Archive for April, 2014

Kriek flies through an Epic Quest

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Mopani Pharmacy’s continued backing of talented Nelspruit-based cyclist Hennie Kriek was once again rewarded handsomely after the 34 year old performed brilliantly during two of the toughest mountain biking races in the country.
Kriek, along with long-time cycling partner Ignus Oosthuizen, competed in his fifth Absa Cape Epic in March, ending in the top 40 overall despite Oosthuizen injuring his knee on Stage 4 of the gruelling 8 stage race.
“Our aim was to get a Top 30 overall and we were flying the first three days and climbing the ladder gradually as teams faded with fatigue. On day four we were in about 34th position overall when Ignus injured his knee and could not complete the race from stage 5 to stage 8,” said Kriek.
Kriek’s character shone through as he took on the rest of the 718 kilometre race by himself, fighting his way through muddy, rainy conditions.
“I had to ride individually from stage 5 and manage to stay in top 40 overall. It was the toughest Cape Epic yet for me. There were some highs and lows in the race, but this is what tests you and makes you a stronger rider,” Kriek said.
The Cape Epic is considered to be the Tour de France of mountain bike racing, and attracted 1200 cyclists from 150 countries in 2014.
Barely a week after completing the Epic, Kriek was back on the saddle at the 271 kilometre, four day Lowveld Quest.
Kriek showed no signs of fatigue as he and partner Brand du Plessis pedalled through stunning Lowveld scenery and finished first in the Sub Veteran Category and third in the overall standings.
“It was hard but we made it through tough conditions. It rained for four days and there was mud and sweat but luckily no blood. After the Epic my legs were still a bit tired- recovery is the key but events are so close to each other so you have no choice but to ride as hard as your legs can,” said Kriek.
Mopani Pharmacy are proud to be one of Hennie’s sponsor’s over the past few years, and will continue to support the star cyclist as he makes the Lowveld proud.