The 2021 Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour will offer cyclists both a real and virtual experience of its iconic routes traversing the beautiful surrounds of the area.
For cyclists who cannot make it to Knysna for the real event, and for those competing in the real event but wanting an extra challenge, event organiser Knysna Speed Festival, together with partners Wesgro, Visit Knysna and PSG Wealth Insure, has taken the event into the virtual mainstream with the launch of the Virtual Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour.
The virtual tour will feature three stages using a selection of actual routes of approximately 25km each from the Knysna Cycle tour for riders to experience the beauty of Knysna’s surrounds, while also engaging in some fierce competitive riding! Virtual Insanity, the South African agents for Rouvy, visited Knysna to film three segments of the route before digitising them into the virtual race.
Rouvy will make the segments available to ride from 1 July with riders able to ride the three stages at any time of the day or night. You can ride them as many times as you like – maybe you just want to improve your time each ride, or perhaps you want to see if you can ride the stages the most times? You choose! The stages are there for you to challenge yourself in whatever manner suits you.
The official Virtual Knysna Cycle Tour then has two elements: the “Challenge” race and “Real Time” race. The “Challenge” will kick off from 5 July and run to 1 August. Once again, you can ride the stages as many times as you wish during the 28-day race period to improve your times and climb up the leader board.
For those riders that cannot make it to Knysna, or those that finish the real race in time and still have some energy left, the online “Real Time” race will be run on Saturday 17 July. All riders will start at the same time and race the 25 kilometres against each other to the finish line.
To take part in the official Knysna Cycle Tour races a minimum entry donation of R200 is required with the proceeds going to the Rotary Club of Knysna. By making a donation, riders will receive a free month’s subscription on Rouvy for July 2021, qualify for the Rouvy leader board classification, and compete for prizes. Results will be posted regularly so you can see how you stack up against the rest of the field - and your mates!
To take part simply log your entry online from 10 June 2021.
In the week running up to the 2021 Rotary Knysna cycle tour, from 9 to 16 July, we will be running some road and MTB virtual events in and around Knysna. Join the Knysna Cycle tour Strava club to get on results board.
Last year’s Knysna Cycle Tour Strava Virtual events showed the road ride from Knysna to Sedgefield and back to be a popular route with some competitive times set. We have therefore made this the local road event for this year’s Strava challenge. See here for route.
Our local MTB route will be run on a competitive basis with participants standing a chance to win some prizes and to make a donation to Rotary. The locals will surely know this route and think they have the advantage, but maybe some racing snakes from out of town can show them up! The challenge is on!! More details on this route can be found here.
As we will not be able to run a live Kiddies event this year we will also run a Strava competition for this on the scenic Leisure Island. See the route here.