Cape Town - Despite
suffering broken bones in two separate incidents, Springbok legend Joel
Stransky and former professional cyclist Andrew Mclean are still set to take
part in the Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race outside Port Elizabeth
currently nursing a broken collarbone after a nasty fall that forced him to
withdraw from this year’s Cape Epic, while Stransky was hospitalised with a
broken rib and punctured lung after crashing in the prologue on
planning on participating in the Great Zuurberg Trek,” Mclean confirmed on Wednesday.
“It is one
of my favourite races and I should be back on my bike in a week or two.”
He said he
had not even considered the fact that Stransky might not be able to partner him
in the Eastern Cape event in which they placed third last year.
kill me if he thought I was considering trading him in for a younger model,”
joked Mclean, but added that he was “very confident” they would be fighting fit
for the tough three-day race in the Sundays River Valley and Addo Elephant
Joel, I’d imagine that the minute he can get on the indoor trainer he’ll be
back into training and we should be there. We may not be in tip-top condition,
but we’ll certainly be good enough to race.
position last year wasn’t too bad for two old men and this year we’ll aim to do
the same, if not better.
myself are very competitive and we both relish the fact that, in mountain
biking, we are able to compete with some of the younger riders.”
that while he planned on returning to training as soon as possible, his injury
was taking longer than usual to heal.
broken a collarbone in the past I’ve had it plated, which speeds up the
recovery and rehabilitation process.
with this break, doctors didn’t want to plate it due to various reasons, so
I’ve had to allow it to grow back, which takes more time.
said that, it’s feeling a lot better already and I hope to be back on the
indoor trainer within a week before hopefully being back to off-road training
in a month or so.”
The Great Zuurberg Trek, which is based at the Zuurberg Mountain Village outside
Port Elizabeth, takes place from May 26-28.
Visit www.greatzuurbergtrek.co.za for