25 Oct 2013 Die Burger PPA Cycle Tour 2013 – entries closed
Entries for the Western Cape’s second-biggest road cycling event, Die Burger PPA Cycle Tour, have closed.
Die Burger PPA Cycle Tour takes place on Sunday, 01 December 2013, starting and finishing once again at Stellenbosch High School in Jannasch Street (just off Merriman Street). Experienced cyclists are encouraged to enter the challenging 97km route, while the shorter, scenic 44km route is ideal for those wishing to ease into their summer cycling regime.
The 97km route is also the final seeding opportunity for the 2014 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour which takes place on Sunday, 09 March 2014.
The Pedal Power Association has come on board as a co-sponsor ahead of the 2013 event.
Talking about the reasons for their sponsorship, Steve Hayward, Pedal Power Association Chairman said, “The Pedal Power Association was saddened at the possibility of the short route being cancelled this year due to lack of sponsorship. We believe such a cancellation would have robbed too many cyclists of the opportunity to be introduced to cycling in general and this event in particular. The PPA is therefore delighted to put money back into cycling by coming on board as a co-sponsor of the event. We trust that the participants will thoroughly enjoy the ride on the day and hope to see many of them at the PPA funrides in the lead-up to the 2014 Cycle Tour.”
Each entry received for Die Burger PPA Cycle Tour contributes R15 towards Die Burger-Kersfonds, the newspaper’s annual fundraising campaign which has touched the lives of thousands of children from all walks of life since its establishment over 50 years ago.
How to enter
Cyclists can visit www.dieburgercycletour.co.za and follow the easy instructions to enter online for the 2013 race. Entry fees range from R115 to R265 for the Tour and will close as soon as the entry limits have been reached. Entries are limited to 5500 for the 97km and 1000 on the 44km route. Entries have closed as full participation figures have been reached.
Cyclists can register between 10am and 6pm on Thursday, 28 November in the Limpopo Room at the River Club, on Friday, 29 November at the Oakdale Club in Bellville, or on Saturday, 30 November at Stellenbosch High School.
The 97km route:
- Cyclists will encounter their first climb of the day when they make their way up the scenic Old Helshoogte Pass, before descending through Pniel towards Franschhoek.
- Just before Franschhoek, riders will take a left onto the R301, followed by a right on to Lustigan Road going over the N1 through Paarl
- As cyclists reach Piet Retief Road making their way into Wellington, a left turn welcomes them on to Champaigne Street before they head back on the rolling hills of the R44 and make their way back to the finish in Stellenbosch.
The shorter 44km route:
- Cyclists will follow the 97km route, over the Old Helshoogte Pass, through Pniel and down the R45.
- The two routes will split at the R45 Simondium Road, where the 44km route will take a left towards the R44.
- The two routes will again join up on the R44, about 15km before the finish in Stellenbosch.