For the second leg of the Triple Challenge, which we had to derive in haste following the cancellation of the Thaba Trails 24 hour, we drew inspiration from our first cycling challenge many years ago, 1000km in 10 day on R10 a day. This time, we would be riding our Buffalo bikes 100km a day on a budget of R100 each for food and cycling drinks. Sign of the times that we didn’t think we would be able to replicate the original budget of R10 a day! As per the back to basics rules, we would be eating no processed foods and drinking only our homemade sugar-salt solution while out on the bicycles. We made our own peanut butter, jam and bread. We decided to ride to Parys and back from Bianca’s home in Alberton, with a ride around Parys on day 2. In addition to Colin and Bianca riding the full days on their Buffalo bikes as always, we would have company as Maggie, Lene and Shaun would be joining us for variable distances of cycling (but weren’t joining us on our strict food budget). Continue reading
Van Gaalen’s 24 Hour MTB Race – 2016
The first stage of our ER Consulting Triple Challenge was the 24 hour mountainbike race in the Magaliesburg.
This was Bianca’s and my second attempt at 24 houring. Last year, at the same event, Bianca completed 19 laps and 250 km for third lady home. I shuffled round for 17 laps and 224 km for 11th place in the solo men’s field.
Just looking at the above statement one can see that new targets immediately standout for this year. Bianca decides a win is possible with the right bike ( she rode single speed in 2015 ) and more training. I just hate 11th place.