Champion tandem team aims to ‘ride long’ at Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban
Classic for The Cows
Durban – Eager to set themselves a new challenge, the unbeaten tandem
cycling team of Bryan Cusack and Brennan Anderson have set their sights on a
staggering 600km endurance ride that will end with an attempt to defend
their tandem title at the upcoming Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic on 21
October, all to raise money and awareness for The Cows and their CHOC
Childhood Cancer Foundation fundraising efforts.
“We know all about The Cows and the amazing work they do for CHOC, and we
decided that we wanted to do something for them this year at the Tsogo Sun
Amashova, but we really wanted to do something different, to get noticed,”
“We have done the MRP Red Cap Ride from Johannesburg to Durban, which is
over two days, so we decided we would ‘ride long’ and try to cover 600
kilometres inside 24 hours, finishing up with the 106km of the Tsogo Sun
Amashova,” he explained.
53 year old Cusack and his 29 year old team mate Anderson, both of whom live
in Athlone Park on the KZN South Coast and ride for the Westville Cycling
Club, feel they will still be competitive in the KZN classic race, despite
having 500 kilometres in their legs by the time they roll into
Pietermaritzburg on the early hours on Sunday 21 October to make the start
of the Tsogo Sun Amashova.
“We are both very competitive and we haven’t been beaten on a tandem in
South Africa,” said Cusack. “We never enter a race to lose, so we will do
our best to retain our Tsogo Sun Amashova tandem title,” he said.
They plan to start their ride in Secunda, and break the 600 kilometre ride
into segments, stopping for short breaks throughout.
“The stops are basically logistic stops, to get fresh drinks and change
kit,” explained Cusack. “But we feel that the stops will help, and we will
keep up better speed.
“Basically we need to keep moving at an average of 30km/h for the duration
of the ride,” he added. “We have confidence in our ability and are looking
forward to the challenge.”
He admitted that the toughest section will probably be the ride through the
night, when they will be riding through Newcastle and Ladysmith towards Mooi
“Every rider goes through bad patches, and we are bracing ourselves for the
night sections, which will be tough,” said Cusack.
The pair are planning to secure a number of sponsors for the 600km epic ride
to maximise the fundraising for The Cows’ ongoing support for the CHOC
Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa.
The Tsogo Sun Amashova has formally backed The Cows along with a number of
other charities this year and will set aside a preferential batch for all
charity riders raising funds.
“We wish Bryan and Brennan the best of luck in their training leading up to
this heroic effort that will end with us cheering them on at the finish line
of the Tsogo Sun Amashova," stated Tsogo Sun Amashova Race Director, Annie
"We have seen a significant increase in the number of cyclists riding for a
cause in this year’s race and it just speaks volumes to how the social
aspect of the race has grown, which is reflective of 'The Spirit of Shova’,”
willing to donate towards the 24 hour tandem challenge can visit
Secunda to Standerton-111km
Depart Secunda 10h00
111km 30kph, 3:45
Arrive Standerton 13h45
Standerton to Volksrust- 83km
Depart Standerton 15:05
83km, 29kph, 2:50
Arrive Volksrust 16:55
Volksrust to Newcastle-50km
Depart Volksrust 17:10
50km, 30kph, 1:40
Arrive Newcastle 18:50
Newcastle to Ladysmith-102km
Depart Newcastle 19:00
Arrive Ladysmith 22:30
Ladysmith to Mooi River-
Depart Ladysmith 23:30
100km, 28kph, 3:30
Arrive Mooi River 03:00am
Mooi River to Howick-
Depart Mooi River 03h20
45km, 29kph, 1:40
Arrive Howick 05:00
Howick to Pietermaritzburg-
Depart Howick. 05h10
41km, 28kph, 1:20
Arrive Pmb 06h30.
Pietermaritzburg to Durban-
07h00 Start Shova
10h00 Arrive Suncoast Casino.
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About The Cows
The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists
keen to make a difference and raise funds for CHOC. Cordi van Niekerk was
one of the founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the
94.7 Cycle Challenge in memory of their little daughter, Jessica, who had
recently died from cancer at just 20 months old.
As CHOC had played a
significant role in the Bain family's life in the last few weeks of
Jessica’s life, specifically with palliative care and emotional support, the
decision was to make CHOC the beneficiary of their quest. They decided to
don cow suits and succeeded in raising R230 000.
In 2009, the herd gained momentum and grew to an incredible 140 energetic
cows. Just two years later the herd numbered a staggering 350 cows all
riding for a purpose. Armed with the ‘Love Living Life’ slogan and a healthy
dose of enthusiasm, the herd has enjoyed much success and acclaim.
Ten later, hundreds of people have participated in events wearing
cow suits. The Cows have just broken through the R29 million mark of funds
raised for specific projects implemented by CHOC and The Cows brand is
prominent in many sporting events in South Africa. With these funds, CHOC is
able to make a difference to the children being treated for cancer
throughout South Africa.
One herd; one quest: to make a difference to children with cancer. Love
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