2019 Soweto Marathon in association with Old Mutual: Entries open tomorrow!

The 26th edition of the Soweto Marathon will officially open their entries tomorrow, Wednesday 1 May 2019. Proudly in association with Old Mutual, the over-subscribed race has increased their entry capacity to a most impressive 40 000 runners come Sunday 3 November 2019.

“Every year we find ourselves dealing with disappointed runners as we sell out, which is why we’ve increased our capacity, opened entries early and promise to raise the standard higher than ever,” says Soweto Marathon Chairman Sello Khunou. “The popular route’s remain unchanged as the Soweto Marathon Trust will once again host runners in the 42km, 21km and 10km distances. This year we call on everyone to Lace Up: Conquer your hard.”

To participate in the people’s race, a movement greater than yourself, enter at www.sowetomarathon.com before entries sell out.

Race Director Danny Blumberg encourages athletes to enter early come 1 May 2019; “Entries close on 31 July 2019 if not before should we sell out. This iconic event is an absolute must for every South African as with an unchanged route to 2018, we will once again honour Soweto’s rich history with the marathon athlete’s passing eight significant heritage sites.

Soweto Marathon Trust (SMT) would like to thank Old Mutual, the Gauteng Provincial Government, City of Joburg, among others, for their contributions and participation.

Event details:

Date:                Sunday 3 November 2019

Venue:              Start & Finish: Stadium Avenue, FNB Stadium, Nasrec, JHB.

Start times:       The standard marathon (42.2 km): 06:00; The half marathon (21.1 km): 06:30; 10 km run: 07:00.


The route honours Soweto’s rich history and runners pass eight significant heritage sites on the marathon route, namely the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Walter Sisulu Square, the Regina Mundi Catholic Church, Credo Mutwa Cultural Village, Morris Isaacson High School & June 16 Memorial Acre, Vilakazi Street and the Hector Pieterson Memorial.  The organisers and sponsors of the race, Soweto Marathon Trust and Old Mutual respectively, once again promise runners and all participants a fantastic, fun-filled experience.

Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run: Top Sporting Stars Line up to Take Part in This Special Event

To those who have left it late to register for this year’s Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run in Tshwane this Sunday 9 December, there’s good news in that late registrations will still be accepted at race collection points this week.

Participants can still register for the event on Thursday 6 December at the Nelson Mandela Foundation at 107 Central Avenue, Houghton, and on Friday and Saturday 7 and 8 December at the Union Buildings in Tshwane between 9am and 7pm.

Online entries for the event, which sees the introduction for the first time this year of a 21 kilometre Half Marathon, in addition to the 5 kilometre walk and 10 kilometre run of previous editions, will remain open at www.mandelawalkandrun.com until midmight on Friday 7 December.

Some of South Africa’s top sports personalities have confirmed their participation in this year’s Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run on Sunday, which will be a special family event that will bring to an end Madiba’s Centenary Year celebrations for the year.

Bafana Bafana legends Shaun Bartlett, Doctor Khumalo and Aaron Mokoena are taking part, as is wheelchair tennis sensation Kgothatso Montjane and elite athletes such as 2016 Comrades winner Charne Bosman, who has been joined this week in the race by another former Comrades winner in the popular Ludwick Mamabolo.

Olympian Christine Kalmer, former SA marathon champ Benedict Moeng and former World Student Games half-marathon silver medalist Collen Mulaudzi will also be participating.

They are just some of the exciting big names who will join a throng of thousands of people expected to participate in this very special event which will also honour revered political activists and stalwarts Albertina Sisulu and Margaret Gaso.

Hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, together with the Gauteng Province, this year’s 10 and 21 km events will begin and end at the magnificent Union Buildings and will be a fun day out for the whole family. The 5km walk will begin at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison and end at the Union Buildings.

