Veteran Springbok rugby player Joel Stransky has signed himself up for a different kind of challenge this year and will participate in the seventh Absa Cape Epic – a gruelling 722km mountain bike race around the Western Cape from 21-28 March.
Stransky has a rugby career that speaks for itself. Renowned for his winning drop kick in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, he played internationally for South Africa on 22 occasions, ran out for the Sharks in 80 matches, represented Western Province 55 times and participated in another 54 matches for the Leicester Tigers.
He’s participating in this year’s Absa Cape Epic with team-mate Pierre Loubser on behalf of the JAG Foundation. Says Stransky: ÔÇ£When JAG approached me to cycle on their behalf as part of the charity celeb team, I said yes without hesitation.
I’ve heard so much about this incredible event and how tough it is. I suppose somewhere in my mind it became one of those challenges that one needs to do and tick off the list.ÔÇØ
Stransky is a firm believer in putting in the hours, as he is training six out of seven days a week in preparation for the Absa Cape Epic, and although he has completed the Cape Argus several times before, he recognises that this race is a different kind of challenge.
Stransky offers the following advice. ÔÇ£Nothing comes easy and for every extremely talented sportsperson in every sport there are probably 20 more that are just as talented. Hard work and dedication are the difference between success and failure, as well as mental toughness – the ability to never give up. You need to accept that everyone experience failures along the way, but they’re only part of the process of succeeding. The old clich├® is a very wise one – If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.ÔÇØ
In his free time Stransky enjoys spending time with his family, veterans league soccer, cycling and golf. His goals for this year include completing the Absa Cape Epic, watching a few rugby matches and beginning to study again.
For those not participating in the full race, there is a call for entries into the one-day mountain bike race, the MTN Cape Times Vigne a Vigne. Interested riders can register online at www.vigne-a-vigne.com. The Cape Times Lourensford Vineyard Run is a unique 11km trail running race. The Vineyard Run (also on 28 March 2010) will start at 8.30am, providing participants with beautiful vistas and numerous climbs through the idyllic and picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate.
Live entertainment for the entire family, including wine tasting, magnificent scenery and the finest food and wine will be on offer at the finish at Lourensford Wine Estate, as well as the opportunity to see the ever popular Watershed in action. Entrance is free.
Visit www.cape-epic.com for more information.