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Tip Trans Cederburg MTB Xperience

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Event: Tip Trans Cederberg MTB Xperience

Date: 07 September 2013

Race Report: Cherie Vale

Tip Trans Cederberg MTB Xperience organized by Makadas Adventures was a great event, enjoyed by many and also tested a lot of peoples humor in the 115km on the last 5km stretch.

After a good night rest at Sewefontein Self-catering Guest Farm we headed into the small town of Citrusdal for the start of the race. With a strong ladies field (Including Lara Woolley, Kate Slegrova & Linda van Wyk) I knew it was going to be a tough day out. Not focusing on long races, my goal was to get queen of the Mountain then see how long I could keep going for.

The race started at Bydidam, a resort just outside the small town of Citrusdal. The slight morning chill factor was soon forgotten with jiving music to start us off on the 115km journey through the Cederberg Mountains to Clanwilliam direction and back.  A neutral start behind a Tip Trans Truck through the Citrusdal town was a nice warm up and got us focused.

Craig Boyes and Stefan Ihlenfeldt pulled away and formed a good gap with a chasing group behind them. Lara, Kate and myself in the second chasing group. The first 30km helped warm us up before we hit the Niewoudts Pass. Started off the climb at a steady pace with Lara and Kate but soon felt I could pick it up and achieve my goal of Queen of the mountain. Felt my early efforts might have been a bit risky but with 1km to go up the climb I had a new sense of energy and knew the descent could be a good opportunity to recover.

The fynbos mountains of the Cederberg, the breathtaking views of the Clanwilliam Dam and fresh aromas from all the flowers scattered along the road were breathtaking and kept me motivated. The Temptation to jump in the dam and cool down from the heat was very tempting.

The last 30km became a mental game for me and I knew if I didn’t keep up with my group it would be a longer day out.  The motivation within the group was great and kept me going. The last 5km took us through farms and included one last sting of a climb before claiming the 1st stop in the ladies.

What a great race to test the endurance and mental strength. The organization from Makadas Adventures is always great and really focuses on the riders needs. The Citrusdal community was welcoming with great food and a farm market.

It is not often that you have a stronger ladies field than men’s. Thanks so much Mitzi for the invite.

Congrats to all who participated.

2 comment(s)

Hein Daffue
Just the dust from oncoming cars and especially trucks were nasty over the last 30 km's. A bike mechanic on route would have been helpful to sort out scratching gears. Otherwise all good.

Eddie Cockerill
It was a great day to be on a bike, just a pity that the racing snakes did not adhere to the race marshall`s request that the sponsor of the event (Renault and their team)were allowed to ride behind the Truck in the neutral zone. This was to be used as advertising for the Renault brand.
That said it was a great event with good check points. Well stocked with ice cold drinks and good food, not forgetting the friendly staff. This needs to grow and attract more riders. This could even become the Karoo to Coast version on the West Coast.

I enjoyed the swim in the ice cold pool afterwards.

See you next year and will be bringing more riders with me.
Regards.