Academy ambassador Sbonelo Khwela (Euro Steel/Red Bull) paced himself perfectly throughout Friday, 4 March's 'Dusi in a Day' to add a maiden K1 Non-Stop Dusi victory to his four previous K2 triumphs. ?
Tellingly, Khwela's time was nearly a full hour slower than his K1 record effort in 2015, evidence of just how tough conditions were on the day due to the current drought. ?
"I am humbled by the tenacity and self-belief of all our Change a Life Zulus, dominating this year's hardcore Non-Stop Dusi!" said Dreyer. ?
"The uMsundusi and uMngeni Rivers were both extremely low and, when added to the heat and the race's incredible distance, just finishing was a huge ask let alone producing the results that our guys did."??
With the KwaZulu-Natal river marathon season drawing to a close, the academy's attention now turns to the local mountain biking season and the RMB Change a Life MTB Academy members started strongly at the Sappi Howick MTB Classic on Sunday, 6 March.
Mazwi Smimango led his Team's charge, finishing ninth behind some of the province's top professional elite riders, while Ndumiso Dontso (12th), Sipho Khupiso (16th) and Bongumusa Zikhali (20th) will be well pleased with their opening efforts, making it into the top twenty overall.