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October

2018

Local Business invests in Cycling Development

Bluff Meat Supply (BMS) has grown from humble beginnings on the Bluff in Durban in 1960 to become a significant brand in the province, now comprising 15 retail butcheries and state-of-the-art manufacturing plants that supply the country’s largest retail chains.

With a passion for serving the local community and a rich heritage of cycling, we are proud to announce that Bluff Meat Supply has become a partner of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy.

What started out as a group of cycling mates, supported by Mark Bielovich personally and later by Bluff Meat Supply (the company), BMS Cycling has established a credible reputation in the road cycling fraternity, as well as to a lesser extent in Mountain Biking and Triathlons over the past seven years, as a KZN-based top amateur age group squad.

This year, BMS Cycling took a decision to not only focus on their own racing achievements, but to also make a meaningful difference in cycling development. As a proudly KZN business and team, a partnership with the GO!Durban Cycle Academy provides them with the perfect opportunity to give back to the community.

BMS will support the grassroots development of the academy as well as the top riders in the programme who will become the pro-am team and who will benefit from mentorship and social integration with the BMS Cycling team.

“We will help fuel them with the BMS competitive spirit, imparting knowledge and experience where appropriate, and try to get them to hold our wheel!” Bielovich says enthusiastically.

“Our ambition is to support and help prepare these young boys and girls for the world stage. For BMS Cycling to positively impact the future of South African cycling, from our roots in KZN, will be most gratifying.”

Shaun Peschl, Programme Director of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy and Director of Peschl Sports is also thrilled at the partnership.

“We are very excited to welcome Mark and his team to the academy family as we take the next step in this journey together. We have always had the vision of expanding our partner network and we believe that with the support of local businesses like Bluff Meat Supply, we will only grow from strength to strength. The mentorship that BMS Cycling will offer our team will provide them with valuable support and insight into a professional set up and we would like to thank them for offering their time and resources to invest in our young talent in this way.”


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October

2018

KwaMashu Bike Park Inspires a Community

“Nothing is as contagious as enthusiasm” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
And nothing could be more true about the KwaMashu Bike Park and how the enthusiasm of the site manager, Brightson Dlala, and coach, Thobani Bhengu, has rubbed off on their community.
Six months ago, Thobani noticed a growing interest from parents asking how they could also learn to cycle like their kids at the GO!Durban Cycle Academy, so he sent out a message on the parents’ Whatsapp group and the response was incredible!
He now coaches 25 mothers from KwaMashu as well as other areas including Pinetown, Morningside and Inanda every Saturday morning while the GO!Durban Cycle Academy members are in tutoring sessions. The effect on the community has been so positive that the parents even ask to ride in the early morning hours before work.

“The moms love it because they can have fun and socialise with their friends while they are riding,” says Thobani. “Even those with health problems want to ride because it makes them feel better,” he explains.
While the approach for teaching parents to ride a bike may be slightly different to the fearless young kids, the result is the same – happy, smiling faces. And now the culture of cycling is spreading throughout the community.
“We can see a change in attitude and the way the bike park has made a difference in the community, all the way from the kids to the parents,” says Brightson. “It is growing faster and bigger than we thought it would. It is making a good impact.”

About Coach Thobani Bhengu:

Thobani Bhengu and the Cycle Academy members’ mothers

Thobani was born and raised in Soweto and moved to KZN in 2015 at the age of 20 to pursue a career in the marines, but fate had a different plan for him and led him to Durban Green Corridors in January 2017, where he began working as a bike coach at the KwaMashu site.

Thobani learnt to ride a bike from a young age and his BMX skills were made evident when he made it to the top 16 of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship event in KZN in April this year.

His skills on two wheels and passion for the youth to succeed are a powerful combination, and he has earned the love and respect of his new community.

“The GO!Durban Cycle Academy is like home to me, it’s my home away from Johannesburg. It’s awesome because there are a lot of opportunities here for the kids.”

 

About Site Manager Brightson Dladla

Brightson Dladla (Left) and Thobani Bhengu (Right)

Brightson was born and bred in KZN and has been very involved in playing sports as a way of staying off the streets since he was a young boy. He now has three children of his own (aged 13, 3 and 2) and is passionate about sharing the valuable life lessons he learnt from sport with others in his community.

He was previously employed by Durban Green Corridors and joined the GO!Durban Cycle Academy in 2016 when the construction of the KwaMashu bike park was underway.

While Brightson is slightly older than the other coaches, he is young at heart and brings a great level of wisdom to the programme.

“I see my role as being a mentor to the kids, because the academy is not just about cycling, it’s also about helping kids to overcome their problems,” he explains. “It inspires me to work with the kids.”

“Durban Green Corridors and the GO!Durban Cycle Academy have changed so many people’s lives; they give job opportunities for people like me and others in the community. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I hope that we can see the programme growing from strength to strength.”

For more information about how to get involved with the adults programme, please email us at cycle@godurban.co.za.


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August

2018

Race Update: Spur Schools MTB League

2018 marks the second year that the GO!Durban Cycle Academy is competing in the KZN Spur Schools MTB League and it has proven to be a season beyond expectations!

The racing team has performed consistently over the last three events (29 July, 19 August, 26 August), with their results improving each time and achieving a number of top 10 finishes.

The flashes of bright green GO!Durban kit have become instantly recognisable on the course with our riders competing in almost all of the age categories, from Primary School through to High School, and 40% of these being girls.

“The Spur MTB Schools League is an annual highlight on our racing calendar as it really puts our training during the year to the test,” says Shaun Peschl, Programme Director of the GO!Durban Cycle Academy and Director of PeschlSports. “We have seen significant improvement in our team from last year and being able to consistently put up to 22 riders on the start line is a proud achievement for us.”

“We are particularly impressed with our ladies’ results and we are hoping to send some of our female athletes to represent the province at the National finals.”

As the first development programme in KZN to train female cyclists, Head Coach Siyabonga Njiva is also very pleased with the ladies’ performance to date:

“The girls are improving with each race. It’s their first XCO series so it’s still new to them, but they are doing very well and we’re on the right track.”

For the academy as a whole, the Spur Schools MTB League is the foundation of competitive XCO racing and is a training ground for young riders to hone their skills, before moving up to compete in the more difficult National MTB XCO Cup Series.

“I’d like to say thanks to Spur and the organising team for allowing us the opportunity to participate in the league,” says Njiva.

“For us, it’s bikes and school; we work on the basis that you have to pass the term in order to race so the kids make sure that they pass at school so that they are able to race in the Spur series. Even if they come last, that medal means a lot to them!”

With just one more provincial race to go, the stakes will be high at Thomas Moore College in Kloof on the 9th of September 2018 with all riders hoping to collect as many points as possible to qualify for the National Spur Schools’ MTB League finals, taking place in Gauteng in October.

Upcoming Race:
KZN Spur Schools MTB League #4: 9 September 2018