Week 2: Riaan Manser and his journey of hope


The second week of Riaan Manser’s journey has been both challenging and exciting with tough terrain and a cracked rib. In the middle of last week Manser went to the George Medical Centre to have some blood samples taken. These samples were then sent off to Tim Noakes and his team in Cape Town, so they can analyse the effects of the intense cycling and reduced calorie intake on his body.

He also had his very first riding companion, Nahn van Wyk, from KFC join him on the Garden Route. She has not ridden a bike since she was 13, she’s now 23, so the 6km stretch she did with him was definitely a challenge. Manser also took that afternoon to do some thrill seeking at the Bloukrans Bungee Jump in Tsitsikamma.

Day 8, Manser visited KFC Newton Park, Port Elizabeth and continued on the next few days ploughing through some heavy rain passing through and eventually leaving Jeffery’s Bay behind. At the end of day 9 he found himself stopping just before Paterson on the N10 having rode an astonishing 150km. “Amazing what a bowl of oats and a cup of coffee can do for a guy,” said an exhausted Manser highlighting his reduced calorie intake.

This last week has been both emotionally and physically challenging for Manser with the uphills and wind on Olifantshoek Pass. His limited calorie diet is starting to show as he started the journey at a sturdy 98kg and has lost around 4kg. He also took quite a bad fall on the road yesterday, cracking one of his ribs.

Friday 28th September will see Manser visiting KFC in Jagersfontein Road, Bloemfontein, where there are some unexpected surprises for him on his arrival.

Statistical Information correct on the 27th September 2012: Colesburg to Edenburg

KM: 1060 KM’s of 4100KM have been travelled to date.

Average heart rate: 126 BPM

Average speed: 19.2 KM/H

Body weight: 95.8 KG from 98.9 KG

Distance travelling on Day 13: 130KM

Funds raised to date for Add Hope: R9 313 177. Raised from 1 Dec 2011 to date. Includes online & in-store R2 customer donations.

YouTube Video Diaries:

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10 - rest day

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

More information:

To follow Riaan on his journey: (@KFCSA / @Riaanmanser) using #AddHope and Facebook.

For further information and donations please visit the website.

About the Journey:

Over the next two months, renowned South African adventurer Riaan Manser, on behalf of KFC’s corporate social responsibility programme Add Hope, has been consuming limited calories while cycling the word “hope” across the face of the South African map. His cycling odyssey will highlight both the plight of hunger and the positive impact that Add Hope is making to the country’s children.

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