Cape Point Challenge-an Epic Race

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Alexa and I together before the Point (pic Owen Middleton)

Alexa and I together before the Point (pic Owen Middleton)

The new course for the Cape point Challenge is a “little” bit shorter than the old one. So in my mind I was thinking it would be a bit easier… Well, I was wrong! The last 5km were like having your wisdom teeth pulled in the chair, with no pain-killers, and a metal dentist chair…

Seriously, what an iconic race. You start in Scarborough, and then you paddle 22km until you reach Cape Point. The conditions were VERY flat, so you could get pretty close to the land mass as you went past. Looking up to the Lighthouse was pretty spectacular. There was even a whale to greet us. After Cape Point Nikki and a few surf ski school people were on hand to cheer us on, then it was another 27km or so to Fish Hoek beach. No assistance whatsoever (although when Oscar came past me some runs definately appeared…)

Alexa and I started with the B Batch men, and pretty much stayed together until Cape Point. I managed to get ahead in the bumps around the Point, and then I went pretty hard from the Point until about Miller’s Point.  Had a nice lead by then, which was fortunate as my wheels started to come off. I just held on, hoping that I wouldn’t be caught, and ended up winning by 5 and a half minutes, with Bianca in 3rd.

Cape Point from the water (Owen Middleton)

Cape Point from the water (Owen Middleton)

All in all, a great experience, and I reckon this race is going to grow in popularity, well organised, medals for all finishers, awesome party vibe at the finish.

Merry Christmas to everyone, try paddle a bit to keep off that mince pie weight gain:)

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