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Are you up for a Strava challenge, hill climb and more?

Are you up for a Strava challenge, hill climb and more?

DO YOU REMEMBER…
PPA was founded 40 years ago! In February 1988, the then-editor of the PPA newsletter, Enrico Uliana, wrote “…I believe cycling will be much safer if we all follow two simple rules: RIDE IN A STRAIGHT LINE and NEVER CROSS THE CENTRE OF THE ROAD.”

MEDIHELP STELLENBOSCH CYCLE TOUR ENTRIES ARE OPEN
Entries for the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour on Sunday 4 December are now open. The 97 km event is a Premier Seeding event for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour, and the last road ride and seeding event of the year. For more information, please email info@stellenboschcycletour.co.za or phone 087 820 7223.
•    Click here for more event information
•    Click here to enter now

PPA’S NOVEMBER STRAVA CHALLENGE
Are you up for the PPA November Strava Challenge? We’re looking for the cyclist who will log the most kms from 1-30 November 2016. Road, MTB, touring, commuting – it does not matter – just get out there and ride your bike, and you could win some stunning PPA cycling kit!
If you are up for the challenge, please join the PPA Strava club soonest and get ready to start pedalling!

TWILIGHT FAMILY MTB: SAVE THE DATE!
The date has been confirmed for PPA’s Twilight Family MTB, the social year-end event on the calendar! Bring your friends and family and join us on Friday 2 December for an early evening (18h30 – slightly later than in previous years) off-road ride at Backsberg Estate Cellars (Simondium, near Paarl).

We are excited to announce that we will have two new routes this year (15 km and 4 km), cutting out the worst hills of last year to make it a real family-friendly event.

We are even more excited that our famous “Bubbly point” will again be offered on the 15 km route…. Great lucky draw prizes; no seeding and no timing – just come and let your hair down and have fun with us. Backsberg restaurant will be selling yummy food at the finish, as well as wine. This year we’ll also have craft beer, music and more. Entries will open within a week.

INCIDENTS AT EVENTS
If you report a medical or mechanical incident to the PPA events coordinator on the PPA Emergency phone, please cancel the report if you later decide to continue. This past weekend medics again spent a fruitless 30 minutes searching for a rider who had left the scene of the incident.

KILLARNEY: WE ARE TRAINING ON TUESDAY EVENING
Do join us from 18h00-19h00 this Tuesday at the Killarney track in Milnerton for an hour’s training in a car-free environment. R20 for PPA members; R40 for non-members. The wind will be blowing, so we’ll definitely be practising some pace-line riding. Although the training takes place on the track, you are most welcome to participate with a mountain bike if you prefer. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest updates, as training sessions sometimes do get cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

JOIN US FOR A HILL CLIMB THIS SUNDAY
Are you ready to test your climbing legs? Join us at Dido Valley on Sunday for a 2.4 km lung-bursting effort, starting at 07h00. See more below.

LEAGUES AND ACADEMY FEEDBACK
Congratulations to James Tennent who won the Elite section of the Durbie Dash on Saturday in 2:20,46. Second in the elite section was Jonathan van Gesseleen (2:21:01) who out-sprinted David Garrett (2:21:02), Ignus Oosthuizen (2:21:02) and Alex Parsons (2:21:03) to the line.
In the PPA Academy, Max Sullivan and Nicol Carstens are heading the leaderboard in the u/23 category with 18 points each, while Devin Shortt is leading the junior men category. Read more.

PPA MEMBERS BENEFITS
We welcome onboard CycleSafe, a bicycle tracking service for both road and mountain bikes, exclusively offered by CycleSense and Altech/Netstar. Other benefits for PPA members include discounts from Enervit, Extreme Lights, Enjoy, Bidvest Car Rental, Holdfast, CycleSure, Kitbrix, Racepace, DripDrop Oral Rehydrate Solutions, BikeMob, DataDot, the SA Bike Book and Events Guide, and more. Click here for more information.

