A gruelling journey of 1,749-kilometres from Sun International’s Sun City Resort in South Africa’s North West Province to The Table Bay hotel in Cape Town began today (28 February 2019) for 17 bold cyclists. As part of the 17th annual Sun City to The Table Bay Charity Cycle Tour, they will ride about 216 kilometres a day to cover the full distance to Cape Town in a week. Along the way, the cyclists will stop in Klerksdorp, Bloemhof, Kimberley, Britstown, Beaufort West, Laingsburg and Worcester.
Over the past 16 years, the Sun City to The Table Bay Charity Cycle Tour has donated approximately R9.5 million to various charity organisations supported by the four Sun International properties en route, namely Sun City (North West), Flamingo Casino (Kimberley), Golden Valley Casino(Worcester) and The Table Bay. The charities include amongst others Langebrug School, Maths & Science Academy Northern Cape, Portlands High School, Mary Harding School, CANSA, the Grace Help Centre for abused women and children, the Aids Orphanage Housing Project, Childline Northern Cape, Moira’s House, Nazareth House, the School for the Deaf in Worcester, Saartjie Baarman Centre for Abused Women and Children, The NSPCA, and the Toevlug Rehab Centre.
The Sun City to The Table Bay Charity Cycle Tour boasts a diverse mix of cyclists of all ages, and from different countries, including two cyclists from Austria. Three of the riders in the 2019 tour have taken part in the event for more than 10 years. Johann Mare, the Materials Manager at Sun City and Tour Organiser has participated in every Sun City to The Table Bay Charity Cycle Tour since its inception and will once again take on the ride on a tandem.
It takes a lot of commitment, dedication and effort to prepare for an endurance event of this magnitude. The team has prepared for the trek for the past seven months.
The cyclists will be welcomed at the Flamingo Casino on Saturday 2 March, the Golden Valley Casino on Wednesday 6 March and The Table Bay on 7 March 2019. The team will also participate in the Cape Town Cycle Tour as a Charity Bond Entry on 10 March 2019 before making their way back to Sun City.