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Malete wins President’s Cycling challenge

SHARE   |   Monday, 04 September 2017   |   By Staff Writer
Malete wins President’s Cycling challenge

Botswana’s rising cyclist Abeng Malete emerged victorious at the President’s Charity Cycle Challenge held on Sunday, winning the 112km race. The 21-year-old Malete clocked 3:0139 to finish the race in pole position. The South African-based Malete continued his dominance in local cycling following his last week win at the Jwaneng Mine GM Cycling Challenge. Even though he said cycling was very tough on the day due to windy conditions Malete said he worked very hard for the competition. He also said his teammates form Sampada Cycling Club in South Africa were very helpful in executing their strategy for the win. According to him, the strategy was to win all the top positions and that is what happened as Sampada got all the positions. The young Malete, who is the Botswana’s National U-23 Champion, has proven that he is a force to reckon with. Though he started riding only in 2014 ahead of the Africa Youth Games, Malete has developed into a very strong rider at a young age. He has come through the Botswana Cycling Association’s (BCA) grassroots development programme. For finishing in position one Malete got himself a P10 000 and also pocketed a further P3000 for being the first Motswana to cross the line in the 112km race. Meanwhile, the President’s Charity Cycle Challenge was hailed a success. BCA president Mmetla Masire said the challenge has achieved both the charitable and the cycling aspects. He said quality cyclists from the region and locally had taken part in the challenge making it a success. “It is good that it has been found necessary to using cycling for the development of those who are in need,” said Masire. The President’s Charity Cycle Challenge was held to raise money for charity. While the corporate teams competed in the cycling track for positions, the competition went beyond that. The battle reached the cheque books as companies donated money towards the charity course.