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7 September 2011

7 September 2011

In this newsletter:
* PPA Annual General Meeting reminder
* MTB Beginner’s Workshop
* PPA One Tonner entries reminder
* PPA back numbers for this weekend’s events
* Forthcoming Events: September and October
* This weekend on the calendar: Marc’s Simonsberg Paarl Rotary MTB Challenge & Orbit Tour de Worcester

PPA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The PPA Annual General Meeting is taking place next Wednesday 14 September 2011, at the Canal Walk Auditorium, 17h45 for 18h30 start. For catering purposes, please RSVP to info@pedalpower.org.za by Friday 9 September.

MTB BEGINNER’S WORKSHOP
The next beginners’ MTB workshops will take place on Sat 10 Sept. Topics covered include basics like how to handle obstacles, how to handle different terrain; body position and various riding techniques. Pre-bookings only. Read more here.

Please contact Samantha at the PPA Office on (021) 689-8420 or email marketing@pedalpower.org.za to book your place.

PPA ONE TONNER
Are you doing the DC this year? Then don’t miss the PPA One Tonner on Sunday 16 October; one of only a handful of events with a distance over 100km. Late entries apply from 1 October. Entries close on 5 October or when 1500 entries have been reached, whichever comes first.

Click here for more information and to enter online.
P.S. Don’t forget to order your 2011 PPA One Tonner T-shirt when entering – pre-orders only.

NEW MTB AND ROAD SEEDED FUNRIDE NUMBERS
We are currently busy posting the third batch of seeded numbers, and if you renewed your subs during July and August, your number should have reached you or reach you this week.
If you did a road event that used PPA numbers in the last year, you’ll get a road number. If you did a MTB event that used PPA numbers in the past year, you’ll get a MTB number, and if you did both, you should receive both.
If you now want to do events in the other discipline as well, please contact the PPA Office at least 2-3 days before the event, so that we can organise a number for you. Read more here.

Don’t forget to bring and wear your new brown MTB-specific back number to the Paarl Rotary MTB or your blue Road-specific back number if you are taking part in the Tour de Worcester this weekend (you cannot use a road number at a MTB event, or vice versa).

FORTHCOMING EVENTS: SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER
Sat 10 Sept:      Marc’s Simonsberg Paarl Rotary MTB Challenge – entries open
Sun 11 Sept:     Orbit Tour de Worcester – entries open
Wed 14 Sept:     PPA Annual General Meeting, Canal Walk
Sun 25 Sept:      Penny Pinchers Herald Karoo to Coast MTB Challenge
Sun 25 Sept:      Piket-Bo-Berg MTB – entries open
Sun 2 Oct:         Lion of Africa De Grendel MTB
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
Sun 23 Oct:       Tiletoria West Coast Express Funride – entries open
Sat 29 Oct:        Durbanville High School Funride and MTB

For event information and links to online entries, visit our homepage and click on the online entries tab.

This weekend on the funride calendar:

MARC’S SIMONSBERG PAARL ROTARY MTB CHALLENGE AT BACKSBERG
Saturday 10 September 2011

DISTANCES 45 km; 30 km; 5 km
STARTING TIMES 45 km @ 08h00; 30 km @ 08h30; 5 km @ 09h00
VENUE Backsberg Estate Cellars. Paarl
ENQUIRIES Clive Trent
PHONE (021) 875-5141 / 083 753 9949
EMAIL clive@backsberg.co.za
PRIZE GIVING/CUT-OFF 12h30
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE 12h00 on 9 September 2011      
REGISTRATION ENQUIRIES elsabe@donkerhoek.co.za

Click here to enter online

ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The 45 km and 30 km routes will expose you to some of the best scenery in the area, with great views of the winelands with Table Mountain in the background. The roads are 80% jeep track with some single-track and open roads in between. Expect some solid climbs, from meandering S-bend climbs to murderous little bumps with fast forest road down hills to recover. The 45 km, in particular, includes a long continuous, steep climb of 630 m – if you are not a fit and experienced rider, you could be walking quite a bit on this climb!

The routes include virgin single-track and private land which has been opened up just for the event. PLEASE NOTE: There are BEEHIVES on the course. Please carry ANTIHISTAMINE with you if you are allergic to bee stings.

