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Newsletter 22 March

Newsletter 22 March

In this newsletter:

  • Special offer for PPA members
  • PPA Wacky Wheels Overnight Tour
  • New PPA website
  • Forthcoming events: March – May 2011
  • Entries now open for Cape Times Vigne-à-Vigne
  • This weekend’s event: – Malmesbury Rotary Funride and MTB

SPECIAL OFFER FOR PPA MEMBERS
PPA members can buy the ICE-ID emergency contact bands at a special, discounted rate.  ICE-ID contains 6 lines of vital details like name, surname, blood type, next of kin, allergies and medical aid.  Read more on the PPA website in the membership benefits section.

PPA WACKY WHEELS OVERNIGHT TOUR
We have had two cancellations for the PPA Wacky Wheels Overnight Tour from Pringle Bay to Onrust on 2 – 3 April 2011, so if you hurry, you could perhaps get that spot! This is a social, laid-back camping trip where the emphasis is on having fun and enjoying your bicycle as a means of transport, with coffee stops, a wine tasting, great food, a quiz and a wacky lucky draw thrown in for good measure. For more information or to get your name on the waiting list, email marketing@pedalpower.org.za .   

NEW PPA WEBSITE COMING SOON
We are hard at work building a new website, which will be launched in the very near future. Keep an eye on www.pedalpower.org.za

ABSA CAPE EPIC PROLOGUE; CAPE TIMES VIGNE-à-VIGNE
Visitors to the Grand Finale of the 2011 Absa Cape Epic can take part in their own one-day MTB or trail running races on Sunday 3 April 2011. The Cape Times Vigne-à-Vigne coincides with the final leg of the Absa Cape Epic at Lourensford Wine Estate and is a listed event on the PPA calendar – enter the 55 km or 27 km route. For more information or to enter, see the news section of our website or visit www.vigne-a-vigne.com. PS The prologue of the Absa Cape Epic will take place in Tokai on Sunday 27 March. The public trails will be closed until 14h00.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS:
Saturday 26 March: Malmesbury Rotary Funride & MTB
Sat 2 – Sun 3 April:   PPA Wacky Wheels Overnight Tour
1-3 April:   Western Cape Track Championships, Bellville Velodrome
Sun 3 April:  Cape Times Vigne-à_Vigne MTB
Sat 9 April:  Karoo 1 MTB 12/24 hr – cancelled
Sun 10 April:  Karoo 1 MTB Funride – cancelled
Sat 16 April:  Fine Breede MTB
Sat 7 May:  Tru-Cape MTB
Sat 14 May:  Willow Creek / Computer Mania MTB Challenge
Sat 21 May:  Keeromberg MTB Challenge
Sat 28 May:  Hex Valley Autumn Splendour MTB

What’s next on the PPA funride calendar?

MALMESBURY ROTARY FUNRIDE AND MTB (RIEBEECK WEST)

DATE:                    Saturday 26 March 2011
DISTANCES:       Road: 98 km
                                 MTB: 50 km; 30 km; 21 km (untimed)
START TIMES:    Road: 98 km (07h15);
                                   MTB: 50 km MTB (08h15); 30 km MTB (08h35); 21 km MTB (09h00)
ORGANISING COMMITTEE: Rotary Club of Malmesbury
VENUE:                   Pulpit Rock Winery, just past Riebeeck West
ENQUIRIES:           www.malmesburyrotary.co.za
EMAIL:                     mmstodart@gmail.com
LUCKY DRAW:     12h30
CUT-OFF:               13h00
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE:     23 March 2011
ONLINE ENTRIES:           http://www.entrytime.com/index.asp?GoTo=EventInfo&EventID=3063

ROUTE DESCRIPTION
Road: The route takes cyclists out on the R311 towards Riebeeck Kasteel, turning right onto the R46 towards Malmesbury over the Botmaskloof Pass.  Cyclists then turn left on the R45 before taking another left turn onto the R44 towards Wellington at the 4-way stop.  The Lady Loch bridge is closed due to road works in the area, hence cyclists will continue straight to the Wellington 4-way stop.  Then it is left onto Distillery Road and the R44 towards Hermon, returning on a circular route back to Pulpit Rock Winery (Riebeeck West).  This is a very scenic route with the 3 km climb over Botmaskloof Pass (fortunately early in the ride) being the biggest challenge.

MTB:   The 50 km and new 30 km routes comprise of moderate climbs, single tracks, jeep tracks and farm roads in the direction of Kasteelberg.  Riders on the 50 km can expect a challenging route, which should only be attempted by fit riders.  The routes offer scenic views of the Riebeeck Valley and the Swartland farmlands.  Ensure that you have slime / tyre liners and enough spares with you.

The 21 km is an easy, scenic ride for the younger and less experienced riders and will be untimed. Come and ride it and simply have fun!

DIRECTIONS TO VENUE
From Malmesbury, follow the R45 towards Paarl and Wellington.  Turn left 5 km from Malmesbury onto the R46 towards Ceres / Hermon / Riebeeck Kasteel.  Turn left on the R311 (the first entrance to Riebeeck Kasteel) and continue straight past Riebeeck Kasteel until you reach Riebeeck West.  The venue at Pulpit Rock Winery is a few km past Riebeeck West, on the R311 towards Moorreesburg.

NOTES
A friendly, relaxed event with some stunning views. With no road closure for the road event, cyclists must please stay left of the median and obey all traffic officials and marshals at all times.  Children u/10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Valid Easy Entry Tickets accepted.

GPS CO-ORDINATES: Latitude: -33.3381; Longitude: 18.849007

PREDICTED WEATHER FOR SATURDAY: Min Temp: 14°C; Max Temp: 28°C; Sunny with a moderate 50km/h southerly wind.

Yours in cycling
The PPA Team

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