aQuellé Tour Durban
presented by Bridge Fund Managers
The Cows plan Tour Durban stampede around their ice cream bike
Durban – Distinctive in their black and white pattered bovine kit, The
Cows' participation in the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund
Managers on 30 April has been given a major boost by the organisers, who
have made available places in the second batch of the 45km race for
contributors to their charity fundraiser.
Riders can secure one of these prized early starts by simply selecting a
donation to The Cows charity on their entry, at an extra R50, all of which
will go to The Cows beneficiaries.
"We have a really great relationship with the aQuellé Tour Durban, and
were thrilled when they agreed to allocate places in that early batch for
people keen to contribute to our fundraiser," said The Cows organiser,
Iris Varty, who assumes the moniker Durbs Daisy.
The Cows are a group of sporting enthusiasts who raise money for their
principle charity the Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC).
Reliably raucous and fun-loving, the Friesland look-alikes have built up
an enviable reputation at iconic events like the Comrades Marathon, Midmar
Mile, 94.7 Cycle Challenge and many other major events, where they
participate with personal sponsorships and donations that have raised over
R25 million since their establishment nine years ago.
Varty explained that the new option created by the Tour Durban organisers
made it easier than ever for recreational riders to join in the fun of The
"For that small R50 donation you get to join our charity batch and enjoy
the madness that goes hand-in-glove with The Cows," explained Varty.
"Our core riders, that you see riding in the furry Cow suits, have raised
massive amounts over the years, and that suit is a badge of honour, apart
from being extremely hot to ride in,' said the Durbs Daisy.
"There is the option of riding in The Cows cycling shorts. To get this kit
you need to commit to raising R6000 within the year, R1000 of which needs
to be in the charity account before the race.
"Thanks to the Tour Durban organisers, we have a whole new and very
accessible way to join in and contribute," she added.
"It is our tenth year as The Cows and we have set a target of R10 million
to raise for CHOC this year. so this is a great way of getting a lot of
No strangers to pranks, they have ambushed one of their supporters to ride
their famous ice cream bike, wearing the furry Cow Suit and a pink tutu,
for dodging his commitment to swim with The Cows at the recent aQuellé
37 year old Westville cyclist Michael Koberstein is psyching himself up
for the challenge, which will be his fifth aQuellé Tour Durban, but, he
says, probably his toughest.
"I have done the 100km race four times, but after being allowed to try out
the ice cream bike on the beachfront the other day, I reckon the 45km in
the Cow Suit and tutu will be far tougher!" said Korberstein
He appealed to riders keen to do the 45km Fun Ride to pay the R50 for a
place in the charity batch to be able to help push him up the hills.
"This will be my initiation into The Cows," he added. "I have learnt a
serious lesson about making a promise to The Cows and not keeping my word.
He said that he was thinking laterally about the ice cream bike to enable
him to deal with the challenge facing him.
"There is a refridgerated cooler box on the back of the bike, so I plan to
load it with drinks to get me through the day. And no, they might not be
sports drink!" he quipped.
Riders entering the popular 45km Fun Ride can still secure a place in the
second batch by selecting that option in their online entry through Cycle
Riders keen to up their involvement and ride in The Cows kit should make
contact with Durbs Daisy at
The 2017 aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by
Bridge Fund Managers, takes place on Sunday 30 April. More information can
be found at www.tourdurban.co.za
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The Cows are planning another
"stampede" at the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers on
Sunday 30 April. Durbs Daisy Iris Varty, seen here riding the infamous ice
cream bike in last year's race, says the organisers have made available
places in the second batch of the 45km Fun Race to raise funds for The
37 year old Westville cyclist
Michael Koberstein (right) has been tasked with riding The Cows ice cream
bike at the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers on
Sunday 30 April, after failing to keep his promise to swim the aQuellé
Midmar Mile for The Cows. Erin Reid (left) provides some resistance
training for Koberstein on the beachfront.
From left Erin Reid, Mike
Kobertstein, Rose Owen, Gords Reid, Iris Varty and Lauren Varty, getting
ready for The Cows "stampede" at the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by
Bridge Fund Managers on Sunday 30 April.
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