05 Jun, 2015

DMA gets team bus

Andre Ross from the Jala Peo Foundation introduces some of the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy riders and coaches.
Andre Ross from the Jala Peo Foundation, the organisation that runs the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy.
The Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy recently got the use of a branded bus.

Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA) riders will now be able to enter races and events all over the country thanks to their recently received Toyota Quantum minibus.

This vehicle, plus cycling kit, apprenticeships, skills training clinics, nutrition seminars and training programmes, is the result of a sponsorship from the Toyota SuperCycling Club and CycleLab.

The DMA provides mountain bike and life skills training for underprivileged youth from Diepsloot. Founded in 2006 and based at Northern Farms, the DMA is the flagship programme of the Jala Peo Foundation.

With its key aim of identifying and developing talented young riders to compete at club, provincial and national levels, the DMA has produced riders that compete in both cross country and marathon mountain biking events.

DMA-trained riders have competed in numerous events such as the Absa Cape Epic and one of its riders, William Mokgopo, currently rides for South Africa’s only UCI-registered professional mountain bike team, the Kargo Pro Team.

“We are excited about this new partnership as it will greatly enhance our ability to positively impact the lives of the youth in the Diepsloot community,” said Andre Ross from the Jala Peo Foundation. “We thank Toyota SuperCycling Club and CycleLab for the belief in our programmes and, with this partnership, hope to create a few legends of our own from the Diepsloot community.”

Currently, the DMA has more than 100 riders and also facilitates coach and mechanic training.

Raymond Travers

Raymond Travers

Modern Cyclist Editor |