“This year’s Mandela Centenary Celebrations have been simply spectacular, reaching a crescendo with the Global Citizen festival this past weekend. The Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run is the perfect ending to a memorable year and is a family event that is open to all. We encourage South Africans to join us on Sunday for what will be a very special occasion at the Union Buildings,” said Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang.

The 21km has proved to be a popular addition to this year’s event, with over half the entries received thus far signing up for the half marathon route, as the Mandela Remembrance Walk and Run becomes a popular event on the South African road running calendar.

Entry fee is R50 for the 5km walk, R100 for the 10km Run and R150 for the 21km run, which will have nominal winners prize money of R5 000 for the elite runners in each age and gender category taking on the 10kms and  half marathon route. All participants will receive drawstring bags from Lotto containing a Lotto shirt, cap and some more event goodies.

There will be loads of entertainment for the kids and child minders will be available to look after them. There will also be food stalls and fitness displays at the event.

The start times for the 21 km and the 10km race is 7am at the Union Buildings, and the 5 km walk which starts at the Kgosi Mampuru Prison is 9am. There will be a wreath laying ceremony in honour of the former President taking place at 8.15am.

The event’s Parking/Park & Ride Plan is as follows:

  • Park & Ride – Pilditch Stadium
  • Park & Walk – Pretoria Art Museum
  • Parking – On the streets in the vicinity of the Union Buildings where the streets are not closed off.

For more event details and to register for the event go to www.MandelaWalkAndRun.com.

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2018 Old Mutual Soweto Marathon: Substitution September

Officially sold out by 19 June 2018, the 25th edition of the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon will open its substitution period come 1 September 2018. The month long period will afford those who missed out on an entry an opportunity to purchase from those who can no longer take part and give them the chance to #RunYOURGreat on 4 November 2018!

‘Substitution September’ will run from 1 – 30 September and all changes to entries, including upgrades and downgrades, will be facilitated during this time. It’s imperative to note that any runners offering substitution entries throughout August are not valid: you may only make changes to your entry in September. The EFT option may not be used to pay for any substitutions, downgrades or upgrades. You may only pay for the amount due using the CREDIT or DEBIT CARD option. Payments done with the EFT PAYMENT OPTION will not be accepted and will not be REFUNDED. 

Please take note of how the substitution process will work:

How to do an entry substitution:
If you would like to give up your entry, you will need to wait until the substitution window opens, then log into your race profile using the credentials supplied to you with your race entry confirmation email. Once logged in, you will find an option to “Transfer Entry” to process a substitution, and then follow the system prompts. A voucher code will be issued to the person giving up their entry, and this voucher code must then be used by the new entrant.

The new entrant must then visit www.sowetomarathon.com and go to the entries section, where they must process the entry as per normal. However, when they reach payment stage, they must use the substitution voucher they have received. Then the additional charges must be paid via credit/debit card – take note that there is NO EFT option available for substitutions.

Please also note the following important information:
• Once the entry has been given up, the person giving up the entry may not enter another race category for this year's OMSM race except via a substitution.
• There will be a substitution fee of R50 plus any applicable administration fees. This will be payable by the new entrant on completion of their entry.
• If a runner substitutes their entry, it is that runner's responsibility to collect the entry fee from the runner who has taken over their entry.
• No refunds will be processed by the event and no entrant may on-sell their entry for more than the original entry fee. Any person found doing this will be reported to their club and the relevant provincial and national bodies.
• Any products purchased with the original race entry will NOT pass across to the new entrant – ONLY the race entry and T-Shirt will be transferred, PLEASE NOTE that the original entrants selection for size will be passed onto the new entrant, the new entrant will not be able to change the size.
• The merchandise for the entry given up will be available for collection by the original entrant at the information desk at race number collection. (Remember, the original entrant will NOT be entitled to a T-shirt.)
• Entries done with a sponsor's voucher cannot be substituted.
• Once the substitution window is closed, no further substitutions will be possible.
• There will be no substitutions or changes permissible at race number collection.

