Cape Epic diary: Day 7

Oak Valley to Lourensford. 69km, 1800m ascent

It started raining on Saturday evening even though light. We didn’t feel like getting out of our sleeping bag into rain again. Luckily it was a light rain only. We got going and my legs were pretty much numb not even sore any more.

We started climbing up steep technical uphill and went up and down in Grabouw area. It took us just under 3 hours to reach the portage and luckily by then the clouds opened up and we could see the view of False bay and Cape Town. My Scott wasn’t too heavy to carry along the portage and soon enough we were enjoying nice flowing single track in the forest. After reaching second water point there was a last single track switch back climb that felt like never ending. The last 20 kms was very bumpy and I had enough by then. Not the smoothest finish. There was short piece of single track just before the finish. We managed to get into the finish in 4;45 and were welcome by cheering crowds and my husband and friends. I was quite emotional on the edge of crying and just wanted to get out of the crowd but it took long to get on the final stage for finishers picture. We also were pretty hungry by then. But felt relieved that its done collected our medals and went to shower and then fetch our Woollies picnic and relaxed at last.

Thank you to my sponsor ITEC for their support, Nakd and TREK bars and Hammer nutrition. Also big thank you to all the supporters calling out my name along the way and my friends and last my husband and sister for their support.


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