Date: 19 February 2023
Dis-Chem Pharmacies remains the headline sponsor for the popular Ride for Sight road cycling event in 2023. The event takes place at Boksburg City Stadium in Gauteng, offering the 116 km Super Classic – a seeding event for the 2024 Cape Cycle Tour – and the 62 km Challenge for novice and younger cyclists.
This will be the 34th edition of this popular road cycling event and Dis-Chem has been the naming sponsor for the past 15 years.
Riding for a cause
This annual road cycling event consistently attracts the cream of South African road cyclists and thousands of loyal supporters, who are determined to cycle to restore the gift of sight. To date, the event has raised over R10m for the research and upliftment projects for Retina South Africa.
The popular donation draw will again offer a superb road bike as the grand prize, sponsored by Cycle Lab. The proceeds of these donations are matched by the Dis-Chem Foundation.
These funds will help identify the genetic cause of retinal vision loss affecting thousands of young people from needy families. This is critical to ensure their inclusion in clinical trials and imminent treatments. Genetics, gene editing and new age cell manipulation, for the first time in history offers the promise of halting or even reversing the terrifying journey to blindness that they now face.
For more information on retinal vision loss or how non cyclists can assist in this miraculous journey see www.retinasa.org.za.
Full field returns
The organising team is ready to host a full field for the first time since 2019. The success of the event is a reflection of the passion and dedication of the volunteer organising team, who are all experts in their fields of road cycling, communications and safety, IT, motor bike marshalling, traffic control, fleet management, and every facet that contributes to a top-class event.
Entries are available at www.cycleevents.co.za.