How to do a Distance Upgrade/Downgrade Change
• Runners who would like to upgrade or downgrade their distance will be allowed to do so. Please note that in the case of an upgrade the runner will be responsible for the fee difference, but in the case of a downgrade no refunds will be given.
• Please note that the race will not be allowing downgrades from the Marathon.
• Login to your entry, select “EDIT” and amend the “Distance Change” field, which can be found beneath the “Distance” field.
• Once done, select update, which will take you to payment for upgrades only.
• Please note that there is NO EFT payment option for upgrades.
• Once completed, you can log out, and you will receive an email confirmation of the change.
• All changes will be updated to the system once the Distance Change period closes at the end of September.

People who train together, grow stronger together!

Research is increasingly showing the importance of social interaction in influencing human behaviour. This is because the way we behave is strongly affected by our colleagues, friends and family.

Two heads are better than one, they say – and two bodies too, when it comes to an exercise regime! If you’re struggling to stick to a training schedule, the solution could be as simple as finding a friend. Behavioural research shows that exercising with a peer or loved one doesn’t just offer more accountability, but also more satisfaction.*

Training together taps into both our human desire for approval, and our capacity to influence others. 

When was the last time you and your partner experienced a first together?

If you have a training buddy and are looking for a challenge to face together – or if you want an excuse to find a buddy – look no further! This Spring, the world’s leading obstacle course is headed to South African shores.

The inaugural Discovery Tough Mudder will take place on 15 September 2018 in Elgin, Western Cape. This means that you and your fitness partner could be among the very first people to take part in a Tough Mudder event on African soil.

Discovery Tough Mudder’s full lineup of fun, team-oriented obstacles guarantees that you’ll cross the finish line with more friends than you started with. The event offers two distances to cater for all fitness levels – a 16 km and a 9km. Join the action and experience this first together by grabbing your training buddy and signing up. Visit www.toughmudder.co.za to find out more.

If you are a Vitality member, you will get 800 points for 8km course while those braving the 16km route will earn 1 100 points.

It doesn’t have to hurt your pocket.

Making your way to the Discovery Tough Mudder won’t do much damage to your pocket if you are a Vitality member. You can save up to 35% on your flight, car hire and accommodation.

Challenge yourself and dare to do something new, this one should be one for the bucket list. Sign up and be among the first to experience the world’s leading obstacle course on African soil.

Get ready for the Discovery Tough Mudder!

Tough Mudder, the world’s leading obstacle course challenge, announced today its ground-breaking partnership with Discovery that will see the inaugural Discovery Tough Mudder coming to South African shores.

The first ever Discovery Tough Mudder Event Weekend will take place 15-16 September, 2018 at Old Mac Daddy in Elgin in the Western Cape. The weekend will feature Tough Mudder’s eponymously-named signature challenge: Tough Mudder, a 16 km obstacle course challenge that features over 20 obstacles, and the Tough Mudder Half, an 8 km course that brings the thrills of Tough Mudder across 11 obstacles.

“Given the proven track record of locally grown Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) events we believe the market is primed and ready to experience the biggest and best there is on the global stage. We are incredibly proud to partner with a company dedicated to keeping people healthy and active while rewarding them for it. Our partnership with Discovery will help us to deliver unconventional and life-changing experiences to a South African audience,” says Andrew Douglas, co-ownerof Invictus Events and Entertainment (IEE), the license holders for Tough Mudder.

“The Discovery Tough Mudder is ideal for the courageous who are looking to test their mental grit and all-around physical fitness, as well as for those starting on their fitness journey and looking for something different. It is a great team event because you need to commit to helping others and working together to negotiate each challenge. Discovery encourages high performance through team work, so we are delighted to be supporting South Africa’s first Tough Mudder. Vitality will be awarding members 800 points for the 8km course, while those braving the 16km route will earn 1,100 points.” says Iona Maclean, Discovery Head of Experiential Marketing.

