2019 PPA Sportive #1

Sunday, 27 January 2019
Western CapeSimonsvlei Winery

Details

The perfect way to kick start your 2019 cycling season, challenge your seeding for the Cape Town Cycle Tour and get your New Year's resolution wheel turning.

 

Registration will take place on Sunday, 27 January 2019 from 04h30 at Simonsvlei Winery. Dates for pre-registration will be available closer to the event.

 

97 km start at 06h00
38 km start at 06h30

 

The PPA Sportive series for 2019 consist of 8 events that will start at three different venues - Simonsvlei, Windmeul and Paardeberg. While the events form a series, they are all stand-alone road fun rides aimed at everyone, from beginners to experienced riders who want to keep doing road events throughout the year. These events offer the perfect platform for improving your time and setting a new personal best.

 

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

 

From the start at the Simonsvlei Winery, the route will take you towards Stellenbosch and over Helshoogte. You will pedal past the Wemmershoek dam and through the back of Paarl towards Wellington before returning via the R44 to finish shortly after the Suid-Agterpaarl road on the R101.

 

The 97 km route will have 3 water points and the 38 km route will have 1 water point.

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE VENUE

 

Follow the N1 to the R44. Take exit 47 from the N1. Turn left onto the R101. The venue will be on your right hand side in 6.2 km.

 

GPS Co-ordinates:

 

Latitude: -33.894066
Longitude: 18.5368146,11

 

NOTES

 

Remember to wear your PPA road fun ride number.

 

No children u/16 on the 97 km route.

 

Kids between 8 and 14 must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the 38 km route.

 

ONLINE ENTRIES

 

Distance Entry Fee PPA Member's Discounted Fee
97km R375 R275
38km R175 R125

Venue

Simonsvlei Winery, Western Cape
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Ferro, Jan 22 2019 09:55

"Dates for pre-registration will be available closer to the event."

 

Will there be pre-reg or on the day only?

babse, Jan 23 2019 04:28

seems on the day only... the process of standing in a line on the morning of the race for a sticker can surely be avoided???

MDJ, Jan 23 2019 09:33

Seems like they are trying to avoid the registration queues with a new SMS system as per the PPA event email today (see extract below).

 

An SMS will be sent out on Thursday afternoon with your seeding. If you already have your PPA race number, you can just show your SMS at registration to receive your seeding sticker. If you do not receive an SMS, we can look it up for you at registration.

 

 

It might work quite well, saves the time of hunting through sheets to find people's names. At least they are trying to speed things up - hopefully it works :). The other challenge would be getting the right number of toilettes - its still unpredictable especially if you've had to drive in from quite far out.

Karman de Lange, Jan 24 2019 07:36

Seems like they are trying to avoid the registration queues with a new SMS system as per the PPA event email today (see extract below).

 

 

It might work quite well, saves the time of hunting through sheets to find people's names. At least they are trying to speed things up - hopefully it works :). The other challenge would be getting the right number of toilettes - its still unpredictable especially if you've had to drive in from quite far out.

Still don't get why they don't provide more urinals .. 90% of time its a number 1. And 10 urinals must be cheaper to rent than 10 toilets?

babse, Jan 24 2019 09:18

I still dont see why i have to collect anything on the morning of a race. 

Surely there is a way around the sticker collection, or at least make a pre reg option available.

Pedal Power Association, Jan 24 2019 04:02

Sticker collection can be done at the PPA Office in Kenilworth on Friday, 25 January 2019 between 08h00 and 16h00 if it is more convenient. 

'Dale, Jan 24 2019 05:23

@babse 

Please collect my sticker tomorrow

See you at warm-up 

Mamil, Jan 25 2019 08:43

Got my sticker ... gonna be first in the poo queue!!

Americo, Jan 26 2019 03:25

Anyone with a GPX file if the race?

'Dale, Jan 26 2019 04:26

Anyone with a GPX file if the race?


Click on link to Event Page
Voila!

F.R.A.I.L. -K, Jan 27 2019 10:37

Today became a Great training Ride.

Started 8 minutes behind "Z".
On riding through the stragglers I noticed a Rider moving Up. I caught up to him and commented why don't the two of us work together, He agreed.

Then the two of us pushed hard, I realized that he struggled on the Hills so would chill on the climbs, letting both us catch our breath.

Well I managed a overall 3H35 with a 27Km Average.

