4th - Behind some quality home grown triathletes!
The Knysna Oyster Festival has been running for many years now and has some serious momentum on the local festival scene in South Africa. Placed in the middle of the African winter most athletes are clutching at straws trying to convince their stiff frozen bodies to brave the biting cold conditions the Western Cape delivers each year and sadly most falling short at this formidable hurdle convincing themselves that rest and another warm plate of food will do them well for the upcoming season. So most, including myself, are very grateful having a full week of racing slap bang in the middle of winter providing that tiny bit of extra motivation we require to get our somewhat heavier less responsive body out the door.
For the past few years I have followed the infamous Big5 Challenge with plenty jealousy and this year I was determined not to miss out on the action. For those out of the loop the Big5 combines 5 of the toughest events throughout this grueling week of racing, it begins with an 80km MTB marathon followed by an 80km road race the following day. After the first rest day is the Featherbed 14km trail run followed by another rest day before the epic Xterra Knysna Duathlon notorious for the muddy conditions often brought about by a wet winter. The final event is an option between the Knysna half and full marathon. Those who finish this week are true warriors...
Event #1: Knysna MTB (80km) - 3:26, Saturday 29th June