The Thing That Means The Most To Me
WINNING ISN’T WARM
SA’s hardest cyclist tells us what’s more important than winning.
After enduring freezing conditions, gale-force winds and ‘sleep monsters’, I finished the 2017 Freedom Challenge in record time. My first- place reward? A Basotho blanket – which is the same prize every rider gets for finishing the race inside the 26- day cut- off. The blanket, which is a coming- of-age symbol in Basotho culture, is perfect. You don’t do the Freedom Challenge for bragging rights – you do it for the experience; to push yourself to the limit, as you ride through rural and rugged countryside. It’s an adventure, in which you get to interact with riders and farmers. It humbles you. Winning is irrelevant.