The Queen’s stage: from Prince Albert to Calitzdorp

What an amazing day it was! I felt great, my legs were back to normal and consolidated my 3rd position in GC with the fourth girl being now over 1 hour behind me. We started the day with a little spin up the Swartberg Pass this time from Prince Albert side. It felt much easier than the previous day’s grind up from De Rust. I … Continue reading The Queen’s stage: from Prince Albert to Calitzdorp

Cape Trek Pioneer: Stage 4 De Rust to Prince Albert

Today was hard for me, extremely hard. The stage started with the usual neutral zone to get safely out of De Rust. The pace picked up to lightening speed as soon as the vehicle pulled over. I was in the front bunch and could stay for exactly 2 minutes before I dropped off. As soon as the pace had picked up I could feel that … Continue reading Cape Trek Pioneer: Stage 4 De Rust to Prince Albert

Cape Pioneer Trek: Stage 3 Kammanassie – The Hike

Today we were invited to ride trails in the Kammanassie that have never been ridden by bicycles before. This, however, will remain after today’s stage. It was hiking at its best. Over 1 hour of pushing the bike up a steep incline in fact so steep that my lower back muscles started cramping from the rather awkward movements. But I am getting ahead of myself, … Continue reading Cape Pioneer Trek: Stage 3 Kammanassie – The Hike

Cape Pioneer Trek: Stage 2 George to Oudtshoorn

Today’s stage started off with a +/- 1 hour spin up Montagu Pass followed by a freewheeling flight into the community of Herold. From here on it was mostly open gravel road until Paardepoort where the climate changed to dry and hot temperature. The Karoo welcomed us with 40 degrees and made the last 40 kilometers a tough ride. While riding in these conditions it … Continue reading Cape Pioneer Trek: Stage 2 George to Oudtshoorn