2016 MTB races to watch out for!

9th of April
99er MTB Challenge 45km and shorter routes
http://www.pedalpower.org.za/events/pedal-power-association-78/

9th of April
Fine Breede MTB Challenge, 60km
http://www.pedalpower.org.za/events/pedal-power-association-74/

16th of April
Philadelphia MTB Fun Ride, 63km and shorter routes
http://www.pedalpower.org.za/events/pedal-power-association-75/

23rd and 24th of April
Cell C Arabella MTB Challenge 50km
http://www.stillwatersports.com/event/cell-c-arabella-mtb-challenge/

30th of April and 1st of May
Houw Hoek MTB Tour 50km
http://www.mtb-adventures.co.za/mtb-events/houw-hoek-tour/

7th of May
TRU CAPE MTB Grabouw
http://www.pedalpower.org.za/events/pedal-power-association-76/

15th of May
Gravel Travel in Wellington 50km and 25km
www.graveltravel.co.za

21st of May
100 and 50 Miller
www.dirtopia.co.za

21st of May
Willow Creek Computer Mania 60km and shorter routes
http://www.pedalpower.org.za/events/pedal-power-association-77/

28th of May
Montagu MTB Mania 80km and shorter routes
http://www.pedalpower.org.za/events/pedal-power-association-69/

18 June 2016
Greyton Classic 65km
http://www.greytonclassic.co.za/

2nd and 3rd of July
Knysna Cycle Tour, various mtb and road routes
http://knysnacycle.co.za/

31st of July
Die Burger MTB various routes
www.dirtopia.co.za

 

W2W Diary 

Prologue 
I have registered for the race in February on the day when the entries have opened. I was highly pregnant then. But I felt I need to have something to aim towards after my baby is born.

Long story short I have been able to ride much less than I thought I would have. Not just because of time and breastfeeding but as well because I want to spend time with my daughter. And when I’m on bike I think of her and I tend to do short ride and rush back home. Yes motherhood changes you!

The closer the time of W2W came the more I was thinking what did I get myself into? Am I being a bad mother leaving my 7 month old baby at home? I registered to race with my good friend Lara Woolley and that was a motivation not to pull out of the race. I haven’t seen her much since I have had the baby so I wanted to ride with her at last.

Day 1 
We started in E group which was bit below our league but since we haven’t done any races this year we haven’t gotten better seeding. We were excited to ride together and the aim was to have fun. The start is quite tough with long steep climb on gravel road. We managed to get away from the bunch with few more guys and then had the single track for ourselves. Once we hit the portage section we realized we are bit stucked as the pace was much slower than in the front groups.

Anyway we enjoyed the beautiful views from Sir Lawry Pass and joked around with the other riders. Once we reached the top it was little bit of a fight to get ahead of some of the slower people so we could enjoy the single track in fast speed. We got to Oak Valley on a high from an awesome day in a saddle and finished 4th in our very competitive age group.

Day 2
This day is always lot of fun even though the start is not easy as your legs are tired and you have to push hard from the start to get a good position for the single track later. 85% of the route was single track heaven this year. But don’t think its easy. One must be able to master switch backs, riding between trees in forest and over A – frame and lots of bridges. Me and Lara had lots of fun. I was just a tad bit weaker but managed to hang in there. We finished 4th again and realized we wont reach the podium with all the pro ladies ahead of us. Which we more less knew as the competition is every year stronger.

The afternoon is spend by chilling around with friends and telling stories from the bike. I had to pump the breast milk also! Which isn’t so much fun but necessary if you want to keep breastfeeding. It can be done and its so good for the baba. So if you are a new mum you don’t have to wait to stop breastfeeding to ride a race!

Day 3
I was bit worried how the legs will feel as I haven’t done many long rides. From the start I could feel the racing legs are not there but I could go reasonable speed and I just kept positive attitude which is very important. Once you start thinking negative that you don’t feel good or that you are the weaker link in the team you are finished. So there we let the C bunch drop us and had the single track and roads to ourselves. Which was actually awesome. We enjoyed the views of coming down towards Himmel en Aarde and first glimpses of the sea. We absolutely loved the single track there. My racing legs were suddenly back. Yes bit late!

This is an awesome race and definitely on your to do list if you haven’t done it yet. But remember don’t forget to practice your mtb skills. Thank you ITEC for support and Concept Studio for getting me ready and lastly my amazing husband to letting me go and looking after our daughter so well.

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My tips

  • Practice race nutrition before the race
  • Find out what they will have at water points so you don’t have to take everything in your pocket
  • Pace yourself – don’t go all out in the first hour of race – especially for the boys!
  • Practice carrying your bike for the portage section – your lower back will need to be strong – do some core exercises during your training as well as uphill walking or running so that your calves don’t cramp once you are on the top
  • Practice switch backs, riding over rocky terrain, sand, bridges and A-frame
  • Drink enough water during race and after
  • Have lunch as soon as you have finished
  • Have few massages before the race if you have booked your massage package
  • Practice how to plug a tubeless tyre and fix broken chain
  • Have fun!

 

Skills Training

Are you new to mountain biking or want to improve your skills? Join our training sessions and you are sure to learn new skills swiftly with the right doses of fun.

TIME

  • Saturdays and Sundays 14h00-17h00
  • Weekdays can be arranged

COST

Note: We do offer transport to trails. Pick up in Sea Point, R50 petrol allowance)

  • Private lessons R800 for 2 hours
  • Group sessions (2 pax) R650 per person/2 hours
  • Group sessions (3+pax) R550 per person/3 hours
  • Kids Clinics (2+pax) R400 per child/2 hours
  • Kids Clinics (4+pax) R300 per child/2 hours

BEGINNERS

Basic single track flow and cornering, practice of braking and shifting gears, balancing and different positioning on bike, practice of easy switchbacks

INTERMEDIATE 1 & 2

Learn how to maneuver around tight switchbacks, mount and dismount pavements, how to track stand, how to ride steep rooty inclines and how to negotiate your way through rock gardens. Ride smaller drop offs.

Training sessions are run by Kate Slegrova who is a certified cycle coach, and Katja Steenkamp, an experienced Cross Country and Enduro rider.

You will be fueled by Hammer Nutrition

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TO BOOK YOUR SESSION

Contact Kate on kate.trainer@yahoo.com or contact Katja on katjasteenkamp@gmail.com or call 082 795 5878.

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We want to use our passion for the sport as a platform to create awareness of and support Qhubeka and World Bicycle Relief in their mission to mobilize children with bicycles. Please join us by donating R40 for each lesson you are taking with us. Follow this link to make your contribution: Qhubeka

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