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Knysna Oyster festival 2021

Reimagined Knysna Oyster Festival now a “Limited Edition”

Re-imagining how to keep the iconic Garden Route festival on the 2021 events calendar, the Knysna Oyster Festival Committee is proud to bring to you the safe and fully level 4 compliant Knysna Oyster Festival “Limited Edition” experience.

“The safety of our visitors and locals involved in the programme is of upmost importance to us,” said Colleen Durant, Visit Knysna General Manager. “In support of the President’s announcement on Sunday, we’ve re-imagined the experiences whilst allowing for the flexibility to add further activations in the future, should the regulations lift in the next few weeks.”

With early school closures communicated, the Knysna Oyster Festival “Limited Edition” is the perfect family getaway, with members of the same household and family unit permitted to partake in a world of experiences together.

From an outdoor Rastafari Community Tour to mashie golf, canoeing and vintage boat cruises – there is something for the whole family to enjoy in the wide-open spaces of Knysna and the greater Knysna area. For sporting enthusiasts, the popular Knysna Forest Run and Cycle Tour can still be enjoyed at runners’ and cyclists’ leisure and tracked virtually. To reward your physical efforts, treat yourself and the family to local gourmet dishes, by ordering take-out from a list of our restaurants that will be open during the limited edition festival.

Knysna’s Executive Mayor, Cllr Elrick van Aswegen commented: “2021 has not been without its challenges, but I’m confident that our community will deliver a truly special, limited edition programme for all this year. Those visiting can rest assured that we have a wide range of compliant, memorable experiences, physical and virtual, for the whole family to enjoy. Our local businesses are committed to adhering to current regulations in order to host you safely. Now more than ever, Knysna welcomes you to stay, work and play in a region that has so much to offer this winter break. Your support benefits our community greatly and will go a long way in helping us keep this much-loved festival going for years to come.”

“The Knysna Oyster Festival programme was always designed with the pandemic in mind and thanks to this approach, the team has been able to seamlessly adapt to offer families an experience-rich and rewarding holiday. To those living in the Western and Eastern Cape – why would you #WFH (work from home) when you can #WFK (work from Knysna)? Re-imagine your July winter getaway, re-connect with your family unit, and re-discover the beauty of the Garden Route this year” concluded Wesgro’s Chief Marketing Officer, Monika Iuel.

For more information on the Level 4-ready “Stay | Work | Play” programme for the whole family to enjoy this July, visit www.knysnaoysterfestival.co.za.

For further accommodation deals and specials, visit Wesgro and Travelstarts Kids Stay Free site at www.wesgro.travelstart.co.za.

WFK #WorkFromKnysna #stayworkplay #knysnaoysterfestival #KOF2021 #visitknysna #knysna ENDS

For additional information:

Contact Festival Coordinator Andrew Finn on email info@knysnaoysterfestival.co.za for more information or call 0443825510.


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Virtual Knysna Cycle Tour

Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour cancelled – Virtual events to continue

  • Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour has cancelled all supported live events due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • Virtual events will continue from 5 July to 1 August 2021 on Rouvy platform

KNYSNA, South Africa, 29 June 2021 

Knysna Speed Festival, the organiser of the Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour scheduled for 17 and 18 July, regrets to announce that the event has once again had to be cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated regulations.
As our participants know, we had three different scenarios mapped out considering what we believed to be realistic options based on the changing conditions. Unfortunately, with the President’s announcement on Sunday night of a move to level 4 all options have been taken out of our hands and we are now forced to cease all hopes of running any supported on the ground events.
Having had to cancel the 2020 event, we as organizers want nothing more than for the Knysna Cycle Tour to go ahead as scheduled, however, under the current circumstances and having consulted with all relevant parties it is not possible to morally or legally run the event.
This decision has not been taken lightly. We have consulted with all stakeholders including provincial and local authorities, hospital authorities, landowners, suppliers and volunteers and there is just no way that we can run an event that is safe and within the law.
“We would like to thank all our participants for their patience over the past few months as we have navigated the ever-changing landscape,” said the organisers. “Everyone’s safety – participants, officials, volunteers, suppliers and staff – is our number one priority and with the spread of the third wave running rampant, cancelling the event is the responsible thing to do.”
While we refunded or transferred entries from 2020 to 2021, this time we cannot refund participants or transfer the entries to 2022 as much as we would like to. We have incurred numerous costs over the past two years in the planning of the events, and it is simply not possible to carry the entries over for another year.
Riders who have purchased event merchandise can collect it from the Knysna Speed Festival office from Monday 12 July to Saturday 17 July between 10h00 and 16h00 or Sunday 18 July between 10h00-12h00. If you cannot make these times please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

