As I was making my way to OR Tambo International Airport for the Cape Town Cycle Tour event,?the news came through that I would? be competing at this year’s Absa Cape Epic. Obviously at the time it was surreal to think that in less than 2 weeks’ time I’d be standing on the start line of an 8 day stage race, ready to take on the 739 kilometres and 16 000m of climbing which lay ahead. In stark contrast, the excitement that suddenly started to grow in me was undeniable!

Over its 12 years of existence the National MTB series has grown into the biggest and most prestigious mountain bike race series in South Africa.  In 2015 the series took on a new title sponsor with Ashburton Investments taking over from MTN in the 7 round series.

My 2015 racing season got underway at the first round of the USN Cup Series on Saturday 24 January.  This Gauteng based series consists of 6 events spread across the year with the final round only taking place in October.