The old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday provided the venue for the second Annual Mayoral Cycle Race and was attended by more than 500 cyclists and supporters from all over the Northern parts of the country, including Gauteng, North-West Province and the Western and Eastern Cape. Cyclists from Gauteng emerged as overall winners.
The variety of categories in which cyclists could take part, ensured that people of all ages were accommodated and provided opportunities for serious cycling professionals, social cyclists and even children under the age of 14.
A huge tent in the stadium provided shelter in the event of rain and refreshments were served while the final results and prize giving were awaited.
In the 96 km race Ryan Gibbons of Team Europcar won the male category and Maroesjka Matthee of Team Bestmed ASG was the first woman to cross the finish line.
The 45 km tandem race was won by Marco Roets and Anna Elisa Gutierrez. The winners of the 15 km fun race were Anischka Neethling and Frank Gayton.
The 96 km tandem race was won by Maurice and Iris Ferreira. Christo Hanekom and Anna Elisa Gutierrez triumphed in the male and female categories of the 45 km race respectively.
To motivate cycling amongst children, 18 bicycles were handed out through a raffle conducted prior to the main prize giving ceremony.
At the prize giving, Thembi Nkadimeng, Executive Mayor of Polokwane, thanked all the participants and wished them a safe journey back home. She urged them to start planning for their return in 2016 for another spectacular Annual Mayoral Cycle Race with more exciting developments especially for the communities around the city. â€œThe show continues again in 2016 with the third Annual Mayoral Cycle Race as we Run, Walk and Cycle for Life in Polokwane, the City of Stars,â€ Nkadimeng proudly said.
Overall winner of the 96 km menâ€™s race, Ryan Gibbons from Johannesburg, told Polokwane Observer that it was his first Mayoral Cycle Race and that he was pleasantly surprised by how well the event was organised. â€œWe enjoyed the hospitality of the City of Polokwane. The road surfaces on the route were in good condition and the weather was perfect â€“ not too hot and not too windy. I will be back next year,â€ he said.