Europcar sponsors King David Cycle Tour
Europcar, one of South Africa’s leading car rental companies, has partnered with King David High School to make the fourth annual King David Cycle a reality. The sponsorship includes supplying the cyclists with Tour de France replica cycling vests and the event with safety vehicles.
The four day, 569 km cycle from Johannesburg to Durban which takes place from the 24 – 28 June, will see 22 King David High school pupils from King David Linksfield and King David Victory Park between grade eight and eleven, two pupils from the Diepsloot Development Cycling team and 8 parents of pupils taking part in the cycle.
The Diepsploot Development team once again joins this year’s cycle. The team from Diepsloot – which has in previous years produced the SA u18 Mountain biking champion and some of the top seeded cyclists in the country – will mentor the King David cyclists in preparation for the tour and will also motivate the young riders and helping them through some of the toughest stages of the event.
“The Kind David Cycle has grown into a really important event for our learners and their adult supervisors. Cycling is a growing individual and team sport locally and we want to encourage our learners to participate in it and to enjoy themselves when they do. Importantly, we want the team to learn something about themselves and for them to find the inner strength to push themselves much more than they thought they were capable of. Learners will be encouraged to display teamwork over the gruelling four days as this is an ethos so important to our schools,” says Marc Falconer, headmaster of King David Linksfield.
The cycle will begin at the Vaal and on the first day will cover 156km – crossing the Vaal River, moving from Gauteng into the Free State. Day two of the cycle will see the team covering 105km’s between Bassfeather and Hlalanathi into the Northern Drakensburg. On the third day, the cyclists will meander from Bergville to Howick on a lengthy 148km stretch. The fourth and final day sees the team setting off from Lions River and covering 100km, passing Hillcrest and then finally heading into Umhlanga in Durban.
The group of riders will be cycling in four groups according to their cycling paces and each group will be accompanied and supervised by an adult and a following vehicle.
Paramount safety precautions have been taken on the cycle and each rider will be supplied with a route map and detailed descriptions of where all the stops are on the route. There will be following vehicles and a bus accompanying the team and each vehicle will be equipped with a bike rack, wheel spares, two-way radios so that they can collect tired riders, fix punctures and communicate between the cars. There will also be medical services.
“Cycling is a popular, growing sport for Europcar on a global scale and we are serious about lending our support and sponsorship to this sporting discipline. Safety awareness is vital in ensuring minimal incidents for cyclists on our roads and we are happy that we are able to provide safety assistance through our vehicles to the King David Cycle,” says Dawn Nathan-Jones, CEO of Europcar.