After another early morning I was happy to be in my natural terrain. Bay City, a local favourite since it’s the last race before the Argus, is a hilly route that follows the coastal road around Cape Point, finishing and starting in Constantia area.
The race started steady but attacks began to fly as we hit the first climb of the day but nothing stuck. Eventually, one rider managed to get a gap so when the opportunity arose in Simon’s Town to attack I took it with full force. I was followed by three other riders and together we managed to bridge the gap and form a break of five. We began to build up the time split and at the bottom of the final climb we had just over one minute.
An attack was launched immediately at the foot of the climb but we shut it down quickly; however, I took this opportunity to move forward and set tempo. With the King of the Mountains up for grabs, I maintained control over the pace and, as the summit arrived, I kicked for the line and happily took it.
We rapidly descended down Ou Kapse into Steenberg. As a confident descender on a familiar hill, the hay bails didn’t prompt caution and the break reformed at the bottom. With only 5 kms to go it was full throttle over the final rollers and the bunch was hot on our heels. The bunch was gaining ground and at 3kms to go we were caught.
It felt like deja vu as the past few times I have ridden the race it has played out in the same manner. All was not lost, however, as I had secured the KoM and our very talented junior rider, Chris Jooste, managed to get a podium in his age category.