The Pedal Power Association (PPA), South Africa’s largest cycling organisation with more than 12 000 active members, has placed its full support behind the government’s call for total lockdown. “We know that cyclists are frustrated that they cannot take to the roads for the next three weeks but, as a nation, we now need to stand together to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus at all costs,” explains Rens Rezelman, chair of the PPA. At the time of going to print, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa stood at 1 280. On March 27, health minister Zweli Mkhize reported the country’s first two deaths from the virus.. Last week, president Cyril Ramaphosa told the entire nation that South Africa would be under lockdown from midnight Thursday 26 March to Thursday 16 April as an urgent precautionary step to combat the spread of the virus. “It is important that all cyclists adhere to the president’s request. This is our only hope to overcome the tragedy we are faced with,” says Rezelman. “As avid cyclists, it is extremely frustrating not to be able to go cycling but we all have a responsibility towards our families, friends and fellow South Africans to strictly adhere to the government’s announcement of lockdown which includes recreational outdoor sport.”Rezelman says cyclists have to remember that all sport and recreational activities across the globe are affected by the Covid-19 virus. “We as cyclists just have to wait this one out,” he says.“The government cannot make exceptions to the rule and the PPA as an organisation cares about the health and safety of all cyclists.”Rezelman advises cyclists to take out their trainers and to stay fit at home. “Let’s stay off the roads and make a worthy contribution to winning the battle against this deadly virus,” he adds.The Pedal Power offices in Kenilworth are closed and will reopen, according to the government’s stipulation, on Friday 17 April.“All PPA staff can be contacted via their email as we will be working from home. We are on lockdown but staying productive! Good luck to everyone and please stay healthy.” V For more information, contact 083 414 1442 or 081 043 9890 or email email@example.com.