The final event of my Lowveld expedition took me to the touristic little town of Graskop for the Forest2Falls MTB Marathon.
After the four days of racing at Panorama Tour and the 3 days at Sabie Experience, I set off on the 70km marathon with a mind not as willing to suffer as usual. This time around the battle was more between body and mind rather than with my competitors.
Every time I tried to push I got a response of “please don’t send me into the pain cave just yet, I need a bit more time to recover”. These races are important as they teach us where our limits lie, or more to the point how far we can push beyond what we think we are capable of. I managed the fatigue to the point of racing hard but not killing myself and finished in 2nd place just behind Amy MacDougall (Team Valencia). Emily Clarke who also competed at the Panorama Tour and Sabie Experience was in the same boat as me and finished in 3rd place on the day.
Apart from the actual racing bit I thoroughly enjoyed the event. It had such a pleasant atmosphere and the route felt as if it was designed just for me – I loved it! Being situated on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment, Graskop offers absolutely breath-taking scenery which the race organizers made full use of.
The Forest2Falls MTB Marathon formed the perfect conclusion to my Lowveld journey as I again realized how spoiled we are to be able to take part in so many great events and to live in such a beautiful country. I am already planning to make full use of the organizers gracious hospitality again next year and give my best at an event which offers so much.