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2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour to take place one week earlier on 6 March
(Cape Town, 19 March 2015) The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT) has announced that next year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday, 06 March 2016 – a week earlier than usual.
Traditionally the race is held on the second Sunday in March, but in its 39th year, the world’s largest timed cycling event will move to the first Sunday in March. This follows a request by the City of Cape Town that will see a number of events accommodated in the Mother City during the early part of March 2016.
David Bellairs, a director of the CTCTT, explains further: “The Cape Town Stadium has already been booked for a major international show on the same weekend as the Cycle Tour, and after discussions with the City and Province, we agreed to bring the date of the 2016 event forward by a week. As the Good Hope Centre is also potentially not available to host our annual Lifecycle Expo next year, we are considering other venue options for this event.”
The 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour, dubbed the Show you Care Solidarity Ride, drew nearly 34000 cyclists who pedalled a substantially reduced 47km route in support of the fire fighters who battled the blaze and residents affected in the week leading up to the 2015 event. The 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour will return to its much-loved format with thousands of local and international cyclists anticipated to line up on Hertzog Boulevard to tackle the 109km route around the beautiful peninsula.
This year’s entry process is scheduled to open in early-September, and if 2015 is anything to go by, they are likely to sell out quickly. Bellairs adds, “Entries to the 2015 Tour sold out in a record eight hours and we anticipate high interest in the 2016 event.”
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Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week wrap
(Cape Town, 08 March 2015) While the pros raced for top honours the more casual Cape Town Cycle Tour riders came out in support of those affected by last week’s devastating fires and the men and women who battled them. Many of the close on 34 000 riders who lined up for the world’s largest timed cycling event’s Solidarity Ride this morning dressed in red, and at times large stretches of the Blue Route resembled a red sea of cyclists.
The Show You Care Solidarity Ride concluded a successful week of Cycle Tour events, starting with a weekend Mountain Bike Challenge, a three-day Lifecycle Expo and Saturday’s Juniors, a family event that saw parents trying to keep up with their pint-sized cycling offspring.
Riders on Sunday embraced the spirit of the Cycle Tour’s Show You Care Solidarity Ride. Many riders wore red socks and painted their nails red. Some decorated their bikes in red tassles and some wore plastic firefighter hats with the words “thank you” written across them on top of their cycling helmets.
“When we got to the end of the Blue Route I looked to the right and saw the charred Silvermine Reserve – that’s when the enormity of the fire really hit home,” said Gus.
Supporters rang bells, blew vuvuzellas and chanted “go, go, go – you can do it” on the side of the road. Many of the supporters were also dressed in red. One banner hoisted by two young women read: “We love firemen.”
Herman said he got a bit tearful when he rode past the entrance to Newlands Forest and witnessed a group of dancing and clapping members of the Volunteer Wildfire Services. “They were thanking us for riding in support of them – after the triple shifts and the danger they faced fighting fires, they came out to thank us… I couldn’t believe it. It was a very special moment.”
One of the cyclists got off his bike and shook the hand of every single firefighter before getting back on his bike to complete the ride. Another cyclist also dismounted and bowed in their honour. The cyclists were in awe of the firefighters but the feeling was mutual.
Richard Stubbs, one of the volunteer firefighters at Newlands Forest, said he was overwhelmed by the support – from the cyclists and from the public.
A large cheer went up when a group of riding firefighters crossed the finish line. “We owe you a debt of gratitude,” said the announcer.
After their ride, four cyclists from Norway, changed from cycling kit into running gear, then ran up and down Lion’s Head and on to Table Mountain. “We are doing this to honour all the firefighters and volunteers,” said one of the riders, Lars Bakke.
As usual, cyclists rode to raise money for charity with many dressing up in fancy dress. There was a superwoman, a zebra, a cow, a bear, a rhino and a couple of angels.
Despite the shortened distance, the 47km ride wasn’t exactly a breeze with some backmarkers pushing their bikes up Edinburgh Drive.
“There was a fair bit of climbing and as we left town soon after the start I got a face full of South Easter,” said Mandy, who was participating in her fourth Cycle Tour. “I chuckled and wondered if some of the people who had grumbled about not doing the full route were actually quietly grateful this morning that it had been reduced by 60km.”
From start to finish, the atmosphere at the Show You Care Solidarity Ride was magical, with riders exchanging smiles, hugs and high fives at the end. “What an amazing event,” said Lisa on the finish line. “It was fantastic – and not just because I did a super fast time. One day I’ll tell my grandchildren that I did a two-hour Cycle Tour. I’ll be the world’s coolest granny.”
David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, concluded the 2015 Lifecycle Week, saying, “Cape Town Cycle Tour 2015 will go down in the annals of history as the sporting event that united us as a community to selflessly recognise the efforts and suffering of others. Once again – to the entire team at the Cycle Tour, the residents of Cape Town and all other spectators and participants – we thank you.”
Nolan Hoffman defends Cape Town Cycle Tour title in Solidarity Ride
(Cape Town, 08 March 2015) Nolan Hoffman (Team Abantu) defended his Cape Town Cycle Tour title in superb fashion on Sunday, 08 March, as he raced over the finish line in a sensational time of 01:01:49 in this year’s 47km ‘Show You Care Solidarity Ride.’
Thousands of riders dressed in red to support those affected by the tragic fires burning on the mountains around Cape Town over the past week. The shortened circular route was a celebration of Cape Town’s fighting spirit and a salute to the Volunteer Wildfire Services, Sanparks Fire Fighting initiatives and other volunteers for their heroic efforts.
