Updated 14 March 2017

Mother and daughter make history with Cape Epic race

This year the first ever mother and daughter team to take part in the Cape Epic mountain bike race to raise awareness and funds for a cancer charity organisation.

Mikayla and Nicky Webb are two ordinary South African women doing extraordinary things. They are the first ever mother daughter team to take on the world’s cleanest race, the Cape Epic mountain bike race, to raise awareness and funds for CANSA.

The ride was in memory of their grandfather, lost to cancer in 2008, and also in support of Mikayla’s much-loved godmother who is currently fighting bone cancer.  Their journey began in October last year when they did the research and realised they could make history while raising funds and awareness in support of cancer a cause very close to both their hearts. And so the gruelling training kicked off.

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Mikayla is quick to point out that the race is "not made for girls" but the emotion is palpable when she talks about the awesomeness of the experience. She is 24, her mother is 50 and she says the immense pride she felt watching her mum push through even the most difficult stages of the race with unfailing determination has brought them closer than ever before.

Not many people have the privilege to experience moments like this with their mom and the way that Mikayla talks about her mother’s strength and the unbelievable inspiration she gets from her mother’s unfailing determination is moving.

“It’s a once in a lifetime experience, not many people have the privilege to share moments like this with their mom. I’m so incredibly proud of her and her strength is the biggest inspiration of all,”

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Both women work full time jobs, Mikayla as a project manager in construction and Nicky, who runs her own property management company. They have been supported by the CANSA foundation and were sponsored by USN who provided them with custom made riding kit for the race and supplied all their nutritional needs for the duration of their training and the race.

All funds raised are through the CANSA foundation who are supporting their ride, and contributions can be made quickly and easily through by simply entering an email address, writing a message of encouragement and paying via a credit card in any currency, from anywhere. Corporates wishing to contribute get an A18 form to claim back from tax. 

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