It has been a week of ups and downs physically and emotionally, all of the hills we have climbed and all of the downhills we have enjoyed have tested us in ways we can only see if we are paying attention.

Each one of us wouldn’t be here right now unless we didn’t make choices in our past to be exactly here at exactly this moment.

A few weeks ago I couldn’t climb up a step ladder to change a light bulb so I took on my fears with the help of an amazing friend and today instead of being scared stiff going over the countless bridges that we rode over today I found myself smiling and flowing over the bridges like they weren’t even there all while appreciating the views more and more!

I think that today was one of the best days many people will ever have on a bike riding around the hills of Elgin the tracks were phenomenal and felt effortless at times.

Daniel rode like a champ today got stronger as the kilometers ticked past and tomorrow we start in our highest start batch of the epic.

Tomorrow being the last day is extremely bittersweet mainly because something I have wanted for quite a few years is within my grasp and yet I find it hard to believe that this time last week I was sitting in a hotel room not knowing much about my team mate and also not knowing what to expect out of the epic. Just as quickly as it started it is now almost over, the race that is not the friendships that we have gained or the experiences we have had!

In closing think about this: you have made choices in the past that have you in your exact situation for exactly the right reasons! Embrace the lesson and learn from it!

See you all in lourensford! Goodnight!


I spoke about weather conditions earlier in the week and don’t get me wrong but we really have had 4 seasons in this epic.

Today started out as the second coldest morning next to the rainy day we had earlier in the week and true to the weather forecasts it turned into the hottest day of the epic and for many people the hottest day they have ever and will probably spend riding their bikes!

The stage was set to be brutal either way with 3000m of vertical ascent over 115km but never did I expect to use over 5litres of liquids in my bottles. It almost felt like they were being drained out the bottom as soon as I put them into my bottle cages.

Today I have to once again thank Peptosport and peptopro because once again the products delivered in every aspect that is promised and not only kept me hydrated but always made sure I never suffered from exhaustion due to spikes in energy!

Dan rode like a champ today slow start but a steady finish and even though his Swiss skin is not used to the hectic South African sun he is not badly sunburnt for me however it’s a different story I have my tan back darker than ever as well as the raccoon tan and the helmet strap tan!

We are in to fight for another day yet tomorrow won’t be a fight it will be a fun fast and flowing day with a few stings every now and then.

Tomorrow we talk about the Singletrack and the smiles on our faces


Yep you read it right today was quite an “easy” day in terms of epic days. The reason for this is that the trails flowed and ended up being a whole load of fun to ride so the kilos were eaten up by fast district roads no head wind and a pretty awesome finish.

Even though the stage was “easy” it took the most prisoners and was unfortunately the end of the road for 4 time winner Karl Platt as well as Cherise Stander. Another rider to fall victim to the stage was Alain Prost the formula 1 world champ from a few years back.

With that in mind I have to look back and reflect as to what every one of us has been through to get here.

The rain, the mud and the wind will mark the first three days and last night sitting in the dining hall I was one very battered rider thinking how the hell I would be finishing on Sunday.

Today however will be marked by the spectacular views that we had, Breathtaking! Mindblowing! Absolutely phenomenal are only some words to explain the awesome splendor that we have on our doorstep here in South Africa.

It makes me wonder how so many people go on holiday in other countries and yet don’t ever get to see the country that they live in.

Today proved though that Daniel is a fighter and I know he didn’t fly from Switzerland to go back without a finishers medal!

Tomorrow is one of the longer stages which is 115km with almost 3000m of climbing it is going to be a long day in the saddle for all of us but I trust that we will see you tomorrow evening with another amazing day in the saddle behind us!


Today was the longest day of this years epic in kilometers yet it was probably one of the shortest in time if it was a clear windless day…

It started off fast with gusts of wind pummeling us from every angle and every corner we rode around it felt like we were greeted with another head wind.

Needless to say tonight I am writing with muscle pain in every inch of my body that I have not felt since Argus 2008 when we were pretty much blown out to sea, the added pushing of Dan didn’t help my pain but the reward of a chocolate milkshake at the end was worth every single pedal stroke.

Tomorrow is 88km but as we have all learnt by now lets just take it on like a 100km stage and get past that finishline!

A little thought to leave you with: a Big blade will make you famous but a small blade brings out true character!


Today was the longest day of this years epic in kilometers yet it was probably one of the shortest in time if it was a clear windless day…

It started off fast with gusts of wind pummeling us from every angle and every corner we rode around it felt like we were greeted with another head wind.

Needless to say tonight I am writing with muscle pain in every inch of my body that I have not felt since Argus 2008 when we were pretty much blown out to sea, the added pushing of Dan didn’t help my pain but the reward of a chocolate milkshake at the end was worth every single pedal stroke.

Tomorrow is 88km but as we have all learnt by now lets just take it on like a 100km stage and get past that finishline!

A little thought to leave you with: a Big blade will make you famous but a small blade brings out true character!

Stage 2 hell on wheels!!

Posted: March 25, 2014 in Cycling, Epic, Racing, Training

Today was one of those days that not only separates the men from the boys but also shows ones true character in the strangest of ways.

It’s all to easy for me to rock up at a race be done in 4/5 hours recover and be done with it but for others it takes a special kind of VASBYT to be out there for longer than that sometimes double that.

Today I had to vasbyt, not because of the rain or the mud but because of the immense cold at the start of the ride. We stood in the rain and wind for 50minutes while waiting for our group to start and I am sure my lips were royal blue by the time we started.

The mud bath ensued and I found myself running out of brake pads completely to the point where I took my rear brake pads out and left them on the road. The last 60km of the race was a daunting affair and I can only pray that I never have to go through an ordeal like that again.

