Academics in Sports Graduate School of Business and Leadership academic to compete in Amashova
anagement lecturer Mr Pfano Mashau will be taking part for the first time in the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic in October 2017. The Amashova is an annual cycling race which begins at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg and finishes at Suncoast Casino in Durban. Mashau admits that cycling is more of a hobby than a sport and he has only been participating in formal events since last year. ‘After last year’s event, I decided to take part in two 100 kilometre-plus events a year. A few weeks back I participated in the Aquelle 105-kilometre event which took place in Durban. I am currently getting ready for Amashova 2017,’ he said. The management academic says preparation for long-distance cycling events requires hours of training. One session can take up to five hours. By the day of the event, Mashau makes sure that all his food and energy drinks are bought, his bicycle is in good condition and transport to the start is arranged. ‘You need to have a good bicycle in order to compete because cycling events are timed; you always need to have a specific time to beat. I create a five-hour playlist of upbeat songs that motivate me when I’m on the bike. Having the right energy food
Mr Pfano Mashau.
and drinks, enough water, and fruit and energy bars in your pockets is essential on the day of the event,’ he said. Mashau loves cycling and finds it fun. He also enjoys sightseeing on the N3 and being in the presence of hundreds of other cyclists. Sibonelo Shinga