Though former professional biker Jens Voigt could not compete in this year’s Cape Town Cycle Tour, he managed to spread some biking love to learners in Kylemore.
Voigt, who also made an appearance at the BMT shop, was present at the handing-over of 130 bicycles at Kylemore Secondary School.
The hand-over was done in collaboration with the non-profit organisation Qhubeka, which aims to mobilise people with bicycles. Qhubeka has already distributed more than 400 bicycles to learners in Kylemore.
Jens also participed in the #MyTrek Sunset Charity Cycles in aid of Qhubeka during his visit to South Africa.
The ride started at Boschendal Estate in Franschhoek. For every registered cyclist, Trek SA made a R15 donation to Qhubeka. Some 153 cyclists participated in the ride.
“The children have a 3 month performance clause which revolves around attendance, behaviour and academic performance, so they only own the bike once they have met the performance clauses, which is great,” says Chris Norton from BMT.
“BMT is responsible for training the kids how to ride and cycle safety, assisting with the handovers and technical assistance. Anyone who wants to donate a bike can contact BMT.”
Though Voigt, German born cyclist and father of six who has competed in the Tour de France 17 times and former world hour record holder, did not get to participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour this year, he was happy to have cycled through Franschhoek.
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