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Cape Auto Centre Multisport Team in Oudtshoorn

05 September 2012

Cape Auto Centre Multisport Team in Oudtshoorn
The 5 day mtb tour was part of a C4C (Cycle 4 Christ) initiate to assist in raising funds for Jesus in Action. In total we were 20 riders – all non-professional of which only 5 was ladies - and a backup team of 7.

DAY 1 - 05 September 2012
Left Brackenfell at 08h30 and arrived in Oudtshoorn just after 14h00. We all stayed at a place called Klein Afrika, approx. 7 km outside Oudtshoorn.
After everyone settled in and unpacked we got ready for our first stage, which was a afternoon/night ride.
With the energy levels quite high the guys started off with a bang. We ended doing 67km and discovered that we were not going to have a “FLAT” ride for the next 4 days.

DAY 2 – 06 September 2012
We started every morning with a Praise and Worship session which not only inspired us physically but also fed out spiritual side.
Day 2 we started approx. 20km outside of Oudtshoorn …. Just to ensure that we don’t overdo it ?
The route for the day was towards Calitzdorp and back. We rode through the most beautiful parts of our country – places I did not even know existed.
We arrived in Calitzdorp round about lunch time where we assisted the JIA group giving the locals a nice hot meal.
It was absolute awesome to see the appreciation on these people’s faces.
We ended day 2 with a total of 113km. by now we all could feel that we have been on a bike for longer than usual.
The evenings were spent around a big camp fire talking and laughing about the day on the road.

DAY 3 – 07 September 2012
Day 3 we had a choice of starting from where we stayed or 25km outside Oudtshoorn. I immediately contacted my CACMT team for advice and the message I got was: GO BIG OR GO HOME!!... well that is exactly what I did. The only lady that took on 5 guys – all on their BIG wheel 29’ers and me getting a spot in their slip – but stuck with them all the way. It was the fastest 25km I ever did on a mtb!
What had to be our “FLAT” route for the 5 days, turned out to be the hilliest of them all, or should I rather say, there is no flat route in Oudtshoorn. Looooong steady climbs and long faaaast downhills – just a pity the downhills went much faster that the uphills.
At the end of day 7, I clocked 125km’s!!! by then my backside really knew I haven’t been behind a desk for the last 3 days.
Luckily I opted to wear my new sponsored clothes from TUNA on day 3 and was I glad – they really “saved my butt”.
Nothing better than cold water for the legs and something cold for the thirst

DAY 4 – 08 September 2012
By now the guys were really feeling it and we decided to shorten the day. We ended up doing approx. 50km. the route was from Oudtshoorn to De Rust. What stunning roads/scenery – a must to see! The road went past the Oudtshoorn Mountain camping resort.
We arrived in De Rust and once again assisted the JIA group with their outreach – cause that was why we put our backside on the line – after all….to try and make a difference in someone’s life by doing what we love – RIDING OUR BIKES!!
WHAT AN ABSOLUTE BLESSING to see the smiles on these kids’ faces – all the hills were quickly forgotten.
Day 4 was short and could spend some relaxing time back at “base camp”. The Saturday (last) evening is normally the evening we have our usual tour auction. Where we auction off any donations e.g. this year we had an entry to the Ride the Rhino mtb event! An awesome amount or R33000 was raised only from the Auction.

Day 5 – 9 September 2012
The guys were up bright and early as they had the chance to go ride the new singletracks that was built for the Prelog of this year’s Pioneer.
They had a ball, some did not came back the same way they left (few bleeding knees, etc) – the girls did our own last ride of about 20km’s and had coffee and cake at one of Oudtshoorn’s coffee shops.
After that it was pack up and time to say good bye to Klein Afrika.
What an amazing regenerating of soul and body!!! I’m truly blessed to have been part of this outreach.
I will you know the final amount we will give to JIA.
Special thanks to:
32Gi for my nutrition – I did not have to take anything additional – Endurance, Chews and Recovery was the perfect combination.
Tuna Clothing – awesome, comfortable clothes and I really made some people jealous
Glider eyewear – protected my eyes against the Oudtshoorn sun!!!

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