After having the past 3 weekends off racing, it’s time to get going again. Although it was good to have a bit of a break the training has been tough but I’m feeling ready to go now.
This past Saturday we celebrated the marriage of good friends Erik and Ariane Kleinhans, an awesome venue, great food and good company topping off a superb day.
I have settled into a good routine with my new coach Ian Rodger, and have been using a Power Tap for the first time and really enjoying it. It’s a tough tool to train with as it leaves no room to hide but it’s good to see the real result of your training session. For those who don’t know what a power meter is, in a nutshell, it’s a device that measures your wattage output when riding and is very useful when doing intervals or tempo rides to hit the right training zones. The watts don’t lie!
On the racing side I’m off to Durban for three back to back weekends of tough racing.
First up is the National Cup XCO at Cascades this coming Saturday which will most likely be a mini world cup in itself with most of the international guys having already arrived.
Next week, on the same course, I will be racing my first ever World Cup XCO event, and with no doubt, with most likely more than 100 elite riders lining up, it’ll be a tough one! My world ranking is relatively low, just in the top 500 after the SA XCO championships result which means I will be starting near the back of the grid. If you’re in the Pietermaritzburg area next weekend be sure to come check it out, it really is an awesome event!
When the event was last held in Pietermaritzburg in 2009 just over 20 000 spectators came to watch over the race weekend, so bring your vuvuzelas, cow bells and please shout for me☺. You can get tickets here
Image Credit Rob Jones
To end the trip off will be a road race in the Tour Durban. A fairly big race in the national road calendar and one I havent done before.
I will be receiving my new race and social kit this week and will be sure to post a couple of shots of it up later in the week.