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鄭澤誠與Derek經過約二十小時,兩次轉機後,終於平安順利到達南非開普敦。(南非時間比香港慢六小時)

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下榻的酒店
到埗後,他們第一件事便前往單車店重組單車。這間單車店雖然位於山區,但經營的家庭來頭絕對不少:

  • 兒子是第一屆 Cape Epic賽冠軍;
  • 女兒則是南非國家山地賽冠軍(Tanya);
  • 父親都因為常替孩子維修單車而工多藝熟。

整頓過後,鄭澤誠和Derek跟隨Tanya試路,經她了解這次比賽及交流心得後,兩人對於星期天的比賽信心增強了不少!

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Derek
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Here we are in the Mother City, Cape Town, after almost 24 hours of travel. I have to admit that Qatar Airways did a great job of getting us and our bikes to Cape Town as comfortably as possible. An added bonus was that we arrived 40 minutes early!

經過差不多24小時的機程後,我們終於到達南非開普敦。不得不提,卡塔爾航空的服務很好,妥善安排了我們和單車安全到埗,比預計更早了40分鐘!

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After a friendly welcome from South African immigration, we met our driver, Wayne from Take 2 Tours, who took us to Rossouw MTB shop. This is a very unique shop run by Tanya Stowe, a former South African, XCO, XCM champion as well as African Continental XCO Champion. Her shop is a former dairy shed right at the entrance to the Hoogenkraal MTB trails. Its an amazing setup with a custom made bike stand just for bike washing!

通過南非海關後,Take 2 Tours的司機Wayne,很快就把我們載到了Rossouw MTB Shop。這間單車店非常特別,前身是一個牛奶棚,並由南非國際山地比賽前冠軍Tanya Stowe經營,位置更在Hoogenkraal越野單車徑旁,非常方便。

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Together with her father, they got to work on assembling our bikes.Tanya took us on a personal tour of the Hoogenkraal bike trails. Tanya trains here all the time so getting an insider’s perspective on the trails we will be riding on Sunday was amazing. Tanya is an amazing technical rider who we struggle to keep up with on her 27.5” hardtail!

Tanya和老爸重組我們的單車後,就帶了我們到單車徑踩了一圈,為Cape Epic備戰。星期日的序幕戰,我們也會在這裡比賽,所以有她這個「地頭蟲」教路,信心增強了不少。技術型的Tanya果然是冠軍級人馬,踩著27.5”hardtail車架,我們全程很勉強才跟到她!

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After the ride and some final adjustments, we were off to dinner at Meerendal’s Crown Restaurant with Frikkie, a professor of marketing that we meet in 2014. His daughter is now a professional road racer and Frikkie is also an avid cyclist as well. We had some very delicous lamb that was washed down with a Savignon Blanc.

踩完後,與上次到南非時認識的Frikkie,去了Meerendal’s Crown Restaurant吃晚飯。Frikkie是一位市場學教授,也是單車狂熱份子,他的女兒更成為了職業單車手。我們一起享用了經白酒處理過的羊扒,非常美味。

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It has been a long but very productive day. Stay tuned for tomorrow’ report on the Cape Epic Registration process and all the “swag” we will receive from the race’s sponsors.

旅程第一天雖然很長,但還是很有意義,明天我們會報導Cape Epic的登記過程。

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