South African cyclist and 2020 Momentum gsport Ministerial Award recipient Tiffany Keep enjoyed a ground-breaking year abroad in 2023, including a first UCI podium finish at the Tour de Feminin, and an overall third place finish at the Ras Na MBan stage race.
2023 was officially #TheYearOfWomensSport and Keep calls it her “Breakthrough Year” after taking a leap of faith in her career, which seemed risky at first but paid off in many ways.
“I made some progress in my international racing season, which helped to open doors to new possibilities for the future. I was also able to prove to myself that those dreams I had as a little girl can become a reality and, in many ways, it has been realised and I am excited for what lays ahead.”International Pro Cyclist, Tiffany Keep
Since winning on the gsport stage in August of 2020, Keep’s career has steadily progressed as both an athlete and individual. Experiencing many highs and lows and at times questioning herself and the path that she has chosen, she had to dig deep and believe that where there is determination, there is always a way forward.
“I love racing and riding my bike and as dreams may come, I will continue to chase my goals for as long as I can. 2023 across the pond was the longest but the best season yet!”
Stubbornly independent and shy, Keep feels that women’s sport needs to be a viable career path and not be just an optional extra. With a strong belief in pushing gender boundaries in sport, Keep is all for the elevation and growth of Women’s Sport.
“I would like to see Women’s Sport continuing to grow into its own entity, where we do not have to continually compare women’s and men’s sport. I believe that women should forge their own path where we create our own rules and expectations. I would love for female athletes to reshape stereotypes and expectations, so that all the little girls out there can look up and be inspired at the many possibilities and opportunities.”
The pro cyclist loves racing with the sun against her face and the wind in her hair, and believes in being happy, and that enjoyment is key to longevity in doing what you love.
“Your sport should always be fun. But also keep working hard and chipping away towards those goals. No matter how far away they may seem, no ounce of hard work goes unnoticed.”International Pro Cyclist, Tiffany Keep
“Bike racing is hard and it takes a lot out of you. Some days are bad, some days are good, and then you get those few days in between that are just incredible,” Keep told gsport, “When everything falls into place, making all the sacrifices, hard work, and challenges worth it.
With 2024, on the horizon, Keep has high standards and a burning desire to continue growing in all aspects of her life. “I am already laying the foundation for the progression that I hope will take place in 2024. It would be a dream come true to go to the Olympics but to also to make significant steps towards achieving a professional contract with an international cycling team.”
Main Photo Caption: International cyclist Tiffany Keep is benefitting after a leap of faith allowed her to realise professional firsts in 2023, and she believes the platform she’s laid will allow her greater opportunities to qualify for Paris 2024 among with other career goals. Photo: Ras na MBan Offical Race Photographer
Photo 2 Caption: Keep has high standards and a burning desire to continue growing in all aspects of her life. Photo: Max Sullivan
Photo 3 Caption: Keep stays tuned for the ‘incredible days, when everything falls into place, making all the sacrifices, hard work, and challenges worth it.’ Photo: Schaal Sels Merksem