It’s Thursday afternoon, Bheki Nxumalo is on standby, his bike ready to hit the tarmac for a gruelling 435-kilometre ride from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls.
It’s a ride dubbed “The Brave Hearts” and is part of a longer ride that will stretch all the way from Mutare to the resort town of Vic Falls.
And it’s being done all in the name of charity. Nxumalo will be joined by nine other riders from the City of Kings, three from Mutare and 35 from Harare.
“We are waiting to link up with the guys that are riding from Mutare and Harare and as soon as they get here in Bulawayo, together we will complete the last phase of the race to Victoria Falls.
“It’s the first time that such a long ride has been undertaken and we are happy to be part of a history-making group of riders that are doing this event for charity,” Nxumalo told B-Metro Sport.
The ride is organised by the Zimfreeriders Motor Cycle Club and the riders are expected to be in Victoria Falls on Sunday.
Zimfreeriders Motor Cycle Club secretary-general Mudiwa Musemhu had this to say:
“Biking has been regarded as the sport of the elite. It was not open to the public and this has become part of the fundamental goals of Zimfreeriders to bring biking to the communities and we have achieved this,” he said.
The riders settled for Victoria Falls as the final destination to encourage domestic tourism as the biking sport attracts a lot of attention.
The bikers will have their first stop in Kadoma, before progressing to Gweru.
The third stop will be Bulawayo for a night’s break before proceeding to Lupane for yet another stop.
Hwange will be the fifth stop before reaching their final destination in Victoria Falls on Sunday.