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Invitation to join Tour Durban ‘herd’

Cows promise a giggle for a good cause

With another big field of serious and social cyclists entered for the aQuellé Tour Durban on Sunday, April 29, “The Cows” are planning to make their mark on the 25th anniversary of the iconic Durban race.
They are inviting anyone sharing a passion for cycling and supporting charities to join them on the day, either on the road or lending a helping hand.

Founded 10 years ago as a grouping of sport enthusiasts committed to raising money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation, while they took part in a variety of mass participation sporting events, The Cows have become a feature of the aQuellé Tour Durban in their distinctive black-and-white cow costumes.

“We love getting involved with the aQuellé Tour Durban because they have been so good to us over the years,” said convener of The Cows in KZN Iris Varty.

“It is an event heavily centred around charity and its support for the Domino Foundation, so we really encourage as many people as possible to ride it,” she added.

“The Cows will be manning the water point on the M4 near the Hypermarket, which you can be sure will be very festive,” promised Varty, who will be riding the 100km race on a tandem with her daughter Lauren.

The race has reserved a special batch in the 45km Fun Ride for supporters of The Cows, who can nominate to start in this batch in the online entry process via Cycle Events.

“The 45km Fun Ride is such a do-able race! We really want to see as many moms and dads, brothers and sisters, fit or unfit people on the road.

“We start together and almost all of us stay together on the road,” said Varty.

The Cows will also be running the fun Kids Race at the Moses Mabhida People’s Park track at 11am on race day, aimed at the children younger than 10.
Entry is free and, and kids are welcome to ride on any bike or trike, accompanied by their parents if needed. They will each get a Hubertos ice cream and an aQuellé cold drink at their own dedicated water station.

“Get involved. Be part of something special!” Varty. “Your R50 donation to The Cows make a difference, and you are also supporting the Domino Foundation simply by taking part.”

The popular range of The Cows will be on sale on race day.

Varty added that every year high school pupils looking for community service hours get involved with The Cows at the event, either helping at a water point or helping at the kids race, and The Cows will once again accommodate as many scholars as possible.

The aQuellé Tour Durban, presented by Bridge Fund Managers, takes place on Sunday, April 29. More info at


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