After a deviation from the usual fast route along the west coast in 2016, the and set to take place on Sunday 10 September. Starting and finishing at the Koeberg Cricket Club in Duynefontein, situated on Cape Town’s west coast, the race offers two routes (78km and 54km) and both are (mostly) flat and fast! 2015 lived up to this reputation with average speeds over the longer route for the front group reaching almost 41km/hr.
As the first PPA road race of the season, the 78km is a great way for the seasoned riders to break the winter’s rest, and the 54km is ideal for the not-so-fit, or those just starting out in cycling.
About the route
Both routes leave the Duynefontein area and head North on the R27 towards Atlantis. The section on the R27 should see very high speeds due to pace lines as well as some possible help from the ‘infamous’ South Easter. While the 54km route turns into Atlantis, the longer route continues until the Mamre turnoff. Both routes return through Atlantis, and towards Philadelphia. Cyclists who have ridden the race before will be happy to note that the route will now turn off just before the sketchy pothole section, and continue along the N7, back towards Melkbos to the finish at Duynefontein.
Every year, the race organisers, the Outriders Cycle Club, select a number of non-profit organisations and charities to raise funds for, and this year, one of the beneficiaries is the Rotary Club of Melkbosstrand’s Eye Cycle Project. The project is a community-based programme that aims to prevent vision loss and blindness by promoting early detection and timely treatment of eye diseases. Riders (and their families) are encouraged to bring along any used spectacles, sunglasses or new frames to the race, and drop them in the marked bins at the start/finish venue. These will then be refurbished with new lenses if applicable, and distributed to school children in need that have been identified and tested in the programme.
There will be a festival-like atmosphere at the finish with music and food and beverages on sale, as well as a Specialized Allez E5 up for grabs at Prize Giving. Be sure to follow the official page on Facebook (West Coast Express Funride) for all the updated race details.
For more information and to enter either the 78km or the 54km, visit www.theoutriders.co.za. Registration and late entries can be done at Sportsman’s Warehouse, Mowbray on the Thursday 7 September from 12h00 – 17h00 as well as on race day.
West Coast Express Funride
Date: 10 September 2017
Category: Road Race
Distances: 78km, 54km
Venue: Koeberg Cricket Club, Duynefontein
Starting times: 78km – 07h00, 54km – 08h00
Organiser’s website: www.theoutriders.co.za
Online entries: www.pedalpower.org.za