Hill back on top
65km, 1000m climbing
The Wartberg classic is normally the first real tester of the season for a lot of guys and this year the 65km distance was again a huge favourite amongst many of the top ROAG contenders. I missed last year as I was away racing an ultra marathon but this year perfectly coincided with me being in KZN and I’m glad I went and had enjoyed the racing. The route was a very different route to what we’d raced previously but I feel the changes positively added to the racing and made for a tough but fast day on the bike.
The overnight rain had made a couple of the sections quite slippery in places but the majority of the route was perfectly rideable. Tyron White and I broke away up a steep climb around the 10km mark and continued to push a solid tempo. It was great to ride and work together with Tyron as we are racing Joberg2c together and the 3 mountains 4 day stage race in 2 weeks time. It was great to work on a couple of things under the pressure of racing as this is really going to help our future racing efforts going forward.
Overall the race was a good confidence booster after the previous weekend at Sabie but I can slowly start to feel my form coming back after my injury.
1st Andrew Hill (Center)
2nd Tyron White (R)
3rd Leeroy Emslie (L)