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Posted on: June 21, 2018, in Community, Latest News

Umngazi proudly hosted the 8thGrindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal MTB ride from the 13-17 June 2018.

“Without education, our children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it’s important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country” – Nelson Mandela.

The ride started with humble beginnings in June 2011… and was described last year by respected cycling journalist Dave Moseley as…”I have to claim this as my ride of the year.”

The new routes added a new facet to the ride this year and thoroughly enjoyed by the riders.

Words cannot express our gratitude to our awesome riders, our title sponsor, Grindrod Bank (who share our vision); Damian and the B-Active team for managing the race and Jan from Clearwater trails for his route assistance.
We managed to raise a whopping R144 300.00 for the Friends of Umngazi trust for the Umngazi valley schools. Following a needs analysis to ascertain the optimal allocation of funds, money raised is used for a series of building upgrades at local schools in order to help overcome daily challenges experienced within the learning environment, such as limited teaching space, cramped classrooms and poor kitchen facilities.
On behalf of Umngazi and Grindrod Bank; we once again thank all the riders who have participated and make such a valuable contribution to this very special community.
We would like to congratulate the following 2018 Pondo Pedal winning teams:

  • Male Team – Chris Brand and Roy Pepper (Team Ballies)
  • Female Team – Michelle du Toit and Bev Wood (Blondes on Bender)
  • Mixed team – Ewan Cochrane and Brenda Potts (GIANT Cadence)
  • Solo Riders – Ben Killian (Male) and Vicky Moore (Female)

The 2019 Pondo Pedal takes place on the 12th – 16th June 2019 and entries open on the 3 September 2018. For more info visit

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