club’s – Black Line – sprint event in Derby (UK) on 27 May. These events were all part of Charlene’s lead up to the international UCI races in June, beginning with the GP Brno Track Cycling (UCI/C1) in Czech Republic and the Cottbuser SprintCup in Germany (UCI/C1). In July she raced the Dublin Track Cycling International (UCI/C1) in Ireland where she was placed third and the highlight of the season so far. She participated in a race in Italy and in Le Mans where-after she will compete on 23 August in Germany and 20 August - 1 September in Lithuania. “It is going well but the aim is not to be at peak performance now, so we take this as part of my training,” said Charlene. “As long as I maintain my current ranking, I should qualify for the UCI World Cups, which start in November.” Charlene has recorded some personal best times, recording 11.454 on an indoor track for the flying 200m at the club event. That was quite pleasing because I didn’t really taper for that race, so I’m looking forward to see times closer to November,” she concluded. With some big events and new times behind her, Charlene feels good about the season that lies ahead of her. “I know I am still learning a lot – it is one thing to be faster, but the sprint and keirin in track cycling is a very tactical game and the best way to learn is with racing experience.”
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MOUNTAIN BIKERS CELEBRATE FATHER OF THE NATION AT MANDELA DAY MTB DASH
an intermediate 21km event for weekend warriors and part-time mountain bikers; or a 10km fun ride aimed at younger riders and families, those who are learning the sport, and those who simply want some fun in the saddle. This year all three events have also been opened up to E-Bikes which will allow the growing band of power-assisted riders to be part of the celebration. As always the prizes for the top riders are among the best for a one-day standard classic distance event with R10 000 each for the winning male and female elite riders. The large prize fund normally means there is a strong contingent of top riders battling for the lead. Last year was no different with Candice Lill and Matthys Beukes claiming the honours. Former Pietermaritzburg resident Lill, who has recently been notching up some great results on the international World Cup circuit, was in a class of her own as she rode away from the opposition to secure a big win over the experience Jeannie Dreyer with schoolgirl Tiffany Keep third. Photo: 2018 Mandela Day MTB Dash - Photo Credit: Gavin Ryan/QuikPix
Mountain bikers will once again have their annual opportunity to celebrate the life of the Father of the Nation when the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash takes place on Saturday, 24 August at the Mandela Capture Site near Howick. The three mountain bike races are part of the weekend of events that include a road running marathon, trail runs, a fun run and a triathlon, all taking place in honour of former President Nelson Mandela. The jamboree of participation sports which are centred around the world-famous Mandela Capture Site has quickly established itself as one of the top sporting events hosted in KZN. Mountain bikers have the choice of riding in memory of South Africa’s greatest global icon in three different events - a 42km race for serious top-level competitors;
All the Mandela Day MTB Dash events start and finish at the world famous capture site in Lions River. The routes offer riders a chance to tackle some of the best trails in KwaZulu-Natal on a course created by Nick Floros, the Pietermaritzburg-based international course designer. While the slick organisation and well-prepared course are two major factors which will attract riders to this event, the chance to ride in honour of Madiba, the Father of the Nation, makes it a must-do for mountain bikers who want to pay homage to the deeply respected Nobel Peace Prize winner who was instrumental in taking South Africa into a peaceful democracy. For more information on the various Mandela Day Marathon events can be found at www.mandeladm.org.za/mtb-dash/ while online entries are at www.roag.co.za
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Photo: Tour de Limpopo 2019 - Photo credit: Tour de Limpopo/Andrew McFadden
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) and Cycling South Africa (Cycling SA) will host the Africa Cup cycling event from 10-13 October 2019 and will see 20 African nations competing over four days in an event that will offer UCI points towards qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The inaugural Africa Cup took place in Eritrea last year and Nelson Mandela Bay is ready to show itself off as a world-class sporting destination with the second edition. The event format comprises four one-day races, featuring an individual time trial, mixed relay, criterium and a road race. Africa Cup is the first event in a three-year partnership between NMBM and Cycling SA to bring international and championship events to Nelson Mandela Bay. A legacy project is at the heart of the partnership, whereby cycling programs will be set up in peri-urban areas with the intention to increase the existing cycling culture in the Eastern Cape. The Africa Cup event is open to African national teams, designed to give nations the chance to improve their international rankings. “The event provides a unique opportunity for African cyclists, and in particular women cyclists, an opportunity to gain more UCI race days – where the continental program of events focuses largely on men’s’ road racing. It’s designed to uplift nations in the international rankings. Bringing international races into communities will hopefully entice young people to take up cycling,” Zamuxolo Xatasi, President of Cycling SA said. The racing details are as follows: Day 1 - October 10 (Individual Time Trial), Day 2 - October 11, (Mixed Relay), Day 3 - October 12, (Criterium Race), Day 4 - October 13, (Road Race).
