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Race Report – Monte Casino Rotary 100

September 1, 2006

Last Sunday was pretty much one of the hardest races I’ve completed except for the 150km Jock. This was the second year that Monte Casino had hosted the event with last years receiving criticism due to dangerous traffic conditions along the route.

After receiving an invitation via email detailing a new longer route and safer conditions, I decided to enter the event. The entry fee was R160 for the 116km which is not far behind the R220 entry fee for the Argus.

I started the race with my usual B group at 06:55 and was feeling really strong for the first 3 hours. I was really enjoying the ride and managed to gain quite a bit of time on most of the bunch due to the number of hills.

After passing the 30km to go marker, I starting feeling really tired. I battled to keep my cadence up and had to resort to dropping down to easier gears for the rest of the race. Needless to say that I was extremely happy to see Monte Casino after 4:21 on the rode.

We off to Midmar for the Howick Highlander Road Challenge on Sunday the 17th. I’m really looking forward to riding is what must be the most beautiful part of the country. The route profile looks pretty nuts.

Race Report – Cansa Lost City Classic

August 1, 2006

I left home at about 5:30 Saturday morning to get to the start of this years Lost City Classic. The scenic drive around Hartbeesport Dam took me about 2 hours. I arrived with about 30 minutes spare to prepare for the start of the race.

I took part in the 2004 race, missing last years due to my wife being 8 months pregnant. Hard to believe, but Amy turns 1 next month. My time in 2004 was 2:57 for the 103km.

With not much time for a warm up and a little chaos getting to the starting line, I started the race with the rest of the B group at 07:55. The initial pace was pretty quick even although the wind was fairly strong. I battled to stay in touch with the main bunch for most of the race, spending quite a bit of time alone and not being able to close the gap.

I reached the 20km to go marker after 2:30 and realized that 3 hours was out of reach. I completed the 103km in a time of 3:16 with an average speed of 32km. Although disappointed with my time, I’m pretty happy with my ride knowing that was great preparation for the rest of the season.

This Sunday is the Monte Casino Rotary 100 race just up the road from my house. Last years race was not the greatest due to the traffic on the narrow roads towards Hartbeesport Dam. This years race sees a revised longer route, 116.5km, with additional safety features. I think this is going to be a tough one with an expected time of about 3:40.

Race Report: Sungardens Carousel Classic

August 1, 2006

I’ve been training pretty hard and regularly for the last 6 weeks or so after what seemed to be a very long and lazy winter. This Wednesday, Woman’s Day here in South Africa, was my first road race since the Argus back in March.Wednesday was the 4th time I’ve competed in the Sungardens Carousel Classic and my second attempt at the extended route introduced last year. The new 110km route is pretty much flat except for a short nasty climb at the turn-around.I started with the B bunch just before 8am. The starting times were delayed by about 20 minutes. I think the delay was caused by the bottleneck caused at the toll gate leading into the Carousel. There was only a single booth servicing all the cyclists arriving at about the same time. I later heard that there was an alternative route. Perhaps a sign or a marshal would helped the situation. Other than the mix up at the toll gate, the race went off with out a hitch. There were plenty of marshals along the route and our bunch was often accompanied by a motor bike. I completed the race in 3:06:22 with an average speed of about 35.5km/h, about a 6 minute improvement over last years time. A sub 3 is very possible but a pretty tough ask after a long winter. My next race is the Powerrade Lost City Classic on the 26 August.