aQuellé Tour Durban
15 May 2020
aQuellé Tour Durban replaced with virtual rides
Durban - As the ongoing lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic
continues, the organisers of the Tour Durban cycle races have confirmed
that the 2020 event, which was initially postponed, has had to be
cancelled, but will be replaced with a virtual aQuellé Tour Durban on 25
and 26 July.
The event is an important annual fundraiser for the Domino Foundation
that helps poor communities in the greater Durban area, and the prospect
of cancelling the event was a blow for the trailblazing NGO.
“The aQuellé Tour Durban is fundamentally about #Ride4Good and raising
money for The Domino Foundation,” said event director Alec Lenferna.
“They have stepped up their support for communities significantly that
are really battling with the effects of the lockdown, so we felt that we
had to find an alternative way to support them as the greater cycling
community as we do by riding the this great event every year. It is a
massive pity that we are not going to be able to stage the event in its
traditional format this year, but circumstances are what they are at
this time and we are already looking to the future and await the
opportunity in 2021 and beyond”
On Saturday 25 July riders will be able to take part in a virtual ride
on the new mountain bike courses, and on Sunday 26 July riders can take
on the road race by following the online live streaming show that will
offer them a rider’s view of the popular M4 course as it was raced last
Riders are encouraged to follow the live streaming on the event Facebook
page while they take part on their rollers or static bikes, or simply to
engage in any form of exercise like riding in their communities during
the streaming show.
Lenferna confirmed that all entries already posted for the 2020 event
will carry forward to the 2021 races at no extra charge, or should
people wish to donate their 2020 entry fee to the cause, obviously this
would be gratefully accepted too.
“We have an amazing relationship with the aQuellé Tour Durban as an
event and with many of the cyclists as individuals,” said Shaun Tait of
the Domino Foundation.
“This comes at a time when we are working hard with a number of
community organisations to get desperately needed aid into the homes of
Durban families that have been really hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We know that the work that The Domino Foundation does resonate with the
riders, so we are hoping that we can all rally together as one on the
weekend, which will be exactly three months after the date we originally
planned for the aQuellé Tour Durban, to share our passion for riding the
races, and maintain the lifeline that the aQuellé Tour Durban provides
to the foundation at a time when we need it the most,” said Tait.
Entries for the event, with a minimum of R50 but allowing for
participants to make any larger donation, will be taken via the links
provided on the Tour Durban website. Additional information on the
activities of the 25th & 26th July and how to get involved will be
communicated to all soon.
More information can
be found at www.tourdurban.co.za
The Domino Foundation Covid-19 Relief project:
Click to download the hi-res pic
aQuellé Tour Durban
Neville Bailey, whose video of
the 90km ride at last years aQuellé Tour Durban will be used as the
basis for the virtual aQuellé Tour Durban on 26 July, demonstrates how
riders can ride on a training bike or on rollers while watching the live
streaming of the Virtual Tour Durban show.
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