If all sporting competitions were awarded based on statistics and previous performances, then it will be safe to say Mahalapye-born cyclist, Bokang Ebudilwe’s dream of reaching the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is imminent based on her recent achievements and prospects. Nonetheless should, Ebudilwe add the Olympics qualification to her progressive credentials, the 21-year-old cyclist will surely become the first Motswana and first female cyclist to reach the much coveted summer games.
Ebudilwe (21), who is affiliated to Tsela Riders is currently ranked 4th in Africa and 146th in the world by the Union Cycliste International in the Under-23 category. Her first break was in 2014 during the 2nd Africa Youth Games as an 18-year-old, even though she did not manage podium finish.
Speaking at the recent Nedbank Tour de Tuli, Ebudilwe said her 2014 break into cycling was never about winning but building up for her cycling career where she has since won numerous awards since her debut.
“For me you can’t start something which is even new to your country and expect to be a world beater; it’s an expensive sport and firstly for me was securing the right gear to compete.”
“A proper cycling bike can cost P100 000 but it’s the right mentality that win races. I am racing here in the Nedbank Tour de Tuli to prepare for the upcoming Olympics which is my ultimate dream. The terrain here is uneven which is even good practice for me. At the Olympics I intend to do road cycling,” she said.
Ebudilwe is also a club member in Lesotho where she normally gets her practices and competition to perfect her cycling skills.