It’s mind over matter

2014-10-11 00:00

THE excitement for the Tsogo Sun Amashova was almost tangible for participants yesterday.

As race day nears, a mixture of nerves and excitement has settled in until the starter gun goes off tomorrow morning.

Professional and amateur cyclists from around the country are gearing up for the biggest cycling race in KwaZulu-Natal.

First-time racer and new cyclist Ingrid MacGregor (31) said her first Amashova would be to go big or go home.

“It’s the first time I’m doing the race, and I’m not much of a cyclist but I am going all out for the big 106 km race,” said MacGregor.

MacGregor said her friends had talked her into participating, although it was not their first Amashova race.

“I am optimistic but cautious at the same time,” laughed MacGregor.

Competing for the seventh time, 64-year-old Warwick Weedon said he only started cycling in his late 40s and has worked at beating his personal best each year he competes.

“In 2012 I was knocked off my bike by a motor car. I suffered fractures to my pelvis and was on crutches for nine months,” said Weedon.

When Weedon was finally able to start training again, he said he went all out and in 2014 at age 63, he finished with his best time yet.

“This year I hope to beat my time from last year,” said a hopeful Weedon.

Also competing in the Amashova for the seventh time is Peter West (68).

West said he’d run many marathons including numerous Comrades Marathons until his body decided that cycling would be a better sport in his golden years.

“I am very excited for the race, however, the nerves have started to set in,” West said.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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