As you should know if already at the site, I am a keen runner, cyclist, triathlete that enjoys doing the longer form of each discipline,commonly known as Endurance events. This includes stupid shit like Comrades,Iron Man and the like. The type of thing that takes many hours of sweat and pain and often has one wondering why the hell you aren’t sitting in front of aTV in your y-fronts with a beer and a bag of chips instead.
My next adventure is the ABSA Cape Epic, an annual MountainBike race held in March every year in the Western Cape around the wine land areas of Stellenbosch, Tulbagh etc.
The race is done in teams of two and next year I have the awesome privilege of riding with Sibusiso Vilane and together representing the mighty Emperor Asset Management as #TeamEmperor.
It’s a massive undertaking that will see us riding approximately 700km over 8 days (19-26 March 2017) with 15,000m climbing, which is technical MTB jargon for sukkling-our-ass off.
The race is known internationally and is considered by most to be the ‘Tour de France’ of Mountain bike racing attracting 1300 cyclists(650 teams) both professional and amateur from just over 50 countries. It’s also the most televised MTB race in the world.
Our training over the next 6 months will involve 15-20 hour weeks at its peak (in December / January) and a whole lot pain and fatigue.
I will be writing about our exploits along the way in the form of some blog posts and trying to keep you all updated in a fun and humorous way through those articles and our social media channels.
This last weekend Sibusiso came through to Joburg and it wasa busy one for the two of us that involved:
1.Doing our FTP test – more on that later
2.Running the FNB 10km City run
3.Darting off to the PWC bike park to do a skills training course
Next on the agenda is the Isuzu 3 Towers Stage race this weekend which will see us ride 75km on Friday, 70km on Saturday and 48km onSunday. The race is near Nelspruit, where Sibusiso lives, so I’ll be driving through today and camping out for the weekend and getting to know my partner a lot better.
Next week is the official route launch which is a really big deal as the route changes every year with planning starting more than a year in advance and a team of route designers constantly scouting out new trails in theWestern Cape. 7 months ahead of the event (so round about now), a trial ride of all complete stages is carried out by staff and key crew members, including the route designers to make final tweeks before signing if off and announcing it at a big launch.
Given Sibusiso’s fame within the SA sporting world, the race organisers want to introduce him to the media, so he and I will be going toCape Town next week on Wednesday for a Press Conference breakfast, followed by a Route launch gala dinner that night.
If you want to keep up to date with what we are up to, I’ve listed our social media properties below.
https://twitter.com/sibueverest– hashtag #sibueverest
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