It’s all ready, set, and go … for the Amashova Durban Classic

2013-10-12 00:00

THE roadworks in front of the Pietermaritzburg City Hall will not stop the Amashova Durban Classic from starting on Chief Albert Luthuli Street as it has for years.

On Sunday, the cycle tour will commence a little ahead of the construction. Participants doing the 106km tour will be cycling from Chief Albert Luthuli Street in Pietermaritzburg to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Along the way they will be joined by the 65 km participants and the 35 km participants.

This year there are up to 10 000 participants. As previously reported by Weekend Witness, one of the participants, Chris Lyle, will be cycling on his grandfather’s old bike from the 1930s to honour his late uncle and to raise awareness for the “We are Durban” organisation.

Lyle will not be the only unusual participant this year.

Around 48 participants will be riding in cow costumes, all to raise funds for the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (Choc). They are part of a national group called “The Cows” who participate in sporting activities for charity.

This year they hope to raise R4 million nationwide across various cycling challenges.

While most of The Cows will be tackling the 106 km category of the Amashova, the herd will participate in all distances of the tour. They even have a group of school “cows”, including six-year-old Tyler Curtis, who will do the 35 km category.

Lynne Macrae, aka “Media Moo”, of The Cows hopes that more people will join their herd.

“It is great way to help those who need assistance, and meet like-minded people to find ways to help more. Cancer affects everyone. The Cow support within the herd is incredible and everyone helps each other along.

We have the most noticeable kit in any event, and the support and cheers from the public help us moo-ove along! And yes, it makes the public smile!”

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