Local cycling enthusiast rides in aid of the rhinos

2018-11-20 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedEwan Cochran (left) seen here with cycling commentator Phil Liggott at last year’s uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge.

PHOTO: SuppliedEwan Cochran (left) seen here with cycling commentator Phil Liggott at last year’s uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge.

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AFTER having done his first uBhejane Xtreme MTB Challenge last year, Hillcrest cycling enthusiast Ewan Cochran has set himself a massive target of completing 2 000km on a bike to contribute towards the annual Project Rhino fundraiser.

Cochran, who is more a road racer than a mountain biker, toughed out the 250km ‘Short Horn’ ride last year in testing heat, winds, and ultimately thunderstorms, and the 46 year-old returned determined to do the ride again in 2018 as a personal challenge.

“I wanted to set myself a challenge,” he explained. “Whether you do the full 340km or the 250km ride, it is a long day in the saddle and a personal achievement to complete.

“Project Rhino is a great cause, so I decided to set a goal of completing 1 750km in training for the ride, and then the 250km of the actual ride to take me to a 2 000km uBhejaneX.

“It is a cunning plan to try and make a meaningful contribution to the Project Rhino fundraiser,” he added.

“I am not very good at this fundraising thing, so I am asking people to donate 20 cents per kilometre, which will only come to R400 when I complete the 2000km.

”Everything I do in training is there on my Strava account so anyone can check that I am doing the miles!” he chirped.

Cochran’s gruelling training regime involves three days training on an indoor static bike at Cadence Cycling Performance Centre in Hillcrest, doing 60 kilometres a day, and then riding 50km each Friday, 100km every Saturday and 60km on Sunday. “Then I head for the couch for a day,” he said.

“It is a personal challenge, but the fundraising side is suddenly taking off and become a double motivator for me, because I know feel that every km I ride is making a difference to the Project Rhino programmes, which keeps me going.”

Cochran can be reached via his Facebook page at ewan.cochran

Those interested in taking part may apply to enter, donations can be submitted and more information can be found via the event’s website at www.ubhejanex.org

— Supplied

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