Our first “big” race for Pretoria in a while.
A coldish Autumn morning saw us line up for the start of the Bestmed Capital Classic. The route was fairly boring heading out on the N14 highway towards Krugersdorp and back.
In the end everyone enjoyed a day out on the bike. Andre finished an impressive 16th overall, coming in with the main Elite bunch in a time of 2:20
Philip and Jaco Engelbrecht finished in the Vets bunch with Philip getting 5th (2:28) and Jaco 18th (2:33)
Ronet and Renate raced Ladies for the day.
Congratulations to Ronet getting 8th overall in a time of 2:54
Renate finished 19th in a time of 3:09
Jaco and Ilé took on the tandem. Great result for them with 3rd mixed tandem!
Well done to all!!!!!
So I decided to do this Everesting thing…… Started 12:15 on Saturday morning. Perfect weather. There is a small climb near my house which I chose to do it on. It helps if something happens i.e. technical or puncture or helps with the rest periods and food. Also, peeing in someone’s garden at 2am normally is not an issue and only you know about it. Doing it at 2pm…..people tend to point and laugh and draw guns and stuff.
I wanted to do it in a day’s time. 24 hours. This hill was as close as it was going to get with a total accent of 47m according to Strava (little more on the Garmin) and a distance of around 800m. Long story short, took me 18 hours 40 minutes to complete my challenge (15:10 riding time) Total accent of 9000m reached.
My Strava File: https://app.strava.com/activities/283650609
Ave Watts: 165
Accent: 9259 (Garmin/TP calc)
Nou ja…..on the Hells500 Wall of Fame so I am happy….
Nutrition wise, I have done a bottle of water and a bottle of USN Epic pro every 3-4 hours.
Eggs on toast 5am, Noodles 1pm , Protein shake 12pm
I should have eaten something with substance at around 4pm but I was so tired and did not think about food in any way. Introduced a coke and a chocolate at 5pm and my wheels came off. Nauseous and just feeling very bad in general. Pushed through but it was a stupid mistake.
Bike behaved very well. Cannondale, Campy, Campy wheel set. The Stages power meter did not hick-up once. Punctured at 1am. I charged my Garmin 1000 with a Amped charger – It was able to charge 20% for 15min plugged in when I stopped for food and the best was it did not switch off when I plugged it in which is one of the requirements to complete the challenge. Also very important was the pants. . No issues with my Assos S7 bib. It was worth every cent. No saddle sores. No chafing, nothing.
Hall of Fame: http://www.everesting.cc/hall-of-fame/
So 2015 is a go!!
We welcome Energas and Kamoeba to the TCS family. Pretty awesome to see companies still supporting cycling and we appreciate it very much that TCS is your choice.
So SA champs happened as well as Fast One and Ride for Sight.
With SA’s, TCS got a new road champ as well as the TT champ for ladies 60-64.
Well done Ilna Lemmer!! We are very proud of you!
Philip Fourie got a third place in the TT Vets 35-39. Also very well done.
Ride for Sight saw good results with Andre and Dewalt finishing in the main bunch (Elites) and Philip getting a top 10 finish in the Vets cat.
Racing this weekend will resume with Carnival City as well as Sabie MTB challenge.
Good luck everyone!!!
What an awesome race. Well marshalled and the organisation was top class. To all involved in hosting this event, thank you for your time and effort.
Racing started very early with the Elite bunch heading off in the distance at 6am.
Andre, Ian and Dewalt had a good race each with good, hard racing with the pro teams. Well done guys.
Hannes, Johan and Philip tackled the ever competitive Vets category with Philip getting into the winning break of the day earning TCS some cool TV coverage (We hope).
Ronet represented in the Ladies Elite racing.
Well done to everyone who competed and had fun.
Next week will be the turn of Carnival City with almost the same route.
What a nice event. It is a pity that not more people are competing at this race. Enjoyable day out on the bike.
Well done to all that competed.
Berge and Dale for the weekend of the 8/9th of Feb as well as SA champs. Good luck to everyone!!
Welcome to 2014 I guess.
Gauteng North Provincials was very successful for TCS and a HUGE congratulations to everyone that competed.
A SPECIAL mention to Andre that was so scared off his wife that he completed the 180km after she said he is NOT allowed to stop with one lap to go. Well done!
Gauteng North results for TCS:
Vets men 35-39: Philip 1st
Vets ladies 30-34: Ilze Bole 1st
Vets ladies 30-34: Ilze Bole 1st
Vet men 35-39: Jaco Ferreira 1st
Philip Fourie 2nd
Well done to everyone.