Race brings development MTB riders closer to dream

    Diepsloot Riders before the start of this mornings first stage.
    Diepsloot Riders before the start of this mornings first stage.

    146 kilometres, three stages and possibly the most picturesque trail ride in South Africa – this is the annual Storms River Traverse, currently taking place over three days in the magnificent setting of the Storms River Village.

    Sponsored by leading asset management group 36ONE, the event plays host not only to riders who want to enjoy the beauty of the trail around the plantations, coastline and mountains, but also to those who see it as a platform from which to catapult their dreams.

    Dryland Event Management, organiser of the Traverse, has teamed up with sport nutrition engineers 32Gi to afford two riders from the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy the opportunity to cycle in this year’s event. Tsepo Nyirenda, who partnered with Clayton Duckworth in the 2014 Absa Cape Epic, will this time be mentoring fellow DMA member Tendani Mahole.

    Nyirenda is currently training under The Saxon Hotel’s Executive Chef David Higgs, whom he met at the Cape Epic. Mahole is also pursuing a passion for food as a full-time chef. Higgs believes that Nyirenda will be able to use his experience from the Epic to guide first-time rider Mahole through the threeday Traverse. The hope is that the partnership will also empower the latter with the necessary multi-stage event skills and experience to share with his fellow Academy riders back home.

    “32Gi is excited to be involved in the development of cycling in South Africa through the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy and we always look forward to providing additional opportunities for their riders to be exposed to amazing stage races through our partnership with Dryland Event Management. We wish Tsepo and Tendani the best of luck on this adventure!” said Pippa Hunt from 32Gi.