Monthly Archives: February 2019

Race Report: Ride 4 Sight

At 6:15am on Sunday 17 March #teamgarminmtb lined up at Boksburg stadium for the start of the 31st edition of the Ride 4 Sight road race. 

As it is not our usual habitat, you might be wondering why we decided to swop our fat tyres for skinny ones, well….

The reason is twofold: 

1. Road racing is good training for us as it takes us out of our comfort zone, forcing us to get used to a very different physical challenge compared to MTB racing.

2. We thought it a good idea to do a dress rehearsal before the big day and with the Cape Town Cycle Tour around the corner what better way to re-familiarize ourselves with all things road racing than competing at a local 116km event.

At the halfway mark Melt was sitting comfortably in the elite bunch when a puncture forced him to do some road side repairs. With no chance of catching the peloton he resigned himself to picking up the shrapnel blown out the back of the bunch and riding home hard to get some decent training done.D

Luck was definitely more on my side avoiding any mechanicals and a near crash close to the finish in the elite ladies bunch to cross the finish line somewhere in the top 10.

As a bonus I had my family there to enjoy a fun day out on bikes together. Although only my sister and I were in the same batch, it was really fun to sit around and hear the different version of events as each one of us had a unique story to tell afterwards. From punctures to wrong turns to suffering to relief – we had it all! 

For every race there can only be 1 winner and for most people I think the appeal in doing these events actually lie in reminiscing about it afterwards having achieved more than what they thought was possible.

 @GarminSA the official technical partner of the @CTCT

@tankwatrek -turning up the head in the koue bokkeveld.

This past weekend Team Garmin participated at the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek  4 day stage race held at Kaleo Guest farm just outside Ceres in the rugged Witzenberg mountains.

Ben Melt Swanepoel raced alongside Alan Gordon in the elite Men category, whilst I took to the start in the mixed category alongside my 2018 Cape Epic partner, Gus Klohn.

As if the heat, strong competition and technical trails weren’t challenging enough a stomach bug forced Gus to retire after stage 2. I decided to stay in the race as an unofficial rider. This gave me the opportunity to soak up the beautiful surrounds which you normally don’t get to do when you are racing at your limit.

Melt and Alan had a solid ride despite daily mechanical’s adding minutes to their overall finishing time.

Enjoy the pictures and if possible come and enjoy one of Dryland’s premier events for yourself next February. You won’t be disappointed.