De Doorns Community Cycle Race and 5km Fun Run
On Saturday 20th May 2017, the schools development cyclists competed in The Sports Trust Community Cycle race held in De Doorns and hosted at Orchards Primary School. The cyclists competed in race distances of 68km and 35km, and other activities included a 5km fun run, as well as netball and soccer matches played on the state-of-the-art multi-purpose sport court at the school. These community cycle races are held each year in the Western Cape communities of De Doorns, Mitchells Plain, Manenberg, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Saldanha and Piketberg. They are endorsed by Cycling South Africa through the partnership between The Sports Trust, Nedbank and the
Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. ‘This year we celebrate 12 years of the highly successful schools development cycling programme, and it is so inspiring to see ever-growing numbers of cyclists on this programme in the distinctive Nedbank Green shirts,’ says Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank.
The Sports Trust Community Cycle Races were launched in these communities in 2015 in order to create awareness and encourage community participation. The competitive side of the programme is important for developing the cyclists, but at the same time it has grown the sheer enjoyment and health and lifestyle benefits of cycling in schools and communities that had previously never been
exposed to this wonderful sport. William Newman, President of Cycling South Africa says: ‘It is very encouraging to see The Sports
Trust’s continued commitment and support of schools’ and community cycling with this annual De Doorns Community Cycling event. Taking our sport to the communities and growing the sport within the schools is critical to the development of cycling. As our new Minister of Sport and Recreation, Mr Thulas Nxesi says “School sport has to be a priority”. So I am very happy to see this continued focus on school cycling and enjoyed participating in this year’s event.’