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Three cycling mates are scheduled to leave Durban at the crack of dawn today for Cape Town to race the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.
And if all goes according to plan, people between the two cities will be more aware of the lobby for a law to give cyclists a 1.5 metre berth on the country’s roads.
This is in line with one of the goals of the Burry Stander Foundation for which they will collect signatures for a petition.
Stander was killed in a collision with a taxi while on a training ride in his hometown Port Shepstone, on the South Coast. on January 3.
“Cyclists and motorists need to respect one another,” said Alf Kippen.
Steve Kristy chipped in: “It’s wrong for us to cycle two abreast but it would not be necessary if cars had respect for cyclists. Both parties are to blame.”
The trio will head inland from Port Shepstone towards Kokstad, then tackle the mountain roads towards Elliot and Queenstown before crossing the Karoo from Cradock to Oudtshoorn and on to Bredasdorp, before heading for the Mother City.
They hope cyclists will join them and they plan to give talks at schools.
After the ride, they’ll start planning their next pedalling adventure, to Lake Kariba.
“I originally come from Zimbabwe and I just love the country,” Dave Bufton remarked. Readers can follow their journey on Facebook at DBN2CAPE Tour and on Twitter @dbn2cape. - The Independent on Saturday