Police officers to pedal through the Cradle

The Krugersdorp team: Captain Frans Els, Lt Col Mike Henning, Lt Col Matt Viney, Captain Paula Terblanche, and Warrant Officer Tiaan Visser

Once a year, the best police cyclists in each province are chosen to compete against each other in the Police National Road Cycling Championships and this year, Krugersdorp Police Station believes it has the dream team.

Led by Captain Adel Germishuizen, they are part of the Gauteng Cycling team which consists of policemen and women who have been cycling for many years, and with their combined experience they’re more than ready to take to the tar and make their station proud.

The team was introduced at Provision IRS in Roodepoort on Friday, 10 June.

“A bad day on the bicycle beats a good day in the office,” said Leon Kruger, deputy station commander of the West Rand Police during his inspirational speech at the introduction. “[We are proud to be able] to host the national championships and know that our organisers will not disappoint the province. We have a great team who put in long hours on the road. These members were chosen for the Gauteng team because of their hard work and dedication. I know you all put in your own time, no matter the circumstances. They say ‘it never gets easier, you just go faster’. I know [that] if muscle and machine connect, extraordinary things happen.”

These are the local police officers who will represent our town at the championships:

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Viney – Krugersdorp Detectives

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Henning – Krugersdorp Station

Captain Paula Terblanche – Krugersdorp Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit

Captain Frans Els –Westonaria Police

Warrant Officer Tiaan Visser – Bekkersdal Police

The Championship progamme is as follows:

Monday 19 June, 8.30am – Prolog starting at Riverstone Lodge Muldersdrift

Monday 19 June, 1pm – Short Race starting at Riverstone Lodge (41,5km)

Tuesday 20 June, 8.30am – Hill Climb starting at Engen Garage Kromdraai Krugesrdorp

Wednesday 21 June, 8.30am – Long Race starting at Riverstone Lodge (77km)

Thursday 22 June, 8.30am – Time trial and Team time trial starting at Lion Park Kromdraai (7,3km)

Roads to avoid if you are a motorist:

The roads around Riverstone Lodge, on the R114 near the intersection with the N14

Area around Bidon Bistro on the R374

Kloofzight Lodge circle at the intersection of the R374 and R114

Traffic circle at the corner of R374 and R540

On 20 June, the Gauteng Cycle Team will also host an event at the Fhulufhelo Homework Centre in Dr Martinez Ramirez Drive, Munsieville. The money raised at this event will be used to purchase equipment for the Homework Centre. Captain Terblanche arranged a small play which will be acted out by the children of the Munsieville community to entertain guests. The event will start at 3pm. The handing over of treats to the children will also be part of the event.

The team would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Akata Group, Dis-Chem Pharmacies, Kaya FM 95.9, Biogen, Provision ISR and Lexus Security.

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