Trans Baviaans: Repeat 2022
By Capt Grumpy aka Mark Segers
After doing 5 Trans Baviaans (TB), I swore never to do another one, I had received my plaque and my son proudly keeps it in his display cabinet.
In 2014 if my memory serves me well, I received a free entry from a DOC rider that took the easy way out and immigrated to Australia.
So I invited a few of my mates (Wayne Flood, Pumba, Galloping Giraffe and our incredible second who has since left us for Bluer pastures) my Oldman and that was the DOC entry to this brutally tough but magnificent ride.
In 2018 we took 52 DOC riders down to TB and 50 of them finished, lots of war stories but that would take years of writing and I still have too many unconquered dusty tracks to ride.
So a few weeks ago I started doing some TB training rides for those that had entered the 2022 Race & Repeat: the double Suikerbos which rained out thank goodness as I had not been training much; then it was the Rietvlei to Vaal and back, which I had no intention of doing the full ride. This was shared with my LOVE and myself so not too much riding then I get this desperate call after the Vaal ride.