08 Oct, 2015

News items that you simply need to know

Representatives from 9 Peaks Tour sponsor ER Consulting Inc, with the Coopers and Gaylene Cambell and Matthew Fendick from Qhubeka.
Honouring the red jersey: Philicity Reeken (947); Isak Pretorius; Alex Jay (947); Carel Bosman (Momentum) and David Brown (JAM SA) shortly after the jersey was presented to Isak.
The third annual Pennypinchers Origin Of Trails, two day mountain bike (MTB) stage race returns to the picturesque Stellenbosch region and surrounds on Friday, 27 and Saturday, 28 November.  Photograph by Cherie Vale/NEWSPORT MEDIA

Riding in the City

The City of Johannesburg is hosting the EcoMobility World Festival in the Sandton central business district this month.

Set to run from 1 to 31 October, the Festival includes the opening of the streets between Sandton and Alexandra to all forms of EcoMobility, workshops and dialogues on how cities can advance sustainable and low carbon urban mobility, Road Safety Family Day (11 October), a street sports tournament, a street carnival (24 October) and the Discovery Duathlon (25 October).

Find out more about the festival, visit

Endurance ride raises R37 724

Remember the father and daughter team that rode over 3 500 kilometres on Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles for Qhubeka as reported in Modern Cyclist July 2015 issue?

Not only did the team which consists of Bianca and Colin Cooper ride the distance, but they also climbed the nine tallest mountains in each of South Africa’s nine provinces.

Calling themselves the 9 Peaks Tour, Bianca and Colin recently presented Qhubeka with R37 724 recently, enough to enable the cycling charity to present a further 12 bicycles to children who put their hands up and earn the right to ride.

Women’s race gets UCI 1.1 status

The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge women’s race granted UCI 1.1 status, making the event that much more attractive to competitive professionals and national teams.

This status gives elite women cyclists the opportunity to earn valuable UCI points in their attempts to strengthen their chances for Olympic places for Rio 2016.

The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge and CyclingSA also applied to have the men’s race granted a UCI status for a chance to boost their UCI points, but with the Tour du Rwanda taking place the day after the 2015 Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge, this was declined by the UCI.

The Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge takes place on 15 November 2015 at the Riversands Commercial Park.

Riders for charity needed

Rays of Hope is looking for keen but fit cyclists to take part in the three-day Cycle Tour of Hope. The tour, which will take place from 23 to 25 October, will see cyclists riding from Clarens in the Free State to Johannesburg, Gauteng.

This is an effort to raise funds for outreach programmes in the township of Alexandra, Johannesburg, which is home to half a million residents, most of whom are affected by HIV/Aids, overcrowding, crime, the breakdown of family structure and a lack of educational opportunities, resulting in a vicious cycle of unemployment and poverty.

For more information on volunteer and fundraising opportunities, or to take part in the Cycle Tour of Hope, contact Andrea Dienst on / 0861 000 000 or visit

Its Munga time again!

Yip! It’s back. The Munga.

Prize money and the entry fee for the race might not be as “supersized” as it was for last year’s subsequently-cancelled event, but riders will still be able to experience the thrill of riding 1 000 kilometres across South Africa.

This year, the first rider to cross the finish line will receive R30 000. The second receives R15 000 and the third receives R5 000. The entry fee for this ride is now R15 000 and there will be water points every 50 kilometres and “rest stations” every 200 kilometres.

The race takes place from 2 to 7 December. Find out more at

Red jersey raised R280 000

If you see a cyclist wearing the official Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge Red Jersey while riding the event on 15 November, give him a cheer.

Isak Pretorius of JAM SA Red Riders managed to raise a whopping R280 000 at last year’s Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge and has been awarded the cycling event’s prestigious Red Jersey. Isak explained that the money raised by him at the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge in 2014 will go towards feeding 778 children every day for a year in South Africa.

The Red Jersey is annually presented to the individual who raises the most money for their cause under the banner of Ride for a Purpose.