|KAP sani2c Media Release
04 May 2018
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Sidialo hoping to change lives through sani2c action
Himeville - Twenty years after he lost his eyesight in the Nairobi
US Embassy bombing, Kenyan adventure sport junkie Douglas Sidialo
will take part in the three day KAP sani2c mountain biking race on a
tandem, aiming to use the anniversary of the incident that changed
his life to positively influence as many people as he can during his
cycle from Himeville to Scottburgh.
The 1998 blast cost Sidialo his sight, but jolted him onto a new
course in his life, taking on cycling and trekking challenges to
inspire and foster hope in the African continent, and he says he is
passionate about addressing some of the social issues confronting
South Africans today.
“This year's KAP sani2c will mark the 20th anniversary of the US
Embassy bombing that left me blind and many innocent Kenyan by-standers
lost their lives, and others were maimed and the lives of others
“The sani2c is a remarkable and exciting adventure bike race,” says
Sidialo. “The degree of camaraderie, friendship and love for
humanity truly refreshes my heart and mind.
“My country Kenya and South Africa share many common challenges,
with tribalism and xenophobia. I want people to learn that unity of
purpose is your strength and your strength is your unity. We must
embrace each other and deal with our challenges together," says
Sidialo continues to win admirers for his many feats, including
cycling on a tandem the length of the African continent from Cairo
to Cape Town over 95 days, and becoming the first blind African to
climb the Uhuru Peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.
“I want to inspire hope and excite the world. I want to demonstrate
the power of human spirit,” he adds. “In order to succeed you must
first believe you can.”
Sidialo rides with his tandem partner John Kikiru, who takes charge
of steering their tandem through the 261 kilometres of the
three-stage sani2c route. He says their greatest challenge came
during the 2015 Old Mutual joberg2c stage race, after they crashed
on the legendary descent into the Umkomaas Valley on the penultimate
stage of the race.
“It was a terrible crash and almost cost us our race as John broke
his collar bone,” recalls Sidialo. “We carried on with the help of
some of the other riders around us.
“A great South African friend Darryl Gove helped us to finish and
sang his heart out like a Zulu warrior. When we got to the finish in
Scottburgh we were greeted with lots of celebration and cheers and
the crowd sang a Kenyan signature song ‘Harambe harambe harambe’”,
Sidialo knows how tough the race can be, but says his training at
home has been hampered by severe rains in Kenya.
“The weather in Kenya has been the worst with lots of rain and
training on the dirt roads and district roads has been very minimal
because of all the mud and lots of rain,” said Sidialo. “My
preparation and training has progressed well with more concentration
going into my training at the Impala Club Gym."
"The climbs are tough, especially the Iconic climb, which is no mean
achievement," he adds.
His goals for his return to do his second sani2c are simple. “I want
to complete the race in one piece!” he laughs.
“At the same time I want to reach out and make more business friends
and comrades who can believe in the Douglas vision,” he concluded.
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Blind Kenyan rider Douglas
Sidialo (left) and his tandem riding partner John Kikiru will be back to
take on their second KAP sani2c Adventure from 9-11 May.
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