It all started with a donation of 14 bicycles. Now, less than two years later, a group of boys from Fisantekraal near Durbanville is about to fulfill their biggest dream. At least 24 underprivileged teens from Fisantekraal High School will take their place at the starting point of the historic Cape Town Cycle Tour, formerly known as the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour next year.
The bikes were donated by Canadian police officers two years ago but as they were in need of repair, were left to gather dust in the school store room. That was until another Canadian came along…
Bike mechanic Brenna Coupland decided to get involved by not only rebuilding the bikes with the help of a few pupils, but expanding it into a community project. Fisantekraal now boasts a vibey workshop called Community Bike Shop – a friendly place where local youngsters gather to restore bicycles and set off for a good pedal.
Brenna says some of the boys are born cyclists and so dedicated that entering them for the cycle tour was a “no brainer”.
“I built my own bike and I am going to ride it extremely fast”, says Siviwe Tembela, one of the proud teens who will be making his race debut on 15 March 2015.