Cycling club close the year in style

Certificates were handed to riders who were in the top three
of their categories in the Mpumalanga Mountain Bike Cross Country Series. They
are the largest cycling club in the province with almost 400 members and host
one of the largest races in South Africa, the MTN Sabie Classic.
“We were
established in 2002. We support a number of development cyclists – the Livili
cycling team and the anti-poaching drive in the Sudwala Valley. We have donated
more than R500 000 to various local charities. We host the Spur Schools Series
in Mpumalanga which attracts over 300 kids at each race and is growing annually
so that local institutions now consider cycling a school sport,” said manager,
Brett Coates.
They have a few South African champions in the club such as
Samantha Sanders, the current Elite women’s cross-country winner, and Bo
Mellaart, current Nippers cross-country champ and 2012’s MTN Marathon winner,
Max Knox. Houtbosloop Environment Action Link (HEAL) is a local environmental
organisation that employs rangers who patrol on properties searching for snares
set by poachers in the Stadsriver, Houtbosloop and Schoemanskloof Valley.
A
group of rangers demonstrated some of the traps they find daily and explained
what they are all about to the riders.
Bikes were donated by the Lowveld
Chaingang, Mankele Mountain Biking and Valencia Wholesalers to enable these
heroes to get around the mountains and farms of the Sudwala Valley and remove
animal snares.
To date they have removed over 10 000 traps in eight years
and there has been a noticeable increase in the local wildlife because of their
efforts.
HEAL members are trained to look out for anything untoward which
may impact upon the environment. They do their utmost to guarantee an intact
environment in this beautiful valley.

  AUTHOR
Carli Koch
Sports Editor

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