HotChillee in partnership with the Buffalo Foundation and Qhubeka has raised funds for 200 Qhubeka bicycles in 2019. These bicycles will be distributed in Kwanokuthula, Western Cape, South Africa with 50 being distributed to beneficiaries during HotChillee’s Rainmaker RollerCoaster 2019 next month.
The bicycle beneficiaries will welcome Rainmaker RollerCoaster participants to Murray High on the final day of the event where the Qhubeka bicycle distribution will take place. Beneficiaries will then be invited to take the new bikes for a spin, and roll with participants as one peloton to the event finish on the beach at Plettenberg Bay.
Murray High is also home to Kwano Cycling Academy, one of the academies which form part of the HotChillee Development Rider Programme and one of Buffalo Foundation’s fully supported academies. The HotChillee Development Rider programme has been operating since 2013 and claims Dimension Data World Tour rider Nicholas Dlamini as one their rising stars.
This year’s Rainmaker RollerCoaster will be raced by five cycling academies from the HotChillee programme thanks to the generous support of Rainmaker, HotChillee, Wesgro and the Western Cape Government.
Former World Tour rider Songezo Jim will compete with a young rider from his academy based in Masiphumelele, alongside teams from Kwano, Songo.info from Kayamandi, and Velokhaya and Bonga’s Cycling Academy both operating out of Khayelitsha.
Last year’s event was won by team Songo.info, lead by former world champion Christoph Sauser and organisers are expecting a close race in 2019.
The Rainmaker Rollercoaster is the worlds’ first point to point gravel event from 5 – 11 October, starting in Swellendam and finishing seven days later in Plettenberg Bay.
HotChillee specialise in cycling events around the world. Their global event series is made up of multi-day endurance events, with the best known being the internationally acclaimed LONDON-PARIS road event, now in its 16th year. They launched their first gravel “Explorer” event last year with the HotChillee Atlas Mountains 2018.
Other events include:
HotChillee Cape Rouleur (South Africa)
HotChillee London-Paris (UK and France)
HotChillee Alpine Challenge (France)
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Qhubeka moves people forward with bicycles. People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving access to schools, clinics and jobs. Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”. With a bicycle, a person can travel faster and further, and carry more.
Visit www.qhubeka.org for more information