After five months on the road, “round-the-world cyclist” Heinz Allgaier has not run out of steam yet. He recently spent a rejuvenating one night at The Caledon Casino, Hotel & Spa before continuing with renewed gusto on his epic journey around the world to raise funds and awareness for children’s causes.
Nudging him in the right direction are The Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa’s Hotel Manager, Mark Ross and his team. Their brief encounter with the German sportsman has left the team inspired.
“We can all learn from Heinz’s extraordinary determination, passion and energy. We’ll be following him in spirit as he continues his amazing journey,” says Ross, adding that Allgaier showed no signs of fatigue as he puffed his way out of the Overberg.
A former professional squash player and logistics manager by profession, Allgaier wants to cycle 58 000 kilometres around the world in two years. He began his gruelling journey in Germany in May and had already traversed 11 801 kilometres by the time he arrived in Cape Town in September. Among the countries he has visited are Austria, Romania, Turkey, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.
While experiencing the countries and diverse cultures of the world from his saddle, Allgaier wants to raise money for worthy causes, particularly those involving children, as part of his Heinz Allgaier Project. In South Africa, he has helped to raise funds for a centre that looks after children with celebral palsy and other disabilities. While in the Cape, he helped raise funds and awareness for the Sibongile Day and Night Care Centre in Khayelitsha.
Allgaier starts cycling at 6am each day with the goal to complete at least 218km a day. He relies on the goodwill of hotels to allow him to put up his feet and rest in a comfortable bed at the end of each day otherwise he sleeps in his tent which he carries on his bike with his laptop and two small bags of clothes.
For more information on making a donation to the Heinz Allgaier Project or to sponsor a kilometre or two of his trek.