If you’ve been bitten by the ‘healthy living’ bug lately, your interest was probably piqued by coverage of the Argus this past weekend.
We’re new to cycling ourselves, but couldn’t stop ourselves from focusing on race times and rituals for one Very Important reason this time around… See, my 70-year-old father-in-law, who has always been fit as a fiddle, went and entered himself into this year’s Argus. That’s 109 km. Along with 34,500-odd other cyclists. In the summer sun (we’ve not been afflicted by the Joburg flooding, nosirree). And have you guys SEEN Suikerbossie Hill? Not for those without stamina, that’s for sure.
Despite being told by almost everyone that it was a silly idea, especially as he’d just had surgery to remove his gall bladder after his last visit to us in Cape Town, we’re happy to say he did it! He finished! And if he hadn’t stopped to help (I quote) ‘some silly woman who had a puncture and didn’t even say thank you’, he would have saved 7 minutes, thus finishing the race within the 7-hour limit allocated.
We take our hats off to him.
Here are some photos of his stay with us:
Thursday, 6 March 2014: Dinner at Petiscos
Saturday, 9 March 2014: Pre-race preparations at home
Sunday, 10 March 2014: The big day! The Argus itself
Lots of friends and family went to watch (we weren’t strong enough to fend off the wind and traffic ourselves alas, but cousin Janet of the jealousy-inducing house did)…
Janet also video’d him setting off, click here to have a looksee…
Monday, 11 March 2014: Post-Argus dinner with my folks – dad-in-law cooked chicken and potatoes on our Weber.
That’s all folks – tune in next year as he says he just might compete again, so as to complete the race in the allotted time!