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In this newsletter: * PPA Safe Cycling campaign * Start times for events * 2012 PPA project funding applications now open * 2012 Wacky wheels entries are open! * Tuesday training at Killarney * Event feedback * Forthcoming Events: February to March * What’s happening this weekend: Reeds Chevrolet Ninety Niner Cycle Race PPA LAUNCHES SAFE CYCLING CAMPAIGN PPA is about to launch a major safe cycling campaign to focus attention on safe passing distance. Watch out for our branded buses, print advertising, and bumper stickers linked to a competition in which you can win one of six bicycles. Amongst others, we are looking for names of cycle-friendly coffee shops - read more on our website and send us your nomination now!

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.

In this newsletter: * Killarney training * Cycle Lab Cape Cobra * Forthcoming Events: January to March * What’s happening this weekend: Cycle Lab Cape Cobra 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. STAR-STUDDED FIELD CONFIRMED FOR CYCLE LAB CAPE COBRA CHALLENGE THIS WEEKEND! Get ready and enter now to see all the stars in action in the toughest road funride on the Western Cape’s calendar with a Hill Top Finish! The starting line-up will consist of the ten-man cycling team headed by local cycling legend, Malcolm Lange, Team Bonitas. World class mountain biker and ABSA Cape Epic Winner of 2011, Christoph Sauser, professional triathlete and Ironman South Africa Winner 2011, Raynard Tissink, as well as the professional female road racer Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio! Read more on the home page of www.pedalpower.org.za

BICYCLE TRANSPORT If you transport your bicycle on a rack on the back of your vehicle, please remember to not obscure your vehicle's number plate - you could get fined for doing so. If needs be, have an additional number plate made and tie that to the outermost bicycle. 'TOUR DE PPA' EARLY BIRD ENTRIES CLOSE TONIGHT "Early Bird" discounted entries for the new Tour de PPA on Sunday 15 January close tonight at midnight, after which late entry fees apply. Late entries will be taken online until Wednesday midnight, after which cyclists can enter at any of the registration points this week, or at the event itself.

All the best for 2012: May it be a great year, and may your cycling wishes come true! Discounted 'early bird' entries for the Tour de PPA on 15 January close on Monday 9 January - be sure to get your entry in soonest, although you will still be able to enter after the 9th, as well as on the day of the funride. Click here to enter now. JANUARY FUNRIDES ON THE PPA CALENDAR The 2012 funride calendar kicks off this weekend in the southern suburbs. Check out the online entries tab on the home page for more info and to enter.
  • Sunday 8 January:       Olympic Cycles / Pres Les / Foord “Journey 4 Sight n Service” Cycle Tour
  • Sunday 15 January:    Tour De PPA (PCS/league)
  • Sunday 22 January:    Cycle Lab Cape Cobra (PCS/league)
  • Sunday 29 January:    Bouckaert Soenen  Funride and MTB (PCS/league)

In this newsletter:
  • Feedback: PPA Women's funride
  • PPA office closure
  • Forthcoming Events
FORTHCOMING EVENTS:  JANUARY & FEBRUARY Sun 8 Jan: Olympic Cycles/ Pres Les/ Foord Asset “Journey 4 Sight ‘n Service” – entries open Sun 15 Jan: (new) Tour de PPA – entries open Sun 22 Jan: Cycle Lab Cape Cobra Challenge – entries open Sun 29 Jan: Bouckhaert Soenen Funride & MTB Sat 4 Feb: Franschhoek Lions/ Porcupine MTB Challenge Sun 5 Feb: The GP Koning Waterproofing and Roofing Roller Coaster Sat 11 Feb: Reeds Chevrolet Ninety Niner Cycle Race – entries open Sun 12 Feb: new Southern suburbs road event - details to follow Sun 19 Feb: Medallion Tour de Stellenbosch Sat 25 Feb: Wellington Lions Cycle Day Sun 26 Feb: Bay City Cycle Tour

In this newsletter: * PPA “Heels on Wheels” presented by SHAPE magazine * Forthcoming Events: December & January * What’s happening this weekend: Die Burger Fietstoer HURRY: ENTRIES FOR WOMEN'S-ONLY FUNRIDE CLOSE THIS WEEK Entries for our women's-only funride on Sunday 11 December, the PPA Heels on Wheels presented by SHAPE magazine, close THIS WEEK on 1 December. With two fairly easy routes over 47 km and 13 km, interest in this new event has been high from the word 'go' and entries are still streaming in. If you have not yet entered, do so now and don't miss out! Read more on the PPA website http://www.pedalpower.org.za/event/ppa-heels-on-wheels-presented-by-shape-magazine/ FORTHCOMING EVENTS:  DECEMBER & JANUARY Sun 4 Dec:  Die Burger Fietstoer Sun 11 Dec: PPA “Heels on Wheels” presented by Shape magazine – entries open until 1 Dec! Sun 8 Jan:  Olympic Cycles/ Pres Les/ Foord Asset “Journey 4 Sight ‘n Service” Sun 15 Jan: Tour de PPA

This week in the news:
  • Killarney Tuesday training will resume in 2012
  • Update: New women's-only funride
  • MTB Workshops this weekend
  • Forthcoming Events
  • This weekend on the funride calendar
KILLARNEY TRAINING WILL RESUME IN 2012 Due to the Killarney Motor racing track being booked for other activities, no further Tuesday training sessions will take place this year. Training will resume in January 2012 - watch the PPA website for more information. ENTRIES STREAMING IN FOR NEW WOMEN'S FUNRIDE Entries are streaming in for the new "PPA Heels on Wheels, presented by Shape", with more than 300 women having already entered. This new, fun event on 11 December is specially designed to cater for newcomers, and female cyclists who perhaps don’t participate in funrides as often as they'd like, with fairly flat, doable routes over 47 km and 13 km.

This week in the news:
  • Killarney Tuesday training will resume in 2012
  • Update: New women's-only funride
  • MTB Workshops this weekend
  • Forthcoming Events
  • This weekend on the funride calendar: Tiletoria West Coast Express Funride
KILLARNEY TRAINING WILL RESUME IN 2012 Due to the Killarney Motor racing track being booked for other activities, no further Tuesday training sessions will take place this year. Training will resume in January 2012 - watch the PPA website for more information. ENTRIES STILL STREAMING IN FOR NEW WOMEN'S FUNRIDE Entries are streaming in for the new "PPA Heels on Wheels, presented by Shape", with more than 300 women having already entered. This new, fun event on 11 December is specially designed to cater for newcomers, and female cyclists who perhaps don’t participate in funrides as often as they'd like, with fairly flat, doable routes over 47 km and 13 km.

This week in the news:
  • Last Killarney training this week
  • Seeded event numbers
  • PPA “Heels on Wheels” presented by SHAPE
  • Forthcoming Events: November and December
  • What’s happening this weekend on the funride calendar: Weskus Mall Langebaan Lagoon Cycle Challenge
KILLARNEY CYCLE TRAINING Join us on 8 Nov for our last Tuesday training session of the year at Killarney. The track is unfortunately not available for the rest of November, and training sessions will resume in January 2012. SEEDED EVENT NUMBERS Please remember to bring and wear the blue road funride number to road events, and the brown funride number that says "MTB" on it, to MTB events. The numbers not only have different colours, but also a different numbering system. Because of the big difference in calculating road and MTB seeding, you will NOT be able to use your road number at a MTB event, or vice versa. Contact the PPA Office 2-3 days before an event  if you had not received a funride number to use at that event, or go to the PPA Mobile Office when you get to the event.