Time to get wheels rolling on entries for Cycle Tour

 Gearing up are Continental’s head of marketing and sales Southern Africa Ian Langlands and The Herald editor Nwabisa Makunga.  Image: Eugene Coetzee

Gearing up are Continental’s head of marketing and sales Southern Africa Ian Langlands and The Herald editor Nwabisa Makunga. 
Image: Eugene Coetzee

Entries have opened for the popular Herald Continental Cycle Tour and the 2019 edition is once again expected to attract some of the country’s leading cyclists.

The race has featured some big names in recent years and this time around will prove no different with the likes of Reynard Butler and James Fourie of Team Pro Touch, Theresa Ralph and Sarah Hill of Team Galileo-Risk, Team 13 (previously known as Leadout Aspire) Absolute Motion, and Port Elizabeth superstar  Anriette Schoeman expected to be in the starting line-up.  

But the event is not only for the elite riders but also caters for thousands of casual and aspiring cyclists. 

The 106km Coastal Classic and 55km Pursuit on February 24 will take cyclists from Pollok Beach along some of the most scenic routes the metro has to offer. 

For those adrenalin junkies out there  who prefer the challenging trails in Addo, the mountain bike races (80km Extreme, 60km Adventure, 30km Leisure) will be hosted from the Addo Polo Club on Sunday, February 17. 

The event also features the Corporate Relay Challenge  (23km road and 15km MTB relay) and the 500m/2km Junior race   on Saturday, February 23 at Pollok Beach. 

“Over the last two years we have seen up close and in the field the passion and joy of participants in the Herald Continental Cycle Tour,”

Continental Tyre SA  managing director Shaun Uys said. 

“While the enjoyment of cycling can be a personal thing in the way you challenge yourself, it is also an opportunity to make new friends. The camaraderie and good-natured competitiveness will once more be seen in the corporate relay as we aim to put forth a few Continental teams for the challenge. 

“The event traverses some of the most breath taking coastline scenery on offer in our bay. As the racers glide along our roads they can’t help but experience a timeless freedom.  We wish them a safe and memorable ride”.

“Taking new and different roads and getting to see different aspects of a place need not only be done from the seat of a car, but can be equally fully experienced form the saddle of a bicycle,” Uys said.  

“At Continental we understand this synergy well as we produce top leading tyres for both the passenger car and bicycle market.  

“The Herald Continental Cycle tour is therefore a great opportunity to put the engineering in these cycling products to the test.  

“Continental  Tyre has been a part of the Port Elizabeth landscape for over 70 years and we are proud to be associated with an iconic event  that promotes not only the sport, but the beauty of our bay, Uys added. 

The additional sponsors on board again for next year’s event   East Cape Motors (Ford), Powerade,  Radisson Blu Hotel and Bukani Print. 

The Herald editor Nwabisa Makunga echoed Uys’ sentiments.

“We are confident this year’s races over both weekends will be even more successful than previous editions of the event. 

“We have the same sponsors on board   and together with our headline partner, Continental Tyre SA, we are planning some exciting additions. 

“We are still very much committed to staging the most well-organised race in the country and we believe  competitors will enjoy a great experience on both race days,” Makunga said. 

Early bird tickets are available  until  November 30 where  riders can save 25% on their entry fees. 

Event, entry information and registration is available on www.heraldcycletour.co.za.  The official closing  of entries is at midnight on Sunday, January 27.

Berna Walters