Cape Epic count down – 2 months

Incredibly, 1.5 months has flown by since my last post. Christmas and New Years provided a good opportunity to build some longer, quality outdoor efforts with ‘warmer’ temperatures above -10C. Had a great block of 10 hours in 3 days. Since then, we’ve had a deep freeze of -15C and colder…pretty hard to ride outdoors for more than a few hours. Had to get dressed like this to survive. You can see the battery powered gloves and shoe inserts glowing!

 

Essentially, my race partner Matt Wheatley and I, have 2 more, 3 week training blocks to push through starting this week. Temperatures have eased somewhat so we will be able to ride long on these January weekends with temperatures hovering around 0C. We’ll cap off the last 3 week block with a trip to Maui at the end of February to polish off our climbing skills on Mt Haleakalā.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haleakal%C4%81

Our travel dates will be March 9-11, getting into Cape Town on the morning of March 11 to start acclimatizing ourselves to the heat and time zone! It’s getting close!!

Thank you to Scott South Africa for their generous support while we will be on the ground in SA, Louis Garneau for their amazing gloves and helmets, Crank Brothers for the EggBeater pedals and super light bars, Shimano for the best out-of-box fitting shoe, Oakley for those inspired photochromic Radar lens, Cadence Nutrition for the ride fuel and Jakroo Canada for the custom jerseys!  

Alex Stieda

Alex Stieda Cycling, West Edmonton, AB, T5R 3N3