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Newsletter 8 Feb 2011

Newsletter 8 Feb 2011

In this week’s newsletter:

  • Project Funding applications close 22 Feb
  • PPA Women’s Cycling Workshop this Thursday
  • Online payments: Do we know who you are?
  • Funride protocol: Line-ups, start groups and event cut-offs
  • PPA cycle jersey
  • Killarney training sessions
  • Forthcoming events
  • What’s on the PPA calendar this weekend?

PPA PROJECT FUNDING APPLICATIONS

Applications for cycling project funding are closing on 22 February 2011.  Please visit the Project Funding section of the PPA website (www.pedalpower.org.za) for more information.

PPA WOMEN’S CYCLING WORKSHOP THIS WEEK

Here’s one for the girls: Are you relatively new to cycling, and want to know more about cycle training, women-specific cycling equipment, nutrition, weight loss, or just have some general women’s cycling-related questions to ask? Then join us this Thursday 10 February for a free women’s cycling workshop at Cape Storm in Wynberg.  Limited seating, please book.  PS: The Cape Storm shop will be open before the workshop, with great discounts for PPA members. Read more in the news section on www.pedalpower.org.za

ONLINE PAYMENTS: DO WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE?

A name and surname or initials and surname does NOT suffice when making electronic payments into the PPA account – with some 19 000 members, you may be surprised as to how many members we have with the same name/initials and surname. Please include your ID as well if you want to do an EFT payment. The preferred way is to use the “JOIN PPA” button off the home page, as that automatically creates/updates your membership on the database; while EFT payments still have to be activated manually.

LINE-UP AND START GROUPS AT FUNRIDES

The timing mats are reset between seeded start groups,so if you arrive a little late and miss crossing the mats with your seeded group, you cannot cross with the next group and then move up to your seeded group, despite you holding the correct seeded number. You must start with the group with which you crossed the timing mats. Cyclists will be DQed for moving forward in this regard.

EVENT CUT-OFF TIMES

The cut-off times for PPA road funrides are generally calculated at 20km/h from the time of the last start group in the long distance. If you doubt being able to complete the long route before the advertised cut-off time, rather consider doing shorter routes until you have become fitter.

PPA CYCLING JERSEY

Have you ordered your PPA cycling top?  Read more on the home page of our website.

TUESDAY CYCLE TRAINING AT KILLARNEY

Join us on Tuesdays for cycling training sessions on the Killarney Motor Racing track (18h00-19h00).  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: FEB 2011

Diarise these events and get your entries in soonest. (Online entries are the cheapest way of entering these events.)

Saturday 12 February: Reeds Chevrolet 99ER Cycle Race
Sunday 13 February: Three Passes Cycle Tour
Saturday 19 February: Wilde Cycle Day
Sunday 20 February: Medallion Tour De Stellenbosch (PCS event)
Saturday 26 February: Die Wingerd Funride
Sunday 27 February:      Bay City Cycle Tour

What’s happening on the PPA calendar this weekend?

REEDS CHEVROLET 99ER CYCLE RACE

Saturday 12 February 2011
DISTANCES:   Road: 108 km; 64 km
MTB:  35 km; 10 km
START TIME:       108 km (06h00); 64 km (07h45); 35 km (07h30); 10 km (09h00)
ORGANISING COMMITTEE: El Shaddai Christian School
VENUE:                      Durbanville Race Course: 108 km; 64 km & 35 km MTB route
Meerendal Estate: 10 km MTB route
ENQUIRIES:           info@99er.co.za
PHONE:   0861 846 464
PRIZE GIVING:   Road races & 35 km MTB – 12h15 at Durbanville Race Course
10 km – 10h30 at Meerendal
CUT-OFF:   12h00 for road races (Safety cut-off at 10h15)
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE:     8 February 2011 at midnight
LATE ENTRIES CLOSE: At race venue before start
ONLINE ENTRIES:   https://secure.entries.co.za/OnlineEntries/LandingPage.aspx?EID=1240

ROUTE DESCRIPTION
Riders on the 108 km route leave the Durbanville Race Course and pedal via back roads to Wellington road. Turn right onto the R312 past Fisantekraal Aerodrome. Cross the R304 / R312 “Fruit Sellers” 4-way stop.  Turn left onto the R44 and left again onto Voorpaardeberg.  Turn left onto the R302 and, depending on the weather, prepare to face the notorious South Easter!

