On Friday‚ 800 mountain bikers will set off on the nine day 900km Old Mutual Joburg2C – part race‚ part adventure – spanning four provinces between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.
But for one rider it will be no ordinary race as 45-year-old Kenyan Douglas Sidialo is blind.
Blinded in the bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998‚ Sidialo has bounced back to become one of the most prominent impaired adventurers on the planet.
He rides for numerous initiatives‚ and hopes to “demonstrate that what is within you is stronger than what is in your way”.
The Kenyan team of Sidialo and his riding partner John Mwangi Kiriko (20)‚ who call themselves Seeing Is Believing‚ will be supporting two worthy causes through the ride.
These are The Great Race on Earth series‚ which helps support the prevention of avoidable blindness through mobile clinics in remote villages; and Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa‚ whose goal is to unlock the potential of visually impaired people for independent living through Braille literacy and appropriate technology.
With Kiriko piloting the tandem bike of team Seeing Is Believing and Sidialo peddling behind him‚ the pair aims to spread Sidialo’s message of hope‚ grit and possibility beyond just the endurance cycling community.
This is to “inspire hope and excite the world through the power of the human spirit”‚ they say.
– The Times, RDM News Wire