Cyclists urged to saddle up

2015-10-07 06:00
HITTING THE ROAD: Thousands of cycling enthusiasts are expected to participate in the annual PPA Mangaung Cycling Tour later this month.

HITTING THE ROAD: Thousands of cycling enthusiasts are expected to participate in the annual PPA Mangaung Cycling Tour later this month.

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THOUSANDS of cyclists are expected to take part in the 2015 PPA Mangaung Cycle Tour to be held in Bloemfontein later this month. The event will be held on Saturday, 31 October, and Sunday, 1 November.

Speaking to Express, Steven Hayward, PPA chairman, said they were expecting this year’s event to be bigger than the one held in 2014.

“We are hoping to not only attract the local Free State riders, but also cyclists from across the country. We urge athletes who are interested in taking part in the event to register on time to avoid disappointment,” said Hayward.

“We will be hosting various off-road events on the Saturday and the prestigious road event on Sunday.

This year’s event will once again be aimed at the recreational rider, but local professional riders are welcome to participate.”

The cyclists will tackle 106 km, which will be the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour seeding distance, or a shorter 30 km route.

Hayward said that registration for this year’s race was open and that it would close on 19 October at 23:00.

“Entry fees are R250 for the 106 km route and R160 for the 30 km route. Members of PPA qualify for a R30 discount for both races.”

Meanwhile, PPA has opened new offices in Bloemfontein and is giving away free membership to riders who want to join their organisation.

The offer runs from 1 July until 31 July 2016.

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