The history of songo.info

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Christoph Sauser, a Swiss multiple mountain bike World Champion, had been coming to Stellenbosch, South Africa to train every summer since 1997. Susi, as he is known, has forged a deep bond with the country. When he met Songo Fipaza in 2008, he recognised an opportunity to give back to his second home.

2008

  • songo.info was born
  • Christoph & Burry Stander race Epic together for the first time to raise money to build the BMX track.
  • BMX track was completed and first group of kids joined the programme.

2009

  • MTB was introduced to the songo.info programme
  • Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander race the Cape Epic together as team songo-specialized to promote Cycling 4 Kayamandi.

2010

  • songo.info registered as an Independent trust
  • The riding programme continues to grow with more bikes and equipment being donated to allow more children to learn to cycle.  

2011

  • 36One-songo-Specialized Christoph & Burry win the Absa Cape Epic.
  • The first two teams of songo riders compete in and finish the Absa Cape Epic.

2012

  • The first Champions Race was held with the world's best mountain bikers racing through the streets of Kayamandi in support of songo.info
  • Renovations of the derelict clubhouse started.
  • Songo rider wins WP Spur Schools League
  • 36One-songo-Specialized (Christoph Sauser & Burry Stander) win the Absa Cape Epic
  • Songo riders Sipho and Azu win the first Exarro Jersey at the Absa Cape Epic and later that year represent SA at World Duathlon Champs
  • Donation of vehicle & trailer

2013

  • Official opening of the Clubhouse
  • Christoph Sauser & Jaroslav Kulhavy race and win Cape Epic in honour of friend and trustee Burry Stander.
  • songo rider Theo represents SA at World DH Champs
  • Christmas party outing to Zipzap circus & the Cheetah outreach programme

2014

  • educational programme introduced
  • songo.info riders Sipho & Azu win Exxaro Development Category & top 50 finish at Cape Epic
  • Songo rider represents SA at XCM World Champs
  • BMX riders attend all 3 BMX National events
  • Christmas party outing to Boulders Beach

2015

  • Investec Asset Management pledges 4 year support of songo.info
  • Investec-songo-Specialized (Christoph Sauser & Jaroslav Kulhavy) win Cape Epic
  • Introduce girl-specific programme
  • Tertiary study support
  • Songo rider represent SA at African XCO Champs and World Cup XCO
  • Songo riders represent WP at DH SA Cup and ATU Duathlon African Cup
  • Christmas party outing up Table Mountain and to Sea Point Pool.

2016

  • Major Clubhouse & facilities upgrade
  • Songo rider represents SA at ITU World Duathlon Champs in Spain, finishing 12th
  • Songo rider Sipho races Cape Epic with Christoph Sauser and represents SA at African Continental XCO and World Champs in Czech Republic
  • Computer room opened and Reading Eggs launched
  • Team building weekend camp

2017

  • Single track build
  • Introduction of the school holiday programme
  • Songo riders awarded SA number boards at BMX SA Nationals
  • Pump track build
  • Young adults “give-back” programme

2018

  • Investec-songo-Specialized teams race to win men’s & ladies jerseys at Cape Epic
  • Songo riders attend BMX National series
  • BMX track reconstruction
  • Lunch programme started