Online entries are open for the Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour

Online entries for this year’s Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour opened on Wednesday 4 March 2015! And with a high demand for accommodation, you’d best book yours soon.

Information supplied by Jeannine Orzechowski from JOPR.

The popular annual cycle tour, which celebrates its 28th year in 2015, will take place over the weekend of 4 and 5 July. Touted as a two-day festival of cycling for the whole family, it is a premiere event of the popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and attracts thousands of cyclists of all levels to our picturesque town every year.

The tour consists of three main events – mountain bike races, road races and children’s races. The MTB event is one of the biggest in southern Africa and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna forest. The 80 km and 50 km MTB races are official premier seeding events of the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

There are four different MTB races in total for varying technical abilities – 80 km, 50 km, 30 km and 15 km, and routes include access to privately owned sections of property that are usually closed to the public.

The 100 km road race follows a new route introduced last year which proved extremely popular. This exciting route has 1,577 m of climbing, was designed for enthusiastic, competitive roadies and will keep you working all the way to the finish line. It takes cyclists from Knysna to Sedgefield, Karatara and Barrington, and back to Knysna. The 50 km route is from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2.

The kiddies' race is a firm favourite. Image by Julie Pragnall.
The kiddies’ race is a firm favourite. Image by Julie Pragnall.

The Spur Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tour is a safe, scenic race for children from 2 to 10 years of age. This year the venue has been moved to the Festival Grounds to ensure better vantage points for spectators. There are three events – 2-4 years (500 m); 5-7 years (1, 7 km); and 8-10 years (2, 8 km).

An exciting new event, the Forest Family Dam Ride, has been introduced this year to give families the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed ride together on Sunday, 5 July. The 30 km ride is for MTB riders with some experience, including children over the age of 12, and is open to a limited number of riders. The route will pass Knysna’s three dams and go though some scenic forest areas.

For enquiries about fees and to register for any of the events of the Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour, visit www.knysnacycle.co.za. Follow the Knysna Cycle Tour on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about all the events. Contact Megan or Linda for other event queries at enquiries@knysnacycle.co.za, 079 796 7834 or 044 382 1129 (mornings only).

And, of course, visit www.exploreknysna.com to book your ideal B&B, guesthouse, self-catering or boutique hotel accommodation.