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LANGUAGE BARRIER ‘DERAILS’ MOZ CYCLIST

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MBABANE – Communication challenges cost Mozambican cyclist Ernesto Lopes big time in the 2Fast 2Furious race.

The cyclist was racing in Eswatini’s last race of the year, which was hosted by 4EVA Club. The 2Fast 2Furious event was held at Treetops Resort in Big Bend on Saturday. Despite the scorching sun, Lopes secured position seven having clocked 2:12.46 hours in the Men Elite 75km category. The Mabiecos Cycling Club’s rider does not understand siSwati nor the English language. This caused a challenge in his peloton as other cyclists communicated in either siSwati or English. A peloton is the main group or pack of riders in a road bicycle race. Riders in a group save energy by riding near (particularly behind) other riders. The cyclists raced along MR16 Big Bend to Siteki route. Starting at the resort, they paddled past Mpolonjeni and Ngcina up to Lukhula. They then turned back and cycled up to Big Bend-Siteki junction, before heading for the finish line at Treetops.

Interpreter

Speaking to this publication on Saturday through an interpreter, the Portuguese speaking Lopes said the terrain was not a challenge to him. “I wish I had a good team to push me. However, I had a good race and happy with the results,” he said. Meanwhile, 4EVA Cycling Club Principal Clinton McNamara expressed gratitude to the participants and sponsors for making the event a success. “I guess God was with us. Despite the heat, it did not rain. The event was a perfect way to close the year. I’m looking forward to the club getting more challenges in the upcoming year. The youth excelled and I cannot ask for anything else; they just have to enjoy holidays. It is my wish to make it to an international race next year,” McNamara said.

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