Impey to cycle for charity

The Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge group will raise over R300,000 for the Teddy Bear Clinic.

Daryl Impey celebrates his yellow jersey at the end of the sixth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The first African to wear the leader's jersey at Tour de France, Daryl Impey, will on Sunday cycle for the Teddy Bear Clinic at the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge.

The group will raise over R300,000 for the clinic.

Impey will be joined by double Olympic gold medallist Geraint Thomas and Talk Radio 702's David O'Sullivan, the force behind the fundraising initiative.

"I ride the Cycle Challenge each year for a charity," said Impey.

"This year, I asked Kevin McCallum of The Star newspaper if he knew of someone I should ride for in 2013 and he put me in touch with David. He told me about the work the charity does for the abused kids and it was a no-brainer.

"I knew the yellow jersey was important for South African and African cycling, but I have been blown away by how much it impacted so many people.

For O'Sullivan, who has not been on a bicycle since 1984, riding the Cycle Challenge has seen him hit the gym hard for the last few months.

"When I was talking to Daryl in Spain, I realised he expected me to ride with him," O'Sullivan said.

"The Teddy Bear Clinic is self-funded and really battles for money. It's a medical institution that assists children who have been abused and also children who abuse because they have been victims in their past and think that this is a normal way of life.

"This money will solve their financial woes for this year."