947 Cycle Challenge 2016 - The Beer Bus

I have raced World Champs (947 Cycle Challenge) for the past couple of years. One thing that I have concluded is that I don’t enjoy road racing and I really, really don’t enjoy racing 947. I find it frantic, you are at full tilt for the entire race and spend all your time trying to avoid ending up in a pile up.  I also find the guys in the front bunches too aggressive. Road cyclist can be massive d#* kheads.

So this year I decided that I was going to do it a little different and try enjoy the race. Our group of friends, ranging in ability, decided that we would “ride for a purpose”.  Although signing up for a charity just wasn’t enough for us, we wanted to do something a little crazy.  We had a chat to our trusted mechanic Josh from Cyclists Workshop to give us some ideas of what we could do. He had a boom box trailer that could be connected to a bike which we could tow behind us for the 94.7 km.  Josh also put us in touch with the Paige Project Charity who he had ridden for in the past. The box we were towing had 4 speakers on the outside and we would also be carrying a  car battery to keep the radio running. In addition to this we had decided to fill a cooler box with a case of ice cold Castle lites to keep us hydrated during the course of the day.

The below video is a compilation of clips and photos taken throughout the day.

 

I can confidently say that we made the right decision. We had the biggest jol out there, all 6 hours and 40 min. The crowds were incredibly supportive and the other competitors seemed to love having us out there pumping the tunes.

The Paige Project is an amazing charity. The Paige Project enables children suffering from Cerebral Palsy that are in need of equipment or therapy to improve their quality of life. David, who is the founder, is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.

If you would like to contribute to the work that they do then please contact David (thepaigeproject.co.za/contact-us/)  or deposit fund into the following account:

Standard Bank

  • The Paige Project Association
  • Current Acc #: 004761944
  • Bank : Standard Bank
  • Branch : Rosebank
  • Code: 00 4305
  • Reference:  947 – Beer Bus

FNB

  • The Paige Project
  • Cheque Acc #: 62355517106
  • Bank : FNB Bank
  • Branch : Fourways
  • Code: 251655
  • Reference:  947 – Beer Bus

Mercantile Bank – International Transfers

  • The Paige Project
  • Transmission Acc: 4000511211
  • Bank: Mercantile Bank
  • Branch: Sandton
  • Code: 450905
  • SWIFT: LISAZAJJ
  • Reference:  947 – Beer Bus