Tour de Force 2017 and forthcoming events

The Alliance Française d’East London is delighted to report that this year’s Tour de Force was a resounding success. We also have a couple of exciting events coming up, so be sure to diarise the dates so you do not miss out on any of the fun.

Tour de Force

Held at 3 Silos on 11 June, the Tour de Force attracted scores of entrants and visitors. The rustic venue was transformed into a vibrant French market; the air filled with laughter, music, and the aroma of savouries, sweets, and freshly-brewed coffee.

Of the total 251 registered entrants, 176 were cyclists and 75 were runners or walkers. This was a significant improvement on last year’s 159 entries, and proves that the Tour de Force is becoming a popular event on the local calendar.

First place in the men’s 20km cycle race went to Zachary Swart, who completed the course in 00:59:52. Paul Steyn placed second with a time of 00:59:55, and Ryno Owen placed third with a time of 01:03:58.

Shannon Kirkhoff placed first in the women’s 20km cycle race, with a time of 01:05:51. Second place went to Lara-Ann Van Der Venter, who finished in 01:05:52, while Michelle Powell placed third with a time of 01:07:59.

First place in the men’s 10km cycle race went to Bradley McLaren, who finished with a time of 00:31:40. Lourens Spies placed second with a time of 00:41:17, and Alex Fanicchi placed third with a time of 00:41:17.

The winner of the women’s 10km cycle race was Madison Mann, who finished with a time of 00:41:19. Tina du Plessis placed second with a time of 00:42:57, and Erin Batting placed third with a time of 00:55:23.

Tiaan Wessels won the Under 6’s 2km cycle race. Second place went to Nicolas Koch, and third place went to Christiaan Koch.

First place in the men’s 5km Fun Run/Walk went to Bradley Saunders, who finished in 00:28:02. Yannik Zinser took second place with a time of 00:29:15, and Michael Zinser placed third with a time of 00:29:41.

Andrea Saxton took first place in the women’s 5km Fun Run/Walk with a time of 00:29:41. Kara Batting placed second with a time of 00:29:55, and Joanne Batting placed third with a time of 00:29:56.

Visit the Alliance Française d’East London website or Click here for the results for all Tour de Force 2017.

The 5km Fun Run/Walk was enjoyed by all who participated. Competitors vied for the “Best Dressed Frenchie” prizes. Lynda and her children, Caylin and Bradley proved they know how to add a new concept to “best dressed” section. And Mr and Mrs Boeke embraced the “joie de vivre” of France with their innovative outfits.

The AFEL committee thanks convenors Pierre and Pat Viaene, as well as the other members, volunteers, stall holders, entrants, sponsors, and visitors for their outstanding work and tremendous support in making this year’s Tour de Force one to remember!

Like the Alliance Française d’East London Facebook page to view photos of the event

Save the Dates:

Friday 30 June:

Our Movie Club is showing ” T E R R A “,
a beautiful documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Where: Nahoon Mouth Bowling Club, 83 Harewood Drive, Nahoon
Time: 6:30pm for 7pm
Entrance fee: R40 for members; R60 for non-members

Includes soup and bread. A cash bar will be available. Please support the NMBC bar and do not bring your own drinks.

Please do not forget to RSVP before Wednesday June 28 for catering purposes to

About the movie: Terra (2015) is a film by French filmmakers Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, produced by Hope Production. The 90 minute documentary was produced over a period of 18 months, with more than 60 days of filming from the air, and 60 days of filming on the ground.

Visually stunning and often thought-proviking, Terra considers humanity’s natural history and our existence on Earth. It places our unique journey as a species within the many different phases of the planet’s growth, and it showcases the remarkable characteristics of various other life-forms with which we share the planet.

In doing so, the film encourages us to question how we now wish to interact with those other species, and shows how our own imaging and representation of nature can change the course of future events.

Friday 14 July: Bastille Day

Celebrate Bastille Day with the Alliance Française d’East London on 14 July. We are planning a feast for France’s national day, so make sure you add the date to your diary. More details to follow.

Friendly Reminder: 2017 Membership Renewals

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed their AFEL membership for 2017. If you have not already done so, please send us an email at and we will send you a membership form as well as our banking details for EFT.