A TEAM of 16 Grey High School cyclists received a warm welcome yesterday on their return from the Grey Cycle Tour.
The group braved extremely cold conditions to help raise funds for Touch Africa, an NGO aimed at improving education in impoverished areas with an emphasis on rural schools in the Eastern Cape.
David Balshaw, 17, said they had battled on the first and third days as they had covered the longest distances then "but overall it was great fun”.
Another pupil, Brad Fickling, 17, said: "It is really a good feeling to know that we did this for a good cause and we are helping to make a difference. That was most important to us.”
The biannual tour, which covers 1000km, saw the team riding along the Garden Route, travelling from Grabouw in the Western Cape all the way back to Port Elizabeth on a nine-day journey.
The teacher in charge of the cycling delegation, Dean Carelse, said the team had worked well under strenuous conditions, battling against gale-force winds, thunder storms and heavy rain.
"It was a great team effort. The weather was an overwhelming factor that made us more determined to succeed. I want to thank the boys for a splendid effort.”
The cyclists raised R85000 for Touch Africa.