After losing time in yesterday’s stage to a puncture and subsequent problem with the valve, plus stopping to help an injured rider, today the girls rode themselves up the standings with a fine eighth place finish.
Mariske and Cherie were unsure whether to start hard and fight for a good position ready for the singletrack sections, or ease themselves into the stage and find the rhythm and finish strong. With the unpredictability of a mass start of so many riders, the girls went for the que sera sera option.
This open mind and a flexible strategy served them well as they settled into the stage and went about chasing down their nearest rivals.
Cherie, a Cape Epic ‘newbie’, began to feel the high pace as the stage wore on but thanks to some great team work the pair stuck together and stuck at it all the way to the finish.
Their efforts were rewarded with a best yet stage result of eighth and a climb up the overall leaderboard to ninth.
Good spirit and big smiles can count for a lot in this race. Same again tomorrow!