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Ride for a Reason 2024: Olebogeng Kgengwe Cycles 1600km for Children’s Education

Knysna local, Olebogeng Kgengwe, recently took on a massive challenge with the goal of raising funds for children’s education packs. An employee of Bespoked Cycling Knysna, Ole thrives on pushing the boundaries by tackling routes that few have dared to attempt before.

Riding a specially designed route by Unbound Adventures & Tours, his journey led him across the Western Cape, into the Karoo and back to Knysna. With 16,000 to 20,000 meters of vertical ascent, this was hugely ambitious.

Originally setting his sights on completing the 1600km ride within seven days, Ole encountered an obstacle in the form of a relentless storm that struck on April 6th, the day of his departure. Despite being forced to seek shelter on the second day due to high winds and heavy rain, Ole’s determination remained unshaken.

Throughout his journey, Ole confronted numerous challenges including fallen trees, closed paths, and flooded rivers. He often pressed on through the night to make up for lost time. When asked about his motivation to persevere, Ole attributed it to the overwhelming support he received, particularly as donations surged past the R40 000 mark.

Olebogeng Kgengwe, 28

After a long 11 days, 15 hours, and 3 minutes, Ole returned home on April 16th, 2024. Welcomed at Phantom Pass by four companions on bicycles, he was escorted to the finish line at the Caltex garage in Knysna amidst cheers of celebration.

The primary objective of Ole’s journey was to raise funds for 550 education packs priced at R70 each. Remarkably, he exceeded this goal, amassing a total of R42,327. His unwavering strength and determination throughout this challenge serve as a beacon of inspiration.

We express profound gratitude for Ole’s efforts and eagerly anticipate his visit to several preschools, where he will personally distribute the education packs at the end of the second term.