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PPA members who want to explore new MTB trails over the festive season, can do so at a discounted day permit prices at the  Schapensberg trails near Somerset West, as well as the new trails at Thandi, Paul Cluver and Hermanus.

The first all-female " PPA Heels on Wheels, presented by Shape" took place on Sunday 11 December, with over 560 female cyclists entering the event. Despite the light rain early in the morning, the ladies rocked up en masse for the event.

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 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

Cape Town Market / Noble Energy has clinched the 2011 Coronation Double Century, beating title holders Daikin-Gu Elites and breaking their three year domination.  Second and third places are to be confirmed and are currently under protest. Vodacom C was the first ladies team and Cycle Lab Supercyling were the first mixed team to finish.

The Club 2000 and  Club 3000 initiatives were started many years ago to recognize those PPA members who take part in the majority of our PPA events and pedal respectively 2000 or 3000 km in a funride year (July to June).

Female cyclists who are looking to become more confident mountain bikers and looking for riding partners in the Tokai plantation, are invited to join Cyclelab on Tuesday mornings for MTB outrides. The rides cater for both novice and more advanced riders.

Jacobus Venter and Heletjie van Staden are the Elite WP road cycling champions for 2011, with Henry Fagan taking the Grand Masters title, Johan de Bod the Junior title, Zalene Tshoko the junior ladies title and Paul Mainking the Masters title. Other age group champions include William Saayman, Jennie Stenerhag, Aqeeb Abrahams, Triumph Baloyi, Qudissieyah Ceres, Gregory de Vink, Maroeshka Matthee and Christo Botha.

Johannesburg’s biggest cycle race ended in 10-man sprint finish to the line when Arran Brown won the small group sprint in front of his team mate Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. Arran finished 2nd last year and was the winner in 2009.