Tough Mudder, Inc. started in 2010 in the United States and this year, through its licensees, will host more than 130 events across nearly a dozen countries, including Germany, England, Australia, Ireland, Canada, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. The events welcome participants worldwide into a global community seeking the challenge, camaraderie and thrills that only a Tough Mudder experience can offer.

More About Tough Mudder

Founded in 2010 with the launch of the Tough Mudder obstacle course event series, Tough Mudder Inc. has become a leading global sports, active lifestyle and media brand. With more than 3 million participants, the company hosts more than 130 non-competitive (Mini Mudder; Tough Mudder 5K, Tough Mudder Half, and Tough Mudder Full) and competitive (Tougher, Toughest, Tough Mudder X and World’s Toughest Mudder) events annually in 11 countries including China, Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia through its partnerships with IMG, Seroja, Sports Media and Entertainment 360 (SME360) and Invictus Events and Entertainment Pty Ltd.

The company’s content arm provides the more than millions of engaged online brand enthusiasts with fitness, nutrition and wellness content delivered daily across social and digital platforms. Tough Mudder broadcast, OTT and Live Stream programming can be seen worldwide through partnerships with CBS Sports, Facebook, Sky Sports, The CW Network and ESPN Media Distribution. Other sponsorship and distribution partners include Merrell, Amazon, Jeep, Aflac, Guinness, Vega, Samsung, Olympus, Lucozade Sport, Nexcare, For Goodness Shakes, Bosch, TREK, Head & Shoulders, L’Oreal Men Expert, Käserei Loose, Snapchat and Live Stream.

2018 Old Mutual Soweto Marathon: Runners workshop

In 2018, the year where the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon celebrates its 25th edition, we are on a mission to empower the novice runners with knowledge that will enable them to ‘Run their Great’. The Soweto Marathon Trust, in conjunction with its partners, is proud and excited to host the second Old Mutual Soweto Marathon Runners’ FREE workshops. The ‘Run your Great’ Seminars are an informative session and a value add for the participants, who can expect to gain information on a variety of topics related to running in general and the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon specifically. This year we have introduced the ‘Run your Great’ Novice seminar, targeted at those that will be running the marathon for the first time. The Run your Great ladies’ seminar will be hosted later in August during the women’s month.

To EMPOWER those running the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon with key insightful and motivating information through a session on a variety of topics to help them ‘Run their Great’ and reach personal goals.

Topics covered:
The free educational seminar will cover a range of topics including financial management; healthy eating & meal planning (nutrition); sport injuries & recovery, training advice and drug-free sport education.
Event Details:

The ‘Run your Great’ Novice Runners’ Seminar will host 150 registered runners at the FNB Stadium Auditorium, on Saturday 28th July, from 11am to 3pm.

“Saturday’s seminar for the Peoples Race will target novice runners” so says Soweto Marathon Trust Chairman Mr Sello Khunou.

“We opened this free seminar to the first timers and were overwhelmed with the responses having received more than 220 entrants. In line with ‘Run Your Great’ seminar, we’ve secured a fantastic line up, one that I have no doubt will help our athletes to enjoy their first Soweto Marathon.”

“I would like to thank all the runners who registered to participate in the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon 2018, may this 25th edition of the Soweto Marathon be most enjoyable. For novices and those who will be running the race for the first time, I hope you find excellent value in this runners’ workshop, experts in various fields will help you in your quest to finish the race with ease”, added Sello Khunou

Speakers present include Lindsey Parry, an expert coach and Joshua Peterson, one of the former winners of the Soweto Marathon. Xolani Luvuno – an amputee athlete who completed the 2018 Comrades Marathon and will be competing in this year’s Old Mutual Soweto Marathon. There will also be talks on sporting injuries, recovery advice; nutrition; motivation; coaching, training tips and more.

Liberty 250 Hits the Dolphin Coast!

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Exciting New Cycle Challenge in KZN!

