Entries open for the 22nd Coronation Double Century in Swellendam

tgp_5886(29 July 2014, Cape Town) Entries for the annual Coronation Double Century, now in its 22nd year, open at 13h00 on Wednesday, 30 July 2014. Cyclists are encouraged to enter early to avoid disappointment as only 200 teams of up to 12 riders each will be allowed to participate. Entries will close as soon as this limit has been reached.

The highly-anticipated team cycling event will take place on Saturday, 22 November 2014, when roughly 2,000 riders will tackle the challenging 202km route that starts and ends in the quaint town of Swellendam.

David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT), says: “The Coronation Double Century is one of the most popular team cycling events on the South African cycling calendar. Last year we celebrated its momentous 21st birthday with the fastest win in the history of the race. We have no doubt that this year’s event will offer equally satisfying riding conditions, cycling quality and outstanding results.” The CTCTT organises the annual event on behalf of the Pedal Power Association.

Coronation Fund Managers, sponsor of the event for the past eight years, is proud to be associated with this great test of teamwork and tenacity. Senior portfolio manager Neville Chester says, “Taking part in the Coronation DC demands long-term training commitment, discipline and the resolve to go the distance on the day. This resonates with what drives us at Coronation. We have a steadfast determination to deliver the best possible investment returns over the long term.”

The demanding, but scenic route will remain unchanged in 2014, again passing through the Overberg region, including Montagu, the Tradouw Pass and the tough 7km Op De Tradouw stretch. In order to improve cyclists’ safety along the route, there will be a significant change to the format of this year’s event.

Bellairs explains: “In our eternal quest to improve the riding quality of the Coronation Double Century, support vehicles will no longer be permitted to follow their riders from Ashton, but will instead be detoured via an alternate route to Bonnievale where a neutral feeding zone will be made available to teams. It is hoped that the change in format not only improves the safety on the road for participants, but also contributes to a pleasant riding experience.”

Steve Hayward, chairman of the Pedal Power Association says, “To be able to partner with the CTCTT, so that we can present another exciting Coronation Double Century for both cyclists and spectators, is an absolute privilege. We are looking forward to another successful event in 2014.”

Teams can enter at www.coronationdc.co.za. A valid credit card is required to pay the R7,000.00 entry fee per team and only the first 200 paid teams will be accepted.

Riders interested in finding team members can make use of the online notice board at http://www.coronationdc.co.za/riders/notice-board-entries/.

For event-related queries, please contact the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust Events Office on 086 184 6464 during office hours.

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