Participation in non-sanctioned cycling events
ANNOUNCEMENT — 2 September 2016
Please be reminded that participating in a non-sanctioned cycling event in South Africa does have some implications for Full Racing License holders, in connection with the UCI Forbidden Race Rule 1.2.019.
It has been brought to our attention that there are some cycling events in the Eden district that are coming up soon and they have opted not to be sanctioned. Please ensure that you are aware of the status of the event that you participate in by checking our Sanctioned Events Calendar at the following link: http://csams.cyclingsa.com/event-calendar.aspx. If an event you are interested in participating in is not listed, then it is not sanctioned.
As the custodian of the UCI rules and application of those rules as the National Cycling Federation in South Africa, we abide by the rules set by the global cycling body. One such rule is the UCI Forbidden Race rule (1.2.019). This particularly affects those cyclists who hold a full racing license.
A non-sanctioned event does not have the presence of any Cycling South Africa official (Commissaire) and any queries stemming from competing in a non-sanctioned event will not be followed up with Cycling SA as it falls out of our jurisdiction.
Race owners are well aware of the need to be sanctioned when hosting a cycling event in South Africa. We cannot however force any event owner to sanction their race, and those that opt not to sanction do so of their own accord.
Please note that if a qualified Cycling South Africa Commissaire is however present at the non-sanctioned event, they are posing as an official illegally and Cycling SA cannot be held liable for any post-race issues that may arise.
Another vital aspect of being a sanctioned event is to have all the relevant event structures in place, which includes the marking of a route that is safe for cyclists, adequate medics on hand and general safety for cyclists, which is paramount.
This notice is intended to serve as a reminder to all of our valued members and full racing license holders about the implications of competing in a non-sanctioned cycling event.
For ease of reference, please see details of the UCI Forbidden Race Rule 1.2.019 and penalties referred to in rule 1.2.021:
No licence holder may participate in an event that has not been included on a national, continental or world calendar or that has not been recognised by a national federation, a continental confederation or the UCI.
Depending on the circumstances, a national federation and the UCI may grant special exceptions for particular races or events run in its own country.
Particular races or events may consist of:
- Events organised occasionally only and which do not belong to the organised sports movement;
- Events whose format is not covered by the UCI regulations.
Any national federation intending to grant a special exception must submit its reasoned request to the UCI administration in the beginning of the season and at least two months before the respective event. The decision of the UCI in this respect is final and shall not be subject to appeal.
Licence holders may not participate in activities organised by a national federation that has been suspended, save in application of article 18.2 of the UCI constitution.
Breaches of articles 1.2.019 or 1.2.020 shall render the licence holder liable to one month's suspension and a fine of CHF 50 to 100.
BENEFITS OF SANCTIONING FOR EVENT ORGANISERSCycling SA offers benefit to event organisers who sanction there events. This include, but are not limited to, public liability insurance cover (free of charge) which is accepted by all large land owners, marketing through our calendar (we are currently working on improved ways to increase communication regarding events), trained event officials to ensure compliance with rules for racing, technical support (advise on routes, traffic management, event information, preparation of safety file), continually keeping cycling a high profile sport in SA. Cycling SA medical policy, also provides assistance to members that may be injured at an event and transported by ambulance away from the event.
Track Cycling Proficiency Clinics
Please see attached the dates for our next Learn-to-Ride Track Proficiency Clinics. These clinics are hosted to boost rider safety and awareness on the track so that we can ensure the standard of track cycling in Gauteng is competitive and safe at all times!
Cycling clubs are welcome to book a Learn-to-Ride Club Day where we will teach your club members about the different aspects of track cycling. This will benefit their road and mountain biking, all done in a safe environment free from the unpredictability of cars and other road users.
We welcome club members to join us for any of the below dates Bookings are filling up fast!
Team Manager's Course – 1 October
A Team Manager's Course is scheduled for Saturday 1 October 2016 at the following address: 1A Libertas Rd, Sandton 2191, The PWC Bike Park.
The cost per person for the course is R450. Should you be keen on attending then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place. We have limited space available.
Support Ripple Reading with the 947
Ripple Reading teaches children to read with understanding in the Cradle/Lanseria area. They need 20 riders that will be prepared to register for the 947, buy a shirt and do a minimum of R1000 fundraising through their network of family and friends (they could pay them per km – or something similar).
This is for an awesome cause operating in the Lanseria and Cradle area.
Braamfontein Spruit Adventure Trail
Please view this press release regarding the Braamfontein Spruit Adventure Trail Management Plan Project. This is relevant to all mountain bikers, runners, walkers, horse riders and commuters who use the trail system along the Spruit.
There has been some misconception about what the project is actually about (scope of the project), and this press release introduces the project and explains the scope better. We also hope to reach a wider range of stakeholders with this press release, to make sure the general riding and trail running community is informed.
Acorn Foundation Multi-Sport Event – 16 August
We would like to invite a few top ladies and mens cyclists to The Acorn Foundations' very first Multi-Sport event where we combine teams in a 4 ball -18 hole round of golf + one runner in a 5km race + a cyclist in a 20km cycle race.
