Busi Msimango’s signature moment came when she received her international teacher qualification and fulfilled her dream of creating inclusion for all in mountain biking. Photo: Supplied
For cycling enthusiast Busi Msimango, earning her international teaching qualification is her signature moment in achieving her dream of creating inclusion for all in mountain biking.
I was honored to be chosen and to be recognized for the work I did as someone who changed the face of mountain biking.
Born and raised in Jabulani, Soweto, Busi Msimango has been cycling since she was a child – but it was when she was 30 that she started racing seriously. It was during these races that she realized what the sport was missing.
“During these races, that’s when I realized how excluded we were. Each time I went to a race I was the only woman of color there and especially alone if a friend or my daughter was not with me to support me at the starting gate”. Of course, I would post photos on my social networks and my friends and colleagues would ask me “where have you been?” ‘What were you doing?’. There was still so much interest in my constituency, so I started wanting to open a cycle park in Soweto.
That dream has yet to be realized, but in her quest to open the sport up to as many people as possible in her community of Soweto and beyond, Msimango has tried to run a cycling club, which she says , wasn’t for her, and had a bike shop for a while. However, it is his latest adventure that will give him the means to realize his ambition to diversify the sport and include many more South Africans.
This month, she graduated from the Bicycle Instructor Certification Program (BICP), which is the preferred skill provider of the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). This qualification opens up a whole new world of opportunities for Msimango.
She was selected to be part of the course by Cycling SA, which has a group within it that focuses on sport development as the majority of the population is not represented in sport. Msimango is an elected member of this group. “I was honored to be chosen and to be recognized for the work I did as someone who changed the face of mountain biking.”
Msimango says one of the barriers to entering the sport is the perceived cost of equipment, but, she says, she bought her first bike from Linden Cycles in 2008. There she paid for it in installments. installments and once said her first bike, a Silverback Nebraska, was hers, she felt she was BOSS — and she never looked back. After starting her cycling club, Soweto Rocks, she found she needed to diversify her income. Keeping the name, she gave up the cycling club and opened her home.
“I was alone for a long time, lost my parents young and one of the things I had to learn to pick myself up and stay consistent going forward, always no matter the circumstances. I find new ways to stay afloat and positive.When I needed to keep going while pursuing my passion for cycling, I listed my home, Wakanda, on Airbnb and offered those who came to stay a true mountain biking experience – a tour and ride of the three mining dumps around Soweto.This side activity extended to renting bikes to visitors and showcasing his hometown from a whole new perspective.
“I like to share experiences and pass on skills to others. I’m just a lover of life and that includes people,” says Msimango, who has a background in marketing before giving up everything to share his passion for cycling with others. “This qualification allows me to explore another line of business. It’s a skill I can use anywhere in the world. It’s unlimited. »
It was on a 360km drive last November to raise awareness of gender-based violence in the hometown of a friend, Mandeni, that she remembered how much she loved the wild spaces of the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, and one of its future goals includes a skills academy in this wild place.
“I would like to create an academy on land in the rural area of KZN where people can face their fears on bicycles. These can be exclusively reserved for women or children. This qualification allows me to be more self-sufficient so that I can empower more people and teach where I am needed.
With just his first aid certification to complete and his Cycling SA license to finalize, Msimango’s goal of bringing the joys of mountain biking to even more people is quickly becoming a reality. With a well-developed sense of what she wants to accomplish and how to get there, her future as a teacher at large is limitless.
It can be.
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