Yesterday my darling Megan and I rode the Cape Argus Cycle tour. The weather was just perfect (perhaps a little hot, but beautiful!) the secenery was awesome, and it was just fantastic to spend the time with her!
My seeded start time was 6.48 (K group), however, I started with her and a friend from Church in PA group at 9.28. We got lots of comments on the Brompton as we rode - it was an absolute star. Not a single hickup, small wheels around the coast! 110km of pure bicycling fun.
Here's a picture of us at the start of the race.
The hills were not too bad - although I do realise that I am a little fitter than many other riders. The lowest gear was not quite low enough for an easy spin up Edinburgh Drive or Smitswinkel, and since I was giving my darling wife a 'little push' it took a little more energy. By the time I reached Suikerbossie I was having to dig a little deeper! Ha ha! But, we passed lots of riders with BIG wheels and LOTS of gears!
Here's a picture of me with the folded Brompton standing on the side wall about 3/4 way up Chapmans Peak. I had been poking fun at the other riders for 'cheating' with too many gears and wheels that were too large!
I am so proud of my darling wife! She rode very well. This is her second Argus (she last rode almost a decade ago). It was my 11th ride. Megan was strong and didn't complain at all. It was so special to share this time with her, both the training and the actual race itself.
We both commented that we just don't spend enough time enjoying the beauty around Cape Town! We live here! But, we tend to get busy with everything else.
You can check out the race route and a few other details on my Endomondo data below.