“Hey everyone, I’m back again with the second edition of my monthly racer blogs. This time I had to show real grit throughout my most recent racing block, which saw me back on the mountain bike for a change from the road scene.
April, has been quite a whirlwind for me – actually it all began at the end of March when I embarked on a three week trip with my team, Valley Electrical Titan Racing, where we competed in three different Cross-Country events over three weekends.
Our first stop was in hot, dry and dusty Bloemfontein, for the third round of the SA
After a good start, the effects of dehydration began to set in and I found myself losing both
It took over an hour for my core temperature to come back down to normal. I don’t usually pull out of races, but in this case, I knew it was the right decision as it could have ended up being a lot worse if I had carried on. I’ve
Week two of our three-week trip brought about a new opportunity to race again, this time at the Category 1 Namibian
I’d say African Champs was a priority on my racing calendar this year. I chose to race up in the Elite category, despite the fact that this is only my first year in the U23 category, in order to push myself beyond my comfort zone and focus on racing my best race. However, the outcome of the race was not really what I had hoped for. Once again, I had a solid start, sitting comfortably in the leading group of riders, and just as I thought to myself, “Today is going to be a good day,” my wheel washed out in a berm on the final flow section of Lap 1 and I found myself on the ground. A spectator rushed to
After my bike had been attended to, I began my long chase back over the next five laps. I actually began to slowly eat away at the time deficit, but the gap between me and the front group was just too big to close. I was effectively in “No man’s land” and the fatigue of the chase really hit me on the last lap; I crossed the line exhausted and drained.
This sport is definitely not for sissies! Despite my mixed bag of results, I returned home after my three-week racing block fulfilled after spending some quality time with my teammates, who truly are a great group of people, and after the wonderful experience of exploring new places on two wheels. I would really recommend Windhoek as a cycling destination to any South African looking for a change of scenery without requiring them to travel halfway across the globe. I am currently on a forced break from the bike, due to a serious crash I had whilst training on the road. Thankfully, I came off lucky with no broken bones – but you’ll have to wait to read more on that in my next Blog