Having settled on racing KZN road champs at the last minute I really would have thought my chances weren’t the greatest, but when I looked at the route profile and saw the course had 2000m climbing over 100km it was always going to be a great opportunity to put the roadies under some pressure and ruffle some feathers. The week was a heavy training load with over 25hrs by the time we’d finished but I had some great planning that I could overload the legs and use the race as speed session forcing me to push the pace which probably wouldn’t have happened outside of the race.
The course was 4 laps of 25km each with 500m climbing and after the 1st lap we had whittled the group down to 8 riders who were all in some form mountain bikers. The jokes were flying around the group that roadies were soft and couldn’t handle the climbs, and after each lap the gap to the chasing group was getting bigger and bigger, especially heading into the last lap where the 3 riders left were all SA team representative mountain bikers. We didn’t have any flying attacks or massive moves but just a steady ramping up of the pace on the climbs and working well together on the flats and down hills. The two other riders were Travis Stedman (u19) and Henry Libenberg (u23) and I was elite so there was no issue of working as a team and trying to stay away from the chasing groups. The pace picked up and we hit the last final straight where I crossed the line to win elite KZN road champs.
My team mate Shaun Nick had busy weekend up in JHB with a skills clinic hosting 52 kids for the day. The skills clinic went well and he was able to impart some knowledge and help the up and coming youngsters through some tricky technical trails.