Herald Cycle Tour 2009

Cyclists across the country will be getting ready to dust off the cobwebs and prepare for some of the country’s best-loved cycling events around this time of the year. The Herald Cycle Tour is just one such event and it takes place in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth every year.

Every year the Herald Cycle Tour sees hundreds of cyclists starting off on a journey to see, not only various aspects of the city, but also to test their endurance and stamina and compete against others in order to determine who cycled the race the best. There are two aspects to the race – the road race and the mountain bike race. The mountain bike race kicks off a fair distance from the city at the Addo Elephant National Park Rest Camp. Top competitors will be cycling an 85km route, winding its way through this rustic area on the outskirts of the city. The race both starts and ends at the Addo Elephant National Park and will kick off on 31 January 2009 at 06:00. There are three different race courses, with only more experienced cyclists tackling the 85km route. For those who are not quite up to that challenge, there will also be a 65km route and a 42km route. If you plan to participate, make sure that you choose the most appropriate option for you.

The Herald Cycle Tour road race is altogether different. It will see competitors starting in Port Elizabeth’s Marine Drive opposite Hobie Beach, from where they will cycle a full 105km route along the city’s roads. The proposed route will take them along some beautifully scenic stretches of road, giving them ample opportunity to soak in the sights and sounds to he city. However, it also very challenging and the combination of the challenge, the high level of fellow competitors and the lovely scenery all help to make this event a success. In addition, prize money to the value of R72 650 will be awarded at the end of the day. No wonder thousands of competitors gather together for this race each year! Those that are not so brave as to tackle the full race can attempt the 30km fun cycle ride, while children can make the most of the Children’s Cycle Challenge. Make sure you don’t miss out on this great event!