The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth is bracing itself for an influx of cycling enthusiasts as it prepares to host The Herald VW Cycle Tour’s official expo and registration next Friday and Saturday.
According to event coordinator Linda Harwood, more than 30 cycling-related exhibitors will be in attendance, offering everything from hydration and nutrition products and spa services to eyewear, helmets, clothing, bikes and carrier racks.
“All the Bay cycle shops are represented this year.”
To mark the tour’s 30th anniversary, Harwood said, there would also be a classic bike showcase, featuring the top machines of yesteryear.
“Each bike will have a little history tag, showing its date of manufacture, country of origin and other interesting facts.”
She said the expo venue on the exhibition level would include a physiotherapy area offering free sports massages by the SA Society of Physiotherapy, which provides the rubdown service at the road and mountain bike races.
After awing the crowds with his daredevil stunts last year, multiple South African trials champion Dylan Victor would return with another death-defying display, Harwood said.
He will deliver four 20-minute demonstrations at 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm on the Friday inside the venue, with three more performances at 10am, noon and 2pm on the Saturday.
While online entries for the festival of cycling have closed, Harwood said entries would still be accepted (with a late entry fee) at late registration.
“Riders can register for both road and mountain bike races from 9am to 7pm on Friday.”
On Saturday, entries for Sunday’s feature races would be accepted between 9am and 3pm, she said.
“Moms and dads will also be able to sign their kids up for Saturday’s family road races from 6am to 7am on the morning of the race at the Reach for a Dream gazebo at Hobie Beach.”
The race village will also be the site of the official prize-giving at 1pm after the 106km Classic on the Sunday.
“We’re giving away a brand new VW Polo to one lucky rider as well as household goods, mountain bikes and other prizes worth more than R300 000,” Harwood said.
Wimpy, Spur and News Café will have breakfast specials, while Leonardo’s is offering carbo-loading pasta deals to race participants. El Greco and Dulcé Café will have steak and burger specials respectively.
Visit www.heraldcycletour.co.za for more information.