Crossing the line in an intense sprint, Hoffman held off stiff competition from silver medallist, Tyler Day (Team Westvaal) and third placed, Brenton Jones (Team Drapac). International professional cyclists, Team Etixx-Quick Step’s Mark Cavendish and main lead-out man, Mark Renshaw, competing in their first South African race, could not outsprint Hoffman.
Clocking speeds up to 74km/h, the leading peloton raced down the M3 in good weather conditions. With 10km to go, Team Biogen’s Kevin Evans went on the attack, establishing an eight second lead ahead of the elite men’s peloton. The field chased him down, and caught him with 5km to go, allowing Hoffman the chance to break away at the end and cross the line first.
Ecstatic to hold off competition from top international and local riders to secure his second consecutive Cycle Tour win, Hoffman praised his “flawless” team. “The week before the race we dissected every kilometre from Hospital Bend so that we were well prepared. Today we bided our time and stayed close to the front throughout the entire route,” he said.
“It was only 47km, but it was the hardest 47km. There was no place to recover, and before I knew it, there was another hill. The downhills were fast, and I was really concerned about Hospital Bend because I knew it was going to make for a really fast finish. I’m proud of the way the guys rode today – they stuck to the tactic and executed it to perfection. My teammates were fantastic.”
Commenting on the Cavendish threat, Hoffman said, “He didn’t come here with a full team, which definitely worked in our favour. With 500m to go I just put my head down and went as fast as I could. I am over the moon with my win today.”
The elite ladies raced in their own start group for the first time this year, and Lynette Burger (Team Activate Demacon), who gave birth nine months ago, took top honours in a time of 01:17:52.
Last year’s winner, Cherise Stander (Team RECM) raced ahead of third place, Maroesjka Matthee (Team Bestmed ASG) to claim the silver medal in her 16th Cape Town Cycle Tour.
On her first Cape Town Cycle Tour win, Burger said that, despite the dramatic route change, this year’s event was a thrill. “We set out to do 109km, but the distance doesn’t matter to me because it is still a race. We went fast and hard from the start. We were only a team of three today, but my teammates were fantastic and set up the win for me perfectly.”
David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, organisers of the annual event, said: “A huge thank you must be said to each and every cyclist who turned out to support our Solidarity Ride today. Traditionally the people of Cape Town come out in their droves to support cyclists participating and are a major part of the spirit that has become a trade mark of the Cycle Tour. This special year provided cyclists with an opportunity to give back to the people of Cape Town in a Solidarity Ride and to really show how much they care – for this, we as organisers salute you.”
Elite Men 1st: Nolan Hoffman (Team Abantu) (01:01:49)
Elite Men 2nd: Tyler Day (Team Westvaal) (01:01:49)
Elite Men 3rd: Brenton Jones (Team Drapac) (01:01:49)
Elite Men 4th: Mark Renshaw (Team Etixx-Quick Step) (01:01:49)
Elite Men 5th: Nino Schurter (Team Scott Sports) (01:01:50)
Elite Ladies 1st: Lynette Burger (Team Activate Demacon) (01:17:52)
Elite Ladies 2nd: Cherise Stander (Team RECM) (01:17:52)
Elite Ladies 3rd: Maroesjka Matthee (Team BestMed ASG) (01:17:52)
Elite Ladies 4th: Lise Olivier (01:17:53)
Elite Ladies 5th: Yolandi du Toit (01:17:53)
Cape Town Cycle Tour announces the 38th year as the "Show You Care Solidarity Ride"
(Cape Town, 4 March 2015) It’s been an extremely worrying and tense week for Cape Town. For the last four days our beautiful Southern Peninsula, that the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour traditionally passes through, has been on fire. It’s been devastating.
Fire fighters have worked day and night battling the flames in sweltering heat as experienced pilots fly choppers to drop buckets of water on the flames. Emergency teams, paramedics, health officials and disaster experts have gone the extra mile, saving lives and preventing homes from burning down.
It’s been very heartening to see how the public has responded to the crisis. They have rushed to bring necessities – eye drops, ice, drinks, food for the fire fighters. They have also pledged donations to buy much-needed resources. They have given much more than money – they have opened their hearts and given their humanity. Cape Town is a city of Good Samaritans – a city of heroes.
And we, at the Cycle Tour, are humbled by the overwhelming outpouring of good. We see that outpouring of good every single year at the Cycle Tour. The Cape Town Cycle Tour is a celebration of good times for the 35 000 people who participate in the event. We also know that so many people working tirelessly behind the scenes to make those good times possible.
This week we’ve seen people from all walks of life responding to the fires and we know that people of this great province don’t only come together for good times but also come together when there is a crisis and we share the concerns of the local community and join in rallying behind these brave firefighters.
For the Cycle Tour to be able to safely cater for the 35000 anticipated participants, we need to start placing infrastructure on the ground by tomorrow morning. For this to happen, a decision on the route needs to be made today. The decision we have made is unanimous and has not been taken lightly. It has involved extensive discussion and collaboration by all stakeholders including the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, Enteleni and their consulting engineers in respect of Chapman’s Peak, City of Cape town Events Office, City of Cape Town Disaster Management Services, Provincial Emergency Medical Services and Cape Town Traffic in respect of Ou Kaapse Weg, MyCiti, Mediclinic and our Presenting Rights sponsors.
Having carefully assessed all available information, it has become clear that the safety of cyclists cannot be guaranteed on Chapman’s Peak and this rules out using this famous landmark for the 2015 event. This is largely as a result of the extensive fire which has destroyed vegetation responsible for retaining the mountainside above Chapman’s Peak. Furthermore, the heat has caused rocks to expand making them unstable and in some instances rock falls have occurred.
