Mr Price Karlkloof Trail Blazer

For the first time in just under 6 weeks the Cube and I lined up behind the chalk. This time it was different in that we wouldn’t be racing full gas but rather at a more sedate enjoyable pace. Don’t get me wrong I love racing but it was fun to go to a race, not worry about being a few minutes late and enjoying a couple of drinks the night before.

So off to the Karlkloof Country Club on Sunday morning for the Mr Price Karlkloof Trail Blazer it was. The weather in Hilton over the last week has been crappy: misty and drizzly every day but Sunday morning clear sunny skies and temperatures which would soar to 35C greeted us. Awesome!

Good friend Craig Paul (Jeep) and I had decided to ride together in the week before. Our start was so relaxed we were chilling under a gazebo next to the start line as the gun went off and only got moving a couple of moments later.

The highlight of the Trail Blazer is the awesome single track and too the abundance of it. There are so many trails which are all in tip top condition that doing this race is only a pleasure. The track is so flowing and fun it’s just amazing! Highlights include The Gauntlet and Supertubes and about 15 other trails I can’t remember the names of! (No exaggeration)

The Gauntlet

Image compliments Mr Price Karlkloof Classic 

 

 It is hard to explain how great the course is so if you’re a mountain biker do yourself a favour, take yourself and your bike out to Karlkloof one weekend, pay your 20 bucks for your day permit and spend that day having the most fun possible on two wheels shredding up the dirt!

Entries for the Kids Mountain Bike Camp are still open so if you have any smartie gobblers be sure to get those entries in quick!

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Kids Mountain Bike Holiday Camp

Date: 13th, 14th and 15th December

Time: 8 for 8.30am-12.30pm every day

Where: Hilton (final venue will be confirmed to camp participants prior to the event)

If you live in Pietermaritzburg or Howick and require transport please contact us and arrangements can be made.

You need: Any bicycle suitable for going off road in good working condition and a helmet. That’s all! We supply everything else you need.

Cost: R250

This includes all your riding for the 3 days. Juice and mid morning snacks from Dulce Cafe! As well as energy bar’s supplied by PVM and a camp pack.

For any more information

Contact: Chris Wolhuter

Cell: 072 445 3963

Fax: 033 383 0050

Email: 15207358@sun.ac.za

 

RSVP by Thursday the 2nd of December.

Please turn over for entry form.

Name: __________________________________________________________________________________

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Age: __________________________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: __________________________________________________________________________________

School: __________________________________________________________________________________

Guardian’s Name: __________________________________________________________________________________

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If you received this entry form from your school you can hand it in to your sports co-ordinator before or on the 2nd of December.

Alternatively the entry form can be faxed to the above number or your details emailed.

Please accompany each entry form with your money or proof of payment to secure your spot.

Limited places are available, strictly first come first serve basis. Camp participant’s guardians will be required to sign an indemnity form which will be available on the first day of the camp.

A week in the corporate world

 Last week I joined the corporate world for a week with my Cape Epic partner, Riaan Boshoff at his accounting practice Merlin Chartered accountants. It was an enjoyable week but think I still prefer riding my bike for now 🙂 but thanks to Riaan and Marli for having me and I learnt a lot.

 

Riaan and I at the start of this years Epic.

I also received the goods news that I had passed my last subject and now have my degree, a BCom in Management Accounting. I was really stoked and relieved that the years of hard work has paid off. Next year I will be doing my honours in management accounting and this is the next step on the path towards my final goal of obtaining the CIMA qualification, a Chartered Management Accountant. This still requires me to do 3 years of ‘articles’ type of work and external exams which are done through the head CIMA in the UK.

In terms of bike things I have had a couple of days off and will start training for the 2011 season this coming weekend. Going to be doing the Mr Price Karlkloof Trail Blazer but not at break neck race pace rather a more sedate mid pack cruise.

Mel and I also popped in to Dulce Cafe Somerset West for a lunch and coffee. Dulce Cafe have been an instrumental sponsor to me this year and I always enjoy popping into Elana’s store and supporting them as they support me.

Dulce Cafe Somerset West

New Kit

My new kit arrived this past week. Loving the new design and colours! It’s super comfy too. Check it out

Front with the sides folded in, the Dulce Cafe logos are actually on the side

 

The back

 

Shorts

 

I also received my new Blackberry phone this past week. It’s an awesome gadget and I almost managed to do this entire blog post(granted there isin’t much writing) on it. This will be quite cool for the future for stage races such as the Cap Epic where doing daily blogs will be much easier.

 

Have a good week and enjoy the weather if you’re in the greater Cape Town area. Summer is here!

That’s a Wrap

What a season it’s been with its highs and lows. So, where to start…

When I start out the new season, , I always aim to, besides my more specific goals, do something new and different; may it be going to races I haven’t done before, riding in new places or experiencing new things.

I believe very much in the saying “Adapt or die…”

This year I can say I have definitely done that. Looking back I have been so privileged to have been able to do what I have, thanks to the awesome support from sponsors, family, my girlfriend and friends.

Having joined the Toyota Cycle Lab team at the end of last year I approached the season thinking that I would be making more of a move from mountain biking to road. This is where the better opportunities seemed lie for me.

