Thursday, May 29, 2008

Going racing

Tomorrow I'm off to Jozi where the MTB Team will head off to The Garmin Rooiberg Eco challenge. New event, teams of two or individual, although the big prize purse is for the overall winning team, going to be like a two day dirty dash for cash. Anyway, it's always exciting to race a new event, new trails and different scenery. DG and I are still tuned in with our training and the watts are good, should pair up nicely again. With two strong teams we should be in for a shout and a great weekend's racing. I'm just worried about the camping- or more the freezing cold earl mornings in the tent, but I'll toughen up. Racing starts at 7 at least so we should be finished early. Will give you an update and some pics hopefully once I'm back to a computer, Sunday or Monday. Till then, hasta la pasta.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Racing to resume

Training has been good this past week, jumping straight back into the hours. I had a week off after SA'S to rest and recover fully, that done i'm back on track and looking forward to a new race on the calender, the Rooiberg Garmin challenge. Team racing again, and DG and I got some great training in this weekend at De Hoop nature reserve whilst the wives relaxed at the Ou Huis. If you can remember we raced through this reserve in the epic on stage 5, the one with all the sand! Will let you know what happens up in Limpopo this next weekend, hasta la pasta.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

SA Road champs

It was my second road championships today and I managed to have an awsome ride. The MTN team went in with a plan, we stuck to it and paid off. We forced a split in the gutters after 60km and that was the selection for the day done. We then just wore the rest of the riders down and I managed to stay in with last guys, going to the line. In the end, Ian Mcleod won, Waylon Woolcock 2nd, DG 3rd and myself 4th. the winning time was 4hrs50 and the three of us were 9 seconds off Ian. Next in was about 4minutes behind us but there were only 14 riders able to finish the 185km course today. I reckon it was the wind that played the biggest factor today however.
BNow for some awesome rest! Later.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

SA time trial champs

Well after my first super hard South African time trial champs, to come away with a bronze medal, 17sec off winner James Perry, over 40km, i'm very pleased with myself. Nic white took 2nd, and DG 4th. Jay won the under 23's but posted the quickest time of the day, but the course suited him as he's a beast of rider with plenty watts. Anyway good result for the team. Road race tomo, ciao.

Monday, May 5, 2008

DG's Drifter ride

Here is a pic of Daves new ride, aquired whilst on the Sasol Rally as VW guests. It's how he just managed to pip me in the sprint!
I'll be flying home tomorrow morning after attending some team admin today, including getting some shwag from EA Sports! Thanks very much, time to go gaming..

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Forest to falls, Drifter #2, Graskop

Well the race couldn't have gone better for the MTN team with all of us in the first four, taking 1st, 2nd and 4th. However it was DG who rode superbly to ride across to me after i attacked a small group, the two of us then rode like a day in the Epic, putting nearly 6min into 3rd place, Brandon Stewart, who only just slipped in ahead of Melt for 4th. So Dave took his maiden Drifter win and i paid back my debt of shreddin his pocket ! But kudo's to him for winning the race in real mtb conditions, with lots of mud and slippery sections. Carla Rowly, our lady component rode very well to win her maiden Drifter too. Congrats to the whole team, and thanks VW for a great weekend away. Till later, hasta la pasta.