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06 Jan, 2016

It started with a Mauritian race

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Mike Hewan stands proudly with a few of the members from the Complete Cyclist Team.
Mike Hewan (pictured on the left) during one of his weekend rides.

Mike Hewan’s competitive cycling pedigree goes back to 2005 when he competed in a cycling event in Mauritius and he hasn’t looked back since.

Highly competitive in both the mountain bike marathon and road events in the VA category as well as a bit of multi-sport “here and there”, he has clocked up some amazing victories and achievements during his career.

So we asked him to take off his helmet, for a short while, and asked him a few questions.

 

MC: When you aren’t cycling, what do you actually do?

MH: I recently went on my own as a marketing and sales consultant, while also spreading my entrepreneurial wings with a few new concepts.

 

MC: Tell us about your competitive cycling.

MH: I am a member of the Complete Cyclist race team in the VA Category (men 30-34), which is a super bunch to be part of as we take the racing seriously while also enjoying the lifestyle of cycling with like-minded people off the bike.

 

MC: Apart from cycling, have you done any other sport?

MH: I used to play a lot of golf as a kid before getting into athletics seriously while on a gap year in the UK in 2003.

 

MC: So how did you get into cycling?

MH: While at varsity at the University Of Johannesburg (UJ), I was convinced cycling was the way to go and I joined a SASSU team before then heading over to Mauritius for a race in 2005. I have never looked back.

 

MC: So you are now a cyclist?

MH: Cycling is not the new golf, its better. It combines the networking and business skill of time with people outside the office, while adding the more active sporting discipline and ability to include just about anyone. I’ve also met the most amazing people through cycling and been privileged enough to experience some special events.

 

MC: You had a great season in 2015. For you, what were the highlights?

MH: I took first place in my category at the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge. Our team took first mixed team at the Coronation Double Century. I took third place at the SA Marathon Mountain Bike Champs and I was first place in my age category at the Discovery World Triathlon Series – Cape Town.

 

MC: Are there any other achievements that you have notched up during your life that you are particularly proud of?

MH: I was chosen for the regional and then national (top 10) of the Land Rover G4 Challenge in 2008. I also got a fourth place in my age group at the World Duathlon Championships in Rimini that same year.

 

MC: Where is your favourite place to ride in South Africa on the road?

MH: That would be the coastal road between Betty’s Bay and Gordon’s Bay in the Western Cape.

 

MC: Where is your favourite mountain bike ride in South Africa?

MH: Definitely Jonkershoek Nature Reserve just outside Stellenbosch.

 

MC: What do you regard as your cycling strength?

MH: Sprinting, definitely sprinting, although I try keep the weight down and climb as best I can.

 

MC: What is the best advice you’ve been given?

MH: When you tired in a race… that’s when you attack. Chances are everyone else is also tired.

 

MC: What is the best cycling advice you can give?

MH: When you start out, don’t get too specific. Take the time you have available and get out riding … put kilometres into the legs and get used to it for a few months first.

 

MC: Who are your sporting heroes?

MH: Michael Johnson, Usain Bolt and Tiger Woods

 

MC: What are your favourite movies?

MH: Brian’s Song and Coach Carter

 

MC: And what is your favourite quote?

MH: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” This is taken from the movie Coach Carter.

Raymond Travers

Raymond Travers

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