Cape Town, November 22, 2010
Report by Wayne Kirby - 2010 Engen Safe Cycling Programme
"This year, 2010, was the third year of the Engen Safe Cycling Programme and what made this year different to the other years, is that we managed to reach our targets despite the many obstacles we faced (which included the five-week World Cup period and the four week Teachers strike!).
Despite these, we succeeded in rolling out the Safe Cycling Programme to more than 7800 learners in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban. Another highlight this year was our engagement with the Department of Community Safety, working with them on a programme in Citrusdal in the Western Cape and a holiday programme in the Southern Cape town's of Struisbaai/Bredasdorp. The programmes were funded by the Pedal Power Association. Currently, we await a meeting with Community Safety to look at future engagements on programmes that focus on pedestrian safety." - Wayne Kirby
Report by Amos Ziqubu - 2010 PicknPay Excellence Programme
"The Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Junior Girls and Junior Boys teams fall under the PnP Excellence Programme banner and we are once again most grateful to our sponsor for its ongoing support. We also continue to receive strong support from the parents, who are working well with LCA management and who are very supportive of their children's cycling achievements and their academic progress.
There were a number of highlights this year. These included the opportunity for five juniors to join the pro-elite riders in the Engen Dynamic Cycling Challenge in Port Elizabeth at the beginning of the year.
Our juniors also performed well in a number of Cape Town Summer League races. We even managed to secure a podium place in one of the events, the Klein Joostenberg event in Stellenbosch, when Mihlali Luphuwana took third place.
We are particularly pleased with this achievement considering our riders competed against the elites and without the support of a Velokhaya elite team, as this team was dissolved during 2010 due to a lack of sponsorship. Well done too to the Junior team riders and to the three Under 16 riders who finished among the top five in the Western Cape Summer League.
The Girls' team did not have as much luck in the League this year due to bike problems, but they continue to participate in the programme and have been part of the aerobic and physical training programmes run at the BMX Oval.
We look forward to a new year, a highlight of which will be our participation in the 2011 road and time trial championships in February. The Under 16 and Junior teams will be participating in this event and we're hoping that sponsorship will be forthcoming so that we can once again enter an elite/Under 23 team!" - Amos Ziqubu