83-year old defies his age and completes gruelling mountain bike race

83-year old defies his age and completes gruelling mountain bike race

- Arthur Duncan has completed the KAP sani2c once again

- It is the 6th time that Duncan completes the challenging race

- Duncan also competed in other mountain bike raced since he started seriously cycling

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The KAP sani2c mountain bike stage race is one of the biggest mountain bike stage races in South Africa with more than 4000 mountain bike riders taking part in this epic race.

It is a tough race meant to test endurance and intense and dedicated training is necessary to be able to finish.

With that said, most people would think that this race is only for young, muscle-heads and super athletes.

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But this year an 83 year old man proved that anything is possible if you have determination and dedication.

Arthur Duncan from Howick completed the almost 300km Adventure version of the 3-day KAP sani 2c mountain bike stage race in KwaZulu-Natal.

This isn't Duncan's first time taking part in a race he should be 'too old to do'. He has completed the rigorous but rewarding KAP sani2c race an amazing 5 times before.

He has taken a long break from adventurous cycling and hasn't taken part in the KAP sani2c race since 2010.

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“My son-in-law invited me to ride with him. I had never thought of doing another sani2c because of my age, but when the opportunity came, I thought I am going to take on this challenge, because I do keep myself fit throughout the year." Duncan said about his return to the race. "It was a challenge, but I got through it with Stuart who pushed me and motivated me, and it’s been wonderful.”

Duncan started cycling seriously at 65, an age at which many people 'settle down' and retire and take up peaceful hobbies like collecting stamps or painting.

The first serious cycling Duncan did was when he cycled from the ocean to Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest peak in South Africa, located in Lesotho.

After that 3-day race, he was hooked. He started taking part in more races and became a multiple champion in his age category in time trails as well as road cycling.

Last year Duncan represented South Africa in the UCI Road World Championships.

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But these accomplishments wasn't enough for Duncan. He also took on the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon at the age of 72!

Then, at 77, he took part of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon again, this time as the oldest participant.

Arthur Duncan is an example to all - young and old - that age is only a number when you set your mind to a goal.

The KAP sani2c mountain bike race is a cycling event that promises the competitors not only an opportunity to push their body's, it also offers some spectacular views along the route.

As cyclers ride through this challenging route, they are rewarded with a view of the majestic Southern Drakensberg. The valleys and coastal bush are varied with forest road and fast and fantastic trails.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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