Sue is a familiar face to many on the Nedbank Tour de Tuli and has taken on various roles over the years, most recently becoming the Brunch Team Captain. Many cyclists look forward to seeing Sue’s smiling face as they know they’ve reached their lunch spot! This is your time to kick back, eat and get ready for the final leg of the day.
Sue is also the Group Sustainability Manager for Wilderness Safaris and is on the Board of Children in the Wilderness in South Africa and Botswana.
Role on Tour: Currently Brunch Team Captain, but I have worked in various roles from tea stop to support desk in the past.
How many Tours have you worked on? This year will be my sixth
Best part about manning the brunch stop? Great team, beautiful locations and appreciative cyclists!
What does an average day’s work include?
We are usually up at about 4:30 am, collect a quick coffee at Bean There and then we head off to find our brunch spot; plan the set up to maximise shade (often quite hot by the time the cyclists arrive at brunch) and optimise the flow of cyclists into the brunch spot (to minimise dust); then wait for the cyclists to start arriving. Last year, due to various delays, we sometimes waited quite a while so took the time to chat, take photos and relax until
the general chaos of numerous groups arriving, lazing under the trees, etc. We replenish the water and 32Gi, keep everything neat and tidy, until the last group leaves. We then pack up and head to the camp for the night. Back at camp we unpack all the water containers (18 x 25 litre) and all the cooler boxes and then repack for the next morning. This sees us finishing up at about 6 pm or so, followed by a shower, dinner and then the daily team catch-up meeting at 8 pm… then zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
Favourite stop or camp on Tour – and why? Hmmm……each one has something special and beautiful!
Most memorable moment? This must be the Tea Stop with Janet and Aslam – we had been waiting for cyclists to arrive and some elephants came past – this was spectacular and very special. Another memorable moment was finding lions as we headed back from tea on our way to the next camp.
What do you enjoy most about the Tour? The people – especially the camaraderie of the volunteers – it is very special!
What sort of foods can cyclists look forward to at the brunch stop? Always something delicious! Wraps, burgers, hotdogs, chips…
Your favourite motto/quote? “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon.” ~ Christopher McCandless
Any advice for our riders? Relax, enjoy the scenery and the incredibly special opportunity to cycle through these amazing places
What excites you most for this year’s ride? Seeing everyone again!