Hotchillee are excited to announce that we’ve joined forces with South African cycling club Cyclopaths to create a brand new, super club, the Hotchillee Cyclopaths!
We’ll be working alongside the club to help grow cycling in South Africa and across the world, with a focus on cycling development for juniors and disadvantaged communities.
To help us introduce our new friends, we caught up with long time friend of Hotchillee and Cyclopaths Club Treasurer, Alroy:
In 2014 a bunch of seven friends from all walks of life with different sporting backgrounds decided to start training for the Cape Town Cycle Tour (also known as the Tour De France of Cape Town). The group of friends all wanted to improve their Cape Town Cycle Tour times and decided to start training for the next local race. They decided to ride in the local league (Western Province Cycling) and in order to compete, you had to form part of an affiliated club. The rest was history. Cyclopaths was born and 5 years later we are 100 members strong.
Due to the barriers of entry into the sport (set up cost of bike and gear) a typical member will be a working individual who can support his cycling expenses. Once we were established, we gained interest from a large diverse group of individuals across all cultures and have members in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and more recently 3 members in New Zealand. We have junior riders and our female contingent is continuously growing.
Let’s just say it might have something to do with the word psychopath but like with all good ideas, it started with a few drinks…
This idea started 3 years ago when a Cyclopath member and Sven realized that they might be different physically but deep down we all share the same values and beliefs. We have the same ideas and the same vision about various challenges in society.
We like the idea of being part of a global community where we can leverage from the knowledge and skills, not limited to the border of South Africa. We feel proud and privileged to be part of the Hotchillee brand as it elevates our club to another level and makes us part of many exciting initiatives on and off the bike.
We hope to offer our school of thoughts and experience with the broader community and hope to enrich them with “Africanasity”.
In the current environment we operate in where change is the only thing that is constant, you are nothing without a network and we are busy building ours…..We will make it our primary duty to show our foreign peers what a proper wood braai looks and tastes like!
Glen is usually behind the scenes making sure that the Hotchillee Ride Captains and event participants have fully functioning bicycles to ride but he occasionally makes an appearance in front of the camera to share his wisdom. If he’s not fixing or building bikes he’ll be out riding in #SweetSussex. If you want to know anything about Cyclocross, Glen is the man to ask.
Consultant with British Cycling and author of the Road Cycling Performance Manual. Lover of cobbles, gravel and Siberian Pine – not so keen on climbs! Nik is the author of all of the Hotchillee Training Plans, Zwift workout files and regularly posts tips and advice on the Hotchillee app. He’s also the evil genius behind the now infamous Hotchillee Gain Train.
Adele has worked within the health and fitness industry for over 25 years starting with a ballet and dance background herself, she has progressed to training and teaching all styles of fitness and offers Pilates, barre & yoga. As a keen runner, Adele appreciates the need for a strong healthy body and mind and incorporates many elements of Pilates, yoga and barre into her own training to ensure her strength and stamina remain.