Browsing all articles tagged with Christoph Sauser
Mar
20

A lesson in HOPE!

Last night, while attending the Aramex Songo.info champions race in Kayamandi, outside Stellenbosch I saw “hope” in action. This “township” of about 30,000 people hosted this event for the third year.

It was a short-track MTB event with categories for juniors, women and men. What made it so unique is the fact that is took place a few days before the start of the Absa Cape Epic, meaning that many of the professional mountain bike riders participated. Seeing them close-up in action was a great experience.

pro's

In case you don’t know much about Songo.info, let me give you the highlights. What started as an idea to allow Christoph Sauser and Burry Stander to race together in the 2008 Cape Epic has developed into a social development program that provides sport and recreational activities to children. This is a result of the great work initiated by Songo Fipaza in Kayamandi and his subsequent teaming up with Christoph Sauser, the Swiss national who calls Stellenbosch his second home.

It became quite clear during the men’s race that the Kayamandi kids knew exactly who Christoph is and shouted his name as he passed by and even patting him on the back as he passed. Seeing that was something that I certainly have not experienced before. It was however when Christoph crossed the finish line first that these kids literally  went crazy.

As Christoph finished, he cycled on for about a 100m or so away from the finish area, on the sports field. It was then that the kids at the finish line ran after him, en masse. It made any celeb mobbing I may have seen before look tame.

When he finally stopped, the kids were all over him. Two security guards eventually had to try and get the kids away from him. At no stage however did Christoph complain or try to get away from the kids. Everyone who asked for a “hi-five” got one and it was clear that they were in awe of him and that he is their hero.

When I walked away from there, I realised that he has given them an amazing gift: HOPE! Hope that no matter where they live or what their circumstances are, they could one day be that mountain biker / athlete / individual that succeeds, creating a better lives for themselves and hopefully, in the spirit of Songo Fipaza and Christoph Sauser pay it forward!

Christoph Sauser

 

Nov
6

Total Sports Challenge 2011

For years I’ve been toying with the idea of entering as part of a team in the seven-discipline event from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond. When they introduced the Terra Firma ( road run, MTB and beach run) I seriously wanted to enter in a team.

Well, now I’ve finally done it! I just entered and paid for the Terra Firma event in the solo category. Sure, it ain’t such a big deal: 50km road ride,  13km road run, 25km MTB and then 9km  beach run. It’s just that you do it all consecutively and will really have to rely on different muscle groups to play along. And of course there’s that long December break filled with braais and too much of everything else that wont help my case. That’s the REAL challenge.

Will you join me? Please……!

Anyway, this is what the Totalsports people sent me:

TOTALSPORTS CHALLENGE Kleinmond “One Team, Seven Challenges”

Entries are now open for one of South Africa’s most exhilarating and much loved multi sport events, the Totalsports Challenge presented by New Balance and Powerade!  Starting in Gordon’s Bay on Saturday, 08 January 2011 sport enthusiasts can choose between the 7-discipline Totalsports Challenge or the less daunting 4-discipline Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge.

According to Dezroy Poole, Race Director, the Totalsports Challenge is a fun event that can be enjoyed by athletes of all skill levels.  “Although we do have our serious athletes competing on the day, the Totalsports Challenge also attracts a large number of social athletes whose main aim is to have fun with family and friends.  For these athletes the team category of the Totalsports Challenge or even the Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge is the ideal event of choice.  In the past we’ve seen team entries include the likes of professional athletes such as Christoph Sauser, Burry Stander, Conrad Stoltz, Kevin Evans and Warren Petterson.  It really is a treat watching these stars in action.  We trust that all finishers will go home with a feeling of great accomplishment on the day,” says Poole.

EVENT INFORMATION

DATE: Saturday, 08 January 2011

VENUE:

Start – Gordon’s Bay Beach Front

End – Kleinmond

START: Totalsports Challenge – 06h00

Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge – 07h45

DISTANCES:

Totalsports Challenge – 12km surfski, 1.5km swim, 50km road bike (from

Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond), 13km road run, 13km K1 canoe, 25km mountain bike and finally a 9km beach run.

Terra Firma Challenge – 50km road bike (from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond), 13km road run, 25km mountain bike and 9km beach run.

FORMAT:

Totalsports Challenge – compete individually or in teams of two, three or seven (male, female or mixed)

Terra Firma Challenge – compete individually or in teams of two or four (male, female or mixed).

Enter online:                  www.totalsports.co.za

WHAT’S UP FOR GRABS AT EACH EVENT ~ awesome lucky draw prizes compliments of Totalsports and New Balance.

Family and friends are encouraged to show support on the day.

Latest tweets

  • Loading tweets...

Recent Posts

Adverts

Categories