As 35 000 cyclists braved Cape Town's scorching heat to complete the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday, 11 March 2012, 40 Virgin Active Angels on Suikerbossie hill were on hand to offer a much needed push as cyclists geared up for the last stretch to the finish line.
The Active Angels, made up of Virgin Active staff, brought a festive atmosphere to the last 16 kilometers of the race which is also known as one of the most difficult stages of the ride. Donning red angel wings, the staff chanted, clapped and danced in support to keep the cyclists' morale high. DJ Brendan Wickstrom hit the decks, keeping the vibe going from the Coca-Cola gig rig. Shesha Film caterers kept all the staff fed and hydrated for the day and the public felt much relief to be able to chill out on bean bags under the shade of the Virgin Active gazebos.
PR and sponsorship manager for Virgin Active, Chantel Rall, says the look on the cyclist's faces when passing through was priceless. "Usually when one nears the end of race and fatigue starts to set in, you tend to become demotivated. Having the Active Angels give you that oomph for the last stretch brought a smile to many cyclists".
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