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YES! Zig Zag Zach did it!

Inspirational 10-year-old hand cyclist Zach Rauch Legward managed to fulfill his goal to be the youngest differently-abled competitor to complete the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour 50km road race. He finished the race with Team Zig Zag looking fresh, just as the rain started to fall.

His time was 04:01:51.

Zach has been cycling for the last three years on a custom-built hand cycle and is the youngest hand cyclist in South Africa. He has won Gold in the Outeniqua Wheel Chair Challenge three times, has ridden Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior twice and recently did the The Gun Run.

Zach and his support team, headed up by dad Geoff Legward, started training for the Knysna Cycle Tour four months ago, riding a distance of 13 km every second day, which Zach completes in about 60 min at an average speed of 15 km.

To all who kindly pledged to sponsor Zach or offered donations, our bank account details are:

Knysna Rotary Trust
Nedbank Knysna
Branch Code: 198765
Account No. 108 900 5636
Beneficiary Ref: “Zach + Your Name”

As per Zach’s wishes, monies raised will be used to buy equipment for the Knysna Association for Children with Disabilities.


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Successful Knysna Cycle Tour kickstarts 35th Oyster Festival

This year’s Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival kicked off with a successful Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour which saw thousands of cyclists descend on Knysna for the two-day event.

About 3,500 riders competed in the MTB races on Saturday, which saw Matthys Beukes, Team PYGA Euro Steel, win the 80km MTB event in 02:47:02. He beat Gert Heyns (02:51:29) by more than three minutes, breaking the course record he set in 2015 of 02:52:12. Third was Matt Beers, just a split second behind Heyns (02:51:30).

Speaking after the race, Beukes said the race went well for him although he had woken up with allergies and nearly didn’t race.

“I thought I would see how it went after the first climb, but my legs felt quite fresh. I got some good training in the last few weeks so I could see the power was there from quite early on. It was just a matter of trying to tire the other guys out a bit. At the 40km mark I put in a big attack.”

When Beukes won the event two years ago, first woman home then was Robyn de Groot, who rides for Team Ascendis Health. She was also first woman home today with a time of 03:00:10, beating Candice Lill (03:01:44) and last year’s winner Yolande de Villiers who came third.

George-based De Groot said that supporting a local event is very important to her and she was happy that the event had gone ahead despite the fires.

Sunday’s road race saw two first time winners for the Knysna Cycle Tour 115km event.

Brendon Davids clinched his first Knysna Cycle Tour road race title, finishing in a time of 02:45:30 and beating Reynard Butler and Thando Zothe by more than a minute. In a sprint finish Butler (02:47:19 ) beat Zothe (02:47:20) by just a split second.

Davids, who rides for Team Road Cover, said he was happy to get his first win as a road rider at the Knysna Oyster Festival.

“The team executed the plan really well, and they put me in the best position possible,” said Davids. “We attacked around 65km from the finish and I managed to do a sort of a solo time trial to the finish.”

 

Carmen Buchacher also took her first ever win in the event, beating Candice Lill by 6 seconds in a time of 2:55:46. Defending ladies champion Anriette Schoeman was third (2:57:46).

In the previous three years Buchacher has placed third twice and was second last year. “So I’ve worked my way up,” she says. “I always love being here for the Oyster Festival. I always do the mountain bike race first on the Saturday but yesterday I didn’t have the best legs and was only placed fourth so I think this made up for it today.”

Marketing Director of the Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that he was extremely happy with the weekend’s events considering the fact that it was just one month since the devastating Knysna fires started.

“We are grateful to the thousands of cyclists who made the trip to Knysna to support the Cycle Tour and our campaign #RideForALocal,” said Finn. “We had great weather on Saturday for the mountain bike races and managed to stave off the rain on Sunday until the bulk of the field was home. Our other events, the SPUR Children’s Fun Rides and the Forest Family Dam Ride also went off smoothly and were well supported.”

