Go!Durban Cycling Academy
Early 2018 saw #pumpforpeace travel back to South Africa to build the Velosolutions Pump Track in the KwaDabeka township, in KwaZulu Natal, in partnership with the GO!Durban Cycling Academy.
The GO!Durban Cycling Academy is an initiative by the eThekwini Municipality with support from the City’s Durban Green Corridor in South Africa. It’s about creating greener, safer and more sustainable spaces as well as developing active – moving people in a way that makes a real difference to the world that they live in. This includes seamless integration of all kinds of transport such as cycling, walking, running, skateboards, wheelchairs, scooters, skates and strollers.
GO!Durban not only spearheads the above, but also holds the vision of empowering young people from developing areas to rise above their circumstances through sport, education, engagement and play. This is accomplished through the GO!Durban Cycling Academy – the perfect platform to find and develop local talent and activate skills development initiatives.
To date, the GO!Durban Cycling Academy has 3 operational sites where they facilitate the development of 500 riders. They serve 120 meals each week and currently hold an 87.5% pass rate for students in their academic groups.
The newly built track also hosted the first ever South African qualifier of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship in 2018. Through the partnership of GO!Durban Cycle Academy and Velosolutions, the Velosolutions Izimbali team was born: Durban’s african female mountain bike team.