Check out the race report below from Renay who had an awesome weekend at Buffet Olives where he came in 1st place against some very determined competition. Next for Renay is Wines to Whales next weekend, were we expect great things from him!
With the Wines to Whales stage race fast approaching, I am busy putting the final touches on my training to ensure that I’m on top form to take a podium with my team mate Matthys Beukes. Some of the best training you can do is racing itself, so on Sunday morning I found myself on the start line ready to take on the Buffet Olives MTB challenge.
With me on the starting line I had some strong riders with the likes of previous winner Adriaan Louw (Contego 28e) , Dominic Calitz (Daiken) and emerging talent Louw Kriel. With the route only being 42km I wasn’t sure if it would be long enough for the type of training I was hoping for, but boy was I wrong!
The route turned out to be much tougher than expected, with lots of steep climbing, undulating forest roads and plenty of fun single-track to keep us on edge.
From the very beginning of the race it was apparent that my legs were very tender from the training I had been doing during the week before. Adriaan, Dominic and myself hit the first long climb of the race, and as I pushed the pace a bit, I was able to open up a small gap on them and see what their limits were. Unfortunately for me the sore legs meant that I was also at my limit, but I managed to keep the pressure on never the less.
To my amusement Adriaan lingered in the background never more than 500m behind me, but luckily for me was not able to close the gap. This continued throughout the whole race and had me on edge as he was never far behind…
Fortunately I was able to push the pain barrier and hold my wits to take my second win in a row with Adriaan a mere 2 minutes behind me, and with Dominic cruising into 3rd place.
This week sees me putting in some last minute training before taking a nice taper towards Wines to Whales, the last race of the season!