AQUELLE DURBAN GETS LEGENDARY SUPPORT
By: Nokwazi Qumbisa
When sports legends get involved, you should know that means the competition just got even more intense, well not in this case.
Former Springbok and Sharks rugby stars Stefan Terblanche and Jeremy Thomson are planning to ride for the races official charity.
Having taken part in various cycling events, veteran Thomson has been in several editions for multi-stage Cape MTB race, Terblanche is preparing for this year’s ABSA Cape Epic. The duo has wedged their entries for the big race later this month at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. They will be riding in the unique colours of the Domino Foundation charity that represents the Amaoti community.
Thomson, being a passionate mountain biker, says the return to the road cycling is something that he is approaching with carefulness. “I did the full 105km aQuellé Tour Durban road race a few years back, and that was hard work,” said Thomson.
“I am relieved to be joining the crowd for the 45km race. I am not sure if I will be dusting off the road bike again or if I will ride my mountain bike like so many other people do,” he said.
“Most of the ex-players are still pretty competitive, so to stay near the top you had to do the hard yards in training. Cycling was the way to go because it is not that hard on the body,” he added. Thomson said that his was approached by his friend Terblanche to ride as an ambassador for the Domino Foundation, who now crowns up the SA Rugby Legends Association.
“The minute I got that email from Stefan Terblanche asking if I would be willing to ride in the colours of the Domino Foundation I accepted.
Who wouldn’t grab an opportunity like that? Fourty-five kilometers in great company, enjoying the coastal scenery and the weather at that time of year,” he concluded. The two also hinted that they would get involved in a rare-within-a-race with two other Durban personalities but wouldn’t be reveal anything else at this stage.