Team M&G's joBerg2c race - Final day

Done and dusted. Nic Dawes (left) and Craig McKune have reached the end of the 900km cycle challenge. (Craig McKune, Instagram)

Done and dusted. Nic Dawes (left) and Craig McKune have reached the end of the 900km cycle challenge. (Craig McKune, Instagram)

It's been a nine-day challenge of up and down battles with some of South Africa's most intense terrain, but today the exertion proved well worth it. After a descent of 1 884m, the breeze blew in the scent of the cool ocean air as race participants reached the end of their journey in Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal.

The day was less strenuous than the eight days prior and thankfully, the last leg of the race was the easiest. Long, quick descents meant legs got the chance to rest as bikes roller coastered down hills and valleys.
Then it was a steady but fast upward climb through the roads of Drumdarock, Alcatraz and Kevard passing a number of farms on the way before witnessing the breaking waves of the ocean.

It sounds pretty smooth, but the race had a few sneaky climbs and technicalities in between and served as a gruelling push for the exhausted limbs that worked hard during the nine-day epic. After the last stretch, cyclists sauntered their way down a short single track before listening out for the foamy ocean not too far away.


A scruffy but content looking Nic (left) and Craig at the end of their journey. (Instagram)

After the long journey, Craig yearned for a well-deserved portion of KZN cuisine.

The Mail & Guardian team were done a few minutes past midday today, falling just over two hours shy of this year's winners.

When all's said and done though, it doesn't matter who wins or loses but how you celebrate at the finish line. And by the looks of it, it's going to be a good one.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Haji Mohamed Dawjee became Africa’s first social media editor in a newsroom at the Mail & Guardian, where she went on to work as deputy digital editor and a disruptor of the peace through a weekly column. A stint as the program manager for Impact Africa – a grant-disbursing fund for African digital journalists – followed. She now pursues her own writing full time by enraging readers of EWN and Women 24 with weekly and bi-monthly columns respectively. She also contributes to the Sunday Times and a range of other publications. Mohamed Dawjee's inaugural book of essays: Sorry, not sorry: Experiences of a brown woman in a white South Africa, is due for release by Penguin Random House in April 2018.Follow her on Twitter: @sage_of_absurd Read more from Haji Mohamed Dawjee

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