Illovo Classic Cycling champion Steve Nazombe and his runner-up Leonard Tsoyo are in South Africa to fight for glory in today’s 110 kilometres Cape Argus Cycle Tour.
Before they flew to the international contest courtesy of Illovo Sugar Company, the two said nothing can stop them from plucking the top-two slots.
Nazombe, who won the 115-kilometre Illovo Classic Race in 2:59:59 hours, will be participating in an international event for the first time while Tsoyo (3:00:01 hours) will be doing it in the Cape Argus contest for the fifth time.
“I do not have an international experience, but I am well prepared for this event. I want to prove to the world that experience is not the only determining factor for glory but thorough preparations. If I do not win gold, then the runner-up slot should be my last option,” Nazombe said.
But Tsoyo, who finished 12th in 3:4:21 hours out of over 300 contestants in the 2012 event, said it pains him to have participated in the event several times without bringing home a medal.
Blantyre Cycling Club (BCC) president Dyton Chimwaza thanked Illovo for providing the cyclists with K2.5 million for return air tickets, food and accommodation in South Africa.