With everything from camping facilities to five-star accommodation available, participants in The Herald VW Cycle Tour will be able to rest easy during their stay in Nelson Mandela Bay. The annual weekend festival of cycling, which includes the road events in Port Elizabeth and the mountain bike races at Addo, is set for February 1 to 3 this year. Official accommodation sponsors Town Lodge PE, on the city’s beachfront, and Zuurberg Mountain Village, at Addo, are offering special rates for participants in both disciplines. According to Town Lodge general manager Glenn Pappin, riders would be able to choose from options across the City Lodge Group of Hotels. These include the one-star Road Lodge, two-star Town Lodge, three-star City Lodge and four-star Courtyard Hotel. “The road events begin and end on the beachfront very close to Town Lodge and our three other properties, so it’s excellent exposure for us.” Pappin said he expected occupancy rates to surge over that weekend and that the hotel would further accommodate riders by offering secure bicycle storage and other assistance. Event coordinator Linda Harwood said the newly built Boardwalk Hotel and Spa, which is dubbed the “home of cycling” for the weekend, would round out participants’ hotel options in five-star luxury. On the other end of the scale, Harwood said there would be camping facilities for mountain bikers at the Addo Polo Club race village on the Friday evening. “Instead of rushing to the start early on Saturday morning, bring your tent and family and enjoy an evening out in the country.” In addition, she said, Rennies Travel would coordinate cycle tour-specific travel packages for out-of-town riders. These include special rates on accommodation, flights and car hire where possible. “Depending on your budget and schedule, they’ll create an individual itinerary and take the hassle out of making all those travel arrangements.” Harwood said the official accommodation . . .
Hundreds of social swimmers are expected to head for Kings Beach on the last day of 2012 for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Mile Ocean Swim which has already attracted a lot of attention from open water swimmers from around the country. "Some of South Africa's best open waters swimmers are heading for the Sabrina Love Challenge in Plettenberg Bay on the 28th and are keen to follow this up with the Madiba Mile on the 31st before hitting some of the local stops for a New Years Eve party." said race organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. "We've also had a lot of interest from social swimmers who are in town on holiday and keen to be part of the water sport scene in Nelson Mandela Bay." The Ocean Mile has been added to the water sport program to offer holiday makers the opportunity to be involved in the cities popular open water scene which has exploded since the introduction of the Ironman to Port Elizabeth in 2005. Participants of the cities first official Ocean Mile swim are required to report for entry on Kings Beach on Monday 31st before 8.30am for body marking after which they will walk along the beachfront promenade to Humewood Beach for the start of the one-way Mile swim which will end on Kings Beach alongside the slipway. The swim offers spectators a wonderful spectacle along the entire promenade between Humewood and Kings Beach with swimmers being kept just behind the surf line. Online registration and information available on www.zports.co.za/nmbmile or entry forms available at News Cafe on the Boardwalk. Late entries will be accepted on the morning of the event at Kings Beach from 7.30am. URL: http://www.zports.co.za/nmbmile Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Popular open water swimming scene in Nelson Mandela Bay Photographer: Zports Start of the . . .
The University of Johannesburg has appointed geneticist Dr Charlotte Scholtz as netball manager following a yearlong search for the right candidate to head up this high performance sports club. Scholtz, who is well known in netball circles, was both Team South Africa manager and on the organising committee for the inaugural World University Netball Championships, which were held in Cape Town in July. According to UJ’s director of sport Sanpat Coetzee, netball is the most popular activity among female students and a flagship sport across all four campuses. The university finished third in this year’s University Sport South Africa tournament, topped the log in the Eastern Gauteng A and B leagues, and will be looking to compete seriously when the new Varsity Sports tournament rolls out next year. Coetzee said the netball club has also produced five players, including current honours student Matlala Mokoko, for the national Protea squad since 2011. “Netball is one of UJ’s high profile sporting codes, therefore we scanned the market for a suitably qualified and experienced specialist who can work with students and has a passion for the sport.” She said the institution had looked for an innovative, self-disciplined and hard-working leader. “Charlotte personifies all of these criteria and is also a team player.” As a provincial player, umpire, coach, selector and administrator, the 38-year-old brings experience in every aspect of the game to her new role. Scholtz, who is currently the national U21 assistant coach, will be responsible for the recruitment and development of top student-athletes and coaching staff, as well as creating opportunities for participation at recreational and competitive levels on all campuses. Coetzee said one of the club’s medium-term goals was the identification and development of talent in the greater Soweto area. “This programme is based at the UJ Soweto campus.” The appointment marks a complete career change for . . .
