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FNB WINES2WHALES PINOTAGE TO HOST E-BIKERS IN 2019 EDITION

Cycling TREAD Magazine

E-Bikes are the fastest growing sector in cycling but events have been slow to allow them into races due to a number of restrictions. Luckily the FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage event is unbound by such limitations, so for 2019, E-Bikers are welcome! To
'E-Bikes are the fastest growing sector in cycling but events have been slow to allow them into races due to a number of restrictions. Luckily the FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage event is unbound by such limitations, so for 2019, E-Bikers are welcome! To ensure the safety of their fellow riders all E-Bikers, and their non-pedal assisted partners, will start in the event’s final batch. But they will be able to ride the entire route and with a battery swap service (conditional to you bringing your own spare battery of course), the distance won’t be a concern. During the 2018 FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage 3 day mountain bike event stage 1 from Lourensford to Oak Valley. Image by Nick Muzik With the added power of an electric motor helping them along, the E-Bikers will be able to take in the route like never before. They’ll be able to cruise up the Vergelegen Climb and conquer any obstacle the race throws at them. As long as, of course, their E-Bikes have the walk-assist function… pushing 20+kg bikes up the Gantouw Pass without that handy function might be a touch tricky. And you can be sure no rider on a one HP (human power in this case) mountain bike is going to lend a hand. “The rationale behind allowing E-Bikes to take part in the mid-week event is to make it more inclusive,” Sarah Harrop, Head of Marketing and Communications for FNB Wines2Whales explained. “We’re hoping to attract riders who would otherwise not be able to take part in an MTB stage event for reasons that could vary from disability, age, health issues or simply fitness. It also allows the opportunity for stronger partners to introduce friends, family members or youngsters to the sport without the “10 hours per week” training sacrifice. We will ensure that the inclusion of E-Bike riders will not interfere with the race itself.” During the 2018 FNB Wines2Whales Pinotage 3 day mountain bike event stage 1 from Lourensford to Oak Valley. Image by Nick Muzik Charging E-Bikes can pose an issue in a race village, however  AMPED  has come to the rescue and will be ensuring that all E-Bikes are charged and ready to rumble each morning. To secure your place in what is sure to be an action and entertainment packed Pinotage event, visit  www.wines2whales.com .'

Pedal Power Association organising anti-crime protest ride on Mandela Day

Cycling The South African

The Pedal Power Association (PPA) has called on Cape Town’s cyclists to join its anti-crime protest ride on Thursday July 18.
'In response to the spate of bike hijackings and robberies on Cape Town’s roads and cycle paths – especially on the cycle path running from the West Coast to Cape Town, as well as routes out to Kommetjie and around Stellenbosch – the PPA will once again shine a light on this and the general lack of safety of all cyclists, the PPA said in a statement. Cyclists at their wits’ end “This protest ride is our way of expressing our immense frustration with the current situation,” PPA CEO Robert Vogel said. “The safety of cyclists on our roads is of utmost importance. Since 2011, we have invested millions of rand in various safe cycling campaigns to secure safer roads and awareness for cyclists and to advocate mutual tolerance and respect among road users. We cannot advocate mobility without safety,” he said. The Pedal Power Association (PPA), South Africa’s largest cycling organisation, has called on Cape Town’s cyclists to join its anti-crime protest ride on Mandela Day, Thursday 18 July. Photo: Supplied When will the memorial ride take place? The memorial ride will start at 11.30 from the Greenpoint Urban Park parking area. The route will follow the various cycle paths along Somerset Road to Adderley Street; and Government Avenue to the Houses of Parliament. A letter stating PPA’s grievances will then be delivered to Western Cape premier Alan Winde; transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela; Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa and a representative of the South African Police Service (SAPS). “We would also like to urge everyone attending the ride to write your own letter of grievance and bring it along to hand-over. If you cannot attend the ride, ask a friend to bring your letter along. It’s time that the authorities hear from all of us,” Vogel said. The Pedal Power Association (PPA), South Africa’s largest cycling organisation, has called on Cape Town’s cyclists to join its anti-crime protest ride on Mandela Day, Thursday 18 July. Photo: Supplied Marshals will assist during the 12km ride; there will be no road closures and all cyclists participating in the memorial ride were expected to obey all traffic rules and wear helmets. “Please wear your ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ cycling jersey, should you have one,” he said. African News Agency (ANA), editing by Jacques Keet Also read – Western Cape cyclists express their anger at ‘life-threatening’ drivers running them off the roads'