The teams focus for the first couple of months was the Virgin Active Pro Classic series and then the Giro del Capo road tour which culminated the summer season. Things went fairly well for me. I found some sprinting legs and learnt more in terms of bunch positioning in the sprint with every race and got a few top 10’s in the league races as well as taking a win at the Killarney mid week criterium in the sprint thanks to a great lead out from my team mate Matt Evans. (A big thanks to Carinus for the countless hours he spent on the scooter motorpacing me, the training was invaluable.)

The Giro.

Image Compliments Torque Pics

The team was also very privileged in having a few high calibre riders join us for the Giro del Capo. This helped us to finish as the best Western Cape team in the team competition and numerous top 20 finishes on stages. To Shaun Ward, Silvio Bundi and Thomas Zahnd; thanks guys for joining us and it was a privilege getting to know and learning from you.

The week following the Giro, I felt like I had good form and after spending time with Silvio and Thom (who were actually out to do the ABSA Cape Epic) I was determined to try and get a ride in the Epic. Erik Kleinhans tried to help me get a ride with a random French guy but that was not too be and after having been in contact with the Epic race office for the week I was told to get some of my things ready and I might get a ride Saturday afternoon kind of thing (the event started on Sunday morning at 8am).

Come 5pm on Saturday and still no call I said to Mel that I didn’t think it would happen. Not fifteen minutes later, I received a call from a friend of mine, Bunnie Loubser.

Unfortunately for him he had not been feeling well and had paid a visit to the doctor who had done blood tests and diagnosed him with glandular fever. I felt terrible for Bunnie but at the same time, I very excited that he was giving me this opportunity to ride.

ABSA Cape Epic

 

I met my partner the next morning, Riaan Boshoff and his wife Marli, about an hour before the start. Crazy in that guys train for months on end with their partners to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses inside out.

But what can I say, the Epic was one of the best experiences of my life and Riaan and Marli will be lifelong friends of mine. I really enjoyed riding with Riaan and taking in the epicness of the epic and Marli pampered and looked after us the whole week like we were winning the event 🙂 You can read all about the Epic here if you would like but I won’t go into detail with it again.

ABSA Cape Epic

 ABSA Cape Epic

The Epic re-sparked my love affair with mountain biking. I decided that this was now where I wanted to go in cycling. The two months following the Epic was spent recovering and then travelling all over the Cape to events. Another highlight was the Klein Karro Klassiek where Erik and I travelled down together and camped for three days drinking numerous espressos and chilling in the warm baths at the Calitzdorp Spa.

Heading back to Pietermaritzburg for the mid year holiday I managed to win an entry into the two day Dusi Mfula race, compliments of Cube Bikes South Africa. I was lucky to find a last minute partner; Hilton Frost, and we did well to finish 4th in the event. This started my relationship with Paul, Darryl and Jacques from Cube and resulted in them sponsoring me with a bike for the year. It is a bike that I have thoroughly enjoyed riding and I hope to carry this relationship long into the future.

Do yourself a favour and click on their logo to look at their 2011 awesome bikes (which won two design awards at Euro Bike this year).

Cube AMS Pro Elixir R

 It was at this time I met my current coach Ian and we have been working together ever since, and I believe there has been improvement and I’m looking forward to working together into the future

Following this sponsorship I was now more determined than ever to move forward in my cycling career. I raced across the Cape and KZN participating in numerous events such as the MTN National Ultra marathons, Karoo 2 Coast, Potberg marathon and the Riebeck Valley race. I was lucky to have Squirt Lube and Sludge Tyre Sealent join my “team”. Using these great products was vital to my racing as chain suck was a thing of the past and punctures non-existent.

MTN Hilton National Ultra Marathon

Squirt Lube

Sludge Tyre Sealent

 

The Riebeck Valley mountain bike race proved to be a BIG turning point in the year. It was the first mountain bike race that I had won in the season and it was here that I also met Sean Williams. I had been searching desperately for a financial sponsor and after meeting Sean he was extremely enthusiastic in coming on board and helping me out.

 

Sean and Kay.

Restaurant fit out Sean’s company did.

The finances that Sean has helped me with have been fantastic. It has enabled me to travel to many races and expose myself to a higher level of racing that would not have otherwise been possible. We will be riding together towards the end of the year in the Leeuwenboschfontein stage race in December.

PVM Nutritional Sciences.

 

Things started to come together further in this time as two new sponsors joined the ‘team’. PVM nutritional sciences and Dulce Cafe came onboard. I have been using PVM products for a number of years and found them to be a superior product which works incredibly well.

Dulce Cafe, Waterstone Village, Somerset West.

The support Elana from Dulce cafe in Somerset West provides me with is also invaluable. When you’re next in the area, pop in for a healthy meal that will make your taste buds dance.

To all my sponsors: Sean Williams Contracts, Cube Bikes South Africa, Dulce Cafe, Squirt Lube, Sludge Sealent and PVM Nutritional Sciences a big big thank you for your support. It is more appreciated than you can imagine.

Heres to 2011, lets rock n roll…