The Unlimited Dusi 2013 will showcase a star studded line-up of South African celebrities with the announcement that East Coast Radio DJ Damon Beard has signed up to paddle the gruelling three-day canoe marathon in the colours of The Unlimited. Adding his name to an already illustrious field, Beard will be joining fellow radio jocks Unathi Msengana of Metro FM and Idols fame, 5FM sports presenter Sias du Plessis and Liezel van der Westhuizen of Kfm. The four will be battling it out over the three-day race to see who really is the top jock when it comes to tackling the greatest canoe marathon in Africa! Beard is a household name in Funsunzi Province having worked as a DJ for ECR for over 20 years! Currently he presents the weekday afternoon drivetime show together with the rest of the Drive Team. An avid fan of all things KZN and Durban, Beard says the opportunity to paddle The Unlimited Dusi is a prospect he just couldn’t pass up. “I like to set new goals for myself every year and I’ve got a bucket list of things that I want to do on my fridge. One of these is to complete The Unlimited Dusi so I jumped at the opportunity as I just love a challenge. The fact that I’ll be partnering with Trenton Lamble who is a great paddler just adds to the adventure,” says Beard. The Unlimited Dusi will not be Beard’s first time in a canoe. He has dabbled in the sport in the past but has only ever participated in short distance dices at The Kingfisher Canoe Club in Durban. “Paddling is a KZN thing. With our fantastic weather (most of the time anyway) it’s just a great fit with the Durban lifestyle.” Whilst Beard is in great shape as he regularly does boxing and mixed martial arts, he is taking the race between the jocks very seriously and has already embarked on a rigorous training schedule for The Unlimited Dusi. “I’m finding out that being fit and being paddling fit are two completely different things. Trenton and I meet five mornings a week and we are . . .
Participants in The Herald VW Cycle Tour will have a chance to show their true mettle when they take on the new Ultimate Quest in Port Elizabeth and Addo from February 1 to 3. The Ultimate Quest is designed to reveal the supreme cyclist overall across both the 80km Extreme mountain bike challenge on the Saturday and 106km Classic road race on the Sunday. According to The Herald's chief marketing officer Justin Peel, the seed of the idea grew from organisers' vision to improve the offering and create a true weekend festival of cycling. "In addition, we believe it's a great opportunity that allows road and mountain bikers to compete on an even playing field." With new-look routes both on and off-road, Peel said it was the perfect moment to introduce the Ultimate Quest. "Particularly on the mountain bike side, there's been a complete overhaul of the routes. "On the road route the addition of the five-kilometre hill and Slanghoogte climb will ensure that race strategies will have to be adjusted from previous years." He said the male and female winners of the Ultimate Quest would receive R5 000 each in addition to any prize money in the individual events. Although many of the pro teams would probably compete for the new title, Peel said it was not created with them in mind. "The primary purpose is to allow the avid cyclist who enjoys an endurance challenge the opportunity to become part of a small field of exclusive riders." He said participants should be advanced riders with above-average fitness levels and technical skills on the mountain bike. "The double bill is not to be taken lightly, so we urge all who enter to be well prepared. "Get out and begin hill training and fine-tune your recovery programme to ensure that you can tackle the road race with fresh legs." Peel said organisers believed the new initiative would add fresh impetus to the country's second oldest national classic and help grow the event. "We'd like to . . .
