Cape Epic, a day in the life of Team American Classic – KMC – Look… stage six

Rappel : Pendant la durée de la Cape Epic, deux de nos trois partenaires principaux étant étrangers (American Classic et KMC), le blog sera en anglais, vous pouvez cependant nous suivre en français en utilisant Google translate, les traductions ne sont jamais parfaites mais vous aurez je pense le plus important. Pour traduire en français l’article ci-dessous, cliquez ici.

Today’s news come from Stellenbosch, home town for a lot of south african athletes and winter town for many european pro mountain bikers who come here to live the south african summer and enjoy the great roads and trails around town. I can’t confirm but I’ve also heard the infrastructures are great here for triathletes and that the atmosphere in town is young (lot of students here) and sport oriented. Jeff went for a quick wine tasting before dinner and told me the wine is also good here😉 ! We are only spending a night here before heading to Lourensford tomorrow for the final finish line so we won’t be able to enjoy much of what this town has to offer.

Fow now, below are a couple of pictures of our new camp here in Stellenbosch.

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Now you could ask, « but how did you get to Stellenbosch anyway ? » … and the answer is that we arrive here after a tough ride ! That ride started in Wellington at 7am as usual after a night of rain, believe me in the tent when it rains hard you can’t miss it. I went for a shower at 4:50am and it was still raining a lot (I could have just stayed outside naked for a shower😉 ) but then it slowed down and by the time we started it was only cloudy but no more rain. Still, we decided to play it safe and off we went with arm warmers for me and arm warmers + a small jacket for Jeff. Of course after one hour the sun came back and that’s just more stuff we had to wear all day for nothing, ahah, but in my experience the rain always stops when you have everything to protect yourself and the day you take nothing with you then it’s pouring rain for most of the ride. So I guess by wearing extra layers we called for the sun😉 ! Now that you know the weather was good, other important thing you need to know is that Jeff had been taken care of pretty well by the medical service yesterday and with some tapes behind his calf and knee he didn’t suffer as badly as yesterday which was a gift considering the stage was 99km long with 2950m of climbing ! Things went well today, I was a little worried for the first hour as my legs didn’t feel good, probably from all the « Jeff pushing » of yesterday when he was in a lot of pain, but then after an hour they came back at the same time the sun did (coindicence ?). From there things got easier for me and Jeff was almost fine today so we had a great solid stage. We finished in 39th position for the stage and are now one rank up in the overall classification in 36th position. The gaps in between teams in general classification are now in minutes (not in seconds) which is quite normal after 33+ hours of racing so we don’t expect big changes tomorrow. We’ll just make sure to get to Lourensford ok and will be very excited to see the finish line !

We’ve never been so close… wait… actually we’ve been there before but it seems that no matter how many times you’ve been at the start of Cape Epic, getting to the finish line is still a big goal and a huge satisfaction. So yes we’ve been in that position to finish two years ago and we did but I’m still as impatient as I was two years ago… fingers crossed that nothing wrong happens tomorrow, only 54km to go !!!

STATISTICS :

– Stage results

– Jeff’s TrainingPeaks curve + map

– Pyf’s TrainingPeaks curve + map

Picture of the day : Jeff right leg full equipped !🙂

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