TOUR DE FALCON - 24/ 6/ 2006 <--Prev : Next-->
TOUR DE FALCON
The Cape Argus Cycle Race had better be on on its toes as a new and
exciting cycle tour is fast making its mark in Southern Africa !
The Tour De Falcon is in its third year now and with the amazing
scenery and topography that is incorporated in the race, it is fast
becoming a hot destination for cyclists from all corners of the world
The Tour De Falcon commences in the City of Kings- Bulawayo - where
the streets are wide enough to turn an entire span of oxen, and it
ends in the Esigodini foothills , fondly known as the Blue Hills to
those residents of Matabeleland who come annually to ride this
Apart from celebrity riders who swarm in from various parts of the
world, riders of the calibre of Garth Steinbach , Clem Peinke and Lee
McNab there are a few local "Personalities" who add colour and
flavour to the day.
Kneeguard Roy is always there faithfully supporting his wife who is
one of the driving forces behind the race. Anything that Yvonne does
she does well and with dedicated and efficient gusto !!
Sostrong Thompson is a grim contender most years and this year we
hope to have quite a few "Old Boys" (not literally of course), who
have come to Esigodini for the legendary "Falcon Old Boys Weekend"
That indomitable duo on the clockwork orange Cannondale tandem -
Dangerous Dave and Reckless Rick, will no doubt grace the race with
their own brand of wisdom. The theory behind their attempts to win
depend on a complicated set of mathematical statistics wherein "the
driving force of adipose mass multiplied by the sum of money in the
bank and divided by the force of the wind from the west is
undoubtedly a winning formula !!
Serious Lady competitors include lovely Loretta, and sometimes that
amazing athlete Bonnie finds time in her racing schedule to partake
in the fun.
The race has several categories - team riders, Little People, mixed
bags, ladies and men, racing bikes, mountain bikes, juniors and
veterans and of course the Elite riders.
The race support system is second to none and past years have seen
staff and the public all hanging from their cars and vans with red
flags flapping in the wind, hazard lights on and all flashed to on
coming traffic, warning them of the enormous bunch of cyclists they
were about to encounter.
Of course the TS Matabele Sea cadets are always there with Captain
Peter and MARS of course never misses the day,
The competition in this race is legendary as a large proportion of
the teams are made up of Falcon Schoolboys from the six boarding
houses of this prestigious Zimbabwean School.
Fierce competitors from Chubb, Founders, George Grey, Hervey, Oates
and Tredgold Houses band together in fours and practise furiously for
months prior to the race.
I gather from informers in the dining room that much discussion
ensues as to how to adequately protect the derriere from saddle sores.
And of course a winter's Sunday at Falcon College traditionally has a
Falcon is good at anything and everything it does, their fields are
lush green and immaculate. The planning is the ultimate in
perfection. The parents lay on a luncheon spread second to none, the
bar offers ice cold beer and wine the mothers usually stage a
fabulous craft fayre where exotic crafts can be purchased and laid
away for Christmas.
Lovely Loretta's musical better half, (probably after riding the race
himself) mans a disco of mean proportions and participants and
supporters alike can relax after the race on the Bushtick lawns and
enjoy the camaraderie as only Matabeleland knows how.
So come along one and all and join in the fun Sunday 3 July 2006. for
further enquiries e mail Yvonne on