Sad­dle up for the Cape Town Cy­cle Tour en­try rush

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Mar­vin Charles

IT’S OF­FI­CIAL! It’s en­try sea­son for the 2018 Cape Town Cy­cle Tour and the cy­clists are rar­ing to go.

David Bel­lairs, the mar­ket­ing, me­dia and spon­sor­ship di­rec­tor for the tour, said rid­ers who reg­is­tered for the 2017 tour would be given spe­cial pref­er­en­tial en­try into next year’s event.

“E-mails were sent out in batches to ev­ery rider who en­tered and reg­is­tered for the 2017 Cape Town Cy­cle Tour at this year’s Cape Town Cy­cle Tour Expo,” Bel­lairs said.

Due to se­vere weather con­di­tions, the event was can­celled.

“The of­fer of a guar­an­teed en­try to the 2018 Cape Town Cy­cle Tour, at 2017 en­try fee rates, had to be taken up by 4pm on Septem­ber 13 (Wed­nes­day). Af­ter this date and time, the pref­er­en­tial en­try was for­feited. Those wish­ing to en­ter may still join the gen­eral ap­pli­ca­tion process,” Bel­lairs said.

Stal­warts who have cy­cled in more than 21 events have un­til Tues­day to en­ter the race. Cy­clists want­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the 2018 tour can ap­ply on­line at www. capetown­cy­cle­tour.com from 1pm on Wed­nes­day. En­try ap­pli­ca­tions will be al­lo­cated on a first-come, first-served ba­sis and will close when 35 000 rid­ers have en­tered. E-mails will be sent to these suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants from Wed­nes­day for a week.

PIC­TURE: HENK KRUGER

MOUN­TAIN TO CLIMB: Two cy­clists take on the gru­elling Chap­man’s Peak Drive on the cy­cle tour’s route.

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