Ever done a race (ride) with your wife?

09-04-2019 16:04

Has anyone else taken on a stage race with their wife, I made that mistake twice…… Now before we agreed to do this I was a stage race veteran in my own eyes having done Sani, W2W, PE Plett, Garden Route 300, etc. I had the experience and in these races, we were competitive in our age groups so yes I had a big head.

Has anyone else taken on a stage race with their wife, I made that mistake twice…… Now before we agreed to do this I was a stage race veteran in my own eyes having done Sani, W2W, PE Plett, Garden Route 300, etc. I had the experience and in these races, we were competitive in our age groups so yes I had a big head.

It was June when we started training for W2W in November, my wife still riding with flat pedals did have me worried I won’t lie, anyway, we slowly progressed and progressed until we were there at race day with proper cleats as well. Team name Farts and Sniffles, you can make your own mind up about who’s who.

This was new for me, starting in the later batches with really no pressure whatsoever and now I was the skinniest guy in the batch. Anyway off we went and if you’ve never done a stage race in these batches I strongly urge you to do so. At the first water point, people remove their helmets, take off their shoes, and actually enjoy the display of food which you don’t get to do when you’re racing. I start thinking this is what riding is all about, actually taking in the scenery and enjoying the countryside you’d never of seen if not on a mtb.

Sure there’s the very long days of riding, the tears from wifey, the constant stopping to blow her nose (why can’t she do a snot rocket like the rest of us) but then there are a lot of positives, you get to sleep in, you share a tent with your wife and you’re far from a competing windmill, there is no rush in the morning, you don’t queue for the loos and you watch your mates in A batch start while drinking coffee in your pajamas now I must say that is the way to get ready for a race. On day two at W2W it’s fun day, closing in on the finish we were about to hit the Oak Valley single track when I said to her I am going ahead see you at the bottom I did not want to waste this opportunity, going down this single track I was having a ball when I heard braking behind me, it can’t be I looked back and low and behold my wife was n my arse, I had tears. I take back saying racing with your wife is a mistake, it was actually the most rewarding races I’ve done, knowing she went from flat pedals to smashing Oak Valley single tracks five months later I could not be prouder, so proud that we went on to do another…….this time Berg and Bush.

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