Following the death of 8 year old rugby fan and Sharks supporter, Connor Bell and his mother, in a tragic car accident on The Athlone Bridge in Durban this year, Connor’s father – Jason Bell – set up the Connor Bell Sports Trust, which aims to support the training of sport coaches in underprivileged areas.
Touched by Jason Bell’s commitment, Philip Adamson, GM of The Three Cities Royal Hotel, challenged the hotel staff, Connor’s family and South African Rugby Legends to cycle from Cape Town to Durban in what has been christened – The Coast2Coast Charity Cycle.
The Coast2Coast will begin at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on August 2nd and will stop off at rugby stadiums in Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein before finishing at King’s Park Stadium in Durban on August 13th – the morning of the South African and Australian Tri-Nations match.
11 participants, including Connor’s family and friends, some Royal Hotel staff members and supportive SA Rugby Legends will cycle the 2100km journey in an effort to raise R1 million for the trust. Three Cities CEO, Mike Lambert, will be joining the cycling group from Pietermartizburg to Durban as they finish off the final leg of the cycle.
“Our aim is to raise R1 million for the Connor Bell Sports Trust, while creating awareness of the dangers of drunk driving. “ Philip Adamson (GM – The Royal Hotel)
The cyclists will depart from Cape Town on August 2nd and make the 220km journey to Swellendam. The next day the group will push forward 216km’s to George and thereafter a challenging 255km’s (the longest stretch of the race) to Jeffrey’s Bay. Day Four will have the cyclists heading 200km’s, firstly to Port Elizabeth and then inland and upwards to Grahamstown. They will leave the picturesque university town the following day for the 177km passage to Craddock.
Day Six will prove to be a test of endurance as the cyclists climb the 193km Karoo escarpment to Colesberg, the ‘halfway mark’ of the gruelling excursion. Flat roads will be a welcome relief on Day Seven as the cyclists wrap up 226km’s to Bloemfontein.
The group will resume their quest and head 250km’s south to Bethlehem. Hopefully, the weather will not produce any drastically cold temperatures or snowy conditions as it done so recently?
The majestic Drakensberg mountain range will provide the group with some fantastic scenery on Day Eight as the group forges forth, 153km’s over mountainous terrain, to the spectacular Three Cities Alpine Heath Resort. It is here that the cyclists will enjoy a much-needed day’s rest.
All the Coast2Coast participants will no doubt be sighing with relief on Day 10, at the anticipation of their journey’s end, when they complete the 165km downhill stretch to Pietermaritzburg.
Day 11 will herald a moment of triumph and accomplishment for the participants as the group finishes up the final 86km portion of this epic journey, in memory of Connor Bell – a little boy who loved the game of rugby.
Show your support – Coast2Coast for Connor is aiming to raise R 1 million for the Trust – and needs your help. Along with Jason Bell (Connor’s father) Philip, Darryl, Dan, Clifford, Shaun, Chris, Mercia, Kim, Morné and Eugene are cycling more than 2 000km in memory of Connor and it would only take 500 people sponsoring R 1 per KM to reach their goal.
So make a difference today by donating to The Connor Bell Sports Trust. Every Rand raised will help to grow the game that Connor loved so much, and give other kids a chance to play to their passions.
You can donate via EFT with the details below:
Account: The Connor Bell Sports Trust
Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
Account number: 330 695 827
Branch: Musgrave Road
Branch code: 042626
Please ensure you use C2C as a reference.