Durban cycling youth gets massive boost with new academy, via eNCA

DURBAN - The eThekwini Municipality wants to unearth homegrown talent.

It is part of their plan to nurture young athletes from the region to hopefully represent South Africa at the Commonwealth Games which the city will host in 2022.

The GoDurban Cycle Academy provides 60 kids from eNanda, north of the city, access to bicycles and elite coaching.

The children often walk long distances to get to school and back.

They were born and live in Amaqadi, a rural area in eNanda, north of Durban where life is simple with not much to do for recreation.

That has all changed for 60 young cyclists in the area.

The emergence of the GoDurban Cycle Academy, set up by the city’s Green Corridor and Go Durban initiatives, sees them rush home from school every day to get their daily dose of cycling.  

Durban-based elite club, Kargo Pro, has partnered with the academy and provides the kids with coaching and mentoring.

A future South African champion may be right here in eNanda.

The smiles on the children's faces tell a story on its own.

Most of them have never been on a bicycle before but just three months into the programme they have made some serious progress.