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Newsletter 01 March 2011

Newsletter 01 March 2011

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Don’t go thirsty
  • Enter now for the PPA Wacky Wheels Overnight Tour
  • Special pre-Cycle Tour offer on PPA cycling shirt
  • Killarney training sessions
  • Forthcoming events

What’s on the PPA calendar this weekend? 
 

DON’T GO THIRSTY

Ensure you carry enough water with you when training and participating at events. Carry at least two large water bottles, and keep topping them up at water points along the route so you are never left without. With temperatures nowadays often in the 30’s you need to ensure you don’t get dehydrated! PS Many cyclists like filling one bottle with an energy drink, and one with plain water to wash down energy gels and even wet your head when needed.

PPA WACKY WHEELS OVERNIGHT TOUR: DON’T MISS OUT

The PPA Wacky Wheels Overnight Tour is a fun overnight (camping) tour from Pringle Bay to Onrust and back. Entries for this popular Tour (19-20 March 2011) are now open – only 50 places available. Excellent food, lots of coffee stops, lucky draw prizes (in fact we even hand out prizes to people who can prove that they stopped en route). Use your road or MTB; we carry your camping stuff and all you need to do is have fun. For more information and to book, email marketing@pedalpower.org.za.  

SPECIAL PPA CYCLING SHIRT OFFER

We have a handful of PPA cycling shirts available to sell at a reduced price of R250 (normal price R350). Buy your shirt now, collect it from the PPA stand at the Cycle Tour Expo and… if you are spotted riding the 2011 Cycle Tour next weekend in a PPA shirt, you could win a year’s free PPA membership! (Five free memberships up for grabs.) Contact Samantha on marketing@pedalpower.org.za to find out what sizes are still available. Note – some of these shirts have the normal short zip.

TUESDAY CYCLE TRAINING AT KILLARNEY

Join us today for the second last cycling training session on the Killarney Motor Racing track (18h00-19h00) near Milnerton; last training session is on 8 March. Registration from 17h30. NB: Please bring and show your PPA membership card in order to qualify for the discounted PPA fee. R15.00 (PPA members); R30 (non-members). 


FORTHCOMING EVENTS: MARCH 2011

Fri 4 – Sun 6 March: ColumbiaGrape Escape MTB 3-Day stage race
Sat 5 March:              Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB (13km, 25km)
Sun 6 March: Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB (32km, 52km)
Sunday 13 March: Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour
Sat 19 – Sun 20 March:  PPA Wacky Wheels Overnight Tour (pre-entries only)
Saturday 26 March: Malmesbury Rotary Funride & MTB (Riebeeck West)

What’s happening on the PPA calendar this weekend?

COLUMBIA GRAPE ESCAPE MTB 3 DAY www.grapeescape.co.za
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 March 2011

Stage 1 (4 March) Eden on the Bay to Nelson Wine Estate 80km
Stage 2 (5 March) Nelson Wine Estate to Boschendal Wine Estate 78km
Stage 3 (6 March) Boschendal – Plaisir de Merle – Boschendal 67km

Spectator spots
Spectators are most welcome at the start and finish each day, but the following are also good spots from which to see the race:
Friday, 4 March: Eden on the Bay to Nelson Wine Estate (80km)
•Contermanskloof, Durbanville
• Slent Road (in the vicinity of the wind turbines)
• Voor Paardeberg Road, Agter Paarl

Saturday, 5 March: Nelson Wine Estate to Boschendal (78km)
•Addy Road, Wellington
• Beulah Climb, Bainskloof
• Pearl Valley, Paarl
Sunday, 6 March: Boschendal (67km)
•Plaisir de Merle, Simondium

CAPE ARGUS PICK N PAY MTB www.mtbchallenge.co.za
Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 March 2011

Saturday
25km – 07h30
13km – 08h20
The first day of the 2-day Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge is now firmly established as a family event, where first-timers, children and young families are welcomed with open arms. This is also an awesome opportunity for moms and dads who are scheduled to ride the more gruelling distances on the Sunday, to have a little warm-up ride while spending quality time with their loved ones. PS: Make sure you have enough water with you!

Sunday
52km – 07h20
32km – 07h50
These are technical routes for fit, experienced off-road riders. Entries have closed; but come and spectate if you aren’t riding and enjoy a picnic at Boschendal while watching the finish of the Grape Escape as well as the Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB event. PS If you are riding, make sure you have enough water with you.

Yours in cycling
The PPA Team

Contact us:
Tel: (021) 689-8420
Visit us: 9 Hill Park Lane, Mowbray
Membership queries: members@pedalpower.org.za
General queries: info@pedalpower.org.za
Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour call centre: (021) 681-4333