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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.

For regular updates on the Cycle Tour, find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/cycletour or on Twitter @CycleTour_SA. For more information on the Cycle Tour, visit www.cycletour.co.za.

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.

Eager participants wanting to enter the 2015 Cycle Tour can like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/cycletour or follow us on Twitter @CycleTour_SA for regular updates.