29 Jul, 2015

Bitter Sweet MTB Challenge nurtures development riders

Zwelani Biyase, Mfanafuthi Khanyile, Mnotho Luthuli and Thamsanqa Zitulele are the four youths that have been chosen as part of this years rider development programme.
Ntando Makhathini, Luke Butterworth and Lungelo Khomo are the three riders who represent Seabreeze Build-It
Ntando Makhathini
Zwelani and Thamsanqa put the skills they have learnt to the test.
The Seabreeze Build-It ‘Bitter Sweet’ MTB Challenge is very well known for its development structure when it comes to nurturing young riders. This year, the Seabreeze Build-It ‘Bitter Sweet’ Challenge has chosen four youths as part of their rider development programme.

One of the chosen candidates is Zwelani Biyase, a Sihle High School matric pupil who is thrilled to be a part of the Seabreeze Build-It ‘Bitter Sweet’ MTB Challenge.

“We used to have a bike at my house in Ixopo. That is where I started learning to ride a bicycle, but it was only for fun,” said Zwelani.

Now, with the skills he is learning from professional riders, Zwelani is becoming fully-acquainted with mountain biking.

Zwelani is among the four youths chosen by the race organisers, from two local schools in the Malangeni area and sponsored by Illovo Sugar, as part of Illovo’s Corporate Social Investment Initiative for this year’s Seabreeze Build-It ‘Bitter sweet’ Challenge.

Experienced cyclists and business people on the Kwa-Zulu Natal South Coast are proving how committed they are to growing newly discovered talent.

With the inaugural Seabreeze Build-It ‘Bitter Sweet’ MTB Challenge scheduled to take place on 17 and 18 October, development riding has once again been placed in the spotlight.

While the competition allows for all levels of riders to compete, it is most notably an opportunity for development riders to get first-hand experience of taking part in a race. Candidates are often from previously-disadvantaged backgrounds, and enter the cycling world through sponsorships from experienced riders.

Rocky Bay Resorts, Bushlife Adventures, Seabreeze Build-It and Illovo Sugar have thrown their weight behind this initiative. Driven by passion, commitment, and pure love of the sport, the race organisers have managed to handpick some raw talent.

MTB enthusiasts are still able to enter the highly-anticipated two-day race which is also open to competitors under the age of 19 as the routes do not exceed 60 kilometres on either day. The organisers are encouraging riders of all skill levels to enjoy the fun.

For more information on the event, contact lodge reception on 039 976 0336 or visit the Modern Cyclist page
Kyle Deeley

Kyle Deeley

Editorial Assistant |