Nguni Bulls – Epic Updates: Stage 2

Sent via the wires directly from the ABSA Cape Epic by Rens Rezelman (@rens29er). Rens is riding his 3rd ABSA Cape Epic in the Nguni Bulls Team with Andrew “Rocky” Koen. They’re team 120 if you’d like to follow them live via Tracker.

 

The wet and windy weather made Stage 2 event tougher. Photo by Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS
The wet and windy weather made Stage 2 event tougher.
Photo by Gary Perkin/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Pre Stage Chatter:

You know it’s windy when the gazebo where you bike is has been blown away!

It’s a bit les miserable up here. It’s a good day to tackle 93km with 2 300m of ascent though. The legs are a bit spent after yesterday so we plan on keeping a low profile today.

Tomorrow is 128km so we’re looking at that day for strength. Today we relax… Get home in one piece.

 

Christoph Sauser had to rely a little less heavily on Jaroslav Kulhavy to stay ahead of the Nguni Bulls today. Photo by: Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS;
Christoph Sauser had to rely a little less heavily on Jaroslav Kulhavy to stay ahead of the Nguni Bulls today.
Photo by: Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS;

Stage 2: 93km with 2 300m of climbing

“Mercy!!!” That’s all you would’ve heard from the massage tent earlier. Why? Because today had NO free kilometres. We worked every mile. Very strong headwind this morning… luckily we have those Cape Point rides under the belt because that what it was like.

It was hell-of-a tough out there on Stage 2. Photo by Emma Hill/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS
It was hell-of-a tough out there on Stage 2.
Photo by Emma Hill/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

As for the singletrack… lovely if you’re out there just for fun. But we like momentum and this kind of course doesn’t suite us. So the Nguni Bulls worked hard today. But home in a good enough time. Bodies and bikes behaved well.

But we are both sore now. I think Sauser beat us again… but I sense his luck is running out.

Great day for mountain biking… just tough for racing!

And climbing was 2 500m not 2 300… so we have nearly scaled Kilimanjaro already.

What lies ahead on Stage 3...
What lies ahead on Stage 3…

Read the Prologue and Stage 1 report from the Nguni Bulls by clicking here.

 

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