Nine youngsters of the McGregor Young Warriors, a cycling initiative from the small village of
McGregor in the Breede River Winelands Municipality in the Western Cape, will be taking part in the
Cape Town Cycle Tour for the first time this year.
The McGregor Young Warriors initiative is run from a container under the auspices of the Breede
Centre, a local NPO. The cycling project aims to teach kids aged 6 to 18 the health benefits of cycling
and the sense of responsibility, self-confidence and discipline that comes with cycling.
The project has three main components:
1. A BMX drive where they get 60 to 80 young people aged between 6 to 10 year olds get on BMX
bikes in the name of fun. They have a group of 60 to 80 kids using 11 BMX bikes to use on a
2. Pure Mountain biking for the high school boys and girls: They have a team of 9 boys and 5 girls,
all at high school level in Robertson, but residing in McGregor.
3. Bike service centre housed in the container and fully equipped to do all the bike maintenance
required. This is done by the boys who are undergoing training. This enables the project to be
sustainable. They can also service bikes of the McGregor community members (example –
Tourism office) and charge a fee, thereby earning an income.
Volunteer and mentor to the young cyclists group, Max Menzies, said: “The boys are chuffed to
participate in the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour. Most of the kids are from really poor backgrounds;
most of them living with an aunt or grandmother and have never been to Cape Town, let alone the
beach. They do mountain bike events with only a few hundred participants at a time. The Cape Town
Cycle Tour will blow them away. They love cycling as it takes them away from all their problems and
When Max Menzies moved to McGregor in 2016, he took over the training and mentorship of the
mountain biking group. Menzies’ enthusiasm for the project has seen him investing his own time and
resources to promote the group on social media, get corporate support and access to cycling events
so the riders can gain experience and get goods donated from the community.
A great source of Menzies’ enthusiasm comes from the positive benefits he sees in the young cyclists
as he said: “They live a healthier life style, eat better, and take care of themselves and their bikes to
be able to perform at their best. They learn mental and physical discipline, perseverance, teamwork
and punctuality. Through this, they have gained a sense of accomplishment, pride and self-
confidence. They have named their bikes and religiously clean, lube and maintain them.”
Menzies, who is a Financial Planner by profession, introduced the initiative to Financial Wellness
company, Momentum. As co-sponsors of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Momentum was happy to
sponsor nine entries for their members to take part in the race. They will be sponsored with cycling kit,
free entries to mountain biking and road races, and access to the Momentum Hospitality Area on
the day of the main race.
“Momentum is always excited to get involved where it can to encourage people, especially from
such a young age, to get involved in activities that not only expose them to world-class events, but
also promote healthy lifestyles. As an organisation that aims to improve the Financial Wellness of
individuals and the communities we operate in, we have a firm belief that Financial Wellness and
physical wellness are intertwined. We hope this idea caries through in all we do and we know the
kids will have the experience of a lifetime,” said Menzies.
Press Release prepared and published by Momentum