Cy­clists do it for a cause

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In an ar­ti­cle head­lined, For en­trepreneurs, cy­cling is the new golf, CNNMoney re­ported: “Across Amer­ica, en­trepreneurs and sea­soned ex­ec­u­tives are sidelin­ing a pop­u­lar net­work­ing ac­tiv­ity – golf – in favour of a dif­fer­ent group sport.”

League of Amer­i­can Bi­cy­clists pres­i­dent Andy Clarke ob­served: “Un­like golf, cy­cling is also a great equaliser. You’re the same as the person rid­ing next to you. So it makes peo­ple more ap­proach­able.”

For the past few years, cy­cling has been grow­ing in leaps and bounds in South Africa and has been touted as the fastest-grow­ing sport.

But what most catches the eye is that al­most ev­ery cy­cling event has a cor­po­rate so­cial in­vest­ment project at­tached to it. Change a Life Cy­cle Tour

A to­tal of 65 South African busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives will take part in the seventh Change a Life Cy­cle Tour over 600km in the Western Cape from Septem­ber 13-18.

The ex­ec­u­tives in­clude CEOs Nicky New­ton-King ( JSE), Mthunzi Md­waba (Tzoro IBC), Nic Kohler (Hol­lard), Jan van Niek­erk (RECM), An­drew Bradley (Old Mu­tual Wealth), Itumeleng Kgaboe­sele (Sphere Hold­ings), Th­e­sele Group ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Thabo Leeuw, USN chair­per­son Albe Gelden­huys and Gaut­eng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu.

The race aims to raise R3.5 mil­lion this year – which will take the to­tal raised in seven years to R25 mil­lion. The event will also in­clude am­bas­sadors Rob­bie Hunter, a rac­ing cham­pion, and ex­treme sports­man Martin Dreyer.

Es­tab­lished in 2008 in mem­ory of Com­put­er­share ex­ec­u­tive Mike Thom­son, who was mur­dered at his fam­ily home in 2007, the main aim of the an­nual event is to raise funds to sup­port vic­tims of crime.

The Western Cape is home to the event’s lat­est ben­e­fi­ciary, the Change a Life Rape Cri­sis Cen­tre. Other ben­e­fi­cia­ries are: The DNA Project;

Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy; iChoose to Change a Life; Change a Life Kushido KarateDo; and

Ne­mato Change a Life. The Cansa Lost City Cy­cling Chal­lenge Started 17 years ago and be­ing staged this week­end, The Cansa (Can­cer As­so­ci­a­tion of SA) Lost City Cy­cle Chal­lenge is aim­ing to raise more than R200 000.

The money will be chan­nelled to Cansa North West and Lim­popo for their aware­ness pro­grammes. The event – staged at Sun City in North West – has raised more than R3.3 mil­lion and col­lected R150 000 last year.

It con­sists of a road race by 4 000 cy­clists and 1 000 moun­tain bik­ers. Sun­gar­dens Carousel Clas­sic

A to­tal of 629 cy­clists took part in this race last Satur­day (Women’s Day) and raised R28 900 for the Sun­gar­dens and Mamelodi hos­pices. The event was be­ing staged for the 15th year. Mo­men­tum Mil­lion Rand Chal­lenge In­sur­ance com­pany Mo­men­tum and MoreCorp have come up with an in­no­va­tive idea that mar­ries cy­cling and golf. Un­der the Mo­men­tum Mil­lion Rand Chal­lenge ban­ner, the par­tic­i­pants will get dis­counts at The Pro Shop, Mo­men­tum Golf Vil­lage and Cy­cle Lab stores.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which started last Satur­day, will run for the next 12 months and the ul­ti­mate win­ner will pocket R1 mil­lion. The chal­lenge will take place at Mo­men­tum Golf Vil­lages/driv­ing ranges in Cen­tu­rion, Gil­loolys, Ke­nil­worth, Som­er­set West and Tyger Val­ley from 9am to 12pm ev­ery Satur­day.


Rob­bie Hunter

AM­BAS­SADOR Martin Dreyer


Mthunzi Md­waba

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