Tour de Boland, Western Cape/RSA

Date: 04.03.2014 – 07.03.2014

Description: Road Stage Race

Prologue plus 3 Stages, around 400km in total.
20th overall, 13.50min down to winner Nic Dougall

I knew it is going to be cool racing and lots of fun. We were a team of six mountain bikers, all of us very good friends and strong! The problem was just we are not so used to road racing, pedaling high rev and tactics. Although the road business is also not rocket signs and with Rabon Frantisek my Cape-Epic partner we had a former Pro Tour roadie in our team.

My best finish was in Tulbagh with a 7th place. My hopes were on the final stage, a mountain top finish on Franschhoek pass. It is my South African home and suffer pass (we do most of our road intervals there) and boy I suffered going up there for 17minutes! Before that final climb my team mates Erik, Nico, Oli and Laurens paced really hard for 50km to chase down the breakaway. Thanks a million boys, but yeah then at the end Rabon and I could not deliver as we hoped, but still it was good fun and experience. I definitely lack that high speed power, where in mountain biking we use more torque to get up mountains.

The winner was an Australian racing in the colors of MTN. He was the most complete rider. Very very fast in the prologue, good in the wind, strong team and defended the lead up the mountain top finish.

I had a frustrating second last day, not making a breakaway where I lost around 7minutes in the overall. When the bunch split it was strong cross wind, myself too lazy to dig deep going right away or just too positive in my head that we will catch those guys again. Although I was in good company with other even much better positioned roadies who waited for too long too.

Big high five for the organization! It was perfectly pulled together, good vibe and road safety 1A!

Now one rest day before the biggest timed road race in the world: The Argus Cycle Tour in Cape Town. Around 40’000 riders!!! Luckily we are the first bunch taking off 6.15 in the -still- darkness of the mother city. One of my most favorite racing days of the year!

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