MANDELA MTB MARATON….

RMB Change a Life Zulus to tackle Mandela Mtb Marathon on the 30th AugustThe Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash taking place on Saturday 30th August is an event that is attracting many different people for many different reasons.

When Sibusiso Khuzwayo was a youngster growing up near Durban he used to ride his bike because the carefree days of youth allowed for this but more importantly, because he loved it. As time went on and he got older and “life” started to happen, his riding days became less and less until they were non – existent and it was only when the doctor told him that his blood pressure was getting high and he needed to exercise more that he rediscovered his joy of riding and over the past while has gotten back on the bike and feels a whole lot better for it.

“This is something I’ll be doing for the rest of my life now because it’s good for me, it helps me control my weight and has allowed me to bring my blood pressure down and I just love it”, said Khuzwayo. He has ridden the Amashova and the Tour d”Urban in the past and on the 30th August he will tackle his first long distance MTB course when he rides the 42km route at the MTB Dash.

The advent of the Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash and Sibusiso’s love of the bike is a very happy coincidence as he is also the Municipal Manager for the uMgungundlovu District Municipality who are the overriding controlling body for the Mandela Day Marathon and its associated activities. He is a man that wholeheartedly embraces Nelson Mandela’s ethos of providing opportunities for all and this became evident when asked why a mountain bike event has been added to the Mandela Day event’s programme this year, saying “Madiba belongs to us all – to all walks of life. By bringing a MTB event into the programme it was another way to honour Madiba’s life and to open his legacy to other people apart from runners.

Sibusiso Khuzwayo, like many others on the 30th August will be riding his bike just because he loves it and wants to be part of something that is already touched by Madiba’s magic.

The boys from the “RMB Change a Life MTB team” on the other hand who were also at the Capture Site where the start and finish of the event will be checking out the course before the big day, are competing for very different reasons.
This is a professional team that is making waves in MTB circles with many talented riders within its ranks and are a product of a well organised and successful development programme and no one will be surprised if one or more of them climb onto the winner’s podium of the day of the race. Team leader John Ntuli was adamant that they were competing in the event to win it for the prestige and the prizes on offer and with all eight members of their group riding the 42km race, competition is bound to be fierce on the day across all the categories.

The Mandela Day Marathon MTB Dash has a 21km and 42km race that has lots of prizemoney attached as well as a 10km family ride with the first race starting at 9am on the day. Entries are open for the event at www.roag.co.za and will close when the first 600 x entries have been received. General event information can also be found at www.kznmtb.co.za.

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