WITH DISCOVERY AND 947 Discovery and 947 are excited to announce a revitalised 23rd edition of Joburg’s most iconic cycling event, encouraging cyclists to move through the city’s streets like never before in the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg on Sunday, 17 November 2019 at Riversands Commercial Park. As part of Discovery’s global commitment to make 100-million people 20% more active by 2025, the event will be staged with an invigorated vision to get more people moving by taking the promotion and growth of cycling in South Africa to the next level. “We’re thrilled to join 947 and set the pace in our home city by hosting the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg,” says Discovery’s Chief Marketing Officer, Firoze Bhorat. “For many years, this signature Joburg event has created an opportunity for people to improve their health outcomes by participating in an iconic city race, and to make lasting memories along the way. Last year, over 40% of 947 cycle race finishers were Vitality members – that’s nearly 10,000 adults out of a field of 25 000. We’re not only looking to build on the number of Vitality members we can get cycling, but how many others we can encourage to be active,” adds Bhorat. Back by popular demand, the event returns with 2018’s flipped route that spans approximately 94.7km of thrilling Joburg terrain that cyclists get to own for a day. The challenge remains, but the spin on the ‘traditional’ route ensures that cyclists get the
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tough climbs out of the way while their legs are still fresh. Supported and hosted by the City of Joburg, cyclists will get to enjoy a safe ride with full road closures on the route. The Discovery 947 Ride Joburg will be bigger and more inclusive than ever with the introduction of a shorter 40km route aimed at novice riders with the appetite to conquer the streets of Joburg at a distance that matches their fitness level. Speaking from France, South African Road Champion and Stage 9 Tour de France Winner, Daryl Impey from Team Mitchelton–Scott, welcomed the Discovery 947 Ride Joburg announcement: “I’m really thrilled to hear about the news that Discovery is investing in our sport. Hope to see you all there and good luck!” Discovery Vitality members will be pleased to learn they will be able to earn 1100 Vitality points for the 94.7km Ride Joburg and 800 Vitality points for the new 40km route.
NEXT GENERATION OF SA PRO CYCLISTS ON THE MOVE With the aim of nurturing the next generation of South African professional cyclists, the PPA founded the PPA Junior High Performance Academy earlier this year and invited young riders between 16 - 18 years of age to apply for its inaugural intake. The riders were required to submit a letter motivating why they should be included, along with a CV of recent and previous race results, as well as any previous performance testing data. After assessing all the applications, 15 very deserving winners have been invited to attend a five-day camp at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa in Cape Town that will consist of various testing and training sessions. The winners are: Joel Davis, Sundisile Mneno, Sibusiso Motsopi, Marc Denhere, Sisipho Willie, Tyler Lange, Justin Chesterton, Luca Ruwiel, Luke Moir, Nicholas Friedrich, Amber Hindmarch, Julia Marx, Tashreeq Abrahams, Imtiaaz van der Hoven and Jason Bruintjies.
