To be fair, my intentions were not as noble as the post title suggests. I was invited by the host estate Paul Cluver to join their team for the morning, in exchange from some of their wines. A bit like the sinful dopstelsel of yesteryear, only they have some world class Pinot and recently won White Wine of the Year in the 2013 Platter Guide. So all said, the reason for racing was more dubious than usual.
Joined many of the Woolies food crew on Friday night for a pre-braai and with insufficient wine had, got sat down and told to pick a colour by young Tara. Dont ask, best not to I thought. But apparently Woolies Tri tradition and in the charity spirit. So I selected red and blue and for the first time in my life, despite having grown up with three sisters, had colour to my nails. Red/blue themed.
The event was excellent, and the body responded well. A fine morning all told. My flatmate was next best and I was far more joyed by his efforts. A few classy notes: like a tiny apple tree instead of finisher’s medal; proper La Marzocco made espresso by Woolies staff before; live music in the Paul Cluver Amphitheatre – together with the good cause of Habitat for Humanity, made for an all smiles morning.
Capped the day with a long ride around Oak Valley and Paul Cluver with my old man. We were both well parched and drank like withered men from this panoromic mountain dam.
Tough believing it has been more than six months this my last event. I did very much enjoy the thrill of racing, the measure of self. The course design was plenty technical, which is like getting double the return on your investment.
As if my wine promise before wasnt enough, I won a 12l magnum from Bellevue Estate Wines. Will take a real party to dent it. Only in Africa I tell you.