Bicycles. Connecting Cities. Honoring Madiba.
This year we were honoured to part of the organising team for Freedom Ride, Cape Town. It is not very often that you get a chance to be part of an event so empowering and hopeful.
Cape Town’s inaugural Freedom Ride saw over 2000 people of all ages, across diverse cultural backgrounds come together to cycle 27km to honor Madiba and celebrate his legacy of freedom and unity. In symbolically riding 1km for every year of Madiba’s sacrifice of his freedom, the ride explored the city’s cultural heritage, taking participants through a diverse network of urban transport and development corridors.
The ride started in Rondebosch, passing through Athlone, Langa, Pinelands, Woodstock and ended in Thibault Square in the Foreshore. The route was carefully chosen to reflect how the bicycle can break down barriers and link communities historically kept separate. The first of its kind in Cape Town, the Freedom Ride was truly a memorable and exciting event that was enjoyed by all.
Here are a few highlights of the day. Lots more pictures can be viewed in the Facebook Album.
Our Bike Buddies programme is taking on the Cape Town Cycle Tour! Join bicycle advocate, instructor and long distance riding nutter, Kirsten Wilkins for a series of free group training rides and fun prep sessions to get you ready for the event.
Maybe there’s a different way to win the race? Co-founder of The Adventure Syndicate, Lee Craigie gives an inspiring talk at TEDxGlasgow, sharing her life changing experience of riding the Highland Trail 550 (one of the most challenging self-supported off-road individual time trials (ITT) in the world).
Bicycle South and Everyday Cycle Supply are stoked to invite you to the second edition of the Southern Campout global bike camping event!