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Velokhaya Cyclist represents SA at UCI World Champs

25 September 2015

Nicholas Dlamini will take on the world's best U23 cyclists when he represents South Africa at the UCI Cycling World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, in the US on Sunday.

Dlamini started his cycling career with the Velokhaya Cycling Academy in Khayelitsha. General Manager of Velokhaya, Sipho Mona, says, “Nicholas joined us when he was 14-years-old. We spotted him through his running career and we said then that he had what we call a ‘big engine’.

“Nicholas is the first cyclist from Khayelitsha to represent South Africa at the UCI Cycling World Championships.

“I used to fetch him from his home in Capricorn Park to train at Velokhaya. He rode in the Pick n Pay racing colours for four years, before leaving to represent Western Province where he has done exceptionally well. He currently rides for MTN’s Qhubeka Seeding Team, and will be the sole South African representative at the Richmond World Championships.”

Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Transformation Director of Pick n Pay, the founding funding partner of Velokhaya says, “We are incredibly proud that one of our students is representing South Africa in this prestigious race, and we wish him a fantastic ride. Velokhaya has been the charitable beneficiary of the Cape Town Cycle Tour for over 14 years.”

Mona, who is also a regular commentator on SuperSport for a number of sporting codes, says, “Velokhaya has made a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of children. We provide cycling training and a safe space for young people to do their homework and learn valuable life skills. We are very grateful to Pick n Pay who continue to support us in many ways.”

At present there are 105 children and teens taking part in the Velokhaya programme. 

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