FAQ



  • General
  • How did I get a seeded road or MTB funride number?

    Seeded funride numbers (road or MTB) are based on your results on the database and are granted only to paid-up PPA members, as seeding is a direct membership benefit. You can collect your seeded road or MTB number either at the PPA Office, or from the PPA Mobile Office at the first road or MTB event you participate in during the membership year.

  • How do I apply for a reseeding?

    Seeding runs regularly take place during the year and during high season, even more than once a month. Please visit the seeding section of the web site at any stage to see if you qualify for a new number. If you do qualify to be upgraded and decide that you do want to do so, you need to bring your old seeded number back to the office as this number needs to go back into the database and must be de-linked from your profile. The current cost to be reseeded is R50.00. There is no obligation on you to apply for a new number – if you want to ride with the same number you were issued at the beginning of the membership year, you can do so. If, however, you want to reseed whenever you can upgrade to a new number, you are also welcome to do so.

    Please note that it is compulsory to return your current number, as new seeded numbers will only be issued on return of the old ones.

  • What happens if I forget my seeded number at home?

    You need your seeded number to be able to start in your normal start group. If you have forgotten your seeded number at home, you have two options:
    (a) Buy a temp number at R5 from the organisers and start in the unseeded groups at the back of the field, and just ride for fun
    (b) Go to the PPA Mobile Office and check if you are listed on the database. If so, you’ll be able to buy a seeded number to use at that event at R30. This special PPA temporary seeded number (NOTE: This is not the same as the temp number issued by the organisers to unseeded riders) will allow you to start in your normal seeded group on the day

  • How do I get to PPA?

    Our physical address is: Block U, Greenford Office Estate, Punter’s Way, Kenilworth. You’ll find us adjacent to the Kenilworth Racecourse, opposite The Kenilworth Centre and close to Access Park

  • What are easy entry tickets?

    Easy Entry Tickets were used until a few years ago. These pre-paid funride entry tickets have since been replaced with online entries, which offer cyclists a bigger discounted entry fee.

  • Why can I not see my results on the web site?

    If you did NOT wear your transponder while participating in an event, please note that you cannot be credited with a result for that particular event. Results can unfortunately not be added manually.

    NO TRANSPONDER – NO RESULT!

    The next step is for Racetec to to check the mat data for your transponder for a particular event.

  • How do I get the weekly email with events info?

    As soon as you become a paid-up PPA member and we have a valid email address for you, you’ll receive our weekly email with event news and information. This email address will not be sold on to any outside organisation, and will be used only to communicate cycling event information and general PPA news to you. If you change email address, please ensure that your details are updated on the database, so that you do not miss out on some important event information!

  • What happens if I want to know my PPA membership number to enter and event?

    (a) Check out this section
    (b) All events that use the Racetec Online Entry system will automatically see you as a paid-up PPA member when you enter online, as Racetec, PPA and the Cycle Tour share a database. Your membership number will therefore automatically be entered.
    (c) Your membership number is displayed on your weekly email with events information

  • Membership
  • I purchased a timing chip online whilst entering for an event, where can I collect it?

    If a timing chip is purchased online whilst entering for an event, it can be collected at any timed event from the Racetec staff. Generally, the Racetec admin table will be right next to the PPA admin table.

  • Which events are taken into consideration for seeding?

    1) All PPA-sanctioned events timed by Racetec.
    2) All major events timed by Racetec, such as Die Burger Fietstoer, The Cape Argus Pick n Pay cycle tour, the 94.7 etc will be used unless the seeding criteria are not met. Team events such as the DC and certain MTB events that do not meet the criteria for seeding, are not used for seeding. If you have done other events eg Ironman, Absa Cape Epic, triathlons, or provincial races - in fact, anything that you think should be considered, just drop us an email and let's see what we can do for you.

  • What is the Cycle Tour telephone number?

    0861 849464

  • Is the timing chip included in my PPA membership fees?

