Members of the Pedal Power Association’s Executive Committee are volunteers, either nominated and selected by the membership at the annual general meeting, or co-opted onto the committee. Committee members serve for a period of two years, with six members being selected every alternate year. Once elected, committee members nominate the office bearers. The Executive Committee is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction of the Association, ensure sound governance of the Association and ensure sound fiscal management of the Association. ExCo members attend one committee meeting per month, as well as sub-committee meetings as required.
Steve has been the PPA Chairman since 2006, and as such also serves on the Management and Finance sub-committee. Steve is one of PPA’s trustees on the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, which consists of six PPA representatives and six representatives from Rotary Claremont. He is also involved with the PPA cycling marshals’ portfolio.
Steve started cycling just over 20 years ago “when I got too fat to continue playing squash and soccer”, and currently owns both a road and mountain bike. His favourite road ride is an early-morning pedal from Edgemead to Noordhoek for coffee, while his favourite off-road ride is in Majick Forest near Durbanville “for the thrilling downhill after the slog to the top!”
Riaan hails from the legal profession and is one of PPA’s trustees on the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. He has been on the PPA Exco since 2007. He started cycling as a child “because it was the only way to have my own set of wheels and because I just loved cycling” and has a few bikes and/or frames parked in the garage; off-road cycling being his passion. “Favourite ride? It must be the Harkerville trails for the indigenous forest, flowing singletrack and stunning coastline.” Riaan heads up the PPA’s disciplinary sub-committee and aims “to help everyone to ride safely and have fun by obeying the rules – they are there to ensure your protection and enjoyment.”
Robin is a chartered management accountant who started cycling when he was 12 years old to commute to school. He owns both a road and a mountain bike, and rides for pleasure as opposed to competition. His favourite ride is from Hout Bay to Mouille Point and back or game-viewing near the Kruger National Park. “All rides should include at least one coffee stop.” His portfolio goal is to continue to keep the PPA on a sound financial footing. Robin is one of PPA’s trustees on the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.
Other committee members, in alphabetical order:
David started cycling in 1988 as a result of a dare by a friend. He rode his first Cycle Tour in 1989 and joined the PPA committee in 1992. He is a past chairman of the Association and is currently employed as the CEO of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. While he has completed the Cycle Tour some 15 times, nowadays the Cycle Tour is a day for hard work and little sleep. His favourite ride is over Constantia Nek, Chapmans Peak to Fish Hoek and then back to the southern suburbs via Boyes Drive. “It reminds one of just how lucky we are to be living in this wonderful city called Cape Town. My favourite race is the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour – no event anywhere in the world beats it for its atmosphere and camaraderie.”
Lance hails from the legal profession and is one of PPA’s trustees on the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. He started cycling in 1994 when his neighbour in Seattle suggested that he started cycling to work – so he did. He has done the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour more than 15 times, and his favourite ride is to work in the morning – being downhill.
Lance is passionate about promoting commuting and cycling as a means of transportation and seldom uses a car if a bicycle will do – in fact, he and his wife even do the shopping by bicycle (with a little cart), while his kids cycle to school. An incident he’d rather forget? “In Vancouver BC, a pedestrian stepped in front of me, I braked hard. My friend behind me rode into me, knocking me over, and then rode over me.”
Niel joined the committee in 2012.
Ryan also hails from the legal profession and is one of PPA’s trustees on the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. Ryan started cycling when he was 12 years old when afamily friend invited him to join him for a social ride. ” I never looked back.” His first bicycle was a blue Raleigh Carlton 10 speed with Stronglight cranks. “It weighed about 25kgs with a cable driven speedometer but was my pride and joy. It was parked in my bedroom and I was always in trouble with my mother for allowing the bike to drip oil on the carpet.”
Ryan has done the Cycle Tour more than 17 times, and is actually one of the faster Exco members on two wheels. His favourite ride is a pedal around peninsula with a group of friends or MTB riding in Tokai or in Knysna.
Zaakier joined the committee in 2012
Gary joined the PPA committee in September 2009. He is a fairly recent convert to cycling, having started cycling in 2006 to relax and get fit after starting his own business in 2002. Gary is passionate about off-road cycling, and his favourite playground is the Tokai plantation (which is right on his doorstep). “If I have to single out a ride, it was probably following the Tour de France route in 2009,” Gary said.
Iain was co-opted onto the PPA committee, to serve a one-year term until 2013.
Shayne joined the committee in 2012