Lee and Celia (The Lapierre) take the win at the Wartburg Classic Mtb Race.


30km from Pietermaritzburg lies Wartburg, a German settlement nestled amongst rolling green hills and littered with red, dusty ribbons of single track. Race start was 8am which meant getting up in the middle of the night for breakfast but with the temperature forecast to hit 50 degrees C, it was the lesser of 2 evils. Over 1000 people turned up to race the 45km course that took us through mango plantations and along the top of rocky out crops. A beautiful route that I occasionally remembered to look up and appreciate. It also served to take my mind off my cramping hip flexors. The whole event was exceptional. The single track actually felt choreographed with 2 separate lines for faster and slower riders but both experiencing the loamy, loose twists and turns through the lush forest. On every corner, tiny black kids chased after every bike yelling and demanding Hi Fives. I started hard and dropped the other girls in the bunch keeping the hammer down until I was sure they were off my wheel then I eased up and kept it steady all the way to the finish. 45 km in 2 hours 10. 1st woman home. I definitely had weeks training in my legs but 2 hours with Celia on those sorts of trails is cathartic no matter the blood lactate levels!
The Orange Monkey boys did themselves proud taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the mens race. Afterwards I took tea on the lawn with 2 elderly ladies who liked my shorts and wondered where Inverness was. Home now for a plunge in the pool and debrief in the hammock. With an avocado perhaps.

7 thoughts on “Lee and Celia (The Lapierre) take the win at the Wartburg Classic Mtb Race.

  1. Well that is just bloody bloody brilliant innit! V proud. Tactics sounded good and body sounding good to be able to execute them. When’s your next race? x

  2. Nice one Celia, can’t be easy carrying Lee for that distance, hope you’re making her put in some of the effort and not making it all too easy…South African meal idea of the day – Bunny Chow, get yourself some.

  3. <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"><html><head><meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="Content-Type"></head><body>I did the Bunny Chow as suggested. Bloody brilliant! Any other culinary cultural expeditions to send me on? <div>Sent using BlackBerry® from Orange</div></body></html>

  4. DON’T ORDER EISBEIN. Zips just trying to get you into trouble out there. It’s 100yr old Turtle Stew served by a naked waiter with herpes…..

  5. All true, but tastes GREAT… It’s all about the context, wouldn’t be <br/>the same without the element of danger…

  6. <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"><html><head><meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="Content-Type"></head><body>Hmm. Ok. I ll try it but if I get herpes…<div>Sent using BlackBerry® from Orange</div></body></html>

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