Cows plan stampede at tour

2016-04-12 06:00
 Photo: supplied Part of the Cows herd taking part in the aQuellé Tour Durban 45km Fun Ride last year with Gordon Reid riding the ice cream.

Photo: supplied Part of the Cows herd taking part in the aQuellé Tour Durban 45km Fun Ride last year with Gordon Reid riding the ice cream.

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INTO the final week before normal entries close for the aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday 24 April, the distinctive charity-driven athletes in their cow suits are mobilising a "herd" to take part in the popular 45km ride.
The KwaZulu-Natal herd of Cows has become a distinctive part of the aQuellé Tour Durban, and every year a steadily increasing group of social riders have joined their group, or herd, as a show of solidarity with their on-going efforts to raise funds for, and profile the work done by The Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (Choc).
Last year, one of their stalwart members, Pinetown businessman Gordon Reid, rode the aQuellé Tour Durban 45km race on an ice-cream cart bike surrounded by fellow Cows, who helped push him up some of the hills. True to form the high-spirited Cows engaged fellow riders and spectators with their enthusiastic banter and passionate team spirit.
This year, race organisers have set aside a batch in the 45km race specially for the Cows. Anyone interested in riding with the herd needs to enter the race first, buy one of their distinctive Cow T-shirts to ride in and then contact Mamma Moo at the KZN herd of the Cows.
"Our motto is simple - love living life," says Reid, who has been involved with the Cows from inception of the KZN herd.
"When it all started at the 2008 94.7 the people involved tried to get matching costumes to ride in and all they could find was six cow suits. That's where the Cows was born."
The Cows project was started by friends close to the family of 20-month-old Jessica Bain, who died of cancer. Her parents, Kerrin and Grant Bain, threw their weight behind a pilot fund-raiser for the Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa at the 94.7 Cycle Challenge in memory of their daughter.
The project caught the imagination of the race and the public and snowballed as a fund-raiser and awareness drive for the fight against childhood cancer. Nationally the Cows had raised over R24 million for Choc-related charities by the beginning of 2015.
The KZN herd of Cows gets involved with many of the province's major sporting events like the Comrades Marathon, the Midmar Mile, the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon, ECR Big Walk, Compendium MTB Derby and Trail Run and the Amashova cycle races, using their enthusiasm for endurance sporting events to channel awareness and funds to the childhood cancer charity.
"The herd is really looking forward to the aQuellé Tour Durban this year, and we are hoping to get as many riders that have entered the easy 45km ride to Umdloti and back to join us in the special charity batch," said Reid.
Any rider keen to join the Cows herd for the 45km race will need to lodge a normal entry first and then notify Mamma Moo at the KZN herd by email at
Entries will be taken at registration at Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World from 10am to 5pm on Friday, 22 and Saturday, 23 April. The 105km road race, 45km fun race and 55km cyclocross race take place on Sunday 24 April.

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