Doug Emanuel, President of Knysna Rotary which coordinates the event, said that the turnout for the Cycle Tour was fantastic. “We were a bit anxious after the fires but very soon it was business as usual in Knysna, and we are very grateful to all the riders who turned out to support the event, and Knysna.”

Carel Bosman, Head of Sponsorships for Momentum, naming sponsor of the cycle tour, said that it was a wonderful weekend of racing and festivities. “Saturday especially was a fantastic day in Knysna because of the unseasonably warm weather. The cyclists turned out in their droves to support Knysna and there was a great vibe in town after the previous traumatic weeks following the fires. There really is a sense that Knysna is rising from the devastation. Momentum was very involved in the relief effort, and it is wonderful to see locals and visitors enjoying themselves again in the outdoors and the sunshine. I rode the race myself and I can tell you that the forest is still beautiful and Knysna has lost none of its appeal.”

All the results from the weekend’s events are available at oyster.events.

 


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Two first time winners for Knysna Cycle Tour road race

Brendon Davids clinched his first Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour road race title today, finishing the 115km event in a time of 02:45:30 and beating Reynard Butler and Thando Zothe by more than a minute. In a sprint finish Butler (02:47:19 ) beat Zothe (02:47:20) by just a split second.

Davids, who rides for Team Road Cover, said he was happy to get his first win as a road rider at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.

“The team was incredible,” said Davids. “We only came here with three of our core riders and a new rider so we were a little bit underpowered with some riders overseas, some riders sick, but I think we made the most of the opportunity. The team executed the plan really well, and hats off to the guys, they put me in the best position possible.  We attacked around 65km from the finish and I managed to do a sort of a solo time trial to the finish. I’m happy I managed to get the win, with my team mate Bradley (Potgieter) taking the King of the Mountain. Management was perfect, the team was awesome.”

Carmen Buchacher also took her first ever win in the event, beating Candice Lill by 6 seconds in a time of 2:55:46. Defending ladies champion Anriette Schoeman was third (2:57:46).

In the previous three years Buchacher has placed third twice and was second last year. “So I’ve worked my way up,” she says. “I always love being here for the Oyster Festival. I always do the mountain bike race first on the Saturday but yesterday I didn’t have the best legs and was only placed fourth so I think this made up for it today.”

Describing her race, Buchacher said: “The surges are always hard but I felt fantastic on the climbs which I think in the end helped me get away. It was important for me to stay safe – I haven’t been on a road bike for about 8 or 9 weeks so it did feel a bit dodgy – but I’m obviously very happy.”

Young hand cyclist Zach Rauch Legward managed to fulfil his goal to be the youngest differently-abled competitor to complete the 50km road race. He finished the race looking fresh, just as the rain started to fall.

Zach has been cycling for the last three years on a custom-built hand cycle and is the youngest hand cyclist in South Africa. He has won Gold in the Outeniqua Wheel Chair Challenge three times, has ridden Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior twice and recently did the The Gun Run.

Zach and his support team, headed up by dad Geoff Legward, started training for the Knysna Cycle Tour four months ago, riding a distance of 13 km every second day, which Zach completes in about 60 min at an average speed of 15 km.

Marketing Director of the Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that he was extremely happy with the weekend’s events considering the fact that it was just one month since the devastating Knysna fires started.

“We are grateful to the thousands of cyclists who made the trip to Knysna to support the Cycle Tour and our campaign #RideForALocal,” said Finn. “We had great weather yesterday for the mountain bike races and managed to stave off the rain today until the bulk of the field was home. Our other events, the SPUR Children’s Fun Rides and the Forest Family Dam Ride also went off smoothly and were well supported.”

All the results from the weekend’s events are available at oyster.events. The Knysna Oyster Festival continues until 16 July. Visit www.oysterfestival.co.za for the full programme.