Daniel on the other hand got stronger as he soldiered on showing me that he has for it in him to make sure that we roll into lourensford come Sunday with smiles on our faces.

Tomorrow is a very long day for us all and I am looking forward to being welcomed by greyton.

Till tomorrow. Keep it flowing!


Today was technically a cross country riders dream, steep downhills and super steep up hills what made this one hell of a ride was the extra distance added to the stage due it brides being washed away and a few minor hassles with the route in the final prep stages.

Daniel and I started off very conservatively and found ourselves just off the pace of rox and warren for most of the day. That was until I lost Dan 😲 I crested a hill and didn’t see that he had passed me so we lost a good 30 minutes looking for each other.

This turned out to be a bit of a bummer but alright because we were comfortably ahead of cut off times.

This was one of the heaviest rides I have ever experienced on my brakes. My rotors are burnt blue which makes them look cool but are not necessarily good for stopping. Thank goodness I packed a spare set!

I am quite tired and am about to hit the sack so after tomorrow’s “easier” day I am going to be giving a bit more insight as to what my days look like out here, in short it’s breathtaking but will leave it there.

Sleep well everyone I know I will!

The epic prologue

Posted: March 23, 2014 in Cycling

Some may say that a prologue is the start, after today however it means the end. The end of my 8 year wait the, end of the FOMO every year while I watch everyone sit up on the start ramp with a giddy smile on their face. This time it was my turn to have that smile. And WOW what a feeling it was rolling off the start line in front of a massive crowd with my name being called out and then straight into 1:42 of my first epic stage.

Tomorrow however it’s time for the business to start the stage has been made longer due to a few minor mishaps and safety concerns but all in all we will be out there for the majority of the day.

I am honoured to be starting with Rox and warren in the same start pen and I realize that this is a good thing because all four of us will have someone that we know in the same boat and stressing just as much as the others.

I know you want to hear about the stage today in more detail but words cannot explain how much fun I had riding my bike today it was amazing right from word go.

But till tomorrow sleep well and we will see you all in Robertson…

It are Epic Boet!

Posted: March 22, 2014 in Cycling

It’s all very surreal lying here in bed, tired yet excited. Confident yet nervous.

Today was a whirlwind waking up early to be on the 7:15 flight, that flight being delayed by 10 minutes but still getting to Cape Town 10 minutes early, then waiting at a bus stop for what seemed like ages but in reality was 15minutes.

Arriving at the opposite end of the waterfront to where I needed to be only to find out that I could have jumped off the bus two stops earlier and been outside the hotel 10 minutes earlier.

Why all of the reference of time you might ask? Well in short we all look forward in life to being “there” instead of being present in our own bodies to appreciate the here and now. This morning was chosen as one of those moments to reflect and help me be aware of my here and now.

To see all of the happy nervous and downright scared people at race briefing was only a tenth of the nervousness that I felt walking up to the hotel this afternoon. I felt nervous because up until 11:05 I had not met Daniel Heimberg, my riding partner for the next 8 days. This might seem like nothing to worry about yet for anybody who has done epic or any stage race with a partner it is quite an extraordinary feat to be able to be on each other’s wavelengths unless you have been riding training and sweating together for the last few months. If it wasn’t for Daniel I would still be in Johannesburg suffering with a huge bout of FOMO.

There are a few thank you’s that I would like to say and those that I do not mention I haven’t forgotten I have chosen to mention you when the time is more apt.

Firstly to the team of At Life products, Tennille, Gwen, Arthur and Zoon this journey wouldn’t be possible without your support.

Glen Ramsden, dude you are one hell of a guy and I am honored to call you my friend!

Mom, Dad, Bron, Jen and Daz I am thankful that I have a family that is so loving and caring thank you!

Delene Mulley my number 1 fan thank you for showing your strength everyday because through your strength I see a mirror thank you for always being such a positive light in my times of doubt.

Rox, Jay, Warren and Tyson my riding buddies my friends your constant support even in tough times blows my mind and I can count myself lucky to have Family like you.

To Yvonne Heimberg, thank you so much for everything you have given me I look forward to helping you feel at home when you come and visit us in South Africa! And expect a BIG hug when I meet you!

Charlotte, I Be because I Have so that I can Do! 🌀 My BEST always!

Ciara just Wow your constant support and love gets me through each day and without you I would not be half the man I am today! I Love You

And lastly Daniel this adventure is only starting yet I feel like I have known you for years and not just for 8 hours. I look forward to being the best riding partner that I am able to be! My best always

The next 8 days are for you all, there will be pain. There will be saddle sores and most of all there will be smiles, till 9:37 tomorrow morning where riders 475-1 and 475-2 head on our way to tame the untamed and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Let’s kick this!

Journey to Cape Town

Posted: March 22, 2014 in Cycling

As I sit here in the plane in the window seat I am making a few realizations as to how lucky I am to be blessed beyond measure.

Going back to Monday, I had already packed 99% of my bag, bar a few critical and not so critical items, my cable cutters, rain jacket and underwear.

Yes you read right I had forgotten to pack underwear and up until last night it still wasn’t in my bag. Now I am thinking that this particular item isn’t as critical as one may think especially seeing as I am going to be spending the next few days in Lycra on a bicycle saddle and going commando after the stages might be a welcome relief from the Lycra hammock.

Somehow my validation doesn’t fit so not to worry I have packed my underwear and all my other necessities especially my helmet shoes and I am sure I have at least one pair for cycling shorts!

So this is it I have boarded and have got myself a sleeper in the chair next to me, I don’t even think this guy had his eyes open when he walked to the plane…

Anyway till we land in Cape Town Cheers!