‘Biking is in my blood’ - Gillitts rider

2016-12-06 06:01
Photo: supplied Michael Pentecost earned many podium places this year.

Photo: supplied Michael Pentecost earned many podium places this year.

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PROUDLY Bidvest Yamaha biker, Michael Pentecost, is all smiles as he completes the season on a high note after bagging many podium titles this year.

For the Gillitts rider 2016 is another feather in his 20-year riding cap as he has participated in more than 2 000 competitions and won countless titles.

In a one-on-one chat with Fever, Pentecost said that “biking is in his blood”.
“My dad was a biker and introduced me to the sport. The bike makes me feel free, and all the stresses of everyday life seem to disappear,” said the 23-year-old.

Speaking about the SA National Cross-Country Motorcycle and Quad Championship 2016 in Westonaria Pentecost said it was tough, but he is excited to have ended the year on a podium finish.

“We had to endure hot and dusty conditions as well as a challenging 300km route.

“Anyone can get on a bike and decide they want to be a racer, however, it takes a lot of courage, perseverance and dedication. You have to love what you do and work hard to stay on top,” he said.

When asked about the dangers of the sport, Pentecost said: “It is extremely dangerous, however, one has to be prepared for what the course entails.

“This is a developed skill, one can’t just get on and be good, racers have ups and downs and sometime get hurt, however, it is about determination and practice.”

Pentecost said the number one goal is to have fun. “When you love what you do and you have fun doing it, it will never feel like a job.

“Just imagine a life where you get up and race bikes for a living - well that was my dream and now it has become my reality.”

Pentecost is hoping for a great season next year and sent a special thanks to his sponsors Bidvest Yamaha, and his father Gary, for their support.
“Without them I would not be where I am today.”


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