For cyclists, there’s still an opportunity to improve their Cape Town Cycle Tour seeding by entering the upcoming PPA Sportive #2 on 17 February.
The second event in the eight-event PPA Sportive Series is being held at the Windmeul Cellar and, with just one big climb, is the perfect event to set a time that will bump riders further up the Cycle Tour starting groups.
There are two routes in the event – a 91 km or 38 km – and the longer version will be the one riders would need to enter in order to improve their Cycle Tour seeding.
91 km route
It’s a relatively flat route profile with the only climb coming at 35 km when passing by Riebeek Kasteel. Starting at Windmeul Wine Cellar on the Voor-Paardeberg road, Agter-Paarl, riders will head out toward and through Wellington, swinging out left towards Hermon on the R44, left again on the R46 to Riebeek Kasteel (and that climb), before returning to the venue via the R45.
38 km route
The shorter route is even flatter, with just under 400m of total elevation gain. It leaves Windmeul Cellar on the R44 and takes a left on the R45 in the direction of Malmesbury. Before getting there though, the riders will take another left onto Slent road and later another onto Vrygruns road that will take them past Paardeberg Cellar and back to Windmeul.
HOW TO ENTER
Online: go to pedalpower.org.za/events and you’ll see 2019 PPA SPORTIVE #2 highlighted in red near the top of the list. Click the “enter” tab. Entries will close on Thursday, 14 February at midday.
On the day: a limited number of late entries will be taken on the morning of the event until 06h00.
91km: R275 for PPA members, R375 for non-PPA members
38km: R125 for PPA members, R175 for non-PPA members
KEY RACE INFO
Registration: takes place on the morning of the event at Windmeul Cellar from 05h00.
91km start time: 06h30
38km start time: 07h00
Water points: the 91 km route has three spread out evenly along the course. The 38 km route has one.
MORE ABOUT THE SPORTIVE SERIES
This series of fun rides is aimed at all cyclists, from beginners to experienced riders, and offers the perfect platform for those wanting to keep fit riding road events throughout the year, improving their times and setting a new personal bests.
The series is a great test for endurance and stamina for anyone brave enough to take on the challenge of the longer routes and, while completing all eight events will be a great source of personal achievement, each one is also a standalone event, so riders are not required to enter all in the Sportive Series.
There are seven events remaining, spread throughout the year: visit www.pedalpower.org.za for more information.
THE SPECIAL FINISHER’S TROPHY
This year, we have decided to do away with medals and do something more innovative and challenging – each rider will get a beautiful 3D bicycle puzzle that they can assemble once they have completed all the events. The way it will work is that after each event, riders will receive a few pieces of the trophy … complete all eight events and they can assemble the little road bike on a stand.
However, even if riders didn’t do Sportive #1, or won’t manage to do all the events, you’ll still be able to buy the missing pieces at a very reasonable cost. We still want everyone to have that trophy to display at their home or office.