VIRTUAL EVENTS TO CONTINUE
The good news is that the Virtual Knysna Cycle Tour can go ahead as planned. Riders who had entered and paid for the real event, and who are able to participate in the virtual tour, will be given an entry into this event without having to make a donation. Those wanting to participate are to please contact RaceTec at Email: info@racetec.co.za or Tel: 087 820 7223 who will issue a voucher code for participation.
EVERYONE who signs up will also get a month free on the Rouvy platform – even those not entering the formal races.

The Virtual Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour will take place from 5 July to 1 August thanks to the support from partners Wesgro, Visit Knysna and PSG Wealth Insure.
Created with local Rouvy agents Virtual Insanity, the virtual tour will feature three stages using a selection of routes from the Knysna Cycle tour for riders to experience the beauty of Knysna’s surround while participating remotely. Each stage is approximately 25 km in length with a more detailed description of each here.
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 has two elements: the “Challenge” race and “Real Time” race.
The “Challenge” will kick off from 5 July and run to 1 August. Riders will be able to ride the stages as many times as they wish during the 28-day race period to improve their times and climb up the leader board.
The online “Real Time” race will be run on Saturday 17 July. All riders will start at the same time and race the 25-kilometre stage against each other to the finish line.
To sign up, click here.
We highly recommend that riders sign up sooner rather than later to get all their tech gizmo’s talking to Rouvy before the “Challenge” and “Real Time” races kick off.

TO ENTER:
To take part in the official Virtual Knysna Cycle Tour races a minimum entry donation of R200 is required with the proceeds going to the Rotary Club of Knysna. By donating riders 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! 

For more information please visit www.knysnacycle.co.za or call the race office at 044 382 7500.

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Virtual Event Offering

Rouvy

Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour 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, created with local Rouvy agents Virtual Insanity,  will feature three stages using a selection of routes of approximately 25km each from the Knysna Cycle tour for riders to experience the beauty of Knysna’s surround while participating remotely. Each stage is approximately 25 km in length with a more detailed description of each here.

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 has two elements: the “Challenge” race and “Real Time” race.


The “Challenge”
The “Challenge” will kick off from 5 July and run to 1 August. Riders will be able to ride the stages as many times as they wish during the 28-day race period to improve their times and climb up the leader board.

The “Real Time” Race
The online “Real Time” race will be run on Saturday 17 July. All riders will start at the same time and race the 25 kilometre stage against each other to the finish line.

As organisers we are very excited about the Virtual Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour offering on Rouvy and encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. EVERYONE who signs up will get two weeks free on the platform – even those not entering the formal races.

To sign up, click here.
We highly recommend that riders sign up sooner rather than later in order to get all their tech gizmo’s talking to Rouvy before the “Challenge” and “Real Time” races kick off.

TO ENTER:
To take part in the official Virtual 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 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!

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Strava

In the week running up to the 2021 Rotary Knysna cycle tour, from 12 to 18 July, we will also be running Road and MTB Strava virtual events in and around Knysna. Join the Knysna Cycle Tour Strava Club to get onto the 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 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 challenge for them on the scenic Leisure Island. See the route here.


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Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour goes Virtual

  • Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour to run virtual race campaign to compliment the real event
  • Real event takes place on 17 and 18 July 2021
  • Virtual Knysna Cycle Tour Challenge takes place from 5 July to 1 August 2021
  • Online virtual “real time” race on race weekend
  • Rouvy online platform used for the virtual event
  • Rotary to benefit from charity donations

KNYSNA, South Africa, 04 June 2021

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.

Knysna’s renowned cycle races will take place on 17 and 18 July 2021 as part of the Oyster Festival and its Stay, Work, Play campaign encouraging people to visit the town and participate in events all while also working and having fun.