   

UPCOMING EVENTS AT A GLANCE

 

Date

Event Name

Location

Distances

Tue 1 Nov

Killarney Tuesday afternoon training

Milnerton

18h00-19h00

Fri 4 – Sun 6 Nov

2016 Cape Classic 380 (listed event)

Montagu

380 km

Sat 5 Nov

2016 Bonnievale Bonanza road and MTB

Bonnievale

Road: 96 km; 60 km; 35 km MTB: 53 km; 30 km ;10 km

Sun 6 Nov

Dido Valley Hill Climb

Simonstown

Please see below

Tue 8 Nov

Killarney Tuesday afternoon training TBC

Milnerton

18h00-19h00

Sun 13 Nov

Killarney Sunday morning training

Milnerton

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

Sun 13 Nov

Chapmans Peak Hill Climb

Hout Bay

Details tbc

Tue 15 Nov

No Killarney training today (track booked)

 

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 2 or 9 Dec

Twilight Family MTB

Paarl (Simondium)

18h00. Details and date to be confirmed

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 TBC

Milnerton

18h00-19h00

       

 

THIS WEEKEND ON THE PPA CALENDAR

 

Event

2016 Bonnievale Cycle Race

Event date

Saturday 05 November 2016

Distances

Road: 96 km; 60 km; 35 km
MTB: 53 km; 30 km ;10 km

Starting times

Road: 96 km @ 07h00; 60 km @ 07h40; 35 km @ 08h40
MTB: 53 km @07h20; 30 km @ 08h20; 10 km @ 08h00

Venue

Entrance on Main Road, Bonnievale in front of Outdoor Arena

Enquiries

Karen Kleingeld on 082 920 6735

Cut-off / lucky draw

12h30

Pre-entries close

Thursday 3 November 2016

   

On-the-day late entries?

Yes

 

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

ROAD:
35 km: A fun, scenic and non-technical route covering a section of the 60 km road race. This route offers an elevation of 269m, with a maximum elevation of 181m.

60 km: This ride is for the more serious road racer. A picturesque route. This route offers an elevation of 622m, with a maximum elevation of 169m.

96 km: A race for the fitter and more serious road racer. This route offers an elevation of 778m, with a maximum elevation of 224m.

MTB:
10 km: A new fun, non-technical scenic route through single track, jeep track and vineyards. A must-do ride for the whole family.

31 km: This ride is for the average mountain biker. This scenic route will cover sections of the 50 km route. This is an exciting route with a fair amount of climbing, gravel road and jeep track.

50 km: This ride is for the more experienced mountain biker. Riders will travel along scenic farmlands on gravel roads, a fairly easy ride for the first few kilometres. Single track and jeep track leading up moderate, steep hills and rocky terrain, makes for an exciting and exhilarating experience.

NOTES
Please note starting order and times. Children u/12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All riders receive free entrance to the Bonnievale 21 Feesjaar Bonanza grounds. 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.

 

 

Pre-Entries

Late Entries

Distance

Entry Fee

PPA members’ discounted
entry fee

Entry Fee

PPA members discounted
entry fee

96 km Road

R200

R160

R250

R210

60 km Road

R170

R130

R220

R180

35 km Road

R140

R100

R190

R150

53 km MTB

R190

R150

R240

R200

31 km MTB

R160

R120

R210

R170

10 km MTB

R60

R60

R60

R60

 

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY FOR THE DIDO VALLEY HILL CLIMB

 

Event

PPA Dido Valley hill climb

Event date

Sunday 6 November 2016

Distances

Roughly 2.4 km

Starting times

07h00 – 08h20 (last rider to start)

Venue

Dido Valley traffic lights close to the Scratch Patch, Simonstown

Enquiries

Gary at the PPA Office on (021) 671-6340

Entry fees

FREE to paid-up PPA members

 

Come and test your climbing legs this Sunday, starting from the bottom of Dido valley road (park at the Scratch Patch, Simons town). The climb itself is roughly 2.4 km from start to finish. PPA members only. The hill climb will be held from 07h00-08h20 (last rider to start) – first come, first served. Due to traffic constraints, you will only be able to do the hill climb once, so please warm up before you get to the start line. Return to your vehicle (or cycle to the start) via Da Gama Park or Red Hill.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR RACETEC TIMING CHIP – no chip, no result. Please note that the route will not be closed to traffic and all traffic rules apply. In particular, riders will be disqualified for crossing the median line.

 

THIS WEEKEND ON THE PPA LISTED EVENTS CALENDAR

 

Event

2016 Cape Classic 380

Event date

Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November 2016

Distances

Day 1: 140 km; Day 2: 108 km; Day 3: 140 km

Starting times

07h00

Venue

Montagu Country Hotel

Enquiries

Andrew Selby on 082 495 0199

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

The Cape Classic 380 is a 3-day Road cycling event based in Montagu in the Western Cape for amateur enthusiasts wanting to kick start the cycling season, or use it as a training ride for the Coronation Double Century or Ironman. The Cape Classic 380 is limited to 60 riders and consists of 380 km of Protected Peloton Riding for the entire event, ensuring a fun and safe journey for all riders involved.