Cycle tour invites entries

2016-09-28 06:00

ENTRIES are open for this year’s PPA Mangaung Cycle Tour.

As in the past, this iconic Free State event will be a premier seeding series for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

It is set for 30 October in Bloemfontein.

“The event should serve as a catalyst to grow cycling in the province,” says PPA chief executive officer, Robert Vogel.

He said as in the past, profits from the event will be reinvested in the project to advance the development of cycling in the province.

Vogel confirmed that some prize money will be offered this year.

In 2014, the Pedal Power Association (PPA), a public benefit organisation committed to promoting cycling and the interests of cyclists, heeded a call for assis-tance from local cyclists following cancellation of the OFM Classic.

“PPA took the decision to underwrite any potential shortfall in funding for the event for three years,” Vogel explained.

“We did not want road cyclists to miss out on the opportunity of a local seeding series event.”

Participants can enter for one of two distances, a 103 km route (which will be used as seeding for the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour), or a 32 km route. Both routes incorporate new sections, with the start and finish moving to the Tempe Military Base. As in the past, the routes are primarily flat, with a few short climbs.

The 2016 edition will also boast a bigger expo, which will be run in conjunction with registration on 28 and 29 October.

Off-road enthusiasts and cyclists wishing to make a weekend of it are invited to enter the Mangaung MTB events on 29 October.

Online entries will remain open until 21 October at 16:00. Late entries can be done at registration on 28 and 29 October prior to the event, at an additional R100 administration fee.

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