Hennie Kriek, a Nelspruit based cyclist sponsored by Mopani Pharmacy, recently achieved a second place overall in the MTN National Marathon Series. He also won the sub vet category of the series.
The MTN series is a yearlong event which includes eight races in towns across South Africa. Riders accrue points at every race with the best five points to count for overall position. This year was Hennie’s fifth time participating in the event and his best result yet.
In fact, he says 2012 has been his best cycling season ever with highlights being his MTN Series result and earning his SA colours in July at the South African XC (Cross Country) Championships.
He credits hard work and a healthy lifestyle for his successes. “It takes commitment, dedication and focus to keep on achieving. I however also try to maintain a balance between training and rest days. It’s important not to over train.”
Hennie has been doing mountain biking for seven years now and has no intention of slowing down. “I never tire of it. Being outdoors and being active keeps me motivated.” He is planning to participate in a seven day stage race next year in the Swiss Alps and says his ultimate MTB dream is to represent South Africa at a world championship in his category.
Hennie also wishes to thank his sponsors for their support and enabling him to race all over South Africa; Rob from Mopani Pharmacy, Mankele and Endecon Ubuntu Engineers.