The Liberty 250, a new event on the cycling calendar, offers TWO new three-day stage races to suit every cycling enthusiast's taste. For the roadies there will be three days of scintialting racing on tar, and for the mountain bikers three days of adventure await! In both races there will be prizes for the fastest male, female and mixed teams. Solo riders may take part, but will not be eligible for prizes.

The brainchild of Barry Holland, director of the Race Organisation Company (ROC), these races are going to offer riders something new. “The cycling calendar may already be full, but we believe there is room for something fresh and exciting, and the Liberty 250 is just that, something that every cyclist can take on while riding some of the best routes in the country! It is also worth noting that this is the first major cycling event on the North Coast of Kwazulu Natal.” says Barry.

Happening from the 10th to the 12th of August 2018, the two three-day stage races are just waiting for you to do one thing, enter, so click on the link below and enter today!

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Liberty 250 Road Race
All stages start and finish at Sugar Rush Park, making it easy for the riders, as no shuttles will be needed to get back to the start each day. Stage one features an undulating 124km route that will challenge those fresh legs as teams of four and two embark on their three-day journey. The second day will see a shorter 87km with some sharp, steep climbs to make sure riders are challenged, but also rewarded with beautiful views at the top of each climb! The last day sees an easy 39km to spin out the legs, making sure that the first day back in the office won't be too bad!

While riders who will race in teams of four, only the top three riders' times will count towards results, so team tactics will be key. The first two days there will include three King of the Mountain Hot Spots – the first rider to reach the pinnacle will claim the prize. And to keep things exciting on day three, there will be a Sprint Hot Spot around the 24km mark, so save a little in the legs to charge for the honour of fastest rider!

Liberty 150 MTB Race
Also beginning and finishing at Sugar Rush Park, teams of two riders will be treated to some brand new single track as well as some firm favourite sections of the Holla Trails. The first day's route is 60km of sublime riding, with a fun-filled 50km to follow on day two that will have the riders pumping down the trails at speed and flying up the hills like they aren't even there! The third stage will see a lighter 32km ride – just enough to challenge the riders after the first two days of racing, but still finishing with big smiles on their faces!

But how much does it cost?
We know that race entry fees have sky-rocketed and budgets are even tighter after the fuel price increase, so the good news is that for both the road and MTB races, you will only pay an entry fee of R1500 per rider per race! That's just R500 a day to ride some of the best routes in the country! Riders will also receive a top quality race top, an impressive goodie bag, a meal and drink each day, as well as well-stocked water points and mechanical back-up should anything go wrong. And of course, to reward you for all your hard effort on the bike, a medal for every finisher!

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Christiaan Greyling Sets the Pace at The Cathedral Peak Challenge

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.”
– John Muir

All good stories have an adventure at their core. Conceptualised by the owner of the Cathedral Peak Hotel, William Van Der Riet, the Cathedral Peak Challenge is not a call to beat or overcome the mountain; it is an invitation to reconnect with the wilderness in its purest form. Go on an adventure into the great outdoors. Challenge yourself on the trail to the top of Cathedral Peak and back down again.

Over a distance of 20km with a total ascent of 1531m to summit highest free-standing peak in the Drakensberg, at an altitude of 3005m, the Cathedral Peak Challenge requires you to be at your best and your bravest, every step of the way.

The 8th of June 2018 marked the first official run for the money – those quickest to the top and back have a chance to share in cash prizes totalling R100 000. All 38 of the entrants made it to the start line and completed the daunting challenge to try and bag a healthy R25 000 for the fastest male, female and mixed team of 2.

Some of the big names to set their mark on the Challenge included top trail runners Mlungisi Mazibuko, Perfect Dlamini, Jeannie Dreyer, and Christiaan Greyling and Landie Greyling; top OCR athletes Thomas van Tonder, Dominique D'Olivera, Sabrina Daolio and JP Mare; top triathletes Matthew Holden, Michael Ferreira, Michael Lord and Hayden Corke; as well as Mrs South Africa 2018, Nicole Capper, seven-time Dusi winner and founder of the Change a Life Academy, Martin Dreyer, and Angela Yeung from Trek for Mandela 2018.

