DC 2016 Closing Newsletter
After months of training and many more months of planning, the DC has come and gone and it lived up to it expectations in true style. I still remember the Whatsapp group of around 20 people waiting for the entries to open and then type feverishly to get a team entry secured. It was a madhouse, but we managed to secure our entries. This was our first team effort for the DC.
Back to the race. It was a beautiful sunny day with a cool start, warming up to a warm day with just a bit of a breeze to cool things down towards the end of the race. The cherry on the cake was that for the first time as far as I can remember, all three teams were awarded the Charles Milner medal, in other words all three teams finishing as a team with all 12 people crossing the finish line together. I don’t know of any other club that ever achieved this feat. So well done, an incredible achievement, something I don’t think we will see again soon.
The Double Century is a spectacular event unlike any other cycle race. It gives amateurs the opportunity to feel like professionals for a day. The teams ride together, in their own cycling colours; each team has a backup vehicle; team dynamics brings a whole new dimension to the race; with the race starting in reverse order, you get to see the leading teams. This makes for a a very special and prestigious event.
A bit more about the teams. Fanie Nel and his team finished in a time of 5:28. There was some misunderstanding about Tradouw pass and Op de Tradouw, but it all worked out and all 12 finished within a few minutes from each other, in an excellent time.
The second team had a horrid day with four punctures and two crashes. Morne having to continue the race on a spare bicycle after his gears levers broke in a crash. Johann managed to stop on the fast descent when he hit a cateye and punctured his front tire, lucky guy. Some riders also did not have a good day in the saddle and wanted to bail. Thanks to great teamwork the riders stuck it out finished all 12 together. I think you all agree with me that the second team deserves the team cup for the perseverance and vasbyt.
The third team had a helping hand in Cornel who helped us up the climbs, finishing in 7:32. Cornel’s jukebox on his back was literally a hit with us as well as the spectators along the way. We also had the privilege to have our chairman as well as the oldest member of our club in the third team. So the third team had a fun day for most of the time. The three sisters did however live up to its reputation, but soon it was over and the finish line was in sight.
Our accommodation at Angora Stud Farm was amazing as always, as was the catering by Ronel and her team. Please like the Angora Stud Farm Facebook page.
The vice captains were responsible for the strafdoppe and Stephan and Hein did a great job. Even Pierre had to collect his strafdop for having the most fashionable bicycle. Well done Stephan, Hein and also Morne and Shirley!
I also want to thank all the people who put in the hard work to make this event possible:
Cape Multisport Club
Without the club there would be no teams. Our club has entered DC teams for more years I have been a member and their continued support is vital.
We have had five sponsors, of which two of them are repeat sponsors, something we are very proud of. We never take our sponsors for granted and value their commitment and ongoing support to the cyclists participating in the DC, the most prestigious event on our racing calendar. Three cheers to our sponsors!
Fanie Nel put in many hours, working hard behind the scenes. Apart from managing the first team, he was very successful in getting sponsorships; he selected a new shirt manufacturer, was responsible for the design and followed up continuously. The late DC announcement by the organizers due to the roadworks put even more pressure on the planning and organization. Fanie literally got the cycling tops minutes before the photo shoot.
After hours of preparation, we literally see you guys 15 minutes at the most at each stop. However, your support is worth every second. We cannot thank you enough. Geoffrey, thank you for getting the replacement vehicle numbers (after it was left behind); Berend for buying the cokes – they were a lifesaver; Vanessa for your lovely eats; Miriam for your help and support too.
Lastly, Sharon deserves a very special mention. After her crash on one of our last training rides, she was unable to ride the DC. Still she joined us for the weekend and supported us from the side, a big thank you Sharon!
A few things still need to be wrapped up:
- Outstanding claims: please send your slips to me or Estelle.
- Missing cycling top: Maria never got her DC cycling top. Can anyone give us more info to what happened to it?
- Any missing items: please contact me.
So this is a wrap for the DC. Watch the Facebook page for the official photos of the DC. I hope you all enjoyed the DC, made new friends and I hope you will be willing to assist with the DC planning next year.