Mom (34) ropes in sons into racing next year


ZVISHAVANE – Thirty-four-year-old Zimbabwean female cyclist Portia Chitendere who is based in South Africa has made revelations that she will be bringing her two sons for the next year’s edition of the Tour de Great Dyke.

Chitendere, who has never missed any edition of the event since its inception said this soon after arriving in Zvishavane from Chegutu.

The female cyclist was motivated to join the cycling world after having endured long distances during her school days, hence the bicycle became her mode of transport until 2016 when she then decided to join Ghetto Cyclists and came for her first race in the tour.

She has made it clear that its time her sons Tinashe and Takudzwa 15 and 13 years old respectively joined her at next year’s event.

The Tour de Great Dyke was launched in 2016 to promote miner wellness and raise awareness of the investment opportunities in the 550km long, 12km wide Great Dyke geological complex.

Amongst the participants was an 82-year-old cyclist Wilson Dube who was participating in the race for the fourth time.

 Female athletes included Gladys Shoko and Portia Chitendere Temera.

The 2023 endurance race was supported by Nedbank as the title sponsor and also drew partners from Cimas, Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe, Econet Wireless, Mimosa Mine, Unki Mine, Nyaradzo, Simbisa Brands, Exide Batteries, Sterling Hotels, Dandemutande, Pote Holdings and the Midlands State University.

Speaking to the Midweek Watch Temera said the 2023 race was an adventure for her and she will be back next year.

“This year it was an adventure, l learnt a lot and next year l will be back with my two sons for their first races also,” she said.

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