Dynamic cycle challenge kick-starts

2008-06-25 00:00

THE first of the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge events, in partnership with Velokhaya, takes place at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday.

The Dynamic Cycle Challenge promises to be an exciting new addition to the sports calendar as the event offers cycling enthusiasts, from licensed professional cyclists to fun riders, the opportunity to compete in either a long-route race of 104 km or short route of 45 km, with prize monies to a total value of R30 000.

Interest in the event has been positive with confirmed participation by the MTN Microsoft Men’s and Women’s Pro Teams, the House of Paint Men’s Pro Team and the Acsis Pro Teams.

The gun will sound at 7 am to mark the start of the long route and at 8 am for the short route. As in the case of the short route, the long-route participants will start at Princess Elizabeth Drive where their journey will take them along the R56 towards Richmond, passing via the R625 towards Eston before re-joining the short-route course on the R603 towards Ashburton. Both routes return via the R56 into Pietermaritzburg. The cut-off time is 2.30 pm.

There are many incentives for participatants: the first 250 registered entrants will each receive a cycling starter kit and there will be hamper giveaways up for grabs on the day worth R5 000 each, consisting of a Bell Sweep Helmet, Darc Box Set, Blackburn Neuro 4.0 Comp., Blackburn Voyager 4.0 Light, Blackburn Mars 3.0 Light, Blackburn Air Tower and Ryder Bike Pump. Three Schwinn Peleton bicycles with a total value of R65 000 will be given away by draw during the closing ceremony.

“We are very excited about the Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge that will be staged in Pietermaritzburg. This event is a fantastic opportunity for the promotion of the transformation of cycling and we look forward to having the event grow every year along with the city of Pietermaritzburg,” said Glyn Broomberg, CEO of Life Development Cycling Academy and head of Velokhaya.

Engen has committed to raise funds in aid of the Children’s Hospital Trust, the fundraising arm of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, through the Engen Cycling “Ride for Red” campaign. Funds will be raised from a portion of participant entry fees and various other initiatives around the event.

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