This was in prepartion for the Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa which I did in 2014 in memory of Jaco Strydom. In May 2014, my wife Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer. This blog will be tracking my effort and preparation to raise R100,000 for Breast Cancer by doing the Big Ride form Beit Bridge to Bloubergstrand for Breast Cancer, a distance of 3,500 kilometres, which I plan to do in April 2016. I am also doing this in memory of my son who died in a cycling accident on 20/01/2015.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Race to Rhodes - Day 6
We got up early, got into the car and
drove back to Tenahead, where we left our bicycles and started our descent at
06:06. It all went smoothly and we arrived in Rhodes at 08:15. Forth best finishing time from the 14 people who finished Race to Rhodes. Not bad for a 64 year old!
Here we were informed that our
actions should result in disqualification. Fortunately sanity prevailed, and we
were all penalised with an official arrival time off 18:00 rather than our
actual time of 08:15. My two riding buddies had to sit the day out and were
only allowed to continue after 18:00. They decided that they would rather get
some sleep and leave on Sunday morning at 04:00. As far as I was concerned, I
was demoted as provisional leader of the Race to Rhodes to just a finisher, for
which I am thankful under the circumstances.
What a wonderful experience! I still
am in awe at the "racing snakes" that are doing the full 2,300 km to
Cape Town in less than 15 days and in every woman who actually take this on!
Words cannot describe to effort that goes into an experience like this, the
memories that remain and awesome people you meet along the way.
After two days I thought that my
backside would not last. After four days I had no problems in that area any
My bike's front brakes and rear wheel
bearings started giving problems on the last day, so the finish came just in
It is incredible what punishment one
can subject your body to and its ability to recover.
I never would gave been able to do
this if it was not for the prayer support from my family and friends at home.
I thank Jesus Christ for the incredible
strength He gave me to do this and for the opportunity to experience His
creation in this intensity! Lam 3:25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. This the "trophy"I received for my efforts!