Luyanda Thobigunya (21) and Baphelele Mbobo (20), cyclists from Kayamandi, are keen to make a difference in their community.
They are young, innovative cyclists who have a dream. Thobigunya has been cycling for about seven years and Mbobo six years, and they still enjoy every moment.
To them, cycling is a way of escaping from their life circumstances.
Both of them recently participated in this year’s Cape Epic race, where they came second in the Exxaro category and 74th overall. It was Thobigunya’s second and Mbobo’s first Epic.
Thobigunya says it was pleasant yet difficult, while Mbobo thought it was hard, but also a very enjoyable experience.
Completing the Cape Epic is a great milestone for them. The young men are overwhelmed by their achievement.
“We are very thankful to Chris Norton of Bike Marathon Triathlon (BMT), who sponsored the bicycles and gave us our Cape Epic kits,” says Mbobo, an employee of BMT.
“He also provided us with nutritional supplements.”
The young men agree Norton has made it easier for them to participate as he gives them lots of support.
They practise every morning and evening at Coetzenburg, in Franschhoek and Jonkershoek.
Both find cycling very challenging, as it entails many sacrifices that have to be made and they have to spend a great deal of time on their bicycles.
“Resting a lot is also a key factor,” says Mbobo.
They advise beginner cyclists to stay positive and concentrate on their training.
Thobigunya and Mbobo say they are looking forward to the next Cape Epic as well as the other races they are competing in this year.