Highlights

2014

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April 2014:
A Velokhaya team will line up for the 2014 edition of the Mzansi Tour powered by Cathsseta, the only UCI 2.2 rated cycling event in South Africa, which takes place April 8 – 12. The Mzansi Tour is an international tour, attracting riders from around the world to compete in South Africa. It is South Africa’s only international road cycling tour and is aimed at creating an opportunity for South African based teams to compete against their international counterparts.

March 2014:
This year is a momentous year as we celebrate the 10th year of partnership with Pick n Pay, our anchor sponsor.  Eighty young riders participate in the 106km Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour – South Africa’s premier cycling event wearing brand new commemorative Pick n Pay/Velokhaya race kit.  To further mark the 10 year anniversary of Pick n Pay’s support, Velokhaya’s Zanele Tshoko is selected as the 2014 Pick n Pay LikeBike ambassador.

 

2013

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December 2013:
A team from Velokhaya competes in the Jailbreak Triathlon sponsored by Prime Cleaning Services.  A cheque of R10 000 is handed over to Velokhaya by the organisers of the event.  A few days later, New Balance South Africa hosts a Christmas Party for Velokhaya members. The gifts of clothing and shoes are most appreciated by Velokhaya members.  Donations of cash and in kind are also made by Vukani Newspaper and the Pedal Power Association and many others.

November 2013:
Velokhaya Board Member and former rider, Luthando Kaka, is interviewed by CNN African Voices. The programme is aired in January 2004.

August 2013:
Velokhaya’s relationship with the Cass London University group of international MBAs who donate generously to the organization. The money is used to revamp the BMX track and purchase new kit and bicycles for the Velokhaya elite team.

May 2013:
Velokhaya athlete Thando Zothe qualifies for the SA National team to compete in the World Duathlon event in Ottawa, Canada taking second place in each of his first two duathlon events, the Western Province Duathlon Championships and the National Duathlon Championships.  He is unable to attend the Worlds event due to a lack of sponsorship.

March 2013:
R70 000 is raised by the Pick n Pay LikeBike social media campaign, which is headed by TV celebrity, Janez Vermeiren. The money raised is put towards purchasing new BMX bikes and kit. In addition, Pick n Pay CEO, Richard Brasher, donates a bike to the Academy in his personal capacity.  Velokhaya also stars in a Pick n Pay Goodness video. 

March 2013:
Team Safmarine cycles the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour to raise funds for Velokhaya.  The money is used to maintain the Velokhaya BMX Oval buildings donated by Safmarine in 2008. A number of items are also donated by Team Safmarine riders – these include beanbags, bar stools, toasters and kettles etc.   Safmariners and their AP Moller-Maersk colleagues spend time at Velokhaya in May assisting with the revamp.  In July, the company hosts a Family Fun Day together with its customer, Dole, as part of International Nelson Mandela Day celebrations.

March 2013:
Anita Zenani and Xolisa Makubalo, two Velokhaya BMX riders, win medals at the BMX National Series held in Germiston, Gauteng.

 

2012

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July 2012:
The SA Post Office and Safmarine plant 50 indigenous trees as part of International Nelson Mandela Day celebrations.  Earlier the year, Anita Zenani was chosen as an ambassador for the 2012 SA Post Office Letter Writing Competition which encourages literacy amongst children.

April 2012:
Six BMXers from Velokhaya compete in the SA BMX Championships.

March 2012:
Luthando Kaka, former Velokhaya rider and current Velokhaya board member, is selected as one of the 100 most influential people in sport in South Africa in
2011.

March 2012:
Pick n Pay appoints Velokhaya as beneficiary of its LikeBike social media campaign, donating 25 new bicycles to Velokhaya.  Heading the campaign is TV and radio personality, Liezl van der Westhuizen. Nineteen bicycles are also donated by Mr Fikile Mbalula, the Minister of Sport and Recreation, as part of a legacy programme to mark his participation in the 2012 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.

 

2011

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December 2011:
Velokhaya takes second place in the Beyond Sport/globalbike Cape Town award.

July 2011:
Safmarine funds the revamp of the Velokhaya BMX Oval container buildings. The revamp draws rave revues from the design community and is the subject of a presentation made by design duo, ThingKing, to the judges of the World Design Capital 2014, in support of the City of Cape Town’s bid.