    No, the timing chip is not included as some cyclists purchased a chip before joining PPA

  • I own a timing chip but am not a PPA member. Will I get a result?

    You will get a result at all PPA events. However, PPA members will start in seeded batches in front of non-members.

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  • Results and Seeding
  • How do I get a MTB seeded number?

    Seeded funride numbers (road or MTB) are based on your results on the database and are granted only to paid-up PPA members, as seeding is a direct membership benefit. You can collect your seeded road or MTB number either at the PPA Office, or from the PPA Mobile Office at the first road or MTB event you participate in (any time) during the membership year.

  • When do the (re)seeding runs take place?

    Shortly after the membership renewal date on 1 July, a major seeding run takes place to seed members as they join the Association or renew their subs for the new membership year. This usually takes place early in August. After that, seeding runs take place regularly throughout the year.

     

  • I recently joined PPA/renewed my membership, and want to enter an upcoming event, but don't know my membership number and don't have a funride number. What must I do?

    (a) Your membership number is displayed on the weekly email sent to you with event information. You can also check your membership number on the website - just follow the "Membership details look-up" link. If you do not have regular internet access, you can phone the PPA Office to get your membership number (if you renew online, that number is displayed when you renew, and your membership status is automatically updated on the PPA / CycleTour / Racetec database).

    (b) Your new seeded number / MTB board can be collected from the PPA Office, or from the first PPA event that you participate in (anytime during the year).

  • I see my seeding changed in July from the previous season and that I have dropped down one or two groups, although my times have generally improved. Why is this?

    The seeding index usually changes when we do the annual reseeding in August. This is because a 1% penalty per month comes into play for results that are more than 5 months old.

  • Which events are taken into consideration for seeding?

    All events timed by RaceTec are used for seeding although for PPA-supported events. Team events eg the Double Century and listed events are not normally used for seeding. Events where there is insufficient data to gauge the difficulty of the event relative to other events, are also not used. While all results are used “as is” for road seeding, for MTB seeding, road results receive a 15% penalty.

  • Will I still be able to use last year’s funride number at funrides?

    Seeded numbers expire annually on 30 June, and specifically so as soon as the new season’s funride numbers are distributed.

  • Which events use the PPA seeded back numbers for the start groups?

    Most road events on the PPA calendar, excluding the Cycle Tour and Cycle Tour seeding series events. You must use your PPA road number for road funrides, and the new PPA MTB seeded number for the MTB funrides – you cannot use your road number at the MTB events. PPA members wearing their seeded funride numbers on their back line up in front of non-members.

  • What seeded number am I getting?

    Paid-up PPA members are eligible for one free road and one free MTB number per year. You can collect either, or both. If you qualify for an upgrade during the year, you are welcome to either exchange the old number for the new one (higher seeding), or you can choose to keep the first number you were issued in the year. It’s up to you to choose.

    What if you get a road number, but you decide halfway through the year that you want to do a MTB event, but you don’t have a MTB number (or vice versa)? It’s very easy – you just come to the PPA Office in the week prior to the event, and collect your free number relating to the “other” discipline. You can also collect the ‘other’ number at the first event in that discipline that you participate in.

     

  • Which events will count? Will I have the same road and MTB seeding?

    For your road funride seeding, all your results will count, as it has done in the past. For your new MTB seeding, all your results will still count, but your road results will now carry a penalty of 15%, while MTB results will not carry any penalty. The index calculations for road and MTB categories differ quite a bit. For the road funrides, we are working with 24 seeded start groups, while for MTB seeding we are working with only ten seeded start groups. This means that, in all likelihood, your road and MTB seeding will differ quite a bit and your MTB seeding could even be higher than your road seeding.

  • I have a query around how my seeding was calculated. What must I do?

