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GENERAL

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

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Event Cost - All 3 Days, R1400pp - Single Stage, R500pp (kids under 10, R50 per day)

September 2019

Timing by Great-Time

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- Stage 2, 52km - 900m ascent

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- Stage 2, 28km - 520m ascent

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