Monthly Archives: November 2013

Momentum 94.7 Mountain Bike Challenge

More than 3000 participants toed the line for this year’s edition of the Momentum 94.7 Mountain Bike Challenge. The race took place at the Waterfall Country Estate in Sunninghill, Johannesburg on the 10th of November.

The event offered three distances to choose from. The main 55km race, a shorter but still challenging 30km race and a 15km race for  the kiddies and people looking for an introduction into mountain biking. The fairly flat course was laid out in and around the Waterfall Country Estate and had a mixture of terrain to keep things interesting. This included concrete bike/running paths within the estate, water crossings, short and steep climbs and the mountain biker’s beloved single track.

The route also included a short technical section where one could choose to take the ‘Bull Run’ or the ‘Chicken Run’. As a rule the ‘Bull Run’ is shorter but technically more challenging while the ‘Chicken Run’ is longer but easier to ride. Well, that’s normally the idea but in this case they were the same length with the ‘Bull Run’ including 2 small rock gardens making it much quicker to take the ‘Chicken Run’. The time I lost taking the ‘Bull Run’ would come back to haunt me later in the race. So my tip for next year’s edition is to take the Chicken Run (hope none of my competitors are reading this!)

I haven’t been racing for a while due to injury so I didn’t have any expectations going into the race. I was just glad to be on a start line again and looking forward to the challenge. As soon as the gun fired my nerves settled as finally I could channel my nervous energy into turning the pedals.

Robyn de Groot capped a brilliant season by claiming the victory in a superb time of 2:12:33. She was followed home by previous 94.7 road race winner Anriette Schoeman in a time of 2:18:37. I broke all personal heart rate records and somehow got myself onto the podium in 3rd place just 27 seconds behind Anriette. Although very happy with the result, I couldn’t help but wonder how much closer I would have been if I were a ‘Chicken’…

Next up I will be swapping my fat tyres for the skinny ones as I prepare for the Coronation Double Century on the 23rd of November. I will face this 204km challenge as part of the Northcliff Cycles team and I look forward to the unique challenge.

Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge      Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge

Continental Run2Stop

The 3rd edition of the Continental Run2stop Challenge took place from the 4th -8th of November. The event has quite a unique format as it incorporates running, cycling and driving – all disciplines linked by the rubber used as contact point with mother earth.

Two teams, Team Force and Team Edge, were selected to compete against each other over a period of 5 days. Each team consisted of two cyclists, two runners, two drivers and a blogger.  The cyclists were to cover a total distance of 631km, the runners 137km, while the drivers and bloggers were set to complete various tasks at different schools for underprivileged kids. These tasks included things like building wooden jungle gyms, cabinets and painting of class room walls just to name a few.

The event evolved form only runners and drivers who took part in the inaugural challenge, to include cyclists in its 2nd year and this year seemed to deliver the best and most refined edition to date.

Our journey started at Lucas Moripe stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria to which we returned 5 days later albeit to a different finish venue at Leamogetswe Safety Home. Along the way we stopped over in the student town of Potchefstroom, the  coal mining Mecca of Rustenburg, the diamond village of Cullinan and finally in Vereeniging, centre of the “Vaaldriehoek” (in English it means pale triangle) area.

During the second day I experienced severe knee pain, eventually forcing me off the bike with 15km to go. Fortunately we had a great Physiotherapist on the trip and he got me back on my bike after a day’s rest and some intense dry needle treatments. Now I know what a pin cushion feels like…

The upside from not being able to ride on day three was that I got to join the Driving team for a change. We went to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg to pack 1800 food parcels for the Stop Hunger Now foundation.  When you are out on the bike you don’t get to experience the charity side of the event so I am glad to have been able to see both sides of the event.

By the end of the trip Team Edge managed to get the better of Team Force (my team) to win the very coveted prize up for grabs – a trip to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Yes I know it’s an amazing prize purse, the biggest I have ever competed for, but despite not going to Brazil I am still richer for the Continental Run2Stop experience.

What made this event extra special for me was the camaraderie between the two teams. Out on course everyone was giving it all to secure a point for their team but once “off duty” the border was removed to form one unified Continental Run2Stop team!

Thanks Continental for putting a wonderful event together. I feel privileged to have been part of another great edition of the Continental Run2Stop.

For some great pictures and videos visit : https://ourcontinent.co.za/run2stop.

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