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Several cyclists will be doing a 315km virtual race to raise funds for Operation Antifreeze that works to supply food parcels to Gauteng children.


Johannesburg, South Africa (04 March 2021) – Over 44 South Africans are taking on a mammoth virtual race to support impoverished children on the East Rand of Johannesburg. The group will be taking on the 315km race to raise funds for Operation Antifreeze.

The race will be done on indoor trainer bikes which were a massive aid for cyclists during the lockdown.

“This year’s event is a repeat of the Zwift indoor ultra MTB marathon they hosted last year when the pandemic resulted in the cancellation of an event many ultra-marathoners had been training for – the 36one. We raised some good money in support of hunger. This time the event canceled is the TransXhariep – a 315km MTB race through the Karoo on the 6th March.

Last year’s event raised some R120,000 for SA Harvest, a food-rescue organisation that delivers meals to thousands of tummies. 

A smart trainer is an indoor bicycle trainer that connects to a virtual world. allowing the cyclists to complete in-game cycling routes. By using the smart trainer’s power meter, Zwift adjusts the resistance to mimic the effort required to cycle up hills.

If you think riding 360km in the real world sounds tough, it is harder doing it on an indoor trainer; it requires a lot more determination to finish especially when you are not in the middle of nowhere or you know your family is in the next room.”

They are raising funds via BackaBuddy and hoping to raise R20,000 for Operation Antifreeze. Operation Antifreeze is a registered non-profit organisation making a difference in the community for the last 20 years. The main project is providing food parcels to 640 children across Ekurhuleni.

These children have been identified by their teachers as coming from very poor homes in desperate need of assistance. For many of these children, the meal they receive at school is their only meal for the day. Some do not eat from Friday lunchtime until they receive their lunch on a Monday.

This Saturday about 45 people, will ride the equivalent distance of the TransXhariep, on the same day, using indoor trainers on the Zwift platform while raising funds for Operation Antifreeze.

“On endurance rides such as these, cyclists can burn up to 12 000 calories while also taking in significant amounts of food and liquids to sustain them. We thus encourage people to pay forward the calories they would burn on this ride towards food and hunger support. Or get people to sponsor them.

Zwift tracks calories burnt as pizza slice equivalents, at roughly 285 calories each. We asked riders to back themselves by sponsoring R12 for every slice burnt – you’re likely to burn about 12 000 calories, so that’s 42 slices (or R500). Riders could also donate R1.50 per km (about R550).”

There are two ways to back the rides:

  1. Per Pizza Slice Burnt: Zwift tracks calories burnt as pizza slice equivalents, at roughly 285 calories each. If you are riding v315 we challenge you to back yourself by sponsoring R12 for every slice burnt – you’re likely to burn about 12,000 calories, so thats 42 slices (or R500). Ask your friends and family to sponsor some pizza slices too.
  2. Per Km: The race is 315km on Zwift, so back our rides with R1.50 per km (about R500)

You can join in by getting your friends and family to donate here.

Sources: Samantha and Aiden Choles
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