The UCT (University of Cape Town) cycling team, sponsored by Private Client Holdings, is the first cycling team in Africa to conquer the Everest Challenge – which entails climbing the equivalent height of Mount Everest in 36 hours – all in a bid to raise money for charity.

Team PCH UCT chose Signal Hill as their pseudo Mount Everest and had to cycle up this Cape Town landmark from the bottom of the Camps Bay Glen a total of 23 times to reach the goal of 8 848m  – the height of Mount Everest.  Each Signal Hill “summit” added 398m to the individuals’ total height cycled and their goal was achieved in less than 24 hours.

Of the eight members of the UCT Cycling team that set off at 3am, four members successfully completed this mammoth challenge.  All funds raised from this incredible achievement have gone to Khayelitsha based Velokhaya, an organisation that uses cycling to involve children living in marginalised communities in a positive after-school activity, one which builds their self-esteem and keeps them off the streets and away from the social ills prevalent in their communities, such as gangsterism, crime and substance abuse.

Andrew Ratcliffe, director of Private Client Holdings who sponsor the UCT cycling team, says that PCH were only too happy to assist the UCT cycling team to achieve this notable goal, and at the same time to support such a worthwhile charity.

“We are pleased and proud to sponsor the UCT cycling team, which is made up of a group of dedicated, motivated and determined cyclists who continually strive to challenge themselves.  Congratulations to all of them for their efforts and for being the first team in Africa to conquer the Everest Challenge.”

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