Teams combined scores for all 3 activities will maximise the team score for the day!
We would really like for the professionals to come out and do a few laps on the off road track, put up a great time and interact with the people on the day. Any partnership with these sports people would be great to get a few donations in and create some excitement on the day.
Groot FM as a media partner for the day, who will do an outside broadcast and we will also have local media do a write up of the day’s activities. We guarantee a premium experience!
The day will start off with a shotgun start of the golfers at 10am and the cyclists and runners will go off shortly afterwards. We also have the following activities for your team to participate in: Longest drive competition on the driving range and a Putt-Putt Competition.
2016 CGC AGM
Thank you to the following people who made an effort to respond and attend our AGM last night (13 July):
Angie — Club 100
Joanne and Peter — Midrand CC
Ahmad — New Horizons
Mike and Vusi — Regatammogo
Ken — Rock Hoppers
Angela — CGC
Gavin — CGC
Koos — CGC
Sydd — CGC
Apologies received from the following:
Chris — Wolves CC
Sven — Bionic
Sven — Super Cycling
Due to the fact that we were not able to form a quorum we were forced to adjourn and with reference to clause 32.2.2 of our constitution, reschedule for next week Wednesday 20 July 2016, at the CGC office, 30A Dias Crescent, Norscot Manor, Fourways for 19h00.
Those present at next week’s meeting shall form a quorum and continue.
We urge you to attend as with your valued input and participation can we move forward.
Please confirm your attendance or apology by way of email to email@example.com
Letters of Appreciation to CGC
Regatommogo Sport Development & Life Skills
(Cycling equipment donation)
New Horizons Cycling Club
(Interclub Crit support)
2016 Jack Cheetham & Letsema Award Nominations
Please find attached the Jack Cheetham and Letsema awards call for nominations, please spread this widely. Closing date is 1 July 2016.
2016 Provincial Road and TT Champs
Record Smashed in Wheelchair Race
George - The start line of the 14th Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) on Saturday 20th February was the scene of racing pulses, as more than 1000 athletes and crowds of spectators waited with bated breath for the starter’s gun to send competitors hurtling off.
The winners of the three different categories in the main 42.2km marathon race were Stuart McCreadie (handcycle race), Ernst van Dyk (racing wheelchair race) and Pieter du Preez (handcycle quad race).
Maties Parasport in Stellenbosch is the home club of both Van Dyk and McCreadie. McCreadie has finished in the top three in the handcycle race for the last few years, so it was just a matter of time before he took the line honours.
The top woman finisher in the handcycle division was South African Nandi Odendaal, who crossed the finish line in just 2:23:34. In the racing chair division, the winner and second-placed women finishers were both from Zimbabwe - Margaret Bangajena was followed hot on her “wheels” by Thandiwe Ndlovu, who was only one second behind.
The 21km winner was Denzil Ventura from Mitchell’s Plain sports club, and the 10km winner was Lesibana Masela from Black Soul sports club in Pretoria. The 5km Fun Race was a huge success – the eldest entrant was 83-year old Anna Howarth from Franschhoek, and the youngest participant was eight-month-old Micah Samaai who has amniotic band syndrome, a condition that affects his legs.
OCC organisers and sponsors George Airport and George Municipality are delighted that the event went off without a hitch, and extend their heartfelt thanks to all volunteers, competitors, families and supporters for working together to ensure the event’s record of no injuries was maintained.
Dimension Data Extends Cape Epic Partnership
Five-year contract to bring technology innovation to world’s leading mountain bike race
Johannesburg, South Africa – 15 February 2016 – Dimension Data is excited to once again partner with the Absa Cape Epic, billed as the world’s premier mountain bike race. The race is scheduled to start on 13 March 2016, and will run for eight days, over some of the most scenic and gruelling territory in the Western Cape.
Dimension Data has signed a five-year deal that will see the company become the Official Technology Partner to the Absa Cape Epic from 2016 through 2020.
Sport is evolving and technology has become an integral part of the sporting experience, from the management and execution of the sporting events, to the way the players and participants utilise technology to aid in their training, the use of wearables and using data to track their progress. Viewers and fans demand so much more from watching and following their favourite sports events, whether live or on television. Viewers want real-time information, thus data has become a critical aspect of the sports viewing experience.
Dimension Data looks forward to using its key learnings and leveraging some of the innovative technology solutions it showcased at the Tour de France.
Grant Bodley, CEO, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa says, “Cycling is becoming a high-tech sport and Dimension Data is proud to extend our partnership with the foremost mountain bike stage race in the world. We look forward to bringing a new level of innovation to the Absa Cape Epic over the next five years. We are also excited to continue our partnership with Qhubeka, our employees who will be riding the Epic this year have once again committed to raising money for this worthy cause.”
Dimension Data’s long-term vision is to assist the Absa Cape Epic in remaining the greatest mountain bike race in the world through fan interaction. Following last year’s successful, award-winning, campaign where Dimension Data enabled the live reading of messages of support to the riders – this year the company has taken this one step further and has created a platform where friends, family and fans can record video messages that will be played to the riders as they ride past the Dimension Data hotspot.
