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14 June 2011

14 June 2011

In this email:

  • “Safe Mountain Day” on Sunday 19 June
  • MTB skills workshop
  • Forthcoming Events
  • Greyton MTB Classic

Bring your bicycle or put on your hiking boots and come and enjoy Table Mountain this Sunday 19 June, when the Table Mountain Forum will host the first “Safe Mountain Day”, aimed at increasing awareness around the safety plan for the mountain. From 09h00-12h00, members of SAPS, Metro Police, Law Enforcement and SANParks will patrol the mountain to show how integrated efforts can increase safety. The patrol operations will cover the most popular access points around the mountain including Rhodes Memorial, Tokai Forest and Kloofnek Road. Come and cycle in Tokai Forest (normal permits will apply), around Rhodes Memorial and in Deer Park (below the tar road). Read more later in the week on the PPA website.

A ladies-only intermediate MTB skills workshop will be held on Saturday 9 July 2011 and a men’s-only intermediate workshop on Sunday 10 July 2011. Amongst others, you’ll learn how to ride rock gardens and drop offs, off-camber paths, single track and corners. The workshops are kept small and personal with a maximum of 8 participants. Read more on the PPA home page and email to book your spot.

Sat 18 June: Greyton MTB Classic – entries open
Sun 19 June:    ‘Safe Mountain Day’
Sat 2 July:  Pick ‘n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – MTB – entries open
Sun 3 July:  Pick ‘n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – Road – entries open
Sat 23 July: Trastevere Wolseley MTB Challenge – entries open
Sat 30 July: Die Burger Mountain Bike Challenge – entries open

For more online entries to other events, go to the PPA Home page and click on the online entries tab.

Saturday 18 June 2011

DISTANCES               45 km; 21 km; 10 km
STARTING TIMES      45 km @ 09h15; 21 km @ 09h30; 10 km @ 09h40
VENUE                       The Oaks farm manor house, R406, Greyton
ENQUIRIES                Angie Wilson
PHONE                       083 566 5783
FAX                            086 672 5713
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE      14 June 2011

Click here to enter online NOW!

Greyton’s looking good for another cracker event on Saturday, packed with great riding and fantastic atmosphere, based at The Oaks estate, 10km outside Greyton towards Riversdale.

Participants can look forward to awesome new single track through Lismore Wine Farm and The Oaks, with changes from 2010 to include new loops, while sections with poor terrain have been removed.

The 45 km and 21 km routes include around 8 km of single track and is fairly technical, with some good quad-burning climbs.  Incredible vistas across the farms and the sections around dams, vineyards and orchards will keep you focused, though.

The 45 km MTB route is a tough, solid route for fit riders, traversing 6 farms with a huge variety of terrain including single track, jeep and animal tracks, rocky sections, forest and fynbos, orchards, and takes you around magnificent dams and vineyards with around 1000m of climbing and incredible views across the valleys of the Overberg.  Be alert on the fast descents.   After a warm-up of approx 5 km, you hit the first single track on the hills of Lismore Wine Estate. Then climb to a mountain-top airstrip and ‘fly’ down again. The last section levels out, with a fast ride to the finish.
The 21 km route (which will be used for the MTB, Trail Run & Duo) follows the first half of the 45 km route which includes all the great forest single track and ensures a great workout with enough climbing to get the heart rate up.
The 10 km route (which will be used for the MTB, Trail Run & Duo) is suitable for all levels of cyclists and runners. The route takes you through orchards, vineyards and around the dam. Expect moderate climbs and great non-technical riding through the countryside.

From the organisers: “We are expecting a large number of participants, so please ensure that you arrive as early as possible for registration.   Hot coffee, tea, cappuccinos and a delicious cooked breakfast is available at the venue while you wait for your start.”    Registration opens at 7am.”

From Cape Town, take the N2 to Caledon. Turn off at the R406 to Greyton/Genadendal. After 30km on this tar road, you’ll reach the picturesque village of Greyton.  Follow the MTB signs to the Riviersonderend Road. Greyton is approximately 150km from Cape Town – expect just under 2 hours of driving time to get there. GPS Coordinates:  34º05’44.43 S; 19º41’43.48 E; see the calendar section of the PPA website for interactive directions.

At this stage the predicted weather on the day is a minimum temp of 6 degrees Celsius, maximum temp of 17 degrees Celsius; a bit cloudy in the morning but with no rain.

Other events to choose from: 21 km & 10 km Trail Runs or DUO cycle 21km / run 10km.   Visit for all information and entry forms. Online entries close midnight Wednesday, please bring proof of payment should the entry fee not clear by midnight on Wednesday. Great water points on all routes.  Rockhopper Cycles from Greyton will be at the venue with bike spares and for quick repairs. Jumping castle for the kiddies. Delicious and healthy breakfast and lunch available at the venue; catering by the Oak & Vigne restaurant and cold beer and hot coffee.

Great prizes up for grabs. Medals for the first 800 over the finish line (includes all the races). Children u/10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Easy Entry Tickets accepted.

Saturday morning market on the village square – pick up your supplies of home-baked cakes, farm cheeses, organic veggies, pickles and more and enjoy the wonderful country atmosphere and friendly folk, OPEN from 10am till 1pm. Great restaurants and trendy coffee shops, as well as art galleries. Also visit Genadendal’s museum, old mill and interesting craft shop. Stunning hiking trails around the village, or catch the rugby on big screen in one of the pubs. Sunday morning has a 2 hour cycling outride around Greyton; book through Rockhopper Adventures.

Remember to wear your PPA funride number and bring sludge for your tyres.

Pre-Entries Late Entries
Distance Entry Fee PPA Discounted Entry Fee Entry Fee PPA Discounted Entry Fee
45 km R155 R120 R175 R140
21 km R135 R100 R155 R120
10 km R110 R80 R130 R100
CSA Day License Included included
Temp Nr R5 (unseeded) R30 (seeded) R5 (unseeded)

Yours in cycling
The PPA Team