Gut reaction can’t stop vegan biker

Vegan mountainbiker Frans Claes took on the incredibly tough Imbuko Big Five MTB Challenge in South Africa – and faced more than he expected.  The South African one-day event sees riders facing a 75 km course with five peaks totally over 3000 metres of height gain.

Unfortunately Frans picked up a bacterial infection and the week leading up to the race – and the day itself – was affected.

“Maybe I picked up a bacteria somewhere” said Frans. “I felt a bit empty, but I wanted to ride the race anyway.”

Incredibly Frans finished sixth in 3 hours 48 mins 36 seconds.  He was 3 minutes behind the winning rider and one of just seven riders finishing in under 4hours 15.

He’s already looking forward to the next race, the Cape Epic, which is a five-day UCI road race: the Tour of Good Hope from 2 to 6 March.

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