Cycling and a French affair

The fourth annual Tour de Force took place on a chilly Sunday morning together with the very ‘chic’ French Market at 3 Silos just outside East London. Cyclists including children of all ages entered into the different categories of 20km, 10km and 2km circuit. Others took part in the 5km fun run.

Selborne College trumpeter, Blake van der Kolk, playing the French National “La Marseillaise

2017 20km Ladies Open Division Champion, Shannon Kirkhoff, defended her title, starting the race in the traditional yellow jersey as is done in France. In a hotly contested race, Kirkhoff won in 01h14, retaining her yellow jersey. The winner of the Men’s 20km Open Division was Ryno Owen coming in at 01h01.

Revellers  indulged with various stalls offering cheeses, decadent delights, décor, furniture and art. Children’s entertainment included face painting and an animal touch farm. The Saunders family were overall “Best Dressed Frenchies” in their striking outfits, complete with berets.

Results for the cycling categories were:

20km Men

1st Ryno Owen

2nd Nathan Trollip

3rd Ed Marshall


20km Ladies

1st Shannon Kirkhoff

2nd Anine Koch

3rd Sally Hayman


10km Men

1st Alex Fanicchi

2nd Jack Hayman

3rd Jed Bridger


10km Ladies

1st Elke Kock

2nd Nicolene Schutte

3rd Lienke Evans

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