Schlebs and the Argus

By admin
14 March 2011

Celebs were out in force on Sunday to show their support for the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour, adding a touch of glamour to the world-renowned event.

Former Springbok rugby star Bob Skinstad took part in his first ever Argus event. “It was good fun! It was my first one, so it was a little bit sedated, but it was so much fun!” he said today.

Skinstad was among the fittest in the squad when he took to the pitch in the green and gold, and it looks like his fitness hasn’t failed him yet.

“The legs are a bit stiff today, and the bum is a little bit sore. I’m not used to the hard saddle,” he says with a laugh.

Skinstad currently anchors the weekend breakfast shows for 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm and isn’t going to let his stiffness slow him down. “Next weekend is K-Day, so there’s no stopping now. It’s going to be a massive day and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk also took to the track, with eight Boston Marathon titles under the belt, he was quite content to take it easy.

“When you start at the very back and only cross the starting line after 7am there is very little you can do apart from take it easy,” he says.

“It was a very fun ride, I didn’t push it too hard and took it easy through the more dangerous sections of the course and just enjoyed myself.”

Van Dyk is no stranger to the exertion and was already back in the office first thing on Monday morning.

There was a little bit of media confusion surrounding the cycling performances of former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Straus and award-winning singer/songwriter Arno Carstens. Weekend newspaper reports published pictures of the pair posing in cycling helmets and claimed they were both going to pedal in support of the former Spingbok captain Francois Pienaar’s Make A Difference foundation – but neither climbed into the saddle.

“I don’t know where they got their information that I was going to cycle,” says Strauss.

“The only time I get close to a bicycle is in the gym!”

Carstens also took the misinformation in his stride. “I just like how sexy I look in cycling gear,” he jokes.

“Seriously, I was there to support the cause, but I didn’t cycle. So all things taken into account, my legs feel great today, thank you!”

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