The weekend of the Cape Town Cycle Tour is significant for many reasons: we inevitably remember our Gramps Ikey who, prior to passing away suddenly in 2011, took part in over two decades of these tours; we now have - official and unofficial - family members who participate every year (next year we may have an extra one in the form of one Peter John du Plessis *watch this space* ) which means this usually marks a short break in training before the cycle (pardon the pun) starts up again; and we have most recently had our kids involved in the Junior Tour as well.
This year we had to add to this the hope that Button would stay put long enough for his dad to start and finish the race - which he did, thank you.
Here are some of the pics of the weekend:
Jorja and boys took part in the 1.7km course at Youngsfield Military Base early Saturday morning. While everyone was super keen, somewhere along the line, we had not calculated the number of adults required, and so I ended up chasing after Zac, in slipslops, with a hugely preggy belly! Fortunately uncle Brendan arrived as well, so he was able to accompany - more like, chase after - Jorja in her race. Also in slipslops!
|Getting ready at the start|
|Matthew's mixed feelings about his first ride|
|If you could call it riding - he was pushed|
|A quick stop at the refreshment station|
|Papu and his long-awaited-for boys|
|So how far was that chaps, nearly 2km?|
|Uncle Brendan drew the short straw to accompany Jorja...|
|...and chased after her the whole way|
|Meanwhile Jorja had already finished!|
Sunday was another very early morning. I never seem to be able to avoid waking up - or be able to go back to sleep - when Andel leaves for his races, and this year I had some company when Zac woke at 05h30. When we'd already had breakfast and gotten dressed before 06h30, we decided to head out to Edinburgh Drive (this seems to be our spot) where we could see the cyclists on their way up AND down, thanks to the shorter reroute that had to be implemented as a result of the devastating fires last week. Papu very kindly joined us for a bit.
|Some musical entertainment on the road|
|Papu and Zac waiting for Anno|
|And here he comes up Edinburgh Drive|
|Followed a little later by uncle Brendan|
|The view from the top of the bridge - beautiful!|
Many have said that this Cape Town Cycle Tour, given all the drama and changes, will be one of those never-to-be-forgotten ones, and from what I can tell by the way the participants have spoken of their experience, I reckon they're right.
So now that we've made it past the race, I just need Button to keep it together for another 12 days please so that I can finish the course I'm lecturing, and go see Michael Buble in concert. Let's see how that goes...