Pumptracks, pump tunes and pump for peace in August 2017!

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If you have a calendar in front of you, circle Saturday the 12th of August 2017 right now! That’s the day wild rides and wild music come together in an outdoor event like never before in South Africa.

Who can resist lounging on a picnic blanket in the golden glow of an August sun and the rich sounds of live performances after an exhilarating adventure ride around a natural park?

Global sports and music upliftment initiative #pumpforpeace rocked its launch in Lesotho, and now it’s hitting South Africa with its benefit concerts and new pump tracks. And it all starts at Pretoria’s Wolwespruit Mountain Bike and Trail Park (just off the N1 Rigel Avenue off-ramp) with a star-studded line up.

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Event producer Maryke Zietsman’ of The Project Room is thrilled to announce the full line up of musicians performing at SA’s first #pumpforpeace event. ‘We’ve got some of the hottest, most talked-about, most danced-to, most sung-along-to musical acts of the moment.’ she says.

Music lovers have got a whole day of sounds to look forward to from The Parlotones, Karen Zoid, Desmond & The Tutus, The Black Cat Bones, Tidal Waves and The Sweet Resistance. All with the indomitable Catherine Grenfell as your MC and DJ for the day.

Fresh off the back of their recent Storyteller tour and the launch of their accompanying book, The Parlotones are never short of songs, imagination, or the raw energy and theatrics they exude on stage.

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iTunes rock star with tracks like “What It Means”, Karen Zoid live on stage is a fierce reminder of why she’s the reigning queen of rock. This singer, guitarist, songwriter, and The Voice SA coach is one never to miss.

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And that’s not all you have to look forward to. With their totally unique sounds, Desmond & The Tutus is a definite must-see, The Black Cat Bones is the MK Best Live Act award-winning band known to burn up every stage they hit, Tidal Waves is SA’s premier reggae band, and with their SA Top 30 #1 Captivated, SAMA nominated rock band The Sweet Resistance is definitely the next big thing to watch on SA’s music scene.

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Of course, this is all after lungful’s of fresh air and wild loops in an enduro race with legendary mountain bike racer and #pumpforpeace initiator Claudio Caluori.

Caluori says that normally enduro races are pretty technical and intensely competitive, but that the focus on this day is to encourage some family fun on the trails and to introduce new riders to this exciting and growing sport. ‘Although,’ he grins, ever the competitor, ‘if you think you’re hard-core enough for a gap jump or a rocky drop … we have some special surprises for you.’

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The enduro race kicks off the day with an 8 AM start, while the musicians will start pumping their awesome tunes at 11 AM. You’re welcome to pack some snacks into a picnic basket, but you should know there will be tons of food, glorious food. Treats for those with sweet teeth, mouth-watering SA favourites for those with rumbling tums, and a full bar for those over 18.

All proceeds will support the revival of music initiatives and the construction of new pump tracks (the undulating, heart-pumping, feature-rich global rage for all things on wheels) in disadvantaged communities. Caluori’s company Velosolutions has built pumptracks from Thailand to New York City and he has seen first-hand how age, race, gender, and social barriers dissolve and talent blooms on the tracks.

Velosolutions has been an active part of the mountain bike scene for 22 years and is a global leader in pump track and trail building. Caluori has been a pro athlete for many years and knows the industry like no other. He has delivered world class cycling infrastructure around the globe, helping to make cycling more accessible than ever before, inspiring a new generation of cyclists, and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

Caluori was born in Switzerland, in the heart of the Alps and he discovered his passion for mountain biking at a young age and went on to ride competitively from the late 1990s. With an extensive race history, he is known for his infamous Red Bull Bike / Go Pro course previews.

Ticket prices range from R180 for general access for adults and R100 for kids under 12. Kids under 4 get free entrance. For those looking for an exclusive experience, limited VIP tickets are going for R280 and give you access to a separate VIP bar area with shaded seating, convenient parking inside the venue perimeter and premium bathroom facilities.

Enduro race entries are R300 and VIP enduro tickets are R400. Both enduro tickets include access to the show, however the VIP enduro tickets will also include access to the VIP facilities. Tickets are available on www.webtickets.co.za. For more information check out the  Facebook Event Page.

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