24 Nov, 2015

News items that you simply need to know

Lionel Heyl pedalled hard up Linksfield Ridge during the attempt.
VW has also taken to supporting the Qhubeka program, but has increased the effort to include books. Photograph from Volkswagen South Africa.
Ayanda Booi, Marc Bassingthwaite, Max Mathini, Thando Ntuthu, Chris Norton (store owner of BMT Bicycle Store), Geordie Robinson, Bongani Busakhwe, Dewald Oosthuizen, Guy Smith and Freda Swanepoel.  Photograph from BMT

Shares in bike shop

Stellenbosch-based bicycle store, BMT has taken employee job satisfaction one step further by introducing the BMT Trust.

“The BMT Trust effectively gives 30% ownership of the BMT Bicycle Store to BMT employees,” says store owner Chris Norton.

“I want a bright future for my children. By being a shareholder I have the opportunity to earn more, learn more and in so doing ensure that my children have a better start to life than I had,” says employee Thando Nthuthu.

VW gets in on Qhubeka action

After donating 1 100 bicycles to learners from 20 rural schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape in April and May respectively – Volkswagen South Africa together with its partners Qhubeka and World Vision South Africa returned to a Kwa-Zulu Natal school to conduct bike maintenance, a road safety clinic and deliver backpacks filled with books and stationery.

Local mechanics are trained to maintain these bikes and enter into a service-to-own contract, whereby they pledge to provide repair support to BEEP for a certain period of time, typically two years.

With the help of 12 participating Kwa-Zulu Natal Volkswagen dealerships, a number of books and stationery were collected and used to fill backpacks which were also handed over to the schools.

Elite women aim at W2W Prizes

The seventh annual FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Race will see a stellar field of elite female competitors at the start at Lourensford Wine Estate (Somerset West) on Friday, 6 November.

Top names include Ariane Kleinhans, Candice Neethling, Jennie Stenehag and South African national MTB champion Robyn De Groot.

According to Ariane, W2W is one of South Africa’s greatest stage races. “The route and the organization of the event are absolutely first class. I love the amount of great single track as well as the beautiful landscape of this race. The stages are not too long and not too short. Riders get to experience a variety of terrain over the three days, so it’s never boring. Our goal will definitely be to win.”

Grant is Laureus ambassador

South African survivor and ultra-endurance cyclist, Grant Lottering, has been named the newest Ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, joining a long list of inspiring sports stars affiliated with the global sport foundation.

Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation SA, Morné du Plessis, said: “Grant’s harrowing journey and continued fight has been truly remarkable and a joy to watch, his involvement in the work of the Laureus Foundation will certainly play a massive role in uplifting many lives through sport.”

Lottering joins an impressive list of current and former sportsmen and women around the world who support and promote the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Read the article about his recent Alp conquest on pages 10 and 11 in this issue.

Only one conquered

Only one of the five enthusiastic cyclists who tackled the PinkDrive Everest Linksfield Ridge Challenge managed to complete all 83 repeats.

Alan Warrener, Charles Zeelie, Gareth Mackenzie, Godfrey Tiedermann and Lionel Heyl started their quest on Friday 2 October with the aim of completing 83 repeats of this hill, thus ascending the height of Mount Everest.

In spite of massive efforts by the cyclists themselves, a huge and passionate support team, which saw many local riders including Bradley Smith actually ride with the “PinkDrive Everesters”, the gradient and heat took its toll and four of the five riders had to throw in the towel.

However, Lionel was indeed the last man standing (or should we say riding) at the end of the day. Well done Lionel.