P60,000 for Pick n Pay cycling challenge

Talking cycling: Race director Kfir Teichman (left) and Pick 'n Pay managing director, Bruce Milne addressing journalist in Gaborone yesterday. PIC: KABO MPAETONA
Talking cycling: Race director Kfir Teichman (left) and Pick 'n Pay managing director, Bruce Milne addressing journalist in Gaborone yesterday. PIC: KABO MPAETONA

The annual Pick n’ Pay Mokolodi Scorpion Mountain Bike (MTB) challenge will this year celebrate its 13th anniversary with more than 300 cyclists expected to take part. Pick n’ Pay sponsors the race, which will be held at Mokolodi Nature Reserve on September 20, for P60,000.

The bumpy and rocky Mokolodi terrain route includes distances of 55km and 36km and fun run routes of 20km and 5km. The event is organised by Gaborone Cycling Club (GCC) and will attract juniors, masters and veterans to battle it out for the P1, 500 prize money. Briefing the press yesterday, the race director, Kfir Teichman said the event is the most exciting and the most attended mountain bike event in Botswana. The race is challenging because of the steep hills in Mokolodi and the tough terrains.

“The competition is tough, technical and rough,” he said. “It will be an off-road struggle for the riders.” Teichman said cycling was the most growing sport in the world. Therefore, the organisers are expecting more riders this year.

“We expect 300 to 400 entrants to grace the race’s 13th anniversary,” he said.


Pick n’ Pay Managing Director (MD), Bruce Milne said his supermarket was proud to be the main sponsor of the cycling for the 13th year in a row. “The sponsorship goes towards assisting both the GCC as well as the Mokolodi Nature reserve,” he said.

Milne said the Gaborone Cycling Club was doing a great job with the development of cycling in Botswana while at the same time also promoting a healthier lifestyle. He said the Mokolodi Nature Reserve was doing a tremendous work in both wildlife conservation and education.

“We hope that this year’s event is again well supported as entrants will be assisting both these worthy causes,” he said.

Milne said the Scorpion Mountain Bike challenge was unique because there was always something for everyone.

Apart from racing through the thorny bushes and down the steep slopes, riders will get the pleasant view of wild animals and vegetation in the reserve.

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