Conquering fears and achieving goals in South Africa
Cape Cycling Tour, South Africa March 2016
There has been so much happening recently including a group of riders who travelled to South Africa to complete the Cape Cycling Tour. We catch up with Dana Hedges tells us all about the event and her amazing result.
The Cape Cycling Tour formally the Argus is the worlds largest ride with around 35,000 participants with approximately 6,000 of that being women.
It is 108 kms through some breathtaking scenery in and around Cape Town with four short but hard climbs totalling 1250metres.
The roads by the ocean are incredible with Table Mountain as a back drop.
This year their were five of us – Mark Hedges, Tommy McKeith , Geoff Lotter ,Tracey Meumann and myself. We all set our own personal goals. Mine was to improve on my time of 3hours 31 from 2014 and to finish in the top 10 for my age group.
Cape Town normally known for its windy conditions turned on a beautiful day .It was a tough ride with little room to move at times in the large pelotons. Everyone finished and rode really well with PB’s for Mark 2hours 53, Tommy 3hours 03, Geoff 3 hours 17 and myself 3hours 20 and a fantastic ride for Tracey in her very first Cape cycling tour in 3hours 49mins.
Sharing the experience with this great bunch of riders and our support crew made crossing the finish line a very special moment.
The ride is so well organised . Unbelievable support from the locals with full road closures and supporters lining the streets for much of the ride. It is a ride I am already planning on doing again.
I achieved my goal, learnt a lot, conquered my fear of riding in a big pack and finished 4th in my age group. I could not have done this without Brad Hall, the Exercise Institute and HWCT and all the supportive ladies and gents I ride with (yes you know who you are) and my supportive husband.