Nic Lamond (36) and Hannes Hanekom (37) will participate in this year’s Absa Cape Epic as team Tru-Cape Times. The event, which takes place from 23 to 30 March this month, is the world’s premier mountain bike race in which every amateur mountain biker wants to participate and every elite professional mountain biker aspires to win.
Lamond is a former cycling-magazine editor, freelance features writer and lifelong adventurer. He has raced and toured bikes around the globe and written about the world of mountain biking for over a decade. He is a proud member of the Amabubesi Finishers’ Club, having completed the race seven times, together with three top-25 finishes under his belt. Hanekom is also a member of the Amabubesi Finishers’ Club, having completed the race five times with two top 20 finishes. Hanekom is a fruit farmer and rides from the Witzenberg Valley just outside of Ceres, where he runs the family business.
Says Lamond: “The 2014 Absa Cape Epic is going to be very exciting. Not only will I be riding alongside a much respected friend, Hannes, but also I’ll be supporting the Pink Lady® cancer charity. I lost my mother to cancer a little over two years ago, so the cause is very close to my heart. She was at the finish line of every Absa Cape Epic I rode, even in 2011, when she cheered my brother and I from her wheelchair.”
Sponsored by Pink Lady®, in conjunction with Tru-Cape, Lamond and Hanekom will ride the Absa Cape Epic as part of a fundraising initiative for the Tygerberg Hospital Breast Clinic Transport Fund. Says Lamond: “Being diagnosed with Breast Cancer and plucking up the courage to fight the disease is one thing, but imagine not being able to go for your treatment because you don’t have the funds to cover transportation to and from the clinic. The Transport Fund helps those who can’t afford this cost with the necessary financial assistance for them to get to all their treatments regularly.” Hanekom adds: “Being able to ride with Nic is a real privilege as he is not only one of the toughest and fastest racers in the country, but also one of the nicest people around. To do something you love while supporting something as important as the Pink Lady® cancer charity is a dream come true. Let’s hope I can keep up!”.
Pink Lady® will sponsor the team R6.25 per km ridden to raise funds for the Tygerberg Hospital Breast Clinic Transport fund. Successfully completing the 800km race will net the fund the amount of R 5000. Lamond adds: “It costs an average of R350 per person to transport cancer patients to the hospital for all their treatments. R5 000 will help 14 people get to the hospital for their regular treatments without having to worry. Each day we ride we’ll be helping more than one patient get all their treatment!”
Concludes Lamond: “Pink Lady® and Tru-Cape have issued a challenge that if we can secure a Top 30 finish the donation to the fund will be increased to R8 000! We’d like to challenge other interested companies to join us in this sponsorship initiative. What Hannes and I will be doing over eight days at the Absa Cape Epic simply doesn’t bear comparison to the hardship and incredible courage those tackling cancer experience. It’s an honour to be associated with Tru-Cape and Pink Lady and the amazing work they do supporting the Tygerberg Hospital Breast Clinic. And we’ll do our very best to raise awareness and funds as we hit the trails. You really won’t miss us. Pink is the new black!”
Please contact Liza Matthews on 073 147 4725 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on how to become involved.