The 5th edition of the annual FAW80 Cycle Challenge will take place on the 17th April 2020, where 24 riders traverse the 480 km of the beautiful Karoo via gravel back roads back to Cape Town, non-stop and within 30 hours. Oudsthoorn will once again host the riders prior to the start in 2020 for the 3rd time, with Calvinia and Prince Albert in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
The aim of this extreme cycling adventure, the likes of which is usually only reserved for Alpine climbers and Artic explorers, is to raise funds for animal sterilizations in the disadvantaged community of Fisantekraal just outside Durbanville in the Western Cape. The service to the community and its animal population is provided by Fisantekraal Animal Welfare, or FAW, hence FAW80………480 km. This is not a race, but an adventure and the group cycle together and testimony to the fact that together, the impossible can be achieved. In the words of world-renowned explorer Mike Horn: “It is not the challenge that is too big, it is the mind that is too small”. Every cyclist pays his/her own way, and thanks to the generous sponsorships of Land Rover Jaguar N1 City, Shoprite Checkers and Rat Race Media, all proceeds go towards animal sterilizations performed by the community service veterinarians at FAW.
The group will depart on the Saturday from the townhall in Oudtshoorn at 8h00, arriving at Fisantekraal the next afternoon at 14h00, with waterpoints set up along the way by a fantastic back-up crew in their Land Rovers every 50 km, where riders can replenish food and drinks, and stretch the legs before negotiating the next 50 km. This truly is an amazing adventure, challenging limits together, making friends for life, have fun, laugh and maybe even cry, but one thing is for certain, you will learn more about yourself, friendships and your abilities than ever before.
Interested parties can follow FAW Cycle Challenge on Facebook for more information regarding donations. There are just a few places open for those interested in participation in the 2020 event.