Make no mistake; this challenge is not for your average Joe. If you think it will be a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park, think again. A high degree of physical and mental fitness is required if you decide to #ChallengeYourself.

Christiaan Greyling had his work cut out with a late surge from Mlungisi Mazibuko who made a final sprint to the line, which Greyling won in a time of 2 hours 29 minutes and 52 seconds, only 8 seconds ahead of Mazibuko, setting a new course record, which was held by Megan Mackenzie with a time of 2 hours and 53 minutes.

In the ladies’ race, it was one-way traffic for trail runner Jeannie Dreyer, who completed the challenge in a time of 3 hours and 19 minutes, 26 minutes shy of Megan Mackenzie course benchmark set on 10 May during the route launch.

Elite Obstacle Course Racer, Sabrina Daolio came in second, 47 minutes behind Dreyer. The third lady home was Landie Greyling in a time of 4 hours and 8 minutes.

Top of the men’s leaderboard so far, Christiaan Greyling, comments, “What a beautiful experience. It’s something I would recommend to everyone and anyone. Everyone should challenge themselves on this race. It’s hard to explain all the emotions you experience on this mountain. It brings you closer to nature, draws out raw human emotion as you push your limits, but you will never regret it.”

The next date to keep in mind will be 18 July 2018, when a bonus race has been made available in celebration of Mandela Day, after which the series resumes on 28 July, 25 August and 22 September in one of South Africa’s most beautiful regions. These dates are supported race days to the summit, while the Mini Challenge, on unsupported days, follows the course to the base camp of the peak and can be completed at anytime before the final day of The Challenge.

Singles can enter for only R250 and teams may enter at R400 per team. Have the chance to beat the best of the best and claim the R25 000 cash prize at the end of the series, for the fastest mixed team, male or female. Participants are welcome to enter again and again and challenge themselves to better their times, until The Challenge’s final day on 30 September – #ChallengeYourself.

While one does not have to stay at the Cathedral Peak Hotel to race, participants that do will receive a 25% discount for the duration of their stay while running the challenge, allowing those brave souls to not only challenge their limits but to renew their souls at this outstanding resort with all its amazing facilities.

Do you have what it takes to #ChallengeYourself?

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For more information and to register for this event, visit www.cathedralpeak.co.za/challenge/
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Take on the Momentum BIG5 Challenge at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival

The Momentum BIG5 Challenge is just the activity for multisport enthusiasts looking to push themselves beyond their comfort zone. With accommodation packages available and all sorts of fun things to do in-between races, the BIG5 Challenge is a good reason to head to Knysna for the “best ten days of winter”.

The event is made up of five races taking place between 29 June and 7 July, and athletes can choose between the Momentum BIG5 and Momentum BIG5Lite, which both start and finish with the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon’s Half Marathon. An additional three events form the full BIG5 and take place between those two events. (see table below) Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be the winner.

Last year, local triathlete Vicky van der Merwe won the women’s event, and she will be back this year to defend her title. “I love the BIG5 Challenge, this will be my third year competing. The event is fun and varied, and very well organised, and we use the week as an opportunity to run training camps with triathletes,” she said.

Triathlete and multisport enthusiast Dean Hopf, who recently placed second in his age group in the Barcelona Half Ironman, says he is very much looking forward to another BIG5 Challenge: “BIG5 has something for everyone. I raced this first as an “introduction” to off-road racing and returned a year later with 10 friends that I had convinced to join me, many of whom were new to the sport and who are now regulars. I then raced it with a bit more focus and placed third in 2016.

“This year it serves as the perfect training block for my build-up to Ironman 70.3 World Champs, right in the middle of winter when motivation is usually the lowest,” he said.

