Lavender Hill development cyclists to take part in first cycle race

Five young men. Five Dreams. Five goals. Each one determined to create a new future for themselves. These are the five young men from the heart of Lavender Hill who represent the Virgin Active Development Cycling team.

In late 2014, Virgin Active’s Business As a Force for Good team selected five students from a group of avid cyclists from Lavender Hill Secondary School. The students, who range in age from 16 to 18, were selected for their passion for the sport, their commitment to training and potential leadership skills.

The move was to mark the beginning of a life-changing opportunity for these five pupils; Michael-Owen Dyson, Bevan Solomons, Faiez Basardien, Ashley Jacobs and Schalk Damons, to compete in the Cape Town Cycle Tour in 2015 and other top sports events.

Once they had been selected they were introduced to Sir Richard Branson who signed their helmets, gave them words of encouragement for their future path.

The team is led by Wesley Noble who heads up Business as a Force for Good at Virgin Active. He is their mentor and trains a full day every weekend with the team.

On January 15, the team were handed fully-equipped Scott Speedster professional road bikes for the Cycle Tour along with cycling gear. But the news was even better for them. They were ecstatic to discover that the bikes belonged to them. It meant transport from home to school, a way to get to their friends without using buses and taxis and cycling to part time jobs.

They will be taking part in their first Cape Town Cycle Tour (in fact their first ever cycle race) on Sunday 8 March 2015.

Listen to the full interview between Kieno Kammies, Wesley Noble and Schalk Damons, below:


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