'Joberg2C mountain bike race an opportunity to think deeply about our country'

Social justice advocate Mark Heywood recently completed the Joberg2C mountain bike race to raise money for Section 27.

Also read: Social justice advocate to cycle 900 kms to raise funds for Section 27

Heywood reflected on the grueling nine day race and says it may be one of the most exciting experiences of his life.

It was very tough. Over 100 kilometres a day, up and down mountains, on dirt paths and along river sides.

Mark Heywood, Executive Director of Section 27

It was a wonderful experience and opportunity to see South Africa and a wonderful opportunity to think deeply about our country.

Mark Heywood, Executive Director of Section 27

There were long moments of pain, introspection, silence and questioning.

Mark Heywood, Executive Director of Section 27

I learnt about the beauty of our country, which I knew about already - but I saw it every second of the day.

Mark Heywood, Executive Director of Section 27

There's a whole book to be written just about the stories of the people who do this race.

Mark Heywood, Executive Director of Section 27

Heywood bonded with a group of other advocates and activists riding for different causes, including Letshego Zulu.

He described the "grind" involved with each day and what he says he the learnt most from the challenge.

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