PPA-OWN AND SUPPORTED EVENTS
In 2019 there’ll be almost 100 events, both road and mountain bike, within a 6-hour drive of Cape Town. With almost 12,000 PPA members in the Western Cape, there certainly is not a shortage of events, as some would like us to believe.
In the past 12 months, PPA added another road fun ride to the calendar and we’ll be adding a few more events to the calendar in 2019.
Gravel events are growing in popularity and seem to attract riders that like to ride off-road, but don’t like things to get too technical. Gravel roads are significantly safer than asphalt roads and we’re definitely looking into this category for new events as it appeals to a wider spectrum of riders, in terms of gender, age, fitness and ability.
The event calendar is literally overflowing with mass participation events and we’re looking at bringing back some overnight tours and offer members “experiences”, rather than just “races”.
From September, we’re introducing a PPA Group Ride, our own What’s App ride. The ride will start and finish at the Mowbray office with a support vehicle following the riders.
Many cyclists are over “racing” and prefer to “just go and ride” their bicycles.
As a non-commercial event organiser, PPA is able to host the types of events for its members that a commercial organiser would not consider. I believe our constitutional mandate to host events, gives us an advantage that we should capitalise on.
Another of our mandates is to assist other event organisers and we’ve been doing so for many years. Quite a few of them have become a little bit too reliant on our help, which takes time & focus away from our own events. To give us more time to work on PPA-own events, we changed the support package we offer to other organisers. Instead of giving them one, standard package, we broke it down into its individual components and organisers can now select the services they really need. The organiser still receives our assistance, we cover costs, but most important, we free up time to focus on our events.