Vitor Gamito and Jose Rosa’s Epic race

Vitor Gamito and Jose Rosa's Epic race

Vitor Gamito and Jose Rosa, aged 44 and 46 respectively, two cyclists from Portugal are pedalling it out as we speak, to reign triumphant in the Absa Cape Epic 2015.

This is the first time that they will be taking part in the Cape Epic but they have taken part in other international races which have taken them to the dessert of Morocco, Switzerland, Brazil and locally in Portugal. In fact, the cycling duo have just come back from Spain two weeks ago where they came in first in the masters category.

The two are taking part in the masters category of the Cape Epic which will see them finish this week.

Even though the two have both started cycling in their teens, they have always appreciated the sport and dedicated themselves to being competitive.

“Cycling is our passion but of course we like to win,” Vitor laughs.

He tells us how he first started getting into cycling under the influence of his uncle at the age of 14. His uncle was a professional cyclist in the 60s and saw the potential that Vitor had. Jose on the other hand started his love for the sport at the age of 17 just because it fascinated him.

Of course, both cyclists agree that this is a gruelling race and proper training is vital. They were kind enough to give us some of their pointers. Firstly, they try to lose some weight so that they can be as light as possible. This of course, does not happen without a proper diet. The weight they try and lose usually happens three to four months before the actual race.

Because Vitor and Jose both have full-time jobs, Vitor being a brand manager for Gold Nutrition and Jose who works with electronics, they have to squeeze in their training early before work or after.

Vitor and Jose both agree that this is more than a race and they enjoy meeting new people and experiencing the various cultures around the world.

We would like to wish them all the best for the Cape Epic 2015.

Chilton Mellem
Editor, With a National Diploma in Journalism from CPUT and experience as a newspaper reporter, Chilton shares Dino’s passion for the Portuguese community in South Africa.