July 2011:
BMXer Anita Zenani attends the 2011 UCI World Championships while our road cyclists excel in the Aca Joe Classic Series held towards the end of the year.

 

2010

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November 2010:
The start ramp at the BMX Oval has been ‘revamped’ thanks to the Pedal Power Association (PPA), a long-time supporter of the LCA and the Velokhaya BMX Oval – and of cycling transformation in South Africa.

October 2010:
Cyclist Songezo Jim, a member of the GT Velokhaya team, has been selected to compete in the African Championships, which will take place from 10 – 14 November in Rwanda.

June 2010:
Five of Velokhaya’s BMX cyclists will soon have the opportunity to pit their skills against the world’s top BMXers when South Africa hosts the World BMX Championships for the first time at the end of July.

March 2010:
Khayelitsha’s hottest new cycling talent, Team GT Velokhaya PPA’s Songezo Jim, is the only Under 23 Cape Town-based rider in the South African nine-man team to compete in the 2010 Nations Cup, which will be held in Europe in March and April.

 

2009

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December 2009:
Khayelitsha BMX duo joins top South African BMX Team….and Danish business leaders raise funds for the further development of the Velokhaya BMX Oval in Khayelitsha

November 2009:
A R100 000 donation by the Vodacom Foundation has boosted BMX training and racing at the Velokhaya BMX Oval in Khayelitsha near Cape Town.

August 2009:
Pick n Pay cyclist Emile Jacobs makes us proud when he competes in European cycling events.

April 2009:
Organiser Velokhaya Events holds its first Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge (EDCC) for 2009 in Port Elizabeth.

March 2009:
Danish Teammates in SA to join Cyclist Luthando Kaka for SA’s premier cycling event – the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour

 

2008

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November 2008:
The Velokhaya BMX Oval opens on November 28, 2008.

November 2008:
Korea to Cape Town cyclist Dan Martin is welcomed in Cape Town by Velokhaya after cycling more than 38 000km. Dan visits the Velokhaya BMX Oval with his parents, George and Sue.

October 2008:
Velokhaya Events hosts its second Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge. The event is held near Paarl in the Western Cape.

August 2008:
Work starts on the buildings for the Velokhaya BMX Oval as the Safmarine-donated shipping containers are converted into a club house, change rooms etc.

July 2008:
Team CSC Saxo Bank triumphs at the 2008 Tour de France as Carlos Sastre wins the 2008 general classification (yellow jersey), Andy Schleck the ‘best young rider’ category (white jersey) and Team CSC Saxo Bank, the ‘best team’ category at the 2008 Tour.

July 2008:
Another Euro 3000 donation is secured for Velokhaya on Wednesday, 23 July as Carlos Sastre wins Stage 17 of the 2008 Tour de France and takes over the yellow jersey from his team mate, Frank Schleck.

July 2008:
The Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) – owners of the Tour de France – announces its support for Velokhaya during the 2008 Tour de France on July 21, 2008

July 2008:
Multi-trade shipping line Safmarine announces its donation of seven retired seafreight containers to the Life Cycling Academy (LCA) on 21 July. The containers will be converted into modern buildings for the Khayelitsha-based Velokhaya BMX Oval, a new facility aimed at providing a ‘safe recreational space’ for learners from its four surrounding schools and beyond.

July 2008:
Cervèlo announces its donation of specially-branded Soloist Team bikes which feature the Tour de France, CSC, Saxo Bank and Cervèlo logos. The bikes are auctioned on eBay. The proceeds benefit the building of the Velokhaya BMX Oval.

July 2008:
A Velokhaya delegation from the LCA – which includes six cyclists aged 15-23 years-old – departs South Africa on July 16 to attend the Tour de France 2008 as VIP guests of Team CSC Saxo Bank. On the day of their departure, Team CSC Saxo Bank rider, Kurt-Asle Arvesen secures a Euro 3000 donation for Velokhaya with his Stage 11 win at the Tour de France. The win was Team CSC Saxo Bank’s first in the 2008 Tour.

