Want to help development riders ride the ‘Argus’?

Once again through the dedicated work of The Sports Trust with their sponsorship from Nedbank and ongoing support from Omnico, we have 120 young development riders taking part in the Cape Argus Pick n’ Pay Cycle tour on 13 March. It is wonderful that 75% of the riders have been in the program and ridden for the past 2 to 3 years showing that slowly but steadily we are building a sustainable program. The goal is not only to give youngsters in the poorer communities, the opportunity to start riding a bicycle but to sustain their development within the sport.

As with any such program, there are many ongoing additional challenges the programme co-ordinator, teachers and youngsters have to face:

  • ageing bikes
  • worn parts
  • low-income families
  • lack of support from home
  • teachers’ work load
  • theft of bikes
  • no form of transport at schools
  • lack of bike skills
  • old cycling shoes or trainers
  • old cycling clothing or gear

Any input, advice or possible donations or contact that could possibly assist would be awesome.

We have 2 schools in Khayelitsha, 3 schools in Mitchell’s Plain, 2 schools in Grassy Park, 1 in Lavender Hill, 1 in Steenberg, 1 in Paarl, 1 in Worcester and 4 in De Doorns.

  • Taking a group on a training ride
  • Giving young riders bike handling skills lesson
  • Any spares for avalanche and Schwinn MTB’s Spares for entry level/old road bikes
  • Tubes tubes tubes used or new
  • Slix
  • Any old bikes lying around unused
  • Trailer to use for bike transport
  • Kombi that could be used for transport

What you may regard as old, unusable, I can assure you can be used by these youngsters. I have seen tubes with 15 odd patches on …

Contact Cheryl Jupp at cheryl@cheritop.co.za.

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