NATALIE du Toit will trade in her swimming cap for a bicycle helmet on Sunday as she takes part in the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge.
Du Toit got on to a bike for the first time yesterday since the accident during which she lost her leg in 2001 and said it was “quite challenging” pedalling with her prosthetic and keeping it strapped in.
“I don’t have the same amount of weight on both sides, but I have 94.7km to get used to it,” she joked, adding that she had been a regular cyclist before her accident.
“I have a history of cycling, and was on a bike for many years. I used to cycle around Cape Town to training and back home – it was my only mode of transport.”
Riding with the likes of the Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, Du Toit would be part of the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport’s I Play Fair team on Sunday, which aimed at eliminating doping from sport.
Since retiring from competitive swimming after this year’s Paralympics, Du Toit said she had not spent any time in the pool and had been up to “crazy stuff”, such as motivational speaking and racing around the Kyalami racecourse.