Bakang Ebudilwe of Tsela Riders Cycling Club left them all at her heels at the Lesotho Sky Mountain bike race in Maseru recently.
The race pitted cyclists (male and females) from southern Africa who were competing in six-day races ranging from 382km to 9 480km.
Ebudilwe, who was the only candidate representing Botswana, partnered with Lesotho’s Likeleli Masitise and both finished third overall position to clinch a bronze medal.
“I and my Lesotho partner came third in the first race. The third day we did 90km in eight hours which I believe was a test of stamina but managed to reach the finish line ahead of some South African rivals who have been always my strongest opponents,” She said.
“The last day was the shortest and though I was not familiar with the terrain I came third again which I believe was a reflection of consistency and I am happy because I managed to be consistent,” said Ebudilwe.
“I am so proud of myself because I was the youngest in the challenge and I met different people who I learnt a lot from,” she said.
The 22-year-old cyclist is ranked first in Botswana’s ladies Under-23 category.
Ebudilwe recently won her first regional title of the year in Swaziland’s MTN Khemani Cycling Challenge in a 60km race.
She added that she is setting her eyes on next month’s Selibe Phikwe Challenge where she will be competing in the 100km race.
“I think I am ready for the challenge because I have had enough time to train,” she concludes.