A mountain biking symposium will offer followers of the sport an opportunity to listen to one of South Africa’s cycling greats, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, share her experiences after a stellar season.
Moolman-Pasio was a force to be reckoned with this year. She placed seventh in the individual time-trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Norway last month and history when she climbed to third in the UCI World Rankings earlier this year.
The 2012 Olympian, however, is no stranger to adversity and bouncing back from it.
In October last year, she crashed and broke her hip which set her on a lengthy path to recovery and, most recently, she was forced to withdraw from the Cape Pioneer Trek due to illness.
The national time-trail champion said she hoped to motivate riders who attend the talk by sharing her experiences and advice.
“Cycling is probably one of hardest sports in the world in that there are so many aspects that are out of our control, so there are plenty of obstacles that have to be overcome,” said the Stellenbosch alumnus.
“I’ll be talking about how I’ve managed to overcome adversity and give advice on how one can handle this disappointment.”
Moolman-Pasio said events such as the symposium provided valuable opportunities to engage in and encourage dialogue, which she felt was important to help move the sport forward.
The cross-country series, which has seen the likes of national marathon mountain bike champion Robyn de Groot and National MTB Series champion Matthys Beukes take part, will come to a conclusion on Sunday but Moolman-Pasio was unsure of whether she would line up for the start.
“I’m competing in Wines2Whales next weekend so I’m hoping to be back on the bike soon and will possibly compete this weekend as well.”
The talk will take place at 4.30pm on Saturday and is open to everyone. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your seat.