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Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour 2012

December 23, 2011

Sunday 11 March 2012 will see the start of the 35th Cape Argus Pick n Pack Cycle Tour, the largest timed cycling event in the world. This year for the first time individual on-line entries will be limited to 30 000, with the remaining 5000 places reserved for charities.

“Having seen the success achieved by large international sporting events like the London and New York Marathons which allow charities to use their events for fundraising, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust decided this year to encourage registered charities and social investment projects to enter by purchasing premium rate charity bonds for participation,” said David Bellairs, CEO of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.

“The great benefit to charities that purchase bonds is that they will be permitted to “late enter” the names of their bond participants up until the 13th January 2012 – which is only eight weeks prior to the event,” he said.

Cycle Tour has grown from humble beginnings, attracting a few hundred participants in 1978, into the iconic international event it is today. It is recognised as the world’s largest individually timed cycle race and annually registers on average over 35,000 cyclists from around the world.

 The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour is a great opportunity to be involved in the most family-oriented event of its kind anywhere in South Africa and our local children’s charity, Imibala, is busy registering entrants under their own charity bond. They have an ambitious target of attracting 150 riders to enter the event in the ‘Imibala colours’ to raise money to help underprivileged kids attend primary school.

A few years ago I might well have signed up too, but I feel my cycling days are over now – especially up and down all those hills! It’s a truly spectacular route and it’s an awesome event. Over the years we’ve had a few Argus entrants stay over with us and they’ve always had a fabulous day out, wherever they’ve come in the race itself.

I understand that places are still available through the Imibala Charity Bond…and we have a few spare rooms here at Penny Lane Lodge over that week end. Go on, why not have a go?

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