The aQuellé Tour Durban which takes place on 30 April 2017 has introduced a new race category with prize money for hand cyclists, courtesy of presenting sponsor Bridge Fund Managers.
The event attracted numerous handcyclists in 2016 including former Sharks rugby wing Cedric Mkhize. But the 2017 edition of the race will be the first to have a specific category and prize money for handcycle competitors over the 45km race distance, with R2500 for the winner, R1500 for the runner-up and R1000 for third place.
Ari Seirlis, CEO of the QuadPara Association of South Africa, welcomed the introduction of a handcycling category, and said there was no doubt that the handcycling fraternity would be pleased to be acknowledged with the prize money in their category.
“The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is thrilled about the sponsorship for the handcycling category. The event embraces the opportunity for handcyclists to participate and now this added benefit of acknowledging 1st 2nd and 3rd place. This will certainly encourage more participants, and of course, ensure better performances. QASA thanks the sponsors for the investment and the insight,” says Seirlis.
Paul Stewart, Executive Director at Bridge Fund Managers, says: “We all face challenges in life, whether political, social or personal and hand cyclists are an example of humanity at its most determined and courageous, providing an inspiration to fellow competitors and spectators lining the route. We hope that the creation and sponsorship of a hand cycling category, will provide additional encouragement to these fearless athletes to enter this great event.”
The www.tourdurban.co.za includes a 105km road race for men and women, a 55km cyclocross race for men and women, and a 45km Fun Ride.