Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Karoo to Coast build up

In the build up to the Karoo to Coast 2012 and ultimately my goal event, the Wine2Whales in November, I have been spending a lot of time in Tokai forest on the weekends. We have been riding up to the mast, Silvermine, Ouwapad etc etc. Obviously, what goes up must come down and Tokai has many different single track sections to get you to the bottom. Needless to say, ones technical skills improve and slowly but surely you start doing some things that you normally wouldn't do. The confidence that has come with the 29er and the full suspension has got me going over all sorts of things I would have done in the past. This picture, taken by my buddy, Dave, on his trusty cellphone (and then pimped with filters), is of one such moment.

This weekend is Karoo to Coast, 100km, from Uniondale to Knysna. Its a boys weekend as the wives have all decided to let us enjoy the mud wrestling by ourselves this time. I'm really looking forward to it, I've put in the training and should be interesting to see how the bod responds to the longer (but not too technical) terain. Monday is a public holiday so we will make our way back to Cape town on Monday morning. Some interesting observations...This wil be my fourth K2C. My first K2c, it poured the whole way. My 2nd and fastest time (on a 26er), was 4:27 and I may have a chance of beating that if the weather plays along and if my legs feel good on the day. The 3rd one was 4:34. Oh yes and there is the famous "Ghost of Uniondale" that we will have to put up with on Saturday night...heh, heh, heh.

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