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Newsletter 15 Nov 2016: Come cycle with us in Langebaan, Milnerton, Kenilworth, Clarens and more

Newsletter 15 Nov 2016: Come cycle with us in Langebaan, Milnerton, Kenilworth, Clarens and more

DO YOU REMEMBER…

PPA was founded 40 years ago… In 1997, the 5th Double Century was held between Paarl and Worcester. That year, Willie Engelbrecht’s team took top honours, winning in 5h59 (combined time of 35h 55min, with the “No Rush” team finishing in 68h 51min). In November 2004 our newsletter, LifeCycle, looked forward to the 12th Double Century. That year, the DC took place in and around Ceres, with the event having moved there in an effort to look for quieter roads as there were concerns from authorities “… because of the traffic delays caused by an event that… affects other road users for 12 hours.” Who still remembers that dreadful climb up the aptly-named “Swaarmoed Pass”? If the climb was not bad enough, the rough road surface seemed to do its best to slow you down.  Good luck to all the teams and riders getting ready for the 2016 Coronation Double Century!


ENTER NOW FOR THE TWILIGHT FAMILY MTB AT BACKSBERG

Bring your family and friends and join us on Friday 2 December at the Backsberg Wine Estate near Paarl for the Twilight Family MTB. Everyone older than 18 who pre-enters by 14h00 on 25 November will receive a free bottle of Tread Lightly wine! 

The new easy 4 km route can be enjoyed by youngsters older than 5 (cycling with mom or dad). You are also most welcome to walk or jog the 4 km route. The new 15 km route is flatter and less technical than last year’s route, and will again incorporate the hugely popular water point on the neighbouring Niel Joubert Estate where ‘bubbly’, cooldrink and sweets are on offer.

The Backsberg restaurant will offer great food for sale, as well as wine and craft beer. 

Please bring along any old books and magazines to support Paarl Rotary’s “Christmas Charity Book Drive”. We also invite you to bring your unwanted cycling goodies to trade/sell at a “Peddler’s Market”, and to dress up in “Something Red, Something Gold” as the best fancy dress outfits will win a prize. We really look forward to seeing you there!


COME AND PEDAL AT THE KENILWORTH RACECOURSE THIS WEDNESDAY

Join us this Wednesday 16 November at Kenilworth Racecourse for an easy off-road cycle. All ages welcome, and no entry fee. The Kenilworth Night Market (Vineyard Oval Market) will be trading, with food, beer and wine, arts and craft stalls. The short gravel route will be open to start your riding anytime from 16h30-17h30. Please make use of the Wetton Road entrance to the Racetrack. (Please note that the Conservation Area in the middle of the Racetrack is out of bounds, due to its very sensitive ecological nature.)


DIARISE THE DATE: MALUTI DOUBLE90 TEAM CHALLENGE

SAVE THE DATE: The 2017 Maluti Double90 Team Challenge will take place on Saturday 1 April 2017 in Clarens in the eastern Free State. 180 km, 120 teams, 12 riders per team, 2000m elevation: Are you tough enough? Entries will open on 28 November – watch this space!


CYCLE TOUR ‘TRAINING WHEELS’ PROGRAMME IS COMING BACK

We have good news: PPA will be running a ‘Training Wheels” programme to help first-timers prepare for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour, offering some online support, as well as a few training sessions at Killarney, and basic mechanical sessions. More info to follow.


KILLARNEY TRAINING: JOIN US THIS WEEK ON SUNDAY

The Killarney track is booked for a corporate event so there’s no training today (Tuesday evening). Please join us there on Sunday to cycle from 08h30-11h30. We’re keeping an eye on the wind and will let you know on our Facebook page if Sunday’s training is cancelled. The Killarney restaurant will be open for breakfast, light meals and coffee.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Date Event Name Location Distances

Tue 15 Nov

No Killarney training today (track is booked for a corporate event)

Milnerton

 —

Sat 19 Nov

Langebaan road funride

Langebaan

80 km; 30 km

Sun 20 Nov

Langebaan MTB funride

Langebaan

38 km; 18 km

Sun20 Nov

Killarney Sunday morning training

Milnerton

09h00-11h30. R20 for adults; R10 for kids. All welcome

Tue 22 Nov

Killarney Tuesday afternoon training TBC

Milnerton

18h00-19h00

Sat 26 Nov

Big Cycle MTB

Worcester

45 km, 25 km, 5 km, 12 km trail run

Tue 29 Nov

Killarney Tuesday afternoon training TBC

Milnerton

18h00-19h00

Fri 02 Dec

Twilight Family MTB @ Backsberg

Paarl (Simondium)

18h30. 15 km, 4 km and party!

