In an award ceremony held at the end of last week’s Mokolodi Scorpion Cycling Challenge, Tshepeng Lemo became the first recipient of the Fabian Gordon Memorial trophy. The trophy was donated by POOLCO Managing Director, Graham Hood, in honour of the country’s most talented young cyclist who died recently in a tragic accident whilst training in the sport he so loved. Lemo finished in an impressive overall 4th in the exacting race, dubbed ‘the race with the sting in its tail’.
On hand to present the trophy was Fabian’s sister, Tiny. In a moving speech, she thanked the Gaborone Cycling Club and POOLCO for the generous gesture, ensuring that her brother’s memory would live on in the cycling world and be a source of inspiration and encouragement to other young riders.
Commenting on the presentation and the race, event sponsor, Graham Hood, said that it had been very successful with 40 riders attending the pre-race clinic and a record 150 competitors in the race itself.
The 60km race was won by champion South African cyclist, Gary Beneke, just 2 minutes ahead of Jan de Ruyck. The 60km Masters section for riders over 50 years of age was won by Steve Moss, followed by Ian Campbell. The women’s division was won by Petra von Zanten, followed by Siobhan Buckmaster. Junior boys 60km was won by Calvin Lambrechts, followed by Stefan Loter, the 20km open was scooped by Edwin Sethebe, followed by Gaone Molemang whilst the women’s 20km sector winner was Adele Jooste, with Fuzlin Egner the runner up.
The presentation ceremony also included a draw for the P 85,000 worth of prizes in the POOLCO September Madness competition. Uncollected draw prizes were then auctioned off in aid of the Mokolodi Animal Sanctuary Drought Feed Fund, raising a total of P24, 400, with the Gaborone Cycling Club adding a further P4000 to the amount. Mokolodi Park Manager, Neil Whitson, thanked both POOCLO and the GCC for their generous support.