Sandile Cycle Tour for TSiBA

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8 TSiBA CT Cycling Club students will do the #CapeTown #2017CycleTour on 12 March to raise awareness AND funds. Please support Sandile fundraising page (Sandile Backabuddy) - share and like!! 

My Cycle Story

I’m Sandile Maqhoboza, I was born and bred in Matatiele. I grew up with the love of cycling, but unfortunately I did not have a bike, but I had a cousin that had a bike. When I was eight years old I used to walk 20-30 minutes every weekend and everyone thought I was visiting the family, but the truth was I was only going because he had a bike.

When I was 14 years my neighbour bought a bike for his son so I used to ride his bike the whole day. I stopped visiting my cousin because I was able to ride my neighbour’s bike until it needed to be repaired and after that I had rent the bike forR10 to ride half a day and I enjoyed every second of it. I loved cycling even though I never had a bike of my own at the time.

In 2014 I started studying at TSiBA Eden campus and during the campus tour I saw a lot of bikes locked in the store room and I knew for sure that my dreams of becoming a cyclist were coming true. The TSiBA Eden Cycling Club trained every day as a team climbing hills and I learnt a lot about how to ride as a team and my love for cycling grew day by day.

I remember that one day we woke up at 3am because we were going to a cycling competition, but we didn’t have transport to take us there so we had to ride more than 30km before the race even started which was not easy, but we had fun. Even though people were making jokes about our bikes (as they were very basic and old) once the race started we proved them wrong because they thought we were not going to finish the race, but surprisingly we all finished before them. Then, after the race, we had to cycle another 30km back to the campus and we were really tired, but we made it through teamwork.

The challenge I faced growing up was, having a passion for cycling, but no money to compete which you need for transport and entry fees. To me cycling it’s not just a sport, but for environmental health because it doesn’t cause air pollution like cars and motorbikes. Also if people can start cycling we won’t have people who are obese and struggling with diseases because they don’t exercise.

The money I raise will go towards TSiBA scholarship for future students to get this opportunity. If it was not for the scholarship I received from TSiBA, my dreams may never have come true.

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