JAM SA is thrilled to welcome Craig Wittstock and Derek Schulze to the Red Riders. Along with veterans Brian Hendrikz, Jhan Luus and Mike de Villiers, the duo will be riding the Sani2C which starts today!
Craig and Derek have been friends since they were at school together at St Andrews in Bloemfontein. In 2012 they started cycling as a team and have participated in a number of big rides including three Sani2Cs, Wines2Whales, the Trans Baviaans and countless one-day events.
This year, the dynamic duo decided to up their game and ride for a cause. JAM South Africa is fortunate to be the charity of their choice.
“We have wanted to pay it forward and give back one way or another for a while now. We wanted a charity that could benefit from the awareness that we can bring doing what we love. We wanted to ramp it up to the next level and also raise funds,” says Derek.
Craig, who works for KFC Property Development in South Africa and Africa, heard about JAM through Add Hope, one of our major sponsors.
“It touched me to hear about what they do and how they do it relying on external funding alone. They service RSA and four other countries in Africa. What landed it for me was visiting their headquarters – the pristine condition of the premises, the pride the people took in what they do and the fact that they are involved along the whole supply chain.”
And so, they signed up and have already raised a sizeable sum of money that they will donate to JAM in support of one of our projects.
But, the journey doesn’t end in Scottburgh. The two of them will be doing the Trans Baviaans, described as the “toughest single stage race in the world”, from 2-20 August in their JAM Red Rider jerseys.
So, what keeps them doing these crazy routes on their bikes?
“I love the freedom that cycling brings; being out in nature, the people you meet and places you get to see. It can make you feel like a boy on his BMX sometimes. Being and doing crazy things makes you feel alive,” says Craig.
And this time, their efforts will be helping to keep children lively and well.
We wish them all the best and will be “route-ing” for them all the way!