Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour celebrates 30 years

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year and the Knysna Rotary organising committee will mark the occasion with the introduction of a number of new routes and races.

Press release by  Knysna Cycle Tour

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The Knysna Cycle Tour has grown enormously since its inception in 1987 and now comprises four popular events which will take place on 8 and 9 July, the first weekend of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival: MTB events, road races, the SPUR Children’s Tour, and the Forest Family Dam Ride.

MTB Races

The MTB event on 8 July is one of the biggest in southern Africa and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna forest. Traditionally the events consisted of four different MTB routes for varying technical abilities – 80 km, 50 km, 30 km and 15 km. This year, the organising committee is changing the 15 km route to an easier, fun ride for all ages, and introducing a 30 km e-bike route.

“We understand that this will be the first electric bike race in the country,” says Race Director Elwin Thompson, “and we are hoping to attract e-bikers from all over South Africa.”

Knysna Cycle Tour | TheOneK.com

Knysna Cycle Tour | TheOneK.com

The MTB routes are rated amongst the most scenic in the world and include access to privately owned sections of property that are usually closed to the public.  Set up and managed by Leon Evans, known as Dr Evil, they test the skills of competitors to the maximum.

Road Races

The challenging 115 km road race on Sunday 9 July will follow the route introduced three years ago, which was designed for enthusiastic, competitive roadies. It takes cyclists from Knysna to Sedgefield and Kleinkranz, then back to Knysna via Sedgefield and Karatara.

The 50 km road race route is from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2.

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This year, for the first time, both these races will include a category for mountain bikes. “We are doing this in response to many requests that we’ve received over the years from cyclists who want to enter both a MTB event on the first day of the tour and a road race the next day, but can only transport one bike to Knysna,” says Thompson. “We are confident that this is going to grow cyclist numbers in both events.”

Kids race

The SPUR Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tour on Sunday 9 July is a fun, safe event for children aged 2 to 10. There are three events for different age groups, all starting and finishing at the Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds in Waterfront Drive.

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Another new innovation this year will see the popular Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday 9 July split into two events: a 20 km and a 30 km ride. Both rides are scenic MTB routes through the Knysna forest and past some of the town’s dams. The 30 km event is for more experienced riders, while the 20 km ride is for MTB riders of all ages and competency, including children aged 12 years and older. They are only guided fun rides and will not be timed.

Says Thompson: “We would like to see as many cyclists as possible participating in events on both days of the cycle tour, and our new events and categories will make this much more feasible. There will also be overall prizes for cyclists who enter events on both days.”

The Knysna Cycle Tour is one of the biggest and most popular events on the national cycling calendar and a highlight of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.

Online entries opened on 4 March 2017.

For more information visit www.knysnacycle.co.za.

Follow the Knysna Cycle Tour on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about all the events.

EVENT ENQUIRIES

Megan or Linda | Cell: 079 796 7834 | Tel: 044 382 1129 (mornings only) | Email: enquiries@knysnacycle.co.za

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Jeannine Orzechowski | Cell: 082 881 9468| Tel: 044 388 4793 | Email: jeannine@saol.com

 

 

Homemade Gnocchi with Basil pesto

Make your own homemade Gnocchi!

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Travel with me down memory lane to our trip to Italy in 2013. Italy is known for its selection and different varieties of pastas and pizzas. One of my personal favorites; is freshly prepared Gnocchi.

Nothing beats the warm, soft balls of pasta with a creamy sauce that melts in your mouth. To make your own Gnocchi is not difficult at all! In actual fact, you just need to main ingredients; potato and flour start the process.

Homemade Gnocchi with Basil Pesto

Homemade Gnocchi with Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 250g x Flour
  • 3 x Potatoes (Peeled & boiled)
  • Salt (YES, that is all!)

How to make your own Gnocchi?

Begin by peeling and boiling the Potatoes until soft. Set aside and wait until they’re cooled off, before you start to mash them.

Boiled potatoes

Boiled potatoes

This is the easy part. Start the Gnocchi-making process by mashing the Potato until smooth. Add the Potato mash, flour,  salt, and mix together until well blended. You should end up with a dough-like ball.

Making the dough

Making the dough

You can roll out the dough into a long sausage shape and cut into small piece (3cm). I’ve made it a few times and roughly take a pinch of dough and roll in in a small ball.

Roll dough in small balls

Roll dough in small balls

Take one small piece (ball) at a time and roll over the back-end of a fork. I bought a wooden Gnocchi-roller in Italy some time back, but a fork works perfectly! The fork will provide the imprint on the Gnocchi. Handy tip: Keep your flour close by and dust your hands every now & then, so the dough balls doesn’t get stuck to your fingers or on the fork.

Rolled Gnocchi

Rolled Gnocchi

Once you have used all the dough, I would recommend putting it on a tray and keep it in the fridge until you cook it. You can always make it and then freeze it for another day. Just make sure you close it in a freezer-friendly bag.

How to cook Gnocchi?

Here is the super easy part; cooking your glorious homemade Gnocchi! Add water to a pot and bring the water to a boil. Add a pinch (or two-three) of salt. Now, pour in the Gnocchi, and leave to cook for about 5 minutes. The beauty about Gnocchi is that once it is ready the Gnocchi will rise to the surface and you can scoop it out.

Sauce:

Another quick and easy way to make dress your warm Gnocchi is add a creamy Blue Cheese sauce.  Pour Cream into a warm pan. After a minute, crumble the Blue cheese in & stir. Stir until well blended, turn down heat & remove from stove.

Pour fresh cream into a warm pan and after a minute. Then, crumble Blue cheese in and stir. Stir until well blended, turn down heat and remove from stove. Pour the sauce into the pot with the Gnocchi. Stir through and it is ready to serve!

Steamy-dreamy Gnocchi

Steamy Gnocchi

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