sa marathon championships,inanda dam kzn

racing an important race close to home is always great.this week i got to do just that as the 2011 sa marathon champs were held in the inanda valley and i only needed to spend one night away from my own bed.

on monday we did some important tire testing n stellenbosch before cherise and i may the big trek back home.flying the day after the cape argus is not the most pleasant thing ive ever done.we landed late on monday night but only received our bikes on wednesday.

i drove up to the valley on thursday to ride the course and after a long 6hours of riding we made our way around.the course was going to be tough ,but loads of fun.with loads of climbing and fast,flowing singletrack it was going to be a real mtbikers course.

the race kicked off quite steady on sunday with a few of the younger guys pushing the pace early on.the lead group formed after around ten kilometers with just 7 stayed similar until the halfway mark when the real singletrack sections started.the race the split for good and soon it was myslef,phillip buys and kevin evans at the front.with about 30km to go we dislodged phillip buys and the fight would remain between myself an kevin.i felt realy comfortable and had great legs on the beefier specialized control renegade tires seemed to be rolling amazing aswell.

i was hoping to try and attack kevin near the end but it seemed the finish just came too quickly.i shifted my focus to winning in the sprint and after 3hrs 25min i managed do just felt great to win my second sa title in alittle more than a week.

the cape epic starts this weekend and the form seems to be realy looking forward to racing around the cape with team mate sauser.