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ARGUS March 2012 by Brazilian Sister Lianna

Cycling the Cape Argus for the first time initially sounded like an impossible mission. I had never tried cycling long distance before so how could I finish it? I decided I had to try.

 

The day finally arrived and my excitement was huge. As soon as I joined the crowd in the start pens I could feel a vibrant energy. It’s amazing the feeling of being one among 31000 people….  This same energy follows you the entire way. You’re never alone, people cheer all the way and all riders have the same purpose: to finish the 110km. beautiful scenery whizzes by… from baboons to the beautiful mountains and finally to the beach.

 

20km….10km…. and I was surprised to feel more energy in my legs…. The finishing line approached and I gave it everything I could to finish strong. It’s done, I did it!! What a beautiful day… and now that I have recovered I can’t wait to do it again.


 

Tour de Tuli:

Over 5 days Sister Kirsty and Woody Dan cycled 330kms through game reserves of South Africa, Botswana and southern Zimbabwe in the Tour de Tuli. It was a true test of strength, endurance and most of all determination.

We were in Big 5 land, guests of the wild, with only the experience of our leader and a banging-flare-gadget that was supposed to deter a charging elephant to protect us. Yeah right! Dressed in a hot pink Sisterhood shirt I was immediately voted as the sacrificial rider. ‘The one who would be shoved forward to attract the attention of the charging elephant while my team mates could escape.’ Nice.

At sunrise each day our fearless leader would guide us into the unknown bush with the help of a mostly accurate GPS. Our route took us predominantly along Mopani lined elephant trail carved out by the 1200 elephant living in the area. We whizzed down rocky paths where our fearless leader Lee would keep yelling “speed is your friend”, we carried our bikes across crocodile infested rivers, spun our legs frantically along dry river beds where the sand would swallow a tyre whole if you were too slow, and we pushed our limits along a generous share of sandy jeep track.

We rode up to 80kms and spent up to 10 hours a day out on our saddles. The bikes took a beating and the one day we had 2 punctures, 2 handlebars coming loose and a frame crack within our group all before morning tea!

Over the days we came upon 6 different herds of elephant and at one point we stopped to see fresh lion spoor over the tracks of the group riding just 15 minutes ahead of us… it is fair to say we did not stop for long at this point!

Evenings brought all the teams of the event together in a daily celebration of our days’ achievement. We shared the most delicious G&T’s ever earned as we watched the sun dip over the horizon, went on to feast like the Kings of the Bush we felt and then curled up in our tents to heal our bodies before the next days’ beating began again. The final night saw the figurative wheels come off with the boys competing in tent pole climbing races and naked table top sliding. I took the opportunity to gather the few girls on the tour to practice our poledancing moves instead… Once again, everyone was satisfied.

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Cape Town Argus Cycle Race

March 2011

Once again the Hood’s hot pink colours were spotted racing amongst the world’s elite cyclists at The Argus Cycle Race in Cape Town. This race is known for its beauty and ranks high in the international competitions.  As if it was a given, Sister Kirsty was grouped just after the cycling Elites with arguably the finest characters the race had to offer : The 21 Club. These crowd pleasing “old ballies” have done the Argus over 21 times in its 34 year history. Settling off at dawn there was little holding this sister back as she whizzed past thousands of spectators and fellow cyclists leaving nothing but a few drops of sweat on the tarmac and the spirited echoes of the supporters cries  “Go Sisterhooooooood!!”

Sister Kirsty

finish line!

March 2010

On the 13th March 2010, one of our Sister’s got a rush of sisterhood blood to her head and decided to race 109km around the Cape Peninsula after hearing that the cycle god himself  – Lance Armstrong – would be participating. After having completed some training spins and a 20km ride last October (London is way too cold for this African) Sister Toe hopped on a  plane to the fairest (albeit windy) Cape courtesy of BA and completed the 109kms with sisterhood ease – admittedly helped by her brothers (as in her real brotherhood) and dad! ‘I am aiming to bring the rest of the sisterhood back here next year – the Argus cycle race is just breathtaking and too good not to be shared and I also think the race needs more females competitors!’ The ride was a training ride in the build up to ‘Tour de Tuli’ which is a 300km mountain bike race through the African Wilderness and takes place later this year in August