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Stress analysis shows that braking, pedalling and suspension forces are not symmetrical, and so the frame is completely asymmetric - designed to deal with those forces where and how they occur when riding. Most noticeably, the frame is designed around a single oversized tapered main pivot utilizing angular-contact headset bearings for durability and superb stiffness. User centered design means that tools needed for servicing are off the shelf items and easy to find in any bikeshop. Stratos AL frames have unique sheathed cable routing and is also internal dropper post compatible to deal with the highly technical demands of modern XC courses. The seat tube is shortened to accommodate a longer dropper post - for more clearance. The AL 5.0 model comes with a Surface alloy seatpost. Fork - To complement the updated geometry and BURST Pivot suspension platform, the fork on the AL 5.0 is a Rockshox Judy Silver TK with 120mm travel. The Judy is lightweight, easy to set up and offers plush suspension with Rockshox’s impeccable track record.
Along with the release of our new top-end carbon XC race machine, the Stratos CF, we are happy to announce the Sido platform replacement alloy XC range, the Stratos AL. Based on the carbon version, the Stratos AL is a more accessible bike for weekend warriors and those not interested in the price implication of carbon bikes. Frame focus: Trickle down technology - The frame design process starts with the carbon version on Linkage, a suspension design program and then moves on to Solidworks, an engineering program. The alloy frame is designed to have similar ride, handling and suspension characteristics to the CF frame. This is accomplished by the brand new ‘Burst Pivot’ - a linkage driven single pivot suspension platform featured on the Stratos AL. On Solidworks the shapes and kinematics are fine tuned and (FEA) finite element analysis can be run on the frame to analyse stresses. AL also gets adjusted geometry to improve handling and stability, making the bike more rider friendly and more technical trail ready than the Stratos CF’s racing nature. Our new Stratos AL frames are around 450g lighter than the Sido frames! Asymmetric Design - The resultant asymmetric frame design is dictated by purpose driven innovation.
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Drivetrain/Brakes - AL 5.0 has a meticulously chosen 1x10 drivetrain with the same gear ratio that you would normally only get on 11 speed setups! A 32t chainring paired with a wide range, evenly spread 11-42t cassette gives you a decent top speed without spinning out, with a light enough top gear to get up steep climbs comfortably. Confidence on a bike is more than just good geometry and suspension choices, but also how quickly and controlled you can bring the bike to a standstill. With that in mind, the AL 5.0 is fitted with Tektro Hydraulic Disc brakes running on a 180mm rotor up front and a 160mm rotor at the rear. Good modulation and solid performance in all weather conditions is what you can expect from these. Wheels - AL 5.0 features 21mm Surface Tubeless ready alloy wheels. The pretaped alloy wheelset is lightweight and with a pair of 2.25” Maxxis Crossmark II tubeless ready tyres. Add sealant, inflate. It’s really that easy. 3-cross Laced with stainless spokes to 32h Shimano Centerlock hubs, these wheels are designed for a max rider weight of up to 120kg. Contact & control parts - AL 5.0 is finished in a high-quality Surface Alloy control part package - all anodized alloy control parts. 780mm wide oversized handlebars and #borntobefast lock-on grips offer superb control. Stratos AL 5.0 - Category: XC Racing, Marathon and trails, Whether this is your first full-suspension or your one-to-do-it-all bike, the Stratos AL 5.0 is a high-5 worthy choice.
