Meet the Team
Wow who would have thought we would go so far!
In 2009 when Craig Bainbridge was diagnosed with Cancer, one brothers love changed it all. Marc became the BELIEVE rider and rode from Nelspruit to Joburg, Durban and finished in Capetown to raise funds for Craig’s treatment, and create awareness for CHOC.
He was then joined by 3 friends to form the start of the BELIEVE team as the took on the mighty Trans Baviaans, and now we are proud to have a growing team BELIEVE Riders all riding in Craig’s memory and to raise funds for the CHOC Cows.
He would be so proud!
Marc Bainbridge - Coach
My name came about during the long cold winter training months in prep for the 2012 Trans Baviaans and our attempt at the Double Loop at 94.7 as part of the Apocalyptic Cows. As all of us were basically going into some seriously unknown territories both physically and mentally I tried to keep the boys motivated and focused on what we were preparing for. Coming from a family of endurance runners I had some second hand experience of what these sort of events demanded on the body and mind, and I tried to relate my ride to Cape Town and experiences on the ice-cream bikes etc to prepare the guys for the adventures that lay ahead. The Coach is also responsible for making sure the guys get to the end of each of these adventures so whenever someone bombs out on the day, the Coach is there to drag them home. That and the other names the guys have for me are not meant for public consumption.
Chris Greenwood - The Gov'nor!
The name seems to have stemmed from all the deals of the centuries that I have been part of, which have taken place in recent months with our fantastic sponsor UTi! And being part of ‘management’, a suitable title needs to be in order! Riding bikes began way back in the late 90’s when it was a great way to keep fit – these were the days before beers and partying! After exploring overseas for 2 years I returned SA to settle into life once again, getting back on the saddle happened a few years later with the inspiration in seeing The Legend himself – Craig Bainbridge ride and complete the 94.7 cycle challenge, it was time to rekindle my passion for bike riding and so it began once again! Roadie and trail riding are both great fun and mixing them up keeps the body fit and affords us the opportunity in spending quality time outdoors within our awesome country with mates! The memory lives on and here’s to seeing the Bainbridge Believe Project go from strength to strength – YNWA!
Tyrone Scamaton - Spurs
Marc Bainbridge (The Coach) got me started with cycling, convincing me to enter the 30km Cullinan mtb race a few years ago. I used my old mountain bike from high school, which had never before seen such terrain. I ended up walking up most of the hills, thinking about how stupid this sport was, oh how things have changed. Although it was a long day, I had found my new sport, and the next few years would be spent going one better in each race, until eventually completing the Trans Baviaans, and subsequently the double loop of the 94.7 Cycle Challenge. Now what? Well we’ll have to wait and see!!! My friends tend to call me Spurs, amongst other things…. This name came about from Chris Greenwood (The Guv’nor) finding out about the football team I supported (COME ON YOU SPURS!!!), and due to me being one of very few such supporters amongst regular company, he would always shout “SPURS!” to get my attention, this caught on, and the rest is history
Bryan Palm - Doc
Bryan Palm - Doc
The boys in the Believe team all call me Doc, because I am a Doctor of Chiropractic. Why do I ride with them? Sometimes I ask myself the same question. Haha. Sometimes I dont really have a choice. For example this years Trans Baviaans I wasnt asked if I wanted to ride. I was just handed a team kit and told my entry, accomodation were all sorted out. But truth be told, its awesome riding with the team and we always have a jol weather its a training ride, or an insanely stupid idea of a ride (ie Trans Baviaans) . At the end of the day it is a real privilege to be part of the team and I love every second of it.
Steve Bainbridge - Steve - O
Highly likely that this relates to the “famous” Steve-O from Jack Ass. Although he tried to hurt himself but with me IT JUST HAPPENS. Started MTB after having to give up distance running and love the adrenalin. As part of the “Senior Believe Squad” I just hope to stay fit enough to pass on the experience that our Crazy [Young] Believe Riders need. My hope is to keep on riding in memory of Craig and help to keep his “Legend Status” intact. Assisting in the raising of funds and promoting of CHOC is the number one priority as that’s what Craig wanted us to do. Y N W A !
