Human Rights Cycle Tour
Set your heart racing – ride for human rights. This is our official theme for the Human Rights Cycle Tour (HRCT). Cycling is a centuries-long mode of transport, an excellent form of exercise and, above all, a symbol of freedom through movement. Its symbolism is significantly enhanced by the rich history of struggle for human rights in South Africa. The HRCT route is a ± 85km event and traverses major human rights memorials and landmarks, including the Cape Town Parade, the Castle of Good Hope, the Slave Route, to the site of the Trojan Horse massacre in Athlone where blood was shed in the quest for justice, equality and dignity for all. However, the HRCT, through the work of the Human Rights Centre, is an event that goes beyond the memorialisation of the heroic struggles of the past. It also foregrounds the contemporary global human rights agenda.
Why take part on the Human Rights Cycle Tour?
Upholding human rights and human dignity is the concern of every human being and includes the right to freedom of social interaction. Similarly, enjoying sport is also the right of every human being and includes the right to a healthy lifestyle through sport. The two rights are universal and converge naturally. Cycling is a global phenomenon as a mode of transport, a leisure activity and as a serious sport. The pre-eminence of human rights and the merits of cycling are undisputed.
So, you need NOT be a cyclist to support the HRCT. The sole qualification is to be human, for human beings are naturally concerned about the right to basic freedoms such as health through leisure and sport.