Change a Life Academy
8 Dec 2014
Written by: Kyle Gilham
Another first for RMB Change a Life Zulus
Pietermaritzburg – Martin Dreyer’s RMB Change a Life Academy recently
enjoyed yet another historic moment in the grassroots development
initiative’s journey when emerging marathon star Sthembiso Masango became
the first ever black rider to be awarded KwaZulu-Natal colours for mountain
Masango’s award was added good news for the outfit after he and team mate
Mboneni Ngcobo also secured a highly commendable tenth place overall in the
popular FNB Wines2Whales MTB stage race in the Western Cape a few weeks
“Sthembiso’s award and his and Mboneni’s Wines2Whales effort goes to show
just how far our RMB Change a Life Zulus have come in the past year or so,”
“It is extremely pleasing to see all the hard work we have been putting
into the programme is already starting to pay off as noticeably as this,”
Masango received the award after his strong display at the 2014 Sunday
Tribune Jeep Hill2Hill ultra-marathon event which also doubled as the
year’s KZN MTB Marathon Championships.
“Sthembiso’s earning of KZN colours is extremely exciting!” said
Chairperson of the KZN Mountain Bike Commission, Charles Roberts.
“On top of the countless hours in the saddle one has to put in in order to
be successful, it is also an extremely expensive sport and so can be
difficult for development riders to get into.
“This goes to show that it is possible to succeed in this sport and that he
was prepared to go through quite a lot in order to obtain this
“It makes the sport more accessible to the broader population as he gives
his fellow riders something to aspire towards.”
Roberts also believes Masango’s achievement will play a significant role in
the development of mountain biking in KwaZulu-Natal.
“This goes to show just what a great job Martin Dreyer is doing through his
RMB Change a Life MTB Academy.
“The Western Cape have the very successful Songo programme and the
Diepsloot Academy in Gauteng get a lot of coverage but development in KZN
is something we are taking very seriously in KZN as well.
“We have started mountain bike programmes in nine of the eleven districts
in KZN, with plans to roll out programmes in the final two shortly, and
hopefully Sthembiso’s award is a sign that KZN is also now on the map.
“Sthembiso’s success also helps the cause of mountain biking in our
provincial structures significantly as results such as these mean things
are actually happening on the development front.
The Wines2Whales outing was a momentous few days for Masango, Ngcobo and
Dreyer alike as life firsts like boarding an aircraft and cycling career
dreams of finishing inside the top ten came true.
“TV commentator Gerald de Kock described the field as ’arguably the most
competitive South African field in a mountain bike stage race, ever
assembled’,” said Dreyer.
“The congratulations, well wishes and support from other riders in the race
village was overwhelming; something Sthembiso & Mboneni had never
“Coming from the distant Valley of a Thousand Hills, riding onto the beach
at the finish was a fitting end to a fairytale MTB and life experience for
our RMB Change a Life Zulus.”
While Masango and Ngcobo did battle up front and with John Ntuli busy
preparing for his assault on the longest one day mountain bike race in the
world – the 369km Desert Dash in Namibia – the less experienced pairing of
Bongumusa Zikhali and Ndumiso Dontso learnt many a lesson en route to their
37th place finish.
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Academy member Sthembiso Masango (front) recently became the first ever
black mountain biker to be awarded KZN colours, this just weeks after he
and team mate Mboneni Ngcobo claimed an impressive tenth place at the FNB
Wines2Whales stage race in the Western Cape.
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