2010 Cycle Challenge Reaches Worcester and Table Bayon March 12, 2010
Yesterday’s ride was certainly an invigorating one as we descended through the Hex River pass where the landscape changed dramatically from flat farmlands to breathtaking mountains. The maximum speed reached was in excess of 100km. What an adrenalin rush! There were many climbs and descents which added to the cyclists’ excitement.
On arrival at Golden Valley Casino in Worcester, we received a hero’s welcome as we were met once again by a bubbly Miss South Africa, Nicole Flint, who appears to be on the verge of committing to next year’s Cycle Challenge. (No pressure, Miss SA The media and council representatives were also in attendance. We enjoyed a short welcome ceremony as we had completed the final 160km stretch of the 2010 Cycle Challenge.
Representatives from the National Institute for the Deaf gratefully accepted a cheque of R30 000, donated by the 2010 Cycle Challenge Team. This was aptly handed over by Terence Parkin (deaf Olympic Champion) and Johan Reyneke (Elite Rider), who prove that one can conquer any physical setback with perseverance and determination.
After enjoying Golden Valley’s exceptional hospitality, a team meeting and a short rest, we went to Kuipers Restaurant for a wonderful buffet where everyone recounted the highlights of the tour and discussed their participation in the Pick ‘n Pay Cape Argus.
At the moment, the cyclists are buzzing around the Argus Expo to make sure that they are geared for Sunday. (We’re all wearing yellow, black and red team tops so come and say hello, should you spot us! ) We’ll be arriving at the Table Bay Hotel at 14h00 where we’ll be met by the media, family and friends and we simply cannot wait to be guests of The Best Address in the Cape! We’ll be handing over our last cheque to Nazareth House, the Table Bay Hotel’s selected charity.
Everyone is thrilled at the thought of being treated like royalty and enjoying the legendary hospitality and luxurious surroundings of the hotel. One couldn’t ask for more! The thought of sinking into the plush white linen is already making my eyelids heavy.
More news later today.