Vehicle backup for Tour entrants

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THE Eastern Cape Motor Group (ECMG) is excited to again drive The Herald Continental Cycle Tour forward as the official vehicle supporter. 

ECMG will support the Cycle Tour – taking place in February next year - with a fleet of 22 Ford vehicles to assist with the efficient running of all the race events. 

ECMG has been involved with the Cycle Tour for three years and ECMG Director Stephen Theodosiou said his team was looking forward to another fantastic Cycle Tour. 

“We support The Herald Continental Cycle Tour because it is a world-class event and it belongs to Port Elizabeth, the ‘Jewel of Southern Africa’. The race is available to all levels of cyclists across South Africa and beyond: from pros to weekenders, on-road to mountain-bikers, men, women and youngsters. It is an ideal event for the Eastern Cape Motor Group to support and be involved in,” Theodosiou said. 

The ECMG branded vehicles will be used prior to the Cycle Tour to advertise the race events, as well as marking the route, setting out barricades and doing other pre-race checks on the days leading up to the race events.

On race day it will be used as road lead vehicles, sweep vehicles, transporting course co-ordinators, judges, media and registration staff, as well as taking water and drinks to the different waterpoints. The Ford Mustang will take place in front of the peloton leading the best of South African cycling talent.  

The models of Ford vehicles that will be used for The Herald Continental Cycle Tour include the go-anywhere Ranger 4x4 Double Cab, the spacious Everest, the new Ecosport, Fiesta and the new Figo. 

“The cycling fraternity has been very rapid in recognising Eastern Cape Motor’s support of the Cycle Tour and that the Ford range has many vehicles suited to their active outdoor lifestyles and family activities. Our staff look forward to not only participate in the various cycling events, but also the great camaraderie and fun associated with the race events. The 2019 Herald Continental Cycle Tour is sure to be even bigger and better,” Theodosiou said. 

The mountain bike race takes place on Sunday, February 17 at Addo. The 106km Coastal Classic and 55km Pursuit races take place on Sunday, February 24 in Port Elizabeth. The two highly contested road races are preceded by the Team Relay Challenge and Junior Cycle tour races, taking place on Saturday, February 23 – also in Port Elizabeth. 

All entries close at midnight on Sunday, 27 January 2019. Event information and registration is available on The Herald Continental Cycle Tour website at


Berna Walters