On Saturday I rode the Lourensford Classic MTB race, a tough 60k's around the stunning Lourensford wine estate at the foot of the Hottentots Holland mountains. The weather was almost perfect apart from a brief spell of rain, with the sun remaining firmly behind the clouds.
I was with my usual crowd and we had sort of agreed that we'd take it easy but in reality we were racing. Somehow I ended up at the front of our start group with my friends stuck in the middle, but I met another friend at the front so we rode together for the first 20k's, after which I left him and carried on alone. Everything seemed to go just right for me and my confidence was a lot higher than it has been lately, so even the singletrack was good. I also managed to keep out of a few nasty accidents and didn't actually stop once on the route.
I finished in under 4 hours which is a great result for this particular race and I'm very pleased with my time especially as I beat my friends that I normally ride with.
The best bit of the whole event was seeing Paula, Joel & Eli at the finish line! Because the race was in Somerset West Paula was able to bring the boys along and Joel was really excited when he saw me coming towards the finish line.
Time: 03:52:15, Overall Position: 145/380 Average Speed: 15.5kph
My friends were about 4 minutes behind me.