GABORONE, Botswana, March 2020/ — A local cycling club dubbed Tsela Riders Cycling Club, powered by GetSure Botswana today (Thursday) left the country to neighbouring South Africa, Cape Town where they will participate in the Cape Town Cycling Tour. The club today bid farewell to a group of 8 cyclists who will cycle in the Sunday 8th March race.
The Cape Town Cycling tour began with a leisurely breakfast in 1977. The breakfastees – engineer Bill Mylrea and architect John Stegmann – can even remember what the breakfast cost: a princely R1. The subject was cycling, cycling safety for the small number of recreational cyclists who travelled the roads of the Western Cape, and mobility for the masses.
Arguably the most scenic race in the world, the annual 109km coastal race attracts riders globally. Despite its humble beginnings, the Cape Town Cycle Tour has become a truly international event, boasting a record 35,000 cyclists participating in the race.
Earlier this year GetSure Botswana partnered with Tsela Riders Cycling Club to contribute to the development of competitive cycling in Botswana.
“Sending cyclists to take part in a UCI-recognized race provides invaluable exposure and opportunity to further develop our local cyclists. The Cape Town Cycle Tour is also used as training, for the cyclists selected for the 25th Road Race African Continental Championships to be held in Port- Louis – Mauritius from 22nd to 29th March 2020,” said Ediretse Ramahobo, Club Chairman.
Sending cyclists to renowned races in South Africa is not new to Tsela Riders. In 2019, similar to prior years, Tsela Riders sent all of its Junior and Under-23 squad to the Discovery 947 race in Johannesburg, most of whom returned having done impressive times of Sub-3 hours in the race.
The cyclists include Bakang Ebudilwe, the winner of both the Jwaneng & Kgosi Malope cycle challenges in the women Elite category, males’ junior finalist Lebopo Mompe, Veterans winner Aleck Musariri and Under 23 contenders Kao Ramahobo and Nyali Majaha and Malvin Mpofu. They are accompanied by Mpho Mogasha and Ediretse Ramahobo, as well as many other Tsela Riders members and GetSure leadership.
Over the past 5 years alone, more than R45 million has been distributed to social upliftment and cycling development programmes in and around the Western Cape by beneficiaries, the Pedal Power Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont. Taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour is one of the easiest ways to support a worthy cause whilst experiencing a once-a-year opportunity to own the traffic-free road around the Cape Peninsula.