July 2008:
The first of three powerful Velokhaya print advertisements designed by Young & Rubicam South Africa is printed in The Times newspaper on 14 July 2008.

July 2008:
Cyclist Songezo Jim finishes second in the juniors category of the Knysna Tour on July 5. Songezo is one of the six young cyclists from the LCA selected to attend the 2008 Tour de France as a VIP guest of Team CSC Saxo Bank.

July 2008:
The 2008 Tour de France starts on July 5. The Velokhaya logo appears on Team CSC Saxo Bank vehicles, team kit and promotional clothing.

July 2008:
Luthando Kaka adapts quickly to his new European environment and participates in his first European cycling event on July 2. He competes in the Salling Mountain Grand Prix in Skive and finishes in eighth place.

June 2008:
The acsis professional mens team – the LCA’s competitive elite team – participates in the inaugural Engen Dynamic Cycle Race held in Pietermaritzburg. The 106 km race features a strong field of riders. The race is organized by Velokhaya Events.

June 2008:
Lead rider for the acsis professional men’s team, Luthando Kaka is signed by the European Continental Team, Team Glud and Marstrand Horsens (Team GMH). Kaka, one of the six young cyclists who represented Velokhaya at the 2007 Tour de France, becomes the first black South African road cyclist to become a permanent member of a European continental road cycling team. A private send-off function is held for Luthando Kaka on 21 June where community leaders urge the youth to follow Luthando’s example and to empower themselves through their skills, using sport to add value to their lives, their families and communities.

May 2008:
Swen Lauer, former BMX World Championships rider and Velokhaya supporter, wins the 20″ 30+ and Cruiser class categories at an event held in Hessen, South West German, while proudly displaying the Velokhaya logo on his race shirt.

May 2008:
Engen Petroleum Limited launches its entry into cycling with the announcement on May 13 of the sponsorship of two ‘Engen Dynamic Cycle Challenge’ races in partnership with Velokhaya, as well as Safe Cycling training courses, in association with the LCA.

May 2008:
15 year-old Emile Jacobs, a member of the LCA’s Pick n Pay Ascends Program places third in the 70km Boys u/16 Road Race at the SA Road Cycling Championships.

May 2008:
SA Championship results: A well-deserved third place and bronze medal is awarded to girl cyclist Sinazo Matholeni (U/13) of the LCA’s Pick n Pay Ascends Programme. Zanele Thsoko (U/16) of the acsis Competitive Cycling Program takes third place in the time trial and fourth place in the U/16 Girls road event.

May 2008:
A record 24 Life Cycling Academy cyclists – including six girl riders – enter the SA Championships held in East London, 8 – 11 May. This is more than double the number entered into the 2007 event.

April 2008:
Roadwing – the South African short-haul trucking company celebrating its 20th anniversary year in 2008 – offers to transport, free of charge, two shipping containers which will be incorporated into the starting ramp at the Velokhaya BMX Cycling Oval in Khayelitsha. This marks the start of construction of the Velokhaya BMX Oval.

April 2008:
Swen Lauer, one of Germany’s leading BMX riders, leaves South Africa on 16 April to participate in the European BMX Championships at the beginning of May. He aims to raise awareness of the Velokhaya BMX Oval and hopes to form a sister-relationship between the German club Weiterstadt and South Africa’s Velokhaya Cycling Centre.

April 2008:
Luthando Kaka becomes the new Under 23 Western Province Men’s Road Cycling Champion and Verdi Farao, also a member of the acsis professional men’s team, takes fourth place in the Elite Men’s category.

March 2008:
Luthando Kaka becomes a familiar name to people all around South Africa as this talented young cyclist leads the 2008 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour – held on Saturday, 9 March – by 30 minutes. Kaka is the lead rider for the acsis men’s professional team and one of the first cyclists to join the LCA in 2004.

March 2008:
Team CSC and its sponsors Cervèlo and CSC (NYSE: CSC) reaffirm their commitment to the LCA and Velokhaya’s vision of ‘growth through cycling’ by donating more than 450 items of top brand cycling equipment to the initiative. The equipment, shipped onboard the Safmarine Nomazwe, is to be used to train black elite cyclists participating in the LCA’s acsis competitive cycling program.

