Cyclists off to Europe to ride

2016-05-19 06:00
Thulasizwe Mxenge, 22, from Velokhaya Rand Water, in Khayelitsha, and Marco Abrahams, 25, from Belhar, are set to participate in cycle tours in Europe. Anroux Marais, MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport (middle) presented them with flight tickets, on Thursday, in Cape Town. PHOTO: Vukile Sonandzi

Thulasizwe Mxenge, 22, from Velokhaya Rand Water, in Khayelitsha, and Marco Abrahams, 25, from Belhar, are set to participate in cycle tours in Europe. Anroux Marais, MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport (middle) presented them with flight tickets, on Thursday, in Cape Town. PHOTO: Vukile Sonandzi

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It was all excitement when two development riders received their flight tickets which will see them participating in cycle tours in Europe, later in the month.

Thulasizwe Mxenge, 22, from Velokhaya Rand Water, in Khayelitsha, and Marco Abrahams, 25, from Belhar, were officially presented with confirmation for their flight tickets by Anroux Marais, MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport, at her office, in Cape Town, on Thursday.

The duo was selected by the HotChillee Development Rider Programme to compete in the European event which is due to take place in London-Paris and Alpine Challenges in Europe at the end of May.

They are due to jet-off on 24 May and will spend a month of intensive training in Aigle, Switzerland before competing in the challenges.

They first participated in the Cape Rouleur Cycle Tour in Franchoek together with 10 other riders earlier this year.

The tour was about 600 kilometres long.

Marais gave the duo her blessings.

“The department supports development programmes, more especially those in disadvantaged areas. We funded their trip with flight tickets. I wish I could do more. I am so happy for them. They must enjoy themselves there. I know they will do us proud and they will excel,” she said.

Mxenge said participating in the challenge will be a dream come true for him.

“It is very exciting to be a rider, because you get to travel a lot. It keeps you busy and away from many bad things like drugs. I am prepared for this challenge. I have been training very hard with Luthando Kaka (from Velokhaya). Getting the flight ticket means a lot to me. It is my dream come true to know that I will be participating in this challenge. I will do my outmost best,” he said.

He also thanked the department and Velokhaya for giving him the opportunity.

Mxenge started his career in cycling in 2009.

He has since participated in challenges in Belgium and France in 2011.

He described the challenges as “learning curve” for him as he did not win.

Mxenge also participated in another cycle challenge which was held in Rwanda, in 2014, where he finished in top seven. He also participated in African Games in Congo, last year, where he was in top 10.

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