Cycling to Laingsburgon March 10, 2010
Nearby school children were excited to see the procession of cyclists arriving in Laingsburg this afternoon,which is known in South Africa for the devastating flood which took place there in 1981.
Today was a hard day for the riders. They had headwinds and climbs to contend with and they started off this morning, covering an average of 25km/hour and ended in the region of 32km/hour today. Although not disheartened, today’s ride took a lot of focus and discipline from the cyclists.
Tomorrow’s ride is shorter (160km) and the cyclists’ performance will be dependent on the weather. The danger factor increases as the downhill ride will be very steep and cyclists run the risk of losing control as they climb to speeds of 85-90km/hour. The lighter cyclists will need to stay at the back of the formation as the heavier riders and bikes will be at an advantage as they have more control.
We’ll be on the go from 05h30 tomorrow and, once again, the cyclists will don their reflective vests and lights as we’ll be on the road before sunrise. Then, we’re off to Worcester to Golden Valley Casino, where we’ll be welcomed by the Mayor, Miss SA and the media as we hand over another cheque to charity. (More details and photographs will follow tomorrow.)