Open day at mountain bike trail in Glen Marais on Saturday

Director of Pain Care Conraadt van den Heever and Heinrich Theunissen of Target Specialised Risk Services, who patrols the track.

Pain Cave, a Kempton Park-based cycling coach studio, invites cyclists, mountain bikers and adrenaline junkies alike to an open day at the Riverfields trail in Glen Marais at the end of Monument Road, near Plumbago Business Park on February 17.

The land, which is owned by the Erasmus family, has been temporarily given to Pain Cave.

However, at the moment sustaining the facility is a challenge and the community is urged to chip in to help the spirit of cycling closer to home.

Conraadt van den Heever, director of Pain Cave, said the need for the track arose when local school children were forced to go to far off places where they could ride and train for cycling.

“We have also opened it up for the community. It is an absolutely community-driven project. There are no fees, it is for free,” said Van den Heever.

“The guys did not have a place to ride. They were going all the way to Boksburg. We spoke to the guys at Finish Line and they suggested the piece of land owned by the Erasmus family.

“After some negotiations they came back and agreed to the request.”

Until the land will be used for development, families can come and enjoy cycling activities. The track stretches for 17km and money is needed for its upkeep and security.

“We have to pay R8 500 a month for security. We rely on donations to ease the expenses because we are not making any money out of this project, we are only spending.”

The initiative is aimed at getting the whole of Kempton Park to come out. “The more people we can get, the better it will be. Also, the more people on the track, the safer it is going to be,” he added.

Any amount of money that can be donated will be appreciated. Even as little as R50 a month will go a long way to sustain the facility.

The open day will be between 6am and 2pm. For more information, call Conraadt van den Heever on 082 490 4875.

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