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21 September 2011

21 September 2011

In this newsletter:
* PPA One Tonner entries: one week to go
* Killarney training starts on 27 Sept
* MTB Workshop with Erica Green
* Forthcoming Events: September and October
* This weekend on the funride calendar Pennypinchers Die Burger Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge & Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge

PPA ONE TONNER – just over 1 week to go for entries!
Normal entry fees apply for the month of September, whereafter late entry fees apply. Entries close on 5 October or when 1500 entries have been received, whichever comes first. Enter online here Don’t forget to pre-order your 2011 PPA One Tonner T-shirt when entering.

Our first training session of the Spring funride season will take place next week, Tuesday 27 September from 17h30 (registration), with the actual cycling on the track taking place from 18h00-19h00. R15 for PPA members; R30 for non-members. 

New to off-road riding and need some skills training so that you can really start enjoying your bike? Or maybe you have been riding for a while, but have become a bit rusty on the basic skills? PPA has asked our own Erica Green, who at one staged ranked in the top 30 female cyclists in the world, to host a one-day MTB beginner’s workshop on Saturday 15 October 2011 to help YOU get more out of riding off-road. Read more on the PPA website home page, and get your paid booking in soonest as there are only 20 places available

Due to the Rugby World Cup final taking place on Sunday 23 October, the Tiletoria West Coast Express PCS event and funride has been postponed until Sunday 20 November 2011. The venue and route remains unchanged.

Sun 25 Sept:     Penny Pinchers Herald Karoo to Coast MTB Challenge (PPA listed event)
Sun 25 Sept:     Piket-Bo-Berg MTB – entries open
Sun 2 Oct:         Lion of Africa De Grendel MTB – entries open
Sat 8 Oct:          Engen Dynamic MTB Challenge – entries open
Sun 9 Oct:        Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge – entries open
Sun 9 Oct:         William Simpson Nissan / Aquellé Apple Blossom MTB
Sun 16 Oct:       PPA One Tonner – entries open
Sat 22 Oct:       Fair Cape Pointbreak MTB – entries open
Sat 29 Oct:       Durbanville High School Funride and MTB
Sun 20 Nov:         Tiletoria West Coast Express Funride – entries open

Check out more online entries on the home page and click on the online entries tab.

Sunday 25 September 2011

DISTANCE 100 km off-road endurance
VENUE Start: Showgrounds, Uniondale
Finish: Knysna High School, Knysna
ENQUIRIES Online entry queries (044) 382-6948
Event info: Zandile Meneses 082 851 3622
Email: or

A beautiful one-way route, starting in the Karoo and traversing the Prince Alfred’s Pass before entering the lush forested areas of Knysna and its surrounds. A substantial dinner is included in the entry fee. Both funriders and professionals rate this race as one of the best on the annual calendar!

Seeding queries will only be considered ON SATURDAY 24th September 2011 from 15:00 until 21:00. Online entries have closed but late entries will be taken at the registration in Uniondale ONLY ON SATURDAY 24th September 2011 from 15:00 until 21:00. NO LATE ENTRIES on Sunday 25th. Online entries – (044) 3826 948 Event – Zandile Meneses 082 851 3622
Email – or

Sunday 25 September 2011

DISTANCES 50 km, 21 km, 9 km
STARTING TIMES 50 km @ 09h00; 21 km @ 09h20; 9 km @ 09h50
ORGANISING COMMITTEE Piket-bo-berg Inwonersvereniging
VENUE Piketberg
ENQUIRIES Jeremy Bryant
PHONE (022) 914-5652
CUT-OFF 15h00
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE 22 September 2011

Click here for online entries

A well-organised event over scenic routes, with some great technical riding in the 50 km route. Starting in an oak lined avenue, the 9 km route passes the farm buildings and goes out into the orchards beyond, enjoying 6 small river crossings and varying terrain. This is a great starter (non-technical) route for the young and novice riders, taking place mostly on farm roads but including an easy forest trail and 32m of climbing.

The 21 km medium route is a solid ride, aimed at less fit/experienced riders who are looking for a great day’s riding. After the start, 21 km riders turn left heading up to Gryskop, a 200m climb over 6 km which is broken into four sections with a gentle rest gradient to get the wind back in the sails. From the summit, you have 360 degree views of mountains valleys and flowers and if the weather plays along you can even see St. Helena Bay and the sea near Elands Bay. The route meanders on the plateau (you may even be lucky enough to see leopard spoor!) and then winds down again to join the short route to the finish.

The 50 km route is quite technical and aimed at fit and technically experienced riders only. It incorporates most of the medium route before heading up the infamous climb to Avontuur Dam, through pristine fynbos areas, with the Groot Winterhoek Mountains on the left and the Rooi Karoo in the valley below. On the southern slopes of the mountain, expect some pretty rough and technical jeep tracks, a river crossing, a fire-break road, and great technical single-track.

Take the N7 past Malmesbury and Moorreesburg. Turn left into Piketberg at the traffic circle. Turn right at the second stop street and right to Elandsbaai/ Redelinghuys on the R366. After 1.2 km, turn left onto the Versfeld Pass. Follow the MTB signs from the top of the hill. Expect 1h30-2 hours of driving time from Cape Town. GPS: S 32°47’4.99; E 18°42’17.14″.

Great family weekend in a newly-opened area. Make a weekend of it and visit the Zebra Festival on the Sat (lots of family entertainment or enjoy the Farmers Market at Kruistementvlei. Food and amusement stalls, a coffee shop and an art exhibition at the race on Sunday. All children u/10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Funds raised with the event will be in aid of local community projects. More info: The first 90 pre-entries for the medium and long routes qualify for a Nexis premium technical cycling shirt. Massages available at the venue: R18 for 10mins.

AWESOME PRIZES: Kaap Agri is sponsoring the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for every route; with prizes from Oregon,  More and Indola; a mountain bike and cycle gear from Zebra; Fresh Fruit; vouchers from local businesses as well as accommodation prizes and produce of the area such as almonds, mead wine, wine and bunches of Proteas and more.
The bees in the orchards are working hard to pollinate so that the farmers can harvest fruit – so please remember the anti-histamine.  September is also tick season, so be on the lookout for the tick before he sticks.
“With our pristine area looking picture perfect, the Piket-Bo-Berg Residence Association are looking forward to hosting this event and seeing you there.”


Pre-Entries Late Entries
Distance Entry Fee PPA discounted entry fee Entry Fee PPA discounted entry fee  
50 km R 100 R 80 R 120 R 100  
21 km R 80 R 60 R 100 R 80  
9 km R 50 R 40 R 60 R 50  
CSA Day License R35 R35  
Temp Nr R5 (unseeded) R5 (unseeded) R30 (seeded)  

Yours in cycling
The PPA Team