Plenty of team spirit and countless hours of training and preparation were put to the ultimate test when thirty cyclists rode from Johannesburg to Durban in less than 48 hours on November 23 and 24, and all in the name of changing young South Africans’ lives for the better.
The fifth annual Ride for RedCap is one of South Africa’s most gruelling charity cycling rides and is strictly for seasoned riders only. This year an incredible R211,000 was raised by the fundraising event, with funds going towards supporting the MRP Foundation’s education, health and employment programmes.
Kelvin du Sart, Mr Price Sport Cycle Club Chairman, was extremely proud of the cyclists who completed the ride without incident. ”The first day held tough conditions as it rained non-stop but the guys still managed to finish an hour under time. We took it easy today as everyone was tired from day one but we finished as a team!” said du Sart.
Craig Jones, a five times Ride for RedCap cyclist, highlighted the camaraderie between the cyclists saying, “what an amazing event for the MRP Foundation. A group of guys came together in the beginning, not knowing each other too well, and 640km later are friends for life."
Although the RedCap Foundation has recently changed it’s name to the MRP Foundation, the MRP Foundation still has the same heart to inspire and empower tomorrow’s heroes. Marc Eslick, the MRP Foundation Manager, witnessed this year’s finish and was humbled by the Ride for RedCap cyclists' determination and passion to make a difference in ther lives of South Africa's youth.
"It shows the heart and commitment of this unique group of cyclists," said Eslick. They are not only committed to completing this gruelling ride but equally determined to make sure they make a lasting difference in someone else’s life. That is the true character of these cyclists who are ordinary people making an extraordinary difference in the lives of many and a significant reason why we welcome the association between the MRP Foundation and the Ride for RedCap.”
The 2015 edition of the Ride for RedCap is scheduled for November 29 - 30 and is expected to cater for a field of 40 riders. Pink cycling jersies are offered to cyclists who have completed three or more rides with a special yellow jersey being introduced in 2015 for cyclists who have completed five or more rides.
The MRP Foundation wishes to express their sincere appreciation to:
- Everyone who made financial donations to the Ride for RedCap with in excess of R200,000 being rasised!
- Defy, REPS (Real Estate & Property Service), Lifestyle, Reutech, Shave Paint & Decor and Hoopers for their sponsorship of the cycling kit,
- Kelvin du Sart who has overseen five safe and successful RedCap rides,
- The Pietermaritzburg and Durban Metro Police for their blue light escourts through the busy city centres,
- The cyclists and the support crew
Nic van Zyl
One day riders (Mooi River to Durban)
Kelvin du Sart