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The Nashua Grape Escape

04 Mar 2013

The Nashua Grape Escape proved to be a fantastic weekend of racing, testing out fitness and racing preparations ahead of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic. It was nothing short of a incredible 3 great days of riding, well for most, followed by the Mountain Bike Argus on Sunday! Unfortunately Songo got the starting point confused on Day 1 and sadly missed the leg from Riebeek Kasteel to Wellington but we were all prepped and ready to start 7am for Day 2 in Wellington and back again for more on Day 3.

The Grape Escape truly lives up to it's name as we rode through many stunning vineyards whether climbing up and around the Wellington mountains or lower down on the slopes crossing from farm to farm. What's more is that single track, especially on Day 2,  is absolute mountain biking bliss. It makes all the climbing so worthwhile to hit these insane downhill single tracks. Wellington truly has special mountain biking trails.

We definitely ironed out a few teething problems ahead of the Epic including missing turn-off's - I say that's what happens when you ride so fast! - a few crashes, bike mechanical issues etc. Sadly Max Knox took quite a tumble on Day 2 and had to sit out Day 3 and the Mtb Argus. We wish him a speedy recovery.

It was fantastic to have Kohei Yamamoto back in town and in unbelievable form for the Absa Cape Epic with Max Knox! He came 3rd in Day 3 of the Grape Escape and had the same result again at the Mountain Bike Argus. 

Our younger guys were also on full form speeding through the course! Sipho Madolo is most definitely ready for the Epic and to challenge the Exxaro jersey again and Luyanda looking in fine form ahead of his 1st Cape Epic with Songo Fipaza.

Mama songo on the other hand has some work to do ahead of joBerg2c with the boys, don't want to be letting down my partner, Loyiso or having too longer days out in the saddle! I will be sure to keep my training going in full force in the next 6 weeks leading up to joBerg2c.

All in all it has been a fantastic 4 days of great riding in the Western Cape. Thank you so much to Meurant from Amarider and Cycle Tour Trust for all your support. Wishing everyone a great race in the Cape Argus this Sunday and excellent resting ahead of the Cape Epic.