In March, a team of cyclists from HOYER Petrolog UK will embark on a 450km (280 mile) ride across South Africa to raise funds for Transaid.
The quartet, who are based across the UK, will tackle Transaid’s Cycle South Africa Challenge ride from Western Cape to Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of South Africa, from 10th-19th March.
Sports mad team member Paul Noble said: “I will get involved with any type of sport especially for a good cause.
“Through driver training Transaid aren’t just saving lives by improving road safety in less developed areas of the world, they’re also coming up with innovative ways to give people access to healthcare they’ve never had before.”
Not previously a cyclist, the team’s co-ordinator is operations manager Duygu Bayrakci.
“I’m doing my training at the weekends and have so far managed to cycle up to 30 miles in a day. There’s still room for improvement as we’ll be cycling an average of 50 – 60 miles a day for this challenge
In his words Mark Jepson is ‘an ageing sportsman with worn out knees’ who has been ‘training on a mountain bike since August’
“I am enjoying the different challenge which cycling presents and look forward to testing myself against the African terrain.”
The fourth member of the team is fleet engineer Matthew Cox who has worked for HOYER for three years supporting the Esso, Petrolog Fuels and Puma bitumen contracts.
Topping a target of raising £14,000 for Transaid during the ride, Team HOYER has so far raised more than £15,687.
If you would like to support the team please follow this link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hoyercyclechallenge