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 Knysna Cycle Tour has always been an industry pioneer and ahead of the curve with its events,” says Race director, Ivan van Lier. “With the onset of COVID-19 in May last year we had to postpone the race, but quickly pivoted to launch an exploratory virtual event using the Zwift platform. The initiative highlighted the value of virtual sports in promoting both Knysna and the event. With the rapid growth in the number of people engaging with the virtual world it is fast becoming a training and social riding phenomenon, thus we felt it imperative to up our virtual offering this year,” he added.

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 at www.knysnacycletour.co.za.  

Keep checking our website for instructions on how to use the platform and for more details on the races.

Please mail info@knysnacycle.co.za for further information.

About the Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour:

Entries for the 33rd Knysna Cycle Tour are open at www.knysnacycle.co.za

For trail riders, 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.

Keeping up with international trends, the MTB race will feature e-bikes in three events –  30km, 50 km and 80km. With e-bikes giving older or injured riders a new lease on cycling life 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.  

As has become tradition, the road races will bring the weekend to a close on Sunday with races of 50km and 100km. The road race will also allow e-bikes in both events.

Specialist elite and social riders, families as well as many 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.

For more information please visit www.knysnacycle.co.za or call the race office at 044 382 7500

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947 Ride Joburg

We are happy to announce that the Knysna Cycle Tour has been selected as an Official Seeding Event for the 2021 947 Ride Joburg event, taking place in November this year. 

Enter now to improve your seeding!


Join our Strava Club! 

 We will also be hosting a number of virtual events, on a local and national basis, in the run up to the tour as well as during the race! 
Join our Strava Club to get in on the action, compete against other athletes and have a crack at winning some cool prizes. 



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May Newsletter

Knysna Cycle Tour 2021 - Seeding event for Cape Town Cycle Tour 2022

Knysna Cycle Tour has been chosen as an Official Premier Seeding Event of the 2022 Cape Town Cycle Tour!

If you needed even more reason to enter the Knysna Cycle Tour, taking place between 17-18 July, here it is: the Knysna Cycle Tour has been chosen as an Official Premier Seeding Event of the 2022 Cape Town Cycle Tour! Don’t miss out on this opportunity, enter now!


Knysna Cycle Tour 2021 - Seeding event for Cape Town Cycle Tour 2022

2021 Merchandise Deadline

Due to popular demand, our merchandise supplier agreed to extend our merchandise order deadline to 31 May!

To view all merchandise, as well as pricing, click here.

TO ORDER:
If you 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐲𝐞𝐭 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 the event, please order merchandise while entering the event before 31 May.

Alternatively, if you have 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝, please use this link to order your merchandise now.

Avoid disappointment by using the SIZING CHART to select correct sizes first!


6 Pro Training Hacks Any Cyclist Can Use

You don’t have to be a Pro or train like one to benefit from these expert tips on riding, fueling and recovering.


Accommodation Partners

KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL SPECIAL

Executive Suite – Sleeps 4
R 3200 / night (Breakfast Included)

Luxury Suite – Sleeps 2
R 2100 / night (Breakfast Included)

For more info email reservations@simola.co.za

KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL SPECIAL

BRICK CHALET:
R940 per chalet per night for a WOODEN CHALET:
R1050 for a wooden chalet.

All chalets comprise of one bedroom, 4 sleeper with a sleeper couch in the lounge.

It has a full bathroom with a bath and shower. Every chalet has its own braai.

For more info email:
knysnares@goodersons.co.za


Knysna Oyster festival 2021

The 2021 Knysna Oyster Festival is happening from 9 – 18 July. Are you ready?

Instead of working from home, visit Knysna to stay, work and play for the full 10 days of the Knysna Oyster Festival!

According to Festival Coordinator Andew Finn, the calendar for the Knysna Oyster Festival taking place in July this year will be made up of an exciting mix of physical and virtual offerings and activities.

“The festival is happening,” he said. “And we are getting ready for guests to STAY, WORK, PLAY in the greater Knysna area from 9 to 18 July.”


Join our Strava Club! 

