Thursday, July 9, 2015


Well the 2015 edition of Freedom Challenge race across South Africa over and the dust settling, what an amazing time spent tracking the riders racing the 26 day cut-off from Pietermaritzburg to Paarl. The 2300km journey was incredible to watch when you think that these athletes braved very different conditions to last year. Sun, wind, rain, snow, mud and dust all thrown into the caldron. Athletes showing true grit and perseverance when the odds were stacked against them, and there were many of them!

One cannot ignore the courage and resilience of these brave souls. After all, who just picks up a mountain bike and just rides 2300km over unforgiving terrain? Not just anybody.

Madly enough, I guess I am one of those few who is willing to go out there and see how far we can push it, especially in the forth decade of my life. For some still not aware, the pull from 2014 and the task of unfinished business having gone in, borne some experience and still have the carrot left dangling has kept the embers glowing. The 2016 Freedom Challenge race across South Africa is still well on my cards.

Coupled with that ember, the fans are adding energy to that heat with me partnering with the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town. Having been in an on-off consultation with Carel du Toit Centre’s office the past month, the plans are taking shape and hope to be fully up and running by the 1 August 2015. I will be following that goal and dream to raise much needed funds for the school. Being Deaf, I have chosen to dedicate my months of training to come and arduous endeavour to help raise awareness and funds in support of deaf and hearing impaired children at the Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town. The founding philosophy of the Centre is that early identification of hearing loss and early intervention, provided there are no other complications, will lead to hearing impaired children acquiring sufficient speech and language abilities to enter mainstream schools and adapt intellectually, socially and emotionally in a society of hearing people.

My goal is to raise ZAR 50,000 to make a meaningful impact in the lives of the children enrolled at the Centre. If I could get meaningful donations, this will help achieve this. (One can visit their web page and read up a little on the Carel du Toit Centre – click on the logo provided on this page)

Once all the formalities and final drafts are out the way, more information will be divulged on how one can get involved. I am hopeful in achieving good things.

The 240km, 24hour Trans Baviaans race is up in 5 weeks. In all honesty and no excuses but along with some family matters needing attention, the training has been rather off the mark to date. Yet, we (brother in-law & I) are still on and will be taking part baring anything that would hamper this. We may not race hard but end up riding to the finish. I guess there may be some beauty in just slowing down a little and adopt the quote ‘every once in a while, one needs to stop and smell the roses”....

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