Additionally, Dimension Data will also enable Internet connectivity at all the race villages along the route. All the riders, crew, media and sponsors will have free Wi-Fi access throughout the event, enabling them to stay in touch with their families and loved ones, whilst the media will take the race to millions of cycling enthusiasts around the world by uploading images and videos from the race. The connectivity provided will also enable the medical facilities to access medical records for faster treatment.
CEO Lynn Naude says, “The Absa Cape Epic is widely regarded as the world’s premier international mountain bike stage race and we are delighted to have Dimension Data at the race as they are a global technology giant with proven capabilities and reliable technology solutions. The race runs along gruelling terrain, and the ability to provide robust connectivity and exploring the use of data analytics brings a new dimension to the race that has the ability to transform the competitive world of mountain biking.”
About Dimension Data
Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group. www.dimensiondata.com
High Rollers Enter OCC 2016 Wheelchair Race
Competitive sporting spirit is running high as entries roll in for the 2016 Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) — a day of wheelchair racing that fills the streets of George with spectators as over 1000 athletes whizz along the route to the finish line.
This year’s event takes place on Saturday 20th February in George, which has been the host city for this prestigious event since its inception in 2002.
The 2015 champions — the high rollers — will be there in force to defend their hard-earned titles in 2016. Well-known wheelchair athlete Ernst van Dyk flew over the finish line in record time last year, with second- and third-placed athletes only seconds behind him. Will he remain unbeaten at this event for a fifth year running? That remains to be seen.
Kyle Dodd crowned African BMX champion
Kyle Dodd (Jeep Team) has proven he is Africa’s top BMX racer after successfully defending his Elite title at the 2015 African Continental BMX Championships held in Harare, Zimbabwe, on the 14th November 2015.
Dodd dominated the African Continental BMX Championships, winning both the Time Trial and Super Time Trial events on Friday evening, and then going on to win all his heats in Saturday’s main event, eventually crowning him the African Champion with South Africa’s Alex Limberg in2nd and Zimbabwe’s PeniasTenthani in 3rd....
Join Team MTN‐Qhubeka p/b Samsung as they Make It Count and participate in the 24-hour Bicycles Change Lives Ride-a-thon beginning on 28 November 2015. The goal of the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign is to raise funds for 5000 bicycles for people in rural Africa, where lack of mobility often holds people back from accessing opportunity.
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung has raised over 4500 bicycles in 2015 to date, and is seeking to hit the goal of 5 000 before the end of the year. You can help them to achieve that goal by supporting the Bicycles Change Lives Ride-a-thon...
Momentum short-term insurance
We all treasure what’s important in our life, so naturally safety is a top priority for us and those you love. Momentum Short-term Insurance’s purpose is to enhance the lifetime financial wellness of people and their communities. The want to inspire all South Africans to become aware to and play their part in helping to make our country safe.
When cycling always make sure you're visible to other road users and pedestrians. Wearing bright or fluorescent and/or reflective clothing while cycling, will ensure you minimise your risks. Always wear a helmet and indicate your intended direction to other road users — signal before you start, stop or turn. Overall, we need to be mindful of other road users.
With this in mind, Momentum Short-term Insurance launched their Be Seen campaign, which encourages South Africans to be safe on roads. Their most recent activation at the 947 Kiddies Ride aimed to motivate young South Africans to be more cautious whilst on their bikes. The video in the link provided below highlights what the kids of Johannesburg think about being safe.
Please click here to view. Enjoy!
The Gauteng Provincial structure is about to be finalised.
Within the Gauteng Province we now have five regions.
1 — Tshwane (Gauteng North)
2 — JHB (Central Gauteng)
3 — Ekhuruleni (East)
4 — Sedibeng (South)
5 — Westrand
Each region is now available to you for all your cycling related matters. Your region is determined by your registered club address in relation to your municipality. Meaning if your club is registered in Florida and your municipality is JHB then you fall under CGC.
In the past many have been liaising with CGC. Moving forward could you please confirm the region you now fall under as CGC will be updating our regions and engaging you accordingly.
Cycling "HOTSPOT" list of areas of concern in SA
In an attempt to publicise areas of concern to our members and all cyclists, we are gathering information and compiling a national “HOTSPOT” list. The focus is to record how cycling accidents happen so that we can create further awareness.
Please send any information you may have regarding cycling accidents, cycle hijackings (bike-jackings), or any other concerns for cycling safety to assist us in compiling an accurate list at a national level. Your personal details will remain confidential, but location and incident information will be of great use to us...
Donations are required of unused bikes, second hand ROAD, MTB and BMX. We need as many as we can get! We have about 40 kids and youth between 3 townships....
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Attention : Disabled Cyclists
We have received an enquiry from GAVIN KILPATRICK requesting a list of “disabled cyclists” in Central Gauteng and Gauteng Northern Province areas. Gavin is interested in getting the “disabled cyclists” involved in some racing events coming up over the next few months.
All interested parties, please contact Gavin directly: