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No Kydding his class
- Updated: April 20, 2012
A study of┬á Cycle Lab-Toyota athlete Oswald Kydd’s results reveals that he’s a man to whom the well-known saying of ‘when the going gets tough, the tough gets going’ undoubtedly applies.
In March this year he won a gold medal in the Tri2 Category of the South African Triathlon Championship in Port Elizabeth.┬áJust 10 days later he won two gold medals (C2 Class) at the South African Cycling Championship for the Disabled in Durban.
And this was just the beginning. One of Kydd’s big goals for the season is to defend the world title he won last year at the World Triathlon Championship.
What is exciting for Kydd is that triathlon will be included in the programme of the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil. “Hopefully, I will still be competitive enough to go to the Games then.”
Kydd is truly an inspiration to those people who are quick to complain about life not being fair. He started his cycling career in 1988 and has an impressive record to show for it. In 1996 he gained his provincial colours and a future as a professional cyclist beckoned, but a year later his life changed dramatically in a matter of minutes.
He was cycling home when a truck forced him off the road. Kydd caught up with the truck at a robot and was about to give the rider a piece of his mind. Before he could do so, however, the driver pulled away and he lost his balance and fell under the truck.
“The truck went over my leg and stopped on my hand.┬á It then went forward and crushed my leg again. The efforts to save my leg were unsuccessful and I had to make the decision that it should be amputated,” said Kydd.
But you cannot keep a good man down. Six months later Kydd was back on his bike with an artificial leg.
Kydd makes it clear that to quit cycling, the sport that he loves so much was never an option. “I absolutely enjoy testing myself and my body to the limit when I ride my bike.”
Not surprisingly his role model is Lance Armstrong, seven times winner of the Tour de France. “I admire Lance’s guts and determination.
“Another role model is Sarah Rienertsen, the first female above-knee amputee to have competed in, and completed, an Ironman World Championships┬áin Kona.”
It should not be a surprise that Kydd has completed three Ironman events (3.8km swim, 180km cycle, 42.2km run), all within the allocated time limit of 17 hours.