With 25 finishes to his credit, former Port Elizabeth mayor Charles Garai leads the bunch when it comes to The Herald VW Cycle Tour’s exclusive green number club, which is reserved for participants who have done 10 or more editions of the 106km Classic. Veteran cyclist Garai has come a long way since his rather inelegant finish as part of the Saddle Bums social club in the inaugural event back in 1986. "I forgot to undo my toe straps and, upon stopping, keeled over in the middle of the road," he recalls. The 71-year-old now counts breaking the three-hour barrier, earning his first green number and winning his age category on several occasions as some of his standout memories. On the downside, he remembers being brought down by a fun rider in a fall within sight of the Hobie Beach finish and missing the 2:59 bunch time by three minutes. Having clocked a personal best of two hours 47 minutes, Garai says another sub-three-hour time is not impossible with enough training and effort but that these days his sole ambition is "to finish upright". "However, that is not the master plan for 2013. We’ve formed a large group under the banner of Atlas Security and will try to bring everyone home in under four hours in memory of Clem Morris, whose ambition it was to break that barrier." Morris was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bicycle on Kragga Kamma Road in October. Garai, who has won championship medals in his age group at national, provincial and club level, is looking forward to the 28th edition of the national classic but has some mixed feelings about the new Slanghoogte climb. The Walmer resident and lawyer, who races under lucky number 13, says the permanent green numbers will from now on differ slightly in design to distinguish between those riders who have completed 10 and 20 races. "A minute’s deduction off your time for every Herald completed would also be nice . . ." He has only missed two outings, in 1997 and 2008, . . .
Sundays round 2 of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series in Port Elizabeth is expected to draw a record entry and another exciting tussle between the undefeated ladies champion and the young up and coming challenger who have gone head to head over this sprint distance course for the past year. Top PE all-round athlete, Liza Bright, has made the Triathlon Summer Series here own since 2010, extending her lead to 7 wins last Sunday with a top 10 overall finish during round 1 to win the ladies category in a fast 1hr 14min. The 30 year old, who is also the reigning Nelson Mandela Bay Urban Run Champion, is looking stronger than ever this season but is only too aware of the challenge behind her from the young professional show jumper Jade Hooke. Hooke at just 22 years old has been runner up for the past 4 Summer Series events having come into the Summer Series during round 3 in 2010 where she placed 3rd and has since been the sole challenger to Bright' Series domination. Similarly in the the Men's category, EP triathlon champion Dan Howitz started the defence of his Series title with another win on Sunday following on his two wins last season whilst Ryan Peter is searching for the form which saw him win Round 3 of the Series back in 2010. Since that victory in Port St Francis, Peter placed 2nd throughout the Series in 2011 and again last Sunday morning. Despite the strong challenges taking place on the leaderboard, the appeal of the About IT Triathlon Summer Series is it's fun atmosphere which attracts social and novice triathletes each year. Whether it's families or friends combining to form a team or a budding future Ironman, the Series offers the opportunity to challenge yourself with a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Online registration for Round 2 is possible on www.trisummerseries.co.za and closes on Friday with late entries being taken on Sunday morning at Pollok Beach from 7am. The triathlon starts at 8am and is followed by prize giving just after . . .
