Jacaranda FM’s Thabiso Khambule gears up for the inaugural 100 Cycle Challenge

Thabiso Khambule, the Brand Ambassador of the race said this week that preparations for the race were ongoing, and he was committed to finish the race come May 6.

Staff Reporter

There are less than 40 days to go to the first 100 Cycle Challenge, SA’s new 100km road race to be held in the City of Ekurhuleni, and the excitement is building. If you have not entered the race, now’s the time to do so. Organisers told Zimbabwe Digital News that riders from all over Africa will converge in Germiston where the race will start and end at Germiston Lake.

The 100 Cycle Challenge takes place on Sunday May 6, and thereafter, annually on the first Sunday in May. It is set to become the must-do race in autumn as it’s a fast, flat community route.

The race will feature one of the fastest 100 km circle routes in South Africa,  and is expected to attract amateur and professional road cyclists from across South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world.

Being a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-accredited race for under-23 male and female road cyclists, the 100 Cycle Challenge is a truly continental race; the vision is to develop it into one of the most popular sporting events on the African continent.

Thabiso Khambule, the Brand Ambassador of the race said this week that preparations for the race were ongoing, and he was committed to finish the race come May 6.

Training regime

“I started off in the beginning of the year by doing a fitness tests where I had to max myself out for 20 minutes. I found out that I’m only half-way ready for the race. A month and a half later, I’m on average 80% ready; the journey to date was both amazing and inspiring,” said Thabiso.

“I do indoor training about four days a week. It’s tough; I have to do it alone. I thank South Africa’s Cycle Lab for setting up Tacx/Zwift for me, an indoor training programme that pushes me to the brink of exhaustion. More a challenge of the mind than the body, the programme showed me that I have a level of tenacity I didn’t know existed,” continues Thabiso.

“I have a great coach. Moreover, the Super Cycling Club at the Cycle Lab in Lynwood, Pretoria, has me covered when it comes to Saturday club rides, which are getting more difficult every week. They push me to put to the test what I have gained in indoor training during the week.

“This past weeks were the toughest club rides ever. It rained: it was cold: the conditions were unbearable. I had to do a steep climb for about 15 minutes against a strong wind and heavy rain obscuring the route. I don’t know how many times I wanted to quit. But then my mind took over, convincing me not to throw in the towel and reminding me that the pain is just temporary.

“Getting ready for the 100 Cycle Challenge has taught me that if I put my mind to doing something, no matter the circumstances, I will be finishing it. With six and a half weeks to go, I’m happy to let the world know that I’m more than ready for this race; I cannot wait to do 100 kilometres on 6 May 2018,” said Thabiso.

Follow Thabiso’s journey on social media.

About Thabiso Khambule

Growing up in the small village of Dithakong East, 15km outside Mafikeng, a young Thabiso Khambule would sit for hours recording his own voice, editing his ‘reports’ and then playing them back to himself – loving the sound of his own voice ‘on the radio’.

Today, he is a familiar voice to thousands of Jacaranda FM listeners as he guides them through the traffic each day with his traffic reports.

Besides working for Jacaranda, Thabiso is an MC and plays in the band Black & White. (For bookings contact heidi@hdsentertainment.co.za.) Thabiso joined BODYTEC Faerie Glen in 2015, and this is what he has to say about his experience:

‘It’s been just over 5 months and I am still sore each and every time after a session, which means I am working my muscles and there is progress. The nice thing is, it’s a nice sore… A sore that gives one a good feeling that you are working out and staying healthy. I have lost weight as well as toned my muscles doing BODYTEC.’

‘I love the fact that I only have to go into BODYTEC® once or twice a week for 20 minutes to get a basic, full-body workout. I enjoy BODYTEC® so much – I believe it’s the future. Life is getting more and more busy, and most career-driven people don’t have time to go to a gym and work out. Why then not do a session of BODYTEC® once a week and stay healthy? BODYTEC® is also a perfect way to train together as a couple. My wife and I train together and use it as a way of spending time together.’

Follow the race conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; tag @100cycle and use #SweatTheSunday.

The 100 Cycle Challenge is powered by Jacaranda FM, hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni and partnered by Cycling South Africa, Cycle Lab and Cyclesure.

For detailed information go to www.100cyclechallenge.co.za. Enter the race at www.100cyclechallenge.co.za – do so before 31 March for a chance to win a KTM Revelator 3300 carbon road bike to the value of R30 000. See advert below.

 

 

 

 

Getting ready for the 100 Cycle Challenge has taught me that if I put my mind to doing something, no matter the circumstances, I will be finishing it,” said Thabiso

 

 

‘It’s been just over 5 months and I am still sore each and every time after a session, which means I am working my muscles and there is progress. The nice thing is, it’s a nice sore… A sore that gives one a good feeling that you are working out and staying healthy. I have lost weight as well as toned my muscles doing BODYTEC.’

 

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