It is that time of year again that some of the best mountain bikers in the world descent on the most unlikeliest of places to do some racing.
Yes it is the Champions Race in Kayamandi on Wednesday 13 March. Action will start at 18:00 at the Kayamandi BMX track. This race was held for the first time last year and the who’s who of mountain biking rocked up for some red-hot action through this township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Riders like former multiple World champion Christoph Sauser and his Specialized teammate current Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy will be two of the main draw cards for the race that is held to raise funds for the songo.info charity that was started by Sauser in 2007.
songo.info is a social development program that provides sport and recreational activities to children, offering a safe place to play and grow, establishing values of accountability and responsibility, teaching goal setting and instilling in children the ability to dream and go out and achieve their goals.
Other riders include Florian Vogel, Lukas Flückiger, Darren Lill, Kohei Yamamoto and Erik Kleinhans.
For Sauser this race through the township is very special: “We want to bring racing, fun and action into the township of Kayamandi and also show Kayamandi to the people. It is important to show how alive songo.info is, plus the spectators and racers have the opportunity to see what we are doing in Kayamandi itself.
“It must be the only mountain bike race in a township in whole South Africa where Olympic and World champions compete against each other and the locals. It is one of the most special moments of the year for myself which makes me also very proud.”