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Beukes breaks own course record to take MTB 80km race

Matthys Beukes, Team PYGA Euro Steel, has won the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour 80km MTB event in 02:47:02, beating Gert Heyns (02:51:29) by more than three minutes and breaking the course record he set in 2015 of 02:52:12. Third was Matt Beers, just a split second behind Heyns (02:51:30).

About 3,500 riders competed in the MTB races today, the first major sporting event of the 2017 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.

Speaking after the race, Beukes said the race went well for him although he had woken up this morning with allergies and nearly didn’t race.

“I thought I would see how it went after the first climb, but my legs felt quite fresh. I got some good training in the last few weeks so I could see the power was there from quite early on. It was just a matter of trying to tire the other guys out a bit. From about half way I took off and set about going a decent pace but not too hard. We were in a group going up the mountain – Gert Steyn who was King of the Mountain, Matt Beers, Waylon Wilcock and myself – and the four of us worked hard together up Kom se Pad, until the 40km mark when I put in a big attack. I saved everything for then. It was the same as two years ago – I also rode away from the guys there. I just know that climb very well. Then I took some time on the single track decent to recover quite well and from there on just set about setting a decent tempo.”

When Beukes won the event two years ago, first woman home then was Robyn de Groot, who rides for Team Ascendis Health. She was also first woman home today with a time of 03:00:10, beating Candice Lill (03:01:44) and last year’s winner Yolande de Villiers who came third.

George-based De Groot said that supporting a local event is very important to her and that she was happy that the event had gone ahead despite the fires.

“The race was pretty hard from the start. I didn’t catch the bus on the start up to Simola, so I was lying in fourth place and at one stage I was two minutes behind the leading lady Candice Lill, but I just stayed calm and collected and did the best I could. I just rode within myself and started reeling the other ladies in and eventually caught Candice. I thought it would be a sprint finish but she ran up the stairs under the highway and unfortunately I think her legs started cramping so she struggled to get back on the bike and I just had to use that opportunity to get away and take the gap.”

Marketing Director for the race, Andrew Finn said it was a great day of racing with everything running to plan in beautiful warm weather.

Doug Emanuel, President of Knysna Rotary which coordinates the event, said that he was delighted with the turnout today. “We were a bit anxious after the fires but very soon it was business as usual in Knysna, and we are very grateful to all the riders who turned out to support the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour today and to those who will be doing the road races tomorrow.”

Carel Bosman, Head of Sponsorships for Momentum, naming sponsor of the cycle tour, said that he was delighted with the event. “Today was a fantastic day in Knysna. The cyclists turned out in their droves to support Knysna and there was a great vibe in town after the previous traumatic weeks following the fires. There really is a sense that Knysna is rising from the devastation. Momentum was very involved in the relief effort, and it is wonderful to see locals and visitors enjoying themselves again in the outdoors and the sunshine. I rode the race myself and I can tell you that the forest is still beautiful and Knysna has lost none of its appeal.”

All provisional MTB race results are available on the website, oyster.events.


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Are you ready to race?

#RideForALocal #KnysnaRises

It’s all systems go for this year’s Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Knysna for the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, which kicks off on 7 July. Your support of the festival events and our local businesses will help us to rebuild Knysna after the devastating fires. Thank you!

This is important information for cyclists who have entered a 2017 Knysna Cycle Tour event.

Registration, Expo & Prize-giving venue: Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds, Waterfront Drive

Registration & prize-giving will be at the following times:

MTB Events:
Registration: Friday, 7 July from 13:00 – 20:00
Prize-giving: Saturday, 8 July at 14:00

Road Races:
Registration: Friday, 7 July from 13:00 – 20:00 | Saturday, 8 July from 10:00 – 15:00
Prize-giving: Sunday, 9 July at 14:00

SPUR Children’s Fun Ride:
Registration: Friday, 7 July, 13:00 – 20:00 | Saturday, 8 July, 10:00 – 14:00.
Late registration at the start venue on the field: Sunday, 9 July, 07:30 – 08:30

Forest Family Dam Ride:
Registration: Friday, 7 July, 13:00 – 20:00 | Saturday, 8 July, 10:00 – 15:00.
Late Registration: Sunday, 9 July, 07:30 – 08:30

In the event of not being able to be at registration by cut-off time, you can arrange for someone to collect your race pack by giving them permission in the form of a letter, email or sms, which they must then produce at registration.

