Leadville 100 miler & Ride to Nowhere

September 21, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

I’m not even sure where to begin! The last 2 months have been a whirlwind of fun, massive altitudes, mountains, rad people and miles of cycling.. the way I like it! Half way through July, we left the cold, wet embrace of Cape Town and flew off to Colorado, the US of A – one of my favourite places on earth! Colorado is one of those special places with incredible landscapes, interesting little towns and friendly people. Ryan and I were both there with a mission in mind – the Leadville race series. After 3 weeks of adjusting to the altitude, a bout of flu and lots of training, I was ready to kick some mountain butt… well, sort of. Coming from sea level and performing at 3100m above sea level, climbing to a magnificent altitude of 4000m, is tough. Really tough. Imagine sucking air through a thin straw whilst running or cycling, and that that tiny stream of life-giving air is your only source of oxygen. That’s what it’s like. Add a bit of asthma to that equation and you basically have a wheezing 95 year old…me! 😉 Never-the-less, come race day, I put my big-girl panties on, jumped […]


“Vanessa & Friends” is growing beautifully!

June 17, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

A few weeks ago I had to cancel my “Vanessa & Friends” social ride due to an impending Cyclone making its way to Cape Town! Thank heavens I made the call because the weather was nuts! The high winds and torrential rain went on for days! So, with little notice (winter weather in Cape Town is so unpredictable), and a great forecast from Windguru, I decided to have the postponed ride this last weekend. Cyclists of varying strengths, arrived at Velocity Sports Lab in Hout Bay on Saturday morning on their mountain and road bikes. We had a fantastic turn out, the weather was sunny and there was not a breath of wind! Vida provided us with our caffeine-kick cappuccinos that kept us all going for the 20-odd km’s we rode (Hout Bay to Sun Valley and back). The reason I started this social ride was to grow the sport of cycling, to give fellow cycling enthusiasts a chance to interact and chat, and to get newbies into the sport. Hardcore cyclists often get too caught up in training and racing, and we tend to forget why we started cycling in the first place…for the pure enjoyment of it! People […]


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Vanessa & Friends – 15 June!

June 13, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

A few weeks ago I had to unfortunately postpone my “Vanessa & Friends” ride due to really yuck weather! BUT we are expecting glorious weather this weekend! Hip hip horaaaay! Please join me this Saturday the 15th of June, at Velocity Sports Lab, at 8:30am – leaving for our ride at 9:00! You can bring any bike – tricycle, unicycle, road bike, mountain bike etc. It is a road ride but for those of you worried about cars, we have the awesome “Player 23”, Jan du Toit driving the Cycle Lab vehicle behind our group, which will warn motorists that we are ahead! Vida will be giving us coffees for that caffeine injection and there are also some rad give-aways! Be there or you’re a loser! He he he!