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Backsberg Dischem Rotary MTB

24 Aug 2018

by Sipho Madolo, Programme Manager


The Backsberg Dischem Rotary MTB race aims to attract as many enthusiastic cyclists as possible to the beautiful Paarl Valley. The event not only caters for cyclists, but all the profits raised from the race will go towards the Early Childhood Development projects, which is supported by the Paarl Rotary Club.


Backsberg MTB

We really look forward to this event during the year and love taking the kids to such a stunning venue. We took 10 kids on their BMX bikes, as there are not many BMX races on the racing calendar in the Western Cape and we wanted to make sure all the kids are getting a chance to race and participate in events. This gave the kids the opportunity to experience something different from the BMX racing scene. The kids were extremely excited and couldn’t wait to get there and start the race.


All the kids participated in the 5km race, where myself and Jersey rode with the kids for support and any assistance they may have needed. Needless to say, the kids did fantastically well finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall in the 5km race.

Backsberg MTB

We were super impressed with one of our very special riders as he took place in his first race ever, while he has been in the programme for some time and has absolutely amazed us with his ability to ride with one leg. It was amazing to see his perseverance and willingness to complete the race. As I rode alongside him, watching him as he rode with one leg, encouraging him throughout the race. He crossed the finish line totally exhausted, I filled up with pride. His determination was amazing, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for him and how we can improve his comfort on the bicycle, making it easier for him to ride and building up his strength so he can take part in many more races to come.

 Backsberg MTB

Thank you to PPA for making this possible for our kids, it is one of the events they most look forward too during the year. Also thank you to all our supporters and sponsors. Investec Asset Management South Africa Specialized Bicycles Aurecon Biogen