Sun 04 Dec

Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour (listed event)

Stellenbosch

97 km

Sun 04 Dec

Killarney Sunday morning training

Milnerton

09h00-11h30. R20 for adults; R10 for kids. All welcome

Tue 6 Dec

Killarney Tuesday afternoon training

Milnerton

18h00-19h00

 

THIS WEEKEND ON THE PPA FUNRIDE CALENDAR

 
Event 2016 Langebaan LCE Cycle Challenge
Event date Saturday 19 November 2016
Distances 80 km; 30 km
Starting times 80 km @ 07h00; 30 km @ 07h45
Venue Langebaan Country Estate Driving Range
Enquiries info@lcecyclechallenge.co.za
Lucky draw 12h00
Cut-off 11h30
Online Entries Click here
Entries close Thursday 17 November 2016

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

As the route winds through the West Coast National Park, it takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery on the West Coast. The route closely hugs the shoreline of South Africa’s only saltwater lagoon as you make your way across the peninsula that divides the Atlantic Ocean and the Langebaan Lagoon.

Be on the lookout for the many animals that roam the West Coast National Park, as this in itself makes it a very special ride. The roads in the National park will be closed to traffic for the duration of the funride.

Registration & Late Entries (at Langebaan Country Estate)

  • Friday 18 November 2016: 15h00 until 19h00 (in the Clubhouse)
  • Saturday 19 November 2016: from 06h00 (in marquee on the driving range)

NOTES

Children u/12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Medals to all finishers. Great lucky draw prizes. Remember to bring and wear your PPA Road funride number. No helmet, no ride. No transponder, no time.

Due to the road works on the road leading into Langebaan, there is a detour of 22 km that one has to travel to reach the venue. Please take this into account when calculating your travelling time.

  Pre-Entries Late Entries
Distance Entry Fee PPA members’ discounted
entry fee
Entry Fee PPA members’ discounted
entry fee
80 km R200 R155 R240 R200
30 km R140 R95 R180 R140

 

Event

2016 Langebaan LCE MTB Funride

Event date

Sunday 20 November 2016

Distances

38 km; 18 km

Starting times

38 km @ 08h00; 18 km @ 07h30

Venue

Langebaan Country Estate Driving Range

Enquiries

Charisse on 072 290 8380 / chanson@iafrica.com

Cut-off/lucky draw

11h30 / 11h45

Pre-entries close

Thursday 17 November 2016

Online Entries

Click here

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

Both routes begin at the golf driving range on the Langebaan Country Estate. The shorter route takes place wholly within the estate. The route for both races includes a few relatively tough climbs, which when completed, rewards one with a beautiful panoramic views of the area, especially the lagoon. Be sure to enjoy the indigenous fauna and flora which abound in the Estate. The longer route traverses both farm land and the beautiful West Coast National Park. The return route encompasses the infamous “Mamba”, a steep hill to the top off the urban Langebaan, before turning for home on the estate and all the “war stories”.

Registration & Late Entries (at Langebaan Country Estate)

  • Friday 18 November 2016: 15h00 until 19h00 (in the Clubhouse)
  • Sunday 20 November 2016: from 06h00 – 07h45 (in marquee on the driving range)

NOTES

Children u/12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Medals to all finishers. Great lucky draw prizes. Remember to bring and wear your PPA MTB funride board. No helmet, no ride. No transponder, no time.

Due to the road works on the road leading into Langebaan, there is a detour of 22 km that one has to travel to reach the venue. Please take this into account when calculating your travelling time.

  Pre-Entries Late Entries
Distance Entry Fee PPA members’ discounted
entry fee
Entry Fee PPA members’ discounted
entry fee
18 km R80 R60 R100 R80
38 km R190 R150 R240 R200

 

Event

Sunday morning training at Killarney

Event date

Sunday 20 November 2016

Starting times

08h30 – 11h30. You are welcome to ride for the entire time, or to take breaks as you wish

Venue

Killarney Race track, Milnerton

Enquiries

Rozanne on (021) 671-6340 / 672-4079 / Rozanne@pedalpower.org.za

Entries

R20 for adults, R10 for kids. All welcome!

Notes

The Killarney race track restaurant will be open to serve breakfast, light meals and coffee

Yours in cycling
The PPA Team