Bicycle riding is in Dave Whitehead's genes and he started racing about 30 years ago at the age of 14. He competed in races such as the Zimsun 100km, The Argos and National Championships a few times but realised that he didn't have what it took to earn a living from the sport so pursued a career in beer drinking instead...
Dave got back into cycling after a serious health scare back in 2010 with great vigour and in the past 7 years has lost over 15kgs of beer belly fat during the 27,425.3km that he has covered in 959 Strava recorded rides... He is known for winning the 'Race to The Rock' in the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana. Has ridden "Pumping Legs For Water – The Hwange Adventure" and enjoyed the 2017 edition of the Blue Cross.
Dave is currently on day 104 of consecutive days training and chasing his record set earlier in the year of 141 days of consecutive days training. So far this year he has ridden 10,760km, climbed 78,841 meters, and spent 567 hours on the saddle of his bike. Good thing he has a supportive partner, Sarah and beautiful daughter, Aurora, who motivate him to do his best and allow him the time to do all his training! His wonderful family including his eldest son Jonathan who lives in the UK have pushed him (kicking and screaming) into the Old Legs Bike Ride to raise money and awareness for Zimbabwean pensioners and he will do everything he can to complete the event riding from Harare to Cape Town.
Still after such consistent training and high hours and kilometres covered, Dave finds the 3,000kms to Cape Town in 20 something days rather daunting!
Ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike ~ Fausto Coppi