it is with great excitement that i have managed to secure the rights to distribute rotor rings in south africa.for dealer inquiries contact me at email@example.com
this is my own set in custom red on my factory specialized epic.our team has been on them since december with only great results.check out www.rotorbike.com for more info.
another solid training week... the weather played along this week and i managed to log in some more big miles.i will do the same leading up to this weekends sardine classic and then start uping the tempo after that.
on monday i had my first meeting with sascoc regarding my selection for the 2012 operation excellence plan set forth to accumulate 12 medals at the games in london.all looks very positive so i am excited.
this weekend will see the running of the annual sardine classic which is being held at the pont in port edward.i hear the course is super fun so all those with an old bike in the garage should dust of the cobwebs and join us for a fun day in the winter sun.
the last week ive been going about setting a good routine to follow as i prepare for the second half of my season.first up i took 4 days off and only started riding again on friday.i ran around doing some erands and getting my bikes ready for the training to come.i got some good rest in too.on friday i was back on the road and pretty much spent my whole weekend in the saddle.it felt great seeing as the last time i did solid mileage was the cape epic which was like a month or two ago.i could also ride at a steady pace and didnt have to chase some euros along a 5km loop over an over.
its also great to be back on the tarmac after a long break.the bike is so pleasant to ride.i did have a slow puncture on sat but managed to ride it home.
ive also been watching mad chuck in my recovery time.i always seem to get addicted to a series even though i was a sceptic at first on this one.on thursday i got to put a new frontloader in the audi and now have it hooked up to my ipod.
this week will be another big training week.hope the weather stays the same.
so i got home on tuesday evening pretty late.after returning from madrid i spent an evening at cherises house before she left for canada.she will only be back in two weeks so its guna be pretty boring.her dad broke his hip on saturday so on monday i helped her check him out of the hospital.another situation that makes me realizehowe fortunate we are to ride our bikes even when the going gets tough.
wellsy and i hangin out post race...
yesterday i didnt do much cyclin but spent the whole day on my feet.im on a mini 4 day break but i always end up doing all the stuff i cant when im training.in other words not relaxing as much as i should.as its my first real trip home in a along time i had mad unpacking to do.i built up my epic which was packed so nicely.the spez mechanics do a great job.i think my bike cud be dropped out of a boeing and survive!i got some new roval contral e5 wheels to train with.they look so cool.i realy like the black powder coat on them.after that i went hunting for a good second hand 4x4 with my bro.he is looking for one to fish with so the budget isnt huge.we found a pretty desent raider so he is psyched.i also had a haircut,got a new deck installed in the audi and joined my parents for dinner.everyone is excited as my niece should be arriving soon.she already weighs like 3.6kg so it should be any time now...
benno and i at the airport rocking our new majola team gear...
tommorow i get back on the bike for two weeks of lsd.ill race the local mtb race on the coast and then the african champos at mankele before i return to world cup action in canada.its a realy big block of down time and very important prep time for worlds in september.
the crowds turn out big in casa de campo...
im guna go enjoy my last rest day...
i appoligize for the long pause in blog updates.i have however still ben posting race updates and news at my i-am-specialized.com site.this past weekend i raced the 2nd round of the world cup in germany.after a flat tire early on i managed to claw my way back and finish in 4th.things on the new team have been awesum.our bikes are the best out there and mine was at a mere 8.9kg over the weekend.the trip has been a long one and after racing in houffalize this weekend im looking forward to coming home and taking a few weeks easy.todd and suzi have been taking some cool pics.see those at todwells.com and sauserwind.com.
for now were hanging out in a rainy and cold belgium.i hope it clears soon so i can go ride and keep myslef from eating too much chocolate
I'm here. Arrived in Durban at 6pm, my bag didn't make it but I did. Sat next to some guy on the plane that use to live in Durango until 96 named Tyler that now lives in SA. Small world. Burry and Cherise picked me up at the airport and everything has gone smooth since.
I ended up getting an emergency exit row seat on the plane and slept for almost 10 hours. It was great. I almost missed my flight in Johburg though since it took forever to file my lost baggage claim and recheck in at the domestic terminal. Plus, they didn't have me on the connector flight since I was flying a day late. I almost left my watch at security too running to make the plane.
Tonight we went to the Dart's version of RGPs. It was good and now I'm wide awake and it's time for bed. Luckily Burry's dad brought a bike back from the Epic for me so I have everything except a helmet to ride with. Even if my bag doesn't show up I have just about everything I need to race.
The Dart's interenet here is sloooowww.
