4th place at Karkloof Cat 2 UCI race. That hurt!

With the Europeans starting to trickle in to South Africa in preparation for the World Cup in 2 weeks time, this race was always going to be a step up in terms of competition. A relatively flat course with some really tricky rocky sections meaning no rest and maximum concentration required.
Lene Byberg, 3rd in the world at the end of last season was next to me on the start line along with her team mate, Cecile Ravanel. Candice Neethling and Yolande Speedy were also up from representing South Africa. The rest of the field lined up behind us comprising mostly of SA riders. From the gun, Yolande and I led it out up the dusty jeep road and I was sitting second going into the first single track. I took the lead for a while before the French riders found their legs and took the lead. We were 4 moving together to the top of the first climb before I took a bit too much out of myself on the last climb and went over the bars going into the first descent. Sitting in 5th now I consolidated and determined to make no more mistakes and this is how it stayed until the last lap, all 5 of us within 45 seconds of each other. Then the French riders pulled away and Yolande followed at a gap. I could see Candice ahead and when her gears jammed on the final climb I took my 4th place back and pinned it to the finish. A really hard, hot, relentless race but I felt strong which bodes well for the next couple of weeks. With Cyclone Irene due to hit SA in the early hours tomorrow though it might mean some enforced rest now. No bad thing if you ask my tired wee pins!

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2 thoughts on “4th place at Karkloof Cat 2 UCI race. That hurt!

  1. Well Lee I think that was a job well done. You obviously chose the best line at the waterfall. Was that straight over and down? I think I advised the G line but you thought different and best. Well done!And the cyclone, did it arrive? Have you found more female riders to train with?2 weeks to go then with a World Cup race to think about. Enjoy your hammock contemplations which will include thoughts of sunny Scotland and the like I’m sure. We’re all thinking about you and hoping for the best for you.Love,yer Ma. xx

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