BMX spectator couple saddle up for free holiday in Mauritius

2010-08-10 00:00

THE UCI BMX World Championships held in Pietermaritzburg have come and gone, but for two Hilton residents, the best part of the event is still to come.

Andrew Fuller and his wife Philippa will be enjoying an all-expenses- paid trip to Mauritius from September 7 to 14 after they won a competition put together by the Elan Development Corporation and the event’s organisers.

The competition was used as a marketing tool before the event, with over 25 000 entry forms being distributed to Pietermaritzburg schools and businesses.

The Fullers have four children whom they will leave in the care of the family.

As part of the prize, the couple will have to compete in the 40 km CRA International Road Cycling Race in Mauritius on September 12.

The race has attracted more than 50 South African competitors.

Fuller said he is extremely happy to have won the prize and that being forced to pedal 50 km on a scenic island is a small price to pay.

“I was having the worst week of my life that week, so when I heard that I had won it was just fantastic,” said a smiling Fuller.

“We’re looking forward to relaxing and resting on the beach. I have a cousin in Mauritius who recently got engaged so we’ll try to see him too.”

This will be the second CRA International Road Cycling race in Mauritius and the event director, Chris Desjardins, is confident it will be a success.

“We have put more advertising and marketing into this year’s event and with entries still open, we are expecting it to be well attended,” he said.

“Whoever wins their categories this year comes back next year on an all-expenses paid trip, so that is also something new.”

Fuller says that getting off work will not be a problem as he is his own boss — a charted accountant.

“I actually haven’t even told my employers that I am leaving for a while,” he joked.

“I think I should tell them soon,” he added with a grin.

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