Team Zimbabwe and their bicycles depart Sunday for Durban where they will be spending a week at the 2015 Africa Continental Cycling Championships. The team of eight includes two junior girls, Hellenic Academy’s Skye Davidson and Helen Mitchell along two junior boys Chad Scallon and Luke Collins, both of St John’s College.
On Tuesday, February 10th, the junior riders will compete in 24 km individual time trials. On Thursday, the 12th, they will compete in 42 km (girls) and 65 km (boys) road races. The Kwazulu Natal course, similar to that run in the Comrades Ultra Marathon, will be challenging for Team Zimbabwe, who train with fewer hills. Team organizer David Martin stated that potential rains and resulting slippery conditions could also bring major challenges to the team.
Zimbabwe’s participation with high school athletes in the junior category of the AfCon Champs is part of a renewed effort to promote the development of the sport of cycling, especially among young people, in Zimbabwe, Martin will also be riding as part of a fiver person international team of five from Cape Town to Cairo, covering 10,643 km, to continue to raise awareness of Zimbabwe as a practical place for cycling to blossom.