Father-in-law does the Argus

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

Me and my favourite dad-in-law
Me and my favourite dad-in-law
Digging in to his delicious curry
Digging in to his delicious curry

Saturday, 9 March 2014: Pre-race preparations at home

Bertie eyeing me suspiciously while Grampa has his pre-race supper in the background
Bertie eyeing me suspiciously while Grampa has his pre-race supper in the background
Me in weekend mode - reading with doggie on couch
Me in weekend mode – reading with doggie on couch
The bike, waiting to have its official race stickers applied
The bike, waiting to have its official race stickers applied
Explaining to us about racers with their 'fancy glasses' and padded seats'
Explaining to us about racers with their ‘fancy glasses’ and padded seats’

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)…

Captured by Janet, mid-race
Captured by Janet, mid-race

Janet also video’d him setting off, click here to have a looksee…

Tired, but happy, when he finally got back home to us
Tired, but happy, when he finally got back home to us
The medal states the year for the first time (on the other side)
The medal states the year for the first time (on the other side)
Proudly showing off his medal
Proudly showing off his medal
Very bad lighting, but that's us having celebratory burgers and milkshakes at Cattle Baron
Very bad lighting, but that’s us having celebratory burgers and milkshakes at Cattle Baron

Monday, 11 March 2014: Post-Argus dinner with my folks – dad-in-law cooked chicken and potatoes on our Weber.

The boys chatting and braai-ing chicken on the Weber
The boys chatting and braai-ing chicken on the Weber
Bassie and granny having a hug
Bassie and granny having a hug
Chicken finally ready, with dad smiling sweetly in the middle
Chicken finally ready, with dad smiling sweetly in the middle
Tucking in to tucker
Tucking in to tucker
Bassie watching Granny cut some carrot cake
Bassie watching Granny cut some carrot cake
Smiling as we have coffee and cake
Smiling as we have coffee and cake

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!

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