Greg Kendall - GUTi
The first time I can recall this nickname was during one of our early morning training rides and I was quite hungry. Not having anything to eat at that time in the morning, I took out one of my GU sachets and had that for breakfast. From then on, I was known for eating GU’s early in the morning. Then with my connection with UTi, the nickname was formed and I was called GUTi. On many rides and races from that point onwards, I was always questioned if I had enough GU’s with me to make it through the race.
All of this madness began when my “so-called” friends convinced that it was a great idea to attempt the Double Loop of the 94.7 cycle race as part of the Apocalyptic Cows (AC cows). I decided to purchase a Road bike and join them on their first group training ride out in the Cradle – I was told it would be an easy ride to allow me to get used to my new steed. Liars! So the bleeding began on that very long and fast Cradle ride, and continued during the remaining rides leading up to the 94.7 cycle race.
The 94.7 cycle race was one of the highlights of my cycling days – to be a part of the CHOC charity and to help in a small way to give something back is really rewarding.
David Hearn - Danger Dave
Why Danger Dave? I have no idea, except I think the guys believe there is a Danger that Dave will beat them! It happened on the Ride for Sight, (Kendall, Bainbridge, Greenwood and Spurs ate dust) It nearly happened on the Jock. It happened on the Audax, and it’s a great way to make sure the Guys train. (Train or get beaten by Danger Dave!) Cycling has certainly taken over from running, but an Ultra is an Ultra in any sport, so I will call on experience and try to keep up the spirit of the team. Really an inspirational way to stay fit and healthy and have fun whilst doing it.
Sean Hearn - Twatwaffle A.K.A Twattie
A late comer to the Believe Riding Team who get's his name from not knowing the rules of cycling when everyone else already thought they did.
Known for getting his nutrition horribly wrong on endurance events but managing to push through and finish.
In truth I'm a vastly experienced sportsman who has competed in a variety of sporting codes at some pretty high levels. I bring this experience to the team with tales of terrible rides and general humour. Always willing to get involved with setup and tear down of the various Believe Events.
Craig was my brother and he left his influences on me even 'til today. We're brothers in arms and will never walk alone.
Kyle Danielson - Donkee
After many years riding as a Junior I have had long break in my cycling career but it’s great to be back on the bike. The reason I ride these days to hang around with great friends and have a good laugh, of course there is the challenge side that can never be passed up. Where does the name “Donkee” come from, well it all started one dark day at the Keg in 2008 after a couple of beers when a certain video was shown to the group. The visuals of this were so shocking that it has never left our minds. A guy riding a donkey in full cycling kit is classic. So whenever anyone is generally struggling on the bike I’m always the one to shout donkee donkee just to jog the lads memory of the video and give them motivation.
Darren Hobson - Hobbles
My friends tend to call me Hobson, Hobbles and Hoobles because of my surname. A Hobson’s choice is a free choice in which only one option is offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore between taking the option or not – “take it or leave it”. Based on this I was not really given a choice when I was told that I would be riding the TransBaviaans Race 2013. Little did I realise that I would also end up riding The Jock Cycle race and The Audax 200km – and I am sure the Team will come up with some more crazy challenges along the way. To date I have actually enjoyed getting out on the bike – be it at 4:30am on a cold winter’s morning or a boiling hot day in the Lowveld. I have been riding since my school days, but only now that I am riding for a purpose is there a real meaning to it – perhaps it all started with riding the 94.7 with Craig Bainbridge. I thank my friends for affording me the opportunity to ride with them as a team and for the support I receive from my family and especially Di and Jayden. I hope that we can inspire those battling with the challenges in their life to keep on fighting. May we continue to raise funds and promote CHOC and help as many people out there as possible. May You Never RIDE Alone.