Para-athlete Palesa Manaleng to cycle from Joburg to Cape Town for a purpose

When hand cyclist Palesa Manaleng suffered a horrific accident that left her paralysed in 2014, she got back on her bike to start using cycling to raise awareness and change perceptions around disability. She will be riding the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge later this year, but ahead of that she'll embark on a journey with Ocal Global to raise funds for differently abled children in the Northern Cape.

Watch the video below when we caught up with Palesa as she was training for this incredible 10-day journey


This initiative motivates me to get up. Even when I have hectic spasms or it's cold and my legs don't want to let me out of my day chair to my hand cycle. But I have to do this.

Palesa Manaleng

And then it was time for the non-stop 24-hour journey that spans 2200 kilometres over a 10 day period to begin! The journey started in Pretoria and will make its way through the Kalahari, hug the border of Namibia, the Cederberg Mountains and end on the 20th of May in Cape Town.

Here's what happened when we caught up with Palesa just before the massive journey to Cape Town kicked off.


My life has changed and sometimes I just need a reason to get up and this is it. Cycling gives me that.

Palesa Manaleng

You can also ride like Palesa and ride for a purpose at this year's 947 Cycle Challenge. Click here to enter.

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