Born January 5, 1986 in Cape Town, South Africa , Luthando Kaka is now the first black cyclist to captain a South African professional cycling team. He began his cycling career at the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy, the township-based cycling club in Khayelitsha, near Cape Town.
Luthando graduated from Uxolo High School in Khayelitsha in 2003 and then went on to study journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. In 2003 he was also selected to represent South Africa at the Tour de l’Abitibi in Canada.
His career highlights include:
In June 2008, the 23-year old cyclist from Khayelitsha, made history when he became the first black South African road cyclist to become a permanent member of a European continental cycling team. He became the first black South African to race professionally abroad when he was signed to Danish professional team, Glued & Marstrand Horsens, in 2008 and 2009, after which he was signed to Team Bonitas.
Hi previous teams include:
He currently trains six days a week for two to five hours. His dream is to be the first black cyclist to compete in the Tour de France, cycling’s premier event.
Some information courtesy of Bonitas Pro Cycling and CNN.com
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