Sithembiso Masango: The Wild one
Team Landrover 6 – Sithembiso Masango & Oliver Munnik
One of the most interesting local teams at this year’s Absa Cape Epic will be the team Land Rover duo of Sithembiso Masango and Oliver Munnik. Oli is a real character and mountain bike aficionado with 10 epics under the belt, but his team mate is a legend in his own right.
Sithembiso is truly one remarkable mountain biker who has grown in leaps and bounds since 2013 when he was first discovered by Martin Dreyer and pulled into the Change A Life Academy in KZN.
You can read more on Sithembiso’s background in our 2019 interview feature: Sithembiso R2L full feature.
This year the talented and experienced Sithembiso will be tackling his 4th Epic alongside trail wizard Oli Munnik. The two plan to burn up the very technical 2020 route. Oli has been scouting the trails for the last few months and will know what’s in store for them.
Sithembiso – you sound out of breath, what are you up to? Hi Sir, yes I’m out training, but don’t worry I can speak. I am now about 150km into my 250km ride for the day. For a tough race like the Epic, you need a lot of endurance, so I am busy putting some endurance into my body!
(laughs) -that is a proper long ride, I assume you are doing it alone as usual? Yes, nobody wants to ride with me as I go too long for them, but it’s important to get the miles into your body.
It’s only just over a week to the Epic, will there be any tapering? Yes, I will start dropping my training with 5 days to go. Today it’s 250km, tomorrow an easier day with maybe 150km, and then Saturday and Sunday I will go to 200km’s again. The Epic is not for speed, it’s for endurance – that is what I’m working on. (no kidding Stem :}
So how are you feeling about the race and riding with Oli? I am looking forward to it so much. I am so proud to ride with Oli and for Land Rover. Oli is a very good guy to race with and he can help me a lot. We already showed that we can be a good team. I was overtrained last month [ed:no real surprises there :] – but now I’m starting to feel the “oomph” again. Last month I wasn’t feeling “oomph”, but now it is in me.