Proud to be part of dreams
By Wynand de Villiers
When the Bestmed Tshwane Classic organization received a special letter from promising 10 year- old cyclist Malcolm Mostert two weeks prior to the race, it set in motion a series of events that made a dedicated young man very happy on race day.
Malcolm who, according to his mum, “eats, sleeps and thinks cycling”, wrote a letter to the organization inquiring whether they would allow him to sell his clay for R5 a packet at the race. He had received a donation of clay and was selling it wherever he got the opportunity to raise funds to
buy himself a mountain-bike.
Through doing odd jobs and selling his clay, he had already raised enough cash to buy himself a road bike (for R2500) and now his focus was on a mountain-bike. Tshwane Classic organizer Mauritz Meyer didn’t allow him to come to the Voortrekker Monument to sell his clay. Instead, he phoned up race sponsor Solomons Cycles, and Solomons agreed to donate a bike to the organization so that they could surprise Malcolm on race day.
Malcolm is passionate about cycling and says it’s the big motivator in his life, helping him to keep going in difficult circumstances.
Courtesy of Solomons Cycles generosity, Malcolm was called up to the stage prize giving at the Voortrekker Monument on Sunday and handed his brand new Valenti mountain bike. To top things off, Stevens Mokgalapa, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, did the handover!
Malcolm broke down in tears. His mum knew about the planned donation, but he was none the wiser. It was a wonderful cherry on the cake to Solomons’s involvement in Pretoria’s signature mass participation ride, but the development work doesn’t stop there.
Solomons are also assisting young black riders from Soshanguve who arrived at Solomons Cycles one Wednesday morning with bicycles that looked like they found them in a scrap yard, which they probably did.
And the machines sounded worse than they looked. Solomons Cycles’ Arshad Dockrat spoke to the youngsters and their story touched his heart.
Dockrat gave them each a Solomons T-shirt and told them to be back over the weekend. On the Saturday morning, as they did earlier in the week, the boys rode all the way from Soshanguve to the Solomons Cycles store in Pretoria North.
“We can do this,” Lucky Baloyi said, “because we are long-distance riders; the only ones in Soshanguve.” The other buys are Xolani Mtsweni and Neo Marema. The Solomons staff started giving the boys chores to do at the store over weekends and over time they will be receiving cycling kit, helmets and a few other necessities for riding. “They are very enthusiastic and pleasant to have around.
They love cycling and are very respectful,” said Dockrat.
Dockrat has approached Hectic Promotions to allow the youngsters free entry into the Joburg Classic, Diamond Classic, Cycle4CANSA and Tshwane Classic for next year. The organization agreed and now they are working towards getting themselves ready for these races next year.
The third edition of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic took place over the weekend with two very busy race pick-up days at Solomons Cycles.
“We would like to thank our customers for their loyal support and congratulate everyone who completed Pretoria’s big ride,” said Dockrat.
Solomons Cycles is an official sponsor of the Bestmed Tshwane Classic and has two branches in Pretoria – Solomon’s Pretoria North and Solomon’s Lynwood – as well as their Woodmead, Sandton and Durban branches.