On 7 May 2012 the following people were on the road for a fund raising Cycle tour in aid of the SAPS Educational Trust fund.
The riders were: Ronald Kuhn, Bernie de Kock, Jaco van der Merwe, Henry Waterson, Riaan Potgieter, Zelda Smuts, Wherner Smuts, Fanie Lombard, Rudie Swart, Karlien Kruger, Lester Shortels, Leon De Roubaix, Lau Schoonwinkel, Bauwer Schoonwinkel, Juan Pretorius and Anton Botes.
The support team and other role players that went on the tour were:
Support Vehicles: Gerhard Steyls, De Koker and then 2 of the riders took turns on the third vehicle.
Medical Team: Pierre van Zyl and Marietjie Snyman
Puppet shows: Erica Crous and Hester Bussio
Artist performing at schools on Route: Hugo Nieuwoudt
Sound man and driver of extra vehicle: Etienne Jonas
Sound and Lighting at concerts at schools: Ian Bossert and Yolanda Lottering
Rapairs and maintenance of bicycles: Japie Scholtz
Photographer: Coreen Kuhn
We left Cape Gate Shopping Centre at Brackenfell at 08:30 for our first stop on the Vissershok road. Here a few members of Durbanville SAPS made sure the riders got something to eat and drink.
Our next stop was Melkbosstrand were we had a light lunch and some tea and coffee to drink. The ladies who prepared the sandwiches really went through allot of trouble and it was divine. A local creche came to sing for the us and were cheering and clapping when we got there. After the Melkbosstrand SAPS wished us luck on our journey further the group assigned Karlien Kruger from Bok Radio to say something on behalf of the group.
We left Melkbos strand for Atlantis, I did not go with the riders I went to take some photo’s of the concert and puppet show held at Atlantis. We caught up with the riders just after the concert. We then headed for Darling were we stayed at Darling Golf Estate for the night. The road between Atlantis and Darling was rolling hills and the road surface were not exactly very cycling friendly… Haha I am so glad I decided just to be the photographer on the tour. Maybe on the next one I’ll be a rider too. Who knows what the future hold in store for us.
At Darling Golf Estate the riders hit the showers and we had some Lasagne and Salad for supper. After 96 km the riders where tired and some crashed on their mattresses while the rest went and chilled at the club house. They had a hard day and some of the riders are not cyclist they came along and put their bodies through the unknown. They all deserved a cold one…
Pierre and Marietjie of Advanced Tactical Solutions our two Medics on the tour had their job cut out for them. The whole day they were watching over the cyclist and assisting them when needed. The made sure that everybody is as comfortable as possible. After the showers they started massaging those sore legs. Fight pain with pain I’ll say if you looked at some of the faces.
I hope you enjoyed day one with us. Keep watching day two will follow soon.