“It’s crazy, these guys used to have mechanical problems like no-one else,” says Max Menzies, who heads up the McGregor Young Warriors Cycling Academy of the bike issues his riders used to have at races.
“You know, they used to go out to these events with really crap bikes and they end up running to the finish, or towing each other with tubes. Things like that.”
The McGregor Young Warriors Cycling Academy, which aims to teach kids aged six to 18 from the McGregor community the health benefits of cycling and the sense of responsibility and self-confidence it instills has been in operation since 2016.
Since then it has been steadily growing through the help of generous donations from riders at the Ride2Nowhere 3-day MTB race, as well as the likes companies like WeChat South Africa.
The academy (and its riders) has now reached a stage where they are becoming competitive in races and Max is looking to improve their chances with better bikes.
“We would like to raise around R65 000 in order to purchase five more Giant Phantoms,” Max says.
“Thanks to donations through Ride2Nowhere we bought five and these get taken out only for events and I want to double that up to 10 so that when the kids go out to the events they don’t have to take their old plonker bikes with mechanical issues like no-one else has.”
“You know what it’s like when you have a mechanical issue during a race – nothing worse,” Max adds.
You can help with getting the McGregor Young Warriors race team kitted, any little bit helps, head for to www.mcgregoryoungwarriors.co.za. Ever Rand makes a difference, all is accounted for and not a cent is wasted.