By FOCUS REPORTER
Blind adventurer and motivational speaker Hein Wagner and his riding partner Gerrie Olivier will take on the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape
Town this coming Sunday, 12 March, in preparation of this year’s Absa Cape Epic.
Says Wagner, who has been completely blind from birth: “Gerrie and I have been very busy training in preparation for this year’s Absa Cape Epic and
believe we’re ready for the Cape Argus Cycle Tour. Our aim is to do it under 3 hours on ‘Windhond’, our road tandem.” He laughingly adds that ‘Worshond’
is their mountain bike tandem. “And of course I’d like to be the winner of the Frank van der Velde Cup for the first blind rider to cross the finish
Wagner has taken on many daring adventures including mountain climbing, sailing from Cape Town to Rio and running marathons. He also holds the World
Land Speed record for a blind driver. “I’ve completed the Cape Argus Cycle Tour once before, but Gerrie’s done it many, many times, so he’s definitely
the more experienced rider.”
The two have not done much road cycling and have focused most of their energy on off-road, longer rides. “We’ve had our first fall last weekend and
I was also bitten by a dog. Hopefully this was the first and last time.
The funny thing about falling when you’re on a tandem is that you both need to fall in the same direction. Gerrie and I decided it was a good thing it
happened because we wouldn’t have talked about it otherwise.”
Wagner also adds that he cannot wait for the Absa Cape Epic to start. “I’ve been getting up at 04:30 daily for the last seven months and look forward to
sleeping late for a change. I’m definitely going to welcome the break.” He will also be participating in the Freedom Swim in May this year.
Besides Pragma’s two teams riding this year’s Absa Cape Epic, the company is also responsible for two of the most important services during the gruelling
event namely the on route pro- and amateur tech zones and daily bike wash.
This includes receiving the bikes on the finish line and securely placing them in the bike park after the bikes are washed.
For frequent updates on their training progress and funds raised, follow their official Facebook page – Beyond Vision Mission. You can also follow
the team’s preparation on Pragma’s website, YouTube and in the media.
For more information visit www.pragmaworld.net or