Saturday, 21 August 2021, we raced 🚴♀️🚴♀️💨💨! I was invited by Santi Luus Lombaard to be her Teamie for the King Price Trailseeker #2 Legends MX Mountain Bike Race 🚴♀️🚴♀️💨💨🎖💃🏼🥳! Challenge accepted, my little Black Stallion 🚲 at the ready, I zoomed off to Legends MX, near Rayton at 09:30 🚗💨.
Legends MX is situated on a working farm, where routes meander through maize fields, with grazing cattle, trailside, and past indigenous wildlife camps. The trails are challenging and make for an exciting ride. Legends MX is a multi-sport venue and a fav destination for the mountain bike community!
The Race – Race Village was beautifully set-up and well organised, by ADVENDURANCE and key sponsor, King Price Insurance. We were efficiently scanned and race participation confirmed, at race registration, by the Advendurance Crew.
Eased into the scene with a quick pre-race caffeine boost ☕️😋! The race format was Rolling Start as opposed to Batch Start, to meet COVID Government Regulations 🚲🇿🇦. At 12:00, caffeinated and ready for action, we cleated and were off 🚴♀️🚴♀️💨💨! The shorter distance race and Rolling Start presented riders with a less congested field. Riders were spread out over the distance and the well-stocked water points were not so busy.
The route was fabulous! Mixed jeep track, single track winding through foresty sections and grassland, as well as some fast gravel riding. The shorter race distance also had many Tweens racing their hearts out, with Moms and Dads supporting them 😁! Soo cute 🤩! Heart stopping moment for us 😬 – We had a close encounter with an Ambulance en-route 🚑🤭, just before water point two. It passed very close to Santi 😬😳! I dropped back 🚑💨🚴♀️🙈. There was a steep incline, but, not to be deterred, and very focused, Santi notched up her game and passed the vehicle 🚴♀️💨💪🚑! Santi 1 = Ambulance 0 😅! We didn’t stop at water point two, raced with the end in sight 🏁🚴♀️🚴♀️💨💨😁! Crossing the finish line, medal received, we were pampered by Crew with a lovely cool and refreshing little Red Face-wipe and cold beverages. Deserving, post-race, we treated ourselves to mouthwatering burgers and chips from RocoMamas 😋🍔🥤, whilst chitchatting about the excitement of the race and plans for the next ride.
It was a great race, whirly winds and sandy patches tested our 🚲 skills 🌪🤭! Lots of nervous giggles 💃🏼😂! Santi placed 3rd in her race category 🚴♀️🥉🏆💪! Congrats and well done Teamie 👌🌻!
Thanks, Santi, you’ve made my 49th memorable 🤗😘🥳! Great fun 🚴♀️🚴♀️💨💨! Special Day 🥂🌷! Loved it 🤩!
“Living Life without Boundaries” – Luculle Stols
Photos by Santi Luus Lombaard, IShootStories and Luculle Stols