A little ketchup… ;-)
The year started on such a high but by Thursday evening, the 3rd of January, celebrations of the new year came to an abrupt end when Olympic star, fellow cyclist and friend, Burry Stander was tragically killed in a road accident.
I had just got back from a ride out to Cape Point and was still in my riding kit when we got the news. Both Ryan and I were in utter shock and it took days for the reality to set in. Burry was an absolutely phenomenal athlete and also such a lovely guy. I remember our last conversation so vividly – I was singing his praises about his Olympic performance and as usual he was ever the modest gentleman and thanked me politely. South Africa has lost a true champion and his legacy will live on for a very long time…
It feels like a lifetime has passed since I last wrote here but it’s only been a few weeks yet so much has happened! Cape Town summer’s are usually jam-packed with 100’s of events, fundraisers and excuses to have a party, and this season is no exception! Ryan and I flitted between Jordy Smith’s “Bending Colours” premier, JAG’s Run-athon at Ratanga Junction, the annual Hugo Boss show, Red Bull Flugtag (which was fantastic!), the K-9 Search and Rescue doggie day (Thandi was the “dog of honour” I might add!) and many more!
At the end of November, Ryan hosted his first ever event called the Red Bull Lion Heart. The trail running race consisted of various men’s and woman’s heats up and down Lion’s Head. The blood curdling run was incredible and people were talking about it for weeks afterwards. We also hosted some JAG Foundation teenagers who took part in the event as well and have promised us that they will be back next year to kick some butt! Bless!
And then we were off on holiday! Ryan, Thandi and I flew up to Joburg to spend some precious time with family and friends. It was so awesome to have a HUGE family Christmas lunch especially because we got to meet all my brother-in-law-to-be’s family! We also spent a few days with my folks in Polokwane and my cousins at their Game Farm in Hoedspruit.
We got back to Cape Town on the 1st of January and pretty much hit the ground running as 2013 presented itself! I was back to training like mad-Ness (even though the training pretty much continued throughout the festive season) and had my first race on the 12th of January – the Totalsports Challenge Terra Firma. It was the first time Ryan and I raced together as a team (Team Velocity Cycle Lab) – I did all the riding and he did all the running. The 50km road bike was intense, as gale force winds blew straight into our faces and the 25km mountain bike section was super fun and technical! I tested my brand spanking new KTM Scarp Prime (29-er carbon dual-sus) mountain bike and she rode like a dream! We came 4th in mixed teams and it was one of the most incredible days of my life!
Last weekend I attended our second Team ABSA training camp and the Attakwas served as day 1… talk about a rough start! Ha ha! It was my second Attakwas and trust me, it doesn’t get easier. The route is absolutely beautiful but it’s long, hard, tough and technical – not designed for sissies – but I did however improve my time! The camp included more riding in Oudtshoorn, Wellington and Durbanville. By the end of the weekend we had cycled about 26 hrs, 320km and climbed approximately 8 000m. Ernst (aka The Boss) and his team put on an unforgettable weekend as usual! 48 days to go to the ABSA Cape Epic and the butterflies loom in my tummy….
Coming up in the next month… Ride the Rock (3-day stage race), Vanessa & Friends (I’m hosting my 1st social ride from Cycle Lab CT on the 23rd of Feb – watch this space!) and the Cape Rouleur (4-day scenic tour through the Western Cape).
Here’s wishing you all a happy new year! May all your hopes and dreams come true! Lots of love!