PEDAL POWER ASSOCIATION - PLAN OF ACTION FOR WEST COAST CYCLE PATH The Pedal Power Association (PPA), has provided input and information to the City of Cape Town and the South African Police Services (SAPS), to implement a strategy to make to West Coast cycle path safer for all cyclists. As useful as it has been for cyclists, the West Coast cycle path route in and out of the city has also been a dangerous one – since 2017, 15 cases of cyclists being robbed have been reported to the PPA. “However, given that not all cases get reported to us or police authorities, the actual number of incidents is much higher. SAPS, in conjunction with City Of Cape Town, has assessed that it is a criminal element among vagrants living along certain areas along the path that are the biggest threat.” In a recent meeting chaired by Pieter Robberts, Director Policing and Law Enforcement for the City of Cape Town that included the PPA and other role players, the criminal activities on the cycle path was specifically discussed and the following plan of action agreed upon. The area worst affected by the criminal activity is from Woodstock to the Paarden Island My Citi bus stop. This will now be patrolled by a Law Enforcement Unit employing two motorbikes, Segway’s, bicycles and foot patrols. The PPA is willing to donate #bike4All bicycles for these patrols over peak times from 6h00 to 9h00, and then again from 15h30 - 19h00, as well as Sundays when the path has the most traffic. There is also a need for volunteers to do patrols over weekends. Along with a clear and increased law enforcement presence, there will also be 24-hour CCTV monitoring of the area. City law enforcement will also conduct a weekly analysis of activity on the cycle path. They are also looking for volunteers to monitor the cameras in the traffic management centre. CALL TO ACTION - For the plan to work requires assistance from Cape Town’s cycling community too.
Report cases: The PPA and SAPS are calling on cyclists to report the cases to the Maitland or Milnerton Police Stations. Building a clear picture of the criminal activity is an important element of effective policing. Given the CCV footage that can quickly be retrieved, the chances of apprehending criminals and making a strong case against them is dramatically increased. The PPA is asking cyclists who have been attacked in the area from 2017 up to now to please contact email@example.com with your case number and details in order to investigate possible prosecution. Volunteer for patrols: SAPS is asking for volunteers to join the Auxiliary Services that will patrol the area over weekends to ensure the path is safe. The PPA will host a co-ordination meeting, inviting all the role players and cyclists who regularly use the cycle path. The aim will be to discuss issues and give input to further improve this action plan.
BREWERY 2 BREWERY (B2B) - OCTOBER BEER AND MTB FEST At the same time hubbly bubbly happy whales enjoy the warmer ocean waters of Hermanus. These towns have also become favourite mountain bike destinations, due to amazing MTB trail networks supported by great local cuisine, diverse accommodation and their weekend breakaway characters. Quite recently another gorgeous item was added to the town’s menu’s; craft beer. The Old Potter’s Brewery in Greyton and the Hemel-en Aarde Brewery in Hermanus, have become popular stops for mountain bikers and tourists, to quench a thirsty throat with a delightful and variety of good craft beers. Join the October Beer and MTB Fest on the weekend of 5-6 October 2019. The Festival kicks off on Saturday morning 5 October at the Old Potters Brewery in Greyton, with registration, MTB rides on local trails, a German Band and an oversupply of wonderful craft beers and festival vibes. The race day starts on Sunday, 6 October 2019 at 8h00 from Old Potters in Greyton to the Hemel-en-Aarde Brewery at Wine Village, near Hermanus; a 85km scenic route with a 1550m elevation. There is also a shorter and circular 25km route option which starts at 8h15 and finishes at the Old Potters Brewery in Greyton . Greyton and Hermanus are commonly known for their unique character, clean air, mountains, whales and wines. During spring the farm landscapes of Greyton are transformed into beautiful wheat green and yellow canola fields.
