In near perfect conditions, the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour took place on Sunday 11 March 2012 and the "Chas Everitt 'Give me a Chance" charity bond" was part of this special event.
Not only is this the biggest timed cycle race in the world, but what makes it extra special and is the reason for more than 35 000 riders to enter is the fantastic atmosphere and scenery of the route in the greatest city in the world.
"The Chas Everitt Give me a Chance team" was a total of 207 riders and consisted of 195 riders who started at 08h26 in the official charity bond and another 12 more serious/experienced riders who started in their own seeding time. Friends, family and corporates supported this initiative by sponsoring the riders per kilometre.
Amongst the 207 was a few familiar faces like: Ollie le Roux, Marius Hurter, Krynauw Otto, Hendrik Gerber, Gus Theron, Henry Honiball, Justin Swart and 62 year old Dawie Snyman (former Springbok rugby players) as well as Ariane Kleinhans (Professional Cyclist and winner of the Argus Mountain bike race a week before the cycle tour). We also had the support and representation of a very experienced mixed tandem team in the form of Hanlie Booyens and Wynand Pretorius whove won the mixed tandem race in 2009 at the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle tour and came fourth this year. MC Franken was the first representative of our team to cross the finish line in a time of 02:53:40 which is even more impressive if you take in consideration that he was part of the big crash near the finish line, involving more than 20 riders. Please click here to view it.
SASKO bakeries supported this initiative by sponsoring our hospitality site at the hospitality village at the finish line. Here all our riders, with their friends and family came together for an after-race function with secure bike parking, a complimentary SPUR burger and complimentary HANSA/Brutal Fruit and other non-alcoholic refreshments for our riders. One of the highlights of the day was the surprise of a massage for all the tired legs. Sixteen students from ISA CARSENS beauty academy in Stellenbosch was waiting at our site and treated the riders with a well-deserved massage at our site.
Each rider got a "Chas Everitt Give me a Chance Cycling shirt" at the Cape Argus Lifecycle Expo together with an extra surprise which included a Battery energy drink, a pair of FALKE socks and a 32Gi energy booster. The expo took place at the Goodhope Centre in Cape Town from 6 to 11 March.
Give me a Chance is thankful for the support of our sponsors (SASKO, SPUR, SAB, ISA Carstens, BATTERY, FALKE, 32Gi) and want extend our most sincere gratitude to our main sponsor, ‘Chas Everitt international property group’ who made this project a huge success, not only in the fun and enjoyment of it, but in the financial contribution made towards the foundation.
Berry Everitt, MD of Chas Everitt said: “the Give us a chance cycle team, riding the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle tour was a fund raising event for the less fortunate children. We are leading property people with a passion for justice and we understand that our countries sustainable future will depend on the opportunities created for the children of our land. As a primary sponsor we can play role in making the dream of the founders, a dream of many and in so doing the dream will become reality.
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