Cycle 14:15:13  240.18 km (16.9 kph) +3433m
ahr:110 max:172 shoes: Trek
Cullinan to Tontledoos bike tour with Murray, Matt Ray, Ben, Quentin, Badger, Tam. I must say I underestimated it a bit, and didn’t take a proper bike light which cost me a bit. Thankfully I felt strong and rode well the whole day except for a low sugar on a but climb around 150km in.
The first half was fast and flat, we were averaging around 22km/hr, but after lunch the rain started and things started getting muddy and we hit a few big climbs, the raid conditions are not great after all the rains and this slowed us a lot.
Things got dark and the adventures began, the got a little stuck with gps nav adding an extra 3km, I think due to hand drawn tracks. Then on a fairly fast downhill I was leading and looked up to see a massive drop off into a river, it took a while to figure out what had happened but the road leading onto the bridge had been washed away, this was around 12-15km from the end. I tried to Wade across below the bridge but almost got washed away, eventually we found a shallower crossing up stream but this results in a tricky rocky crossing with 10m of washed up branches to climb over to get to the bridge.
The road conditions started getting quite bad, with a lot of washed out sections, I was riding at a good speed even though I only had an Led Lenser headlamp which had a narrow beam, suddenly I saw this massive pothole and didn’t have any time to react, front wheel went in and down, not sure exactly what happened next but I must have been knocked out for a few seconds after a hard blow to the head, struggled to piece together the weekend up to that point, but eventually figured it out after a bit of riding, after one big climb and a nice long decent we arrived at our pub accommodation with the pub staying open beyond lathe lockdown restrictions to serve us burgers and beers.
Still feeling a bit light headed today, going for a concussion screening and need to buy a new helmet and some glasses.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, was impressed with the runners who joined us, they survived well and enjoyed it too! I need to do more of this kind of thing.