Cyclists can start oiling the sprockets

2017-01-31 06:01

The Western Province Cycling Association (WPCA), an affiliate of Cycling South Africa (CSA), has announced the 2017 WP Cycling Road League after a successful 2016 season, which saw exceptional racing in all categories.

WPCA has invited new cyclists and interested 2016 league riders to participate in the 2017 league season.

WP Cycling has recently joined forces with WP MTB to establish a single online presence. Visit their new website at www.wpcycling.com, which now features information on MTB, road, track and schools cycling.

The Western Province Schools Association runs dedicated school events in conjunction with some of the WP Cycling League races on routes that are deemed easier and safer for young cyclists. From these events, school-going riders are chosen to represent Western Province at various CSA Youth Festivals around the country. Interested learners are to visit the school page on the website, or contact the league commissioner, O’Ryan Bruintjies, whose details can be found on the website.

The early part of the year is dominated by fun rides and training towards the SA Road and Time Trial Championship at Lady Loch near Wellington in early February, as well as the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Due to a recent decline in the number of road races, the WP Cycling league was initiated by the WPCA that represents 24 cycling clubs within the Cape Town area. The aim is to improve the standard of competitive cycling in the region and to prepare aspiring riders for international participation.

The league has grown from 150 cyclists in 2015 to 650 cyclists last year, where 22 events where hosted from March to August 2016. Racing is organised by the Road Commission of Western Province with assistance from affiliated clubs, the Winelands Cycling Association and their affiliated clubs as well as the West Coast Cycling Association and their affiliated clubs. All disciplines of road cycling are catered for. Racing takes the form of traditional road races over distances in excess of 100 kilometres, circuit races, criteriums and time trials.

For the year, racing will again be divided into three different categories where the same standard of cyclists competes against each other without taking age into account. Category 1 is for top racing cyclists of 17 and older, while Category 2 is a slight step down in standard from Category 1 and is aimed at talented cyclists also from 17 and older. Category 3 is an inter-club competition for bona fide members of clubs affiliated to CSA, novice racers and those who are still competitive but are unable to dedicate to training.

WP Cycling encourages the elite and sub-veterans to ride in Category 1, veterans in Category 2 and masters in Category 3. WPCA is working hard towards having a dedicated category for women, but they are encouraged to ride in Category 3 until a women’s category is realised. The women riders will have their own competition, podium and prize fund.

Entry fees for 2017 will be R200 for non-affiliated club members and R150 for WP club members. Youth riders will receive an additional R50 discount. It must be noted that a CSA membership for the year will be compulsory and a full domestic racing license is required for Category 1 and 2 participants.

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