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Knysna Cycle Tour heads for the flats and forests – extending planned virtual rides to include, a Pro Race too!

Knysna – The organisers of the Knysna Cycle Tour announced this week that they will be extending their planned virtual rides as Zwift meet-ups and Strava competitions from 21 – 28 June 2020, to include a PRO Race on Sunday 28 June 2020 at 16:00 CET too. 

The race, hosted and run by the Support SA Talent Virtual Racing Series and presented by Traderoot Active on various social media channels, will be a stand-alone event with its own leader board and LIVE stream with commentary, 

South African cyclists interested in racing as a Team or as an individual can enter on Zwift – with two separate racing categories: “A” Category (4w/kg or more); and, “B” Category (3.2w/kg – 3.9w/kg). Positions will be awarded for the top 10 positions in both the Men’s (all Men – any age) and Women’s (all Women – any age). 

Participants are encouraged to make a R200 donation, which provides an additional fundraising component to the Phil Liggett Foundation – to further Support SA Talent and enabling SA athletes onto the World Stage – as well as the events partners, Rotary. Twenty-five percent of the donations received will be made available as a  prize purse, for the Top 10 positions.

“We have selected the Sand and Sequoias  route on Zwift, which is aptly named since it includes the Fuego Flats desert plus, the rolling road of Titans Grove sequoia forest. We felt that this best depicted the Knysna Cycle Tour and Knysna area”, said Ivan Van Lier, Knysna Cycle Tour Race Director. 

The race route is 20.2km with 146m of vertical elevation. The race will include two loops (40.4km) beginning just before the Fuego Flats start pens, taking participants out to the desert for a flat and fast first half of the loop. Then the road ramps up a bit, before descending through the sequoia grove. Hanging a right on your descent through the trees puts you on the road through Titans Grove, this section has a completely different feel from the desert. With tight twists and constantly changing gradients it feels like a roller coaster at high speeds – so, take a moment to slow down and enjoy the scenery.

You can read more about the route here:

So, what to do next?

Make your donation of R200 or more here:

Once this is received, participants will receive a link to the Race Entry on Zwift on Friday 26 June 2020, together with their virtual race number. 

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More information:

info@Support SA


  • Participants in the Virtual KNYSNA CYCLE TOUR PRO RACE must have an active Zwift membership and have their Zwift Account connected to Zwift Power. No Tron Bikes are allowed.
  • Zwift Power will be used to validate that you are in the correct category. So, please enter the correct category when you enter the race. “A” Cat – 4w/Kg or more & “B” Cat (3,2w/Kg – 3,9w/Kg).  If Zwift Power amends your category, then we reserve the right to also amend this in the final results
  • You may enter as an individual as well as in a Team of no more than 6 Riders. The Team scores will be a total score of each individual riders’ points for the race. If you are entering as a Team, all Team members must have their Team Name after their Zwift name in brackets. i.e. Kent Main (PTS). This is to determine accurate Team results being published. Riders must ensure that their Zwift Power name is also updated.
  • By registering with Support SA Talent Virtual Racing Series, you give us permission to feature you on the Virtual Racing Series Leader boards and publish these on various social media channels.
  • Results will only be official once Support SA Talent Virtual Racing Series has released them on it’s social media platforms (this will be done within 24 hours of the event and after an inspection of the results published on Zwift Power). In the event that ZwiftPower subsequently suspends a participant, then Support SA Talent Virtual Racing Series will apply the suspension to it’s Series and the participants position will be re-ranked accordingly.
  • There is no entry fee to participate but, you are encouraged to make a donation of R200 or more to the Knysna Rotary and Phil Liggett Foundation to Support SA Talent to be featured on the leader board and qualify to share in the prize pool. To incentivize donations, the Foundation will make 25% of donations received available to a Prize Pool for the winners, as per the table below. 
  • There is a minimum number of participants per category in order to feature participants on the Virtual Road Cycling Series Leader board. There is also a minimum number of participants per category in order for participants to share in the prize pool. In the event that minimum number of participants is not met, no prize pool allocation will be made to that category for the event. Any unallocated funds will remain in the Support SA Talent Foundation.
  • In the case of the Men’s and Women’s Individual A and B category Series, the Top 3 places will be awarded their share of the Prize Pool as indicated – 1st Place [60%], 2nd Place [30%] and 3rd Place [10%]. In the case of the Team Competition, only the 1st Place Team will be awarded their share of the Prize Pool.

Please contact info@Support SA with any queries

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2020 Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour Virtual Races

Welcome to the 2020 virtual Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour. It’s not quite the way we anticipated running the cycle tour this year, but then COVID-19 has turned the world on its head, and we have not been spared. 

To gauge opinion we recently conducted a rider survey to determine interest in some of the virtual race options we were considering. The results led us to host the following two virtual events as part of the Virtual Knysna Oyster Festival.

  1. Zwift Meet Up Rides 

 For those with access to the Zwift platform, as well as all the necessary gear, we have 100 places  available in each of the four competitive group rides which you will contest from the comfort of your static home set-up!

Mimicking the real Knysna Cycle Tour, we are offering two days of action with the option of you joining us for either, or both, of the days as below depending on your ride-style preference. 

Saturday, 27 June 

MTB style ride with the option to choose either a 44km or 66km ride.

Sunday, 28 June 

Road Race style ride with the option  to choose either a 44km or 66km ride.

Should you wish to sign up to join in on the Zwift action, please click here.

  • Strava Competition (21 -28 June)

In the week leading up to the Festival and the weekend we will run various competitions on Strava, aimed at national as well as Eden based participants. 

Nationally, there will be prizes for the rider that does the most kilometres, most meters climbed and longest ride. 

