Blind adventurer and motivational speaker,
Hein Wagner, will be taking part in his second Coronation Double Century bike
race on Saturday, 23 November 2013. In its 21st year since its inauguration,
the Coronation Double Century offers cyclists 200 km of road racing through the
vicinity of Swellendam, Barrydale and Robertson. Entry into the race is limited
to 200 teams of a maximum of 12 cyclists and Wagner and his triathlon partner
Gerrie Olivier, as well as ten other cyclists will be competing on tandem bicycles
as a team.
Wagner looks forward to the day and is
confident that they will complete the race in less than 7 hours. In doing so,
Wagner undertakes to raise the profile of his sponsors - PRAGMA physical asset
managers and the Vision Trust. The
Vision Trust, founded by Wagner in 2007 as a public benefit organisation, is
dedicated to challenging the perception of disability and promoting the
integration of blind persons into the workplace.
The Coronation Double Century may be
synonymous with teamwork and solidarity. However, it is a grueling race,
considered equivalent to an ultra-marathon for cyclists. Says Wagner: “It’s not
an easy race - its 7 hours of go, go, go!” On the subject of riding with
partner Gerrrie Olivier, Wagner adds “riding in tandem brings its own set of
unique challenges. This race poses lots of climbs and is considered challenging
for tandems, but what we loose on the ascent we’ll make up on the flats and
Wagner participated in the Coronation
Double Century in 2010 in preparation for the legendary Absa Cape Epic in 2011.
Continues Wagner: “I participated in the 2010 race to get some distance on the
legs. The hours I invest in training at this stage will give me a great
foundation for the Antarctica Marathon in March next year. We will start our
cold-room training in January; at this point I’m really enjoying the warm
Visit http://www.heinwagner.co.za/ for more info.