Gift an article

CAPE EPIC 2023 | Why riding when ill is always a mistake

accreditation
Share your Subscriber Article
You have 5 articles to share every month. Send this story to a friend!
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
loading...
Loading, please wait...
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article

Not a great training month for mileage or intensity. But some rewarding technical riding availed at Western Province XCO events. (Photo: Chris Hitchcock)
Not a great training month for mileage or intensity. But some rewarding technical riding availed at Western Province XCO events. (Photo: Chris Hitchcock)

You'll likely get sick at some point in the long training road to any Cape Epic

For most, it's likely just a cold or flu symptoms that pass swiftly, in a few days to a week. It's critical in that period not to train, which can be challenging for mountain bikers. Especially if you are committed to preparing for a Cape Epic. 

My personal experience with illness and training relates to the long goal of a 2023 Cape Epic, balanced by participation in the Western Cape XCO series. It had been going well with a few age group podiums (I'm a sub vet - 30-40 years ), leading towards the Western Cape champs, held in early June. 

I came down with flu-like symptoms early in May, and after a quick visit to the doctor, it was understood that I probably had Covid. Mild to light symptoms endured for a few days, and I was ready to get back on the bike after around five days off pedals. 

My eagerness to get back on the bike and make a run for my race in June, was the wrong thing to do.

Read this for free
Get 14 days free to read all our investigative and in-depth journalism. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Sign in
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE