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  1. Aren't they supposed to seed tandems according to the weaker rider? My wife's seeding index is 122.77 but we start in 1C haha.. I'm not really feeling confident that we should start there..do I have to arrange anything with the organizers to drop back to a later group, or do we just pitch to whatever later group we feel like starting? PS. Initially planned to race for a sub 3 tandem when we entered, but what a sh*t year it has been.. still sitting with long covid symptoms and two/three months with not a single ride from both of us, so now we are just going to ride from waterpoint to waterpoint enjoying the closed Cape Town roads and the vibe. Probably gonna end up riding like 6-7 hours, so don't want to get in the way of people in the earlier batches actually trying to race for time.
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  3. You are 100% correct. Our 4-man team was reduced to a 2-man team. One of our guys pulled out two months ago, and I pulled out at registration on Friday. I got Covid three weeks ago, very light symtoms, but could feel the after effects when trying to excercise or riding..did a 50km 1500m elevation ride last week for a final leg check before TB, and my HR was more or less 25 bpm higher than usual. I was in denial and kept on thinking I'll fully recover in time for the race, and then last minute realized it was just not going to happen and that I might risk my health if I try and race. We ended up riding our 2nd and 4th strongest riders, both of which have not ridden Trans Baviaans before. So this is a race report from the support vehicle's perspective... We arrived in Willowmore on Friday around 14:30 for registration. Filled out a few Covid forms and moved my name from team rider to support driver. We had a quick chat on the spot about what to pack in the crates and decided to not pack anything in them since the team will get going in the dark and have lights and warm clothes already mounted. Our Willowmore accommodation was around 55km outside of town in a farmhouse. Excellent hosts that even organized us a few roosterkoeke and wood for our braai. The fire was lit and the first brandy poured by 5PM to warm us up and settle the nerves. We hit the sack early around 10PM since we were planning on driving to town at 5AM for a 6AM start. Temperatures went down to -5 that evening. We got to the startline at 6AM. Did a few final bike checks and our guys took off at 06:08am in -3 degrees temps. They only needed their lights for the first 15mins of the ride. I was able to live track them on Whatsapp for the first 20mins and then they lost signal all the way to CP5 at 170km. In the meantime I made my way with the support vehicle through Uniondale and The Langkloof to J-Bay. Arrived there at 09:30. Booked us in, bought groceries for the evening's braai, and only had around 45mins to spare before making my way to CP5. I thought there would be more time to play with. I arrived there at 13:45. Our team went well from the start to CP1. Caught 8 other guys willing to work together. In and out quickly at CP1 and on to CP2 with the same batch. Our weaker rider started to show signs that the pace was just a bit too hot at an average of around 27km/h at the 70km mark and decided to stop taking turns at the front just to try to recover, but it was too late. At 90km the cramps and lower back pain started for him and they took a proper rest at CP2 losing the group. From CP2 they carried on at their own pace to try and get our weaker rider recovering. Water crossings were minimal and Langwater was only half calf deep and easily rideable. The second Fang required some pushing with lower back pains, and again up MAC as well. Got caught in a rain shower up MAC. At Bergplaas they decided to lie down for just a few minutes to try and get our teammate that suffered a bit to recover before descending. He was struggling to keep down food, but managed to get down some of those milk products at Bergplaas, and he claims that gave him new life! They finally reached me at CP5 on 170km at 14:30(just under 8 and a half hours race time) looking not too badly beaten up, but lost a crank bolt down the Big Dipper descend, so they lost more time there trying to get a new bolt. Off with the rain jackets and change of dry cloths out of the car, and off they went again 25mins later. I made my way back through Patensie towards CP7 and could live track them again. I could see they made steady but solid progress over the Neverender and the massive tailwind definitely helped. At CP7 people were starting to get reports from J-Bay that a massive storm was busy moving in.. wind picked up even more. They reached me at CP7 around 16:30, two bites of a jaffle, rain jackets on again, and off they went looking even stronger than at CP5. Mini MAC was the first signs of fatigue to our stronger rider that had a hammy cramp up, but got it sorted out with a bit of high cadence spinning. After mini MAC they had a 4-5km stretch of gravel road with the wind from behind where they could keep the speed up to 47kmh, and then the rain came down for the final few kilometres. Just before they entered the final single track they had to switch on the lights again. Muddy and dark finish in the end. They crossed the finishline just after 18:30. Official race time 12:26, moving time 10:55. Very proud of the way they rode. Both of them agree a sub12 was on the cards if it weren't for the lost crank bolt and the lying down at Bergplaas.. next time Bergplaas will just be a check in/check out point.. they say you can recover while going down Big Dipper. After the race sitting around the fire, we all felt we have a bit of unfinished business now with the Trans Baviaans, all for different reasons..so we'll definitely be back next year fitter and stronger aiming for a Sub 11! FOMO and all for not being able to ride, the Trans Baviaans weekend was still a great experience for me as a support driver this time around..