 We will also be hosting a number of virtual events, on a local and national basis, in the run up to the tour as well as during the race! 
Join our Strava Club to get in on the action, compete against other althletes and have a crack at winning some cool prizes. 



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6 Pro Training Hacks Any Cyclist Can Use

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PRO OR TRAIN LIKE ONE TO BENEFIT FROM THESE EXPERT TIPS ON RIDING, FUELING, AND RECOVERING

ONE – Save yourself

Instead of pumping out intervals 15 or 20 minutes into a ride when you’re all warmed up, save them for the finish when you’re a little fatigued. You’ll reap both mental and physical rewards.

It’s easy to ride well when you’re fresh, but race-winning moves are often needed exactly when you least want them to occur. Being able to settle in and do work when all the alarm bells are going off in your body is worthwhile.

TWO – Go hungry

The best pros go to bed just a little bit hungry. You don’t want to be ravenous, but going to bed full generally means you’ve overeaten. Go to bed moderately hungry, you lose about a pound a week. Just kind of hungry—you could eat, but no big deal if you don’t—helps maintain weight.

THREE – Steady on

Pros spend a lot of time riding at a steady pace to build and maintain a strong foundation of endurance fitness, where you have optimum fat-burning and capillary development. The bulk of your riding should be in ‘Zone 2,’ or at an intensity where you can have a conversation—about a 5 to 6 on a 1 to 10 scale. This intensity isn’t slow or easy; rather, it’s a steady, moderate pace from start to finish. So while it feels almost too easy when you first roll out, by the time you finish you should feel as though you’ve done some work

FOUR – Talk up your game

Many recreational riders allow negative self-talk to dictate their training and racing. Maybe your legs are feeling heavy as you’re warming up for a key ride or race. That’s not the end of the story. It doesn’t mean you’ll have a bad day. It’s just a sensation. Deal with whatever sensation you have—nerves, heavy quads, a high heart rate, whatever it is—by acknowledging it and choosing the story around it. Say, ‘Okay, my legs feel heavy, but lots of riders put out great performances even when they don’t have ‘good legs,’ so I can, too.’ Because it’s true. That feeling could go away in 15 seconds and you could have the best race of your life. But if you let it be the whole story, that won’t happen.

FIVE – Chill out

Many pros take significant time completely off the bike. Not riding for a month is not uncommon. They do this as a relief from all the training stress they endure the other months of the year. For us regular people, our training stress may be lower (although not much for some!), but we need to also consider our life, financial, and family stress as well.

It is a wonderful thing to give the body a break. This recovery period allows the body to better handle more stress in the months to come. Often when we do not take breaks, our training workload needs to be reduced to accommodate the reduced recovery. To take three steps forward, you need to take one back.

SIX – Performance chow

You can’t properly fuel, mend, and build your hard-working muscles with lots of processed food. Eating out or grabbing take out isn’t ideal either because you really don’t know what you’re eating as far as sugar and other hidden ingredients go. The best pros learn to cook with whole-food ingredients. When a rider takes the time and makes the effort to cook for themselves, they perform better because it improves their diet and eating habits.


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April Newsletter


Merchandise Sales Close 30 April

TO ORDER:
If you have not yet entered the event, please order merchandise while entering the event before 30 April.

Alternatively, if you have already entered, please use the below button to order your merchandise now. 

Be sure not to miss the option of buying the Sublimated Buff, Mask and Arm Warmers!

Avoid disappointment by using the SIZING CHART to select correct sizes first!


Children’s Event Postponed

Unfortunately, due to Covid19 regulation complications we have had to postpone the Children’s event to 2022.
Please contact us for a full refund if you have already entered.


Strava Virtual Events

In the week running up to the 2021 Rotary Knysna cycle tour, from 9 to16 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 the 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 route here.


Knysna Hollow COMPETITION WINNER: Sean Gibbons

Congratulations to Sean Gibbons – the winner in our early entry lucky draw. Riders entering the Knysna Cycle Tour before 15 April stood a chance to win the prize.

Sean has won himself a two-night stay for two people at the magnificent Knysna Hollow Country Estate in Knysna.