The shorter option is for the not so fit and/or over Beer Fest indulged MTB’s who can after the finish, drive their buddies cars to the Hemel-en-Aarde Brewery finish near Hermanus. Entires open on 5 August. For more information visit www.b2b.beer
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN CYCLING SUCCESSES University of Cape Town (UCT) cyclists did the institution proud in the recent University Sports South Africa (USSA) Cycling Championships 2019, with team members Hayley Preen and Courtney Webb taking second and third places overall in the women’s event. Preen also took two silvers (Sprinter’s jersey and King of the Mountain) while, Webb, cycling in her USSA debut, took the King of the Mountain (KOM) bronze. The men’s champion’s crown went to Tuks student Alexander Worsdale, while Tiffany Keep (Varsity College) took the women’s title. The championships, held over four days at the beginning of July, comprised a road tour, hill climb, individual time trial and a criterium, as well as a mountain bike race. The UCT men’s team, walked away with two podium finishes on stages, as well as a silver in the Sprinter’s jersey and a third overall for the team position, behind very strong University of Pretoria (Tuks) and Stellenbosch University (Maties) teams. During Stage 5 criterium, team captain Martin Freyer and Luke Evans fought back valiantly, with Freyer narrowly beaten to the line by Gert Heyns, the Maties student who was crowned USSA mountain bike champion for the first time in his career when the championships concluded in Stellenbosch. UCT’s women’s team, prepared for three days of hard racing, saw Preen finish second in both the long stage (100km) and the short stage (63km). Webb’s third place in the latter stage, a few minutes behind Preen and several minutes ahead of her competitor in the third GC spot, bumped Webb up from eighth to fourth in the GC. Preen was again second in the Stage 3 hill climb. Webb finished fourth, closing the time gap on the GC third place.
Photo: UCT’s women’s first team after winning the USSA team classification at the 2019 USSA Champs - Photo Credit: Liam Snaddon
Stage 4 saw an impressive result for the home team, with four cyclists finishing in the top 10 – Preen in second, Webb in sixth, Megan McCarley in seventh and Saskia van der Merwe in 10th. The final criterium saw another second-place finish for Preen, and a fourth spot for Van der Merwe. McCarley said the biggest take-home from USSA 2019 was the overall improvement in the women’s racing team. “With the majority of the team still eligible to race for UCT for another year, we are excited to see what future racing holds,” she said.
SAVE THE BELLVILLE VELODROME - HAVE YOUR SAY!
Is it the end of an era for the historic Bellville Velodrome and Athletics Stadium? It will become, if no major objections are received by 14 August 2019. The City of Cape Town Council decided to call for public participation regarding the use, control, and management of the Velodrome & Athletic Stadium and the sale of the unregistered erven Erf 41264, 41265, and 40820 – including the air rights. The public participation process commenced on 14 June. This will give every resident, sports club and school an opportunity to be part of the decision-making process, specifically for the future of the Velodrome and Athletics Stadium.
netball, drum-majorettes, karate/judo and a number of other codes that also use the facilities, will be worst off in the long run, and very likely, some of these disciplines will “die”. We require a lot more public participation, and we ask members to please object to the proposal from City of Cape Town, which few folk can argue has any benefit whatsoever to sport in the Western Cape, country and most importantly of all, youth in the Western Cape.” - Morné Veer ,Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club. “The city intends granting long-term rights to use, control and/or manage the cityowned property of the Bellville Stadium and Velodrome for an initial period of 30 years, with two renewal options for an additional 15 years each,” said city spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo. At a full council meeting in October 2010, approval was given for the city to award a R3billion tender to establish retail, business, residential, hotel and conference facilities in the velodrome precinct. The development was supposed to be completed by the end of 2014. A tender dispute between the City of Cape Town and a property development consortium has held up the development of the Bellville velodrome almost 10 years after it was awarded.
