The Trans Afrika Bike Race 2016 – Race Report 4
Saturday and Kenny left Fouriesburg to be at the border for opening time and headed up to the Moteng Pass. Kenny summited at 11h40 and then headed back down the pass to head out of Lesotho through the Ficksburg border post. The last 50 kilometers he had to battle the head winds and rain that arrived during the afternoon cutting short his aspirations of getting to Ladybrand.
Chris having spent the night at Hobhouse appeared to be making very good time and mileage heading to Aliwal North. Then the dreaded punctures started and he managed to break his pump. Heading into Aliwal North he arrived at the Berg Cycle shop just after it closed, in the smaller towns they still close on a Saturday at 13h00. The cell number of the owner was obtained and he came out to help Chris buy a new pump and some CO2 bombs and that enabled Chris to carry on to Burgersdorp where he stopped for the night.
Johan left Morgonzon and was heading for Fouriesburg. The first part of his journey to Standerton was really fast with a tail win. He stopped for breakfast and then he started riding again it was into a head wind. Johan took the off road option between Vrede and Warden which seemed to gain him some time, but on joining the R103 he hit the head winds and rain. Johan stopped for the night 15 kms past Warden.
The rain seems to be widespread which is great for or drought stricken country. The surprise is that there is snow forecast for Graff Reinet and the Western Cape highlands over the next couple of days and Chris looks like he will get the brunt of the weather.
Sunday morning and Johan was at Bethlehem for a late breakfast and will head to Fouriesburg, we will see him deciding on staying or riding into Lesotho. Kenny after a late start from Fouriesburg is on the move and seems to be pedaling at a good pace. Chris iwas through Steynburg at 1000 and should make Graff Reinet if not Aberdeen on Sunday.
Safe riding and we hope to see you soon.
Andy & Liz