  4. Going to try to keep the wind and water out with these things... Sock - Booty - Sock -Shoe:
  5. Final weather update guys.. See you in Willowmore tomorrow! For the guys coming from Cape Town, we're stopping at Diesel&Cream in Barrydale around 10:00 for a brekkie and beer, pop in! You want to start carboloading early tomorrow.
  6. The app is called "Epic Ride Weather" on the Google Play Store.
  7. Dodgy whatsapp video also doing the rounds predicting snow for the weekend in the Willowmore/Baviaans area haha.. gonna be an adventure if it snows! This is what Saturday's prediction looks like today: Las the newspaper, looks like full winter kit all day long...
  8. Ride forecast for 28 Aug 2021 06:00: Temperature: 0 °C to 12 °C, feels like -3 °C to 12 °C Wind: 8,6 to 15,1 km/h, with gusts up to 29,0 km/h 41% probability of precipitation Looks like it's going to be a cold one! The predicted wind direction is still changing everyday. Yesterday it showed a headwind all the way. Wouldn't trust this wind prediction until around next week Wednesday.
  9. Got my 2017 Scott Spark RC Pro frame resprayed by Bogus Designs a few months back. Picked up a South Industries Wheelset second hand, GX AXS upgrade kit from Greasemonkey, and XX1 10-52 cassette and chain my sis just sneaked in from Germany at basically half price.. Now I just have to make a decision on what crankset to go with to complete the bike.
  10. Basically took a 6 months break off the bike after Double Century in November with just the occasional casual ride since. Got back on the bike a few weeks ago to do some proper panic training to survive the Trans Baviaans in August. Started with a Zwift structured program combined with longer outside rides and actually can't believe how much power I've lost since the DC! Went from a 82kg 324W FTP in Nov to a 96kg 265W FTP currently. That's 3,95 w/kg down to 2,75 w/kg. Flippen embarrassing how I've let myself slip this far! Determined to knuckle down and at least get back to sub 90kg before Trans Baviaans.
  11. Thanks Rob! Looking forward to the read!!
  12. Oefff.. up 12kg since November. Started cycling again last week after about 3 months of loafing around maybe doing one ride every two weeks. Also have to start making better food choices and cut down on beer. Got to get my act together now before Trans Baviaans in August and try and drop at least 10kg by then.
  13. All weight I've lost this year is muscle weight due to lack of cycling! Few kgs down this year, but hardly cycling at the moment, and pants definitely not fitting any better than at the start of Jan. At least through all the late nights of working and stress that led to cycling taking the back seat I managed to successfully negotiate to buy out our company and will now be taking over from April. Interesting and scary times ahead! But I'm hoping to be a bit more flexible then and make time for cycling again.
  14. Can I buy a bicycle through my business and get any tax benefits? And if I can, are there limits to what sort of bike it should be? Or a maximum price? I'll be commuting with it to the office 2 to 3 days of the week, so it will actually be partly used for my business, but the price tag might be a bit higher than the usual commuter bicycle.. I tried searching here and googled, but not finding much info for South Africa. In some places overseas there are real nice "bicycle to work" benefits.
  15. Paarl Mountain Reserve and Rhebokskloof today
  16. Flip I had no clue they were actually THAT heavy!! Just saw that bucket special a few months ago and decided to give it a go..
  17. I'm currently running this combo and don't like it. They feel heavy/sluggish when climbing. They might be a little bit more grippy in corners, but I'm going back to Maxxis Aspen 2.25 front and back when this set is done.
  18. Slowly but surely getting into a rhythm again.. Prepping lunch meals the night before for the last week instead of going to coffee shops in my lunch break. Still not getting around to cycling as much as I'd like to, but since my wife is now working a block from my office, yesterday I threw my bike in the back of her car and took a lift with her and commuted back home after work. 26km in 50mins on the road bike beats 30min in traffic hands down! Got home and could still go for a run with my wife. Did the same thing this morning, but going to take the more scenic mtb route back home this afternoon. Going to try to commute back home at least 3 times a week. Feels like I discovered freedom again not having to sit in afternoon traffic!
  19. Good luck with the surgery and speedy recovery!
  20. Another thing you can check is your Windows sleep mode settings.. turn all that stuff off. Could happen that after 10 or 15mins of not touching your keyboard/mouse while pedaling it goes into a kind of sleep mode maybe?
  21. A mate of mine experienced the same. In the end a simple uninstall and reinstall of Zwift sorted it out.
  22. Great tip Eddy!! I also got one and it works a charm!
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