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.