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suikerbosrand - 3 loops

3???

Easy to say, not easy to do.

Very few riders are capable of 3 non stop laps of S/Bos.

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i just said 3 because GTRacing wanted to do 150km+...

 

I'm going for ONE lap on saturday, but I'll do the short little loop twice

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3???

Easy to say, not easy to do.

Very few riders are capable of 3 non stop laps of S/Bos.

 

3 laps? Yegads man - I'd buy that persona cup of coffee!

 

My recommendation? 300 laps of Hector Norris Park :lol:

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3 laps? Yegads man - I'd buy that persona cup of coffee!

I'd need more than coffee ~ I'd need life support.

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I'd need more than coffee ~ I'd need life support.

 

I've done 2 and had to lie under the trees in the parking lot for quite a while before standing up was an option...

 

3 is just crazy talk :blink:

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I've done 2 and had to lie under the trees in the parking lot for quite a while before standing up was an option...

Do you still have your trip stats for the 2 laps? I haven't managed two full non stop laps yet, but soon, very soon...

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Nicest 150 (160) around is heading out from Pretoria, old Brits road, over Harties, over Hekpoort and back.

 

Scenic but at month-end the roads are going to be busy.

 

3 Laps Suga Bush sounds fun. :thumbup: :D

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Pity you are upcountry - the cape has some really great routes... well road really - you can make up any route you like!

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Broadacres out to harties,past pecanwood right, T junction left, past Magalies park. past van gaalens, left up hekpoort, straight on up to Sterkfontein, krugersdorp left down to highway back to fourways. About 150km with a bit of climbing.

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Do you still have your trip stats for the 2 laps? I haven't managed two full non stop laps yet, but soon, very soon...

 

I don't have a Garmin log but rough info is 5 hours (2:30 per lap), 2,000m climbing, 117km, knackered Eldron.

 

I won't be doing it again - at the time I had aspirations of doing some competitive MTN Ultramarathons but realised after a few months of training that a full time job + 16 hour training weeks was making life pretty frikkin miserable.

 

Now I'm a 6-8 hour/week kinda guy and enjoying my riding much more!

 

Personally I think 2 or 3 lappers are really only for competitive cape epic and road stage race style athletes. There is no benefit for the average 100km roadie or 70km mtb rider to punish him/herself like that.

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Broadacres out to harties,past pecanwood right, T junction left, past Magalies park. past van gaalens, left up hekpoort, straight on up to Sterkfontein, krugersdorp left down to highway back to fourways. About 150km with a bit of climbing.

 

+1

My favorite "long" route (although, you don't have to include Sterkies).

 

Otherwise, flatter - out via Ontdekkers and then around the game reserve and back via Randfontein. Doing this one on Sunday.

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I don't have a Garmin log but rough info is 5 hours (2:30 per lap), 2,000m climbing, 117km, knackered Eldron.

 

I won't be doing it again - at the time I had aspirations of doing some competitive MTN Ultramarathons but realised after a few months of training that a full time job + 16 hour training weeks was making life pretty frikkin miserable.

 

Now I'm a 6-8 hour/week kinda guy and enjoying my riding much more!

 

Personally I think 2 or 3 lappers are really only for competitive cape epic and road stage race style athletes. There is no benefit for the average 100km roadie or 70km mtb rider to punish him/herself like that.

 

Most MTB marathons are a lot harder and longer than the road equivalent, so I'd say two laps of SBR is good training for races like the Crater cruise / Clarens MTB / Sabie classic etc.

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Most MTB marathons are a lot harder and longer than the road equivalent, so I'd say two laps of SBR is good training for races like the Crater cruise / Clarens MTB / Sabie classic etc.

 

Yes and no - 2 laps of SBR will take you about an hour longer than any of the 3 races you mentioned plus the difficulty in mtb is more the battering the body takes rather than pure pedalling leg strength - SBR does not prepare you for that. Mtb has a lot of short accelerations rather than smooth climbing like SBR.

 

In climbless jhb it's about the best we've got in terms of trying to emulate proper climbs but I reckon a good 3 hour mtb ride serves you better than a 5 hour SBR.

 

We each have our little secrets I guess :)

 

One question on Crater Cruise though - why the hell is it so hard? In theory it's a relatively flat untechnical 4 hourish ride but holy cowpoo I have never finished that race without being proper broken. Perhaps it's the lack of downhills to rest on - constant pressure on the pedals like chinese water torture!

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