Absa Cape Epic: Beyond the bike
03 November 2017
The Absa Cape Epic is one of the most grueling mountain biking events in the world, with riders from around the globe competing over eight demanding stages. Those who have completed the 2016 edition of the race have conquered a distance of over 650km and 15,100m of climbing.
In partnership with the Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA), and with the assistance of the event organisers and other event sponsors, 14 young DMA students were awarded internships by Absa as part of this year’s event. We have been a proud supporter of the DMA since 2014.
One of our Absa Pride riders is Nigel Payne, Chairman of the Mr Price Group and a board member at a number of other leading institutions. Payne was exposed to the DMA through his involvement in the Absa Pride and was particularly excited to learn about the DMA’s participation in Barclays Africa’s ReadytoWork initiative, a programme that helps prepare young people for the critical transition from education into the world of work.
Mr Payne has offered to sponsor the DMA’s Lebo Pebane (20) at certain mountain-biking stage races in the future, mentor her through the ReadytoWork programme and assist with possible internship opportunities.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to give something back and to help others to prosper,” said Payne.
He added: “My mother and father left school at the ages of 13 and 14 respectively. I know the impact that education and opportunity make in life and that it has a multiplier effect into families and communities. I am very excited to be able to support the DMA and ReadytoWork.”
Arrie Rautenbach, Chief Risk Officer for Barclays Africa, took on the Absa Cape Epic for the second time. He will also sponsor and mentor a DMA student at certain mountain-biking events and through the ReadytoWork programme.
Payne and Rautenbach have challenged their fellow colleagues and riders to follow suit.
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