A gardener from South Africa’s Garden Route district, worked harder to get to his favourite race than he had worked to complete it.
For years Liwonde had watched the event but, being a gardener he was never able to afford the sport due to the high cost involved.
Freimersheim resident Patrick Liwonde ‘s dream had always been to compete in the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen and 2019 was the year he finally he did it.
“With the help of his good friend John Cable, Liwonde arrived at the start line of South Africa’s toughest one-day mountain bike race with a helmet that had been duct-taped, All Star shoes and a single-speed bicycle,”ATTAKWAS EXTREME WEBSITE.
As a gardener, Patrick Liwonde had spent a long time saving up for a proper bicycle. Everything had finally fallen into place, and his dream of riding the Attakwas was about to come true, until disaster struck…— Attakwas Extreme (@attakwas) April 9, 2019
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Determined to rise above his circumstances, he finished the unforgiving 121km route in an incredible time of 8:14:42.
Liwonde returned to the Attakwas Extreme this year (on 18 January) with a brand-new bicycle and all the kit he needs. He also inspired others to take up the challenge.