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94,7 Cycle Challenge « Lucie Zelenkova's Blog


94,7 Cycle Challenge

The 94.7 cycle challenge is the world’s second-largest timed cycle race, after another cycle race also hold in South Africa – Cape Argus in Cape Town. It is held annually third Sunday of November in the city of Johannesburg. There is about 20 000 participants every year. Course is challenging and roads are completely closed for traffic. It is quite an experience to cycle on highway around Johannesburg and in the city.
I was entered already last year, unfortunately week before the race I had bike crash and broke my arm and I couldn’t start. This year I was lucky to get this amazing experience.
Because I didn’t do any cycling race till now, I got seeded somewhere in the middle of the field. I was able to change my starting time when I picked up my racing pack, I brought with me my triathlon pro licence and change to start with elite female.
I must admit I was bit nervous before the start because I knew I am not really fit after my break and I didn’t know what to expect. There was about 50 elite female and we started at 6:15. Pace in the beginning wasn’t too fast, this changed when first hill came. Girls really attacked every single hill and there was a lot of them… After this pace slowed down again. Something completely different then I am used to. I got dropped in city loop during one steep hill, same scenario, quick attack, I tried to hold as long as I could, then my lugs started hurting, my lungs were burning and I felt like my heart will pop out from my chest..ups…I lost front pack. Luckily I was able to time trial them back with one other cyclist. This was repeated every time we hit any hill. I was able to sit in front back untill about 20km before finish. It was really hot day and all the girls in front pack was part of any team. There were getting water and coke from their team car and I was just trying to survive on my own bottles which were almost empty. I finished 96km in 2:50min and I had really great day and experience.

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