BMX Vet

BMX Vet

OMG! The Argus Cycle Tour was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME! But the wind was super hectic. I finished in 5h36:39 (to be exact!!!) – I’m really stoked. On some of the flat sections, where I should’ve been able to sit and pedal, I had to stand and pedal because the wind was sooooooooooooo strong – even down Chappies I pedalled!!!!!!

I cycled listening to music on my iPod and as I got the bottom of Chappies for the long climb, Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin started playing – it’s was so well timed and carried me up that hill.

Sharlene McGilvray (left), Wayne Robertson and Warren Boardman-Smith (right) stop in Noordhoek for a breather along the way - 34km to the finish! Adding to a promise to contribute towards the fight against blood cancer, Robertson completed his 20th Cycle Tour, (his 10th on a BMX), while Boardman-Smith rode to his 27th Argus finish line (his first on a BMX). Photo: Cindy Boardman-Smith

The BEST was at the start. Us three BMX’ers were in the middle of the front row and as the rope dropped for our group to start we got the Holeshot (first off the line) and led the pack down the road, between the buildings and through the S bend to join the race!!!!

Wayne, Warren and I rode to raise funds for the Sunflower Foundation – a non-profit organisation whose sole purpose is to raise money to pay for the tissue typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors, in turn building the Bone Marrow Registry of South Africa and giving patients suffering with leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders the hope of finding their 1:100 000 donor match.

I also rode to raise awareness for the UCI World BMX Championships, which will be taking place in Pietermaritzburg from the 29 July – 1 August. I will be competing in the 45+ Women’s Cruiser class and going for gold – so watch this space…

I don’t know how much money we managed to raise as the money went into their account. I should know within the next week – I really do hope it was a large amount.

I will DEFINITELY do The Argus again next year on my BMX, and will do the Amashovashova (Pietermaritzburg to Durban) in October also on my BMX. It is awesome training and it certainly gives the roadies and MTB’ers something to think about.

With no gears (one fixed gear) I passed riders easily up hill – just stood up and pedalled. Couldn’t resist shouting every now and again “Who needs gears – BMX rules”. However, the down-hills were a different story. No matter how fast I pedalled my bike only went as fast as it could freewheel, so I kept my mouth shut – hee-hee. Of course it does help that I have really strong legs, and am very fit.

I saw some riders that were total heart-attack material, and shuddered to think how long they would be cycling for, but good on them for getting out there and riding.

If you have thought of doing the Argus but keep putting it off – think again – book your ticket NOW for next year and just GO DO IT – you’ll LOVE it.

The organisation, atmosphere and scenic route is mind blowing. I had no desire to ever do it – I’m so glad that Wayne contacted me to ride and raise funds with him for Sunflower. It’s an experience I will never forget.

For everyone who donated money – Thanks a million for your support xxxx


More about the Sunflower Fund: The Sunflower Fund is a non-profit organisation whose sole purpose is to raise money to pay for the tissue typing of potential bone marrow stem cell donors in turn building the Bone Marrow Registry of South Africa and giving patients suffering with leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders the hope of finding their 1:100,000 donor match.

Anyone wanting to contribute a donation in support of the Sunflower Fund can make a direct deposit to:

Account Name: The Sunflower Fund

Bank: ABSA Bank

Account No: 4051834719

Branch: Tokai

Branch Code: 632005

Reference: Sharlene McGilvray or Wayne Robertson


… or by going to the Sunflower Fund website.

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