Gary Marescia, Race Director, said: “More and more athletes are expanding from their chosen disciplines into multi-sports, and this is often paired with a passion for being outdoors. The Momentum BIG5 Challenge ticks all the boxes for an adventurous week of sport, and combined with the Knysna Oyster Festival, family and friends, you can see why this is landing up on so many people’s bucket lists.”

Amy Hoppy is Managing Editor of Women’s Health Magazine, a social-media personality and fitness lover, and has entered the Momentum BIG5Lite: “I discovered my passion for running three years ago, but I love taking on new challenges and this led me to try my first trail run. Then last year I decided to take my love of nature into the realm of mountain biking. I’m now an avid mountain biker, roadie and runner. My triathlete friends are urging me to take up swimming, and I do plan to, but what I love about the BIG5 is that, with the Lite option, I get to do some mountain biking and road cycling as well as the half marathon and trail.”

Amy Hoppy says she looks forward to the challenge as well as the holiday: “Knysna has such an extraordinarily beautiful landscape: mountains, veld, indigenous forest, the ocean… it’s the perfect place for outdoor adventure sports and I can’t wait to spend a week immersed in the vibe of the Oyster Festival. That means a lot of great food, wine and oysters in between all the sweat and mud!”

Visit www.big5sportchallenge.com for further information and to enter.

Visit www.oysterfestival.co.za for Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival schedule.

Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour announces seeding events

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour is on track for its 31st year, and the organisers have confirmed that three of the races will be seeding events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

As one of the two biggest sporting events of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival from 29 June – 8 July, the Knysna Cycle Tour will take place on 30 June and 1 July, the first weekend of the popular annual festival. The tour comprises MTB and road events, the SPUR Children’s Tour, and the Forest Family Dam Ride. Furthermore, the 80km and 50km MTB events as well as the 115km Road Race have been announced as seeding events for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Race Director Elwin Thompson says that this is a very exciting development for the Knysna Cycle Tour. “There has been a big demand for us to provide seeding events, as this ensures that riders wanting to do the Cape Town Cycle Tour are able to start the race with others of similar ability and fitness. This helps reduce bottlenecks and the need to overtake slower riders on the route, which means it’s safer for all riders. There is no doubt that this is a big drawcard for our event, and will attract an increased number of cyclists to Knysna this year.”

The MTB event on 30 June is one of the biggest in southern Africa and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna Forest. Traditionally, the event has consisted of four different MTB routes for varying technical abilities, over 80km, 50km, 30km and 15km. Last year, the organising committee changed the 15km route to an easier, fun ride for all ages, and introduced a 30km e-bike route. Set up and managed by Leon Evans, known as Dr Evil, these MTB routes test the skills of competitors to the maximum.

“This year, following the fires of June last year, we will be looking to change the 50km route slightly to divert cyclists from some of the badly burnt pine forest where all the trees have now been cut down and the landscape has changed completely,” says Thompson. “We want to make our MTB routes as scenic as possible, to maintain our reputation as a bucket list event.”

The challenging 115km road race on Sunday 1 July, will follow the now-familiar route from Knysna to Sedgefield and Kleinkranz, then back to Knysna via Sedgefield and Karatara. “It was designed for enthusiastic, competitive roadies and always delivers!” says Thompson, adding that the 50km road race route is from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2.

The SPUR Rotary Knysna Children's Cycle Tour on Sunday 1 July is a fun, safe event for children aged 2 to 10. There are three events for different age groups, all starting and finishing at the Knysna Oyster Festival venue.

The popular Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday 1 July consists of two events, a 20km and a 30km ride. Both are scenic MTB routes through the Knysna Forest and past some of the town’s dams. The 30km event is for more experienced riders, while the 20km ride is for MTB riders of all ages and competency, including children aged 12 years and older. They are guided fun rides and will not be timed.

Says Thompson, “Online entries are now open for all these events and we are looking forward to a great event this year.”

For more details and to enter, go to www.knysnacycle.co.za. You can also follow the Knysna Cycle Tour on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about all the events.