Di’s BridgeCPT Report – Stage 4

Full Sus’s eyes and legs in the 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek is Diana Carolin (follow her on @di_carolin). Di is racing with Rob Cragg for Craft SA in the Mixed category and she’ll be providing daily updates exclusively for Full Sus throughout the race. Here’s how Stage 4 went for her went:

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#KammanasieKanon – 109km with 2 690m ascent

Note for the Editor: Di’s first message about Stage 4 only contained this series of emoji’s. For a while it didn’t look like she’d have the energy left to write words about the day… but I guess the announcement about the reduction in distance of Stage 5 has helped perk her up a bit. If you’re reading this in the race village take her a chocolate milk – and have one yourself, you’ve earned it 1000 times over today!

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The Craft SA pairing of Di Carolin and Rob Cragg.
The Craft SA pairing of Di Carolin and Rob Cragg.

Weather predictions for the toughest stage of the race didn’t look good but this morning we had a dry start, much to my relief. I figured a gilet and sleeves would be plenty as it was pretty warm still…

On the start line Paul Valstar announced that it would be cold in the Kammanasie. Too late!

It was five minutes to the start. SO off we set and as we ploughed on deeper into the mountains my legs felt remarkably good. On we trundled for about an hour and then the climbing began.

Up into the rain clouds and the temperature started to drop. We had already been showered on, a couple of times, but it wasn’t too bad. After a bi of hiking we got to the top and were now in the clouds properly and got rained on again. But with the descent, while I love, ahead off we went. My legs were still feeling good, so we kept ploughing on.

Next was the Louvain Farm, which is where the day used to end, but some sadist decided that we should carry on to George this year, just for some more pain. SO up we went from Louvain. Up and up and up and up… it never ended. And my legs just had to keep grinding on. Just before the top we had to stop so Rob could put some new rear brake pads in to avoid an accident on the downhill, which was pretty treacherous to say the least. We lost about seven minutes or so with the change.

With Rob’s brakes installed off we went again into the pouring rain. As we headed closer to George the wind started to howl. The rain was pelting down and it was freezing. The rain drops were so big and moving so fast in the wind it felt like we were being hailed on.

Eventually we hit the Hoekwil road toward the old George road and I wanted to cry. I knew what was next… the old George road! Up and down and up and down and up… to Saarsveldt.

Then more rain and wind and we plugged on until at last there was a sign saying 5km to go, which very quickly became 2km and then the tar and by now Rob had upped the pace considerably and we were flying home… in the pouring rain.

Once again we managed 6th place after a gruelling and soggy 7 hours and 17 minutes of riding.

I must say a huge well done to everyone who completed today. It was a helluva day!

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Stage 5: MontaguMettle – 71km with 1 755m ascent (Planned)

Update: Stage 5 has been reduced to 51km and the racing will start at 9:15 on the 17th of October to allow the organisers to resign the new route.

After the #KammanasieKanon virtually anything would seem easy, but a singletrack packed day it could be one for more haemorrhages of time for riders too exhausted to retain their focus. From George to the Louvain Guest Farm in Herold the route traverses the Montagu Pass and through the virgin trails of the Klein Langkloof. It’s a real treat for the riders with the energy left to enjoy it!

Simon Stiebjahn and Tim Bohme of Team Bulls claim the stage win and the GC lead.
Simon Stiebjahn and Tim Bohme of Team Bulls claim the stage win and the GC lead.

Bulls rampage through the #KammanasieKanon while Scott bog down

The Scott Factory Racing team of Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes saw their overall lead wash away in the rain on the rocky slopes of the Kammanasie Mountains today. A rear tyre puncture for Beukes cost them 4:30 minutes by mid-way through the stage, but with the Bulls duo of Simon Stiebjahn and Tim Bohme going full gas the deficit was extended to 3:30 minutes by the end of the stage.

Heartbreak for the Scott riders as their GC hopes washed away in the Kammanasie
Heartbreak for the Scott riders as their GC hopes washed away in the Kammanasie

For Stiebjahn and Bohm it was a resounding victory, turning the 3 minute deficit to Scott completely around and laying on the pain to the tune of the aforementioned 3:30.

There was drama in the ladies race too with Robyn De Groot suffering a sidewall cut in her rear tyre which was then aggravated by a broken quick release on her through-axle. The repair cost them precious minutes and by the end of the day their overall title hopes were in tatters as they lost 37 minutes to Catherine Williamson and Alice Pirard of Asrin Cycling 2. The British and Belgian pairing claimed the pink leaders jerseys too and have a relatively comfortable 25 minute lead over Jennie Stenerhag and de Groot of the Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co team.

Catherine Williamson and Alice Pirard of Asrin Cycling 2 also benefited in the rain to claim the ladies GC lead.
Catherine Williamson and Alice Pirard of Asrin Cycling 2 also benefited in the rain to claim the ladies GC lead.

GC Results:

Men:

  1. Simon Stiebjahn (GER)/Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 17:15’52”
  2. Philip Buys / Matthys Beukes – Scott Factory Racing 17:19’27”
  3. Johann Rabie / Gawie Combrinck – EAI South Africa 17:50’33”

Women:

  1. Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) – Asrin Cycling 20:20’38”
  2. Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot – Biogen Toyota CBC 20:45’17”
  3. Theresa Ralph / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 21:12’12”

Mixed:

  1. Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion 20:20’24”
  2. Kobus Barnard / Fienie Barnard – Klein Karoo Mixed 20:28’17”
  3. Igna de Villiers / Daleen Van der Leek – LGE Midas Bells Cycling 21:35’36”

 

For the full Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek GC results after Stage 4 click here.

Nico Bell doing some pre-stage stretching... there'll be a lot more of that before the start at 9:15 tomorrow.
Nico Bell doing some pre-stage stretching… there’ll be a lot more of that before the start at 9:15 tomorrow.

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Darren Lill is soldiering on alone after Waylon Woolcock was forced to withdraw by the injuries he suffered in his crash on Stage 2.
Darren Lill is soldiering on alone after Waylon Woolcock was forced to withdraw by the injuries he suffered in his crash on Stage 2.

Catch the Pioneer on TV

Date Stage Channel Time
16 Oct Stage 4 Super Sport 8 21:00
17 Oct Stage 5 Super Sport 8 21:00
18 Oct Stage 6 Super Sport 8 21:30

 

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