On Valentine’s Day next year, a special group of paddlers will be looking to share some love with the official race charities of The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon when they set off in the charity batch on 14 February 2013, to tackle the gruelling journey of Africa’s premier canoe marathon. Consisting of 60 boats, paddlers bid to secure a spot in the charity batch as it ensures they will get an early start on each day of the three-day event. This is a huge competitive advantage as it gives these paddlers an opportunity to get out on the water earlier thus beating the midday heat and humidity whilst also avoiding congestion. The Unlimited Dusi charity batch is driven by an online bidding system and the funds raised through this platform go to the race charities - The Unlimited Child, the SPCA and DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust). Thanks to the remarkable fundraising by the charity batch paddlers in 2012, a whopping R380 000 was raised for the charities. Organisers are hoping to top this in 2013. One of the race charities, The Unlimited Child, addresses the urgent need for early childhood development by supplying educational toys and caregiver training to crèches in underprivileged areas. This ensures that children between the ages of 0 and 6 get the stimulation they need to achieve their full potential in life. The Unlimited Child used the money raised by the charity batch in 2012 to provide caregiver training and educational toys for an additional nine crèches which jointly look after over 400 children. The organisation now has 101 crèches in the Valley of 1000 Hills that jointly care for 4 032 children. According to Nigel Barnes, who together with paddling partner Kevin Waterston placed the highest charity batch bid ever of R41 550, it was a great experience. “It was a definite advantage to get away in an early batch and it was great motivation to be part of the camaraderie of the rest of the batch. The atmosphere was fantastic and it was for a great . . .
With over R400 000 in prizes and some major changes in store, organisers are aiming to attract cyclists from across the country when The Herald VW Cycle Tour takes place in Addo and Port Elizabeth from February 2 to 3. According to event coordinator Linda Harwood, the 2013 edition would see bigger incentives, better routes and a brand-new race village, as well as the addition of the Ultimate Quest super-category. “We strive to keep this event fresh and exciting for both loyal and first-time participants,” said Harwood. “That’s why we’ve revamped the routes in both the road and mountain bike events and added a new initiative to this weekend festival of cycling. “The Ultimate Quest offers riders both a serious physical challenge and a great incentive to race for.” She said the racing prize purse had been increased by R10 000 to accommodate the new category, which recognises the best overall male and female cyclists across the mountain bike and road feature races. “Significant reward for effort is always attractive, and certainly for an event that is rated as one of the top five in the country.” As the country’s second oldest national classic, Harwood said it was important to attract the top pro teams and maintain the event’s status on the national racing calendar. For those participants not in line for a podium finish, she said there would be plenty on offer, including the main lucky draw prize of a Volkswagen Polo 1.4 Trendline valued at R170 000. “After giving away the Polo Vivo this year, our title sponsor felt that, since this is a premium event, it was appropriate to offer the Polo as an even bigger drawcard for entering the tour.” Harwood said participants also stand to win R50 000 worth of household goods from Tony’s Furniture, Appliances & Beds, two GT road and mountain bikes with a combined value of R40 000, a Silverback bike from Action Cycles, a weekend getaway at Kuzuko Lodge plus additional sponsored hampers. “The . . .
An exciting new addition to the sports program aimed at boosting Nelson Mandela Bay as Africa's Water Sport capital is the Nelson Mandela Bay Mile, a 1.6km Ocean Swim on the 31st December. The event will see participants swimming from Humewood Beach down to Kings Beach on the last day of the year and is in response to numerous requests from holiday makers for more sports based activities during this period. "Whilst the city offers unprecedented water sports events throughout the year, in the past there's been nothing for our visitors to enjoy during this peak season. We are trying to establish the city as the Water Sport Capital so it's only fair that visitors get to compete with the locals in some iconic water sport events." said event organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. The city already hosts Africa's oldest open water swimming event in the annual SPAR River Mile with the Nelson Mandela Bay Mile offering the ocean equivalent which will take swimmers across the beachfront from Humewood to Kings Beach. The swim will be a one way swim with the natural flow of the ocean with swimmers reporting for entry at Kings Beach on the 31st and then walking along the promenade to Humewood for the 9am start. The event is expected to be a great spectacle with great viewing along the entire stretch of the beachfront. Online entry and further information is available on www.zports.co.za/NMBMile. Entry forms are available at News Cafe, The Boardwalk and late entries will be taken on the morning but additional fees will apply. URL: http://www.zports.co.za/nmbMile Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .