Sharing my cycling experiences after many years of sharing my running experiences. A view from the back of the pack.
"I'd rather be seen on my bicycle than on a park run" - Quote from the dark side
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Otter Trail Challenge Preview
I missed a lot of key training while being sick but I am recovered now. I will take the trip and go run the Otter Trail Challenge next week Tuesday. Out of shape but at least well rested...
Record holder, Ryan Sandes
This is not a race to be taken lightly. It is for experienced trail runners only and throws a hard challenge at the competitors. The profile is a bit deceiving. There are no major mountains to climb, but there are no flat parts on the route. The total elevation gain is about 2000m (6562ft) over the marathon distance.
It follows the world famous Otter Hiking Trail, a 5 day hiking route, and we have 11 hours to finish. The route follows the coastline on the southern coast of South Africa. There are numerous river crossings which involves some swimming and plenty of rock climbing and hopping. Nothing I can't handle!
The race starts at Storms River Mouth and finishes at De Vasselot, Nature's Valley. We will be staying at Nature's Valley so we have a long trip ahead this weekend. It is about 1250km (777 miles) from Johannesburg to Nature's Valley.
Long drive to the race.
On Monday we run a 4km prologue on the Salt River trail to determine starting positions. I will not be gunning for a front start :) The prologue includes a notable climb...