Photo Credit: Full Gas Racing
The property is located in Bellville on Carl Cronje Drive in Tyger Valley. It includes the velodrome, athletic stadium and the adjacent public parking area. A public meeting was held on 25 July 2019 at the Bellville Velodrome with attendance from athletes, residents, sports clubs, parents, and schools, to get answers from the City of Cape Town. “Thank you to the club members who responded to our call to attend last night’s meeting. Much has been said by the public, and very little by City of Cape Town. However, what can clearly be confirmed, is that sports such as cycling, athletics,
“The city does not have the funds to maintain the Velodrome and Bellville Athletics Stadium. As a result, it was sold to a developer who purchased it with the intent of upgrading the facilities for sporting events. This developer is wanting to change the terms and conditions of the agreement and is proposing to demolish the current facilities and build high-density housing, hotels and shops. This would essentially leave the surrounding areas without a community sport and recreation facility and will lead to an increase in traffic,” - Kenridge Hills Ratepayers Association. Although the public attendance at the Bellville Velodrome and Athletics Stadium had a good turnout, it is important to address your official objection to the City of Cape Town. If you would like to see this facility retained as a public sports facility submit your comment before the closing date of the public participation process on 14 August 2019. Submit your comment online: http://ow.ly/BnYs30pdzDS
20 - 22
Event Cost - All 3 Days, R1400pp - Single Stage, R500pp (kids under 10, R50 per day)
Timing by Great-Time
2019 Online Entries: www.entrytime.com T: 074 457 6777 | W: www.langeberglinkmtb.com // Based at Oudewerf, 10km from Swellendam on the R60 \\ // Light snack after each day’s ride \\
Route - Stage 1 Night Race - 4km lap
// t-shirt & goody bag to all pre-entries, Medals to all 3-day ﬁnishers\\
- Stage 2, 52km - 900m ascent
// accommodation: www.swellendam-info.co.za \\
- Stage 2, 28km - 520m ascent
NISSAN TRAILSEEKER MTB
NAMAQUA DAISY CHALLENGE
A chilly morning greeted riders to the third leg of the Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, Hermanus on 6 July 2019. The stunning Sumaridge Wine Estate was the perfect venue for the race, with a picturesque backdrop of the ocean and wine valley below. Gushing winds made the race truly interesting and added to the already tough elevation.
On 10 - 11 August 2019 Die Keldery in Vredendal will be hosting the annual Namaqua Daisy Challenge. In addition to the 1-day races, they have a new challenge this year - the 2-day extreme event. These are MTB and trail running races that consists of three stages. The MTB Xtreme Challenge consists of three stages - the technical stage, a night ride, and lastly a gravel ride. The 55km technical stage kicks oﬀ with a cycle through the outskirts of Vredendal. Some singletrack, technical climbs and even a short rock garden adds excitement to this stage. Riders should remember to keep some gas in the tank for upcoming stages and enjoy the daisies in bloom. Next up is the 15km night ride. This stage will start shortly after sunset. Front and rear lights are compulsory. Cyclists ﬁnish the 2-day challenge with a 95km gravel ride. Riders will ride along the sea past Doringbaai and Strandfontein. Riders will travel via the Olifants River canal and farm roads towards Vredendal and to Die Keldery Restaurant. The race ends with a nice ﬂat sprint, where after riders can enjoy a well deserved cold one and exchange “war” stories with fellow cyclists. There will be a R5 000 prize for the Xtreme MTB men and women overall winners and a R2 500 prize for the Xtreme Trail Run men & women overall winners. Like previous years runners or cyclists can take part in the 1-day races on 11 August. If you prefer mountain biking, register for the 15km (new route), 27km or 45km MTB routes. This year there will also be an e-bike category at the Daisy Challenge. The Daisy Challenge will be hosting a fun-ﬁlled and colorful Colour Fun Run & Ride. This event is always the highlight of the Namaqua Daisy Challenge and is perfect for children, less experienced runners and cyclists, or anyone who wants to have lots of fun. After all the races, participants and their families will gather at Die Keldery for some festivities and celebration.
