Online entries for the 2016 Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour are open and tour director Elwin Thompson says that the Knysna Rotary Club, which coordinates the tour every year, is looking forward to the biggest and best event ever. “The race, which celebrates its 29th year in 2016, has grown enormously since its inception and now comprises four very popular events – MTB events, road races, the SPUR Children’s Tour and the Forest Family Dam Ride. These take place on 2 and 3 July over the first weekend of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (1-10 July 2016).” The MTB event is one of the biggest in southern Africa and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna forest. The 50 km and 80 km MTB races are official premier seeding events of the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour. There are four different MTB races in total for varying technical abilities - 80 km, 50 km, 30 km and 15 km, and routes include access to privately owned sections of property that are usually closed to the public. Says Thompson: “The routes are set up and managed by Leon Evans, known as Dr Evil and, while cyclists will be riding through one of the most scenic areas in the Garden Route, they will also have their skills tested to the maximum. “The 109 km road race follows a new route introduced in 2014 which was designed for enthusiastic, competitive roadies and will keep you working all the way to the finish line.” The route takes cyclists from Knysna to Sedgefield to Kleinkranz and back to Knysna. The 50 km route is from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2. The SPUR Rotary Knysna Children's Cycle Tour is a safe, scenic race for children from 2 to 10 years of age and consists of three events which start and finish at the Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds, for 2-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds. The successful 25 km Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday, 3 July, is a relaxed MTB ride. It is open to a limited number of riders, 12 years and over with some . . .
Think you have what it takes to master the BIG5? Swimming, cycling and running mixed with food, wine-tastings, live music and lots of oysters – that’s what you can expect at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival from 1 to 10 July 2016. With more than 100 activities spread over ten days there will be no shortage of fun. But, if the idea of a week of nothing but indulgence leaves you restless why not sign up for the BIG5 Sport Challenge? The BIG5 Sport Challenge not only offers the unique opportunity to experience some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery while enjoying the sport you love, but the impressive multisport event has gained massive popularity over the last few years and has become a bucket list ‘must’ on the local and international endurance and adventure race calendar. From mountain biking and running in and around Knysna’s famed forests and hills, to swimming in the lagoon in full view of the iconic Knysna Heads, the BIG5 Sport Challenge offers something for athletes across all fitness and skills levels. Participants will compete in five events over the course of Knysna Oyster Festival week, and a point system will be used to determine the winners. The BIG5 Lite offers four pre-determined events with athletes choosing a fifth from a selection of three other disciplines. Participants taking on the BIG5 Sport Challenge can look forward to competing in the following events: The Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Race (80km); The Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon (21.1km); The Featherbed Trail Run (15km); Dragons Featherbed Lagoon Mile Swim (1.6km); and The Momentum Health OatWell DualX, powered by PeptoPro (5km Run | 30km MTB | 2.5km Run) A one-stop registration process, preferred seeding for all five events, free access to the individual award ceremonies and the overall prize-giving event at the end of the challenge are some of the benefits of taking on this ‘Bucket List’ challenge. A . . .
Oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and lovers of the good life, are you ready for this fun-filled lifestyle festival? The 33rd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival takes place from 1 to 10 July 2016 and with more than 100 activities spread over ten days there will be no shortage of fun. As part of the festival, the Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon will be taking place and entries are officially open! These highly acclaimed races offer sport lovers some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery. This year we also bring you the all new Momentum Health OatWell DualX, powered by PeptoPro which will form part of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival as well as the BIG5 SPORT CHALLENGE. The DualX events will challenge athletes across all levels of fitness, skill experience and ages through a number of events taking place throughout the Festival. The rest of the programme includes many sporting and lifestyle events from swimming, bowls, and hiking to food and wine-tastings, live music, a special children’s programme and of course, lots and lots of oysters! Being one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party, this year’s event is not to be missed! Visitors can look forward to the festival’s classic events, such as the ever-popular road and mountain bike races, the Knysna Wine Festival and Night Market, mid-week signature events such as the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Flavours of Knysna presented by Tabasco, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Chuckle (where comedy take centre stage) and the Local Design and Food Market. And then of course there’s the Pick n Pay Women’s Walk, Teen for Tots triathlon, the Featherbed Co Trail Run and much, much more to keep the whole family entertained at this wonderful event. Get in on the action and don’t miss out this year! For the full programme and . . .
