On Sunday, 17 March, we took on the prologue. This part of the ABSA Cape Epic starts and ends at the University of Cape Town, is 21km with 600m of that is climbing.
It was a misty and cold morning, but the route was great. There was a nice mix of climbs and very fun downhills. My dad and I just took it easy and enjoyed the experience.
The support on route was absolutely amazing and the Land Rover technical section – Plum Pudding – was definitely a more tricky downhill where we had to focus a bit, but it was great fun.
The prologue left me feeling overwhelmed for what lies ahead but, overall, I am feeling positive about the rest of the week. We are just going to take it easy and enjoy the experience. I feel so honoured and blessed to be able to take part in such an incredible event.
After we said goodbye to Cape Town, we made our way to Hermanus where stage 1 awaits on Monday.
Our nutrition was sorted for the afternoon and evening, so we didn’t have to leave our “recharge centre” at Hermanus Manor – we just relaxed and strategised our approach for today’s 112KM stage with 2700 ascent – easy does it for the next 3 days.
Something people tend to forget is that it’s a cycling holiday after all and, if planned correctly, it’s an amazing way to see parts of the spectacular Cape.
We’ll update you on how Stage 1 went as soon as possible.