HotChillee and Momentum took a group of four international professional cyclists to join in on the action at the South African Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge on 20 November, participating in the Ride for a Purpose campaign.
Dan Martin from team Garmin-Cervélo, Dean Downing from team Rapha-Condor-Sharp and Russ Downing from Team Sky all flew out to South Africa to join the 25,000 other participants. Among this 25,000 was also local heroes Daryl Impey, who has just signed for the Australian Green Edge team and South African educated Chris Froome from Team Sky.
Completing the quartet was cycling legend Stephen Roche; gearing up to celebrate his 25th anniversary of his 1987 Triple Crown win.
In addition to participating in the main event, all of the international participants, including the HotChillee group and Phil Liggett completed a 'Twitter Ride' - a warm up ride the day before. They were joined by local sporting legend 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.
Following the ride, the cycling stars took to the road and visited local charities, including the Morning Star Children's Centre, a day care facility for underprivileged children affected by HIV / AIDS.
Below are some images from the events:
Left to Right: Chris Froome (Team Sky), Daryl Impey (GreenEDGE for 2012), Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervelo), Sven Thiele (HotChillee), Stephen Roche (HotChillee), Dani Vd Bergh (Momentum), Yanto Barker (Team UK Youth for 2012), Jenni Green (Organiser & Race Director ), Moira Finneberg (HotChillee), Carel Bosman (Momentum), Joel Stransky, Russ Downing (Team Endura for 2012), Dean Downing (Team Rapha-Condor-Sharp), Phil Liggett
Dan Martin (Stephen Roches Nephew, 9th on UCI world rankings) with Carel Bosman of Momentum
Yanto Barker, Russ Downing & Dean Downing with some of the children from the Morning Star Children's Centre
Russ Downing of Team Sky.
25,000 crossed the start-line Momentum 94.7