Resistere a crimini e droghe grazie al ciclismo

A Khayelithsa, a poche pedalate da Cape Town, tentacolare capitale sudafricana, si possono osservare dei giovani in divisa, intenti a spingersi alla massima velocità lungo l’asfalto, sferzati dalla sabbia spruzzata dal vento.

Sono i ragazzi della Bonga Cycling Academy, visionaria cantera ciclistica ideata da Bonga Ngqobane, storico atleta locale. .

Funzionalità e bellezza. Innovazione e tradizione. Dopo anni trascorsi tra shaper e spot di tutto il mondo, Marcello ha deciso di portare nel futuro, o meglio, nei motori, questa forma di artigianato sportivo, lanciando il brand Sequoia. Grazie al connubio di scienza ed estetica, le sue tavole stanno provando a creare una nuova dimensione dello shaping, in grado di fondere le più alte tecnologie dei motorsport con i dati intangibili di ogni ride.

Ascoltiamo la storia di questo atipico shaper e del suo innovativo progetto, e ammiriamo l’estetica della sua scienza-artigiana attraverso la lente di Nicolò Rinaldi.

BCA is located in the impoverished township of Khayelitsha (just outside of Cape town) which is home to over 1 million people. It is estimated that more than 60% of young people here are unemployed. BCA’s main purpose is to socially develop children into becoming healthy and employable young adults in a safe environment while providing sport and recreational activities.

Although football is still the most popular local sport, many talented riders are emerging from South Africa and the youth have new heroes to look up to. Bonga, a former professional himself, already has a few success stories with former students making it to the professional ranks after being a part of his academy.

An after school program with a tutor helps to ensure the kids are learning and acquiring the skills needed to find work and avoid getting drawn into a life of crime and substance abuse. BCA is not only an after school training program but, with the help of investors, also provides the students (when possible) with bikes and equipment.

Bonga isn’t looking for notoriety, he just wants to bring awareness and make a difference in the lives of these kids.

Credits

Chad Cheverier & Tashena Burroughs
IG chadandtashena
WEB chadandtashena.com

BCA
IG bongacycling
WEB bcyclingacademy.org