New way to enter Cycle Tour

2015-08-11 06:00
Riders navigate Chapman’s Peak during the Cape Town Cycle Tour. 


Riders navigate Chapman’s Peak during the Cape Town Cycle Tour. PHOTO:

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Riders hoping to enter next year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT) will have to adhere to new, groundbreaking entry requirements.

The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT), which organises and runs the race, has announced a new entry system.

An online “ballot system” will now replace the first-come, first-serve process, which the Trust says will bring them in line with other international events. Such a ballot system has never been used in a South African race before.

This is in an effort to give every potential entrant a fair chance of competing in the race by avoiding a fast sell-out of spots, which has been the case in the race’s recent history. Entries to this year’s race sold out in a record eight hours.

The Trust has also increased the number of entries from 35 000 to 40 000, but David Bellairs, a director of the Trust, confirms that no corporate group entries will be allowed, encouraging those who have made use of these entries in the past to follow either the public entry process or take up the opportunity to support a charity.

Bellairs says these charities will be allocated 7000 entries and the Pedal Power Association (PPA) will receive 5000 entries, which will be given to random members of the Association.

“To honour PPA as founders of the event, its paid-up members will be offered an ‘early-bird’ opportunity to register their interest in an entry to next year’s race.

“Those who are unsuccessful in the initial PPA ballot will automatically be added to the general public ballot, starting on 9 September, giving them an additional chance to be awarded an entry,” Bellairs explains.

27 000 ballots will be available to the general public, with a further 1000 made available to developmental associations as well as substitutions.

Registration of interest in obtaining a ballot will be free and will open on 9 September at 13:00.

The window for such registration will remain open until 25 September at 13:00.

Prospective riders (both local and international) can register their interest at www.­cycle­ Doing so amounts to an indication of interest only, and will not ensure entry, and will require prospective entrants to update their details at the same time.

In the week following the closure of the window for registration, successful applicants will receive emails from the CTCT to confirm that they have been awarded an entry, which will cost R470 per local rider.

International entries will remain open until February, or until the allocation of 5000 riders is reached, and will cost R800 each.

Unsuccessful applicants will also receive an email and will be invited to enter via a supporting charity or by means of the official substitution process in January.

Successful applicants will have until 26 October to pay and secure their entry. Payment not received before this date, or the applicant’s option to decline the entry, will result in that entry being made available to a previously unsuccessful rider.

According to Bellairs, online ballots have been successful in top European and American sporting events.

“Such systems have become standard practice at key sporting events around the world, including the New York Marathon and Boston Marathon. The Trust, along with its three co-naming rights sponsors – Cape Argus, Pick n Pay and Momentum – carefully researched and considered all options, and we are confident that our new process will serve riders well and further entrench the global appeal of the CTCT,” he says.

“We want to avoid thousands of applicants rushing to be first in line as the entry portal opens, and being disappointed when they sell out in a matter of hours.

“Our intention is to create a fairer system as it allows for a greater and more inclusive opportunity for securing an entry. Entries will be awarded at random, regardless of whether interest is registered on the first or the last day of the registration period. We believe the implementation of this new system is the best way forward,” concludes Bellairs.

As in previous years, a certain number of the entries will be made available via charity groups at varying costs.

The CTCT takes place on 6 March.

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