Monday, August 1, 2011
So little did I know what lay ahead of me the day after Die Burger MTB Challenge 2011. A friend of mine, who also rode the race the previous day took my on a slow by some what long recovery ride around our most beautiful coast line.
I started off from my home in Pinelands met my Friend at The Old Biscuit Mill and made our way around Camps Bay, over Chappies into Noordhoek then left towards Kommetjie past Cape Point, through Simons Town. We decided that the M4 Main road would be too dangerous so we decided to take the more scenic route past Steenberg, through Wynberg and home Back into Pinelands.
All in all, 130km's covered in a riding time, just on 5hours.
A 5am wake-up to get ready to drive through to Stellenbosch for Die Burger MTB Challenge 2011 which saw almost 500 riders get ready for the challenging 60km route. I received the new Cycle4Smiles shirts at the 11th hour but Dianie from LR Gear, who made the shirts for me, really did a great job. Thanks Dianie.
The weather was perfect for racing and we set off at 08:15 sharp. The ride was challenging but the new bike, that I had aquired on Wednesday last week, handled the terrain like a dream. Even though I rode within myself for the majority of the race I managed to beat my time by 6 min's from last year in a time of 3hrs19min and some seconds, so next year I'm almost positive that I will be able to improve on this years time.
I am still waiting for the official photo's but here are a few taken from one of my adoring fans, My Mum.