The 2016 Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair, taking place on the grounds of St Stithians College in Randburg, from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 October, gives visitors a number of opportunities to channel their enthusiasm for cycling for the good of the community at large.
On Sunday 23 October from 2-4pm, ProQuest presents the QHUBEKA RELAY CHALLENGE, where South Africa’s top professional riders will ride a lap race using the unique Qhubeka Buffalo Bike. Since 2005 Qhubeka has donated 54 000 bikes across South Africa through its five projects: Education, Eco, Health, Sport and Enterprise. Research has shown that where children in poverty-stricken areas have a bicycle to ride to school, there is an 18% improvement in attendance, and an average of a 25% improvement in academic results. Qhubeka’s uniquely robust bicycle, dubbed the Buffalo Bike, was specially created to withstand our rough terrain and load requirements, and meets the needs of not only students, but also healthcare workers, farmers and entrepreneurs.
Not content with simply providing high-quality, affordable bicycles to people in need, Qhubeka is passionate about sustainability and contributing to local economies. So the bicycles are assembled by local community residents, and Qhubeka trains mechanics and has developed solutions to improve the spare parts supply chain. All Qhubeka programmes have a work-to-earn element – children receiving bikes from the Scholar Mobility Programme, for example, must attain good marks at school in order to qualify for a bike.
The Qhubeka Relay Challenge at the Africa Cycle Fair is a team relay where the playing fields will be levelled, with every rider (except children) weighted up to 100kg, including their bike. Companies are invited to step up and enter their 4-member teams, with the team entry fees of R3 200 going towards a Buffalo Bike that will be donated. CycleSure is sponsoring 15 Buffalo Bikes with helmets and accessories, enabling the organisers to invite professional teams of 4 and club and school teams of 8 to enter for free.
Entry forms are available at http://protouchsports.co.za/cyclesure-qhubeka-buffalo-bike-challenge/
DONATE YOUR BIKE PARTS & ACCESSORIES
The organizers of the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair are further appealing to visitors to the Fair to bring their gently-used, no longer needed bikes, bike parts, kit, accessories and gear. ProTouch collection bins will be available on-site. All items collected will be donated to under-resourced schools and clubs, ensuring that our future South African pros get a chance to advance their cycling skills, whatever their financial circumstances.
Build A Bike was started by Nick Krul in 2011, and the organisation’s mantra is “Changing Lives, One Bike At A Time”. Nick builds reliable bikes from the parts he receives and simply gives them away to nominated recipients, free of charge. Working alone, Nick is able to build up to 18 bikes a year from donated parts, by August 2016 he had given away 75 bikes. Each bike goes go out with a helmet, high visibility vest, water bottle cage, saddle bag containing tools, and a spare tube. The idea is to allow the people who get a bike to be as self-sufficient as possible. Build-A-Bike is based out of a container office donated by Speedspace, at the PWC Bike Park in Bryanston. Nick runs basic bike repair courses, brake bleeding courses, gears and cables masterclasses and wheel building courses to raise funds for the organisation.
The organisers of the Standard Bank Africa Cycle Fair have made a complimentary stand available to Build-A-Bike for the second time this year, so pop past and give Nick your support. For more information or to donate to Build A Bike visit www.buildabikesa.com