I wonder how much my phone bill is going to be after this trip, .20 to recieve texts, .35 to send, 1.50 min to talk and 15 per mb for date.
the second round of the south african xc cup series took place at mankele mtb park just outside of nelspruit.the lap was quite long at 8.5km but nice and flowwing so the times were pretty quick.on friday morning it rained pretty heavily but by the time i headed out to practice it was drying and getting better lap after lap.
my mom made the trip up so for a change she would take care of things for me in the feed zone.she has always had a nack with feeding me well...our elite batch was up for 6 laps and in the heat of summer fluids are crucial.
i started well,leading the group into the firsts single track where i set a comfortable tempo for the first fe minutes and as i found my rythm early on i put the hammer down mid way up the first climb.the climb was quite fast and bumby so i had the perfect ride onboard my specialized epic.i managed to get a sweet gap before the top and settled in on the descent back.as i entered one of the rocky singletracks however,my left shoe hit a rock breaking my cleat off.at first i must have looked like a dog digging a hole in the grouind as i tried to find the cleat on the pedal,but i soon realized there was nothing there.so i made my way to the finish the best i could and by then had probably only lost a minute or so.i then had to face the fact that i forgot my spare shoes in our cabin which was a 5min walk for my dad.so i borrowed some shoes(specialized ofcourse)and set of on the second lap to just limit my losses until i could get my own shoes.i managed to bring the gap back down to a minute by the end of the second lap and then again came to a halt.i think my shoe change this time around was one that conrad and dan would be proud of(xterra triathletes).and then again i set off in persuit of the leader.first io had to make my way around a few other riders and only at the end of the 3rd lap i caught up to brandon stewart (dcm).i sat behind him through the start to get my breath back and then again made it hard on the climb.i got a gap and this time kept it cool all the way to the end of the 6 laps and even surprising myself with a 5minute winning margin.
after the race i left for pretoria to race the road on sunday.i just cont get enough of the tarmac it seems!the race went well.it was pretty flat for most part and on the oly real climb i went in a move but we were soon brought back.in the finish i went out from around a kilometer to go and got swept up about 150m from the line so all in all just a good training ride,the average was a brisk 47km/h!
over the next two weeks ill do my last big mileage weeks and then i gear up for sa road and mtb champs ,followed closely by the epic...
Tire testing and a whole lot more
On Monday the 26th of jan I left Johannesburg cape town
i joined Conrad stoltz for a rocky trail ride around jonkershoek to see if I could flat the new renegade tire.now before I describe the ride I must tell you that it’s the lightest mtb tire ive ever ridden at just 340gr for a 1.90 and with my reputation for flats, I didn’t think it would last long…however 2hours later and a rims which looked like they had been driven over a few times with bobby’s x5 I had all the air in my tire intact and I was an immediate believer. the tire rolls super fast and with the soft compound grips corners with loads of confidence and with a bigger 2.1 volume casing on the way its something to get really excited about!
Later that evening I had dinner with suzie(christoph) and benno at a cool little seafood restaurant and then retired early after being up at 4 earlier that day to catch my flight.
On Tuesday we all met up at the b&b after breakfast to test our tires’ rolling resistance and pit them against some of our competitors’ tires. i rode probably 20 sets of tires that morning and it was amazing to see how big the differences sometimes were. even more relevant to me was the fact that I learnt more about how compound ,tread layout, casing, air pressure and volume affected the rolling characteristics of each tire. after I narrowed it down to 5 tires that rolled the best and looked suitable for a race tire it was christophs turn to do the road and gravel rolling tests to see if they confirmed what we saw on the rollers. i did some more tire testing on the trail in the afternoon with the fast track slk lite compound tire that afternoon which is also a really fast rolling 430gr 2.0 tire. again Conrad and I did some serious damage to the wheels and we were now relegated to the testing on free ride rims. we were jumping straight into rock piles and aiming at the sharpest and biggest rocks in our mission to cut the tires. again we emerged from the forests 2 and a half hours later with nothing to show for our efforts. the tires had burped once or twice but were in perfect nic! after the ride I did a short run to where christoph was busy on the road and I was happy to see him confirming my tests on the rollers. it was also exciting to see how well the specialized tires were performing in a range of tread patterns.
Wednesday saw the whole team heading up into the forest, setting up base right at the top of the mountain at one of the trail heads. christoph, lene byberg and I were testing the narrowed down tires from the rollers on the trail to see how they handled and hooked up in the turns. conrad stoltz and dan hugo were there too testing the more durable tires in the range against similar versions from competitors and they were riding a longer more treacherous route. benno and Dylan(mechanics) did more tyre changes that day than an f1 team during a weeks racing! it was so cool to ride all the tires back to back on the same track one after another as you could accurately asses the riding properties of each model and figure out which were best suited for which part of the course. this ultimately will lead to more sensible choices next to the race track. i think I spent a total of 6hours on the bike this day and again it was an early night in for me.
It was back to normal on Thursday and friday with me doing the four passes road loop on both days. the riding was steady, the weather awesome and on a great route this made for a good time. on Thursday night a bunch off us managed to go check out the vensters show outside all the res’ on campus. it was pretty good and amazing to see the streets packed with excited students.
Saturday ended up being a rest day for me but the blood and adrenaline pumped none the less. benno and I decided to join some friends of his for skydiving! we spoke about doing it all week but I didn’t figure it was really going to come off but at around on Saturday afternoon we rolled into the little airport just outside cape town Beijing
On Sunday I did another four passes loop and im now sitting on the plane back to jo’burg recollecting myself after an incredible week. if this is anything to gauge my future with this team on I cant wait!