Xterra Czech - solid working my way up to the podium
August 8, 2015
April 5, 2017
Argus MTB Challenge - the biggest MTB race I have ever done
February 29, 2016
The Argus is know as the road race in Cape Town and I also did not know that there is just a week before a MTB version of this gigantic event. It took place on the La Bonheur wine farm between Stellenbosch and Paarl. I had no clue until I saw the parking lot of how big this race is. Over 2000 cars lined up to park on a very large grass patch and the start shoot had 10 blocks with 200 spaces each lined up.
Luckily I was introduced to the organisation and I was starting with the 100 professionals in the front. Unfortunately my stomach was acting up during the night and in the morning and I was not feeling in top shape. The start was at 7am, first that sound brutal, but with the heat of the day at 10am I was glad to be by then in the tent and drinking some cold juice.
The race had a 55km and 1500hm course in store for us and with the amount of top class professionals it started very fast. At 800m some guys in the top 10 tangled up in a sandy corner and crashed. I saw 3 guys flying into the bushes and a few others on the ground. Somehow I managed to get around that mess, but it was already over with the lead group - in that group was James Reed and the current U23 World Champion. These guys kept the throttle on super fast all the way and at 20km I saw that I was already 2min down on them. I road together with a single rider and we worked together, all silent, all the way, but it worked. At 45km we caught up to 2 other riders that both road their bikes very hard and paid the tribute with defects. At the finish I was not sure were I ended up, but there were not a lot of bikes yet over the line. Later I found out that I came 11th and this with a very unhappy stomach.
Sadly in the following days my stomach issue turned into a full flue.
The Argus MTB is defiantly I race I would like to do again, the mix of vineyard road, dirt tracks and single tracks was amazing. Even the many totally burned sections that were just ash made it an exciting race.