Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge, Western Cape/RSA

Date: 01.03.2015

Description: Marathon Race

55km, 2.15h, 1250m of climbing
Fourth Place, 2min behind winner Erik Kleinhans

My last race the Attakwas Extreme felt already a long time ago. I knew due my feeling in training I am in good conditions but during a short race like today where it is game on from the first minute on there is no mercy to play around first.

My February in Switzerland and the short visit to Israel passed very quickly. Enjoyed riding in the snow but also on nice dry roads down in the valley, on the indoor track, a few intervals on the indoor trainer, indoor track at the uci head quarter or backcountry skiing! Good variety!

I arrived in beautiful Stellenbosch this Tuesday. Great to meet all my friends and trained more and less easy every day. I have two weeks of quite hard training behind me and I felt to recover, especially with all the racing leading up the ABSA Cape-Epic as well.

The race unfolded very quickly today. Erik Kleinhans attacked after 10min and stayed clear with Johann Rabie on his wheel. It was the plan that he hits it hard at the beginning, then Nico Bell and myself will just sit down and leave the chasing up to the other competitors. (Erik & Nico riding Specialized RSA and will be Jaroslav’s and my back up for ABSA Cape-Epic). 10km before the finish Nico and I ended up riding by ourself for the last podium spot which shinned for Nico.

Very happy with my current shape two weeks before the big one!

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