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About Tsela Riders

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Club Overview

Tsela Riders Cycling Club was formed in 2006 to promote cycling sport in Botswana by encouraging its growth through the provision of training and competition to cyclists and other members of the community. As a non-profit making club registered with the Botswana National Sports Council through the affiliation of the Botswana Cycling Association, we regularly provide training development and support to young riders and support various charitable foundations. Through hard work, discipline, dedication and determination, TSELA has managed to morph itself into the most successful cycling club in Botswana.

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Our Sponsors have the opportunity to promote their products and services to a unique market of highly motivated, health conscious and athletic individuals and the families who also attend our events to support and cheer on their loved ones. The events last for a few days, but the benefit to sponsors far exceeds the few days during which the events are held. Sponsors receive publicity and promotion on the Official TSELA RIDERS Facebook Event Page, on the TSELA RIDERS website, and throughout the month building up to the race day on print media, radio and television.

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Achievements

2017 National Under 23 Female Champions – MTB National Under 23 Female Champions – Road National Junior Champions – Road National Youth Champions – MTB   2016 We won 7 out of 16 road titles, more than twice that of any other club, and spanning a much wider range of categories, from junior through to vets, and in both genders. National Champions – Road, Individual Time Trial (ITT) National Junior Champions – Road, Individual Time Trial (ITT) National Under 23 Female Champions – Road First position Junior team Kalchal Race – MTB

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How often does the club meet?

Every Sunday for a choice of four rides of different distances and speeds. Socially three or four times a year with presentations on topics of interest. Recent events have included demonstrations of CPR and a talk by one of our members ? see famous riders ? on her ride around the world. We have a weekend riding on the Isle of Wight each September. The club also holds regular informal pub nights.There are regular training rides on a Wednesday evening and Saturday morning throughout the year (for more information visit the Club Rides page). The rides cater for all abilities from beginners through to seasoned racers, but most importantly they are about enjoying cycling! All rides depart from the Certini bicycle store car park. Read more at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/profile/6758/essa_cycling_club#5jE1RMkdg1wOcv60.99 The Wednesday rides are split in to 2 groups (both leave at 18.00) (as the club continues to grow this will split to 3 groups for safety reasons and to encourage a broader range of cyclist): Leisure Ride: this is a more relaxed pace aimed at getting people in to cycling who are new to the sport, coming back from injury, recovery ride or just want to take it easy. This ride is ridden at the pace of the slowest rider and is around 30 miles. There is a dedicated group leader with predetermined routes. Standard Ride: this is a faster paced ride where sprints and hill climbs are a regular feature. Aimed at the more experienced rider who may be looking or be competitive in sportive or bike racing (criterium, road race, time trial or triathlon) Read more at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/profile/6758/essa_cycling_club#5jE1RMkdg1wOcv60.99 The Saturday & Sunday rides are always an early start, usually no later than 08:00. This allows us to still get a decent ride in but have some time in the day left. In winter these rides are usually up to 3 Hrs or 50 miles and in the summer we can reach up to 100 miles. Read more at https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/club/profile/6758/essa_cycling_club#5jE1RMkdg1wOcv60.99

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26 October, 2017

BPC’s P513,000 deal propels cycling race

Speaking during the sponsorship launch on Monday in Gaborone, the BPC manager, marketing and communications, Dineo Seleke said the first year of the deal will see the corporation give the club P155,000 with a subsequent 10% increase in the remaining years of the agreement.
 
“This is not the first time we get into partnership with Tsela Riders. This partnership will go a long way towards the development of cycling in Botswana,” Seleke said. “Therefore, we are proud to be part of sport development. One of BPC’s operational objectives is to support sporting activities in the country.” 
 
She said in pursuit of this objective, they have agreed with their partners that some of the funds in the sponsorship package would be used for supporting youth development efforts at the club. BPC’s sponsorship gives the corporation the right to be the title sponsors for the Otse Cycle Challenge, which will now be known as the BPC Otse Kanye Cycle Challenge. “As part of the partnership between us and Tsela we shall engage in community outreach projects as a way of giving back to the community within which BPC operates. In conjunction with Tsela Riders, we would also sponsor a prize giving ceremony in one selected school to be identified along the race route,” she added. She said one school each year will be identified and sponsored.
 
Tsela Riders chairperson, Charls Vaughan expressed his gratitude on behalf of the club, to the BPC for supporting their efforts to develop cycling in Botswana.
 
“As Tsela Riders we are so excited as the partnership will lead to increased interest towards cycling as well as the intent to market BPC products and use the funds to develop cycling,” he said.
 
He said their club will benefit a lot in terms of branding because it will spread during the activation process as well as during the race thus attracting more members to the club, which is what their focus is on, particularly in regard to females. He said the sponsorship would also help them to attract more cyclists who were struggling to continue with the sport due to lack of funds.
 
Source : MMEGI NEWSPAPER
 

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01 August, 2017

Young Ebudilwe Tokyo 2020’s biking dream on the horizon

If all sporting competitions were awarded based on statistics and previous performances, then it will be safe to say Mahalapye-born cyclist, Bokang Ebudilwe’s dream of reaching the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is imminent based on her recent achievements and prospects. Nonetheless should, Ebudilwe add the Olympics qualification to her progressive credentials, the 21-year-old cyclist will surely become the first Motswana and first female cyclist to reach the much coveted summer games.

Ebudilwe (21), who is affiliated to Tsela Riders is currently ranked 4th in Africa and 146th in the world by the Union Cycliste International in the Under-23 category. Her first break was in 2014 during the 2nd Africa Youth Games as an 18-year-old, even though she did not manage podium finish.peaking at the recent Nedbank Tour de Tuli, Ebudilwe said her 2014 break into cycling was never about winning but building up for her cycling career where she has since won numerous awards since her debut.

“For me you can’t start something which is even new to your country and expect to be a world beater; it’s an expensive sport and firstly for me was securing the right gear to compete.”

“A proper cycling bike can cost P100 000 but it’s the right mentality that win races. I am racing here in the Nedbank Tour de Tuli to prepare for the upcoming Olympics which is my ultimate dream. The terrain here is uneven which is even good practice for me. At the Olympics I intend to do road cycling,” she said.

Ebudilwe is also a club member in Lesotho where she normally gets her practices and competition to perfect her cycling skills.

Source : Botswana Unplugged

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