KZN Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with KZN Cycling embarked on bold initiative 3 years ago to introduce cycling as a sport in its many rural areas across the Province and to date the investment is proving to be a huge success
One recalls the beginner riders competing at the Pietermaritzburg MTB festival in 2016 where enthusiasm and optimism outstripped skills but credit has to go to many dedicated High Performance Officers in the Districts who together with KZN cycling have steadfastly rolled out many training workshops to thousands of aspirant riders
See video to appreciate the transformation
Just recently one of our HP officers Dumisani used the opportunity presented by The Noble Race, a local MTB race in the iLembe District as a means of exposing a number of “the next generation” of riders to race conditions and race experience. He put on a HP clinic for a number of additional KZN Development riders who then took part in the event on Saturday 13 June. One of our existing stars, Lihle Ngidi won the event overall which was a fantastic achievement and one of the new inductees Isaac Nomaqhiza got a top 10 finish.
There was great excitement for a huge group of youngsters in and around Bergville in the uThukela District when Qhubeka and VW distributed 1400 bikes across four different schools. KZN Cycling will now be working with these schools and the municipality to maximize this and other opportunities in the region going forward.
Over 200 riders will be participating in the upcoming Nelson Mandela MTB races to be held on 24 August at the capture site in Howick and some top 10 finishers are expected