Gerhard van Noordwyk
I am a management consultant by day, but an adventurer at heart. After running various marathons and ultra-marathons (including 3 Comrades Marathons), injury forced me to switch to cycling in 2000.
Riding an annual team event of 200km in the Western Cape of South Africa was considered the ultimate cycling achievement. This was until I became aware of long-distance riding or Randonneuring. The idea of riding ones bike continuous over multiple days fascinated me and the dream of competing in Paris-Brest-Paris was born. In 2015 I had the privilege of entering and completing this fascinating event as part of a 14-man South African squad, which included my partner in this venture, Nico Coetzee.
Extending your horizons by extending the distances you ride opens up new possibilities and really proof that the human spirit, mind and the body can be stretched way further than you can imagine. Distance is a concept that becomes blurred when you ride your bike.
Proud father of a 5 month old genius. I’m a stock broker (no, portfolio manager) by day – but try to spend more time on the bicycle. Tipping the scale at way above 100kg I am certainly no climber, but can go forever, even Everest. Randonneuring was my gateway drug to long distance cycling – starting with a humble 200km Audax BRM ride in 2012. I was fortunate to participate in PBP 2015 (starting with Gerhard) and I’m holding thumbs to get an entry to LEL 2017. I also did the Robben Island swim and an English Channel crossing is on my bucket list. To me, cycling means freedom.
Nico is also involved in many cycling related projects, check out – blog, linkedin, facebook, movemybicycle, tdbevents, webandmore, audaxsa, tourdeboland, cape1000, weskustoer, langebergtour, masterstour, moordenaarsmtb, karoogravelbike, racearoundsouthafrica.
We should all spend more time on our bicycles.