Absa #ConquerAsOne Moment – Cape Epic Stage 5
When it comes to riding an event as tough as the Absa Cape Epic, few riders will skimp on equipment. But for Soweto riders Calvin Mono and Linda Dhlamini buying expensive bikes and equipment is not an option.
Although relatively inexperienced the two bravely survived the Stage 5 Queen stage in 9 hours and 11 minutes over the 100km, 2850m stage as they head toward their first ever finishes on borrowed bikes and, in Dhlamini’s case, flat pedals.
“A lot of riders have asked me if I am sure I want to do this race in these pedals but it is OK. I know that there are big mountains in this race and I know that it is more difficult but I am not confident being attached to pedals,” the happy-go-lucky Dhlamini says.
Although both have participated in previous cycling events, they didn’t expect the Epic to be quite as tough but have found some inspiring inner strength along the way.
“It was a bit of a shock the first days but we are still in it,” Mono says. “We have come here to finish and we will because our minds are strong.”
The team name means ‘bikes for the townships’ in Sowetan slang and the two personify the passion for cycling in the township, even when the means to purchase the best equipment is not easily in reach.
The team have inspired many, including a kind-hearted individual, who has pledged to purchase the team brand new bikes.
So far the two have spent almost 38 hours in the saddle since the prologue and look set to finish at Val de Vie on Sunday.