Sun City to Table Bay Hotel Cycle Challenge

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Cyclists at Table Bay Hotel 2011

Sun City cyclists celebrate their arrival at Table Bay Hotel in 2011

The Sun City to Table Bay Hotel Cycle Challenge now takes on an additional 1 200 kilometres to include Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

The 11th Sun City to Table Bay Cycle Challenge evolves in 2013 to include an additional 1 200 kilometres. The Cycle challenge, now dubbed the Route of the African Sun, will start in Zambia at The Royal Livingstone Hotel on Friday 22 February.

Only 12 of the 31 riders, will complete the entire route, a gruelling distance of 3 000 kilometres over a period of 13 days. “We will average 214 kilometres a day,” says organiser Johann Maré. “The route takes us via Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, entering Botswana at the Pandamatenga border post and then onto Nata and Francistown. We will re-enter South Africa at Martins Drift and then travel on to Thabazimbi and home to Sun City. We have done over 20 000 kilometres preparation since last year’s Tour. We are extremely fit and well primed to take on this new challenge.”

Some of the 12 sterling rides include Johann Maré and his wife, Julandé on tandem, Casandra Slingerland, (SA Ladies Time Trial Champion), Austrian, Rupert Polak, German rider, Toni Aschenbrenner and Johannesburg rider, Mishack Zinunya. Yvette Negrine will also be a part of the extended route – this is her 8th Tour.

2013 marks the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone and in remembrance of his remarkable missionary work in Africa; the Sun City Cycle Club will now also raise funds for Livingstone charities, in addition to their philanthropic endeavours in the North West province, Kimberly, and the Western Cape.

Beneficiaries of previous Tours have included, amongst others, CANSA, the Grace Help Centre for abused woman and children, the Aids Orphanage Housing Project, Childline Northern Cape, Moira’s House, Nazareth House, the School for the Deaf in Worcester and the Toevlug Rehab Centre.

The Route of the African Sun Cycle Challenge travels through Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana and onwards to Sun City Resort in the North West province. The Sun City Cycle Club plans to arrive at Sun City, 5 days later, on Wednesday 27 February.

On Thursday 28 February at 07h00, the team of 31 riders will embark on their journey to Cape Town, scheduled to arrive at Sun International’s Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront on Thursday 7 March at 13h00, where they will be welcomed by Miss SA, Marilyn Ramos.

“The cycling team includes riders from Germany and Austria as well as 10 lady cyclists. Celebrity riders who will tackle the Sun City to Table Bay leg including Miss SA 2011, Melinda Bam and Mr South Africa Adriaan Bergh.” says Maré.

Sponsors of the event include Sun International, The Fruitspot, Altron, Blue Turtle Technologies, Royal Haskoning, Power Transfer Components, Super Rent, 32 GI and Millennium Meats.

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