Verizon Business will be the official technology partner to the “Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour”, taking place on 9 March 2008. The company will supply all infrastructure and telecommunication support for the race which, as a landmark event in the global cycling calendar, attracts over 35 000 participants from around the world.
As the official IT partner, Verizon Business will host the race’s official website, via Verizon Colocation Services, providing secure, high-bandwidth connectivity to effectively support peaks in usage during race registration.
In addition, Verizon Business will provide the event’s media centre with the communications support to facilitate the delivery of up-to-the-minute information from the finish line on the day of the race.
Nomalanga Nkosi, marketing and social responsibility executive at Verizon Business SA, says: “Verizon Business has been a supporter of the Cycle Tour for the last six years, and this type of event gives us the opportunity to use our extensive communications expertise to demonstrate our commitment to supporting the South African economy.
"We have operations in almost all of the 55 countries that are sending entrants to the race, and feel that this event truly reflects the global nature of our own business operations. Verizon Business is proud to be its official IT partner again in 2008.”
South Africa’s Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour is the world’s largest individually timed cycle race and the first event outside Europe to be included in the International Cycling Union's Golden Bike Series.
Classed as a landmark event in the cycling calendar, the event attracts more than 35 000 cyclists worldwide who wish to tackle the grueling 109km route around the Cape Peninsula.
In addition, the event also supports the local economy, by generating business and tourism in the Western Cape.