Children can join in excitement of cycling activities

WITH a full lineup of children’s and family events to choose from, young and fledgling cyclists can be a part of The Herald VW Cycle Tour on February 1.

These various Powerade-sponsored road and mountain bike races will start at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth and Addo Polo Club in Addo respectively.

Event organiser Linda Harwood said the main beachfront race village was traditionally abuzz with excitement on race day as hundreds of juniors turned out for the rides.

She said all proceeds from the events would again benefit Reach for a Dream.

Harwood said the little ones could take part in the 500m Toddlers’ Dash or 2km Kiddies’ Ride at Hobie Beach on Saturday morning, while parents and older children could ride as a family in the more demanding 10km Sprint and 21km Leisure Ride that follow.

“All the children who take part will receive medals, goodie bags and bottled water,” she said.

“There’ll be a photo booth where you can have your photo taken and printed on the spot to remember your special day.”

Harwood said one lucky participant would also pedal away with an age-appropriate new bicycle, courtesy of Cyclo Pro.

At Addo, young mountain bikers can sign up for the 500m Toddlers’ Dash and 5km Kiddies’ Challenge, or team up with their moms and dads for the 30km Leisure Challenge.

As official drinks sponsor of the cycle tour, Coca-Cola Fortune will not only sponsor the kiddies’ races under the Powerade brand but will also bring the “Share a Coke” campaign to the race village.

The worldwide campaign, which sees consumers getting a personalised can of Coke, was launched nationally on November 1 and will run until the end of March.

The Coca-Cola Waya Waya entertainment truck will also keep spectators entertained at the race village all weekend, while another mobile unit will refresh riders at the waterpoint on the Maitlands climb in Sunday’s 106km Classic feature race.

Late registration for the children’s events will take place on the morning of the races.

Enter at www.heraldcycletour.co.zaor find live updates at @heraldcycletourand www.facebook.com/TheHeraldCycleTour

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