The past weekend we joined the team at the Lost City road race in the North West Province. It was perfect conditions for a 103km bike race as we started at 6:30am with a temperature of about 12 degrees, which would later go up to 28 for the day.
A good night's rest in Tsogo Sun Stay Easy Rustenburg and we were ready to race.
There was only four of us lining up at the start line as Morne is racing in France and David a bit sick. We knew it would be a tough task racing against the other teams that had bigger numbers than us for the day.
The first move of the day would be the move to be in and he one that would stick. After about 8km the move of the day consisted of 15 riders. The gap soon opened up to 1min30sec and kept on getting bigger. After 45km we knew the winner would come from the front group. It was Nolan and myself representing for Team Telkom. Other teams that was also represented in the break was Road Cover, Luso cycling, Pro-touch, Rand Water and a couple of individuals from smaller teams.
Nolan and I knew it would be a tough task being marked and with him being one of the race favorites. The whole group worked well together to build up a gap of about 7min.
After 65km attacks started coming from the other teams to try and shake us off, we kept our cool and went with most of the moves. We tried to keep it together for as long as possible,with the last 10-15km normally being a head wind it would be difficult to ride away from a group.
In the last 15km it was clear that it will come down to a sprint with the front group. Now it was all about timing in the sprint with the head wind to the finish line. The last 10km saw Kent Main, Chris Jooste and myself pacing to the line so that there was no attacks from the group with our sprinters.
Nolan kept his cool and timed it perfectly to get ahead of Calvin Beneke and Bradley Potgieter to claim the victory for Team Telkom.
Check out the Race route and profile and the little bit we rode afterwards on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/683442264
We had great support from the staff, Magnus Gouws and Vian Kotze to get our bikes race ready with some Biogen in our bottles.
A successful weekend of racing for us with a great result will bring some good moral for all the racing left of the 2016 season.
The next race we will change the scenery to vigorous mountain biking in Dullstroom at the Ashburton Ultra Marathon on the 3rd of September.
Over the next two and a half months there is 15 racing days left and we are motivated to make the most of each of them.
Make sure to follow us and keep track of our racing.
Until next time!