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ATTAKWAS EXTREME CHALLENGE RACE REPORT

24 Jan 2018


Race Report by: Sipho Madolo, Sport Programme Manager

 

The Attakwas is a must for any rider in SA preparing for the Absa Cape Epic - it's the perfect race to test your fitness and see what still needs to be done. We have two teams from songo.info that are training for the Epic and with two entries there was competition as to who would get the opportunity to race Attakwas. The team of Aphiwe Ginyayo and Ntlantla Nonkasa have been very dedicated to their training so they earned the opportunity to race Attakwas and they certainly made the most of it!

 Registration 

Aphiwe & Ntlantla looking relaxed after registration.

Chatting about race tactics

Relaxing and chatting about what lies ahead.

I took the role of team manager very seriously this weekend, making sure that our riders got up to Oudtshoorn safely and making sure that they were very well prepared for the big day that was ahead of them. Azukile also came along for company and to do the Attakwas mini which was 52km's. He had a great day out and although he was hoping for a win he finished in a very respectable 5th position.  

Azu at the finish

Azu catching his breath after a blitzing 52kms. 

For Aphiwe and Ntlantla, Attakwas was definitely the longest and toughest race they would have ever done and we were all very excited to see how race day would go. We had spoken alot about what they could expect and they went into the race well prepared for for a seemingly never ending race that with possible mechanical problems would make it a very long hard day. 

The race went really well for the two despite some mechanical problems at the beginning of the race. The plan was that they would ride together, work together and make sure that they don’t go too crazy till halfway. Unfortunately, with a flat tyre before the first water station and having started in the last batch they were the last riders in the field. But this discourage them - they calmly fixed the puncture and headed on their way. Even though they went on to have another puncture just before water point 2 they rest of their race went well and finished with smiles on their faces even though their tanks were empty.  

I was so impressed with Aphiwe and Ntlantla not only how they rode but how they worked together and managed their mechanical problems. While they had hoped for a time of 7hours their misfortune pushed their time to 8.5 hours in the saddle which was still good for their first Attakwas.   

 Happy finishers

Still smiling after finishing the gueling 121km Attakwas. 

 

All in all the weekend was a very positive start to the year and we are we all looking forward to the upcoming races.

Huge thanks to Dryland for the race entries and the fantastic event. Also, thanks to all that support our programme and make it possible for our kids to race.