With Chapman’s Peak ruled out, our detour option of Ou Kaapse Weg returning to Cape Town via the M3 was considered. A number of key issues needed to be taken into account including access and egress to the South Peninsula by Emergency Services vehicles and local residents who are still under threat of fires raging in the area. The soot and ash covering both sides of the road on Ou Kaapse Weg present a considerable health risk to participants and this would be exacerbated by the likelihood of wind.
The idea of an out and back route via Main Road to Cape Point and back is impractical for an event of this size as road widths in certain areas between Fishhoek and Muizenberg narrow down to a width of four metres.
We understand that many visitors have travelled from far afield to participate in this iconic international bucket list cycling event. We are also keenly aware of the need to reduce the impact the event will have on traffic and other emergency services that are desperately needed elsewhere in the South Peninsula.
With this in mind, we have taken a bold decision and will be staging a vastly shortened version of our beloved Cape Town Cycle Tour in solidarity and support for those affected by the tragic fires burning on the mountains around Cape Town. The route will be a 47km circular route from its normal start at the Civic Centre to the end of the M3 and back the same way to a slightly altered finish in Green Point.
The unfortunate set of circumstances we face this week is unprecedented in 38 years of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. On Sunday cyclists won’t see pristine scenery as they make their way down the shortened route. They should see the smouldering landscape as a source of inspiration and pride because it represents the heroism of the men and women who have – very literally – put their bodies in the line of fire.
The ride remains a celebration of Cape Town and this wonderful Peninsula on the southern tip of Africa. The Cape Town Cycle Tour will go on because, as the fighting spirit of the people of Cape Town has demonstrated, nothing can take it away from us – not even fire.
Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust establishes Fundraising account to benefit two key fire fighting services battling to bring fire under control.
(Cape Town, 03 March 2015) The Cape Town Cycle Tour traditionally passes through some of the most pristine natural areas that the city has to offer. The devastating fires currently raging through the mountains of the Southern Peninsula are being bravely fought by a large number of volunteer wildfire staff and other volunteers.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour shares the concerns of the local community and joins in rallying behind these heroic fire fighters. To help support them, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT) has decided to introduce a mechanism via which both Cycle Tour entrants and members of the public can help support this worthy cause.
The CTCTT has opened a bank account and is calling for donations which will be allocated equally between the Volunteer Wildfire Services and Sanparks Fire Fighting initiatives.
The Cycle Tour appeals to entrants and the general public, who are willing and able to make donations, to do so via the following methods:
If you are registered on the Cycle Tour database, use the following link to donate via credit card: https://online.entries.co.za/entries/findperson.aspx?&eid=3381.
Those wishing to donate money can make payment to the following bank account. This is a secure account that is held in the name of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust:
Account holder: Event Entry Admin
Branch: Rondebosch (123209)
Acc Number: 1232144355
Acc Type: Cheque
Reference: Name and Surname or Company Name
The money raised will be handed over by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust to both the beneficiaries at the end of March.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the brave men and women who have spent many hours under incredibly difficult circumstances trying to contain the fires.
Statement from the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust regarding the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour
(Cape Town, 02 March 2015) The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust is aware of the current situation regarding the fires raging in the mountains of the Southern Peninsula through which the Cape Town Cycle Tour traditionally passes. We are in close contact with the City of Cape Town Disaster Management team as well as their Events Office and all the other role players.
As part of our standard operating procedure we have alternative route plans available for consideration by the authorities.
Once the situation pertaining to the existing route is made clear to us we will be in a better position to make a final decision about our plans for Sunday, 8 March.
We anticipate making a final decision in consultation with all the stakeholders by this coming Wednesday, 4 March.
Our thoughts go out to the people affected by this devastating fire and the brave dedicated firemen trying to bring it under control.
We appeal to the hundreds of cyclists out training for the Cape Town Cycle Tour to please avoid the affected areas and allow the officials the space to perform their duties.
That’s a wrap: 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge
They punched the air, bumped fists and grinned – sometimes all at the same time – as they completed their ride and collected their medals on Sunday, bringing the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s weekend of mountain biking to an end. About 3 500 cyclists competed in the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge at Le Bonheur Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, held over two days this weekend.
Cyclists riding the 38km and 55km routes were treated to a feast of mouth-watering mountain biking in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy in Stellenbosch as they carved up single track and devoured gnarly descents. “It was hot and sandy,” said Craig McKune. “No, it was sandy and hot,” argued Steve Pike in the chill zone. They were both right. Riders battled soft sand and temperatures approaching 30 degrees. They also had to contend with sharp steep climbs and wind, but were rewarded with magnificent views, shady and fast forest trails and some of the country’s finest congestion-free single track.
Jerry Groenewald, participating in his first Cycle Tour MTB Challenge, was a bit alarmed when his saddle came off 15km before the finish. At water point four, after riding 7km standing, he was still fighting to get to the end. Asked how he was riding without the saddle, he replied, “with difficulty”. As long as he didn’t sit down, he said, he thought he should be fine.
After the ride, mud-caked cyclists chilled in the hospitality area, wolfing down Spur burgers, drinking beer and exchanging war stories and comparing wipe-outs. “What happened to you,” said one rider to his friend, whose face was covered in dirt. “Let’s just say I own a bit of the farm,” he replied. The riders agreed that the MTB challenge, which is in its 14th year, just gets better and better each year.
A day earlier, Herman Lazarus celebrated a personal achievement after completing the 22km mountain bike ride. In 2014 Lazarus was approaching midlife as an unfit smoker. He decided to embark on a mission to become healthy. His first step was to stop smoking, which he did successfully. And then, with the help of his company Lieben Logistics, which sponsored kit and bikes to their employees this year, he started cycling. He completed the 22km on Saturday with colleagues riding alongside him in support.
