The initial plan was to race Barberton ultra marathon on the Saturday.., but the plan changed! The guys from www.xcosa.co.za had their first race at fountains. With XC being my main focus, I have to make use of every opportunity to race it! The other major decisive factor was the opportunity for me to race against Burry Stander, testing myself against one of the best in the world. xcosa.co.za had a R10 000 prize up for the winner as well. I'm sure this series will only go from strength to strength! Great initiative.
Anyway..,the race was fun!! and I had a super cool home crowd!! Thanks mense! Very special!! Off the start line into the first lap I was sitting comfortably in 4th position. In the second lap I got a bit over exited and took the lead. Later on Burry and I got away and this was pretty much the situation until the final 300m.
Up the last drag we had a slight tussle for the single track and Burry got in first...now after the race I think of how I should have handled the final sprint..but it's all just experience...at least I learnt something!
I was tired!! Didn’t focus 100% when I rebuilt my bike out of the box. In the race I had to stop a few times to make unnecessary adjustments. On the second last lap Renay Groustra had about a 2min lead on me, but fortunately I managed to close the gap before the finish and won the race! Yeah!!!
Team Contego will be fueled by USN and transported by Budget car rentals. Confirmed! Thanks Line Griffiths! We love you!
Now the real racing begins! Hectic 2 months ahead! FOCUS...and believe! Lets do this!!