Thank You for your company

Americo, Jan 28 2019 09:01

Sharing the video of the race 

 

'Dale, Jan 29 2019 05:53

Sharing the video of the race

https://youtu.be/PBDPo4fchBE


Cool @Americo šŸŽž
When you are above 400 watts in the first 10 mins and the head of the race just stays away in the cross winds šŸ˜…

@babse in the green lid at 2 mins
Iā€™m fighting with my bike at 2ā€™40ā€, wearing black

I died a 100 deaths on Sunday šŸ¤™šŸ½

devocean, Jan 29 2019 09:10

Cool @Americo
When you are above 400 watts in the first 10 mins and the head of the race just stays away in the cross winds

@babse in the green lid at 2 mins
Iā€™m fighting with my bike at 2ā€™40ā€, wearing black

I died a 100 deaths on Sunday

 

At 21s in, you see the dude that won come up from behind on the right hand side and then at  1:04 two of his team mates cruising past everyone on the left hand side  when it's strung out,  making it look so easy

Americo, Jan 29 2019 11:24

Cool @Americo
When you are above 400 watts in the first 10 mins and the head of the race just stays away in the cross winds

@babse in the green lid at 2 mins
Iā€™m fighting with my bike at 2ā€™40ā€, wearing black

I died a 100 deaths on Sunday

 

I really felt the blood in my mouth, definitely too much for me. Not sure if I didn't position myself well or if the watts are just not there. But I have to say that it was a good training ride 

Mamil, Jan 29 2019 11:34

150bpm .... 98 cadence .... 400 watts....

That is a triangle that would just never work for me....

In photographic terms its like f1.4 iso 100 and 1/100th where I'm more like f6.3 iso 400 to get 1/100th

The glass just isn't good enough which is why i just don't get beyong f group.

F stop!

babse, Jan 29 2019 12:20

That was one frantic start to a race... wasnt ready for that that.

 

Some feedback from the rest of the ride.

Sat in A until split on hels, about 10 guys rode off in the distance.

 

We very quickly formed a "chasing" group which was well represented by strong riders (including 2 chicks).

There were about 3 or 5 guys really keen on getting to the line and the rest seemed content with just being on their bikes.

My gripe is when we hit some momentum and starting working together, some okes (including the chicks) would position themselves upfront in the pace line and either put in no effort or peel off from 2nd or 3rd wheel causing a complete break in momentum. This continued for all of the last 50/60kms. Very frustrating!

These sportif races has so little at steak but is ideal training for the bigger rides like world champs in March etc. Riding like its a classic and saving every bit of energy for a top 20 finish makes no sense at all if we are a full 10mins behind the winner.

 

Kudos to the guy in the group who *** out riders for crossing the solid line.

 

See you at #2

Karman de Lange, Jan 29 2019 02:19

That was one frantic start to a race... wasnt ready for that that.

 

Some feedback from the rest of the ride.

Sat in A until split on hels, about 10 guys rode off in the distance.

 

We very quickly formed a "chasing" group which was well represented by strong riders (including 2 chicks).

There were about 3 or 5 guys really keen on getting to the line and the rest seemed content with just being on their bikes.

My gripe is when we hit some momentum and starting working together, some okes (including the chicks) would position themselves upfront in the pace line and either put in no effort or peel off from 2nd or 3rd wheel causing a complete break in momentum. This continued for all of the last 50/60kms. Very frustrating!

These sportif races has so little at steak but is ideal training for the bigger rides like world champs in March etc. Riding like its a classic and saving every bit of energy for a top 20 finish makes no sense at all if we are a full 10mins behind the winner.

 

Kudos to the guy in the group who *** out riders for crossing the solid line.

 

See you at #2

 

I simply tell them, If you dont' wanna work, go sit in the @#$ back .   Seems to work normally.  Granted.. i'm normally very "vocal" when I get tired and don't really feel a @#%#$ about others think of me then.

Skubarra, Jan 29 2019 02:30

Showed up late on Sunday, with a slight hangover (the main reason I was late..). Since I completely missed my starting group I seriously considered skipping the race and head back home but decided to make the best of a crappy situation and do a proper training ride.

 

Did an angry 97km TT from right at the back with a throbbing headache, at any given time I was towing 1 to 30 riders, depending on how long they could keep up  :devil: . Managed a sub-3 so I'm happy with the form, if only I could say the same for my punctuality the last 2 races I might have managed a decent Argus seeding!

OneLove, Jan 29 2019 03:40

I think we all set a new 5min power record at the start, was like 3...2....1.. Yoh!!!

'Dale, Jan 29 2019 08:30

That was one frantic start to a race... wasnt ready for that that.

Some feedback SNIP These sportif races has so little at steak but is ideal training for the bigger rides
See you at #2


šŸ„©šŸ„©šŸ„©

Good to see you in the mix @babse

Thornman, Jan 29 2019 08:57

Don't think anyone expected Jack to go that hard from the start. Caught me off guard as well.