Cyclist eyes

2019-03-19 06:00
Dániyal Matthews.

Dániyal Matthews.

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For many, education comes first, but not for Dániyal Matthews from Fairways. He could not wait to take his passion for cycling to the next level.

Straight from school after passing matric at Wynberg Boys’ High, Matthews became a professional cyclist and rather studied part-time to make sure he had enough time to pursue his dream.

He is now busy with his second year in Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Africa (Unisa).

“The online distance learning setup has allowed me the flexibility I need to train and race properly,” he says.

At the age of 20, Matthews has already competed in big races both locally and internationally, gaining experience.

Since the age of nine, when he started doing competitive racing, Matthews says he has grown from being a track racer to doing both the track and road cycling.

Through his hard work and commitment, he has enjoyed two opportunities of participating internationally, in Belgium and Netherlands.

Locally, Matthews has recently been part of the five-day long South African Road Championships, the Tour of Good Hope in Paarl and the recent Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 10 March.

He is now busy preparing for the Tour de Limpopo in May.

He says the international races he has participated in were funded by Pedal Power Association. He now wants to spread his wings. However, financing almost everything on his own, through the help of his family is putting a strain on them and it is standing between him and his dreams.

He dreams of touring Europe. “A racing stint in Europe is crucial to my development as a rider who would like to make it to the top level of the sport,” says Matthews.

He says the cost for racing at a high local and international level is roughly about R250 000 to R300 000 per year including race entries, travelling to races, sports nutrition, and equipment.

“Bicycles are extremely pricey these days, therefore I am hoping for sponsorship to help me on my long sporting journey.”

Not only his parents are proud of him but his family and friends too.

Nasrien Dawood from Bergvliet says: “My friend’s son is very talented, but he [just] needs sponsorship as they cycle locally and overseas.”V For more information email daniyalmatthews1@gmail.com

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