Bikes & Bells

We make some noise to encourage our favourite teams on the sport fields. With a little help our screams and claps can be amplified with greater effect. During the 2010 Soccer World Cup South Africans introduced vuvuzelas to the world. There’s more.

This year the Absa Cape Epic celebrated their 16th mountain bike race and we saw 1300 riders speeding through scenic but rough terrain in the Overberg. Stage 1 and 2 started in the whale capital of the world – Hermanus. There were many spectator points but none as engaging as Creation Wine. Swiss owner and winemaker JC Martin made sure the cowbells were ringing as the riders passed through. Typical Tour de France style. I read that cowbells were first used in sports by the Swiss to cheer on athletes at downhill skiing events. They have gone on to become an icon at the Winter Olympics and are now common at cycling events and triathlons.

Qhubeka, a South African charity, moves forward by having bells made in the North West province of South Africa and sold at the race villages. This is one way of changing lives through practical crafting. I could not resist and had to buy my own cheerbell. Now I will make even more noise when I need to cheer someone on.