     Please look at the seeding page to see how your seeding index was calculated. If, according to your calculations, a mistake has been made, then please email the PPA office, providing all the following information: – Your name and PPA membership number – Your ID number – Your new seeding index, according to the database (eg 29.0045) – What you think your seeding should be, and why it should be different to that displayed on the database – Any additional supporting evidence (eg triathlon or tt or overseas results). Let us take a look for you!

  • How can I improve my seeding? How and when can I get a new seeded number?

    Firstly, regularly participate in a PPA event, as events older than 5 months start carrying a 1% penalty (recent results are a truer reflection of ability than old results). Then regularly check your seeding to see if you qualify for a higher number than the one you currently hold. If the answer is ‘yes’, please bring your old (current) number to the PPA office. The old number needs to be returned before a new number can be issued. It costs R50 to reseed if you want to do so during the year. Upgrades are not automatically issued – should you qualify, you need to obtain your new number from the PPA Office before lining up with the new (higher) group. You cannot line up wearing your old number, even if you qualify for the new seeded group – you must wear the correct number on your back.

  • What about reseeding, or forgotten numbers?

    You can upgrade your seeded number (should you qualify) by paying the R50 admin fee – please organise this with the PPA Office during the week. If you have been issued with a seeded number (whether road or MTB) and you forget it at home on the day of an event, you can either purchase a temp seeded number to use on the day for R30, or buy an unseeded number for R5 and ride with the unseeded groups.

  • My seeding index seems to be incorrect, what do I do?

    Funride results count 1/3 towards your seeding, provided all the criteria stated on the next page are met. You need results from THREE rides, and generally only the long routes count, before the system will seed you. If you do have results from three long rides, you have taken the adjusted winner’s time into consideration and the seeding still seems to be incorrect, then please email us. Please note that funride results will only be displayed for paid-up PPA members. If you pay your subs after an event, then your results for that event will be displayed only the next time the results for that event is rerun.

  • Because of the big difference in calculating road and MTB seeding and the difference in start groups, you will NOT be able to use your road number at a MTB event, or vice versa.

    As in the past, you will be seeded on how fit you are now as opposed to how fit you were in the past, as recent results are a better indicator of your current ability than old results. In this way, your seeding will remain fairly constant (or even improve) if you regularly participate in events, but will slowly move towards Z if you seldom participate at events.

  • What about reseeding, or forgotten numbers?

    You can upgrade your seeded number whenever you qualify and want to upgrade by paying the R50 admin fee. If you have been issued with a seeded number (whether road or MTB) and you forget it at home, you can either purchase a temp seeded number to use on the day for R30, or buy an unseeded number for R5 and ride with the unseeded groups.

  • Womens Cycling
  • What do I do about saddle sores?

    For saddle sores, prevention is better than cure. Make sure your bike is set-up correctly, with the saddle at the correct height and tilt, and in the correct fore-aft position. Do not wear undies underneath your cycling shorts, and use petroleum jelly or chamois cream to prevent chafing. Wash immediately after a ride, and if possible, wash before a ride, ensuring that you dry-off properly before putting on your cycling pants. Do not increase your mileage suddenly - your bum needs to get used to sitting on the saddle! Watch wear you shave, so that hair follicles do not get blocked. Minimise moisture on a ride, so if you need to have a pit stop, dry off properly afterwards. If you still end up with blocked or infected glands or vaginal problems, seek medical advice.

  • Can I cycle while pregnant?

    This is a question best asked of your gynaecologist or obstetrician, but in general, healthy, active women benefit from mild regular exercise and that includes pregnant ones. More than one PPA member cycled until fairly late in the pregnancy with no ill effects (it is too soon to tell if the kid will be a better cyclist because of the training in the womb 😉 ). However, caution should be exercised as far as safety is concerned: Generally you should not ride in a race pr big group where there is a chance that you may fall. Never ride alone, and do not attempt to ride routes and distances that you could not easily complete before you fell pregnant. Consider putting wider, more stable tyres on your bicycle (or change to a mountain bike). Consider using a stationary bicycle or doing modified spinning classes.