Having won my age category at the Msundusi World masters qualifier the pressure was on for me to perform in my own back yard. I wanted to prove to myself that it wasn’t a fluke and importantly to go to SA Champs as the champion from the Cape.
I hadn’t yet aquired a full spec TT bike and resorted to converting my Venge again for the job. The course was out on the Paardeberg road that has hardly any flat parts at all. The rolling hills made choosing the Venge a little easier and I had a known setup to work with. I fitted Swift’s 90mm Hemoglobin wheels which took a little getting used to on my warm up, but luckily my start time caught a break in the terribly weather.
The weather was dramatic with gusting winds and not very much assistance. It was a headwind out and a sidewind home! I set off at a steady tempo, nicely downhill to start so I didn’t fill up with lactic acid. I had a good rhythm and caught my 1 minute man in under 3km, and caught two more before the turn around at 15km. After that it was all mental as I had no marker to chase, and had a big gap behind me. Steven was driving backup for me on the day and he kept me motivated throughout with shouting and hooting from the car.
The last quarter was mostly uphill, I had to keep turning a big gear and keep momentum up but save something for the final uphill drag to the line. I rode a very calculated race and finished on empty, I had no more left in the tank.
I waited impatiently for the results but after chatting to my main rivals and getting their times I was confident. Finally the announcement came, I had won and by about 1 minute over 30km. I was elated and relived at the same time and an now looking forward to putting the blue and white stripes on my new skinsuit 🙂