Paarl Cycle Tour
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.