Photo: Arno du Toit - Photo Credit: Nick Muzik Photography
The race attracted 700 entrants from all over South Africa to compete in one of the most scenic destinations. The routes had beautiful single tracks winding through vineyards, jeep tracks and a view from Rotary drive which overlooks the entire Hermanus bay. Both SA XCM Champions, Arno du Toit and Samantha Sanders were leading throughout the race, kept their lead solid and took the title again - two weeks in a row. On 17 August 2019 the Nissan Trailseeker Series stops over for Round #4 in the heart of the Cape Winelands which is arguably the best trails in SA. The picturesque town of Wellington is a scenic 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, with lots to offer to visitors both on and off the bike. The beautiful Bosman Family Vineyards is the perfect venue to host such a fun and family friendly event. New additions to the legendary trails will be unveiled, with challenging and enjoyable features for riders of all skill- and fitness levels. Riders can look forward to an idyllic ride with panoramic views, with 10km, 20km, 40km and 65km routes on offer. For more information visit mtb.trailseekerseries.co.za
For more information visit www.daisychallenge.com
ROBERTSON WINE VALLEY - CELEBRATING 14TH WINE ON THE RIVER FESTIVAL Satisfy your wanderlust and take a journey to the country on the scenic Route 62. Robertson Wine Valley is celebrating their 14th Wine on the River festival in partnership with Nedbank on 11 – 13 October 2019. On this weekend the most talented winemakers, innovative craftspeople and inspiring chefs from the area will be congregating on Goudmyn Farm off the R317, to treat festival goers to over 25 wine farms to showcase the best fine wines. Book your seat at this years’ Wine Theatre and be entertained by hosts, Jon Meinking and Wanda Cronje, for unique wine tasting and food pairing experiences that will satiate your senses. Use your wine tasting coupons to discover new wines on show and stock up on your favourites at the wine boutique shop. Treat yourself with a Connoisseurs ticket and be a VIP for a day in the Nedbank Lounge inclusive of all sorts of goodies and treats. Meander through stalls that will showcase local produce, artisanal fare and all sorts of beautiful keepsakes, while listening to live music. A dedicated children’s area will offer activities for all ages. The popular boat cruise will offer leisurely river trips or book a wine safari ride to take you to nearby farms. A glamping package is on offer inclusive of tickets, transport, wine and more. Tickets available from Howler and vary from R150 - R350. A VIP ticket at R750. For more info on accommodation, transport and wine theatre bookings contact 023 626 3167, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wineonriver.com
Photo: Wine on the River - Photo Credit: Robertson Wine Valley
EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO - AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2019 EVENT
Uwe Koetter #RidetheHunt Challenge #4
1 - 31 August
Spur School League SC #1
Oakhill School, Knysna
Spur School League WC #2
Willowbridge MTB Expo
2 - 4 August
Willowbridge Shopping Centre, Durbanville
Madibaz MTB XCO Series #3 - Bergadder
Nelson Mandela University George Campus
Steeple CX Cup 2019 Race #5
Rondebosch Boys High School
Storms River Traverse
9 - 11 August
Stormsriver, Garden Route
Namakwa Daisy Challenge
10 - 11 August
MTB & Trail Run
Die Keldery, Vredendal
Spur School League SC #2
Greenwood Bay School, Plettenberg Bay
Trailseeker Series WC XCM #4 & WP XCM #2
Bosman Family Vineyards, Wellington
Staalwater MTB Challenge
Caledon Hotel and Spa
Steeple CX Cup 2019 Round #6
Rondebosch Boys High School
Spur School League WC #3
Montana High School, Worcester
Spur School League SC #3
Outeniqua School, George
MTB & Trail Run
Arendsrus Country Lodge, George
Tiletoria Elgin Valley MTB
Paul Cluver /De Rust Estate
3-Day Ladies Event
30 August - 1 September
Wederom Wine Farm, Robertson
Thys Memorial MTB / WC Champs & WP XCM #3
Darling Hills MTB
30 August - 1 September
Darling Golf Club, Darling
Greyton MTB Tour
31 August - 1 September
PPA Sportive #5
Perdeberg Winery, Paarl
Raithby Road Race (WP Cycling)
Raithby, Somerset West
Steeple CX Cup 2019 Round #7 Grand Finale
Klein Constantia Wine Farm
Madibaz MTB XCO 2019 Series #4 (Finals)
Nelson Mandela University, George
6 - 8 September
6 - 8 September
Fedhealth MTB & WP XCM #4
7 - 8 September
The Retreat, Boschendal
Westcoast Fun Ride
Koeberg Cricket Club, Duynefontein
Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge & Trail Run
Piket-Bo-Berg Trail Park