The 5 km ride is an undulating route on and around the wine estate.
See the Paarl Rotary website for more info.

DIRECTIONS TO VENUE
From Cape Town, take the N1 North, turning off at Exit 47 to Klapmuts/Wellington. Turn right under the bridge towards Klapmuts.  Cross over the 4-way stop and the railway bridge.  Turn left 200 meters along onto the Simondium/Franschhoek Road.  After 5 km, Backsberg will be on your right. GPS Coordinates: S 33°49’42.49; E 18°54’56.86.

NOTES
Some route changes may occur. For more information about the venue, visit our website. All children u/10 must be accompanied by an adult. Easy Entry Tickets accepted. Go to www.paarlrotary.co.za and read up about special activities on the day like food & wine pairing, glass blowing demo, horse rides for kids and the food on offer. Remember to bring and wear your brown PPA MTB funride number.

Pre-Entries Late Entries
Distance Entry Fee Discounted PPA Entry Fee Entry Fee Discounted PPA Entry Fee
45 km R135* R85 R175* R110
30 km R135* R85 R175* R110
5 km R40 R40

* CSA Day Licenses (R35) and temporary number (R5)

 

ORBIT TOUR DE WORCESTER: NOTE NEW VENUE
Sunday 11 September 2011
DISTANCES 98 km, 69 km
STARTING TIMES 07h30, 08h45
ORGANISING COMMITTEE Lions Club Worcester
VENUE Kleinplasie show grounds, R60, Worcester
ENQUIRIES Hanno Conradie
PHONE 082 775 9242
EMAIL hanno@merwida.com
PRIZE GIVING 13h00
CUT-OFF 13h30
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE 08 September 2011

Click here to enter online

ROUTE DESCRIPTION
New venue! The event will start at the Kleinplasie show grounds (Kleinplasie Plaasmuseum) in Worcester, which means both routes will hit the few small climbs through Brandwacht (including “Leeu se Nek”) now shortly after the start. Enjoy the breather on the flat section before turning right onto the R43, direction Ceres/Wolseley. Please exercise caution on this section: The R43 is a narrow road; keep well left of the centre line at all times. Both routes then turn left towards Goudini before participants pedal through Rawsonville (caution: potholes in the main road).

Once through Rawsonville, cyclists will pedal past the turn-off to Louwshoek (where the previous venue was), and continue towards Worcester past the Nekkies Resort. Turn right onto the R43 towards Villiersdorp and left towards Nuy/Robertson. The routes split at the R60 Robertson Road T-junction.

The 98 km riders will turn right onto the R60 towards Robertson before turning left towards Nuy. This loop includes 1,8 km of well-prepared gravel road before returning to the R60 and Worcester. The new finish is in a side road on the Robertson side of Kleinplasie – watch out for the marshals signalling a right turn into Perkins St about 800m before the finish.

The 69 km riders will turn left towards Worcester when they reach the R60. The finish is as above.

DIRECTIONS TO VENUE
From Cape Town, take the N1 towards Worcester. Travel past the first turn-off to Worcester and turn right at the third traffic light (Roux St) towards Robertson and the R60.  At the intersection with Hoog Street (the Main Road), turn left and right again at the next traffic lights toward Robertson. Kleinplasie will be on your left. Follow the signs to the parking area. GPS co-ordinates: S 33° ’38 33”; E 19° ’28 04”

NOTES
New, bigger venue. The route is still pretty similar to the 2010 route, with the two loops of the ‘figure of 8’ just being turned around. All riders under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Easy Entry Tickets accepted. League riders will start first, with the tandems following at 07h45, and the seeded groups from 07h50.

League riders will also start first in the shorter route, followed by the tandems at 08h50 and then the rest of the seeded groups.
Remember to bring and wear your new blue PPA road funride number.

Distance Pre-Entries Late Entries
Entry Fee Discounted PPA entry fee Entry Fee Discounted PPA entry fee
98 km R105 R95 R135 R115
69 km R95 R85 R125 R105
CSA Day License R35 R35
Temp nr R5 (unseeded) R5 (unseeded) R30 (seeded)

Yours in cycling
The PPA Team