Nine development riders from the BMT Mountain Bike (MTB) Academy in Stellenbosch will be seen in action at the second annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge at the picturesque Meerendal Wine Estate (Durbanville) on Sunday, 04 September 2016.
Started in 2015, the goal of the Academy was to encourage Kayamandi residents to participate in sport, get outdoors and challenge themselves.
“We currently have ten members,” says Chris Norton of the BMT MTB Academy. “Our youngest member is fifteen, while our oldest member is thirty-two. Our members have always been great people, the Academy has just taught them teamwork and dedication, while giving them a goal. Each rider has the opportunity, through sport, to improve physically and mentally.”
“We take part in at least ten races per year,” continues Norton. “Stillwater Sports does an amazing job in assisting us with race entries. We specifically entered the Fedhealth MTB Challenge because we thrive on challenges. Being based in Stellenbosch, we don’t often get the opportunity to experience the awesome MTB trails in Durbanville. We’re looking forward to testing our skills and learning a few new lessons out on route.”
“I’ve been a member of the BMT MTB Academy for two years,” says team captain, Thando Nthuthu. “I enjoy the sport of mountain biking because it keeps me fit and is always a challenge with technical terrain. After a good training session I always feel as if I can defeat all of life’s challenges. I enjoy being part of the BMT Academy because of the team spirit. I have the opportunity to train and race with friends. My goal at the Fedhealth MTB Challenge will be to podium in my age group.”
“At Fedhealth we’re driven by the ethos that ‘Family takes care of family’. That’s why it is especially great to know that the Fedhealth MTB Challenge also provides our broader South African family with an exciting opportunity to develop and test their skills - the Academy riders being a case in point,” says Jeremy Yatt, Fedhealth Principal Officer.