- 2021 Knysna Cycle Tour entries now open
- Enter this year and pay 2020 prices
- Additional discounts for group bookings
- Cyclists keen to get out and about again
- Event to follow relevant COVID-19 protocols as determined at the time
KNYSNA, South Africa, 18 November 2020 – Entries for the 2021 Knysna Cycle Tour, taking place on 3 and 4 July, are open at www.knysnacycle.co.za with discounted entry fees available to riders entering before year end.
With 2020 being a painful year for many, the organisers wish to ease that pain a little by offering entries at the same price as for the 2020 event. Group bookings can score an additional discount depending on the number in the group, which can be made up of family, friends, club members, business associates or any combination.
The Knysna Cycle Tour, an anchor event of the Knysna Oyster Festival, was one of the many events that succumbed to the COVID-19 national lockdown regulations resulting in the postponement of the entire Oyster Festival.
In place of the live Cycle Tour the organiser, Knysna Speed Festival, reached out to its existing and new participants in an effort to keep the event in the spotlight through hosting a successful virtual event via Zwift and Strava on 27 and 28 June.
“COVID-19 obviously threw everyone into an unprecedented situation and turned our lives upside down, but it is clear that there are so many people that want to get back to living life as close as normal again. As such, there is great demand to get cycle races on the go, and hence our opening entries now for the 2021 event,” explained Knysna Cycle Tour race director, Ivan van Lier.
“While our virtual events proved to be a great success, there is nothing like the real thing. We are therefore excited to get our participants back into the Knysna forest and surrounding roads in July next year to enjoy one of the country’s oldest and favourite cycling festivals.”
Being one of the iconic, original cycling festivals (next year will be the 33rd edition) the Knysna Cycle Tour attracts participants from all walks of life to ride both the Road Race and MTB routes through the awesome scenery of the area.
Mountain biking DNA runs deep in the area. Knysna is one of the original mountain biking towns that rose to prominence in the late 1980s and the Knysna Cycle Tour MTB race was one of the first of its kind in the country. Since inception the Knysna Cycle Tour has become somewhat of a rite of passage for many South African mountain bikers who come in large numbers to experience the ride through the captivating forests surrounding the town.
A MTB survey by Tread magazine in 2019 rated the tour as South Africa’s fifth-best one-day MTB event over 50-80km. Its long history has not jaded its relevance and stature on the MTB calendar.
More than just a rite of passage, the unique double header event straddles two disciplines – mountain bike and road race. By running both formats a day apart, road cyclists are attracted to compete in the MTB event, and MTB cyclists participate in the road race.
Keeping up with international trends, the MTB race will feature two distances for E-Bikes – 30km and 50 km. With E-bikes giving older or injured riders a new lease on cycling life, and E-bikes making up over 50% of new MTB sales in Europe, this class is set to grow very quickly over the next few years, and the Knysna Cycle Tour welcomes all E-Bikers with open arms.
For trail riders, rounding out the core MTB elements will be the 80km, 50km and 30km races taking place on Saturday. The 15km Family fun ride (for riders 9 years and older) also takes place on Saturday.
As has become tradition, the road races will bring the weekend to a close on Sunday with races of 50km and 106km. The road race will also allow E-Bikes in the 50km event. Specialist elite and social riders, families as well as a large number of MTB participants that did not get enough exercise in the previous day’s MTB races, will be putting rubber to the road. The challenging and scenic routes both leave Knysna along the beautiful lagoon road heading towards George before winding up towards the Outeniqua mountains and then returning to Knysna.
On Sunday, the Children’s Tour consists of three events for kids aged 2-10: each event for a different age category. All who complete the rides are winners and will be taking home medals and very cool goodie bags. The central field and surrounding precinct focuses on fitness and fun for the whole family.
Support crew and family members can enjoy activities throughout the weekend on the Knysna High School sports fields. Race registration and the Expo takes place on Friday (2 July), the races take place on Saturday and Sunday. In between, music, jumping castles, a beer garden, food vendors, a market will provide food and entertainment all day long.
“As organisers we are cognisant of the threat that COVID-19 may still pose in 2021 and we will run the event within prevailing regulations at the time. The health and safety of our participants is paramount to us. We are in constant communication with all relevant authorities and will run the event within the regulations of the time however that needs to look. As a last resort, should government legislation or the effects of COVID prevent us from running the event at all, we will carry over all entry fees to 2022. We do however hope that this won’t be necessary and that we can run a spectacular and entertaining Knysna Cycle Tour in July next year,” concluded Van Lier.
For more information please visit www.knysnacycle.co.za or call the race office at 044 382 7500
Issued by Knysna Cycle Tour