Mission 17: 1965Ride 2014 Tour
The Chevrolet UTE Force team are on board again this year! Two Chev Utility bakkies will be supporting 30 riders cycling over 850km from Johannesburg to Queenstown. Through sponsorships every kilometre over the 9 days counts, with funds raised for education in the greater Queenstown area, affording worthy South African youth the opportunity of a quality education. Departure was this morning, 02 April 2014 from Life Suikerbosrand Hospital in Heidelberg, and thanks to Chevrolet there will be daily video footage – so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.
The journey begins for the 2014 edition of the 1965 Ride. Day 1 took the riders 140km from Heidelburg in Johannesburg through to Frankfort in the Orange Free State. With the wind behind their backs it was an enjoyable ride for the 25 cyclists taking part. All in the name of better education in the Queenstown district. Follow the journey on Twitter and Facebook!
Have a look at this amazing video of Day 2 of the 1965Ride 2014. Although it was hard day that saw the 1965Ride cyclists deal with a lot wind, determination and teamwork pulled everyone through. The 1965Ride is an annual 850km, nine day cycle tour between Johannesburg and Queenstown. It is undertaken by a group of passionate amateur cyclists who believe in doing something constructive to secure the educational future of those who need it most.
The longest day in the saddle with over 140km completed. A chilly start in Ficksburg the riders meandered through the beautiful countryside to Ficksburg in the Orange Free State. All for better education in the Queenstown district.
A beautiful South African sunshine day in the saddle. 10 Life Hospital cyclists from Bloemfontein joined the 1965 Riders to show their support for a worthwhile cause.
The start of the second half of the tour. After the tough Ladybrand Hill it was smooth riding with improved road conditions all the way to Wepener. Amazing country side and a good short day in the saddle
A short recovery ride through the Orange Free State to Zastron. Spirits are high amongst the cyclists. The journey is almost over for a worthwhile cause of creating a better future for education in the Queenstown district.
Finally in the Eastern Cape. Crossing the Orange River towards our final destination our cyclists averaged 25km/h. Tomorrow is the final push to Penhoek Pass keep on watching and share video far and wide.
The final push to Queenstown. Along hard day in the saddle up to Penhoek Pass at 1844m then a short fast downhill ride to our respective bed and breakfast spots before the final day.
We made it. 850km from Jozi to Queenstown cycling for education. Watch for the amazing homecoming by 6 schools as the cyclists enter the stadium.