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29 July 2011

29 July 2011

In this week’s newsletter:

  • PPA Membership renewal reminder
  • First seeding run
  • Forthcoming Events roundup
  • This weekend on the calendar: Die Burger MTB Challenge
  • Coming up next weekend: Swellendam Canola MTB

PPA membership fees are due annually on 1 July. The easiest and quickest (your membership status is then updated immediately) is to renew your membership via our secure online site – go to and follow the prompts.Amongst others, your Cycling South Africa membership fees will be paid on your behalf; you’ll receive a seeded funride number to use at road and MTB events; PPA pays for its members to be timed at events, and you get various discounts. Read more on our website, or contact the PPA Office on (021) 689-8420 /

Our first seeding run is envisaged to take place next week. Seeding runs include only paid-up members, so if you have not yet paid your subs when the seeding run is done, you will not be included. As soon as we start sending out the new season’s seeded numbers, the old number ceases to be valid.

Sat 30 July:       Die Burger Mountain Bike Challenge – entries closed
Sat 6 Aug:         Swellendam Canola MTB – entries open
Sat 20 Aug:       Swartland MTB Funride – entries open
Sat 27 Aug:        Potberg MTB – entries open

For more events, please go to

Saturday 30 July 2011

VENUE Eikestad Primary School, Doornbosch St, Stellenbosch
ENQUIRIES      Dirtopia
PHONE (021) 884-4752
Late entries at R90 will be accepted at Registration for only 15 km route. Registration will take place on  Friday 29 July from 14h00-18h00 @ Eikestad Primary School, Stellenbosch and on Saturday 31 July from 07h00-09h30 @ Eikestad Primary School, Stellenbosch . NO late entries, substitution, timing chip sales or distance changes on race day. Prize giving is scheduled for 13h00. Stay for the lucky draw afterwards – amongst others, you can win a Giant Revel bike as well as other fantastic prizes. Prizes will be awarded to the first three male & female of each distance that crosses the finish line. Event finishers get 50% discount at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival.

•         You need to be registered at least 30 minutes before your start, if you did not register the day before.
•         Late entries are accepted ONLY for the 15km route, and only until Friday at 18h00.
•         Your friend can collect your race number for you if you send a signed letter with.
•         If you register on Friday, you’ll still receive some goodies. No goodie bags are distributed if you register on race day.
•         For your own safety, do NOT ride with another rider’s number.  Substitutions can be done on Friday for R50 admin fee with a consent letter from the rider that can’t participate anymore.
•         15 km entries cannot move to the longer distances – these distances are all full.
•         Only a few extra items of merchandise will be for sale on Saturday.  Remember to collect your ordered hoodie or T-shirt when collecting your number.

There are refreshment stations along the routes – use them! If you’re not riding for glory, start slower to avoid cramping later on. Control your bicycle, especially on the fast descents. Please don’t litter! This is private land – these routes are ONLY open on event day. Be patient with other riders – this is a mass participation event. Please assist your fellow rider if needed.

From the N1, take the R44 to Stellenbosch. Turn left in Van Reede Street and you will be directed to the Rhenish High School parking area or Bloemhof High School parking. Registration at Eikestad Primary School in Doornbosch Street

75km    A          8:10
60 km   B          8:15
C          8:20
D          8:25
E          8:30
42 km   F          8:35
G          8:40
H          8:45
I           8:50
30 km   J          08:55
K          09:05
L          09:10
M         9:15
15 km   N          9:20
O          9:25
P          9:30
Have a safe and enjoyable ride!

Saturday 6 August 2011

DISTANCES                                         55 km; 35 km; 10 km
STARTING TIMES                                55 km @ 09h00; 35 km @ 09h15; 10 km @ 09h30
ORGANISING COMMITTEE                   Swellendam Cycling club
VENUE                                     Swellendam Primary School
ENQUIRIES                                          Christie Lourens
PHONE                                     082 909 1694
PRIZE GIVING/CUT-OFF                       14h00 at the finish
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE                          4 August 2011
ONLINE ENTRIES                       

A great new route, with a good mixture of riding conditions set in the foot hills of the Langeberg mountains overlooking the ruens fields. The 55 km route has been laid out for the fit and experienced rider to keep you challenged on the climbs and great descents. The downhills are a mix of fast rolling hills with a few technical descents that are clearly marked and well worth the effort of the climb, all in all a route with variation and flow to remind you why we love mountain biking so much. Ride amongst deep-set pine forests and beautiful fynbos with 60% jeep track, 20% gravel and 20% single track and 1800 meters of vertical climbing.

The 35 km is designed for the not-so-fit or not-so-keen for a hard ride. The route is easy going with only a few climbs, with a total 600 meters of climbing. You’ll pedal through farm lands and into the beautiful Bontebok National Park where a variety of game can be seen while riding through fynbos on good gravel roads, looping back to the finish in time to watch the longer route riders come in.

The organisers recommended the scenic 10 km route for beginners and the not-so-fit riders. The 10 km route will not be timed. No sections of any of the routes are repeated.

From Cape Town, take the N2 towards Caledon. At Swellendam, turn left at the second turn-off and follow the signboards to Swellendam Primary School. Start point is opposite Oppi Stoep Coffee Shop, corner Berg and Voortrek streets. Venue GPS Coordinates: 34° 1’5.03″S; 20°27’6.97″E. See the PPA website for interactive route directions.

This funride forms part of the Swellendam Canola Carnival. Contact Mariska on 082 554 5505/ email for the program. Standard PPA entry fees apply. Children u/10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Remember to bring your 2010-2011 PPA funride number (they are still valid at this event)

Pre-Entries Late Entries
Distance Entry fee PPA Discounted Entry Fee Entry fee PPA Discounted Entry Fee
55 km R85 R75 R125 R105
35 km R85 R75 R125 R105
10 km R85 R75 R125 R105
CSA day license
R35 n.a. R35 n.a.
Temp Nr R5 (unseeded) R5 (unseeded) R30 (seeded)

Yours in cycling
The PPA Team