Everesting Pretoria

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
NP:  227
Distance:  308km
Time:  18:40:45
Accent:  9259 (Garmin/TP calc)
TSS:  818

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/


Everest Veloviewer


GO TCS!! What happened this weekend….


The TCS Blue Pencil Columbia team was quite busy this weekend. Jaco and Alexander started the PE to Plet MTB race. First stage they finished 2nd overall! Well done.
A lot of guys and girls competed at Van Gaalens. One of SA’s toughest races!
Lots of training rides also happening and the blue was seen all across the land. Nice to see summer is finally kicking in and the miles on the bikes are being stacked up!

Good luck for the week! Keep the rubber side down.




Training camp Graskop 2013

Training camp Graskop 2013 will take place on the weekend of 23-25 August 2013. The team will be there and should anyone want to join, let us know so that we can include you in correspondence regarding start times of rides etc..
Most of the team guys We will be staying over at the Mogodi Lodge in Graskop.

Routes will include the famous Jaco Long Ride over Robbers, Bonnets and Long Tom pass on Saturday (160 odd kilos) and Kowyns on Sunday.
Short ride for those present on Friday afternoon also.

As always, this promise to be an awesome weekend away in the open air, just riding our bikes and lekker company over a braai in the evenings.

See you there!!





So the only little climb in Pretoria……..

I overheard a conversation this weekend on the bike, riding in the bunch. How bad and nasty the Klapperkop climb is.
Fact is…..it is not so bad. There are FAR worse climbs in the capital city! That said, I love the place. Love the nature and the animals and the constant climbing up to one of highest and most scenic lookouts in Pretoria.
You guys need to ride it more often. If not for the good fitness effort, then for at least the peaceful feeling it leaves you riding back home.