Stars rally behind 100 Miles of Nowhere
Durban – As a record number of cyclists start the 2016 edition of the fabled 100 Miles Of Nowhere charity ride in support for the childhood cancer foundation CHOC, a number of sport stars have rallied in support of the campaign.
Run by The Cows, a group of social athletes who, through their various endurance challenges like the 94.7 and Amashova and Cape Argus cycle races, the Comrades Marathon, Midmar Mile swim and FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon, raise funds for CHOC’s (Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics) childhood cancer treatment and support programmes.
The core of The Cows KZN herd that started the South African version of America Blogger FatCyclist’s 100 mile ride on a static training bike, will be taking on the 160km challenge in teams of four at the Westville Cadence studio, spearheaded by mother and daughter combination Iris and Lauren Varty.
The Durban North Cadence was one of the first to sell-out, and they will be starting their ride an hour after the other seven Cadence centres. In amongst the packed studio of avid cyclists will be former Springbok skipper John Smit, who will be riding in a team with his wife, and another former Sharks and Springbok player John Allen.
The TygerValley studio in the Cape will see the 2016 ABSA Cape Epic African jersey winning duo, Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock, with Lill’s girlfriend and 2008 Beijing Olympian, Candice Neethling and former elite mountain biker, Timo Cooper making up a stellar four-rider team for the challenge.
In Johannesburg, highly respected road racer Cashandra Slingerland will tackle the 160 kilometre training bike ride solo at the Bryanston Cadence studio, as part of her base training for her return to elite racing. She has hit top form after a two year layoff, and can be expected to be right up their with the front runners for the honour of being the first to complete the 160 kilometres.
She may well find herself in a duel with avid track racer Darren Goddard, who will also be taking on the challenge bat the Cascades Shopping Centre in Pietermaritzburg, which has turned out if massive support for the charity drive.
In Hillcrest the national anchor Cadence studio will see another well known cyclist in the saddle for the 100 Miles Of Nowhere ride, when Amy-Jane Mundy joins a team of her training partners for the Friday afternoon challenge.
The hi-tech training studios will be networked, allowing riders in each centre to see exactly what the participants in the other Cadence studios are doing which will allow for real time comparisons in the race to see which rider will be the first to the 160 kilometre mark, and which two person and four person teams will be the first in their categories.
For many of the other riders however the 160 kilometre target will be a daunting one, but buoyed by the festive atmosphere that prevails during the 100 Miles Of Nowhere, they will enjoy massive mutual support from the other riders taking part.
As each rider or team gets to the 100 Mile (160 kilometre) mark, there is ribald celebrations in the studio, making everyone a winner in their own right.