The long MTB Challenge routes, which were designed and built by route co-ordinator, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, saw the introduction of new scenic and shady areas for riders, as well as an increased amount of single track – the most in the history of the event.
“Feedback about the route has been positive – the top riders described it as a cross country route with lots of variety,” said Botha, who started building the trail in November. “We’ve had 24 guys on the go for the last two months, cutting the route by hand.”
Botha’s plan is, with the help of the local farmers in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, to unlock the mountain and, with its network of trails, make it a mountain biking mecca.
Meanwhile, Erik and Ariane Kleinhans showed why they are a mountain biking marriage machine. The couple, who ride for Team RECM, won the 55km race in their respective categories. The line-up included top local professional riders and multiple World Champion and Olympic medallist, Christoph Sauser. Team EAI’s Johann Rabie took second place while Team RECM’s Nico Bell secured the final podium spot.
Winning in a record time of 02:12:54, Erik was thrilled, saying his victory was even sweeter because Ariane had also won. Eric described the race as aggressive. “We (Eric and Johann Rabie) were leading from the beginning with big guys chasing us, but we managed to stay away for a long time. Towards the end I got a small gap at the last single track section which helped me to come out in front. I’m super happy to take the victory today.”
Conquering over 1 350m of climbing, the ladies event was a tough race between Team RECM Swiss rider, Ariane and Swedish national champion, Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis). With nearly five minutes to spare, Ariane Kleinhans came out on top, finishing in 02:32:28. Team Velocity Sports Lab’s Carmen Buchacher from Austria took third place.
Edward Boshoff was crowned the winner of the 38km event, followed by Danie le Roux, and Johann Trotzky in third. Allison Morton took first place in the ladies 38km category, while Amy Burton finished in a close second, followed by Marie Heatlie.
David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust who organises the annual event, said the 2015 race was a resounding success and the venue and routes had continued to impress riders. “It was fantastic to see the competitors taking on the tough, hot and windy conditions today. A huge thank you must go to the entire team at the events office that put together this wonderful festival of mountain biking.”
Renée Jordaan, Operation Director, said from parking, to toilets, to routes, to medical facilities, to the finish everything had run smoothly. “We have been able to offer good quality mountain biking. We saw a lot of novices enter the 14km and 22km on Saturday and, hopefully, they will get into mountain biking and be back to enter the 38km and 55km routes next year. This has been a very positive event – and it’s good to end on a high as we head towards the Cape Town Cycle Tour next week.”
Kleinhans duo wins gold at 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge
A line up that consisted of top local pro riders and multiple World Champion and Olympic medallist, Christoph Sauser didn’t deter Team RECM’s Erik Kleinhans today, showing sheer skill and determination to clinch the number-one spot. He took a significant lead within the first 10 minutes of the start gun at Le Bonheur Wine Estate, breaking away to leave the first batch of riders in the dust. With some incredible racing, Team EAI’s Johann Rabie took second place while Team RECM’s Nico Bell secured the final podium spot.
Winning in a record time of 02:12:54 at the 14th annual MTB Challenge, Erik Kleinhans was thrilled at his first place. “It’s always great to be at this event, it’s a favourite of mine every year. I won this race a few years ago, but this year is very special to win it again with Ariane winning the ladies race too.”
Commenting on the riding, Erik Kleinhans adds, “It was quite aggressive from the front with Johann Rabie. We were leading from the beginning with big guys chasing us, but we managed to stay away for a long time. Towards the end I got a small gap at the last single track section which helped me to come out in front. I’m super happy to take the victory today.”
Conquering over 1 350m of climbing, the ladies event was a tough race between Team RECM Swiss rider, Ariane Kleinhans and Swedish national champion, Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis). With nearly five minutes to spare, Ariane Kleinhans came out on top, completing the 55km route in an impressive time of 02:32:28. Team Velocity Sports Lab’s Carmen Buchacher from Austria took third place, making the ladies category an international affair this year.
With perfect racing conditions and temperatures reaching 29 degrees Celsius, Ariane Kleinhans was ecstatic at defending her title and praised the specially crafted routes. “It was a fast start today and the men went really hard from the get-go. I tried to stay with them as long as possible, and when I reached the single track I could open up a nice gap. This is always a great race and the route has improved so much over the years with more single track and flowy sections, making it very enjoyable to ride,” she says.
The 38km route provided superb mountain biking trails through the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy in Stellenbosch. Edward Boshoff was crowned the winner, followed closely by second place Danie le Roux, and Johann Trotzky in third.
Allison Morton took first place in the ladies 38km category, while Amy Burton finished in a close second, followed by Marie Heatlie.
Described as “challenging, entertaining and rewarding” by commentator, Paul Kaye, over 2 500 riders lined up to tackle the long MTB Challenge routes, which were designed and built by route co-ordinator, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia. The 2015 race saw the introduction of new scenic and shady areas for riders, as well as an increased amount of single track – the most in the history of the event.
David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust who organises the annual event, said the 2015 race was a resounding success and the venue and routes had continued to impress riders. “It was fantastic to see the competitors taking on the tough, hot and windy conditions today, and seemingly embracing the great new routes that have been added to last year’s events. A huge thank you must go to the entire team at the events office that put together this wonderful festival of mountain biking.”
