Riders all the merrier after the good race

2017-09-21 06:02
Cyclists in a happy mood after the Township Schools Cycle SummitPHOTO: lindile mbontsi

Cyclists in a happy mood after the Township Schools Cycle SummitPHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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he TAS Bonga.Org Cycling Academy Inter-Schools Cycling League ended on a high note and boy, are organisers smiling from ear to ear.

Aptly named the Township Cycling Summit the event saw more learners participating in the competition at Chris Hani Art and Culture School in mid-August..

TAS BCA founder Bonga Ngqobane said their mission was to engage youth in historically disadvantaged communities and schools positively.

“We found the need to formalize and structure a programme that would draw attention and expand exposure to the sport of cycling that has been fast growing in the township of Khayelitsha,” he said.

“One of the main reasons we put together this programme which is the ISCL into public school, we wanted to introduce our historically disadvantaged community schools into cycling and change the perception that cycling is only for rich people and also try to convince black girls to try cycling as a sport, and lastly to bring the sport of cycling to the doorsteps of our communities,” he said.

Ngqobane hailed the school’s management for allowing them to “preparing for the event.”

“We found out that the turnout actually exceeded the number we expected on the day, which was very interesting to us. This showed us that the programme attracted and created vibe in our community and the schools more importantly,” he said

William Newman, MD of the head sponsor The Answer Series, congratulated the BCA team for putting together a high class event right in the heart of the township.

“I must commend Bonga.Org Cycling Academy for putting together this fantastic event, we all thought it would be raining today but I see the weather has played along and I know we are going to have a very good day.

“I am very encouraged by what is see in terms of talent and this is the future of our sport with the support BCA needs and kids I know this is a sustainable project and this is the future,” said Newman.

He said there was hope that some of the cyclist would go on to represent the countryat the Olympic games.

“There is no reason the team representing SA can’t come from young boys and girls Khayelitsha ISCL and I would really like to commend BCA team again for putting together this fantastic event and I would like to see this growing from strength to strength. There has to be weekly events to give all the talented young boys and girls opportunity,” said Newman.

The event commenced with the age 10-13 year old group with 12 riders. It was a great performance from all riders.

“This is my first race ever and I want to thank BCA for the opportunity and I so wish we can have more of this races here in Khayelitsha” said Lonwabo Mhlasela who took the first place in his age category (U/13).

At 9h30 the ladies lined up to start their race at 09h40, Ncebakazi Mkodeni the defending champion was amongst the bunch ready to defend her title.

Before the race started, we spoke to her:

“My plan is to just try keeping my pace and trying to get away from the other girls the second lap” said Ncebakazi.

Eventually we saw that happening as Ncebakazi broke away from the first lap and took the 2017 TAS ISCL title.

“I was well prepared for this race and the results proved it,” said Ncebakazi.

Around 10h30 the main race started as Elite riders and U/23s, Sipamandla Poto from Masiyile High School was amongst the riders with the 2015 defending champion Azukile Simayile from Stellenbosch winning again.

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