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Open spaces and activity help the rehab journey. A lot (Photo: Giles Fourie)
Open spaces and activity help the rehab journey. A lot (Photo: Giles Fourie)

For Giles Fourie recovering from an addiction problem was a 15-year journey, that culminated in finishing the Cape Epic. Twice.

"I have been clean for 17 years now but it has been a long journey. I always cycled and had achieved provincial colours. But once I left school, things went sideways, and I was addicted to drugs for a decade," recalls Fourie.

"One day, I woke up on a bathroom floor with heart palpitations and thought I was dying. A doctor told me I wouldn't live long if I didn't stop what I was doing."

The long road to recovery meant a reengagement with his cycling journey. 

"My family sent me to rehab, and when I returned clean, I moved to Nelspruit and started mountain biking on the trails around Mankele."

"Cycling was an outlet and something that I needed at that time of my life. I used mountain biking as part of my long term substance abuse recovery and saw the benefits. It has become a healthy addiction," confesses Fourie.

Giles and his wife opened and continue to run a very successful rehab centre.

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