Congratulations to the Absa #SheUntaimed riders for conquering the 2024 Momentum Medical Scheme Tankwa Trek

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South Africa, 12 February 2024:  We are thrilled to extend our warmest congratulations to our Absa #SheUntaimed riders for their outstanding performance during the gruelling four-day stage race at the 2024 Momentum Medical Scheme Tankwa Trek. The Momentum Medical Scheme Tankwa Trek, renowned for its challenging terrain and rigorous stages, proved to be the ultimate test of skill, endurance and determination for the formidable 20for20 team. 

Following the resounding success of the Team Absa Training Camp, the Absa #SheUntamed riders have once again showcased their prowess at the recent event. The Momentum Medical Scheme Tankwa Trek, known for its challenging tracks and demanding conditions, saw each of the 13 Absa #SheUntamed teams surmounting every obstacle with grit and determination and, above all, sass. 

Over the course of four demanding stages, spanning a total distance of 269.8 kilometres and encompassing an impressive 5 320 meters of climbing, our Absa #SheUntaimed riders showcased unparalleled resilience and grit. Despite the daunting obstacles and unforgiving conditions, they emerged victorious, leaving an indelible mark on this prestigious Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Class 1 stage race.

Tina Venter, Executive: Marketing Operations, Absa Group Marketing and Corporate Affairs, says, “We are immensely proud of our Absa #SheUntaimed riders for their remarkable achievement in conquering the demanding four stages of the 2024 Momentum Medical Scheme Tankwa Trek. Despite the gruelling nature of the event, our Absa #SheUntaimed riders demonstrated unparalleled determination and skill, showcasing the true spirit of resilience and camaraderie. Congratulations to all our riders for their outstanding performance!”

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the following women who demonstrated exceptional skill, determination and camaraderie throughout the 2024 Momentum Medical Scheme Tankwa Trek:

  • Tracey Quin and Danilee Reilly
  • Zintle Gantsho and Fikile Jiyane
  • Alisha Myers and Ann Harrison
  • Manti Manganye and Nikki Booyens
  • Mamello Letsie and Martha Koekemoer
  • Cherise Odendaal and Michelle Rudolph
  • Reinette Geldenhuis and Kirsten Landman
  • Simone Sharpe and Ingrid Avidon
  • Ricci-Lee Brookstone and Melissa Kritzinger
  • ⁠Natasja Kask and Elaine Beytell
  • Hannele Steyn and Janine Muller
  • Sarah Hill and Hayley Smith
  • Carli Cooke and Gemma Shales

Their remarkable achievements serve as a testament to the spirit of perseverance and determination that defines our Absa #SheUntaimed community. We are immensely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to supporting them in their future endeavours.

Carli Cooke, one of the Absa #SheUntamed riders says, “The Momentum Medical Scheme Tankwa Trek is among the most technically challenging races as it requires navigating sand, rocky areas and ruts, often at speed. Temperatures can soar, making the steep 8km Merino Monster climb exceptionally challenging. My partner and I were pleased to have had a smooth ride and we enjoyed the Koue Bokkeveld landscape, which has a beauty of its own”.

In anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the iconic Absa Cape Epic, scheduled for 17 to 24 March 2024, Absa is amplifying its commitment to women’s cycling through the #SheUntamed initiative. Embracing the milestone, Absa has set an ambitious target of assembling 20 all-women teams under the Team Absa #SheUntamed 20for20 banner.

Sarah Hill, Head Coach of the Absa #SheUntamed programme, expressed her pride in the remarkable achievements of the participating women. “I am so proud of all the women and could not have asked for better results,” she stated. “It has been a pleasure working with the Absa #SheUntamed women and seeing them grow over the past six months, with their individual stories turning into inspiring milestones. I can’t wait to witness this amazing line-up of women at the 20th edition of the Absa Cape Epic.”

With the Tankwa Trek success fuelling their determination, the Absa #SheUntamed teams are now gearing up for the grand spectacle of the Absa Cape Epic. As the final countdown begins, anticipation is at its peak for what promises to be a historic display of women’s cycling prowess.

Absa #SheUntamed, an Absa initiative for women in cycling.