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NEW: Road Race Mountain Bike Categories

We’ve made it easier for cyclists to enter both a MTB event and a Road Race by introducing MTB categories in the Road Races on Sunday 9 July!

You can now ride the 115 km and 50 Road Races on your mountain bike with knobbly tyres.  However, you must ensure that you are riding a genuine mountain bike with mountain bike knobbly tires. Any person not complying with this condition will not be recognised as a finisher in these events and if found after the event to have contravened this condition will be removed from the results.

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NEW: First E-bike event in the country!

This year, our MTB events will include a 30 km Electric bike route, the first E-bike event in the country!

The Knysna Cycle Tour defines an e-bike as follows:

“An electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike or booster bike, is a (MTB) bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion and must be combined with the ability to be pedalled by the rider.

Only e-bikes that are mountain bikes may enter the E-bike 30 km category – tyres must be knobbly mountain bike tyres. No recharging or battery replacement may take place during the event.

No electric road bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or motor bikes may enter this event.

Click here to enter

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Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour celebrates 30 years

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year and the Knysna Rotary organising committee will mark the occasion with the introduction of a number of new routes and races.

The Knysna Cycle Tour has grown enormously since its inception in 1987 and now comprises four popular events which will take place on 8 and 9 July, the first weekend of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival: MTB events, road races, the SPUR Children’s Tour, and the Forest Family Dam Ride.

The MTB event on 8 July is one of the biggest in southern Africa and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna forest. Traditionally the events consisted of four different MTB routes for varying technical abilities – 80 km, 50 km, 30 km and 15 km. This year, the organising committee is changing the 15 km route to an easier, fun ride for all ages, and introducing a 30 km e-bike route.

“We understand that this will be the first electric bike race in the country,” says Race Director Elwin Thompson, “and we are hoping to attract e-bikers from all over South Africa.”

The MTB routes are rated amongst the most scenic in the world and include access to privately owned sections of property that are usually closed to the public.  Set up and managed by Leon Evans, known as Dr Evil, they test the skills of competitors to the maximum.

The challenging 115 km road race on Sunday 9 July will follow the route introduced three years ago, which was designed for enthusiastic, competitive roadies. It takes cyclists from Knysna to Sedgefield, Karatara and Barrington, and back to Knysna.

The 50 km road race route is from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2.

This year, for the first time, both these races will include a category for mountain bikes. “We are doing this in response to many requests that we’ve received over the years from cyclists who want to enter both a MTB event on the first day of the tour and a road race the next day, but can only transport one bike to Knysna,” says Thompson. “We are confident that this is going to grow cyclist numbers in both events.”

The SPUR Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tour on Sunday 9 July is a fun, safe event for children aged 2 to 10. There are three events for different age groups, all starting and finishing at the Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds in Waterfront Drive.

Another new innovation this year will see the popular Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday 9 July split into two events: a 20 km and a 30 km ride. Both rides are scenic MTB routes through the Knysna forest and past some of the town’s dams. The 30 km event is for more experienced riders, while the 20 km ride is for MTB riders of all ages and competency, including children aged 12 years and older. They are guided fun rides and will not be timed.

Says Thompson: “We would like to see as many cyclists as possible participating in events on both days of the cycle tour, and our new events and categories will make this much more feasible. There will also be overall prizes for cyclists who enter events on both days.”

The Knysna Cycle Tour is a one of the biggest and most popular events on the national cycling calendar and a highlight of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.

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Essential One-Hand Skills, via Bicycling magazine

Ace the bottle grab and other essential one-armed riding skills with these balance and bike handling drills. By Mike Yozell

Cycling one-handed drills

Drill 1

One On, One Off

Build confidence riding with one hand so you can use the other to eat, drink, and signal.

Here’s how:

Start by holding the handlebar with just your right hand near the bend (or on the grip on a flat bar). Pedal in a straight line for three to 15m. Switch hands and repeat. Practise the same amount with each hand.


Drill 2

Line Up, Look Back

Learn to glance behind you with ease. Get into the same starting position as in the drill above.

Here’s how:

Let your left arm hang by your side. Shift your weight slightly onto your right hand. Rotate at the waist to look back over your left shoulder, keeping your pelvis, knees, and front wheel facing forward. Move your left arm slightly behind you until your wrist rests on your tailbone (shown). Do the sequence up to 10 times, pedalling in a straight line. Repeat on the other side.

Perform these drills in an empty parking lot or on a quiet road a few times a week until the motions feel easy.