55km Men 1st: Erik Kleinhans (Team RECM) – 02:12:54
55km Men 2nd: Johann Rabie (Team EAI) – 02:12:55
55km Men 3rd: Nico Bell (Team RECM) – 02:14:52
55km Ladies 1st: Ariane Kleinhans (Team RECM) – 02:32:28
55km Ladies 2nd: Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis) – 02:37:45
55km Ladies 3rd: Carmen Buchacher (Team Velocity Sports Lab) – 02:49:18
38km Men 1st: Edward Boshoff – 01:50:36
38km Men 2nd: Danie le Roux – 01:51:13
38km Men 3rd: Johann Trotzky – 01:53:34
38km Ladies 1st: Allison Mouton – 02:15:44
38km Ladies 2nd: Amy Burton – 02:15:54
38km Ladies 3rd: Marie Heatlie – 02:22:05
Top riders to tackle 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge
The MTB Challenge returns to Le Bonheur Wine Estate in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy in Stellenbosch with a 38km and a 55km route on Sunday, 01 March 2015.
In the 55km men’s race RECM’s Erik Kleinhans and Nico Bell will do battle with Waylon Woolcock, from Team Cannondale Blend powered by RED-E, Johann Rabie from EAI Cycling and Adriaan Louw from Team Contego. Joining them will be a braai king and a giraffe – let’s hope the braai king doesn’t catch the giraffe.
The braai king – Jan Braai – has become a competitive mountain biker while radio presenter Liezel “Giraffe” van der Westhuizen has shown she’s no mug on a mountain bike.
“Sunday’s race will attract some great competition,” says Woolcok. “Last year my teammate won the race so we are hoping to keep it in the RED-E Blend camp. The route, even though not long, is going to be very challenging with its steep ascents. As for the single tracks, the faster you tackle them, the more technical they become. It’s going to be awesome.”
Nico Bell said the race will be a nice rev up for the legs and lungs leading up to the Absa Cape Epic, which starts in two weeks. “It will be nice to get some time in with teammate Erik Kleinhans and test our skills on the single tracks as well as fitness on short punchy climbs. We will be looking at racing for the overall as a team and finishing on the podium this weekend.”
Rabie also hopes for a podium finish and believes Sunday’s race will be highly competitive as riders will be in fine form. “It will definitely be fast! It’s a nice route and I’m looking forward to the event.”
In the ladies’ race for podium spots this year, RECM’s Cherise Stander and 2014 MTB Challenge winner, Ariane Kleinhans will tackle the 55km route to claim top honours.
Route co-ordinator, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia has crafted the routes specifically for the event.
“After moving the race to Le Bonheur Wine Estate last year, the feedback from riders has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said.
“Developing trails in this area is part of our legacy project, so we didn’t want to simply rehash 2014’s routes. Instead, we’ve introduced new scenic and shady areas for riders. We’ve also incorporated a lot more single track – the most in the history of this event – and hope that this contributes to our aim of continuously improving the overall experience for our participants.”
Riders who complete the 55km Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge and the 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour will receive a special medal.
New dedicated start group for elite ladies at Cape Town Cycle Tour 2015
(Cape Town, 24 February 2015) In a massive step for women’s cycling, the Cape Town Cycle Tour has introduced a dedicated group for elite ladies. 2012 Cycle Tour winner Ashleigh Moolman Pasio believes this milestone move will shake up the women’s race “in a good way.”
For the first time in 38 years, elite ladies cyclists will ride the Cape Town Cycle Tour on equal terms with their male counterparts after organisers of the Cycle Tour, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, heeded calls for them to be seeded in their own group, rather than among the racing Vets as in previous years.
David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, says: “After much engagement and discussion with the ladies committee late last year, and a number of internal discussions, the Cape town Cycle Tour is pleased and proud to announce that elite ladies participating in the 2015 Cycle Tour will have their own start group.”
Moolman Pasio said she was thrilled at the chance to ride with the top women cyclists in their own starting group, adding that she was convinced it would have a positive impact on the event. “I think it will make it really exciting for the racing ladies and for the spectators. Nine times out of 10 the men’s contest ends in a dramatic sprint finish, and with the women racing alone this year, it will surely shake things up in a good way – hopefully with some exciting breakaways along the route.”
The announcement of 25-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish and his teammate Mark Renshaw participating in the 2015 event has introduced stiff podium competition for South Africa’s pro men, but with their own start group, the ladies are set for an equal share of the spotlight this year.
Among the female cycling legends who will line up at the start of the world’s largest timed cycle race on Hertzog Boulevard to compete for the coveted title are: Moolman Pasio, recently crowned SA sports woman of the year and who returned from last week’s African Road Cycling Championships in KwaZulu-Natal with five gold medals; Cycle Tour’s defending champion Cherise Stander; seven-time Cycle Tour winner Anriette Schoeman; Swedish National Champion Jennie Stenerhag; and last year’s third place finisher An-Li Kachelhoffer.
Defending champion Cherise Stander echoed these sentiments, saying: “I’ve always enjoyed riding with the men as it has made Cycle Tour an aggressive race – something I love – but with the calibre of female cyclists we have competing at the moment, the dedicated elite ladies group will make it a tough event with tactic being the most important factor.”
Despite a recent injury during a mountain biking event, Stander is determined to defend her title, adding: “I’ve been doing a lot of mountain bike racing lately. While this impacts on my level of speed and attacks, it has definitely made me tougher endurance-wise.”
Anriette Schoeman, who has a long track record of Cycle Tour wins, adds: “Cycle Tour is not like any other race. It always pushes your limits and is in another league altogether. While I’ve always found riding with the men very exciting, it is brilliant that the organisers have women’s cycling at heart.”
Moolman Pasio, who has secured a continuation of Momentum’s long-term support as her main sponsor, said she had been training hard in the hopes of being crowned the Cycle Tour winner for the second time. “My training has been going really well and I’m looking forward to the race next month.”
