James Reid – South Africa’s mountain biking champion – has revealed his decision to withdraw from mountain biking for 2017.
He told Trendmtb in a recent feature that he has decided to suspend his professional racing career in other to dedicate more time to his studies.
The South African is currently studying for a Masters degree in business administration MBA) at UCT’s Graduate School of Business.
“Cycling has been a big part of my life but it’s not my whole life – it is not the only thing that defines me,” said Reid.
“I also want an intriguing and engaging life beyond sport, not necessarily in the cycling sphere. So in a way, doing my MBA is setting myself up for the years of my life post bike racing,” he added.
The young athlete has so far had a rewarding career, with many titles to his name. Some of his most notable accomplishments include; two Elite national XCO titles, two Elite national marathon titles, and recently represented South Africa at the Rio Olympic Games.
The 24-year old professional did not disclosed when he will return to professional cycling, but hinted that he will definitely make a comeback and intended to face the sport with a different approach when he returns.