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24 January

24 January

This week in the news

  • PPA women’s event on TV!
  • Cycling safety at events
  • No Transponder, No Time!
  • Killarney training
  • Forthcoming Events: January to March
  • What’s happening this weekend: Bouckaert Soenen Funride & MTB

CYCLING SAFETY AT EVENTS
You are responsible for your safety on the road even when racing, so be sure to keep your eyes on the road and think of your fellow cyclists’ safety, no matter how competitive it gets.

– Stay left of the white line at all times and listen to the Think Bike marshals.
– When cycling in bunches, be sure to leave some space on either side of the bunch to allow for left and right movement on the road without crossing any center lines.
– When cycling in neutral zones, stay left at all times and in single file, allow cars to pass you quickly. Normal road rules applies so be sure to signal your intentions and stop at traffic lights, stop streets etc. Take the neutral areas carefully, the race is finished and no doubt your legs are tired, take it slow and safe!

“NO TRANSPONDER, NO TIME”
Please remember to bring and wear your transponder at all PPA events.

No timing results will be given to those cyclists who do not wear transponders. Timing chips (transponders) are available from the PPA office during the week, the PPA mobile office at events and from Racetec crew at the start and finish of events (look for them at the timing mats). Please note that only paid-up PPA members wearing a transponder will receive a time.

KILLARNEY TRAINING
Join us on Tuesdays for cycle training sessions at the Killarney Motor racing track near Milnerton. Registration commences at 17h30, with training from 18h00 – 19h00. Please give way to any vehicles exiting the pits area, and do not leave valuables in your car. PPA members: R15; non-members: R30. Read more on the website.

PPA HEELS ON WHEELS – ON TV TONIGHT
Watch Super Cycling on Tuesday 24 January, Channel SS6 19.00 for footage of this fun women’s event that took place on 11 December.

SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR
Sun 29 Jan: Bouckaert Soenen  Funride and MTB (PCS event) – entries open
Sat 4 Feb: Franschhoek Lions/ Porcupine MTB Challenge – entries open
Sun 5 Feb: The GP Koning Waterproofing and Roofing Roller Coaster – entries open
Sat 11 Feb:  Reeds Chevrolet Ninety Niner Cycle Race – entries open
Sun 19 Feb: Medallion Tour de Stellenbosch
Sun 19 Feb:  Cape Peninsula Marathon Cycle (untimed)
Sat 25 Feb: Wellington Lions Cycle Day
Sun 26 Feb: Bay City Cycle Tour
2-4 Mar: Grape Escape MTB
3-4 Mar: Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenges
Sun 11 Mar: Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour
24-25 Mar: PPA Wacky Wheels Fun Overnight Tour

This weekend on the PPA funride calendar:

BOUCKAERT-SOENEN LEAGUE, FUNRIDE AND MTB
SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 2012
DISTANCES Road: 126 km, 72 km, 45 km;
MTB: 45 km, 25 km
STARTS   Road: 126km @ 06h15; 72km @ 07h45; 40km @ 08h50
MTB: 45km @ 07h15; 19km @ 08h30
ORGANISER   Rotary Club Paarl
VENUE    Paarl Boys High Sports Grounds, Brug Street, Paarl
ENQUIRIES                                Marcia (021) 863-3333 (O/H)
Convenor: Luc (021) 863-3333 (O/H)
PRIZE GIVING/ LUCKY DRAW 11h00 / 12h00
CUT-OFF    12h30
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE  27 January 2012
ON-LINE ENTRIES  www.paarlrotary.co.za or www.pedalpower.org.za

ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
Road: The 126 km route follows a loop towards Malmesbury. Cyclists will pedal past Wellington, Hermon and Riebeeck-Kasteel, including a loop through the Voor-Paardeberg area. The route turns left onto the Suid-Agterpaarl road past Fairview and left onto the R45/ R101 to finish at the Paarl Boys High sports grounds. The 72 km route cuts out the Hermon loop and turns left off the R45 onto the Sonop/Klipheuwel road to follow the 126 km route home. The 45 km route goes around Paarl Mountain and has no serious climbs. It meets up with the other routes near the Windmeul Winery. PLEASE NOTE – A compulsory cut-off will be enforced for the 126 km route.

With no road closure, cyclists must stay left of the median, and obey traffic signs, officials and marshals at all times. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

MTB: Both long and short MTB routes start with a tough 8 km climb before following routes below Paarl Rock and through the reserve. Both routes then go down to the R101 and turn left to the finish. The 19 km route will be untimed.

DIRECTIONS TO VENUE:
Take Exit 55 from the N1 (R45/Paarl Main Road). Turn left (if coming from Cape Town). Follow the Main Road beyond the Boulevard turn-off to the Paarl Boys High School and follow the ‘parking’ signs. Alternatively take Exit 59 (R303/Jan van Riebeeck Drive), turn left and left again at the first circle to drive over the Berg River Bridge. Turn left at the circle and proceed towards the school’s sports grounds. S: 33°74.99; E: 18°96.49. See PPA website for interactive directions.

NOTES:
All proceeds are used for previously disadvantaged projects supported by Paarl Rotary. Food and drinks stalls will be open before and after the start of the races. Valid Easy Entry Tickets accepted. Please register online to limit registration delays on the day. Check the PPA website for final start times. Please do not use Paarl Main Road to exit Paarl after your ride. Follow the signs from the event organiser’s.

Remember to wear your relevant PPA road/MTB funride number. Please contact the PPA Office by Thursday if you have not received your number.

Pre-Entries Late Entries
Distance Entry Fee PPA discounted entry fee Entry Fee PPA discounted entry fee
Road 126 km R160 R120 R190 R160
Road 72 km    R150 R110 R190 R150
Road 40 km R140 R100 R170 R140
MTB 45 km R150 R110 R180 R150
MTB 19 km (untimed) R 50 R 50 R 50 R 50
CSA Day License R35 – R35 –
Temp Nr R5 (unseeded) – R5 (unseeded) R30 (seeded)

Yours in cycling
The PPA Team