Former multiple South African national mountain-bike cross-country champion, Mariske Strauss, is well on the road to recovery after contracting the deadly coronavirus.
Strauss, 28, along with partner Candice Lill, would've been among the favourites for the women's title at this year's cancelled Absa Cape Epic.
In five previous Cape Epic finishes, Strauss has a second (2017), third (2018), fifth (2019), sixth (2015) and eighth-place (2014) to her name.
In a press release issued on Monday by her new CST PostNL Bafang Mountainbike Racing Team, Strauss is quoted as saying:
"President Cyril Ramaphosa asked all South Africans that were outside of the country as of 15 February, to test for Covid-19. Since I travelled to Andalucia Bike Race that took place from 25-29 February, I was expected to test as well. A couple of days after the test, I felt a little flu-ish and ill. And yes, I tested positive for the coronavirus. With the grace of God I have had really mild symptoms, so I'm very fortunate and blessed. I have kept social-distancing, adhered to all the guidelines that were given to us regardless, and, thanks to that, my parents and brother tested negative for the virus, so that is good. I have taken a lot of rest, eaten healthy food and surrounded myself with positive things. Messages from my family, friends and yes, my team with our virtual dinner last week helped me so much to get over this. I am feeling fine now."
Strauss wanted to share the news with all her followers, especially her South African supporters, to motivate them to stay inside. South Africa is currently in its fourth day of a 21-day-period lockdown.
Strauss added, "This is a real thing, it is here, it is a
real issue that we are dealing with. Adhere to the guidelines given to
you by our president and the healthcare professionals. They know what they are
talking about. Together we can stop this".