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Newsflash from the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust on the announcement that Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw of ETIXX Quick-Step will be participating in the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour
(Cape Town, 29 January 2015) David Bellairs, Marketing, Media and Sponsorship Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, organisers of the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour, says: “The Cape Town Cycle Tour is extremely excited at the news that Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw will be participating this year. This is particularly special as Klein Constantia is a sponsor of both the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the ETIXX Quick-Step team. Having pro riders of this calibre will certainly make for some exciting racing on 8th March and we look forward to hosting them in our wonderful city.”
Online Entries for 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors now open
(Cape Town, 04 February 2015) Online entries for the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors event are now open, with approximately two thirds of the available entries still on offer for budding cyclists eager to develop or show off their riding skills.
The 2015 Juniors event takes place on Saturday, 07 March at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wynberg, offering young riders the chance to build their confidence and learn the basics of cycling in a safe and controlled environment.
Children aged 0 – 6 can tackle the 1.7km fun ride, while those between the ages of 6 and 12 years will have the option of riding one of four routes: 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km or 10km, depending on their level of skill and fitness. Parents must accompany their 0 – 6 aged riders on foot, while parents of the older participants have the option of accompanying their kids on a bike. The “No Helmet, No Ride” rule will apply to both children and accompanying parents.
David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust which organises the annual event, says: “The popularity of cycling as a healthy lifestyle continues to grow, not only amongst older riders, but with the youth. The Juniors event encourages youngsters to become more involved with cycling and to develop their passion for the sport, in the hope that they will go on to tackle the 109km Cape Town Cycle Tour one day. The Juniors event is a great platform for us to instil safe cycling practices and promote the benefits of cycling from a young age.”
To avoid disappointment, parents are encouraged to enter their children as soon as possible. Online entries are limited to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all riders on event day. Each rider who successfully completes one of the five available routes can look forward to receiving a goodie bag, medal and certificate.
Apart from the routes, a range of other child-friendly activities – from jumping castles and face painting to special bird shows and lucky draws – will be on offer at the venue. This is sure to keep the young ones entertained for hours, making the Juniors event an ideal day out for the entire family.
Registration will take place between Friday, 27 February and Friday, 06 March at the Main Stage area of Canal Walk Shopping Centre, open from 9am to 9pm daily. This registration venue will also offer an array of activities to keep young tots entertained while they wait to collect their ride packs.
Online entries close on Monday, 23 February and no entries will be processed on the day of the event.
For more information on the Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors event, or to enter your aspiring cyclist for 2015, visit www.cycletour.co.za, select the ‘Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors’ event from the list of Lifecycle Week events, and follow the easy instructions.
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Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge entries nearly sold out
(Cape Town, 03 February 2015) With less than one month to go until the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge, the majority of available entries for the event – especially the longer 55km route – have already been snapped up. Less than 2 000 entries are still available for the four routes at this year’s MTB Challenge, which kicks off the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week on 28 February 2014.
Entries for the 2015 event opened in September last year, coinciding with the announcement of the newly-named Cape Town Cycle Tour and MTB Challenge. Following rave reviews from riders who tackled the race in its new location in 2014, the MTB Challenge will return to Le Bonheur Wine Estate in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy in Stellenbosch this year.
Well-known trail builder and mountain biking enthusiast, Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, has crafted the four routes specifically for this event. Botha shares some insight into what riders can expect, saying: “After moving the race to its new home at Le Bonheur Wine Estate last year, the feedback from riders has been overwhelmingly positive. Developing trails in this area is part of our legacy project, so we didn’t want to simply rehash 2014’s routes. Instead, we’ve introduced new scenic and shady areas for riders. We’ve also incorporated a lot more single-track – the most in the history of this event – and hope that this contributes to our aim of continuously improving the overall experience for our participants.”
The two shorter routes (14km and 22km) take place on Saturday, 28 February. Aspiring MTB-ers looking to enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful Stellenbosch winelands are encouraged to secure their entries as soon as possible, with 600 entries still available for the 14km route, and 800 for the 22km route.
The MTB Challenge’s longer and more intense routes (38km and 55km) takes place on Sunday with some specially crafted trails. These two routes will see some of South Africa’s top mountain bikers compete for bragging rights as they conquer the wealth of dirt and single-track on offer. Eager participants should hurry as there are only 80 and less than 300 entries still available for the two long routes, respectively.
To ensure a pleasant and safe riding experience for all cyclists, the 14km and 22km routes on the Saturday are limited to a total of 2 000 riders, while the longer 38km and 55km routes on the Sunday are limited to 2 500 riders.
How to enter
To enter the 2015 event, the following information is required:
• Your ID or passport
• A valid credit card
• Your medical aid details and membership number
• An emergency contact number
Visit www.cycletour.co.za, select the ‘Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge’ event from the list of Lifecycle Week events, and follow the easy instructions.
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Additional Cape Town Cycle Tour entries ‘up for grabs’
(Cape Town, 3 October 2014) Another 3 000 entries are to be made available to local riders wanting to take part in the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
All available entries were snapped up in just eight hours when they opened last month, taking the race organisers by surprise and leaving many local would-be entrants disappointed.
David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, said: “We have decided to reallocate some entries which had been reserved for various groups and international participants. By doing this we will be making an additional 3 000 individual entries available to local riders.”
Entries made available last month had been allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, but the additional 3 000 will be assigned through a “random selection” process.
Bellairs explained: “Riders wishing to secure an entry will be given a week to register their interest on our website. The available entries will then be allocated to individuals on a ‘ballot-style’ basis, after which fees will become payable. We believe this to be the fairest way to allocate the remaining entries without prejudicing participants and overloading our systems.”
He added: “We were completely taken by surprise by the quick sell-out on September 26 and we are evaluating the entry process for future events.”
