The 2020 annual Dis-Chem Ride for Sight was held on Sunday, 16th February in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni. Dis-Chem Pharmacies were the naming sponsor with the City of Ekurhuleni hosting the event. They provided excellent traffic control, road surfaces and were proud hosts to the big field of cyclists and supporters at Boksburg City Stadium.
Dusty Day won the 116km Super Classic in a excellent time of 2:34:14. A split second behind was Cape Town’s Julius Jade with David Maree a very close third.
Dusty’s brother Tyler Day won the event in 2015 making them the only brothers to have won this popular and durable event.
The ladies event was won by Mauritian Kim le Court De Billot with Cherise Willeit in second place. The first men’s tandem pair were Dewald Malan and Kelvin Johnson. The Paralympic Disabled Tandem duo of Gavin Kilpatrick and Mys van der Merwe won the 62 km Disabled Tandem event.
Director of Dis-Chem Pharmacies, Mr Stan Goetsch thanked the City of Ekurhuleni for hosting the event, the co- sponsors, volunteers, traffic officilas but especially the cyclists who support the event.
The ride has raised over R10 million over the last 32 years to help in the international quest to find treatments for genetic retinal blinding conditions.
Retina South Africa is the only NPO in South Africa funding treatments for genetic vision loss.
Results are available at: www.racetec.co.za
Results from the 116 km Super Classic will once again be a seeding event for the 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
The popular donations draw raised R32 000 from the cyclists and this was matched by the Dis-Chem Foundation. Surprised winners of the KTM Revelator road bike valued at R30 000, kindly sponsored by Cycle Lab or 2 x 7 day holidays at Michamvi Sunset Bay holiday resort in Zanzibar valued at R28 000 each have been notified of their good luck.
The generous lucky draw prizes ensured good support of the prize giving. Food vendors from Main Events and a popular beer tent ensured a lively atmosphere in the Ride Village.
The biggest winners however, are the thousands of South Africans losing their vision to inherited retinal blindness as all the proceed of the event go directly to finding treatments for these blinding conditions.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CYCLED TO RESTORE 2020 VISION.