Cape Town - Joel Stransky is famous for kicking the winning
drop goal to help South Africa win a historic 1995 Rugby World Cup, but on
Wednesday he inspired a pink revolution at the Absa Cape Epic to raise
awareness for Vision 2020.
Stransky - and a peloton of pink-shirted mountain
bikers - made their way through one of the toughest stages of this year’s event
- 107km up 2 750m of climbing including the infamous grind up Groenlandberg, the
Alpe d’Huez of the Absa Cape Epic.
Before the stage every rider in the event
was offered a free pink riding top and encouraged to wear it for the
“I want to thank all the riders that got behind our
initiative today,” Stransky said.
“It was overwhelming the support we received
and the awareness we gained today is invaluable.
“If you can’t read, you can’t learn and I am
privileged that the public profile allows me to raise funds for projects like
this. A big thank you to all the riders who got behind it!”
Together with Stransky’s Lumohawk Foundation and
Absa, Vision 2020 organised optometry students from around the country to
conduct free eye tests along the route of the Absa CapeEpic. The charity is
working alongside the Anna Foundation and Qhubeka by providing the children,
who are part of these communities, the opportunity to receive the complimentary
eye test and appropriate free spectacles.
is riding his 10th Absa Cape Epic with partner Darren Gallias, but his famous
Lumohawk is not on his helmet this year as the pair are racing the event more
seriously in 2019.