Paarl Cycle Tour

Sunday, 3 February 2019
Western CapeDe Poort, Pine Street, Paarl
  • Distance
    102 km
    Date
    03 Feb 2019
    The long route of 102 km starts at 06:00 from De Poort in Paarl andgoes to Wellington, Voor-Paardeberg and Klipheuwel before returning to Paarl. Ascent metres1026.
  • Distance
    70 km
    Date
    03 Feb 2019
    The medium route of 70 km starts at 07:00 and follows the 102 km route but cuts out the Klipheuwel section before returning to Paarl. Ascent metres: 790.
  • Distance
    45 km
    Date
    03 Feb 2019
    The short route of 45km departs from De Poort in Paarl at 08:00. It is essentially a ride around the base of Paarl Mountain going via Agter Paarl and returning to De Poort. Ascent metres: 517.

Details

The Bouckaert-Soenen Paarl Cycle Tour on Sunday 3 February starts at De Poort heritage centre in Pine Street, Paarl South. The race is organized by the Rotary Club of Paarl and held under the auspices of the Pedal Power Association (PPA) and Racetec.
There will be a long route of 102 km that goes to Wellington, Voor-Paardeberg and Klipheuwel before returning to Paarl; the medium route of 70 km follows the 102 km route but cuts out the Klipheuwel section; the short route of 45km is essentially a ride around the base of Paarl Mountain. This event is family friendly and will offer food and drink stalls as well as a Kidzone to give parents a break.
The first 25 km are common to all three routes where riders follow undulating roads through vineyards, fruit & olive orchards over the N1 through Wellington to the R44/R45 4way-stop. Here the Short route continues straight to Windmeul and the Medium & Long routes turn right onto the R45 and into the wheatlands where they turn left onto Voor Paardeberg. The Medium route turns left onto Paardeberg Road down a steep downhill towards the R44 where they turn right joining the short route again. The Long route continues straight to the Boerfontein intersection where they turn right onto Vryguns and then left onto the R302, towards Klipheuwel, with another left turn onto Slent that takes the riders back to the Boerfontein intersection. The Boerfontein "loop" will provide fast group riding experience. After turning right at Boerfontein the riders will meet up with the Short and Medium riders at the right onto the R44 at Windmeul for the home leg turning left onto the Suid Agter Paarl road, past Spice Route and Fairview, for the last left turn onto the R101 to finish at the Strawberry King.
The cut-off date for online pre-entries is Monday 28 January (11:00) on www.paarlrotary.co.za/cycle-tour , www.racetec.co.za or www.pedalpower.org.za . Pre-registration and late entries can be done on Saturday 2 February at ASG Cycling, Laborie Centre, Paarl (09:00-11:00) and at Chris Willemse Cycles, Willow Bridge (11:30-15:00). Entries will also be accepted on the day of the races (R320).
Proceeds go to childhood development projects supported by Paarl Rotary. For enquiries, contact Dave Moss on 082 575 4063.

Venue

De Poort, Pine Street, Paarl, Western Cape
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Kom, Jan 21 2019 11:35

Very sad to see the route shortened to 102km - excluding Bothmanskop is a travesty

buchanan, Jan 28 2019 01:34

Yeah agree...why did they shorten and emasculate the route like that?

'Dale, Jan 28 2019 09:47

Yeah agree...why did they shorten and emasculate the route like that?


I’ve heard of roadworks in and around the pass. 🚧

LeoKnight, Jan 29 2019 05:32

Entered and looking forward to the race / ride

mulmi, Jan 30 2019 11:45

This was my first road race a very long time ago. In preparation for my first CTCT.

 

On Sunday I will be back together  with my son and 2 of his friends. They are training for their first CTCT and this will be their first race also.

 

Circle of Life

DJTerblanche, Feb 01 2019 10:49

If I look at the seeding's for this race on racetec then this is going to be a super fast race in the front groups. Some of the guys who started in the $ group in SCT is starting in the B (BL). PPA is now dynamically allocating the group number you start with, which is based on Seeding Index and group size/limit.

 

In summary, the start group for this race is smaller but probably higher quality than SCT. Most of the top finishers from SCT is also riding this race. I am already nervous  :blink:

Skubarra, Feb 01 2019 11:08

 

 

In summary, the start group for this race is smaller but probably higher quality than SCT. Most of the top finishers from SCT is also riding this race. I am already nervous  :blink:

 

But I guess that would be largely cancelled out by the flat route?

