The future of Sharpeville cycling is on the rise with passionate people such as Thabo Madusa driving the development of a cycling club within the Sharpeville community. We caught up with Thabo to find out more about the official Sharpeville Cycling Club and to learn more about their Sharpevile kasi fun ride that takes place every year on 21 March.
Sharpeville Cycling Club
Thabo Molotsi and Thabo Maduna started riding together in the community of Sharpeville in 2015. These rides gathered interest in the community and resulted in the formation of group rides on weekends. The lads registered a Non-Profit Organisation, in the name of Sharpeville Cycling, which aims to promote cycling as a way of getting the community active, a lifestyle and an alternate means of transport. Thabo Molotsi and Thabo Maduna were later joined by Docky Mohlekoa and Sechaba Khoaele to form a quartet which aims to lift the organization and the community to greater heights. The NPO was registered to formalise the organization and drive a positive impact in the community.
“Sharpeville Cycling focuses on the youth to provide them with an alternative to what is considered main stream sports in African communities and to get our youth off the streets. We recently introduced a team of young riders aged 5-13 who took part in the 21km fun ride for the first time in 2019. Sharpeville Cycling has also adopted a group of young BMX bikers who go by the name Vaal Stunt Bikers. The club is envisioned to grow into other classifications and leagues in the near future. The club currently has 50 confirmed members with 30 Juniors aged 5-13 years old and 12 youth stunt bikers. ” says Thabo Maduna
The club associates with initiatives such as Sharpeville Vision 2020 to promote Sharpeville as a safe, diverse and inclusive community for all South Africans. The club intends to develop a skills/entrepreneurship center to help with youth unemployment in the community and build local economy for a self sustainable community with all the funds it raises from its events/tours. Thabo explained that they are currently in the process of establishing a bike shop within the community to entrench the lifestyle with subject matter experts from bike fitting, application, gear, etc… the second phase will be a smart indoor training studio in their mission to build a professional cycling team based in the township but with access to resources that will aid them in the riders quest to race competitive and take part in Nationals and UCI sanctioned events.
Sharpeville Kasi Fun Ride – 21 March
The club hosts the annual Kasi fun ride which is held on Sharpeville day (21 March) annually in remembrance of the lives lost on this fateful day. The objective of the ride is to get riders from other communities to come explore this vibrant township and to get locals to explore the beautiful township on bicycles. “The ride has grown in leaps and bounds from the initial one and this year was our fourth instalment with a turn out from all corners of Gauteng and northern Free State. We had 200+ participants taking part in the ride. The route was moderate and catered to both avid and novice cyclists with 21km and 59km distances.” says Thabo
The club also does the Sharpeville to Soweto annual ride on the 16th of June to commemorate the youth of 1976 who paved a way for the youth of today.
The late President Mandela believed that sport provided a great platform for building a United country, we believe that Sharpeville Cycling will help us in building our township and the youth who live in it as they are the future.