Super stoked and proud of my mate Thinus for finishing the 2016 Absa Cape Epic and what an unbelievable journey it has been. There are no easy days at the Cape Epic and Stage 7 proofed no different as we tackled the 80 odd kms into a strong South Easter with loads of climbing left for the final 20kms. I struggled to get going in the beginning as the legs were cold and tired and as always on a flat my partner Thinus’ roadie instincts kick in and race off with the bunch, I just don’t have that speed and with the steep climbs in the beginning as well my heavier body probably cost us a few positions – not that it matters as all that counts is that we survived 8 days of courage and strolled into the finish at Meerendal in high spirits. From the photos we obviously enjoyed the end as seen from smiles on our faces.
I am sure today will be a day of reflection of the week and the journey gone by over the last few months and the prize at the end of the day – conquering the 2016 Absa Cape Epic and all the mental demons and doubting thoughts over the last 8 days. Thanks partner for an amazing week where we overcame so many obstacles on and off the trails , it is unforgettable and as always great to be riding the bike with you.
Thanks to all the wonderful support from everyone, just too many to name but special mention to Loriaan, not only for the last 8 days but for the last few months. Besides the indescribable feeling of crossing the finish line after 8 days, spotting the amazing Phat Boy supporters, catching up with friends and so forth, one of the best moments was digging into the Malva pudding delivered for us to consume post finishing.
We were very fortunate that our KTM bicycles gave us no problems and that our Mitas tyres withstood the rugged terrain for all of the 647kms and 15,000 meters of climbing. The question now is – will there be a next one…
Thanks for the Malva pudding Belia and Willie