Cape Epic, an event only some cyclists can say they have conquered…. Being physically fit for this 8 day challenge is not enough, as the real secret ingredient is being mentally tough. That’s the only way to complete.
The trails are no easy clean roads but rather 871km of harsh terrain – sand, pebbles, rocks, bushes, trees, mud, rain, hills, mountains, heat and the list goes on. Not to mention the amount of injuries that occur or prevent cyclists from finishing the race.
During this little film, it was day 5 of the epic. Alot of the action occurs at this bridge tunnel about 1km from the finishing line. As you can expect, most of riders in the film are up to their 8th-10th hour on the bike for that particular day. Added to that, alot of rain during the day made the grounds alot muddier to ride on, and for that reason every 2 out of 5 guys stumbled over with their bike – either rolling into the creek, falling over in the mud, hitting one of trees or plain simply going of course hitting the side fencing.
For that reason, one can expect, that mental toughness is essential as it’s 90% chance that each cyclist will fall at least twice or 3 times each day – and to each individual it can only be hoped that those 2-3 times are on flats and not down one of the world famous scenic Cape mountains of South Africa.
As we departed from the Excalibur hotel in vegas – we left behind what was a pretty good week in vegas attending the WPPI convention (photo&video international). But 7days in vegas can get to ones nerves. So we were after a change, which started with a 6 hour bus ride to Beverly hills, Los Angeles.
To our experience, we chose a really central location in Los Angeles. Although what people did’t tell us beforehand, was that central in LA doesn’t mean close and nearby to all the activities and sight seeing… We happened to discover this as we realised each trip from our accommodation would take up to an hour each way, each time… Mmmmmm…. But who can complain, it was hotter weather and a change from the Vegas lifestyle with many different options to choose from.
During the 3 days in LA we visited Universal city/studios in the hills near the Hollywood sign. Went to see the “walk of fame” in Hollywood Boulevard and made a day trip to Santa Monica Beach. To our benefit, we now know the LA subway/ bus transportation route system of by heart.
Overall, Los Angeles…. Pretty cool place and a lot to do…. But lets just say – a massive spread out area. Which brings me to my one recommendation – and that is to hire a car instead of taking the public transport. But in the end, I guess it comes down to weighing the value of $$$$ & time.
Till next video post….
2 words – “Exceptional city”
New York is just the place to be. Its got everything you need and even though we were there in the freezing cold – it won’t stop us from visiting there again. As a matter of fact, it actually played the opposite roll on us. We actually want to go back for the cold. Weird? Go find out, check it out, you’ll be amazed!
Arriving in New York for our last stop in the full America trip, we were quite excited as we knew the best was left for last. Although….. 4days in New York is just not enough. Fullstop. Our next New York trip will definitely be re-evaluated for a more thorough and precise vacation stay, in the coolest city in the world.
During our America trip, we visited 5 different locations. Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Des Moines and New York. I’ll be posting a cine-motion video for each city, similar to the New york experience cine-motion above. Each video will obviously entail a different kind of taste to each other – to make the awesome experience we had – exemplify into a small experience for you. Only the smallest taste of our experience will hopefully draw you towards visiting these awesome places in the near future.
Keep in touch, as this is the first cine-motion video of the series – i’ll be posting the rest of the cine-motion experiences in increments of 3/4days.. Stay tuned!
This is different. The real question that comes to mind – is it always for survival?
I captured this last year in July while touring America during an afternoon stroll in downtown Denver, Colorado. We came across this guy standing on the street corner between the old styled Colorado buildings, and it just amazed us how this guy seem to have no worries for day to day survival, but rather intentions for things far less important in his circumstances.
One would think, “Giving this guy money, – are you actually helping him and bringing good to this world?
Well at least this guy was honest in what he wanted. As for other survival beggars, ‘some’ are not always completely honest in their intentions for money; where your money could just be leading them into more trouble.