So I had the privilege to go do SA championships in Nelspruit this past month.
I stayed over at the Mercure Hotel in Nelspruit. What an amazing place! The room was perfect and I stayed almost the whole day in there with the air conditioner at FULL blast! Nelspruit’s heat was not holding back.
So the next morning I was out quite early. With a 6:38am start it was going to be a nice cool ride for which I was very thankful for.
I had to make a couple of adjustments to the TT bike the previous night as the SA officials was not happy about the length of my handlebars. With that in mind I had to go test them out before the race just to check if all was OK.
So in the starting pen. Count down from 1min. 30sec. 10….9….8…7…1…GO!!
With any time trial it is very important not to start to hard. So the first 10km is usually a mind game where you have to constantly check your watts in order for the adrenaline not to take over…..
My lap times were pretty constant. My watts were better on lap two although I lost some time due to technical cornering around the circles that went haywire.
Lap 3 (final lap) was a flyer. I gave 200% and was totally broken when I crossed the line.
Final clear from Dope Control and the race day was over. Fortunately we did not have to wait for too long before the results came in. 3rd place.
Not what I was hoping for but a good result none the less.
Back home I had a chance to look at the figures.
Lap 1 323w
Lap 2 331w
Lap 3 342w
Total for 3 laps:
333 Normalised Power with an average heart rate of 176 over a time of 46 minutes.
My best figures for the 2015 season
I’ll be back next year to try and see what can be done about this third place.
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.
So we have a new SA road champion in our midst. A HUGE congratulations to Jaco who solo powered his way to the win in the Vets 35-39 category.
It is very nice to have the SA jersey back in the TCS camp.
The race was held over 144km and the Vets had to do a 18 lap course.
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.
So the 94.7 came….and now it is gone.
What a blast!!
The VB riders went out with one mission and one only. To win. Which they did. Jaco too honours to finish the year of on a high.
Lots of pics and fun on the day with a couple of guys doing two laps and enjoying the views and laughs.
Well done to all competing and most importantly completing the race. It remains one of the toughest races on the calendar.