Here’s why Nyiko Masango cycled almost 3000km across the country

BY Nkosazana Ngwadla

Although it rained for four days in the Western Cape, with the winds reaching 67 kph on the N2 between East London and Port Alfred, nothing was about to stop Nyiko Masango from cycling on.

The goal was to show that nothing was impossible, so Mr Dynamix, as he is affectionately known, cycled a total of 2,626 km from his birthplace of Nkowankowa, outside Tzaneen in Limpopo, all the way to Cape Town.

From Limpopo he moved on to Mpumalanga, the North West, Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape.

The plan was to travel 150 km a day and to arrive in Cape Town by the 20th day. However, after he completed all nine provinces, winding up in Gqeberha on the 18th day, he cycled back to Cape Town the next day, completing his mission a day early.

In August this year, he celebrated his 46th birthday on the road, cycling over 300 km from Midrand to Polokwane. In the past he’s cycled from Tzaneen to Tanzania and also likes to go on adventures on foot, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to Gilman’s Point in 12 hours and walking 400 km from Tzaneen to Joburg.

Although he says that the biking challenge is one of his proudest moments so far, he says nothing will beat fatherhood.

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