Spinning towards awareness

2016-04-12 06:00
Cyclists during the last Tour D’Plain. PHOTO: Clint Dixon

Cyclists during the last Tour D’Plain. PHOTO: Clint Dixon

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Avid cyclists are urged to oil the chains and pump their bicycle tyres as the second annual Mitchell’s Plain cycle tour will return on Sunday 1 May.

The ‘Tour D’ Plain 2016’ is an annual non-competitive community cycling tour hosted by Silver Rain Holdings. It runs through Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha starting at the Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital and finishing at the Strandfontein Pavilion.

The event will be made up of a 50km, 20km and 3km junior tour.

Director Ashwin De Klerk says the event aims at raising mass awareness around leukaemia and cancer with the beneficiary being The Sunflower Fund.

“As this is the second year the event is taking place, the City of Cape Town has indicated that because of the infancy of the event, they need to first understand what impact the event will have on traffic, motorists and the community and decided that we should only allow 15 000 participants. They foresee this number increasing greatly in the next year,” says De Klerk.

The tour is open to all – young, old and even those with disabilities.

With the limited number of cyclists, those interested are urged to apply online before the number is reached.

Entry will cost R80 for adults in the 50km and 20km events and R30 per junior 3km participant.

The last event was met with much excitement as thousands from all over the mother city joined in on the inaugural Tour D’ Plain Cycle Tour held on Freedom Day last year (“Tour D’ Plain shows off people and place”, People’s Post, 6 May 2015).

Registration for the event will start on Saturday 30 April at the Strandfontein Pavilion and all participants that have entered will have to collect their numbers and information packs between 10:00 and 17:30.

“All participants must take along proof of payment and identification as no collections of numbers will be dealt with on Sunday,” says De Klerk.

“The 3km junior tour is a much anticipated event targeting children under the age of 10 years old, and will take place on registration day Saturday 30 April. Collection of the junior race numbers will be available from Monday 25 April to Friday 29 April between 10:00 and 16:00. Entry forms for the junior 3km tour are available on our website.”

For the adult tour on Sunday, races start at 05:45 and cyclists are urged to arrive early as latecomers will not be allowed to cycle.

“All participants cycling in the tour will park their vehicles at the Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital. Once you have completed the tour and collected your medals and certificates, our shuttle services will transport you and your bicycle back to your vehicles throughout the day,” says De Klerk.

This year, the event will also feature top class entertainment and will create a festival atmosphere at the finish line.

“All spectators and individuals coming to enjoy the two days at the Pavilion are asked to please park at Strandfontein High and Primary schools on Saturday and Sunday. Our shuttle services will transport you to the venue and back to your secured, parked vehicles throughout the day,” says De Klerk.

No bicycle? No problem. De Klerk says they will also be renting bicycles at the Pavilion for those who would like to participate but do not have a bicycle. This service will only be available on Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00.

“The “Tour D’ Plain” aims to unite our people through cycling, predominantly targeting families, schools, social and sports clubs and others throughout the Cape Flats,” says De Klerk.

“We urge you to bring along your family as entertainment proceedings will include both days: a massive indoor exhibition, live stage performances by top South African artists, food stalls, kids’ entertainment, carnival rides, great fun for the entire family and fantastic prizes valued at over R300 000 to be won.”

V Space is still available for stalls – call Ashwin on 084 526 9006 or Joy on 079 928 9077. Visit www.tourdplain.co.za for entry forms. Alternatively visit Makro in Ottery for forms and make your payment in-store.

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