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March 10, 2011

Cape Argus celebrity cyclists 2011

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Celebrity weatherman Derek van Dam will be doing a tandem ride with his father at the 2011 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town on Sunday. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

While Lance Armstrong won’t be returning to take part in the 2011 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, a host of local celebrities will be trying their hand (and their legs) at the 109km challenge on Sunday.

One to keep an eye on is Kfm radio show host Ryan O’Connor, who aims to complete the famous road race within three hours. This is his 14th consecutive Cape Argus event. Other radio personalities taking part include Kfm sports presenter Jeremy Harris, as well as Rob Vember, Elana Africa, Poppy Ntshongwana and Owen Hannie, all from 5FM.

Josie Borain, well known for her work as a Calvin Klein model in the 1980s, will be taking part in her first ever cycling event when she lines up at the start line in Adderley Street early on Sunday morning.

Derek van Dam, the extremely likable American e.tv weatherman and Cape Town resident, will be doing a tandem ride with his father, who is flying out specially from the United States.

Bobby Skinstad and Robbie Fleck, two of South Africa’s most exciting rugby players in the last 15 years, have remained active since retiring from the game, and will be pedalling along the Cape Argus route to raise funds for the Bobs for Good Foundation.

Michael Mol and Liezel van der Westhuizen, presenters of the morning television show Expresso, broadcast out of a Sea Point apartment in Cape Town, will also be taking part.

Tank Lanning, the popular Sport24 blogger, will probably be the heaviest rider taking part in the race, weighing in at more than 120kg. In a recent Sport24 blog, Lanning jokes, “I think the only lack of sleep will be from my poor mountain bike that has to carry me round the 109km!”

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour starts from Adderley Street at 06h15 on Sunday. See our blog about road closures in and around Cape Town on the day.

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