Legends of the Pedal

Legends of the Pedal
The Legends of the Pedal was co-founded in 2007 by Johnny Koen and the SABC sports producer, Carina Grobler, when reintroducing these cycling greats to the public by way of featuring them on their SABC Pedal Talk show of the time.
It has become a group of the foremost living legends of South African cycling and their international counterparts, such as Phil Liggett MBE, the British-based, internationally celebrated, Tour de France cycling commentator and TV personality, each boasting an extremely close, lengthy and loyal association with South African cycling.
This group represents all of the possible aspects of involvement with our sport: former cyclists (essentially former, or retired from the top-level, Road, Track, MTB’, BMX and Paracycling disciplines), former or current officials, administrators, members of the media, sponsors, mechanics, cycle dealers, patrons, supporters and spectators, whom have been identified by way of a poll of a select band of SA cycling experts and historians and whom have been resultantly invited and inducted as Legends of the Pedal.
Funding for the Legends of the Pedal is derived from regalia and branded merchandise sales, sponsorships, donations, proceeds from memorabilia sales, appearances and from the Legends of the Pedal Day occasions, which, in turn, feature as many of the Legends of the Pedal, whom are able to attend.
These occasions are eagerly supported, in numbers, by the cycling and business fraternity, whom generously contribute to be part of these occasions, in support of this extremely worthy cause.
Any/all of the possible proceeds generated, are channeled, free of any administration costs, fees or charges, in gross, to the Legends of the Pedal Benevolent Fund, a fund which is administered by two highly respected duly elected Trustees, Johan Nicol and William Newman, and which provides, disconcertingly, desperately required at times, assistance, to the presently less fortunate, Legends of the Pedal.
Applications for Legends of the Pedal Benevolent Fund assistance are invited exclusively to the lotpbenevolentfund@velotex.co.za email address and are only considered if received via this channel, in order to ensure applicant confidentiality and consideration transparency within and throughout this process.
Our Legends of the Pedal are gladly available for any/all appearances and promotional appearance activities at sports events, publicised cycle rides, coaching clinics, product launches, sales conferences, promotions and customer days.



Our inducted Legends of the Pedal as at 1/7/19 are


        Name                                     Most Significant Career Achievements                                 DOB

Beneke Gary

1982 Springbok; Rapport Tour Winner; World Master Road Champion; Multiple SA Champion;


Beneke Mark

1979 Springbok; 2 Rapport Victories; SA Road Champion; SA Track Champion


Carstens Cathy

Masters World Champion; 5 Times Cape Town Cycle Tour Winner;


Cloete Willie

Lifetime Cycling Association; Great Cyclist and Cycling Supporter


Davids Sammy

WP Captain 68-76; 5 Track & 1 SA Road Title '68. 1st Coloured Rider in Tour of the Winelands 1976


Dekker Bennie

1964 Springbok; Partially Sighted; 4 x SA 100m TT Record; SA Record 800m; SA 1000m TT Champion


Emmenes Neil

1976 Springbok; State President's Award Recipient; Multiple SA Champion


Engelbrecht Willie

1982 Springbok; Rapport Toer Winner; Multiple SA Professional Champion;


Ferriman Guy

1969 Springbok; World Record Holder 400 Metres; 5 SA National Titles


Fowler Rodney

1986 SA Professional Colours; IGI Series Winner: 5th Rapport Toer 1982


Hansen Gotty

Springbok Team Manager; SA Champion; Boxing Day Winner; Past President PCU; Last President SACF


Haupt Les

1960 Springbok: Olympian, SA Sprint, Tandem &1KM TT Champion; Twice Boxing Day Winner


Impey Tony

1976 Springbok; SA 20km Champion & Record Holder; Multiple SA Pursuit Champion;


Joubert Freddie

Lifetime Cycling Association; Cyclist; Commissaire


Kemp Pieter

1979 Springbok; 3 Times Consecutive SA 20Km Champ; SA Road Champion


Kriel Eddie

1960 Springbok; Boxing Day Winner; Multiple SA Champion


Kulsen Elrick

1986 Springbok First of Colour: Multiple National Champion; National Team Manager Olympic & Paralympic Games


Lange Malcolm

Springbok; Protea Colours; 407 Road Race Victories; Multiple SA National Champion


