New Velosolutions Team to Develop South African Talent

Jan 23, 2019
by Velosolutions Global  
Velosolutions Izimbali

PRESS RELEASE: Velosolutions

Velosolutions’ new team to challenge for the rainbow jersey, in a few years…

The likes of Jolanda Neff, Annika Langvad or Kate Courtney may have not heard of Amahle Cane (14), Aphiwe Goge (12), Ongezo Mini (16) and Nomfundo Mtshali (16) before, but they have their sights on the stripes and more determination that you can imagine. This could be a dangerous combination for the other riders looking for that top spot in just a few years…

bigquotesMy goals in cycling are to learn and train more, for me to become the best amongst the best and pave my way to being a professional in this sport.Aphiwe Goge

Young ambitions like that of Aphiwe, are the lifeblood of the team, and significant motivation for Velosolutions as they join forces with, Peschl Sports and the GO!Durban Cycle Academy to empower an all-female team of young riders called "Velosolutions Izimbali” and enable them to achieve their dreams.

Previously in South Africa, there has been little to no support for African women in cycling, and there has never been a team dedicated to the elevation of black female riders. Velosolutions took the chance to change this and now supports a team of young women from the townships around Durban.

The non-profit organisation ‘GO!Durban Cycle Academy’ was launched in 2016 as a partnership between the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) and Durban Green Corridors (DGC). The goal was to create a safe space for disadvantaged young people to play and learn through sport. The program provides free cycling training, academic support and life skills for youth aged 7 -18 at many bike park sites in the region. Since then, the academy has been promoting a healthy and active lifestyle by encouraging cycling in communities, whether it be for recreation, competing or commuting.

The synergy between GO!Durban Cycle Academy and Velosolutions came together with a bang in March 2018 when the first Velosolutions Pump Track in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, was built in KwaDabeka, a township located 30 minutes outside of Durban. The South African qualifier event for the inaugural Red Bull Pump Track World Championship was held there in April 2018, and the track has since become a hive of cycling activity in the community.

Find out more about the Velosolutions Izimbali team @ pumpforpeace.com

#pumpforpeace
Velosolutions Izimbali



49 Comments

  • + 127
 This is awesome
  • + 16
 this is so AWESOME!
  • + 3
 MORE THAN AWESOME!
  • + 11
 Okay, this is epic.
  • + 47
 Feels like an installment of 'Humbled' for us all. This article has more relevance for the MTB community than 563.125 Yeti reviews combined.
  • + 14
 Do you remember the history of this guy in Nepal who got his Yeti? That was some "humble" installment too.
  • + 14
 Hell yeah! Excited to see how these young ladies progress. I'm hoping there are great things in their future.
  • + 11
 Good stuff!!! Good luck this season!
  • + 7
 So cool. They'll become the Peaty and Athertons for this part of the world. To make them proud, inspire even younger kids and show how much fun riding can bring you. And how much in turn the fun that you're having will enable you to face and do. Enjoy!
  • + 1
 Ummmm...Greg Minnaar...
  • + 9
 Very cool, marketing or not it will have a positive impact.
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flag m1dg3t (Jan 24, 2019 at 4:40) (Below Threshold)
 @schooledrider: Yep. Objectifying people will have a positive impact.

On bike sales for Velosolutions...
  • + 8
 Awesome, awesome, awesome Big Grin I do like a good news story.
  • + 6
 Awesome. A million points to Velosolutions and Momsen for the faith in these young stars. And nobody on the UCI circuit has a name as cool as Aphiwe. Love it.
  • + 5
 This!!!!! So very important. Brilliant Velosolutions! So looking forward to watching this team grow.
  • + 4
 Excellent, we need more of this.
  • + 5
 Nice one Velosolutions!
  • + 4
 So cool! Wish I could've traveled and raced at that age...
  • + 5
 AWESOME!!!!
  • + 2
 Ngikufisela impumelelo! Looking forward to seeing riders from Velosolutions Izimbali end up on the pro circuit down the road!
  • + 4
 More of this should be done
  • + 4
 Refreshing post about doing good with bikes, after a week of shit posts.
  • + 3
 More please. I'd love to see big brands get out there and do more development similar to this.
  • + 3
 Great opportunity. Good luck ladies.
  • + 4
 Beautiful
  • + 3
 Good Stuff going on right here! Kill it ladies!
  • + 3
 pure awesomeness! Continue to be an inspiration!
  • + 1
 So much athletic potential in these areas. Good to see some opportunity coming their way.
  • + 2
 kick ass! good luck out there
  • + 3
 This is great news!
  • + 3
 Woh, brilliant!
  • + 1
 this is just amazing …...AMAZING.... #blackgirlsrock
  • + 1
 These girls will kick some ass!
  • + 2
 Right on! Go team!
  • + 1
 This is awesome and good luck to them all!
  • + 1
 Fabulous!
  • + 1
 awesome!!!
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