Hope you are well.
A lot of you have not seen me in a while and must be wondering where I have gone into hiding.
Basically, in short, I have achieved extraordinary racing results during the past month in numerous local and international events. I will most probably not be able to give a full account about the extent of my hardships that I have faced during my races. I have been pushed to my physical and mental limits in my most recent race - JoBerg2C, 9 DAYS LONG over 1000 km MTB racing. I am currently considering many aspects regarding being a professional athlete vs not being a full time athlete, enjoying life and focusing on my business ventures!
The events in which I took part;
- 8th and 9th April – Cradle Mountain Bike Stage Race. Finished 1st overall in Gauteng’s biggest MTB stage race of the year! Believe it or not I only managed to win the 2 day stage race with 9 seconds to the 2nd overall athlete!
- 16th April – Xterra Reunion World Series Race (This is a triathlon consisting of swimming 1.5 km in the ocean / 30 km MTB / 11 km Trail Running). The World series events are the highest level circuit for elite men in the world to compete in off road triathlon. I Finished 4th overall and I competed against some of the best Xterra athletes in the world, including the Xterra World Champion! Reunion Island is the most beautiful holiday spot imaginable. Astonishing beaches, mountains, volcanoes and forest! My 4th place overall will go into my books as one of my best Triathlon results to date!
- 21st to 29th April – Old Mutual JoBerg2C MTB Stage race. After the Absa Cape Epic, this is the world’s second biggest MTB stage race. The hardest, most brutal race I have ever competed in. It is a 9 day event in which you, as a pro cyclist, have to ride as hard as you can each day with distances ranging from 90 km – 130 km per stage! I Broke my ankle on stage 7 and had to pull out of the race with my team mate Travis Walker. We were racing for the KARAN BEEF Ellsworth Pro MTB Team. Until stage 7 we were overall in the GC standings 4thand busy putting pressure on the 3rd team – Road Cover! Never before has a full time triathlete such as myself competed in a MTB stage race in South Africa on this level. Some of our stage results were my most astonishing but hardest achievements of my life. I raced with arguably the best and most talented cyclist of my generation in South Africa, Travis Walker, as my team mate. He completely rode me into the grave!
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV_mUjPr-Hc – You can view one of the stages on YouTube!