Ubique Auctioneers of South Africa are looking to go nationwide and even international with new online timed auctions of exclusive properties. Auctions are a great way for individuals and investors to get great deals on exclusive items. Increasingly auctions are now taking bids online as well as in person, the increasing popularity of this format has led to online exclusive auctions from some of the world’s biggest auctioneers. South Africa’s Ubique Auctioneers is the latest to introduce this format, with unique timed and live online auctions available to bidders worldwide. Ubique will be launching their new format with five impressive properties to bid on this 11th to 15th of April 2016. The first of the property auctions offers an impressive 671-hectares (1658 acres) of prime game reserve, which forms part of the core Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. On this site, many rock formations can be found resulting from a meteorite which hit the earth two billion years ago. The Rondekop Game Farm has an abundance of game, including 3 Giraffes, 138 different species of birds and no less than 72 species of indigenous trees. The second and third lots are more traditional properties, offering sea views as breath-taking vistas in Kleinmond, South Africa. The fourth lot is a beautiful development property 500m from Kleinmond lagoon, which also offers an unrestricted sea view, while the fifth lot offers a modern vacation home situated in the Parys Gold and Country Estate and is sure to attract a few investors. A spokesperson for Ubique Auctioneers explained, “We are excited to be able to offer these amazing properties exclusively online through our new timed auction format. This enables individuals to place a bid at any time before the deadline, just like they might on eBay, in order to secure the very best deal possible on these amazing opportunities. Our new Ubique Online website will feature some of the very best lots we have available to test the strength of . . .
Number one bestselling author, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has released the never-before-told story, The True Origin of HIV & Aids: Secret Revealed. Re-Released February 16, 2016 and available for purchase from Amazon. Having been the subject of contentious debate for decades, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has uncovered what has puzzled scientists from around the world since Aids came to light in the 1980s. Readers should prepare to be shocked by the revelations made in this 154 paged non-fiction medical mystery. Over 34 million people in the world are living with HIV and AIDS, with 15 thousand new infections every day and an estimated 17 million AIDS orphans. With this book we can begin to better understand where the suffering began. Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu explains, “We owe the millions of those who died, those living with HIV or AIDS and those that will be infected in the future, the truth and nothing but the truth.” “Aids is no longer a disease, it’s a human rights issue” ~ Nelson Mandela YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRf7oj8Z2bc CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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Seven South African chefs were announced as ‘Trailblazers’ in the 2015 WWF-SASSI Trailblazer Awards, held at The Table Bay Hotel, on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront on Monday, 30th November 2015. The seven awarded chefs are: Chef Peter Pankhurst - Savoy Cabbage Restaurant Chef Greg Coleman - East Head Café, Knysna Chef Michelle Theron - Pierneef à La Motte Chef Jocelyn Myers-Adams – Table Bay Hotel Chef Hylton Espey - Equus at Cavalli Wine Estate Chef Sias Tabambi - Harbour House Restaurant Chef Jonathan Japha - Black Sheep Restaurant Building on the phenomenal success of SASSI’s "Green, Orange, Red” guide amongst the South African public, the SASSI Trailblazer Awards recognise and celebrate chefs who are actively championing sustainable seafood practices in their restaurants. Pavs Pillay, SASSI Programme Manager at WWF-SA, commented, “Our partnerships with chefs are inspired by a love of seafood and a shared commitment to help restore our overexploited seafood species. The chefs we are recognising have gone the extra mile in advocating the sustainability message.” A previously awarded Trailblazer, and now Mentor, Chef Brad Ball of Peddlars & Co. in Constantia, Cape Town, added; “Chefs serve as the gatekeepers for the food and hospitality industry and therefore play a critical role in leading market forces and influencing popular taste. The reality is that chefs who support and promote ocean-friendly seafood can help ensure that there are fish to catch and enjoy tomorrow. My role is to do this, and to make up-and-coming chefs aware of what’s at stake.” Clare Mack, of Spill Communications, and the awards organiser, said, “It’s gratifying to see, in the third year of these awards, that many restaurants are adopting sustainable practices in seafood, without any intervention or prompting. Sustainability is now mainstream, it has really caught on.” The criteria on which the restaurants and chefs were assessed were: The . . .
The Spur Schools MTB League is in full swing and early indications are that the league will quickly reach its target for 10 000 entries for the 2015 season. Mountain bike fans from across South Africa and neighbours Zimbabwe and Namibia will take to the track in nearly 60 races leading up to the finals at Bekker School in October. The action-packed finals will once again see schools as well as provinces competing for the coveted Spur Schools MTB League trophy and top spot on the provincial log. Following the first Southern Cape event hosted in George, York High School is top of the leader board with 82 points followed by Glenwood House second with 56 points and HS Langenhoven in third place with 45 points. The second Spur Eden MTB League event will be hosted this Saturday, 25 July at the Montessori School in Knysna. Registration opens at 07h00 at a cost of R360 per school team of six riders and R60 for solo riders. The course will open at 07h30 for training with racing starting at 09h00. Points shall be awarded to the top 25 positions, while every finisher from position 26 onwards will receive one point. Combined points of all six riders of a school team will determine the school positions. The Eden School Team winners will attend the Western Cape Semi-Finals on 12th September 2015 at Paul Roos Gimnasium in Stellenbosch and the Secondary School Team winners will attend the National Final. Follow The Spur School MTB League on twitter at @SpurMTBleague, facebook SpurSchoolsLeague or www.spurmtbleague.co.za. SPUR SCHOOLS MTB LEAGUE …. The project was launched in 2009 as a joint initiative between Amarider and Spur Steak Ranches and its humble beginnings saw 900 riders participating in the initial 20 events. Founded by Meurant Botha, Amarider is a national trails advocacy organsisation aimed at improving and promoting trail opportunities around Southern Africa. The Spur Group is widely invested in a number of youth sport development projects that promote a . . .
