Urban Riders to partake in their first event at DualX Duathlon Series

Only smiles as Tshwane Urban Rider recieve their bicycles

Only smiles as Tshwane Urban Rider recieve their bicycles

Momentum Health and PeptoPro, sponsors of the DualX Duathlon Series, recently donated bicycles to children from the Mamelodi Tshwane Urban Riders. These lucky first recipients of 20 brand new mountain bikes will be taking part in their very first event on Saturday at the third round of the Momentum Health OatWell DualX powered by PeptoPro that will be held at the Van Gaalen Cheese Farm near Hartebeespoort.

The increasingly popular RUN/MTB/RUN format with three distances to choose from as well as a brats race, has again attracted close to 1000 athletes for what promises to be another fun day out for the entire family. Entries are still available at CycleLab Fourways today (Friday) and at registration at the venue on Saturday morning.

Support from Momentum and PeptoPro enables 20 more children to participate in a sport which would otherwise have been unaffordable to them. The support goes beyond just handing over a bike and with the help of Gauteng North Cycling, a bike trailer was also procured to assist with traveling to events like the one this weekend. Along with the bikes, the riders were given helmets, kit, shoes, insurance and entry to all Momentum Health Oatwell DualX duathlon events.

The Tshwane Urban Riders is a group of very active and passionate cyclists from Mamelodi. The club encourages local children to join in the various club activities, which promote the sport of cycling and mountain biking and a healthy lifestyle. The team members are steadily improving with each race they participate in. Riders have already taken part in the Spur School MTB Series events, the Nissan Trailseeker Series and many other mountain bike races around Gauteng, but this weekend will be their first event with their new bikes and equipment.

For the past seven years, the DualX series supported PeptoPro’s existing social responsibility initiative assisting NOAH children from Soweto. PetroPro is a DSM Nutritional Products trademarked ingredient which is a highly advanced protein shown to be beneficial for muscle recovery during and after high intensity exercise. This year it was decided to invest in an initiative that is closely aligned with the DualX series. In this way they can feel part of DualX and regular cyclists can compete with the youngsters from Mamelodi and take them under their wing to support them as their MTB skills improve.

The recipients are between 6 and 16 years old, from 12 different primary and high schools in Mamelodi.

Grade 9 pupil Mpho said, “Cycling keeps me away from drugs and getting into trouble by standing on the street corner, doing nothing.”  Grade 8 pupil, Denzel said, “I’m quite a nerd, staying home studying most of the time, but cycling gets me out and keeps me fit.  11-year-old Tiisetso said, “I feel excited to get my bike, I feel so professional.”

Speaking at an event to hand over the bicycles, Karin Claassen, Head of Marketing Momentum Health said: “We need to focus on our children if we want to make a difference in the future. At Momentum Health we have a key interest and, even more importantly, a responsibility to help improve the health and wellness of our children.

“More than 13% of South African school children are obese and the onset of life-style related diseases like diabetes are often directly related to that. So an initiative like this offers us the opportunity to help promote an active lifestyle with the added benefit of making a difference in the lives of children, who otherwise may not have had the opportunity. It is a responsibility that we all have, but also a great and humbling privilege.”

Heidi-Lee Robertson, DSM’s Market Development Manager for PeptoPro said: “We are so proud to have been able to sustainably support and develop children by getting them to our top class events to both participate in and experience running and cycling off road.  And to ensure their nutritional intake during and after the race is state of the art.