MTN-Qhubeka swap bikes for boots to hike up Table Mountain - gallery

The MTN-Qhubeka team swapped bikes for hiking boots on Tuesday as they, along with their new recruits, headed for the hills to walk up Cape Town’s Table Mountain.

It was an early start for all as the team left their waterfront hotel just after 7am. Despite that, the temperature was in the mid-20s and it would only rise throughout the day. After locating the whereabouts of the sun cream, and after a safety briefing from the guides, they set off.

With some only arriving to the camp as late as Monday, it was a good opportunity for the current crop to meet the new guys.

The pace took its toll and by the time that they reached the top, they had split into much smaller groups. Jay Thompson and Daniel Teklehaimanot were among the first over the top, while Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw brought up the rear.

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