On Saturday, Jeep Team’s Hank McGregor proved his world champion class yet again, cruising to victory ahead of the world’s top surfski paddlers at the Mauritius Ocean Classic – the second title race of the 2015 World Surfski Series. After narrowly missing out on top podium in the first title race of the series – the Molokai Surfski World Championships– McGregor was out in full force at Saturday’s race, claiming the title in 1h13m02s, ahead of Australia’s Cory Hill (Molokai Championship winner) in 1h13m34s, with Michael Booth (Australia) in third (1h13m54s). Fellow South African and Durban local, Matthew Bouman, finished fourth (1h14m18s), with Cape Town’s Dawid Mocké in fifth (1h15m04s). Jeep Team’s Barry Lewin placed ninth in 1h19m11s. Other Jeep Team news… Jeep Team’s Dylan Rebello (MTB athlete) and Michael Lord (Multisport athlete) are currently in Knysna taking part in the Big5 Sport Challenge Lite, which forms part of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. The Big5 Lite, running from 4 to 12 July,offers athletes a range of sports disciplines to choose from, including MTB, road cycling, swimming, paddling, trail and road running. All Lite athletes must compete in three of seven events in order to complete the challenge. Over the weekend, Lord placed 4th in the 50-km Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Race and 5th in the 1.6-km Knysna Dragons Lagoon Mile Swim.On Saturday, Rebello placed 5th in the 80-km Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour. Multisport Another success for Jeep Team’s riding multisport star,Mikaela Jonsson, saw her win Silver in category (18 – 19 Women) at theSouth African Duathlon Championships, which took place on Saturday in Bloemfontein. Jonsson finished the race (consisting of a 5km run; 20km cycle; and 2.5km run) in 1h16m, just behind first-placed Madelaine le Roux. BMX Jeep Team’s youngest athlete, Alex Dolman (15), competed in rounds four, five and six of the 2015 BMX National Age Group . . .
Jeep Team’s Dylan Rebello is proving his class when yet again this weekend, he took podium for first place for the U23’s and 3rd place overall at Race#2 at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series, which took place in Grabouw on 27 June. Rebello completed the 70-km race in 3h28m48s, just minutes behind first-placed Adriaan Louw (3h24m55s) and Lourens Luus in 2nd (3h25m19s). Edward Best finished 4th (3h32m57s), with Nico Pfitzenmaier 5th (3h36m28s). Rebello, a former Junior African cross-country champion, has been in fine form recently when he finished 2nd overall ahead of some of the country’s top riders at the three-day stage race RECM Knysna 200 on 15 June. Said Rebello after the Nissan TrailSeeker event, “It was a super tough race and I’m chuffed to be back on the podium in 3rd. Thanks to Advendurance for another great event! Proud to be wearing my Jeep Team colours.” Other Jeep Team news Surfski Jeep Team’s Hank McGregor continues to dominate the KZN surfski scene, securing yet another victory this weekend at the Zurich Pirates Umhlanga Pirates clash – Race#3 of the five-leg 2015 FNB Durban Downwind Surfski Series. Having missed the first two events of the series, McGregor seemed intent on winning at Saturday’s race, edging out strong competition to claim victory in 1h54m28s. Matthew Bouman finished 2nd, Wade Krieger 3rd, and Steve Woods 4th, with McGregor’s dad, Lee McGregor, placing 5th. Said McGregor: “The Pirates Umhlanga Pirates clash is such an iconic event so it was great to come down and be a part of this year’s race. I took it quite easy on the way to Umhlanga and Matthew [Bouman], my dad [Lee McGregor] and I turned about a minute behind Steve [Woods] and Wade [Krieger]. On the way back I looked to push the pace a little more and it was nice to get the win in the end!” McGregor and Jeep Team’s Barry Lewin are now on their way to Mauritius to compete in the 23-km Mauritius Ocean Classic, which takes place on Saturday, 4 July. Known as one of . . .