19-year-old Komborero Bere is a man with a big heart and even bigger cycling dreams. Bere will be headed to Tshwane to take part in the second round of the LOAD National MTB Cup Series Cross-country (XCO) race at Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tswhane on Saturday 15 April.
Bere began cycling just four years ago in Cape Town, and joined Team Contego Giant with Philip Buys and Mariske Strauss, where he raced both Cross-country and marathon disciplines.
In 2015, Buys (then riding for Scott Factory Racing Team) took Bere under his wing, where he formed part of the team’s development team. “Little did I know that he saw so much potential in me and toward the end of 2016 I signed with his new team for 2017, PYGA Eurosteel,” said Bere.
The PYGA Eurosteel team consists of only three riders so far. “I'm very humbled and blessed to be in that professional setup, and at such a young age only good things are too come in my future,” he said.
Bere took part in the first round of the Series, and said: “The first round of the Cross-country Series, which was held in Paarl, Cape Town, was fused with some of the very best Cross-country racers in the world.
“Amongst them was the Under 23 World Champion (Samuel Gaze). The race was brutal, but at the very same time, you do need to race against the best in order to be the best.”
Bere said that he is certainly looking forward to the second round in Wolwespruit. “Training is well on track and I am going in with a different mind set,” he added.
When chatting about his 2017 goals, Bere has said that he has set them high. “Of course my long term goal being 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and many other Olympic Games to come,” he said.
He looks forward this year to racing at Continental level and international level. “I would love to be at African Continental Champs XCO in Mauritius and also the World Championships in Cairns, Australia this year,” he said.
Bere is a man of strong faith, and hopes to engage positively with his community to get more members involved in cycling. He believes that his calling is not only to be an athlete, but also to be a reflection of the values and beliefs of his faith.
Entries for the second round of the 2017 LOAD National MTB Cup Series XCO are open, and close on Tuesday 11 April. To enter, click here: https://cyclingsa-events.co.za/app/