Coronation Double Century

“It’s just a social team bru….” That’s what my good mate Carl said when convincing me to ride for the RSA Web “Fun” team for the Coronation Double Century this last weekend. This didn’t look to be the case as we sat around the table on Friday evening discussing feeding strategies, calculating required average speeds and being told every guy in the team had ridden a sub 3 hour Argus.

 

Compliments of RSA Web we stayed in an awesome house on the Breede River surrounded by mountains where it felt as if we were miles away from any form of civilisation. The area looked good for mountain biking and it would be cool to visit it again.

 

Come Saturday morning we had left things a touch late and which resulted in a full on sprint just to get behind the chalk on time. But we were there and ready to rock n roll!

Last minute rush to get ready

The team

The DC is a unique race in that it is a 12 man team time trial over some 202km, not your normal weekend event.

 

We set off all looking very pro in our matching red RSA Web kit and tackled the tough course. The 202km loop starts in Swellendam before tackling the Tradouw and Op de Tradouw passes fairly on. The Tradouw pass must be one of the most beautiful passes in South Africa! Our first feed was at 80km in and here we replenished bottles and food before heading on to Montague and then Ashton.

 

Rob putting the hurt down as we pass another team.

Navigating the traffic through Ashton

 

Leaving the Robertson circle I lost a bottle as it popped out crossing a railway line. It was a tough 50km in the rising heat until our next feed and I couldn’t risk leaving it there, so I went back for it but in turn faced a tough time trial to get back to the team. It was worth it though; ice cold PVM Octane, Citrus flavour! This section of the race also presented us with a bit of a headwind, not exceptionally strong but enough to make you hurt a bit.

 

Our final feed brought us into the last section of the race and the dreaded 3 rollers along the road into Swellendam, although at this stage they felt like category 1 mountain passes!

 

The guys kept it together and pushed through the pain valiantly to cross the line in just over 6hrs and 15 minutes. So much for a social team right? All in all it was a great day out!

 

I really enjoyed the whole weekend and would like to thank RSA Web for having me, especially to Rob and Mark. It was the most fun DC I have ever done. Also thanks to Michael for supplying us with a few bottles of red from Audacia wines, they went down well on Saturday evening.

 

All images compliments Elizna Wiese

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ABSA Cape Epic 2012

Stoked to announce that Sean and I will be riding the ABSA Cape Epic together next year. The route looks like a tough one but then again has there ever been an easy Epic?

 

Our team name will be “Live Life” sponsored by SW Contracts. Ill keep you up to date with more information as to how our training and preparations go.

 

I’ve done the Epic once before but this will be Sean’s first attempt at the race this said he comes into the race with a top 10 result from the Joberg 2 c under his belt!

 

More information on the race can be found on http://www.cape-epic.com

Magalies Adventure TV Schedule

The TV Schedule for the Magalies Adventure 3 day race which Sean and I won is below:

 

Date Time Channel
14-Nov-11
14-Nov-11
14-Nov-11
15-Nov-11
15-Nov-11
16-Nov-11
16-Nov-11
16-Nov-11
17-Nov-11
17-Nov-11
19-Nov-11
19-Nov-11
20:30
20:30
20:30
11:30
11:30
14:30
14:30
14:30
18:00
18:00
03:30
03:30
SS5N
SS5
SS5A
SS2
SS2A
SS5
SS5A
SS5N
SS6A
SS6
SS6
SS6A

SuperSport do reserve the right to change this at the last minute, so please consult the TV Guide.

Reloading…

Hi All

First things first, aplogies for the lack of blogging over the last month. I have just completed my Honours exams and hence for the last 7 weeks have been engulfed in the books. Those are finally finished so things can get back to normal again.

I have had quite some time off the bike now, always nice to have a bit of a break but feeling super motivated to get going again and get ready for 2012. Its going to be a big year with some exciting developments on the horizon… I’ll keep you posted on those in due time. I have in the mean time being doing some cross training in the form of running, gyming and to be honest a few jols on the side 😉 Training for 2012 starts on Monday, time to get the engine started again.

SW Contracts has also recently started a “Save the Rhino” campaign in light of the terrible Rhino poaching going on at the moment and we shall be launching a special edition “Save the Rhino” kit soon, more on that next week.

Bella, the Rhino supported by SW Contracts.

If you’re not doing Wine 2 Whales this weekend come through to Stellenbosch on Sunday and join in the Stellenbosch Ridelife event, more information on that can be found on this link https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=239818902743475 or on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/114837555249792/

This is basically what Ridelife is all about:

“RideLife was created by the National Cycling Academy and its partners, who all wish for more people to use bicycles as transport.

We:
• Raise awareness regarding safety of cyclists
• Provide opportunities for people who have never had access to a bicycle in the past, to receive an education in cycling safety
• ..and get them onto bicycles.”

I’ll be posting more frequently now I promise so keep checking in!