Paarl Cycle Tour moves to Fairview

The Paarl Cycle Tour, which takes place on Sunday February 2, is organised by the Rotary Club of Paarl.

It will start at a new venue, Fairview wine estate. The race will help riders gear up and improve seeding for the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020.

There will be three races, with online registration, timing and seeding by RaceTec. From Fairview cyclists can choose from three races in the rural Agter-Paarl/Klipheuwel area.

The first race, over 97.8km, starts at 6am. Entry costs R280, and Pedal Power Association (PPA) members pay 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 costs R260, and PPA members pay R240.

The third race, over 46.6km, starts at 8am. Entry costs R220, and PPA members pay R210. The closing date for on-line registration is Monday January 27, at noon.

Cyclists will take off in a northerly direction from the entrance of Fairview.

This section of road will only allow for north-bound traffic on race day. Riders coming from Wellington will have to travel via Paarl or via Klapmuts (R44) to reach Fairview.

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, where bikes can be locked, so riders can 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. Prior booking is recommended for the restaurants at Fairview and Spice Route, as Sundays are particularly busy.

Race numbers can be collected at ASG Paarl in the Laborie Centre in Paarl on Saturday February 1, from 8.30am to 10.30am, or at Chris Willemse Cycles at Willowbridge on the same day from noon to 3pm.

Late entries are accepted on race day at Fairview from 5am. Late entry fees are R320 for the first race, R300 for the second race and R260 for the third race. Entries will be limited to 2 500 cyclists.

To enter, visit www.racetec.co.za/calendar or visit www.paarlcycletour.co.za for more details on the routes.

Proceeds of the race go to Paarl Rotary projects focusing on early childhood and youth development.