The Herald VW Cycle Tours new-look website and social media
platforms, which launched this week, are making it easier for cyclists to enter
online and get the latest news on the event.
Web designer Damian Giulietti (left) of Perfect Circle and
Bukani Print owner Alan Taylor review the online and
printed entry systems for The Herald VW Cycle Tour.
Photo: The Herald
The 27th edition promises a full weekend festival of cycling, starting with the mountain bike challenge at Addo on February 4 and culminating in the road events at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth the following day.
The website is your hub for everything related to the event, said The Heralds chief marketing officer Justin Peel. Weve simplified the design and content to ensure its easier to navigate whether youre a road cyclist, mountain biker or spectator.
Peel said the online site, which was designed by Perfect Circle, provided comprehensive information for riders, including the full schedule of events, start line details, route maps and prize money on offer.
He said interested residents could also visit the site for the specifics of the rolling road closures that would be in effect.
In addition, Peel said participants would find links to the races Facebook page and Twitter feed for breaking news. If there are any last-minute changes or weather-related problems, you will get instant updates via the social media.
He said followers could also look forward to a Twitter ride, popularised by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, ahead of the event. Details will be sent out via our social media platforms.
Peel said organisers were encouraging riders to make use of the online registration process as it was much easier for users and administrators alike. You can enter every event from the 105km Classic to the 500m Toddlers Dash.
He said the first 100 users who entered online would receive a free race t-shirt to the value of R80. If youre not one of the lucky ones, you can still purchase your race merchandise via the website.
Peel said a running list of successful entries would be added to the site, which entrants should check in order to eliminate problems at the pre-race registration and expo. If you have entered and your names not on there, youll know that there could be a problem with your payment and registration process.
Those who still preferred the manual entry method could download a form from the website, he said. Bukani Print has also made entry forms available at all cycle shops in Nelson Mandela Bay and payments can be made at these stores.
Road cyclists can enter the 105km Classic, 70km Pursuit and 40km Challenge, or one of the three family options the 21km Leisure Ride, 2km Kiddies Ride and 500m Toddlers Dash sponsored by Powerade.
Mountain bikers can sign up for the 80km Extreme, 60km Adventure or the family-orientated 30km Powerade Leisure Challenge. The 5km Kiddies Challenge and 500m Toddlers Dash, also supported by Powerade, complete the line-up.
The closing date for entries is January 30.
Visit the online home of cycling at www.heraldcycletour.co.za. Alternatively, follow the race on Twitter (In_the_Bunch) or like the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TheHeraldCycleTour).
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