If you are not present at prize-giving, you will not be eligible for any lucky draw prizes.

Please take some time to read the Race Info, Race Rules, Safety Guidelines, Race Preparation and  Frequently Asked Questions on our website.

Water restrictions in Knysna:

Please remember that Knysna is a water scarce town, so it is vital for visitors and residents to be water wise. There are Level 3 Water Restrictions in place to ensure the security of water for all users.

Important information re racing chips

All cyclists will receive their RFID transponders at registration, attached to their race numbers. These should be secured to your handle bars.

Remember: No chip, no time!

Routes and profiles for all events

All the routes for this year’s events are confirmed and have been prepared for race day! Routes and profiles for all races are on our website, www.knysnacycle.co.za

mySOS

Please make use of mySOS, a free mobile app that allows users to contact emergency service providers at the touch of a button. When a user activates an emergency through mySOS the details of the user as well as the location of the incident is sent to the provider enabling a much quicker and more accurate response.

Download the app here

Fire relief aid

If you would like to make a donation to a Knysna fire relief fund, please use the account details below:

Rotary Club of Knysna
Nedbank – Knysna
Current account:1089027257
SWIFT CODE – NEDSZAJJ
Reference – Donor name and “Fire Relief”.

100% of all funds received will go to funding identified priorities. No admin or any other fees are deducted. Further information can be provided on request.


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15km MTB Ashes Fun Ride

This year there will be an exciting new route for the 15 km MTB race! We’re calling it the Ashes Fun Ride in memory of the Knysna fires and we encourage you to enter to show your support for local cyclists who were affected by the recent devastating fires!

Check out the new route here.

Click here to enter online now!


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#RideForALocal says Knysna Cycle Tour!

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour is going ahead despite the recent devastating fires and will celebrate its 30th year with exciting new routes & rides!

Marketing director of the Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that he hoped that many cyclists who were previously undecided about participating in the event this year, will make the decision to enter a race and come to Knysna.

“We’ve launched a campaign, #RideForALocal because many of our local cyclists were affected in one way or another by the fires. Every single person who comes to the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will be helping the locals to rebuild their lives and their businesses,” he said.

To encourage participation, normal entries have been extended till 23 June, but late online entries will be accepted until 5 July with no penalties. A late entry fee will be charged for entries at registration. However, late entries will not be seeded.

The two-day event offers a weekend of cycling for the whole family and is for cyclists who enjoy scenic and challenging routes – from beginners to experienced riders.

  • MTB Events: Saturday, 8 July: 80 km, 50 km, 30 km, 15 km PLUS a new 30 km e-bike route
  • Road Race Events: Sunday, 9 July: 115 km and 50 km
  • SPUR Children’s Fun Ride: Sunday, 9 July: 400 m, 1,5 km and 2,5 km
  • Forest Family Dam Ride: Sunday, 9 July: 30 km and 20 km

EVENT ENQUIRIES: Megan or Linda | Cell: 079 796 7834 | Tel: 044 382 1129 (mornings only)

Email: enquiries@knysnacycle.co.za

ENTER NOW: www.knysnacycle.co.za

Follow the Knysna Cycle Tour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates about all events.

 


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Knysna Oyster Festival to go ahead

Knysna Tourism has confirmed that the Pick n Pay 2017 Knysna Oyster Festival is going ahead as planned. Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, the Knysna Municipality and the event organisers, board chairperson Elmay Bouwer said that while the Garden Route town suffered extensive damage in this week’s devastating fires, plans for the festival are continuing.

