Pro­logue

Nic Dlamini – lo­cal hero

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Inside - IN­TER­VIEW BY LWANDO NJAMELA

“Nic was friends with one of our riders, and would of­ten see our team train­ing in Muizen­berg. That’s when he first be­came aware of Velokhaya.”

“He was nick­named ‘The Bear’ by his mom. We got it from her.”

“He would of­ten sleep in the club­house overnight when there was a race to go to the next day, be­cause he lived in Capri­corn Park, a long way from Khayelit­sha.”

“When he was young, you’d swear he was lift­ing weights – you could see his body was that of an ath­lete.”

“At 16, he needed to make a choice be­tween cross-coun­try run­ning and cy­cling, be­cause he needed to start hon­ing his skills. But we didn’t want him to feel in­tim­i­dated by us, and choose cy­cling just be­cause he was see­ing us. I wanted him to be cer­tain about his choice.”

“Nic is not a fluke, and his vic­tory means a lot… It means that we are do­ing the right thing. We may not have all the re­sources at our dis­posal, but we use what we have.”

FROM THE STREETS OF KHAYELIT­SHA TO A WORLD TOURPODIUM –NIC DLAMINI’S SUC­CESS STORY IS STILL BE­ING WRIT­TEN.

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