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Tru-Cape donates R50 000 to local school while supporting the future of mountain biking in a big way

A record number of mountain biking enthusiasts endeavoured the trails around Grabouw over the weekend of April 13-14 for this year’s edition of the Weekend Warrior: Grabouw, Grown by Tru-Cape MTB event, a fund-raising initiative for the local Grabouw High School.

“It was our best one yet, and certainly the biggest in numbers,” says Shaun Glover from Red Cherry Events, who organised the fun-filled, family-friendly stage race that raised R50 000 for the local high school.

“The event attracted a lot of future stars. For many kids, it was their first taste of a stage race, making it a great stepping stone to get more people involved in mountain biking in the future.”

Tru-Cape has been involved in mountain bike races in the Grabouw area for the past three decades.

Conrad Fick, marketing director at Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, attributes the event’s success to the fact that it is accessible to young and old.

“It is affordable to enter, and the whole family can participate. It is also a fun way of exposing children to a professionally timed stage race.”

The Weekend Warrior event aims to provide a bang-for-your-buck mountain biking stage race for everyone while cultivating a love for sports and the outdoors.

“The two-day event has grown from strength to strength over the last few years, with the number of entrants growing from about 280 riders in the initial race to 460 riders attempting the tracks this year,” says Shaun, adding that the growth was purely organic thanks to the positive experiences riders had in the past.

The route took riders through Oak Valley’s vineyards, Tru-Cape’s apple orchards, and around the Eikenhoff dam.

“The event is ideal for beginner to intermediate riders of all skill and ability levels who want to enter their first stage race. Although the distances are quite short compared to other events, it is still mountain biking, so there is always a challenge on the single tracks and a climb or two involved,” explains Shaun, adding that the conditions were perfect over the weekend for an enjoyable event.

At the race village, chill zone, and food court, the atmosphere could only be described as festive.

“There was loads of lekker family entertainment, with lots going on all the time.”

For Tru-Cape, it is a unique way to showcase the role fruit plays in a healthy lifestyle.

“There is no better way to get a jolt of energy than biting into a fresh, juicy apple or pear,” says Conrad.

Tru-Cape donated R50 000 to Grabouw High School as part of this year’s event.

“Two-A-Day, our packhouse in Grabouw, is one of the biggest employers in the area. The Weekend Warrior MTB race is our way of helping the community and supporting schoolchildren in the valley. It is also great for Grabouw tourism, as the event attracts hundreds of visitors to the area.”

The school plays an active role during the weekend, with staff manning water stations, acting as marshalls, or lending a hand in erecting the race village.

“It was an amazing event, and I must applaud Tru-Cape for getting involved at the grass-roots level to support the sport of mountain biking. It is my dream to see more children, from all backgrounds, participate in the sport,” says Ralston Parnell, headmaster of Gabouw High School.

He was delighted to see so many old learners from Grabouw High School among the entrants.

“Next year we’re entering a team from the school of which I will be part,” he undertook excitedly.

The donation to the school is “welcomed with open arms”, says Ralston.

“We are facing many challenges and budget cuts. A part of the money will be used to repair the school’s swimming pool to activate swimming as a school sport again.”

While Tru-Cape is not involved in other Weekend Warrior events around the country, they donate apples to support athletes at these events.


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