Old Legs 2018 Tour Blog

Day 5
Day 5

Today was our first rest day spent at the Cresta Churchill Arms, our Bulawayo home from home. 

Day 3
Day 3

The sprint finish into Cape Town aside, the other accolade up for grabs on the Old Legs Tour is the prestigious Dick of the Day trophy.

Blog Entry 21 - Day 2
Blog Entry 21 - Day 2

Bruce Badger Fivaz, aged 72, is my new super hero. I rode behind him for most of today. And today was brutal. Bruce’s legs were metronomic and his surname should be Lister. 

Day 1 - April 7th - Harare > Kadoma
Day 1 - April 7th - Harare > Kadoma

Clearly the phrase ‘The first kilometer is the hardest’ was not coined by a man on a bike riding from Harare to Cape Town. I fed my bottom that line of propaganda as we pedalled out of the Cresta Lodge this morning.

D Day minus 1!!
D Day minus 1!!

Preparations for the big day have been marred by the disappearance of my 5th favourite pair of padded riding shorts. As I remember they are a distinctive black / grey colour and definitely went missing, I think, between the 5th of February and yesterday when I started packing my bag.

D Day minus a paltry 4
D Day minus a paltry 4

With the off almost upon us, it struck me like a frying pan to the face that driving to Bulawayo the week before you ride to Bulawayo was maybe not such a good idea. It’s like spending a morning in the dentist’s waiting room the week before root canal treatment, previewing the pain to come.

D Day minus just 13 days
D Day minus just 13 days

Having spent three days pedalling up, down and around the Matopos Hills, I can see why there are so many dead people buried in them. And I’m thinking mostly they died of exhaustion by bicycle. Have just topped off my training for Cape Town with the Matopos Heritage MTB Challenge. Wow. What a ride. 

D Day minus only 18
D Day minus only 18

We’re riding to Cape Town to raise not just money for the pensioners but also awareness as to their plight. As part of the awareness campaign, I started talking to schools this week. The first school I went to was my granddaughter Jocelyn’s. Standing in front of a room of under twelve’s, I thought I’d break the ice with a bit of humour and told the kids that Jocelyn thought I was 108 years old. I got zero reaction...

D Day minus 26
D Day minus 26

It pains me to admit that the state of my bottom is causing me sleepless nights. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve yearned for the day when I’d overhear people talking about me, saying stuff like ‘That Eric de Jong is a real hard arse’...

D Day minus 33 days
D Day minus 33 days

I am blogging from the desert in Dubai. After 2 days in a hotel, thanks to Kiera Arnold and Nik Geez who hosted us in suburban Dubai. Unfortunately their complex had a gym with not 1 but 2 stationary bikes. So when the wheel bearing on my first bike bust, I had another bike to suffer upon. At least I didn’t get a puncture.

D Day minus just 42
D Day minus just 42

According to previously unknown facts recently made up, Louis the Fourteenth was offered a choice between the guillotine and a stationary bicycle. And having spent a week on a stationary bicycle, I now know why Louise went with the guillotine.

D Day minus 48
D Day minus 48

Our cause took on a face this week. Well it took on many faces. One of the charities that we’re riding to Cape Town to raise money and awareness for took Dave, Ryan and I on a tour of Harare to meet some of the pensioners that we’re going to be helping.

D Day minus 54
D Day minus 54

Helping old folk see again is what ZANE do, day in, day out. But they need help. Cataract operations cost ZANE one hundred dollars each and they have a long list of elderly people needing the treatment.

D Day minus 60
D Day minus 60

Managed to squash my 160 kms target this week a bit quicker than I would have liked- courtesy of my still failed front brakes. Lance should have tried no brakes as a performance enhancer instead of EPO.

D Day minus just 67
D Day minus just 67

ZANE is able to do the amazing job they do only through the generosity of others. Which brings me on to subject of companies like PHI Commodities, Dumile Beef and the Surrey Group. Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming on board as Old Legs sponsors.

D Day minus 72
D Day minus 72

Note to Self – maintain riding equipment. As I type, there is a snort of derision from my old GT hard tail parked on the veranda outside my office window. Somewhere on Sunday morning’s 65 kilometre training ride, my binding back brakes went from irritant to impediment before morphing into a fully seized set of back wheel bearings.

D Day minus 77
D Day minus 77

I bet Lance Armstrong didn’t have to train with not just one hangover but two. We raised more than one glass to Roy and Heather Bennett, may they Rest In Peace.

D Day minus 84
D Day minus 84

The best thing about the start of a New Year is you get to make all manner of noble resolutions. In search of improved efficiencies, I normally just recycle my old bog standards Get Fit and Ride My Bike Once a Week. But this year there was a big bloody elephant in the planning room...

By Eric de Jong
D Day minus 96
D Day minus 96

Note to self. Things to worry about in 2018. Trump v North Korea and everyone else he comes into contact with. And my relationship with my GPS . But clearly the bloody GPS lied when telling me I only rode 105 km yesterday.

By Eric de Jong
D Day minus 110
D Day minus 110

Finally started training in earnest this week with three rides totaling a hundred kilos, including a bunch in traffic on tar, which is semi new for me. Am riding the Lomugundi road which is busy with big trucks, good training for the traffic to come.

By Eric de Jong

ZANE donations a few facts and figures

ZANE donations a few facts and figures

The saying goes every penny counts. Did you know a small $60 donation will pay for a six month supply of medicine to treat high blood pressure? Have a look at what your donation to our cause ZANE will help cover.

Cape Town Is Calling

Cape Town Is Calling

Cape Town is certainly calling! Perhaps this song by Ossie could be our theme track for the 3,200km we have to cover? 

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