Ariane Luthi hosted a technical training ride for Anna Foundation ahead of UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Stellenbosch. The Swiss superstar is a multiple winner of the most gruelling mountain bike stage races in the world, including the ABSA Cape Epic, the Cape Pioneer Trek and the Swiss Epic. The group of group of young riders from the Anna Foundation were impressed with her skills and experience.
“The Anna Foundation offers life-long learning to build positive self-worth and self-respect by means of the 3 R’s Programme: Reading, Running and Right-ing,” said Anna Brom, Founder and Director of the Stellenbosch-based NGO. “As a beneficiary of the Absa Cape Epic and attending the UCI MTB World Cup – Stellenbosch, the practical involvement with these events, and the benefit the children experience from engaging with professional riders adds to the sustainability and educationally sound post-school programme we offer,” she added. “We’re thrilled that Ariane is so generously willing to share her skills and expertise with children from Buffet Olives who are keen cyclists and will benefit from her international experience,” she added.
“I am an ambassador for the Spur Schools MTB League, the biggest mountain bike racing series for school learners in the world. It is a great opportunity for me to engage with underprivileged kids to ensure the Spur League represents a bigger part of the population of SA,” said Luthi.