Cycle Club Newsletter - Edition #6

The Sports Trust Piketberg Community Cycle Race

The Piketberg Community Cycle Race is expected to attract approximately 800 cyclists who will compete in three distance categories: 103 km and 50 km for seasoned cyclists and the 20 km mass participation fun ride for everyone.

The race is now fast developing into a major cycle race and an annual social cohesion festival on the West Coast calendar, attracting large numbers of cyclists, community members and festival-goers.

‘This is our single biggest annual event, bringing people together to cycle and to experience everything our town, community and area offers, just one hour and 40 minutes from Cape Town,’ says Piketberg’s Executive Mayor, Ray van Rooy.

On the 7th of October 2018 the 103 km race will commence at 08:00 at the Piketberg cricket grounds. The route heads out of the town, deep into the wheat canola and fruit-farming countryside. The last stretch is the magnificent but daunting 8 km mountain climb up the Versveld Pass. The race includes a sprint event and ends at the top of the Versveld Pass, 689 m above sea level. The younger age groups will participate in the shorter races, which start after the 103 km race and do not include the Versveld Pass.

The Health benefits of Cycling

Cycling is fun – Cycling is an aerobic activity, which means your heart, lungs and blood vessels all get a work-out. Over time, cycling will reduce your blood pressure and your resting heart rate.

Riding a bike fast, or on hills, is the kind of vigorous physical activity of which so many of us don’t get enough. Cycling is recommended as an ideal form of exercise to improve health and wellbeing. Cycling will build muscle, especially the quads, glutes and calf muscles. The more muscle mass you build, the easier it is to burn fat. Depending on how you ride it can also tone and build your upper body. If you frequently stand in the saddle your arms and shoulders will get a good work-out too.

Cycling builds stamina, muscle strength and overall physical endurance, so for many new cyclists it’s an unexpected benefit to have more energy for day-to-day things.

Alongside a balanced diet, cycling can help you lose weight and keeps it off – enhancing your quality of life, sense of well-being and life expectancy.

We all know stress is a killer – but did you know cycling can help to alleviate it? First and foremost, any form of physical exercise is good for reducing stress. Cycling can take your mind off problems, or give you a chance to think about them in a calm way. Cycling to work can help avoid that feeling of helplessness at being late because of a traffic jam or a delayed train.

Cycling can also open up a new social dimension in your life – whether you choose to join a local club or ride with friends and family on weekends, it’s an excellent way to improve existing relationships and form new ones.

Beacon Hill Event 23 September 2018

Under 11


1. Moegamad Arnold 1. Simone Hendricks 2. Anwar Visagie 2. Leah Martin 3. 3. Lauren Brooks

Under 13


1. Zahier Kamish 1. Taminicka Carelse 2. Lakenzo Britton 2. Eeman Salie 3.Keenan van Nelson 3.



1. Fayyaad Hendricks 1. Christine Solomons 2. Enoc Mtshise 2. Nashiema Christians 3. Legan May 3. Chursty Simon


1. Hlumolo Ngqobongwena 1. Donna-lee Martin 2. Ishwin Witbooi 2. Tamlyn Fortuin 3. Avuyile Thole 3. Mickayla Petersen

Under 19


1. Vuyolwethu Nkomo 1. Mickaia Maneville 2. A. J. Blake 2. Musheerah Philander 3. Joshua Toontjies 3. Jamie-lee Abrahams

Open Age Group


1. Rafiq Kamaldien

2. Chevano Maarman

Upcoming Events:

14th October 2018: Cyclosportif #6 (Perdeberg)

28th October 2018: One Tonner (Stellenbosch High)

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