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Wannabees road race now around Raithby

Cycling is fast growing in popularity as a sport, with many people hopping onto the saddle as a means to test their mettle, be competitive or just stay fit.

From road cycling and mountain biking to track cycling and leisure rides to exploring the outdoors, the sport is rapidly growing into one practised and loved by all and sundry.

This is exactly what Wannabees Cycling Club (WCC) has experienced over the last four years. The club, formerly known as Helderberg Cycle Club, was established in 2004 and is currently the cycling home of more than 1 200 cyclists from the basin and surrounding areas.

Says Sue Kirk, social events coordinator of WCC: “During the earlier years, a lot of emphasis was placed on the members enjoying riding, mainly on the road, with like-minded friends, enjoying a strong social aspect to the rides. The development of mountain biking trails between Somerset West and Stellenbosch saw the club expanding rapidly in the past four years.”

WCC is gearing up for its premier event of the year, when it hosts the Raithby Circuit Western Province League road race on Sunday 2 September. The race, which was hosted years ago, will be revived this year and will be held in a new format, Kirk explains.

“One of the conditions of being affiliated to Western Province Cycling Association is that clubs host an annual event. Last year WCC hosted a successful circuit race at Somerset Lakes. [However], due to the expansion of the development, it wasn’t seen to be a safe [venue] anymore,” she says.

“The Wannabees Road Committee decided to hold the event in Raithby, as Raithby Primary School is a beneficiary of the club’s social responsibility programme and any exposure can only be beneficial [to the school].”

The race will take place on a 9,9 km circuit around the Raithby and Winery Road area. Youth riders (under-17 and under-19) will set off at 08:00, followed by those entering the open category. Thereafter, the three competitive categories – WP League racers, women and men – will be in action.

“In the open category, participants are encouraged to take part in our Spring Day fancy-dress competition. These riders will have to complete one lap of the circuit, while those who want to race will have to complete two laps,” Kirk said.

The fancy-dress competition will see the crowning of the best-dressed man and woman, as well as the first-placed man and woman who completed two laps.

Furthermore, WCC and the WP Cycling Association will be running a competition at Raithby Primary, which will be open to all school-going children. “Children must design the WCC advertising poster for the event, depicting the theme ‘Spring Day on a Bicycle’. The winning learner will receive a KFC lunch treat for his or her entire class,” Kirk added.

“We would like to encourage families to take part in the open category ride and any sponsorships would be gladly welcomed.”

For more information and details on how to enter, visit www.wannabees.co.za.

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