With 4 500 riders set to compete in the 2018 KAP sani2c mountain bike race this year, 83-year-old Howick resident Arthur Duncan is back after an eight-year absence for the three-day event from May 9 to 11.
He and his son-in-law Stuart Watson will take on the adventure from the Southern Drakensberg to the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Duncan’s late call-up to the race comes at the expense of his grandson who is unable to ride the sani2c this year due to exams.
Despite the 11th-hour offer, the decision was a simple one for the octogenarian.
“I jumped at the offer straight away,” Duncan said boldly. “I always keep a good level of fitness throughout the year so I was quick to say yes, especially after an eight-year break from the race.
“I took part in the first six sani2c’s and loved the event so I am looking forward to seeing how much the entire event has changed over the last eight years.”
Duncan’s achievements on the bicycle have been impressive with the Midlands resident making the decision when he was 65 that he was going to ride from the sea to the highest peak in Southern Africa – Thabana Ntlenyana, 3 482 metres above sea level.
“I am actually more of a mountain biker,” he said when asked which discipline he preferred. “I love road cycling because there are age categories for everyone, unlike mountain biking where I have to compete with 60-year-olds.
Duncan’s late bloom continued as he became the oldest novice to tackle the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon at the age of 72 when he and seasoned Dusi paddler Colin Burden navigated their way to Durban from Pietermaritzburg.
He then returned and did his second Dusi at the age of 77 where he became the oldest competitor in the race. – African News Agency (ANA)