Transaid Ambassadors to Complete Virtual Cycle Challenge


2020 has been a difficult year for charities such as Transaid with many fund-raising activities having to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Transaid, who work on a number of African projects ; to provide community healthcare, emergency transport, Covid and Malaria prevention and road safety training, have been forced to postpone two major events planned for the UK and Malawi until 2021.

Transaid Continues to Raise Funds for Africa

However, in order to raise money so that Transaid can continue their mobility projects and new health projects in Sub Saharan Africa, two of the charity’s key ambassadors, Guy Heywood, who is Director of Marketing & Sales Europe at Hankook Tire, and Marcio Bonifacio, a principle systems engineer for Z Tech Control Systems, will be completing a virtual version of the 2020 Transaid Malawi Challenge from their homes in Frankfurt and Cambridge respectively.  

Using the Zwift indoor cycling app and SMART bike trainers, Heywood and Bonifacio will complete the 504 km and 10 km of climbing originally planned under the challenge within 5 days between Wednesday 9th September and Sunday the 13th September. The aim is to raise enough money for 2 bicycle ambulances or to fund a health care worker for 1 year.

“We are riding the same distance and hills as the actual route planned for the 2020 Transaid Malawi Challenge, and thanks to the technology we are using, we will be riding together, even though Marcio is in the UK and I am in Germany,” said Heywood. “Not only that, the pain will be the same as the real thing!

“We are asking people to support us and Transaid as any money goes to real life saving projects in Sub Saharan Africa - Fighting Covid, Malaria and providing life-saving mobility solutions for those without roads/cars/ambulances. 

Readers can sponsor Guy and Marcio at

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Commercial Tyre Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyre & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.


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