Sunday, 15 March 2015

Cape Epic - Prologue

So today we had the first stage.

Basically this stage is a bit of fun but the real purpose is to seed the riders so that we don't all start together.  Our start time was 7:13am.  We weren't sure if this was a good thing or a bad thing.  The weather was cooler so probably the best for us.  The pros got to start around midday and rather than the 18 degrees we go they got closer 27.

Me and Fanie had a plan to just climb at a steady 300 watts.  I looked down and was at 420 watts about 500 metres in.  We had already passed a team by then as well.  The basic course was a touch of single track and rolling hills with a climb (not that big) till about 12 km.  I lost count of how many teams we passed but easily more than 20. 

Tarmac road from 12km and then down the hill with some fun single track to the finish.  There was a look of talk about a bridge and it being dangerous and steep.  If you look at the picture above you will see it was nothing...Don't know what they were on about.  All ridable and not to dangerous. (Although apparently someone rode off it and broke their back). We were fortunate and had passed all the teams on the way up.  We didn't get stuck behind anyone and finished in a respectable 58 mins.  This put us about 80th overall and 18th in our class.  We needed to do about 54 mins to be in the top 10.

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