Kanye — The annual Kgosi Malope Challenge, scheduled for February 24, is expected to attract more than 200 cyclists from across southern Africa.
The cycle challenge, which started in 2016, is a collaboration between Tsosamotse Creations and Bangwaketse Tribal Administration, with Cycle for Life being the technical partner.
In an interview, Kaone Ramontshonyana of Tsosamotse Creations said the race had grown over the three years, attracting a lot of participants from all over.
"Our intention for this year was to put it on hold so that we could prepare for a better and bigger one next year, but due to high demand from cyclists and supporters we had to plan for it," he said.
He said the challenge was the first road race of the year, and that it was a preparatory race for the Cape Argus held in Cape Town in March.
He also said participants have indicated that the race route terrain was similar to the Cape Argus, hence good practice for the bigger race.
He said last year they registered around 190 cyclists and raised P100 000, which added to the P100 000 from the previous year and deposited it into the Mmalekwa Cemetery Committee bank account.
He said they also gave P4 000 to their technical partners, Cycle for Life to donate to a charity in Kanye. Furthermore, he noted that they channelled P1 500 towards the registration of Kanye Cycling Club.
Ramontshonyana said their main objective was to raise funds for the Mmalekwa cemetery which housed deceased royal family members and other high profile people, among others.
He said the plan was to renovate the place and make a community park and business resource centre for young people so that they could create employment for others.
"We also want to have a place where people could watch a documentary on the history of Kanye," he said.
He said prizes would be awarded to females and males in all the categories which include 110km professional open challenge, 60km junior challenge and the 30km fun ride.
Registration is done through www.ucbtiming.co.bw.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>