William Mokgopo, aka the Skinny Hulk, recently returned from his sixth Absa Cape Epic and is preparing for the upcoming SA National MTB XCO Cup at Cascades, Pietermaritzburg on the 5th May.
But he has a grander dream. One that will help develop more black professional cyclists. He is currently sponsored by Triviron Project Management and is busy building the foundations of another long-time dream - to start his own cycling team.
William Mokgopo finished his sixth Absa Cape Epic this year. The former winner of the Telkom 947 MTB Challenge is starting his own cycling team.
It’s not just about me anymore. It’s about opening the path for those who will come after me and making the sport of cycling more accessible to them as a viable career path. This is not something that will happen overnight, but I am working with my partners to put more professional black riders on the start line in the near future.William Makgopo
In between his training and racing schedule, he is about to complete his B.Sport Science Degree at TUKS and then plans to do his honours in Project Management.
And as for his win in 2015? Well, the Skinny Hulk remembers it well. It was a very tactical race and I only really got ahead of Nico Pfitzenmaier and Neil Robinson on the last climb to avoid a sprint finish again. I remember it being the hardest three minutes of my life to the finish line, but then the pain was over shadowed by the victory.
Perhaps 2018 will be his year.