On Sunday 19 November, six of Kathu’s own Iron Wheelers partici-pated. Kathu locals, S Mazibuko, V Maseko, T Melokwe, B Coetzee and R Mohlahlo all collected their medals for completing the 94.7 km with an assent of 1488 metres.
According to the Iron Wheelers, the course was great especially ri-
ding through historical landmarks and streets of Johannesburg with no cars about. There were a few chal-lenging twists and turns but with some really tough climbs. “We are not used to riding hills in Kathu” said the locals but this did not stop or deter local legend Barend Coetzee from not only completing, but bring-ing home a gold medal for coming first overall in the paraplegic catego-ry.
Barend, a paraplegic who broke
his back in a car accident, competes with a specialised custom-built hand cycle.
We can only watch and report in awe of Barend and his achieve-ments. You are our own true Kathu hero and an inspiration to us all. Well done guys, you do us proud.
If you have a bicycle come and join the local Iron Wheelers. Life is a jour-ney, enjoy the ride !
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