17 April 2018 Read: 89
Phalaborwa’s Cycling Club have had their fair share of cyclists compete in some of the country’s biggest and most anticipated events. This past weekend two of their riders completed the world famous Cape Town Cycle Tour.
It was the 40th running of this event which attracts thousands of cyclists from all over the world to the mother city in aid of raising funds for two notable charities including the Pedal Power Association (PPA) and the Rotary Club of Claremont.
The final race is in many respects the headline event in which the Lifecycle week culminates.
The Lifecycle Week kicks off with the MTB Challenge, held out in the Cape Winelands on the Saturday, and then the Junior cycling event on the Sunday. This future-star event is hosted in the Cape Town Stadium Precinct, in the shadow of Table Mountain, which is also the venue for the registration process each entrant must follow to collect their race number for Sunday’s main event, before taking in South Africa’s biggest cycling exhibition, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo.
In excess of R45 million has been distributed back into social upliftment and cycling development in the last 5 years through PPA and Rotary. The PPA uses its share of the proceeds to develop cycling in various communities and to promote recreational cycling throughout South Africa. The Rotary Club of Claremont uses its share across numerous projects that improve the lives of those in need in the local community.
Neil Hatton competed in the age group 50-54 years and finished in a time of 05:03:44 which equated to a group position of 92nd out of 304 riders. Hatton finished in an overall 18 278th position of a total of 26 338 riders. Fellow Phalaborian, Gary Krauspe competed also competed in the 50 -54 years group and finished the race in a time of 04:00:58 earning him a group position of 312th out of 464 riders. He achieved an overall position of 9 041st out of 26 338 riders.