How to enter the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour:
- From 13h00 on Tuesday, 7 October until 13h00 on Tuesday, 14 October, potential riders wishing to secure an entry to the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour must update their details and register their interest in participating at www.cycletour.co.za. There is no cost to registering interest;
- On Friday, 24 October from 13h00 onwards, 3 000 potential riders who have registered their interest will be chosen on a ballot-style selection basis and notified whether they have been successful;
- Successful entrants will have until 13h00 on Tuesday, 4 November to pay the R430 entry fee required to secure their entry;
- Any entries for which payment has not been received by 13h00 on Tuesday, 4 November will be reallocated to entrants who were unsuccessful in the first random selection process.
Riders who are unsuccessful in securing one of the 3 000 additional Cape Town Cycle Tour entries will still have the option of riding for one of the 110 registered charities.
Bellairs cautioned that selling and buying of illegal entries was strictly prohibited and no entrant would be allowed to ride with a race number that was not allocated to them. “The only way to transfer an entry to another rider is through the official substitution process, which will take place in February, 2015. If participants are found guilty of buying or selling entries illegally they could be banned from the Cape Town Cycle Tour.”
For event related queries, participants should contact the Cycle Tour Events Office on 087 820 7223 during office hours.
Cape Town Cycle Tour general entries close in record time
(Cape Town, 26 September 2014) General entries for the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world’s largest timed cycle race, have closed in record time – a staggering 8 hours!
Entries opened at 14h00 on Friday, 26 September and by 22h00 all general entries had been filled.
The Cycle Tour – in recognition of its global status and international appeal – was recently renamed to the Cape Town Cycle Tour and attracts cyclists from around the world to participate in this iconic event each year.
David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust who organise the annual event, says: “We are delighted that the newly renamed Cape Town Cycle Tour is still as popular as it has been over the past 37 years, even though we are completely taken aback by the speed at which entries have sold out.
“We understand that there is still a great demand for entries and we will investigate the possibility of freeing up some Corporate Group Entries to try and accommodate individuals that were unsuccessful. An announcement in this regard will be made by the end of October,” concludes Bellairs.
In 2012, charity entries were introduced for the first time with some 5 000 entries offered to various charity groups. At current count there are more than 110 charities registered to benefit from the 2015 Cycle Tour. Cyclists still looking to secure a place in next year’s event should visit www.cycletour.co.za and follow the links to charity group entries from the home page.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday, 8 March 2015 as approximately 35 000 riders line up in Hertzog Boulevard to tackle the spectacular 109km route around the peninsula.
2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour entries open on 26 September 2014
(Cape Town, 25 September 2014) General public entries for the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour will open today, Friday, 26 September 2014 at 14h00. Entries for the two other Lifecycle Week events – the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge and Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors – will open on the same day.
The annual Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday, 8 March 2015 when roughly 35,000 riders will once again line up in Hertzog Boulevard to tackle the 109km route around the peninsula.
David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust which organises the event, says: “Entries for the 2015 tour opened slightly later this year due to our renaming the event in celebration of its iconic status and increasing global appeal. During its 37-year history, it has grown from strength to strength with entries for the 2014 event selling out in just under a week. We anticipate that entries for the 2015 race will sell out just as quickly and therefore encourage all prospective riders to enter early to avoid disappointment.
“The introduction of charity entries since 2012 means that those who aren’t able to secure a general entry for next year’s event in time, will still have the opportunity to ride for one of the 110 charities supported by the Cycle Tour, and to use the event as a platform to give back to their communities,” Bellairs concludes.
Fat tyre fun
The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge will take place on Saturday, 28 February and Sunday, 1 March – kicking off the annual Lifecycle Week. It will again be hosted at the Le Bonheur Wine Estate in Stellenbosch’s Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, offering spectacular, specially-designed routes laid out by MTB trail-enthusiast, Meurant Botha.
Saturday’s event offers a fun-filled family day out, with two shorter routes of 14km and 22km available. These two routes are perfect for younger or less experienced MTB-riders looking to enjoy an exciting day of cycling. The 14km and 22km routes are limited to 750 and 1250 riders, respectively.
On the Sunday more seasoned riders will be given the chance to tackle the more challenging 38km or 55km routes. The two longer routes are limited to 1000 and 1500 riders, respectively, to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for these zealous cyclists.
For the youngsters
Young riders have a treat in store with the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors event taking place on Saturday, 7 March at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wynberg. Riders between the ages of 0 and 6 years will enjoy a 1.7km fun ride, which will introduce them to the basics of cycling in a safe and controlled environment. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 years can tackle the 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km or 10km routes, which are sure to help them develop their cycling skills.
Parents must accompany the 1.7km route entrants on foot, while those participants tackling one of the longer routes can be accompanied by a parent on a bicycle.
Each rider who successfully completes their respective route will receive a goodie bag, medal and certificate. There will also be a range of other activities for kids and families on the day, including an exciting prize giveaway once the routes have been completed.
How to enter the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week events
Online entries for all three events can be submitted on the Cycle Tour website at www.cycletour.co.za from 2pm on Friday, 26 September 2014.
To ease your entry process for the Cycle Tour and MTB Challenge, please ensure that you have the following readily available:
- Your ID or passport
- A valid credit card
- Your medical aid details and membership number
- An emergency contact number
For any event queries, or assistance with entries, please contact the Cycle Tour Events Office on 087 820 7223.
Name change reflects iconic status of South Africa’s favourite cycle tour
(23 September 2014, Cape Town) The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour was officially renamed the Cape Town Cycle Tour at a launch event held in downtown Cape Town this evening.
