aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund managers Media Release

 No: td1703

23 March 2017

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Written by: Dave Macleod


Prize money for hand cyclists at aQuellé Tour Durban

Durban – For the first time hand cyclists taking part in the aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Manager, on 30 April 2017 will compete in their own class, with prize money for the riders that race onto the podium.

The event attracted numerous hand cyclists 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 hand cycle competitors over the 45km race distance, with presenting sponsor Bridge Fund Managers offering a cash prize of 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 hand cycling category, and said there was no doubt that the hand cycling 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 hand cycling category. The event embraces the opportunity for hand cyclists 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 aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers includes a 105km road race for men and women, a 55km cyclocross race for men and women, and a 45km Fun Ride which attracted the likes of East Coast Radio DJ Darren Maule and Breakfast Show co-presenter Sky Tshabalala in 2016.

Stewart says Bridge Fund Mangers is supporting the aQuellé Tour Durban for various reasons including the opportunity to boost KwaZulu-Natal tourism while supporting the critical work of the event’s main beneficiary, the Domino Foundation, a non-profit working with vulnerable and impoverished North Durban communities.

The sponsorship commitment extends to Bridge Fund Management staff operating a water and feeding station along the route, and a number of staff riding in the various aQuellé Tour Durban events.

“Sponsoring an endurance cycling event is also aligned to our brand, as investing, especially for retirement, is a long term commitment,” says Stewart.

BRIDGE FUND MANAGERS is a specialist asset manager operating in the retail, institutional, private clients and stockbroking markets. At BRIDGE we harbour and nurture our clients’ hard-earned assets. Our unique Payers & Growers® investment methodology is designed and actively managed to assist investors in securing high and growing income streams and inflation-beating capital returns through their investment portfolios. For more information please visit http://www.bridgefm.co.za.
Media Contacts:
Mark Logan, Chief Executive Officer - 031 3336620. mark.logan@bridgefm.co.za 
Paul Stewart, Head: Fund Management - 021 4920210. paul.stewart@bridgefm.co.za

The 2017 aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund manager, takes place on Sunday 30 April. More information can be found at www.tourdurban.co.za 

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Hand cyclists will finally have their own class ands prizemoney at the aQuellé Tour Durban after presenting sponsor Bridge Fund managers put up prize money for the first three hand cyclists. Former Sharks winger Cedric Mkhize is a regular participant in the hand cycle race and welcomed the move.

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The 45km race at the aQuellé Tour Durban presented by Bridge Fund Managers always attracts a group on enthusiastic hand cyclists. This year Bridge Fund managers has paved the way for the introduction of a separate class and prize money for hand cyclists.

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Hand cyclists will finally have their own class ands prizemoney at the aQuellé Tour Durban after presenting sponsor Bridge Fund managers put up prize money for the first three hand cyclists. "This will certainly encourage more participants, and of course ensure better performances," said QuadPara Association head Ari Seirlis, a regular participant in the race.

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