Now it’s not what you think – I haven’t suddenly discovered a crazy gene and decided to ride the Cycle Tour with no training, desire or ability… Nope we are in fact riding the Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors event!
This event takes place on Saturday, 7 March 2015 (the day before the real deal) at the Youngsfield Military Base in Wynberg with various distances on offer, from a short 1.7km ride to a longer 10km ride, depending on age and fitness level.
My son is a big mountain biking fan and often goes on rides with his dad. Myself, not so much! Although I’m hoping to change that this year! I really do want to encourage my kids that fitness can be fun. Unfortunately I didn’t grow up with too much of that and for me sport can feel like a chore to avoid…. I’m really challenging myself to change this mindset for the health and wellness of myself and my kids!
I think I’ll be joining my daughter on the under 6 distance of 1.7km! Dad can take on the 10km with pleasure 😉 Or maybe I should give it a bash! Eeek. Anyway you can imagine what we’ll be doing this weekend – hitting the Tokai trail hard to get some “legs” for the event!!
The kids are both super excited about it. This is the first time that they are taking part in something like this so they have been kitting themselves out with gloves and making sure their bikes are cleaned and ready to go. I think the biggest motivation is the fact that last year their friends who did the race came home with REAL MEDALS. That is the carrot dangling at the end of the race, for sure!
I’m also using this as an opportunity to make them a bit more aware of their privileged position in society and we have signed up to Ride for Hope on behalf of Beautiful Gate – a NGO caring for children and families in Crossroads, Cape Town. I have sponsorship forms for each of them and this weekend our main preparation will be to get some friends and family to sponsor their ride! If you’re keen to contribute please visit our Given Gain page and DONATE to our cause! All donations are most welcome and will go directly to the Beautiful Gate Ride for Hope campaign (and not our wallets!)
We are looking forward to a really great event. It promises to be tons of fun, with great prizes and activities, guaranteed to keep all ages entertained for a fun-filled morning outdoors.
And it’s not too late for you to sign your kiddies up too! Online entries for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors will close on Monday, 23 February. Registration will take place between 28 February and 6 March 2015 at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre, where entries can still be purchased. Entries will once again be limited to a “first-come, first-serve” basis, so parents are encouraged to enter their children early to avoid disappointment. No entries will be accepted on event day.
Youngsters between the ages of 0 and 6 years can enjoy a 1.7km fun ride which will introduce them to the basics of cycling in a safe and controlled environment. The older kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years can tackle the 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km or 10km routes which will help them develop their cycling skills.
Please visit www.cycletour.co.za for updates and more information.
Images: Karin Schrembrucker