Saved by the bell

Cape Town view

With a couple of rides in my legs I thought I would cap off the season with one last jaunt. The Chas Everitt Pro Criterium in Stellenbosch over the past weekend. I was taking Oli’s advice to heart, fake it till you make it. I was going to need to do a lot of faking it, with the rest of the Cape crew coming towards the end of their summer season and my only form being my round belly.

I was saved by the bell so to speak with the event unfortunately being called off due to road closure issues. A real pity as I would have liked to have raced a real crit on home tarmac. I was however saved a serious trip to the pain cave, something I should probably be grateful for as I may have overestimated my abilities and under estimated how hard the race may have been!

Nonetheless, training is back into full swing. I enjoy the base rides, it’s great to get out and knock off a couple of hours each day with Charlie (Keey), without having to worry too much about how many watts you’re doing or what intervals you have to suffer through. Cape Town is finally; touch wood, starting to show real signs of summer. The disappearance of the rain has been made up for by the howling South Easter.

Coffee stops have been made more pleasurable by the easily available croissants. It was a challenge to find them in the USA this year. Being back on the programme though, means that these are consumed in lesser quantities than what I would like. I have however decided that Tribeca Bakery now serves the best almond croissant in Cape Town! If anyone has any other suggestions to this department, hit me up.

Besides racking up some miles I’m still playing the sponsorship game in my free time, attempting to find that elusive ‘big deal’. Wish me luck on that front.

Till next time then, I’m sure the South Easter will keep me honest and I’ll play out how the race would have gone in my mind.