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Langebaan Biker Boys

Lanagebaan Biker Boys Argus 2009

The Launch of the Langebaan Biker Boys Cycling project was hosted by the Langebaan Country Estate on Monday the 20th Of October. Elton Davids Vice Chairperson of the Pedal Power Association officially launched the project and offered some encouraging words to our future cyclists.

The Pedal Power Association recently announced the approval of funding of more than R1,6 million for seventeen new cycling projects. This goes a long way in fulfilling the PPA's constitution in promoting cycling in all its forms. The Langebaan Biker Boys will be benefiting from some of this funding through the Langebaan Biker Boys Argus Cycle Tour 2009 project.

The programme is aimed at introducing youths from previously disadvantaged communities in Langebaan to the joys of cycling, aiming at completing the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in 2009. This will assist in alleviating a desperate need for a structured cycling initiative in the Langebaan community. The vision is to create a sustainable environment for the youths to freely participate in activities ensuring up-liftment and growth, whereby they reverse the current trend of misuse of drugs, gangsterism and hopelessness. Through the programme, various life awareness skills will also be taught.

This project is the brainchild of two local Langebaan cyclists and community members. Alan Cotton of LIVE2RIDE and Justin Maltby of The Strandloper who have been active in promoting cycling in the Langebaan community and have noticed a desperate need for a structured cycling initiative. The Langebaan Biker Boys are an inspirational group of youngsters here in Langebaan. Under the guidance of Julian Engelbrecht they have achieved great success so far and have bold plans to develop their organisation into a successful youth life awareness program. They use sport as the vehicle and have chosen cycling as one of their main activities.

According to Alan and Justin, they see this organisation as an ideal platform through which a project of this nature can be established and driven. The boys and organisation have shown incredible commitment and potential by attending local pre-Argus training rides on borrowed and broken bikes. Using the right equipment and guidance the objective of completing Argus Cycle Tour 2009 is achievable.

The boys received fully sponsored Raleigh Ridge mountain bikes fitted with cycling computers, spares, pumps and water bottles. Over the next 5 months they will follow a structured training program to make sure that they are fit and ready to complete the Argus Cycle Tour in March 2009. Their first goal is to take part in the West Coast Cycle Tour in December. The successful completion of this project will lay the foundation for a future ongoing development initiative of this nature.

The project is sponsored by Pedal Power Association and being run by LIVE2RIDE Mountain Bike Experience and The Strandloper Seafood Restaurant together with P.L.A.Y. (Parents Lobbying for an Active Youth)

Langebaan Biker Boys Information PDF

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