Cycle Club Newsletter - Edition #5

Beacon Hill Community Cycling Race

The Sports Trust Community Cycle Race and Social Cohesion Event take’s place on Sunday 23rd September 2018.

This year’s cycle race will be a 5.9 km criterium (known as a crit), and this race consists of several laps around a closed circuit. Success in these types of events requires a mix of good technical skills, in particular, the ability to corner smoothly whilst holding the line on the road, riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and having exceptional "sprint" ability in order to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from the corners.

In addition to the cycle race there are a range of other sporting activities on the day, including a fun run/walk, soccer exhibition, kickboxing exhibition, rugby, netball, table tennis, food stalls, health talks, technology demos, Zumba dance sessions, singing, dancing, poetry, and storytelling in celebration of what it means to be African.

We are very excited to see you all there!

Above Pictures: Activities from last year’s Beacon Hill Community event

Chairperson’s Corner

The Sports Trust Cycling Club has had a few quiet weeks not partaking in any races but has been hard at work on the training front. The team has been focusing purely on training rides, especially in the Stellenbosch area. The Boland/Stellenbosch areas are very safe and allow us to focus on specific training programmes with ‘Chasing the rabbit” which is one training drill that has been fun to do. This helps us with fitness, strength and allows us to work more as a team.

The Sports Trust Cycling Club assists all levels from beginners, development and senior cyclists to become better and stronger. Let’s take this opportunity and make the most of these training sessions.

Road Safety Rules for Cyclists on Early Morning Rides

The Roads in South Africa are unsafe for everyone, but cyclists don’t have the protection of sitting inside a vehicle. Being out early morning comes with its own challenges and risks as many motorists return from a night out, intoxicated and not completely focused on the road.

Road safety means giving fellow road users space. A cyclist has as much right to use the road as any motorist and should be afforded the same tolerance and respect as motorists.

As cyclist let’s keep left, indicate with hand signals and ride in single file and obey the rules of the road.

Motivational Corner

Did you know that South Africa had more cyclist take part in the 2018 Tour de France than the USA?

Cyclists take on Indoor Challenge at Virtual Cycles

We also had an opportunity to do an indoor training session at Virtual Cycles in Durbanville which was an experience that we won’t forget. Virtual Cycles is an indoor cycling studio that gives you an experience of riding on an open road in the studio away from all the other components that one might experience on the road.

We would like to thank Virtual Cycles for this new experience.

Upcoming Events

9th September 2018:

West Coast Express, Duynefontein Cape Town

23rd September 2018:

Beacon Hill Community Cycle Race Mitchells Plain, Celebrating Heritage Day

7th October 2018:

Piketberg Community Cycle Race, West Coast

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