Accommodation Partners

We would like to welcome on board our two new Accommodation Partners. These beautiful establishments are Preferred Event Partners of the Knysna Cycle Tour. Without our partners support we can’t host the event, therefore we urge you to please support them with your custom wherever possible.  Please click on the logos for rates and more information!



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Knysna Cycle Tour & Darrvin E-bikes

Knysna Cycle Tour signs e-bike partnership

  • Darrvin is official e-bike partner of Knysna Cycle Tour
  • Special Knysna Cycle Tour discount offered to buyers
  • Knysna Cycle Tour entries are open

KNYSNA, South Africa, 18 March 2021 – South African e-bike brand, Darrvin, has joined the Knysna Cycle Tour as the official e-bike partner to the event taking place on 17 and 18 July 2021.

“We are very pleased to announce that Darrvin, a proudly South African brand, has elected to partner with us as our official e-bike partner for the 2021 Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour. With the huge growth in the e-bike market we had identified the need to include them across all our events, therefore partnering with Darrvin at this time is a great fit with our strategy,” says Ian Shrosbree, managing director of Knysna Speed Festival the organiser of the event.

As part of the partnership, anyone using the special coupon code EBA2021 when purchasing any model Darrvin e-bike online at www.darrvin.com or at any other Knysna Cycle Tour promotion will receive a R2000 discount off the sale price (be sure to mention your affiliation with The Knysna Cycle Tour 2021 in addition to the special coupon code).  

Darrvin is an innovative e-bike design and build company, delivering exquisite hand-built precision and superior quality at an affordable, everyday price. The bikes are not off-the-shelf, re-branded products. Thoughtful design has led to a nimble, robust and highly efficient range of e-bikes suited to off-and on-road use.

While the brand is South African Darrvin Electric are sold both in the USA and EU markets.

“Darrvin bikes are first and foremost about great value, not necessarily tied into the price point, but rather the best quality product with top quality components and functionality, packaged into a beautiful simplistic design that is attractive and affordable . We focus on every individual component of the bike, and we keep sight of the whole as part of an integrated design. We also offer a comprehensive after-sales and support service,” says Gustav Erlank, one of the founding partners.

Key information on Darrvin e-bikes:

  • The electric motor and control system is made by Bafang, a Chinese leader in e-bikes that has been making motors and systems from the early 1990’s with unparalleled quality and workmanship.
  • The motor is a 350W unit delivering 80Nm torque.
  • The governor is set at 35 km/h (most are set at 25 km/h). The bike can go faster, but the electric assist cuts out at 35 km/h. 
  • The battery is 48V*10.4Ah, a high capacity 500Wh. It recharges in 4-6 hours. 
  • The average cyclist can do 60-100Km on a single battery charge. (Further when nurtured)
  • Darrvin stocks all replacement electronic parts and spare batteries on all model bikes. 
  • All other components are serviceable at any regular bike shop.

Entries for the 33rd Knysna Cycle Tour are open at www.knysnacycle.co.za

For trail riders, 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.

Keeping up with international trends, the MTB race will feature e-bikes in three events –  30km, 50 km and 80km. With e-bikes giving older or injured riders a new lease on cycling life 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.  

As has become tradition, the road races will bring the weekend to a close on Sunday with races of 50km and 100km. The road race will also allow e-bikes in both events.

Specialist elite and social riders, families as well as many 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.

For more information please visit www.knysnacycle.co.za or call the race office at 044 382 7500

For more information on Darrvin e-bikes please visit https://darrvinshop.com/

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New Dates 2021

KNYSNA CYCLE TOUR DATE CHANGE!

Due to the recent announcement of the new school term dates by the National Department of Education, the Knysna Cycle Tour event team together with the Oyster Festival Exco have announced a change in the dates of this year’s race, these new dates now being:
17 & 18 July 2021

We will also be hosting a number of virtual events in the run up to the tour as well as during the race, details of which will be announced during March 2021. Watch this space!

Depending on Covid 19 regulations at the time of event, we may have to limit the number of participants in the race so enter now to book your place in this iconic cycle tour now to and avoid missing the cut!


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2021 Knysna Cycle Tour ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

2021 Knysna Cycle Tour Entries open

  • 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

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Issued by Knysna Cycle Tour