Once again, the Hoops 4 Hope team faced the challenge of riding the yearly 109 km Cape Argus Cycle Tour. This year was the 34th edition of the race, which took the riders around the beautiful Cape Peninsula and over some challenging mountain passes. It was a beautiful day, and a great opportunity for the H4H team to pick up the bike and build the team.
With over 35,000 participants, the Cape Argus Cycle Tour is the world’s largest individually timed cycle race. It is traditionally staged on the second Sunday of March and has enjoyed well known competitors such as Miguel Indurain, Jan Ulrich and Lance Armstrong.
This edition was unique for the Hoops 4 Hope team as Ngoni Mukukula, H4H founding Zimbabwe Country Director, joined the team for his very first Cape Argus Cycle Tour experience. Together with US founder Mark Crandall and other staff working for the Hoops 4 Hope and Soccer 4 Hope program, they formed this year’s team.
At 07h00, on the 13th of March, the team gathered at the start in the middle of Cape Town city center. They took off for their 109 km challenge in high spirits, pumped up with sugar and adrenaline.
After only 5 kilometers, League Coordinator Jaydee faced some technical difficulties on his bike. Thanks to the great support from the ground crew, he was on his way to completing the remaining 104 km. The team encountered steep slopes, hungry baboons, and some serious gusts of wind, but all put in a gutsy effort, with most of the team making it to the finish line before the cut off.
We are proud of having successfully finished yet another edition of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour and are already looking forward to next year, when we will take up the challenge with the same amount of energy and enthusiasm as we did this year!
A big thanks to those who contributed to our Ride 4 Hope fundraising drive!!