Participants in the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge are getting ready to line up for an awesome day in the City of Joburg, with closed roads and encouraging spectators, but the distance of this event is not to be taken light-heartedly.
Para-athlete Palesa Manaleng to cycle from Joburg to Cape Town for a purpose
Palesa Manaleng is a true inspiration! Along with 11 runners, she will cycle 2200 kilometres to raise awareness to change the perception around disability.
Samantha Erasmus is a school teacher at Weltevreden Park Primary who went to ride the Namaqua Quest in the Northern Cape earlier this year. Because it was a distant multi-day event, she had to leave her class of 40 Grade 3’s in capable hands while she was away, but when she got back they wanted to know why she had not been at school.
Joburg’s biggest cycle race is around the corner and because 947 loves Joburg, we have found a string of gems along the route for supporters to get the most of out of their experience on the sidelines.
The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge has joined forces with Trek Bikes, to bring you the ‘Trek Troopers’, put in place to help our last few groups out.
Without assistance from the City of Joburg, we could never have hoped to be lining up for the 21st edition of one of the biggest and most interesting timed cycling events in the world!
The Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge is predominantly supported by locals, with 85.99% of our riders coming from Gauteng. However, the stature of the event does attract international riders from as far afield as the USA who make enquiries about riding, and a French travel operator has joined the event for the last two years with an interest in packaging tours to ride the Cycle Challenge, to the French.
Organisers have taken another step in helping social riders get through the Cycle Challenge in the time required.
A two-person tandem can let a parent share the adventure of riding with a child who is not fit or skilled enough to ride on their own, allow a couple who don’t usually pedal the same pace or distance to enjoy a ride together, or offer crazy racing for two strong riders. However, there are a few things to bear in mind: