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Team KT18 riding Absa Cape Epic 2019 for WSF

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Jaco van Gass

Wounded ex-servicemen cycling the 2019 Absa Cape Epic challenge to support paratroopers in need.

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Myself, Jaco van Gass and my team mate Stuart Croxford, are joining forces as Team KT18 with the aim of becoming the first team of riders with a disability to complete the Cape Epic challenge, the hardest race of its kind in the world.

We have both overcome life-changing injuries whilst serving on the frontline in Afghanistan, and this challenge will see us achieve a personal and historic goal, and raise money for fellow comrades in need.

I am a keen adventurer and multi-national champion cyclist, having previously represented Team GB in para-cycling, and won 3 gold medals at the Invictus Games. 

Stuart is also passionate about adventurous challenge, inspiring others and proving his injury doesn’t define him and what he can and can’t do.  He qualified as a ski instructor four months after his amputation and completed his first full Ironman four years after being injured. Always a keen sportsman and cyclist, Stuart has carved out a career as a sports professional within the fitness industry, and runs a fitness and wellbeing company with his wife where they aim to support others to achieve a healthier and happier life post-injury.

Event details

Absa Cape Epic 2019

Cape Epic has been described as the ‘Tour de France’ of mountain biking.  The annual mountain bike stage race takes place in South Africa, my home country, and covers more than 435 miles over eight days. 

Together, myself and Stuart will be raising money for the Wigley Support Fund – the initiative by The Wigley Group, a property, development and construction company based in the Midlands, in association with the official Parachute Regiment charity, Support Our Paras to help injured, serving and veteran soldiers make the transition from military to civilian life.

I have been supported by The Wigley Group in the past and am now the company’s ambassador. The company has raised close to £100,000 for Support Our Paras from its annual golf day over the last six years, and that money has made a huge difference to the lives of many wounded, serving and veteran soldiers.

With your help, we can reach out to the many more in significant need to help give them new skills for a new start.

Huge thanks for your support.

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Event date

17-March-2019 00:00  - 
24-March-2019 00:00

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Event is completed


Money raised at the Wasps v Saracens game on the 27th April 2019. Many thanks to Wasps for a wonderful day at the Ricoh and all who attended for their kind donations.
Donation by The Wigley Group
on 19-06-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Good luck.
Donation by Christopher Utley
on 07-05-2019
£6.25 gift aid
ESH are delighted to support the Wigley Support Fund for wounded ex-servicemen and we wish you the best of luck in your cycle.
Donation by Nick Howe
on 01-05-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Great Effort from all at Bromwich Hardy
Donation by Tom Bromwich
on 23-04-2019
£0.00 gift aid
good luck, make sure you wear some good quality padded shorts
Donation by Darren Carter
on 28-03-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Good Luck guys!
Donation by David Warren
on 27-03-2019
What an event to embark on, the 'Tour de France' of mountain biking! Just checking the press and you've completed the event, hats off to you both from all at Clique Energy !
Donation by Tom Cush
on 26-03-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Well done all . A great cause
Donation by Michael James Dorgan
on 25-03-2019
£12.50 gift aid
A fantastic charity and also an epic story of never giving up. Best of luck guys, keep up the peddling and the target will be achieved
Donation by Jamie Dickinson
on 25-03-2019
£7.50 gift aid
Great cause and good luck
on 25-03-2019
£0.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £2,940.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £2,940.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £3,035.00

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