Monday, June 14, 2010
Ready to roll
So dinner, registration and race briefing are done, our trackers are charging and all that's left to do is get some sleep before the alarm goes off at 4:30am in the morning. We're staying at Aintree Lodge in Pietermaritzburg which means a 10 min warm up ride into town to start at the City Hall when the clock strikes 6. Our start group is small - Tim James and Bec Caskey from Australia, Marius and Audrey Gerber, Alex Harris and myself - only 6 riders and all of us going to Cape Town. Apart from Alex, everyone seems intent on taking it easy tomorrow with the goal being to reach Allendale Farm before dark and stop there.
There's supposed to be some rain on the way tomorrow which is not all bad because it means that the temperatures dropping through the Umkomaas Valley will be more bearable - the climb out is called Hella Hella for a reason, the first day is usually the one day when it can get really hot.