- Guy Jennings made history as he became the first South African to complete the Silk Road Mountain Race
- The race is deemed to be the most gruelling mountain bike race in the world and is set in Kyrgyzstan
- The race started on 17 August and Jennings completed his mission on 31 August
A man from Noordhoek in Cape Town has made history as he became the first South African to complete the Silk Road Mountain Race.
The event is deemed to be the toughest mountain bike race in the world, which is what drew Guy Jennings to enter.
After departing from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan on 17 August, Jennings completed the epic race on 31 August.
The 55-year-old finished in 34th position out of 144 competitors.
Good Things Guy reported on Jennings’ joy on completion. He said, “The race was very, very hard – beautiful but brutal.”
Jennings’ view comes after competing in 11 Comrades marathons and numerous ultra-marathons.
An injury forced Jennings to go for a double hip replacement, but the determined athlete simply stopped running and took up cycling.
Briefly.co.za understands that Jennings has competed in four Cape Epic and three Munga MTB races since 2010.
The gruelling Silk Road race presented its fair share of challenges and Jennings completed 180 kilometres with one pedal only.
The Capetonian touched on what drives him to enter the epic races: “I love meeting fellow racers from every corner of the earth, as well as experiencing a new country and meeting locals. I also enjoy the physical and mental challenge.”
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