One Day to Go…

We fly tomorrow. I’m sure everything is ready, but I just need to pack and check everything off the list. Little things like cleaning the race shoes and lid and making sure that various clothing items are clean and dry have been going on over the last few days. Most of the ordering for various things needed has happened a couple of weeks ago so we should in theory be completely prepared.

That said Tyrrell’s forks only came back from Tim at Sideways yesterday and he was off for most of last week on antibiotics for a chest infection. We’ll have a few days to rest and acclimatise before the race. Given the weather we’ll be leaving behind, the forecast for South Africa looks very appealing.

Costs have really stacked up for this trip. On top of the initial £1,024 for the basics, getting the bike prepped and ready to fly and nutrition sorted out has added a further £345 and getting £200 or so money for the trip as spending money that needs to pay for car hire and such hasn’t been easy on top of things like mortgage and loan repayments. Selling one of my beloved Indy Fabs and a lot of other bits and pieces to various people via the Singletrackworld classifieds was a necessity. That said we have raised over £600 now for our chosen charity so I so feel that some good is coming out of this.

I am particularly grateful to my friends at Singletrack and Independent Fabrication who have stepped in to sponsor us in the form of some great race kit. We’ll be wearing it in pride and I hop it’ll inspire us to really work hard during the race. This is a once in a life time trip and I’m sure it’s going to be great!

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

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