58 kilometres per hour/36 miles per hour. That was my top speed while traversing the 109 km Cape Town Cycle Tour on a single speed BMX. Like trail running, I just feel really good and free riding a BMX. It’s simply fun, and I could not resist riding the world’s largest timed cycle race without anything else.
This Tale depicts these highs and some lows that comes with riding over one hundred kilometres with no gears on the smallest bicycle on the course, within a 7 hour time limit. Time and speed may have been important, yet I soon found out that the journey was probably not only more important, but a whole lot of fun! Enjoy!
Meeting my family on this hill was a certain highlight – its always they who usually sacrifice the most when undertaking an adventure like this.
Its not everyday the major roads of Cape Town are closed to traffic and cyclists can have the roads to themselves…
The first half of the route takes a southerly direction along the False Bay coastline. The Cape Town Cycle Tour is synonymous for the infamous south-eastern wind cyclists have to navigate through during this section of the race. However, the north-eastern wind was endured as we made our way northwards along the Atlantic coastline…
Coasting along the coast known as the Atlantic Seaboard, I could not help but just enjoy the day even a bit more because of the BMX I was on!
If mentioned one has completed the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the usual question is: “what was your time?” The fastest time completed is usually the best answer. However, the backwheel blowout I experienced with 13 kilometres to go gave a whole new meaning to the time I was probably going to complete it in, into the time I had left to actually survive the cut off time limit of 7 hours.
With three kilometres to go the Duct tape wore through and the tube punctured again. With about an hour before time runs out, I decided there was only one best option – run!
An adventure in more ways than one – a privilege to complete any race in any time. It’s about the unseen lessons learnt that always remain.
For results visit here.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9