Team Crank – Absa Cape Epic stage 3 report

Day 4 and stage 3 is done. We have officially reached the half way mark of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic. The riders were treated with a fun route today. The tour of the Tulbach ‘bowl’ and its sweeping single track was meet with huge smiles, until the searing heat started to takes its toll. Man, it got hot out there today, with more heat forecast for the following days. The organisers called today a ‘recovery’ day but it was as tough as ever, with quite a few riders not making the 8 hour cut off time. This was mostly due to the enormous amount of climbing we had to do in the final 18km’s.

Paul and I had a steady day, finishing in a touch under 5:30,  very happy to have mostly got over my tummy issues. Beside a couple of visits to the loo today all is good. Once again, my Scott Spark has been amazing, and the free service from Scott South Africa fo all Scott riders is amazing. To find out what happened with the pro’s, click here.

I have to say, after riding quite a bit of single track today, the majority of Epic riders should spend far less money on their fancy bikes and kit, and use the savings for some skills clinics. It was frightening to watch riders try to negotiate small obstacles. Chat to Dan from iRide Africa, he will make you ride faster!

Tomorrow sees us riding from Tulbach to Wellington, home of the amazing Welvanpas single tracks. A total of 120km and 2300m elevation gain lies ahead of us. Another true test of our fitness and determination.