Turn right onto the undulating Philadelphia road, pass the Adderley road turn-off and continue another 4 km before turning left onto the Van Schoorsdrift / Old Malmesbury road.  Turn left onto the N7 (caution: possible high traffic volumes for 2.6 km) and left again onto the challenging Vissershok road.  Cross the Vissershok / Malanshoogte 4-way stop and start the 3 km rise, concluding with the infamous Vissershok climb.  Turn right into Odendaal Street for the last tough climb up to the finish, with a 2 km neutral zone back to the Race Course.

Full route descriptions on www.99er.co.za or see the PPA news section.

GPS Co-ordinates for start venue at Durbanville Race Course: 33°50’24.74”S  and 18°38’20.17”E

DIRECTIONS TO VENUE
From the N1, take the Durban / Willie van Schoor Road off-ramp and pass Tygervalley Centre towards Durbanville. Turn left into Tindale road.  Pass the Durbanville Nature Reserve on your right; then follow the parking signs to the Durbanville Race Course.

NOTES
For more information, visit the news section on the PPA website: www.pedalpower.org.za or www.99er.co.za The 108 km route is a seeding event for the 2012 Cycle Tour. Standard PPA funride fees DO NOT apply.  Late entries will be accepted only if the participation cut-off has not been reached.  Cyclists 10 years old and younger must be accompanied by a participating adult. Easy Entry Tickets not accepted.

Weather predicted for Saturday:  Sunny and Warm.  Max Temp: 28°C; Min Temp: 18°C  30% chance of rain expected.

THREE PASSES CYCLE TOUR

Sunday 13 February 2011

START TIME:       77 km (06h15); 38 km (07h30)
VENUE:               Maths  &  Science Institute, Constantia
ENQUIRIES:           Ged Hirschman
PHONE:   (021) 788 4648 or 082 202 3217
FAX:    086 511 9762
EMAIL:    hirsch@intekom.co.za
LUCKY DRAW:   10h15
CIT-OFF:   10h45
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE:     11 February 2011
ONLINE ENTRIES:  https://secure.entries.co.za/OnlineEntries/LandingPage.aspx?EID=1241

ROUTE DESCRIPTION
The ride takes cyclists around the undulating countryside in the South Peninsula.  From the start at the Maths & Science Institute, cyclists will continue south along Spaanschemat River Road and climb over Ou Kaapse Weg.  Then follows an anti-clockwise pedal around the South Peninsula.

The 77 km route goes through Kommetjie, while the 38 km route (via Glencairn Expressway) splits away in Sun Valley.  Both routes take in Boyes Drive before descending onto Main Road in Lakeside.  A left turn onto Steenberg Road will take cyclists back to the finish in Spaanschemat River Road.

DIRECTIONS TO VENUE
Take the M3 (south) from Cape Town to the Kendal Road off-ramp.  Turn right into Kendal Road and left into Spaanschemat River Road and cross over Ladies Mile Road.  Follow Spaanschemat River Road until the Firgrove Way intersection, where marshals will direct you to the parking areas.  Alternatively, continue along the M3 to the Ladies Mile Road turn-off, turn left onto Ladies Mile and at the traffic lights turn left onto Spaanschemat River Road and follow the directions as above.

NOTES
Registration at the venue on Saturday 12 February from 13h30 – 16h00.  Children u/10 must be accompanied by an adult. Easy Entry Tickets accepted.

Weather predicted for Sunday: Min
Min Temp: 17°C; Max Temp: 25°C; Sunny and mild, with a moderate southerly wind.

Remember to bring and wear your 2010-2011 PPA funride number for the funride section, or a temp day number will have to be bought. No league entries on the day. Cycling SA day licenses are required for Non-Cycling SA / Non-PPA members for all timed events.

Yours in cycling
The PPA Team