Laubscher Jan

1951 Springbok; 1950 Boxing Day Winner; 1951 SA 100 Mile TT Record Holder 4h30min


Lester Jack

1967 Springbok; Multiple SA Champion; SA Sprint & SA Road Champion; 


Liggett Phil (MBE)

Multiple Award-Winning TV Commentator; 47 Tours de France & 11 Olympic Games Commentaries


Marx Willie

Springbok; 7 SA Sprint Titles


McIntosh Robbie

1976 Springbok; 4 Rapport Toer Victories; SA Champion


Nefdt Martin

1967 Springbok; Multiple National Champion


Newman Willie

SASCOC Multiple SA Champion, SÁ Record Holder, Protea Team Manager, Cycling SA President;


Nicol Johan

1967 Springbok; World 1 km Record Holder; First SA Sub-5 min Pursuit; Son of William Nicol (Freeway)


Peacock Rowan

Springbok; Olympian; Multiple National Champion


Peacock Roy

WP, OFS & Natal Colours; Twice SA Team Pursuit Champion;


Pheiffer Wayne

1981 Springbok; Veterans World Champion; Multiple National Champion; State President's Award Recipient


Ryder Doug

1995 Winner Tour de Boland; 93-2002 Protea Captain; 2001 Winner Capet Town Cycle Tour; Owner DD Team


Smout Ralph

1976 Springbok; Multiple National Champion; State President's Award Recipient


Strydom Johann

1969 Springbok; 5 Junior Nat Titles in Same Champs


Theron Andy

1976 Springbok; SA Pursuit & SA Hour Record Holder; Multiple SA Champion


Thiart Tin

1969 Springbok; Twice Paarl Boxing Day Winner, Rode Rembrandt Tour; Started Racing in 1957


Thomson Michael

1979 Springbok; Zoo Lake Winner; Multiple SA Champion


Van de Stadt Anton

1976 Springbok; SA Veterans National Colours; S Tvl 40km Record Holder


Van den Berg Jannie

1979 Springbok; Rapport Toer Winner 1980


van der Merwe Dirk

SA Veterans National Colours; Lifetime Cyclist; SA Junior Team Pursuit;


van Onselen Linus

Protea, Masters MTB Marathon World Champion 2013; Masters MTB XC World Champion 2014


Von Ruben Theo

Veterans National Colours; World Masters Games Champion; Veterans National Champion


Webber Butch

Multiple SA Champion; Rapport Cup Winner


Wentzel Hennie

1982 Springbok; Duathlon World Champion; Multiple National Champion


Whittaker Lawrence

Natal Colours; Winner 1st Cape Town Cycle Tour; 1st President Cycling SA


Willemse Chris

1981 Springbok; SA Road Title in Juvenile, Junior & Senior Category; Multiple National Champion;


Wiseman Dave

Multiple National Champion; National Team Manager: Olympic Games



Our deceased Legends of the Pedal as at 10/7/19 are


        Name                                     Most Significant Career Achievements                                 DOB

Bezuidenhout Ertjies

1976 Springbok; 1984 Rapport Tour Winner; Multiple Rapport Toer KoM Titles


Cohen Basil

Legendary Commentator, Maccabi Games Representative; Supplier; Cycling Development Officer


Hettema Jan

1956 Springbok; 1963 Springbok Rally Driver; WR 1000m TT; 5 Times SA Rally Champion


Kulsen Eddie

Lifetime Association with Cycling


Shardelow Tommy

1952 Springbok; Double Olympic Medallist; Double W Record; Olympic Record;; 6 Junior Nat Titles in a Championship


Stockigt Maarten

1981 Springbok; 8 SA Sprint Titles 1980-1989 interrupted only in 1984; Boxing Day Winner


Swift Jimmy

2 Olympic Medals: Most Career SA National Titles


Van Heerden Alan

1977 Springbok; Twice Rapport Toer Winner & 66 Stage Victories; SA Road Champion; SA Track Champion



Basil Cohen, Bennie Dekker, Cathy Carstens, Chris Willemse, Erjies Bezuidenhout, Gotty Hansen, Jack Lester


Article originally published by In the Bunch