Photo: Zoon Cronje'
My motivation for this Sabie ultra marathon wasn't very high. I was troubled with some sort of stomach bug the whole previous week...drained all my energy, so training didn’t go that great...,but a rest week has never been bad for me! I enjoy racing on this route and I had a pretty good result the previous year finishing 2nd . I was just not feeling it...amazing how one's mental state can affect your racing. I think my last ride over 4hours was in mid January (Attakwas). Okay okay...,thats enough excused now...,my body was actually 100% ready for this race..I just didn’t believe it!!
With Sabie being the first race of the UCI marathon series, we had some international riders on the start list. The pace was set high early on in the race by Kevin Evans (360life). I felt good so I decided to join the South African lead group including Kevin Evans, David George and Max Knox. Further up the climb I fell off the bunch with idea of catching up again on the next long downhill section. I made a judgement error approaching a corner and only realized how slippery it was when I was already butt down in the dirt!
Before the last 40km loop I was lying in 5th position. Halfway through the loop I started taking some serious strain from my crash earlier in the race, I decided to withdraw and make recovery slightly easier for SA TT champs on Thursday and the next Momentum UCI XC race in Karkloof on Saturday...
I'm happy with how I felt in the race and my confidence is restored again!! Race on!!
Garmin connect file of the race!
On Saturday we raced the first leg of the Momentum XC series at Giba gorge. I already made peace with the fact that we were going to race in wet and muddy conditions...I did about 4 training laps on the track and felt confident. Very fast fun flowing course with nothing too hectic..,and the ground surface handled the rain well.
In the race I decided to take it slightly easier the first 3 laps...by this time James Reid, Rourke Croeser and I had broken away from the rest of the field. In lap 4 I upped the tempo and managed to take the lead with a few seconds..,the track got super slippery. Overeager, I slipped on one of the downhill corners and completely overshot the turn. Flying through the air it looked like I was heading for a soft landing..., NOT the case! I slashed open my shin and took quite a beating on the right calf. I limped to the feed zone in search of some sympathy...didn’t get any at all.
It took me about half a lap to get back into a rhythm again. Fortunately I managed to chase back to the front of the race from 3rd place. I won with about 15 seconds..,so I turned out to be a very close race! Think I want to start watching these races...sounds exiting.......naahhh!! nothing beats racing!!
Ive been sitting with some sort of bug in my system the past few days after the race...not feeling that much power at the moment, but I'm sure I'll be 100% within the next day. Nothing serious! Next we head for Sabie for the first Marathon WC then it's full on racing every weekend for the next 5 weeks until after Epic!
Tired of packing your bike into those flimsy carton boxes for flying...and those old spaghetti mops...stress no more!! introducing the Evoc bike bag!! no fuss no mess!! (Verimark/Glomail add) Lame-ou!!
Okay!! but seriously...the Evoc bike bag makes traveling so much more convenient!
Thank you BUDGET car hire!!
Exiting race the first race of the national XC series! WP cycling got it right...,a combination of the spectator friendly track and a team of dedicated and passionate people involved in the organizing of the event! It's been a long while since iv'e raced a XC race in SA with such a huge spectator presence...thanks to everyone that came out to support!
Burry and I managed to break away from the rest of the field and raced together for the first 3 laps. From lap 4 I started taking strain each time we went up the climb. In the last few laps the gap to Burry grew with about 15s every lap. I tried to control myself and close the gap slowly..,but its difficult as soon as you loose that wheel in front of you.
I lost most of my time on the last lap...kind of gave up mentally..and it hurt...1min40s behind in 2nd place. This second spot is getting annoying now...
My bike at the moment is as I will race it for the rest of the year! All the necessary upgrades has been made! A balance between weight and reliability!
Training got slightly more strenuous over the last few days. Visited the SSISA labs twice for testing and training! I love this scientific approach to my training..it works!! www.sciencetosport.com The power is there and I feel super blessed! Key now is just to stay healthy and motivated! not a problem!!
I eat like a machine and sleep like a baby at the moment! Easy week coming up! Lekker!!
Mastering the power plates!! stability....
The Giant Trinity TT bike....soon i will be flying this beast...I just need to pass the pilots license test... ErgoFiT the best bike setup known to man! http://www.sciencetosport.com/
Our very fast Mavic "pletterpet" ...will get the yellow team helmets later..
My mother flew in for a few days to help with the house hunt...Cape Town got her all exited for renovation...this will be a long process..
I can tell you now that I KNOW Cape Town! We met all the neighbors of this specific house...,everyone came out to check who's shouting hallloooo!!! we found out the owner of this house is NOT alive...