|Team KMD and Weatherzone on the startline....little did we know what was|
Our B&B was about 20k from the start and Christelle (Jarrod’s fiancée) was driving as she had joined us for the last few days of the race, before she and Buzz get married in Tulbagh next Wednesday. We grabbed our bikes and our rain jackets as the temperature along the ridge lines would be on 4 or 5 degrees.
The gun went at 7am sharp and we took off at pace in a big peleton in the driving rain. After a kilometre or so, we hit the unmade road. Quick as a flash, we were covered in what yesterday was crimson dust, was today crimson mud. It caked onto the our faces, ran down our necks under our ride tops, and shorts. My (already painful) saddle sores were going to love this!! You couldn’t tell what rider was in what team, as we raced along the road, both of us focusing on keeping our position at the front. Johnny and Mark were with us early, but dropped back as we hit the first of 4-5 rolling hills. I could only tell Buzz was near me by him saying “yep” in his broad aussie accent every few minutes.
|This was average conditions for todays|
|Muddy boys...but the Champion Systems kit|
stood up a treat to the harsh condition
|The boys refuelling after the stage|
|good head. I still have dirt coming out of all areas|
|Johnny didnt get the eye from Buzz!|
Only 2 stages to go. Tomorrow is shorter in distance at 85k, but very tough. It will still be wet out there. Hopefully we will get to the finish!!