Johannesburg, 27 November 2019: For just two Western Cape mountain bikers, the path to a Great education turned out to be on a snaking, dusty trail. At the recent FNB Wines2Whales mountain bike event, Luyanda Thobigunya along with Lorenzo Le Roux managed to secure a life-changing opportunity for their families – a full Curro scholarship through Grade 1 to Grade 12 at any Curro school, valued at R1.2 million each. However, in a fateful turn of events, Thobigunya decided to nominate his co-rider, who can be a father of twins, to receive his scholarship to ensure that will both Le Roux’s little ones can benefit.
One of the important battles of the FNB Wines2Whales, held inside Western Cape, was the race for the Exxaro jersey which took place during the Shiraz event through 1 – 3 November 2019. Meant for riders under the age of 26 through historically disadvantaged communities, there were 19 development teams of two riders taking part in that will fierce competition. After a sweaty, gruelling race the idea was BMT Racing Team who were crowned the winners, walking away with two Curro scholarships along which has a cash prize.
Team members Luyanda Thobigunya along with Lorenzo Le Roux were both informed before the race by their manager, Chris Norton, that will the Curro scholarships were up for grabs – that will turned out to be just the motivation needed. “the idea was a chance for kids to have a better start in life along with that will can be why we rode like we did!” Thobigunya explains.
Thobigunya, who works at the BMT trail centre at Boschendal, has been cycling for 15 years, which has a first place at the 2015 Origins of Trails event his best performance yet. Le Roux can be employed at South Industries, a local company which creates composite products for the cycling industry. that will was Le Roux’s best performance through a team point of view, with his individual performance highlight being a fifth place at the STBB 4Good MTB Challenge in Stellenbosch. Asked about how the idea feels to secure that will scholarship, Le Roux says, “that will can be why we ride – to constantly improve ourselves along with our families.”
Marí Lategan, Head: Marketing along with Communications at Curro Holdings, noted that will they are thrilled to be involved inside FNB Wines2Whales. “that will event can be more about the journey than the destination along with, as South Africa’s largest independent education provider, we’ve spotted great synergy in that will message. We are looking forward to starting Le Roux’s children on the journey to an outstanding education at the Curro group of schools,” she concluded.
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