- The UN believes that bicycles play a vital role in a sustainable transport system
- Do your part on World Bicycle day by joining the Zwift #BicyclesChangeLives community ride
- Every R3850 raised by Qhubeka allows for the donation of one bicycle
The 3rd of June is observed as World Bicycle Day by the United Nations, with the aim of drawing attention to the benefits of using a bicycle.
Bicycles are a simple, affordable, environmentally friendly means of transportation. The UN believes the bicycle plays a vital role in a sustainable transport system, which in turn promotes economic growth and reduces inequalities while bolstering the fight against climate change.
The UN encourages stakeholders to emphasise and advance the use of bicycles for a variety of reasons including physical health and environmental benefits. Qhubeka is one of the largest stakeholders in this strategy on the African continent.
To date Qhubeka has donated well over 100 000 bicycles to adults and children across South Africa. These bicycles help children get to school, participate in sports and improve access to job opportunities.
Riding the coolest Qhubeka bike yet
In celebration of World Bicycle Day, Zwift has partnered with NTT to raise awareness for Qhubeka with a #BicyclesChangeLives community ride, all proceeds of which go to Qhubeka.
This evening at 20:00, participants can ride alongside celebrity ambassadors including Mark Renshaw, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Doug Ryder Indycar driver Tony Kanaan, and a number of supporting athletes from Team Qhubeka Assos.
The one-hour group ride will be broadcast live on YouTube by Owen Hannie and will include surprise guests. It is classified as a category-D ride.
Participants will complete the hour ride on a virtual Qhubeka bicycle complete with mudguards and rear luggage rack, but sporting some deep section Zwift wheels. An amazing virtual build, unlike what most road riders or Zwifters could imagine.
Cyclists who do not have access to the Zwift platform can take advantage of a seven-day free trial as part of their $10 dollar registration.
Supporters who would merely like to donate can do so and are reminded that every R3850 raised by Qhubeka allows them to gift a bicycle to a worthy recipient.
Ride the Tour de France for Qhubeka
Travis Johnston will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the greatest virtual distance cycled in one month during the upcoming Tour de France.
Johnston will attempt to cycle every stage and every kilometre of the 2021 Tour de France on the online platform Zwift.
Mimicking the Tour de France, scheduled between 26 June and 18 July, Johnston aims to raise awareness for Qhubeka as he rides every day and every kilometre of the Grand Tour indoors.