2019 PPA Sportive #6

Sunday, 29 September 2019
Western CapeSimonsvlei Winery, Paarl

Details

Enjoy a morning out on your bike with your friends and family. We are testing out new routes, so we can't wait to hear your thoughts and feedback.
Registration will take place at Simonsvlei Winery from 05h30 on Sunday, 29 September 2019.

 

ROUTE DESCRIPTION
Cyclists start at the Simonsvlei Winery, turn left along the Suid Agter Paarl road and right at the R44 intersection. Riders will continue along the R44 until they reach Windmeul Winery where they will turn left on the Voor Perdeberg/Vryguns Road and continue all the way to the R302. You will then turn left on the R302 and continue along the R304, continuuing straight past the N1 turnoff and heading towards Stellenbosch. The group will take a left along Kromme Rhee road and turn left back on to the R44 towards Wellington. At the Klapmuts 4-way stop, the cyclists will turn right onto the R101 and continue past Simsonvlei Winery, finishing a little further along on the R101.
The 86km route will have 3 water points (29,2km/56,47km/78,9km) and the 51 km route will have 2 water point (16km/44.1km).

 

MORE ABOUT THE SPORTIVE SERIES
This series of fun rides is aimed at all cyclists, from beginners to experienced riders, and offers the perfect platform if you want to keep fit riding road events throughout the year, improving your times and setting a new personal bests.
If you’re brave enough to take on the challenge of the longer routes, the series is a great test for endurance and stamina … and needless to say, completing all the events will be a great source of personal achievement.
No pressure though! Each one is also a standalone event, so you don’t have to enter all in the Sportive Series.
Following this event, there will be three events remaining, spread throughout the year:

  • PPA Sportive #7: 13 Oct, Perdeberg Winery (109km/39km)
  • PPA Sportive #8: 1 Dec, Simonsvlei Winery (86km/51km)
THE SPECIAL FINISHER’S TROPHY
This year, we have decided to do away with medals and do something more innovative and challenging – you will get a beautiful 3D bicycle puzzle that you can assemble once you have have completed all the events. The way it will work is that after each event, you will receive a few pieces of the trophy … complete all eight events and you can assemble the little road bike on a stand.
However, even you haven't done all the Sportive Series events, or won’t manage to do all the events, you’ll still be able to buy the missing pieces at a very reasonable cost at the Sportive #8. We still want everyone to have that trophy to display at their home or office.

 

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE
Follow the N1 to the R44. Take exit 47 from the N1. Turn left onto the R101. The venue will be on your right hand side in 6.2 km.
GPS Co-ordinates:
Latitude: -33.894066
Longitude: 18.5368146,11

 

NOTES
Remember to wear your PPA road fun ride number and Racetec timing chip.
No children u/13 on the 109 km route.
Kids between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the 39 km route.

 

ONLINE ENTRIES
Distance - 86km
Entry fee - R375
PPA members’ discounted entry fee - R275

 

Distance - 51km
Entry fee - R175
PPA members’ discounted entry fee - R125

Venue

Simonsvlei Winery, Paarl, Western Cape
Get directions

Wannabe, Sep 25 2019 01:03

Seems like this may be a wet ride..

Wannabe, Sep 25 2019 01:25

And just like that, received this mail:

 

Good afternoon all,

 

The Pedal Power association is in a predicament. The weather for this Sunday is not looking great and rain is forecast.

 

https://www.yr.no/place/South_Africa/Western_Cape/Paarl/long.html

 

We do not like to cancel or postpone events, however we do need to make sure that the safety of our riders comes first.

 

So our question to you is, Will you ride on Sunday despite the rain, or would you prefer us to look at postponing the event to another day?

Please reply to this mail with your thoughts and we will take a majority rules approach in order to make our decision.

 

Thank you in advance

Yours in Cycling

samson99, Sep 25 2019 01:59

And Wannabe, what did you reply?

 

I also got the email. I don't mind the rain though. 

Wannabe, Sep 25 2019 02:08

Said " I'm good either way"

Wannabe, Sep 25 2019 02:09

I need high intensity "training" as part of my Amashova preparation.

JohanLotter, Sep 25 2019 02:36

This is what they replied when I enquired whether it is still happening and when entries close:
"We are currently watching the weather forecast and we will be making a call by the end of the day as to whether we postpone or not.

Should the event happen you can enter online until tomorrow night at 12am yes. You will also be able to enter on the morning of the event as we will charge online rates not late entry fees as before."

DieselnDust, Sep 25 2019 02:46

prospective riders should be really honest with themselves about riding. The forecast looks grim. Black South Easter with heavy rain between 6am to 11am.

It would be a shame if 600 say they're ok with the bad weather and only 100 pitch on race day

SoloCyclist, Sep 25 2019 03:43

I use a website called ventusky and Sunday looks quite bad

34mm rain in some places .....yikes

DieselnDust, Sep 25 2019 03:48

I use a website called ventusky and Sunday looks quite bad

34mm rain in some places .....yikes

\

as a result I will be zwifting instead

Lizzard30, Sep 25 2019 04:27

Het ook uitgesien na die event maar ek gaan defnitief nie 2 sondae na mekaar sopnat reen en baklei met wind nie...🙄

Mamil, Sep 25 2019 04:50

Yr.no says south easter but no rain on Sunday.....

