Getting ready to battle the Monster

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Less than 24 hours to go until the Cape Monster Reloaded. The original event did not get enough entrants and was cancelled at the last minute, so the ride on Saturday will be an informal edition, with just a handful of us riding. 

The distance of the modified route will now be a bit under the original 300km. It’s hard to tell exactly how much shorter it will be – Garmin MapSource is saying around 270km, whereas MapMyRide and Google are saying 255km. Either way, it will be a long day in the saddle and even though I think I’m prepared, that doesn’t stop me being nervous. There’s a couple of climbs along the way, and some nasty rollers to test tired legs towards the end. The weather forecast looks like it should be a glorious Cape day, but also could be quite hot (predicting 31C high). So dehydration and fatigue from the heat could be a factor in the afternoon too. I guess nobody said this Audax lark would be easy – Rule #5!

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