Chance for young cyclists to enter national event

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DO you know a young cyclist who is eager to compete against his or her friends in a cycling race? The upcoming Powerade Junior Races, forming part of The Herald Continental Cycle Tour, offers the perfect opportunity for junior cyclist to find their ‘cycling legs’ as part of a well-organised, national cycling event. 

Junior cyclists of all ages will get two opportunities to build their confidence on their bikes by competing in The Herald Continental Cycle Tour’s Junior Races: firstly, in the Mountain Bike event at the Addo Polo Club on Sunday, 17 February in a 5km or 500m race and secondly, in the Road Race event at Pollok Beach on Saturday, 23 February in a 2km or 500m race. 

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) was proud to be associated with the junior race, said CCBSA spokesperson Nolundi Mzimba. 

“We are glad to be part of this successful cycling event and we have seen a lot more people participate over the years and improve their lifestyles through sport and physical activity. We believe it is important to be involved in events in the communities where we operate. For us it is also about encouraging young people to be active and to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Mzimba. 

All Cycle Tour Junior Race entry proceeds will be donated towards The Herald Continental Cycle Tour’s long-standing beneficiary of 11 years, The Reach For A Dream Foundation. 

“Reach For A Dream is a great initiative which encourages children to use their dreams to fight against terminal diseases. It is important for us to be involved in activities where proceeds are used to make dreams come true and we enjoy giving back to the community,” said Mzimba. 

The Reach For A Dream Foundation Branch Manager: Port Elizabeth, Michelle Van Huyssteen, said the proceeds from the Powerade Junior Races are used to fulfil the dreams of children who face life-threatening illnesses. 

Proceeds from The Herald Continental Cycle Tour 2018 fulfilled the dreams of seven children, of whom some of the brave children received the pink, red and blue bicycles they had been dreaming of.   

“Help us make more special dreams come true in 2019 by entering children in the Cycle Tour Junior Races in Port Elizabeth and Addo or making online donations to Reach For A Dream when you register for any of the Herald Continental Cycle Tour Races,” said Van Huyssteen. 

The entry fee for the Junior Races Mountain Bike 5km race is R60 and for the 500m race it is R30. Cost for the Junior Races Road Race 2km is R60 and participation in the 500m race is R30.

Collection of race packs for the Junior Races of the Mountain Bike event will take place on: 

·         Friday, February 15: 09:00 – 19:00, Pollok Beach, Port Elizabeth

·         Saturday, February 16: 09:00 – 13:00, Pollok Beach, Port Elizabeth

·         Saturday, February 16: 18:00 – 19:00, Addo Polo Club, Addo

Collection of race packs for the Junior Races of the Road Race event will take place on:

·         Friday, February 22: 09:00 – 19:00, Pollok Beach, Port Elizabeth

·         Saturday, February 23: 09:00 – 10:00 Pollok Beach, Port Elizabeth

For more information or to enter any of the Cycle Tour Junior Races, visit The Herald Continental Cycle Tour’s website at

Berna Walters