February 2008:
Team CSC donates more than 21 000 USD to the Velokhaya fundraising campaign following a holiday auction held in December 2007. Work begins on the BMX track, the first phase of the Velokhaya BMX Oval.

January 2008:
The Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation donates R100 000 towards the purchase of new bicycles for members of the Velokhaya Cycling Centre in Khayelitsha. This takes the LCA one step closer to fulfilling its aim of encouraging mass participation in cycling by making it possible for more young children to participate.

 

2007

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December 2007:
Friday, 14 December marks the groundbreaking of the Velokhaya Cycling Centre at its home in the Khayelitsha community just outside Cape Town. The design and building of a world-class BMX track will kickstart Phase One of the Velokhaya Cycling Centre. The groundbreaking is done by cycling commentator, Phil Liggett.

December 2007:
‘The voice of cycling’, Phil Liggett becomes Velokhaya’s first patron.

November 2007:
Glyn Broomberg presents his plans for Velokhaya at a team CSC teambuild in Denmark.

August 2007: Pick n Pay’s Marketing Director, Jonathan Ackerman and CEO, Nic Badminton handed over the SA Colours Kit and bicycle to Emile Jacobs, the first SA Champion borne out of the Pick n Pay Ascends Program. Emile took the SA Road Champ title, in the under 14 category, at the SA Champs held in Bloemfontein in July 2007 after he beat a large field of fellow cyclists in a very competitive age group.

August 2007:
24 August marked the opening, in Knysna, of the first Life Cycling Academy (LCA) branch outside the Western Cape. The LCA launched its Southern Cape program by handing over 15 new bicycles to the new branch, which is located at the Knysna Sports Academy Centre headed by Keith Crethley.

July 2007:
Six young cyclists from Khayelitsha, South Africa – the first Velokhaya delegation – travel to France where they line up with 2007 Tour de France race leaders at the start of Stage 9 in Val d’ Isere (Thursday, 17 July) and participate in a press conference on July 16.

July 2007:
At a press conference on 5 July, CSC and Team CSC announce the launch of the Velokhaya initiative. To promote Velokhaya, Team CSC places the yellow and black Velokhaya logo on its team kit and all team vehicles. CSC also announces that it will donate 3 000 Euro to Velokhaya for each stage Team CSC wins at the Tour de France. Additionally, CSC will host six riders and two staff members from the LCA at its annual Tour de France employee event, this year to be held in Val d’Isere.

May 2007:
The Velokhaya brand campaign is formulated as a vehicle for raising funds at the 2007 Tour de France.

April 2007:
CSC in South Africa agrees to sponsor the visit of six Life Cycling Academy cyclists to the Tour de France.

 

2006

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December 2006:
Team CSC visits the Life Cycling Academy on December 13.

October 2006:
Team CSC owner, Bjarne Riis, announces Team CSC will hold its annual team build in South Africa in December 2006.

July 2006:
Do Communicate/Debbie Owen approaches the LCA with the idea of hosting Team CSC – the world’s number one pro-cycling team – in Khayelitsha during the Team’s visit to South Africa in December 2006. The purpose for this visit is to highlight the successes of the LCA and the potential of cycling in South Africa’s previously disadvantaged communities.

January 2006:
Bjarne Riis travels to South Africa on the invitation of CSC in South Africa and Cervèlo South Africa. Top black cyclist, Luthando Kaka – a member of the LCA – is invited to meet Bjarne at a cocktail party held at Spier Wine Estate. He is accompanied by Glyn Broomberg and Amos Ziqubu, founders of the Life Cycling Academy.

 

2005

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CSC in South Africa’s PR consultant, Debbie Owen, attends the Tour de France where she meets members of Team CSC. Her visit to France is followed by a proposal to CSC in South Africa to invite Team CSC to South Africa in 2006. The aim of the visit is to increase awareness of cycling and to showcase CSC in South Africa’s support of South African cycling.

 

2004

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The Life Cycling Academy is officially registered as a Section 21 Company (a company not for profit or gain). Amos and Glyn put structures in place that would ensure a range of focused, sustainable and meaningful programmes that would change the lives of many young children.

 

2003

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Glyn Broomberg and Amos Ziqubu meet and discuss the formation of the Life Cycling Academy.