Growing up is not always easy but it is something that needs to be done.
So that for me sunk in when I first met up with my new team in late January. I am riding for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental for the 2017 season and super exited for this opportunity. We are based in Paarl before we leave for Europe at the end of March. It took no time for me to settle in and everyone at the team makes me feel comfortable that helped not to miss home too much.
My first ride with the team was the first time we could really get to know each other. What better way than to do a four hour tempo ride. We did a few easier tempo rides in the week that followed and then we had to get on the Time Trial bikes to get ready for national road and time trial championships taking place in Wellington from 7-12 February.
I had a good ride in the time trial ending up with a 5th place in the U/23 category on a new bike that I only rode on 4 times before the race.
Then it was time for the big one on Sunday, the road race that consisted of 180km of rolling hills and lots of wind and not forgetting the heat Wellington had on offer. The team had their tactics and I did best I could to do what was expected from me. I ended up with a respectable 6th place in the U/23 category with my fellow team members securing a win in the Elite and the U/23 Category. I have to add there were only 33 finishers from the 121 starters.
So far so good, training has been good. Preparation for the actual start of racing in Europe is going well so far. What can I say, living my dream.
I want to thank everyone for the support so far, for all the messages and calls it is much appreciated and I want to thank everyone that was involved to get me to where I am today, you know who you are.
That’s it for now, ciao!
Photo credit: Into Cycling Magazine