With just less than a month to go to the 2016 edition of the 100 Miles Of Nowhere charity ride on Friday 24 June, the KwaZulu-Natal herd of The Cows has set a target of a quarter of a million Rand to be raised for childhood cancer sufferers.
The avid cycling enthusiasts, well known for taking on major events in their cow suits, raise money for the Childhood Haematology and Oncology Clinics (CHOC) and have expanded their annual South African edition of the famous training bike ride started by the American blogger popularly known as the ‘Fat Cyclist’ to include venues in the Western Cape and Gauteng.
The riders will take to Cadence Cycling Performance Centres at five locations in KwaZulu-Natal, one in Johannesburg, one in Pretoria and one in Cape Town, hoping to have every training bike occupied in the eight centres to help get to their target of R250 000.
Funds raised will come from the entry fee of each individual or team, along with donations to the cause in support of the riders.
The events have become popular as the close environment at the Cadence studios is conducive to a festive atmosphere and there is raucous celebration when a rider reaches the 160 kilometer mark.
Riders can enter as a solo rider, a team of two or a team of four for the 160km ride on stationary training bikes.
“It is a very do-able challenge,” said Iris Varty, the “Daisy” of the KZN herd of The Cows. “It is a great fun afternoon and in the short space of a few hours, we believe we have the capacity to raise an amount that will have a significant impact on the lives of children confronting cancer.”
“There is always fun competition between the various centres to see which one gets a rider to the 100 mile mark first.
“The various Cadence centres will be following on our 100 Miles Of Nowhere Facebook page and it becomes very spirited.
“It is always encouraging to see corporates contributing to the cause during the ride, even if they don’t have someone riding at one of the centres.
“We all know how tight the economy is at the moment but there is such a great energy and enthusiasm around the event that we honestly believe that with the centres in Cape Town and Gauteng involved, we can reach this target,” she added.
Entries are limited at each of the Cadence centres and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis by booking on the event website, www.100milesofnowhere.co.za
Venues: Cadence Cycle Performance Centres in Durban North, Westville, Hillcrest, Ballito and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, Bryanston and Wapadrand in Gauteng as well as Tyger Valley in Cape Town.
Date: Friday, 24 June 2016