Marketing director for the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that, while Knysna has taken a big knock, the Knysna Cycle Tour is still on track with planning and organisation. “Once all the fires have been extinguished, we will be able to assess the situation to see whether it is necessary to alter any of our routes and plans, and all entrants will be updated by email,” he said. “We are looking forward to a great event.”

Organiser of The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon, Leon Brown, confirmed that the marathon would also go ahead. “We are dedicating the event to all the people who lost everything in the fires and will be focusing on our blanket drive. We urge people to add to the 2000 blankets which Momentum donates every year and to also donate clothing which will be collected at registration and at the race start in the Glebe so that it can be distributed to where it is most needed.

Knysna Tourism is presently assessing the impact of the fires on the local accommodation establishments but is positive that festival goers will be able to find accommodation in and around the town. Visitors can call Knysna Tourism on 044 3825510 for more information.

Bouwer said that it was heartening so see how South Africans across the country have offered support for those who have lost so much in Knysna. “The festival will be a great opportunity for people who want to help our residents to recover from this disaster and we are looking forward to welcoming a record number of people to our beautiful town.

“The festival is known to stimulate the Knysna winter economy and firmly places the region on the tourism destination map during the quieter off-season.  It is also instrumental in raising meaningful funding for local charities (over R3 million in 2016) and for developing and growing local suppliers.  These are good reasons for the festival to take place and an even better reason to invite everyone to Knysna this year.”

To illustrate the positive economic impact that the festival brings to Knysna, last year festival goers spent close to R110 million over the 10 days of the festival, excluding event tickets and a total of 2 392 job opportunities were created.

Separate to the charitable contributions that will come from the festival, both Pick n Pay and event co-sponsors Momentum have this week donated R100 000 each to immediate fire disaster relief.

In the meantime, anyone wishing to assist can take advantage of Pick n Pay’s online shop to purchase groceries and essentials for delivery to those in need. Visit http://www.picknpay.co.za/knysna-fire.

For more information about the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival visit www.oysterfestival.co.za. For accommodation in Knysna visit www.visitknysna.co.za.

 


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Ten-year-old disabled cyclist takes on Knysna Cycle Tour 50 km road race

Ten-year-old disabled cyclist extraordinaire Zach Rauch Legward will ride this year’s Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour 50 km Road Race event on Sunday 9 July.

Zach, who lives in Cape Town, has been cycling for the last three years on a custom-built hand cycle and is the youngest hand cyclist in South Africa. He has won Gold in the Outeniqua Wheel Chair Challenge three times, has ridden Cape Town Cycle Tour Junior twice and recently did the the Gun Run.

Zach and his support team, headed up by dad Geoff Legward, started training for the Knysna Cycle Tour four months ago, riding a distance of 13 km every second day, which Zach completes in about 60 min at an average speed of 15 km.

Says Geoff: “Downhill we have seen his bike do 50 km, but I start getting a bit nervous! We have increased his distance to 20 km and he’s doing this easily. Weekends we are doing 30 km and he handles that with ease.”

Zach is registered with Pedal power and Cycling SA.

If he completes the race, he will be the youngest hand cyclist in SA to do 50 km and possibly the first in Africa.

The Knysna Rotary Committee which coordinates the annual event has given free entries to Zach and his team mates, and Zach’s father Geoff has promised to give him R10 per km completed.

Says Geoff: “I would like to challenge other cyclists to sponsor Zach R10 per kilometre. These funds will be given to a charity for disabled children.” Sponsorship commitments can be emailed to enquiries@knysnacycle.co.za.


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Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour merchandise now available!

Our stunning merchandise is now  available!

Order online when you enter any of the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour events, or click here to order for collection at Registration.

30-year Celebratory Bandana @ R70

Cycling Tops @ R280

 

Long Sleeve (Celebrating 30 years) @ R210

 

Short Sleeve @ R195


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