ashleigh moolman pasio*Turning professional has actually deepened the Christian faith of an up and coming South African cyclist, says Christian Today.

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, 26, (pictured) revealed that her relationship with God has improved in an environment that is more “selfish and self-centred” than Christian.

Like any aspiring female cyclist in South Africa, Ashleigh had to move to Europe to be able to compete with the world’s best. But her battle to establish herself was hampered by breaking her collar-bone three times in 12 months in 2009-10.

However, she kept going and was rewarded with a creditable 16th in the women’s road race on Sunday.

She said her faith has enabled her to get through these tough times. ‘Taking my cycling more seriously has actually strengthened my faith,’ she said. ‘I’ve really relied on my faith to keep me going, especially in tough times, like breaking my collar-bone three times. If I didn’t have faith in God I think I would have given up. It’s just about having the patience and trusting in him.’

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