Cycling tour very challenging

2015-09-24 06:00
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Pro Deo cyclists reach the finish at South Broom Country Club after cycling in unfavourab

PHOTO: supplied Pro Deo cyclists reach the finish at South Broom Country Club after cycling in unfavourab

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PRO Deo 2015 was one of the hardest tours in its 15-year history and Fred van Zyl, who took part in the 850km cycling fund-raiser, said it was the most challenging tour since its inception.

“The weather conditions were the major factor. The first two days were hot and windy and the distance covered was 380km. We then rode for two days in rain and very cold and windy conditions in complete contrast to the first two days,” said Van Zyl.

Riding in these conditions requires loads of concentration and energy to keep the body warm and functioning properly.

“Day five dawned with fair conditions and a strong following wind which helped to pedal the bike.”

The cycling tour aimed at raising R150 000 with 14 cyclists, which is the maximum the tour can accommodate.

Van Zyl said despite the conditions, it was all for a good course.

Cyclists managed to raise R200 000 which will go towards cancer sufferers.

“This is R50 000 more than the previous amount,” he said.

Van Zyl said they thank all the sponsors who generously gave this year for a very worthy cause

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