ABSA Cape Epic Prologue and Stage 1

Yoh the epic is well and truly here.  Stage one was a beast of a day out there as expected, 115km and 2350m of ascent.  What the numbers don’t tell you is how rough and rocky it was out there. The climbs were so steep and loose many were hike a bike sections. All in all it was a good day for us and we finished 41st on GC and 31st in the men’s category.

Let’s rewind the clock a bit. On Saturday the registration was held at the V and A waterfront.  Here we picked up all our race goodies and then grabbed a coffee with the Rene’s, Rene Hasselbacher and Renay Groustra, pretty confusing being around them getting two replies every time you call one of them. We then packed up the last of our goodies into camper and were all set to go.

Registration at the Waterfront.

Pre race coffee with the Rene’s discussing how we going to trash them 😉

The prologue was held yesterday, it’s a shorter stage ridden in a time trial format which gives batches you for the start on stage one. The 27km were tough with over 900m of ascent, if you weren’t going up you were going down, one of those days. Anyway we had a good day and finished up in 58th overall. We were quite content especially considering we didn’t push ourselves too deep.

I’m going to try blog after every stage, this is a promise I don’t want to set in concrete yet as I don’t know how stuffed we will be after each stage yet. I also don’t want to post a typical race report every day and will try bring a bit more ‘behind the scenes’ look into what we do each day to get through this race.

I also want to say a big thank you to our super support crew: Tash and Mike for all their help running around us and helping with everything.

Until tomorrow, adios!

The finishers jersey

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