中文 by Fitz.hk
Today was a very tough but fun day on the bike. I was told to expect a lot of gravel and farm roads but it turned out that we spent most of the day going up and down single track!
Stage 1 比賽日，雖然辛苦，但十分好玩。本來以為路上有很多碎石路和農莊泥路，後來才發現，我們大部份時間都是在只能給一輛單車通過的窄路上（Single Track）上上落落。
Our start was largely uneventful. We kept our eye on our pace and tried to stay safe in the big bunch that we were caught in.
It wasn’t long before the climbing started and it was here that we started to make some ground on the other teams. It was also a great time to meet up with some teams from the 2014 race as well as making new friends such as Ilya whose petite frame meant that she could outclimb us on any hill. Fortunately her partner wasn’t as strong.
The singletrack was very similar to Tin Ping Shan. Rocky, sandy but nice berms on the way down and plenty of rocks to challenge your skills on the way up. The very steep, get off and walk sections were relatively few but it was still hard due to all the sand we rode through today that required you to power through.
Stage 1 的賽道十分像香港的天平山 — 落坡時雖然有很多碎石和沙，但兩邊就有不錯的護堤，上山就很多很多石頭。那些斜得需要下車步行的路段相對較少，但仍給我們不少挑戰。
The downhills were quite challenging as your bike could wash out any time. Ken kept a very easy pace to avoid crashing as well as damaging the bike and tyre punctures. However, there was so much dust that our rear derailleur would start screaming due to all the grit in the jockey wheels. It was also hard to see where we were going to due the dust and there were a lot of culvets that we had to ride through that were quite dangerous as they were dark and you couldn’t see anything.
Nutrition was pretty key today. Unfortunately I didn’t get it right – probably too much coke at the aid station and I bonked with 20 km to go. Poor Ken had to push me most of the way to the finish. The heat also took its toll with an average temperature of 30c but it did get as high as 40c at one point.
飲食補給是Stage 1最重要一環，不幸地這方面我沒有做好。在補給站我喝了太多可樂，結果最後20公里出事了，完全踩不下去! 鄭澤誠差不多要全程推我才能回到終點! 還有，酷熱天氣也是一個大問題，本來平均溫度已經是攝氏30度，有某些路段更達到40度，所以體力消耗得很快。
We finally made it though we were pretty battered at the end and we were completely covered in dust. The great thing about the Cape Epic is how they treat each rider like a pro. After you finish the bikes are taken from you for a wash. Then you are given a drink (chocolate milkshake), food and a wet towel to help you recover. There is also a rest area for you to recover.
Stage 1 大會精華片段：
Tomorrow looks like another tough day with a similar amount of climbing. It also the 100th stage of the Cape Epic so I’m sure the guys at the front will be very keen to win it.
Stage 2 將會是另一個高難度賽段，它剛好也是Cape Epic史上第100個賽站，相信不少前列車手都希望贏得冠軍。
Stage 1 Summary
Distance 距離: 108km
Climbing 總爬升: 2,300m
Time 時間: 7 hours 50 min
Overall Stage Position 分站排名: 419
Overall Race Position 總排名: 429
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