Cyclist takes on mammoth challenge

2016-11-23 06:01
PHOTO: Jonathan Burton Ahead of the Ride for MrP Foundation, two Pietermaritzburg residents, Dion Ross and Sibongiseni ‘Sbo’ Zondi will be taking to the roads for the seventh ride from Johannesburg to Durban this weekend. They join another 38 cyclists who will be pedalling the distance as a fund-raising initiative for the foundation. The 40 cyclists will be cycling over 600km in two days, each leg being longer than any leg on the Tour D’France.

PHOTO: Jonathan Burton Ahead of the Ride for MrP Foundation, two Pietermaritzburg residents, Dion Ross and Sibongiseni ‘Sbo’ Zondi will be taking to the roads for the seventh ride from Johannesburg to Durban this weekend. They join another 38 cyclists who will be pedalling the distance as a fund-raising initiative for the foundation. The 40 cyclists will be cycling over 600km in two days, each leg being longer than any leg on the Tour D’France.

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SOUTH Africa has a vibrant and competitive cycling scene and for those with enough determination, the sport can be life-changing in a tangible way.

One such athlete is 26-year-old Dion Ross, a member of the Vertical Spaces cycling team, who first spun the pedals in 2011.

Ross grew up in Pietermaritzburg’s Imbali township and has come to see cycling as a tool for bridging cultural and racial divides.

“Cycling not only keeps you physically fit, it grows you mentally and has the ability to unite people from different spheres and walks of life. My achievements are not based on awards or prizes, but on motivation and personal achievements attained.

“This includes finishing all the races I have ever entered, particularly the 94.7 Cycle Challenge in 2014, where I finished 10 minutes behind the winner.

“I have also travelled to places I never thought I would see and had really good races in the open bunches. I consider myself one of the ambassadors in my team,” he said

His next big challenge is the upcoming Ride for MRP Foundation. Now in its seventh annual iteration, the event is a gruelling 660km ride from Johannesburg to Durban spanned over two days (27-28 November) that raises funds and awareness for the MRP Foundation and requires much mental and physical fortitude.

“I am very excited about this event, it is challenging indeed. I have never done a ride of more than 200km, but it takes a strong-minded athlete to give it his or her all, not only for their own benefit, but for all those who lack financial support to attain skills at a higher education level.”

Ross added that the greatest achievement in life is to contribute to the betterment of others and expressed deep gratitude to the foundation for allowing him to do so.

If you’d like to donate to this cause, use the following details:

Bank: Absa Kingsmead (511326)

Swift code: ABSAZAJJ

Branch code: 632005 (Universal)

Account: 4075526746.

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