Helpful Hints

>> To Get Your Drink
It’s easier (and safer) to reach to the same place every time. If you have two bottles, empty the one in the front cage first, then replace with your back-up. Stop riding if you need to.

>> To See Traffic Behind You
Deploy the Line Up, Look Back drill. Important: Relax your elbow to avoid yanking your handlebar.

>> To Find Stuff In Your Jersey Pockets
Fill them strategically. Put phone and food in side pockets. Tools go in the middle – you won’t use them while pedalling. Always load pockets the same way to avoid fumbling.

> It’s OK to…
• practise your skills on grass at first.
• stop riding to answer a phone call, to text, or to take a picture. (In fact, please do.)
• put an extra bag on your frame or handlebar to keep items close at hand.

From Bicycling magazine

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Ihlenfeldt & Schoeman win 115 km #KTC2016 road race

Two of last year’s Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour road race winners, were back on the podium again this year following today’s 115 km event.

IMG_3044 Oyster Cycle RoadIn a thrilling sprint finish Stefan Ihlenfeldt, who was third last year, beat defending champion Nolan Hoffman in a time of 2:59:48, by just a second. Third, by a millisecond was Tyler Day. The first 21 riders across the line were bunched from some distance before the finish line and finished just 7 seconds apart.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ihlenfeldt, who has competed in the last six Knysna Cycle Tour road races, was delighted with his win. “The race started off very cold. I think everyone struggled with the below zero temperature, so the race wasn’t too hard from the start as no-one really had the legs. It started getting form about 60 km into the race with small breaks getting away. I was in the last breakaway and we were well represented as Team Lights by Linea with teammates James Tennant and Rohan du Plooy, and that forced the other teams to pull the break back so me and Dirkie Nel could just sit in the bunch and play the waiting game. Dirkie had the timing perfect to get me safely around the last corner, and I managed to pull away.”

Ladies Elite Road Race - Anriette Schoeman takes first place - pic by Desmond Scholtz - wideDefending ladies champion Anriettte Schoeman, who has competed in 18 Knysna Cycle Tour races and was also Queen of the Mountain today, beat Carmen Buchacher by a second with a time of 03:06:39. Third was Samantha Sanders (03:10:52).

Says Schoeman: “This year they changed the route slightly and cut out Hoekville, which made it a little bit easier but the climbing was still severe. It wasn’t steep, just very long. Luckily I had fresh legs and I stuck with Carmen, who is a very good climber, because I knew that if I could stick with her to the finish, I could beat her in the sprint.

“I really enjoy the race and that’s why I keep coming back every year.

Sanders and Buchacher were second and third to winner Yolande de Villiers in yesterday’s 80 km MTB event.

Elite Road Race winners Anriette Schoeman & Stefan Ihlenfeldt - pic by Desmond ScholtzCarel Bosman, Sponsorships Manager for Momentum, one of the two naming sponsors of the cycle tour, said that he was very pleased with the events this year.

“There are two key things that make us really excited about being associated with the Knysna Cycle Tour. Firstly, Momentum is all about financial wellness, but we believe that your health is your wealth. People who are moderately active claim 50% less than those who are not, so we strongly promote an active lifestyle. It was fantastic to see thousands of cyclists going out this weekend and being proactive about their health. The other thing that makes this event the perfect fit for Momentum is the family factor; seeing youngsters, the elderly and everyone in between competing in the different races. There’s pretty much a race for everyone and it’s not about winning, it’s really just about being active.”

Marketing Director of the Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn confirmed that the event is growing and that there was a record number of about 6,000 cyclists competing in the MTB and road races this weekend, which is about 10% more than last year.

“Despite extremely cold conditions today and yesterday, the cyclists enjoyed themselves and their families and friends turned up in good numbers to support them at the start and finish, spend time on the field watching the SPUR Children’s Tour and basically enjoy themselves in the winter sunshine.

“The Family Forest Dam Ride was fully prescribed this year and is becoming a must-do event for families attending the annual Oyster Festival,” he said.

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Knysna Cycle Tour kicks off with a slippery, wet MTB event

Nearly 4,000 riders competed in the first major sporting event of the 2016 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival this morning – the MTB events of the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour.

Knysna-Cycle-Tour-MTB-Race-Image5Marketing Director for the race, Andrew Finn said that conditions for the race were perfect for mountain bikers. “It was slippery and muddy because of all the rain we had yesterday, and I think that is why times were not as fast as last year.”

