Presenting sponsor Bridge Fund Managers has introduced a new race category with prize money for hand cyclists taking part in the aQuellé Tour Durban on 30 April 2017.

The event attracted numerous handcyclists in 2016 including former Sharks rugby wing Cedric Mkhize. But the 2017 edition of the race will be the first to have a specific category and prize money for hand cycle competitors over the 45km race distance, with Bridge Fund Managers offering a cash prize of R2500 for the winner, R1500 for the runner up and R1000 for third place.

Ari Seirlis, CEO of the QuadPara Association of South Africa, welcomed the introduction of a hand cycling category, and said there was no doubt that the hand cycling fraternity would be pleased to be acknowledged with the prize money in their category.

“The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is thrilled about the sponsorship for the hand cycling category. The event embraces the opportunity for handcyclists to participate and now this added benefit of acknowledging 1st 2nd and 3rd place. This will certainly encourage more participants, and of course ensure better performances. QASA thanks the sponsors for the investment and the insight,” says Seirlis.

Paul Stewart, Executive Director at Bridge Fund Managers, says: “We all face challenges in life, whether political, social or personal and hand cyclists are an example of humanity at its most determined and courageous, providing an inspiration to fellow competitors and spectators lining the route. We hope that the creation and sponsorship of a hand cycling category, will provide additional encouragement to these fearless athletes to enter this great event.”

The aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers includes a 105km road race for men and women, a 55km cyclocross race for men and women, and a 45km Fun Ride which attracted the likes of East Coast Radio DJ Darren Maule and Breakfast Show co-presenter Sky Tshabalala in 2016.

Stewart says Bridge Fund Mangers is supporting the aQuellé Tour Durban for various reasons including the opportunity to boost KwaZulu-Natal tourism while supporting the critical work of the event’s main beneficiary, the Domino Foundation, a non-profit working with vulnerable and impoverished North Durban communities.

The sponsorship commitment extends to Bridge Fund Management staff operating a water and feeding station along the route, and a number of staff riding in the various aQuellé Tour Durban events.

“Sponsoring an endurance cycling event is also aligned to our brand, as investing, especially for retirement, is a long term commitment,” says Stewart.

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