HotChillee announces its Development Rider Programme, sponsoring two local riders during the Cape Rouleur 2013

Monday 4th March 2013

HotChillee, London, 4th March 2013 – HotChillee today announces its Development Rider Programme for the 2013 Cape Rouleur. As part of HotChillee's commitment to investing in the communities it hosts events in, this programme provides sponsorship to two young, talented and disadvantaged South African riders during its 600km multi-stage cycling event.

As part of the programme, Wattbike will sponsor the entries and, along with Craft, provide both riders with kit. Bontrager will provide shoes, helmets and gloves and Ben Bikes will provide a bike for Development Rider Reyatile Mthakathi to use throughout the event.

Reyatile Mthakathi and Nicholas Dlamini with HotChillee founder, Sven Thiele and Vanessa Haywood

The two riders are 21 year old Reyatile Mthakathi, from Pitlochie in the Eastern Cape, and 17 year old Nicholas Dlamini from Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Both are incredibly talented and have risen from adversity. Mthakathi was raised by his mother, a farm worker in Pitlochrie and has impressive cycling victories, including podium places on the Wartrail Mountain Bike Challenge, the Bonthoek Mountain Bike Challenge and the Rhodes Mountain Bike Challenge. His ambition is to make the South African cycling team. Dlamini started cycling at the age of 12 and has won almost every race he's entered, including the under 13 WP Championships. In the Junior South African Championship he came tenth in the road race and 16th in the Time Trial.

South African film star, TV. personality and model, Vanessa Haywood heads up the HotChillee Development Rider Programme in South Africa. It is her job to scout the local, talented and disadvantaged riders. During the Cape Rouleur, Dlamini and Mthakathi will cycle next to exceptional riders who are fulfilling their aspirations and pushing boundaries, giving them hope and inspiration. It will also expose them to the global stage, professional riders such as the Team Bulls cycling team, 1987 Tour de France winner Stephen Roche and 1988 World Champion Maurizio Fondriest and the Pro-Tour experience HotChillee's Global Event Series creates.

Sven Thiele, founder of HotChillee says: "All our riders are extraordinary people, many raising vast amounts of money for charity. South Africa has welcomed the HotChillee community with open arms and providing two local riders, passionate about cycling with an experience they otherwise would not have, is a big motivator for us.  I can't wait to ride with Mthakathi and Dlamini. Last year's Development Riders gave everyone a run for their money on the bikes and it is exciting to engage young and local talent in our events."

Alex Skelton, Wattbike, says: "This is a fantastic initiative and we're excited to be giving two local talented riders the opportunity to experience a first-class event that attracts a great range of cyclists, both professional and amateur. I'm looking forward to getting to know them both better."

During the past ten years, HotChillee has placed its CSR programme at the heart of everything it does. This not only includes forging successful charity partnerships and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds each year, but also building direct and impactful relationships with promising cyclists from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa, the home of its newest event in the Global Event Series.