Avid cyclists eager to complete two Cape
Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tours in one day can now officially do so, But only if
they qualify! The Cape Town Cycle Tour
Trust, organisers of the annual iconic event, have announced that they will
identify and invite riders who are fit enough to make it back to the start
before the final group departs at around 10am, and only those will be eligible
to ride Cycle Tour twice in 2014.
“We receive requests every year and after
careful consideration, the Trust has agreed to invite qualifying riders to
attempt the 109km route twice on race
day this year,” David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust,
Although many will want to jump at the
chance for the second attempt, very strict rules and conditions will
Bellairs stresses that only a few cyclists
will be invited to tackle the challenge. “Realistically, only cyclists in the top six seeding groups will qualify
to ride the route twice. It is
physically impossible for riders in the remaining groups to be back at the
starting point in time to start with the last start group of the day and make
it through each of our cut-off points on the route within the allocated time,”
Cyclists invited to participate will pay
for two entries and will have both race times recorded.
Two individuals who have already been
invited to take on the challenge are Andrew Wheeldon and Grant Quixley. While Quixley will cycle the route twice to
achieve a personal goal, Wheeldon, Managing Director of Bicycle Empowerment
Network (BEN) will cycle the second to raise money for his charity.
“Our aim at BEN is to get more people
cycling, more often, to address economic, environmental and social poverty. We
want to lower the cost of mobility, reduce carbon emissions, and connect all
South Africans with one another while they travel together,” explains Wheeldon.
“My second lap in this year’s Cycle Tour is
to raise funds to buy more bicycles and facilitate more bicycle training to
those who have not experienced the simple joy of riding a bike,” continues
Wheeldon, who is aiming for a sub-3 time for his first lap, and 3 hours 30
minutes for his charitable second lap.
Quixley, who is also aiming for a sub-3
time on his first lap and then 4 hours 30 minutes for his second lap, says: “My
main motivation for riding the route twice this year is to take it a little
easier the second time round, to stop – or at least slow down occasionally –
and to really take in the energy and excitement along the route. I’ve taken part in Cycle Tour since 2003 and
I've never really had the chance to appreciate the effort and imagination that
goes into administering and supporting such an iconic event, so I’m really
looking forward to riding it twice this year.”
more information on the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle
Tour or to find out more about riding the Cycle Tour twice in 2014, visit http://www.cycletour.co.za/.
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