All saddled up

KEAGAN MITCHELL

It’s all systems go for the annual Tour d’ Plain which will hit the streets of Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain on Sunday May 1.

Billed as the biggest community cycling event, the second edition of Tour d’Plain, will start at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital and finish at the Strandfontein Pavilion, on Sunday May 1. If last year’s event, which attracted a fairly sizeable number of participants, is anything to go by, then cycling fans should brace for a bumper race.

There’ll be a number of road closures along the route from 5am until 1pm on Sunday May 1. Among these are:

* Swartklip Road, southbound, between Morgenster and Spine;

* Mew Way in both directions, between Spine and Pama roads;

* Mew Way in both directions, between Oscar Mpetha and Baden Powell;

* Pama Road in both directions, between Mew Way and Lwandle.

* Lwandle Road – both directions, between Pama and Spine;

* Lwandle Road in both directions;

* Walter Sisulu Road, southbound and Steve Biko Road in both directions between Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki.

Other road closures include sections of Highlands Drive, in Mitchell’s Plain, AZ Berman, Spine Road and Baden Powell Drive.

The two-day cycle festival will include an indoor exhibition, live stage performances food stalls, kid’s entertainment, carnival rides, great fun for the entire family and prizes to be won valued at more than R300 000.

A busy time awaits Khayelitsha’s Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School cycling squad as riders prepare for Saturday’s Discovery Duathlon, in Cape Town, followed by the Tour d’ Plain a week later.

The school is among a number schools across the city and beyond who are part if the Nedbank Sports Trust cycling programme.

* Call 021 376 0217 084 526 9006 or 079 928 9077 or visit www.tourdplain.co.za if you would like to book a stall.