Seeding Events

Official Premier Seeding Events, taking place during 2014, which will be used as seeding events for the 2015 Cycle Tour:

** Note the new date for aQuellé Tour Durban, now taking place on 28 April 2014.  For more info, click here.**

Event Name Distance Date Province More Info
Value Logistics Fast One 96km 26-Jan-14 Gauteng www.thefastone.org
The Herald VW Cycle Tour 105km 02-Feb-14 Eastern Cape/PE www.heraldcycletour.co.za
Action Ford Berge en Dale Classic 99km 08-Feb-14 Gauteng www.asgevents.co.za
99er Cycle Tour 99km 08-Feb-14 Western Cape www.99er.co.za
Dis-chem Ride for Sight 116km 16-Feb-14 Gauteng www.dischem.co.za
Daily Dispatch Spar Cycle Tour 100km 16-Feb-14 Eastern Cape/East London www.dispatchcycletour.co.za
Nedbank Namibia Cycle Challenge 100km 23-Feb-14 Namibia www.nedbank.com.na
Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge 55km 02-Mar-14 Western Cape www.mtbchallenge.co.za
Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 110km 09-Mar-14 Western Cape www.cycletour.co.za
Wilro Lions Cycle Challenge 114km 06-Apr-14 Gauteng www.cycleevents.co.za
aQuelle Tour Durban **NEW DATE – MORE INFO** 105km 28-Apr-14 KZN www.tourdurban.co.za
Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna MTB 50km & 80km 05-Jul-14 Southern Cape www.knysnacycle.co.za
Prudential Ride London 160miles 10-Aug-14 London, United Kingdom www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk
Lost City Cycle Event 115km 16-Aug-14 Northwest Province www.cansalostcity.co.za
Lost City Mountain Bike Event 60km 17-Aug-14 Northwest Province www.cansalostcity.co.za
D2D Cycling Race 93km 07-Sep-14 Gauteng www.dome2dome.co.za
Kumba Iron Ore Classic 105km 20-Sep-14 Northern Cape www.cycleevents.co.za
Rand Water Race For Victory 110km 21-Sep-14 Gauteng www.raceforvictory.co.za
The Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge 100km 21-Sep-14 Southern Cape www.karootocoast.com
GOK Penny Pinchers Cycle Tour 104km 05-Oct-14 Southern Cape www.gok.co.za
Amashova Durban Classic 106km 12-Oct-14 KZN www.shova.co.za
Bestmed Jacaranda Satellite Classic 80km & 106km 18-Oct-14 PTA www.asgevents.co.za
PPA One Tonner 163km 19-Oct-14 Western Cape www.pedalpower.org.za
PPA Mangaung Cycle Tour 106km 02-Nov-14 Bloemfontein www.cycleevents.co.za
Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge 97.4km 16-Nov-14 Gauteng www.cyclechallenge.co.za
Stellenbosch Cycle Tour 95km 30-Nov-14 Western Cape www.stellenboschcycletour.co.za

What is seeding and why is it done?

Seeding is the process we use to set the start time for each entrant into the event.  The purpose of seeding is to group cyclists together in bunches of equal ability thereby reducing the need for overtaking and reducing the likelihood of accidents or bottlenecks at any point on the route.

How seeding is done:

  • Using available results for events timed by RaceTec, a seeding index is calculated for each person.
  • This gives an indication of a person’s ability relative to all other entrants.
  • An index of “0″ means you are of the same ability as the winner, while a “100″ index means we expect you to do roughly double the time of the winner.
  • Everyone with an index between 0 and approximately 100 is seeded into one of the seeded groups with riders of equal ability.

To determine your seeding, we use your best result in Cycle Tour seeding events or the average of your best 3 other results if that is better.

  • These events may carry a penalty if it does not meet certain criteria, like distance or total acsent.
  • We also make concessions for certain special groups giving them a start in the last few seeded batches.  These are people who have completed more than a certain number of Cycle Tours or seeding events, people over 70 and internationals.
  • Next come the groups for the various charity and corporate entries that did not make it into the seeded groups, and then PPA members.
  • Remember that if you entered as a Corporate or Charity rider, but qualify for a better start group, you will be seeded according to your ability. You are allowed to drop back and start with your Corporate of Charity group, but never earlier than what your official start time is.
  • Finally there are the open groups for anyone not falling into one of the above categories.