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PPA Event News: 1 February 2011

PPA Event News: 1 February 2011

In this newsletter:

  • West Coast Cycle Path
  • Forthcoming Funrides on the PPA Calendar
  • PPA Women’s Cycling Workshop at Cape Storm
  • Please use the toilets provided at funrides
  • Route / Distance Changes at PPA Funrides
  • PPA Cycle Jersey
  • Killarney Training Sessions
  • Beginners MTB workshop
  • What’s on the PPA calendar this weekend?

Official Launch of West Coast Cycle Path

Thank you to all our members who joined us this morning for the official launch of the new West Coast cycle path. We are thrilled with all your positive feedback – even better news was that the Mayor said that we can expect more cycle paths in future! Visit for more info.

Forthcoming Funrides on the PPA Calendar

Diarise these upcoming events and get your entries in soonest:

Saturday 5 February: Franschhoek Lions / Porcupine MTB Challenge
Sunday 6 February: GP Koning Waterproofing and Roofing Roller Coaster
Saturday 12 February: Reeds Chevrolet 99ER Cycle Race (Cycle Tour 2012 Seeding Event)
Sunday 13 February: Three Passes Funride
Saturday 19 February: Wilde Cycle Day
Sunday 20 February: Medallion Tour De Stellenbosch (PCS event)
Saturday 26 February: Die Wingerd Funride

PPA Women’s Cycling Workshop at Cape Storm

Here’s one for the girls: Are you 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 on Thursday 10 February for a free women’s cycling workshop at Cape Storm.  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

Urinating at Funride Start Chutes

We have again received complaints that especially front-group riders were seen urinating in public near the start line, instead of using the toilets provided (10 m further along).  This is in contravention both of public bylaws and PPA funride rules. Please make use of the toilets provided.

Route / Distance Changes at Funrides

Please remember to cross the timing mats at the finish of events ONLY if you have completed the full route entered for under your own steam (see funride rule 13).

PPA Cycling Jersey

Order your PPA cycling top now if you would like to ride the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in it.  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).

MTB Beginners Workshop

Join PPA for a beginners MTB workshop on Sunday 6 Feb. Limited space. Visit our website for more information.

What’s happening on the PPA calendar this weekend?

Franschhoek Lions / Porcupine MTB
Saturday 5 February 2011
Start Time: 46.8 km (07h30); 24.3 km (07h50); 8 km (08h10)
Organising Committee: Lions Club Franschhoek
Venue: Bridge House School
Enquiries: Ludwig Maske
Phone: 021 876-3775
Lucky Draw: 11h45
Cut-Off: 11h30
Pre-Entries Close: 3 February 2011
Online Entries:

Route Description

New venue and routes!  The 46.8 km route starts on good gravel roads, with a portage across the Berg River, followed by riding on beautiful gravel roads to the back of La Motte village.  The first climb of the day is some 3.2 km long with an average gradient of 7.8 %, with a fast descent behind the Mont Rochelle Hotel.

From here the route moves through several farms travelling up a gentle gradient for approximately 10 km.  At 28 km you will encounter some rocky uphill terrain as we climb for 1 km before traversing a very rocky descent for 800 m, including large “wash-aways” so please take great care and observe the warning signs.

Next follows 3 km of flat and mostly gravel road until the second big climb of the day, taking you to the top of Matoppie, followed by a 2.7 km technical descent which returns us to the tar road by the Berg River Dam wall.

The 24.3 km route follows the long route for 8.8 km where you will start the first climb for the day of 2.6 km, with an average gradient of 6.8 %.  The route then has a 2 km descent down good wide dirt roads. Thereafter follows a fairly sandy, but flat section for 2.3 km and another crossing of the Berg River (time for a refreshing dip?) before retracing your steps to the finish at Bridge House.

There is also an 8 km route for children, which follows a flat course, winding around the vineyards.  This route will not be timed.

Directions to Venue

From Cape Town, take the N1 highway north, towards Paarl.  Take Exit 47 to Stellenbosch / Klapmuts / Wellington and at the end of the off-ramp, turn right.  Cross the 4-way stop and turn left some 300 m along to Franschhoek / Simondium.  After some 10 km, turn right to at the Simondium / R45 T-junction.  After 9.2 km, turn right into Bridge House School then turn right again into the gates.  Follow directions for parking on field.
GPS Co-ordinates for venue: 33°52’52.72″S    19°1’46.08″E


Children u/10 must be accompanied by an adult. Easy Entry Tickets accepted.

Weather predicted for Saturday: Min Temp: 15°C; Max Temp: 23°C; Clear, sunny and hot!  Bring plenty of water.

THE GP Koning Water Prooding and Roofing Roller Coaster Funride

Sunday 6 February 2011
Start Time: 88 km (06h30); 58 km (07h30)
Venue: False Bay Rugby Club, Constantia
Enquiries: Kobus de Villiers
Phone: 082 929 5261
Lucky Draw: 11h30
Cut-Off: 12h00
Pre-Entries Close: 3 February 2011

Online Entries:

Route Description

Both routes head out along Spaanschemat River Road and over the eastern side of Ou Kaapse Weg to Sun Valley.  The 88 km continues straight over Black Hill to Main Road, turn right to pedal through Simonstown, up Smitswinkel past the entrance of the Cape Point Nature Reserve, through Scarborough, and up the Slangkop climb to Kommetjie before returning towards Fish Hoek.  Then it’s up and over Ou Kaapse Weg for the second time and all the way to the finish in Ladies Mile Extension.

The 58 km route turns right at Sun Valley and left onto Ocean View.  It joins the long route at Soetwater for the climb over Slangkop and then returns via Ou Kaapse Weg.

Directions to Venue

Take the M3 from town past UCT and onto the Blue Route Freeway.  Take the first off-ramp to Constantia / Hout Bay.  At the T-junction, turn left onto Constantia Main Road.  Continue to Spaanschmat River Road and enter the parking area from Doordrift Road.  Please do not park in the Virgin Active parking area, or at the Constantia Village Shopping Centre.
GPS Co-ordinates for venue (Doordrift Road): 34°1’12.08″S    18°26’51.69″E


An aptly named funride where the long route provides a roller coaster ride over five great climbs including Ou Kaapse Weg from both sides – definitely one for the mountain goats!  The shorter route is an equally good workout. Children u/10 must be accompanied by an adult. Easy Entry Tickets accepted.

Weather predicted for Sunday: Min Temp: 17°C; Max Temp: 25°C; Partly cloudy with moderate south-westerly winds.

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
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