Riders set off in clear but chilly conditions from 08:00 this morning when the gun was fired by Knysna Executive Mayor, Georlene Wolmarans, but the sun shone through a cloudy sky and there was no rain.

First over the line in the main event of the day, the 80 km MTB, was HB Kruger in 03:01:50. A sprint over the line saw Waylon Woolcock finish second (03:01:51) and Matthew Beers third in a split second time difference.  (Last year’s winner, Matthys Beukes finished in a course record of 02:52:12.)

Speaking after the race, Kruger said that conditions were quite technical. “It was very muddy, and I had actually deflated my tyres too much and had to stop to bomb them to get the pressure up again. But it was a nice route and a good challenge.”

Kruger, who races professionally for Team Telkom, established a lead from the start in a group with five other riders. “I was with my team member Johann Rabie, and Matt Beers, Waylon Woolcock, Renay Groustra (King of the Mountain) and James Tennant for the first 30 km. Then James and Renay dropped back a little and coming into the finish it was myself, Waylon and Matt. I knew I had a bit of a kick and with my road background I was able to get a good sprint to the finish.”

This was Kruger’s first Knysna Cycle Tour race and he will be racing again tomorrow in the 115 km road race with Telkom Team members Nolan Hoffman and Reynard Butler, who were first and second in last year’s race.

IMG_2796 Oyster Cycle MTBLadies Elite winner Yolande de Villiers agrees that the route was “slippery, and very wet. I’m usually sick at Oyster Festival time so I’m very glad I was able to ride this year. It’s a challenging course, starting with the steep climbs up the Simola and Gouna hills and this year there was a new section near the end with lots of single track. It was awesome. I really enjoyed the race.”

De Villiers beat Samantha Sanders by two seconds in a time of 03:24:26. Third lady over the line was Carmen Buchacher with a time of 03:31:06.

Carel Bosman, Sponsorships Manager for Momentum, one of the two naming sponsors of the cycle tour, said that he was delighted with the event. “I was particularly pleased to see so many moms and dads riding with their children today. Momentum is very much about families and it’s great to see them enjoying and participating in the events together. I was also delighted that the numbers of young development cyclists have increased this year to about 100, with 50 percent of these coming from Knysna. The Oyster Festival is about giving back to the local community and assisting development cyclists is a great way to do this.”

All provisional MTB race results are available on the website,

Tomorrow the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Rotary road races take place with the first start at 08:00 am.

IMG_2549 Oyster Cycle MTB

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Lucky draw prize winners

Congrats to Brian Fourie and Quinton Clemen who won our fantastic lucky draw prizes this weekend after the MTB Events and Road Races.
Brian won the Ladies Leisure Cruiser, and Quinton won the Fat Cat Beach Cruiser. Both men told us that they had never won anything before and it came as a fantastic surprise to hear their names being called.
Says Brian: There’s some negotiation going on between my wife and daughter about who’s going to be riding the cruiser. It’s definitely more comfortable than a mountain bike!”
Beach cruiser lucky draw winner
Quinton confirmed that he’d already tested his Fat Cat out with his 6 & 7-year-old sons who have similar bikes. “It’s been great fun!”

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Thank you!

What a great weekend of cycling! Thank you to all our sponsors, cyclists and supporters, and the crew who made it happen.

Results are at Photos are available from Jetline Action Photo.

We hope to see you back in Knysna next year for the 2017 Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour!

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Stay Wider of the Rider

The Pedal Power Association’s STAY WIDER OF THE RIDER campaign aims to create maximum awareness amongst all road users and keep cyclists safe with their fluorescent yellow jerseys with added reflectors.

You can buy one of these great jerseys at the Knysna Cycle Tour. Look for PPA on the grass area. Be sure to ask for a bumper sticker too!

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Ride safe with mySOS

If you’re racing this weekend you will have received an SMS from mySOS with details about how to register, so register now! All you have to do is reply to the SMS that has already been sent to you.

This year for the first time we are working with mySOS to help ensure safety for all our cyclists.

mySOS  is 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.

mySOS covers more than 400 events (mountain biking, trail running, road cycling, adventure racing etc) and has almost 50,000 users in South Africa. Various EMS providers have endorsed mySOS and receive location based information real-time in their dispatching systems e.g. Netcare911, ER24, Emer-G-Med. Visitors to the Oyster festival can also use mySOS to find doctors, pharmacies, police stations, dentists etc. through the Find Near Me function.

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