I better mention the Cape Cobra road race (the 2nd instalment of the Aca Joe League) in which I competed on Sunday. The usual Cape-based roadies were all present. They were joined on the grid by a few fresh faces: Team Contego, The Blend Property guys, Christoph Sauser and not to mention the entire 10-man Team Bonitas from Joburg. With such a high-profile start, the race, with its 7 climbs and hilltop finish on Ou Kaapse Weg, was gonna be hectic.
The quality of the field meant that I would probably be spending the day in the red, bleeding through my eyeballs! After many early attacks, which are brave but usually pointless, the decisive break happened as we hit the Slangkop climb outside of Kommetjie.
Fortunately, as the shizzle hit the fan I found myself in the right place at the right time. It would have been foolish not to follow Darren, Philip Buys and Christoph up the climb! So with the break formed we hooked it towards Cape Point with everybody doing their turn on the front. From Simonstown we had 30km to go. First off we hit the notorious concreted Naval climb, then Black Hill for the 2nd time, then the climb out of Noordhoek and finally the 5km climb that took us to the finish on the summit of Ou Kaapse Weg.
This is how the race went for me after finding myself in the leading group: Elation for making the break; suffer; suffer some more; hope that a landslide has closed the military climb; damn, the road is still open and rideable; get dropped; bleed (aka suffer) like your life depends on it and ride myself back into the bunch; hurt some more; hide in the bunch; think to myself if these Bonitas okes attack once more I’m gonna strip my mo*r; freewheel; think to myself I’d rather be snow skiing; get pissed off and force my mind back into the game; suffer even more; then WOW, we’re sprinting for the finish line?! Smile as I have finished in the top 10. Job Done. Stoked.
Well done to local pinner Darren Lill (Team Bonitas) who took the win after a marvellous 25km solo breakaway. Nice1 bru!
Oli is currently living the dream as a professional mountain biker, racing for the GT Mr Price squad based out of Cape Town. Keep up with Oli on his blog http://olivermunnik.wordpress.com