 

But yes, will be interesting - good to know $ riders are starting in B, was a bit offended by my seeding before I knew that  :whistling:

Pure Savage, Feb 01 2019 11:11

Taking a break from the races for a bit. Sad to miss this one.

LeoKnight, Feb 01 2019 01:47

If I look at the seeding's for this race on racetec then this is going to be a super fast race in the front groups. Some of the guys who started in the $ group in SCT is starting in the B (BL). PPA is now dynamically allocating the group number you start with, which is based on Seeding Index and group size/limit.

 

In summary, the start group for this race is smaller but probably higher quality than SCT. Most of the top finishers from SCT is also riding this race. I am already nervous  :blink:

This sounds like a good thing, smaller groups (or is this only a good thing if you work on the assumption that the riders are correctly seeded)

DJTerblanche, Feb 01 2019 02:20

This sounds like a good thing, smaller groups (or is this only a good thing if you work on the assumption that the riders are correctly seeded)

 

I believe so, seeding should be more or less good (Except for those riders like me because they could hang on to the A bunch in West Coast Express  :whistling:) . My second best seeded race gives index of 6.86 (Sportiff #6) - Not sure if that would have been good enough for the A group, but perhaps 

 

Everybody agreed groups were too big for SCT since we do not have road closures, so yea I am happy with the PPA group/seeding system for races  :thumbup:

'Dale, Feb 01 2019 02:48

Whatever you do, pack sunblock.

Paarl is lekka warm.

jandemoerin, Feb 01 2019 02:57

Looks like rain on Sunday morning...

F.R.A.I.L. -K, Feb 01 2019 03:09

YIKES!
Your seedling is...

Paarl Cycle Tour race # is DL388 Starting @ 06:35.

Let the Fun and Games Begin!

DJTerblanche, Feb 01 2019 03:31

Looks like rain on Sunday morning...

 

Yea, a very light drizzle - hopefully

LeoKnight, Feb 01 2019 09:33

If I look at the seeding's for this race on racetec then this is going to be a super fast race in the front groups. Some of the guys who started in the $ group in SCT is starting in the B (BL). PPA is now dynamically allocating the group number you start with, which is based on Seeding Index and group size/limit.

In summary, the start group for this race is smaller but probably higher quality than SCT. Most of the top finishers from SCT is also riding this race. I am already nervous :blink:


Where do you see the group sizes ?

DJTerblanche, Feb 02 2019 09:35

Where do you see the group sizes ?

I can't see it but by the power of logic deduction and experience I know it will be smaller.

Last year there was 77 riders starting in AL and 81 starting in BL (Some A riders chose to drop back also).

So my guess is that the group sizes are around 80 big.

devocean, Feb 02 2019 10:52

Looking at numbers from last year there were just over 400 riders, so smaller groups would make sense. For some reason this race does seem to attract a better quality field than other races, anyone know why? Doesn't look like any wind tomorrow morning and with Botmaskop being excluded, I think the beta for the race is going to be really low.

MDJ, Feb 02 2019 10:59

Weather looks great, looking forward to it :). Hopefully not as much suffering as last week's Cyclosportif - good training regardless.

davidtinker, Feb 02 2019 12:06

I am going to warm up a bit more before this one. The fast start last week caught be out a bit. Might be the same again.

Skubarra, Feb 02 2019 01:51

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Not the best photo but massive long queue in CWC today. 

 

We might moan about the lack of climbs but maybe the easier route is attracting more riders?

 

I really wish the PPA Sportif's can at some stage also do the earlier registrations, think its the one part of those events that is not working too great. 

Mamil, Feb 02 2019 03:13

just finished day one of the Fairtree counter MTB - 55km and 1400m in the legs --- hmmmm ....

Sbloomer, Feb 02 2019 03:19

Collected my number a few minutes ago.

Start time on race number is 75 minutes earlier than the start time on the envelope...

So which is the correct time?

MDJ, Feb 02 2019 04:34

Collected my number a few minutes ago.

Start time on race number is 75 minutes earlier than the start time on the envelope...

So which is the correct time?

 

Mine matches CL group - start time 6:30am

Sbloomer, Feb 02 2019 05:58

Mine matches CL group - start time 6:30am


I’m DM.

Skubarra, Feb 02 2019 06:23

I’m DM.

 

Just me speculating but the medium route starting times are after 7h00 so I would pick the one after 7h00 (unless both are after 7h00  :ph34r: )