Cyclists in the pink

By Lovelle Henderson

The Rotary K2C Cycle Tour pelotons are getting ready for the adventure of a lifetime – the 2024 tour cycling 100 kms through the pristine African bush, in the private reserves of Timbavati, Thorny-bush and Kapama.

Along the route participants will be fed and watered in the most carefully selected spots where they can admire the Drakensberg mountains and the surrounding veld. Cyclists will most likely encounter some of the 40 different mammals and the big five living here in the wild, and all from their mountain bike saddles. Every year there are some exciting close encounters, but participants are accompanied by their ‘peloton crew’ for protection.

Riders in their pelotons of friends, colleagues, and family groups, have chosen some interesting names for their teams – Super Ballies, Jemca Mense, Lombard Insurance, Vanguard Group, Provet, Cradle Crew.

This year the riders will again be wearing stunning gear presented to them in their goody bags and designed for Rotary by Warren Cary and his team. Warren, the well renowned Lowveld artist says, “I am also a rider, so I know exactly what the riders enjoy wearing and feel comfortable in. They also like to look fashionable and smart.” Last year’s dung beetle branded apparel was a huge success with cyclists.

This year the apparel will be adorned with one of South Africa’s most endangered, secretive mammals, the adored but little understood pangolin.

There are 24 places still available for this amazing event. The beautiful coral attire with the tough looking pangolin is suitable for everyone, so join the excitement and adventure. The most interesting and fun names will be selected for prizes and the top prize will be a pangolin print designed by Warren, matching the riding gear artistically framed by local specialist, Jane Frampton.

Hazel Partington, Rotary Hoedspruit President says, “Go to the Rotary K2C Cycle Tour website and register before you lose out. Explore the accommodation section of the website where you can choose to all stay close together, and perhaps benefit from some of the attractive discounts that the lodges are offering.”

Funds raised go to anti-poaching activities, community upliftment and smaller community projects all overseen, and project managed by Rotary Hoedspruit – for sure the pangolins will benefit. Come and join the fray for a wonderful day of true camaraderie.



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