Transcape 2020 – leaving Greyton

That’s never an easy thing, especially if you’re a keen mountain biker. The #singletrack is way up there; mountain ranges ruck up all round for days on end; and old-school history oozes from every nook and cranny of #TheOaks, the finish venue on Stage 5 at the annual #TransCape MTB Experience …

There is also the small matter of the route, a mean mother of a meander via canola fields, cow pastures and gravelly farm tracks. So, to leave Greyton (on a bike, and after five solid days in the saddle) … nope, never an easy call, especially not when a monster ascent like the #UFO Climb lurks with intent ⛰️

Cold and drizzly conditions continued into the early morning, and once the peleton headed into the hills, low cloud closed in and the front riders were enveloped by swirling blankets of thick fog. This was never going to be an easy ride, but sometimes the weather may just turn out to be your best friend.

A tail wind literally blew the guys into #Botriver Valley and up the pass, getting them to finish in a time half an hour quicker than previous years. The ‘De Coureir’ team of Martin Santama and Tom van Brempt managed to sneak away from Anneke Whelan on her e-bike on a final stretch of singletrack, but the Belgians had to dig deep.

Only 70km remains of this superb ‘Journey by Bike across the Cape’ as the riders make their way to #franschhoek tomorrow. As always, the Team will be there to capture the essence and vibrancy of this small-field event with the biggest heart

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