In recognition of the tour’s global status and international appeal, its organisers and owners – the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT) – in association with the three co-naming rights sponsors, Cape Argus, Pick n Pay and Momentum, introduced the name change and logo in celebration of the event’s iconic status and increasing global appeal.
Speaking at the event, Steve Hayward, Chairman of the CTCTT, took guests through the history of the tour saying: “The Cape Town Cycle Tour is Africa’s premier cycling event. It has grown from humble beginnings, attracting only a few hundred cyclists who participated in the first tour as a protest ride, to the worlds’ largest timed cycle race. The event has enjoyed a remarkable journey over the past 37 years, and the new name and logo revealed tonight is testament to our coming of age as we move into the next phase to becoming one of the worlds’ most desirable participation sporting events.”
From modest beginnings to iconic stature
Bill Mylrea and John Stegmann, two men who formed part of a group of people with a dream of a cycling South Africa, are credited with being the visionaries behind the first Cycle Tour. The inaugural event took place in 1978 and inspired the idea for a longer ride around the peninsula. Only 525 riders participated in the first race. Today, 35,000 local and international cyclists are drawn to the Mother City on the second Sunday in March each year to tackle the spectacular 109km route.
The event has been affectionately known as “The Argus” since its inception. Jermaine Craig, Editor of the Cape Argus newspaper which has sponsored the event since that first year, says: “When the Cape Argus was approached to use our name for the first ride, it spoke strongly to our paper’s civic activist roots. In our paper this year we reported that in Cape Town alone 300km of cycling lanes had been completed or were nearing completion, so the cycling ‘activists’ can certainly say it’s been a case of mission accomplished.
“From the start we have supported the race in its different guises and evolutions. We are proud to again pledge our support to the ‘Cape Town Cycle Tour’ and we remain passionate partners of this exciting event.”
Pick n Pay has been a key co-naming rights sponsor of the Cycle Tour for over two decades. “Pick n Pay, along with the Cape Argus, has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the Cycle Tour. Together with the City of Cape Town and Momentum, we are now moving into a new partnership phase,” says Malcolm Mycroft, General Manager of Marketing at Pick n Pay. “We have always been incredibly proud to be part of this iconic international event, which not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but also raises funds for many local charities.”
Earlier this year, Momentum acknowledged the upward trajectory of the Cycle Tour when it joined Cape Argus and Pick n Pay as a co-naming rights sponsor. Commenting on the new direction of the Cycle Tour, Danie van den Bergh, Head of Brand Momentum, says: “As the newest sponsor in the Cycle Tour family we could not be happier to be on board and part of the development of this iconic event. We were fortunate that all partners shared the vision to renew and rejuvenate the race as it moves forward into a new and exciting phase. The tour’s charitable component is important to us because we want to further fulfil our role as a good corporate citizen, and offer our clients a superior experience with every interaction with us. We are proud to share the passion of Momentum’s involvement, the beauty of Cape Town and the bounty of a South African welcome, with everyone.”
The start of a brand new cycle
The new brand incorporates traditional aspects that have always been associated with the event: iconic Table Mountain – the universal symbol for Cape Town – and a cyclist pedalling the route which wraps around the peninsula.
“We wanted to uphold the event’s rich heritage, while aligning with other international tours. The new Cape Town Cycle Tour name and logo is a logical next step to achieving our ambitious goal of positioning the tour globally as an iconic bucket list event and use our growing international appeal to attract a wider audience to not only participate, but also spend time in Cape Town and South Africa.” explains David Bellairs, Marketing, Sponsorship and Communications Director of the CTCTT.
The event’s iconic link to Cape Town was highlighted by Executive Mayor, Patricia De Lille, who shared her enthusiasm on the impact this will have on the future vision of the City. “We have a vision for the City of Cape Town to become the events capital of Africa. For years, people from across the country and the world have cycled through the city and seen everything that we have to offer. We are honoured that the Cycle Tour has now been named after the City and look forward to welcoming the participants for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.”
Riding for a cause
Over the years, the Cycle Tour has generated millions of Rands for cycling development and the charitable projects supported by its two main beneficiaries, the Pedal Power Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont, who collectively make up the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. In 2012, charity entries were introduced for the first time with some 5,000 entries offered to various charity groups. “We want participants to use the event as a platform to give back to their communities, and the interest we receive each year from charities wishing to use the event as an opportunity to fundraise for worthy causes is overwhelmingly positive,” says Bellairs.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday, 8 March 2015 and entries open on Friday, 26 September 2014 at 2pm. The event’s name and logo change will not impact on the format of the 2015 route, and cyclists and spectators can continue to enjoy the world-class experience they have come to love over the past 37 years.
Cycle Tour entries open on 26 September 2014
(Cape Town, 27 August 2014) The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT), organisers of the annual Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour, has announced that entries to the 2015 tour will open on Friday, 26 September 2014 at 1pm to coincide with an important announcement relating to the event. The Cycle Tour – now in its 38th year – will take place on Sunday, 8 March 2015 with 35,000 riders lining up to tackle the spectacular 109km route around the Cape Peninsula.
David Bellairs, a director of the CTCTT, explains: “Traditionally, general public entries for the Cycle Tour have opened on the first day of September. This year, the entries open date has been delayed to coincide with an exciting announcement about the tour. While a few changes will be introduced, they will not impact on the format of the route and our main priority remains to provide the world-class experience that participants and spectators have come to expect.”
The Cycle Tour has grown from humble beginnings, attracting only a few hundred participants in its inaugural year in 1978, to the much-loved international event it is today. Acknowledged as the world’s largest timed cycle race, it sees keen cyclists from all over the world flocking to Cape Town on the second Sunday in March each year to participate in this iconic event.
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