There are just a few weeks to go before the annual Paarl Cycle Tour road race on Sunday February 2. Online entries close on Monday January 27, at noon. The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Paarl, will start at a new venue, scenic Fairview wine estate, for the first time.
There will be three races, with online registration, timing and seeding by RaceTec, under the auspices of the Pedal Power Association. The races will start at Fairview and from there cyclists can travel on three routes in the rural Agter-Paarl/Klipheuwel area.
The first race over 97.8km starts at 6am (entry fee is R280, PPA members R260). It is for more experienced riders and will be a seeding race for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
The second race, over 71.9km, starts at 7am (entry fee R260, PPA members R240). The third race, over 46.6km, starts at 8am (entry fee R220, PPA members R210). Entries on the day are also accepted. The races will finish on the Old Paarl Road (R101) near the turn-off to Fairview.
Thereafter, cyclists return to the wine estate, where there will be a variety of food and beverage stalls as well as music and childrens’ entertainment. There will also be a bike park, so that you can lock your bike, relax and enjoy the festivities and the lucky draw. Another feature will be trailer rides to neighbouring Spice Route, where there is a playpark for children.
To enter, go to www.paarlcycletour.co.za
Proceeds of the race go to Paarl Rotary projects focusing on early childhood and youth development.