Change a Life Academy
16 Mar 2018
Written by: Nick Tatham
Change a Life charging towards Cape Epic
Cape Town - The most prestigious mountain bike stage race in the world
gets underway this weekend and the Valley Of A Thousand Hill-based RMB
Change a Life Academy will once again have a number of teams taking part
in the 2018 ABSA Cape Epic starting on Sunday 18 March.
Two all-Change a Life teams will be taking on the multi-stage race that
has once again attracted some of the best riders in the world. They will
be racing in the EXXARO Development Category that highlights development
riders under the age of 26.
"We've got Ndumiso Dontso and Luvuyo Siyasi as well as Sipho Kupiso and
Bongumusa Zikhali riding in Change a Life colours,” said Dreyer.
“We will also have our senior rider Sthembiso Masango racing, partnering
William Mokgopo, 2017 winner of the EXXARO Development Category.
Sthembiso and William don't qualify for the development category due to
age restrictions," Martin Dreyer added.
The pair will be out to challenge for the All Africa Jersey, a race
amongst teams from Africa.
2017 was the first time that members of the Change a Life Academy MTB
squad took on the ABSA Cape Epic and Dreyer saw last year's event as an
important learning curve for his charges, and the lessons learnt have
been invaluable for them.
"Last year the guys didn't get their team work right and with such
intense days of racing one of the guys would always get worked over by
the other," Dreyer explained.
"They had to realise that they have to work together at all times and
you can only go as quickly as the weaker rider otherwise you are going
"We have spent a lot of time in the build-up talking about strategy and
how to work together and I am looking forward to seeing how the guys go
"If we can get a Change a Life pair onto the podium that would be a
great result for us!" said Dreyer.
Having his entire squad based at the same venue is a positive as they
can train and prepare together, ensuring that they understand each other
well and can learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
"It's important that they compromise. They will all go through a stage
where they are the weaker rider in their pair.
"We will have a debrief after every day so we can continue to make sure
that the guys are working together.
"They put so much pressure on themselves and want to beat everyone but
they just need to realise that this won't happen against the best riders
in the world," Dreyer stressed.
The build-up for the Change a Life Zulus has been good and Dreyer has
been with them during the process trying to keep up.
"They take great pleasure in giving me a hiding!" Dreyer laughed. "I try
and make it as difficult for them as possible and get them to push
themselves as hard as possible."
Dreyer himself will have his work cut out as he is partnering the
competitive former rugby star Jeremy Thompson in the Land River team for
the arduous eight days of racing.
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Sipho Kupiso will be joined by
fellow RMB Change a Life Academy star Bongmusa Zikhali at the 2018 ABSA
Cape Epic. The two will be joined by one other all-Change a Life team as
well as Sithembiso Masango who will race the prestigious race with
William Mogoko when the race gets underway this weekend.
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