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LATEST NEWS

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!

Do you need funds for a worthwhile cycling project? The Pedal Power Association (PPA) is putting money back into cycling, making profits obtained via the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour available for the funding of cycling projects for 2012.

PPA is about to launch a major SAFE CYCLING campaign, focusing the attention on safe passing distance. We believe vehicles should pass cyclists with at least a 1.5m berth, and you can help us to spread the word.

Cyclists who missed the entry cut-off for the 2012 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour have one last chance to secure an entry with substitution entries which opened on Wednesday 1 February 2012.

Early birds receive a discounted entry fee for entering before 31 January 2012 (123km and 50km road races and 35km MTB only). Late entries for 50km and 35km MTB will be accepted only if the participation cut-off has not been reached.

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.

Join PPA on Tuesdays for cycling training sessions on the Killarney Motor Racing track (18h00-19h00).  Registration from 17h30 in the pits area. Depending on the number of cyclists on the day, there will be two to three start groups, with an experienced cyclist leading the training session. In general the sessions start off slowly, with the speed and/or intervals increasing towards the end.

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.

Entries are open for the 2012 Aca Joe summer Pro Classic (league) series. Cyclists who qualify with regards to age and seeding, can enter one of eight racing groups. Summer events with Pro Classic (league) status in 2012 are: Tour de PPA (15 Jan), Cyclelab Cape Cobra (22 Jan), Bouckaert-Soenen (29 Jan), Rollercoaster (5 Feb), Medallion Tour de Stellenbosch (19 Feb); Wellington Lions Cycle Day (25 Feb) and Bay City Cycle Tour (26 Jan).