Editors in Epic charity ride

Staff Reporter

Two senior Independent Newspapers editors will be riding the gruelling Absa Cape Epic in March to raise funds for the Cape Times Bursary Fund.

SPOKES-MEN: Cyclists speed off on the first day of the Absa Cape Epic in this file photograph from 2007. Leading the pack is Chris Whitfield, editor-in-chief of Independent Newspapers Cape, followed by his brother Tim, Independent Newspapers' national sports editor, who will both take on the 698km ride over eight days in March to raise funds for the Cape Times Bursary Fund. Photo: Andrew Ingram. Credit: Andrew Ingram

Former Cape Times editor Chris Whitfield – now editor-in-chief of Independent Newspapers Cape – and his brother Tim will take on the 698km ride over eight days and are asking sponsors to pledge per kilometre.

The Epic is sometimes dubbed the “Tour de France of mountain biking” and is regarded as among the toughest events of its type.

“The Bursary Fund is an amazing initiative which can make a significant difference to individual lives and to the broader community,” said Chris. “Education can play a significant role in uplifting our society and the Bursary Fund is a valuable contributor to this.”

“We are asking people to pledge whatever they can towards this fund, whether it be 10c-a-kilometre, R1, R10 or more,” said Tim, who is Independent Newspapers’ national sports editor.

Money raised from the initiative – dubbed the “698 to Educate” ride –will go to the fund.

Chris has completed the Epic three times and Tim once.

It starts on March 17 at Meerendal wine farm in Durbanville. It then moves to Citrusdal and on March 24 finishes with a ride from Stellenbosch to Lourensford Wine Estate.

Chris, 56, and Tim 50, will be riding in the Grand Masters category as Team Cape Times Bursary Fund.