Beacon Hill Secondary School Criterium (WP Cycling)
Beacon Valley, Cape Town
Cape Pioneer Trek
8 - 14 September
Queens Hotel, Oudtshoorn
Dr Evil Classic
19 - 21 September
Langeberg Link MTB
20 - 22 September
Oudewerf Farm, Swellendam
Karoo to Coast
SA National BMX Championships
The Cradle BMX Club, Gauteng
De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience
27 - 29 September
De Hoop Collection
Rooiberg Dorsland MTB Challenge
PPA Sportive #6
Simonsvlei Winery, Paarl
Timbercity Cycle Tour
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EXPERIENCE THE VERY FIRST ELGIN WINTER FESTIVAL IN AUGUST There’s something quite magical and authentic about winter in Elgin. greet the mornings with dragon breath and steaming cups of coffee, then wrap themselves up in the mandatory winter woollies. As the last of the moody afternoon light filters through the tips of the Groenlandberg mountain, muddy boots are hung up to dry, stoves get lit, the red wine is opened as wafts of wood burning fires and homecooked meals fill the air. For those not already tempted - Elgin Grabouw Tourism are inviting you to come and experience the very first Elgin Winter Festival - Winter, Wine and Words over the long weekend from 9 - 11 August 2019. It will be a festival to celebrate all that we love about winter, fireplaces, red wine, world class entertainment, books and deliciously warm comfort food! There will also be a special focus on the ladies in honour of National Woman’s Day on 9 August 2019. The Elgin Valley will be pulling out all the stops over the weekend to impress and entertain visitors, from a first of its kind indoor Elgin Wine Festival at the Railway Market on the Friday evening, to wine master classes hosted at various wine estates throughout the weekend. Fitness enthusiasts of all levels are invited to take part in a Saturday morning Parkrun event and Sunday morning Mountain Bike Rides from Trails End Bike Hotel, which alongside South Hill Vineyards, will host Elgin Valleys very first Literary Book Festival for fans of crime writing. Women’s Day bubbly specials will be running all weekend long for the ladies at the charming Rojaal Restaurant, as well as a unique and very exciting “The Wine, The Women and The Wardrobe” market at Galileo Farm. The highlight of the weekend is most definitely the live entertainment at the Elgin Railway Market on the Saturday night, where multi-instrumentalist folk-rock duo Bottomless Coffee Band will be joining us to add to the festivities. Elgin River Lodge will be offering River cruises on their open air barge.
Photo: The Beauty and the Beastie - Photo Credit: Pieter Silberbauer
There is plenty for the whole family to come and enjoy, including horse outrides and kids pony rides at Long Shadows Farm. For more information on the schedule of events visit www.winesofelgin.co.za
SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS WEEK EXTENDS TO INCLUDE WEEKENDS
Photo: West Coast National Park - Photo Credit: SANParks
The inaugural South African National Parks Week took place in 2006 and was aimed at linking the South African national parks system to the global national movement and to also showcase the best of South Africa’s national parks. South African National Parks will be presenting the 14th annual SA National Parks Week from 8-15 September 2019. This year SANParks is pleased to announce that it has extended SA National Parks Week to include weekends, heeding the request from South Africans who don’t have time to visit national parks during the week. The week grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities. Free entry excludes Namaqua National Park and Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Cableway in Table Mountain National Park. It should be noted that free access to parks does not in include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities. Some of the parks include: Addo Elephant National Park, Agulhas National Park (The Park is an open access park with no pay points), Bontebok National Park, Camdeboo National Park, Garden Route National Park, Karoo National Park, Mountain Zebra National Park, Table Mountain National Park (Free entry excludes Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Cableway in Table Mountain National Park), Tankwa Karoo National Park and West Coast National Park.
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Local heroes perform for SA national colours: In the women’s race Western Cape cyclist Candice Lill raced to victory at the 2019 South Afri...
Published on Jul 31, 2019
Local heroes perform for SA national colours: In the women’s race Western Cape cyclist Candice Lill raced to victory at the 2019 South Afri...