Locally for Eden-based participants, we will set up three courses (One family, one road & one MTB) which anyone in the Knysna area can have a crack at setting the best time for. Also within the local routes we will have segments that will be monitored by Strava for the duration of the competition.

Riders can simply join our Knysna Cycle Tour club on Strava and start getting those legs ready for the week of 21-28 June. 

This is a charity event with proceeds going to good causes, please feel free to make a donation to the Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour, First National Bank, Knysna branch, Branch Code: 210 214, Account number: 628 438 509 19. Account type: Cheque

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2020 Knysna Cycle Tour Refund/ Transfer Policy

KNYSNA, South Africa, 21 April 2020 – Following the announcement on 9 April that the Knysna Oyster Festival had been reconvened to 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Knysna Speed Festival, the organiser of the Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour has confirmed its refund / transfer policy. 

Cyclists that had already entered the event, scheduled for 27 and 28 June, will have the option of migrating their entries to next year’s event, or they can choose to be refunded their entry less an admin fee.

All entries will automatically be transferred to 2021 unless a rider requests a refund via the RaceTec entry system. Please note that a R45 admin fee will be applicable for each entry should a refund be requested.

Transferred entries will enjoy the benefit of receiving their 2021 entry at the 2020 price.

Riders are requested to select one of the two options below:

1) Refund request – This can be done by contacting before 08 May 2020. 

2) Migrate 2020 entry to 2021- This will be automatic for those who do not request a refund. 

For more information please visit or call the race office at 044 382 7500

For refund related queries please contact the RaceTec Team who are on standby and available to take your calls between 08h30 and 16h00.

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No Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour to be held in 2020

  • Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour cancelled due to COVID-19
  • Knysna Oyster Festival to reconvene in 2021

KNYSNA, South Africa, 09 April 2020 – Knysna Speed Festival, the organiser of the Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour scheduled for 27 and 28 June, regrets to announce that the event, together with the entire Knysna Oyster Festival, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

With the country in lock-down and the uncertainty surrounding how long this may continue, the Knysna Oyster Festival Management Committee, together with the local municipal authorities, made the difficult decision to not run the event this year and reconvene for 2021. 

The Knysna Cycle Tour was supportive of this decision which is in the best interests of the participants, partners, organisers, suppliers and the general public. 

“Over the past month, we have been monitoring the status of the novel coronavirus pandemic as events have unfolded internationally and locally and, with the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic on so many fronts, cancelling the 33rd running of the event is in the best interest of all stakeholders and the responsible thing to do,” said Ian Shrosbree, managing director of Knysna Speed Festival. “We acknowledge that those cyclists that have, and those still wanting to, enter the event will be disappointed, but we look forward to hosting them in 2021 when the event and entire Oyster Festival will bounce back better than ever.”

Cyclists that have already entered the event will have the option of migrating their entries to next year’s event at this year’s entry fee, or they can be refunded their entry less an admin fee via the RaceTec system through which they entered the event.  

Keep up to date with news on our Facebook page

For more information please visit or call the race office at 044 382 7500

Issued by Knysna Cycle Tour 

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Knysna Cycle Tour Entries open!

  • Knysna Cycle Tour entries now open
  • Knysna is green again
  • Knysna Speed Festival new event organisers

KNYSNA, South Africa, 25 February 2020 – Entries for the Knysna Cycle Tour, taking place on 27 and 28 June are now open online at As one of South Africa’s iconic cycling experiences, the various events making up the tour are set to challenge and entertain all levels of riders. 

The Knysna Cycle Tour, an anchor event of the Knysna Oyster Festival, turns 33 this year and is still one of the country’s oldest and favourite cycling festivals, attracting all kinds of participants from all walks of life to ride the roads in the awesome scenery of the area. 

Knysna is green again and the beauty is back! The devastating fires of 2017 and 2018 had a hefty impact on local residents, businesses, the environment, tourism and participation in the cycle tour. With good rains having fallen over the past few years, nature has bounced back as it always does, and the routes for this year will once again be spectacularly beautiful.    

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 its inception Knysna Cycle Tour has become somewhat of a rite of passage for South African mountain bikers who now come in numbers to experience the ride through the captivating forests surrounding the town.

A recent MTB survey by Tread magazine 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.  

This year Knysna Speed Festival (Pty) Ltd, the owner and organiser of the globally recognised Simola Hillclimb motorsport lifestyle festival, will take the management and marketing reigns from Knysna Rotary Club. 

“The Knysna Cycle Tour is an iconic event that has been superbly nurtured over the past 32 years by the Knysna Rotary Club,” says Knysna Speed Festival managing director, Ian Shrosbree. “The Club has decided that it’s time to hand over to a professional management company and we are humbled to be given the opportunity to build on the solid platform that exists. 

“There is a lot of competition from so many good cycling events nowadays, but we believe that we can make it a must-do event once again – as it was in the early days – appealing to professional and competitive riders, families, groups of friends and children. Our organising team will be focussing on the fun element for 2020, with attention to detail across all elements, providing participants with an enjoyable, hassle free experience. In future years we aim to bring some fresh thinking and either tweak or add new elements to the mix.”

Keeping up with international trends, the MTB race this year 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 as well as the Spur Children’s 15km fun ride. 

As has become tradition, the road races will bring the weekend to a close on Sunday with races of 50km and 106km. 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, wind up towards the forests and include some gritty gravel riding. Something different for sure!

On Sunday the Spur 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 the surrounding precinct focuses on fitness and fun for the whole family – a dedicated Spur race village, face painters, cheerleaders and prizes for best dressed child, best dressed parent and best dressed ride! 

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 (26 June), the races take place on Saturday and Sunday. In between, jumping castles, a beer garden, food vendors, a market and the Coke gig rig will provide food and entertainment all day long. 

For more information please visit or call the race office at 044 382 7500