After 3 months of preparation, planning, fund raising and hard work, what began as an idea over drinks in the famous TMS lapa finally became a reality on the morning of 20 February 2012. Thanks to the commitment and passion of those involved with putting together this incredible event, all the brave cyclists who signed up for the challenge as well as the overwhelming generosity of 68 sponsors, the first TMS Lesotho High Altitude Cycle Challenge was kicked off in high spirits and with loads of enthusiasm.
What would turn out to be a mentally, physically and emotionally challenging journey for each of the 22 cyclists who signed up involved cycling a distance of approximately 250km across Lesotho over three days, entering at the Caledonspoort border post near Fouriesburg and finishing with a nerve-racking descent down Sani Pass. This incredible achievement was made possible by the support of 7 backup vehicles, 2 motorcycles and 13 highly enthusiastic members of the phenomenal backup team managing logistics and focused on making sure that a constant supply of drinks, food, snacks, extra kit, sun screen, medical supplies, moral support and spare parts was available at all times.
TMS would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person involved in this challenge for their contribution to its success. Thanks to the overwhelming response from our suppliers and sponsors, for which we are sincerely grateful, we were able to raise almost 4 times the targeted amount to the benefit of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, exceeding both our own and their expectations and allowing so much more to be done in the aid of those families and children affected by the trauma and suffering caused by cancer. The total Raised was R584,880.00 and TMS picked up the tab for the costs of R347,456.00.
The TMS Lesotho High Altitude Cycle Challenge has not left a single individual involved untouched and the experience proved to be as rewarding for everybody taking part in the challenge as for the families and children who will benefit from the funds raised.
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List of sponsors
For more information about the Little Fighters Cancer Trust go to www.littlefighters.org.za