Cape Town - When
Soweto riders Calvin Mono and Linda Dhlamini got a last-minute chance to ride
the Absa Cape Epic as one of the races’ sponsored development teams, they
didn’t realise how much their lives would change in a week.
and Dhlamini, who live in Meadowlands, arrived at the race with one borrowed
bike while Dhlamini, a keen BMX rider, was riding uncleated flat pedals as he
wasn’t confident riding in proper cycling cleats.
the two displayed incredible tenacity, despite their relative lack of preparation,
to finish the Grand Finale stage into Val de Vie in just over six hours for a
total riding time of 52 hours, 10 minutes, 40 seconds over the eight-day, 630km
was a bit of a shock the first few days but we soon realised that this race is
about the mind,” Mono says.
“We came here to finish and our minds were strong.”
the two won the #ConquerAsOne moment after Stage 5 they were in for another
surprise. One of title sponsor Absa’s clients decided to buy them both brand
new bikes so they can prepare properly for next year’s event. As part of their
prize for winning the #ConquerAsOne competition, they have also been given an
entry for the Absa Cape Epic in 2020.
Dhlamini still finished the race with his uncleated flat pedal shoes despite
many riders questioning his decision: ‘A lot of riders asked me if I was sure I
wanted to do this race in these pedals but it was OK. But I will learn how to
ride in cleats for next time,” Dhlamini said.
team name - Bhoni4kasi - means ‘bikes for the townships’ in Sowetan slang and
the cycling group had two teams entered in the event.