MDJ, Sep 25 2019 05:52

I've been tracking the forecast on windguru for most of the week, hoping for a change as we get closer. It has at least improved from the earlier gale force wind prediction (60kph), to less wind - but heavy rain predicted at the moment.

 

It makes sense to postpone it imho - at least we have one-tonner next weekend. Saturday looks good for a nice long DC training ride  :)

F.R.A.I.L. -K, Sep 26 2019 04:52

Locals are a big bunch Wossies.
So it's going to Rain.
Bring on the Wind I Say.

Wannabe, Sep 26 2019 07:50

And it's back on. (for now  :whistling: )

 

 

Good morning all,

 

I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your feedback on this event. It is really appreciated and great to have so many people wanting to help and make suggestions.

 

I have taken another look at the weather this morning and it is looking much better. There will be some light rain from 12pm, but nothing to cause alarm. I have also spoken to the traffic department and the marshals and I have made them aware of the possibility of light rain later on in the ride.

 

So I have made the decision to go ahead with the event.  I will be sending out an event letter tomorrow morning with all the details.

Please note the long route starts at 6:45am and the shout route. Will start at 7:15am.

 

It may be a little cooler on the morning, so please dress appropriately.

If you are riding the long route, please note should you not feel up to it on the day you are more than welcome to drop to the shorter route. You will just need to tell reception.

 

Thank you again for your patience and understanding on this matter. Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions.

 

Now LETS RIDE!!!

MDJ, Sep 26 2019 09:25

And it's back on. (for now  :whistling: )

 

 

Good morning all,

 

I wanted to say a huge thank you for all your feedback on this event. It is really appreciated and great to have so many people wanting to help and make suggestions.

 

I have taken another look at the weather this morning and it is looking much better. There will be some light rain from 12pm, but nothing to cause alarm. I have also spoken to the traffic department and the marshals and I have made them aware of the possibility of light rain later on in the ride.

 

So I have made the decision to go ahead with the event.  I will be sending out an event letter tomorrow morning with all the details.

Please note the long route starts at 6:45am and the shout route. Will start at 7:15am.

 

It may be a little cooler on the morning, so please dress appropriately.

If you are riding the long route, please note should you not feel up to it on the day you are more than welcome to drop to the shorter route. You will just need to tell reception.

 

Thank you again for your patience and understanding on this matter. Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions.

 

Now LETS RIDE!!!

 

Still looks wet and windy - character building conditions ;)

Karman de Lange, Sep 26 2019 09:55

Still looks wet and windy - character building conditions ;)

 

But is it worth the risk before 1 tonner weekend .. that is what going through my mind........  either people ride sensible in wet, or go down left/right/center.

 

and with new route .. it seems like going be fast one .. 

MDJ, Sep 26 2019 09:52

Looking at the current forecast a canoe might be more appropriate ;)

 

On the bright side it looks like I will get my new bike tomorrow :clap:. I might have to save it for One Tonner as her first event  though - "dam' weather! ...at least we'll be able to shower good and proper this summer!

Karman de Lange, Sep 27 2019 07:30

Looking at the current forecast a canoe might be more appropriate ;)

 

On the bright side it looks like I will get my new bike tomorrow :clap:. I might have to save it for One Tonner as her first event  though - "dam' weather! ...at least we'll be able to shower good and proper this summer!

 

ooo nice ... New road bike? (assume so, bit dumb todo one tonner on e-bike)

MDJ, Sep 27 2019 08:06

ooo nice ... New road bike? (assume so, bit dumb todo one tonner on e-bike)

 

Yip, the new Scott Addict RC - guess, I won't be able to blame the bike for getting dropped in future  :unsure:

Karman de Lange, Sep 27 2019 08:34

Yip, the new Scott Addict RC - guess, I won't be able to blame the bike for getting dropped in future  :unsure:

 

attachicon.gifScott-Addict-RC-15-GREY-2020.png

Nice .... I've never been able to blame my bike ;-(  might have to downgrade to have a excuse  :whistling:  :whistling:

Ferro, Sep 27 2019 08:59

Yip, the new Scott Addict RC - guess, I won't be able to blame the bike for getting dropped in future  :unsure:

 

attachicon.gifScott-Addict-RC-15-GREY-2020.png

 

Beaut of a bike. :drool:  Congrats.

liebenw, Sep 28 2019 09:57

Thunderstorms starting at 0600 and 86% chance of rain between 0600 and 1200. Guess that's me out. 

 

Not going to go from deep South to Paarl to ride in those conditions. Entry fee a donation then :-)

F.R.A.I.L. -K, Sep 29 2019 09:31

START CHUTE

 

https://web.facebook...09610285725900/

F.R.A.I.L. -K, Sep 29 2019 09:37

BUNCH " D - I " START

 

https://web.facebook...12632078757054/

F.R.A.I.L. -K, Sep 29 2019 09:43

BUNCH SPLIT

 

https://web.facebook...10261558994106/