HotChillee and Momentum today announce that they are taking a group of four international professional cyclists to join the South African Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on 20 November, participating in the Ride for a Purpose campaign. The ride will be followed by visits to local charities, including the Morning Star Children's Centre, a day care facility for underprivileged children affected by HIV / AIDS.
The HotChillee and Momentum group consists of Dan Martin from team Garmin-Cervélo, 10th in the UCI rankings. He will be joined by brothers Dean Downing from team Rapha-Condor-Sharp and Russ Downing from Team Sky. Completing the quartet will be cycling legend, Stephen Roche who is a Triple Crown winner, having won the Tour de France, Giro D'Italia and World Championships in 1987. 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of this phenomenal achievement.
Dan Martin from team Garmin-Cervélo
Russ Downing says: When HotChillee and Momentum asked us to go to South Africa with them, we jumped at the chance. I'm really looking forward to riding in this world class event and helping in the fundraising efforts of many in the Riding for a Purpose campaign. It's a fantastic idea and with 25,000 participants expected, it should be a very special day.
Russ Downing from Team Sky
Dean Downing adds: Over the last few years, Russ and I have been raising money in the UK for several charities with the Out of the Saddle Cycling Club we helped establish. Following the ride we will be visiting local charities that are doing an amazing job in South Africa. The staff at The Morning Star Children's Centre are incredible and, by helping these innocent victims of a terrible disease, are truly making a difference.
Dean Downing from team Rapha-Condor-Sharp
The four cyclists have been specifically brought in for the event by HotChillee and Momentum, but will be joined by a number of other international cycling names who have an affinity for South Africa and the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge.
Tanya Harford, Race director of the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge says: There is much excitement around welcoming these cycling heroes. Having the chance to ride with cyclists, who are at the top of their game, is not something that happens every day. We're also very warmed by the time they are giving to some of our local charities.
Commentator Phil Liggett, known as the Voice of Cycling, will be back for the 15th edition of the race. South African Daryl Impey, who has just signed for the Australian Green Edge team will be taking part, as will South African educated Chris Froome from Team Sky. Chris finished second in this year's Vuelta A' Espania, the tour of Spain one of the three grand tours.
In addition to participating in the main event on Sunday 20 November, all of the international participants, including the HotChillee group and Phil Liggett will be doing a 'Twitter Ride' - a warm up ride the day before. They will be joined by local sporting legends Joel Stransky, the former South African rugby union player, famous for his dramatic winning drop goal against New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. Former South African Rugby captain, famous for leading the team to victory in 1995 and played by Matt Damon in Invictus, François Pienaar, will also be riding.
For details of the warm up ride, follow the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on Twitter @momentum94.7, and like the Facebook page to ensure you're up to date on all the info.