Wednesday , 16 October 2019

ANRIETTE SCHOEMAN BLOG: BUTTERFLIES OR LOO PAPER?

Anriette Schoeman and John-Lee will be forming a formidible partnership in the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek. In her own words and signature humour, Anriette will be blogging the journey. – TREAD

 

Hmmm… What started off as small talk and big dreams on my bucket list became
 an absolute reality when I decided to invest some time doing one of TREAD
 magazine’s skills clinics in Aug. When Sean Badenhorst offered me to suffer for
 7 days with some proper pedigree in the BRIDGE CAPE PIONEER TREK.

But let’s start from the beginning…

As a seasoned roadie, Merida was kind enough to give me a 650b mountain bike
 early this year which was pretty much collecting dust and becoming part of my
 cool equipment toy display, when I got a last minute invite to ride Sani as part of
 the Aca Joe. So, my crash course training added up to a total 1 week of
 pedaling my mtb next to a tar road. I was clearly not ready to part with
 smooth road surfaces. My experience at Sani2c (we did it campervan style)
 was convincing enough to realize maybe mtb is not so bad afterall. You see,
 previously when anyone asked me why I dont mtb my answer would be “I dont like
 getting dirty on a bike” little did I know that I would still become quite a
 cow poo connoisseur.

Anriette Schoeman in action at PE to Plett. Photo: Alex Cooper

Anriette Schoeman in action at PE to Plett. Photo: Alex Cooper

 

My first ever experience of single track was at Sani2c where I teamed up with
 Gary Marecia from Aca Joe. I approached the race with closed eyes and hoped
 for the best. I learnt so much from him and enjoyed it SO much even after our
 6h mudfest on day 2. There was nothing wrong with my fitness but it was clear
 as daylight my guardian angels were working overtime on the technical sections
 to keep me upright as I had NO idea what I was doing!

After the Sani, I didn’t touch my mtb again and was thrown in the deep end when
 after I was suckered into doing the RE:CM KNYSNA 200 in June, my partner had
 to pull out of the race on the morning of stage 1 after falling terribly ill.
 I was standing on the startline, feeling like an astronaut not knowing what to
 expect or even how to fix a tube on a mtb. I ended up loving the race SO MUCH
 that I decided to do a couple more mtb races. My next tour would be the PE
 to Plett race where I teamed up in the colors of POWASOL with the most patient
 and classy person I have ever come across in the form of Yolandi Speedy. She
 dragged me around the bush for 4 days and I learnt bucketloads from her, but
 mostly I built one hell of a character and she exercised her levels of
 patience. Both of us passed with flying colors.

Anriette applies her knowledge at a Tread Skills session. Photo: Dino Lloyd/treadskills.co.za

Anriette applies her knowledge at a Tread Skills session. Photo: Dino Lloyd/treadskills.co.za

 

So, back to The Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek… In August, I decided to attend a
 Tread skills clinic where I chatted to Sean about where I want to take my
 mountain biking. He offered me a ride the CPT in the colors of Tread magazine
 and after putting heads together he suggested John Lee Augustyn as my riding
 partner… Well, I kinda agreed to it thinking to myself “yeah right whatever
 Sean, getting John Lee to ride with me coming all the way from Italy…
 Whatever”

The next day I got a message saying John Lee is looking forward to riding
 with me! Now, we all know John Lee’s history and he has a resume longer than
 my arm, I was in shock at first that he agreed to ride with me. So the next
 logistical hiccup would be to import my classy partner all the way from Italy.

John-Lee Augustyn powers his way to a podium fourth place at the Crater Cruise. He will be partnering with Anriette Schoeman at the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek. Photo: Dino Lloyd

John-Lee Augustyn powers his way to a podium fourth place at the Crater Cruise. He will be partnering with Anriette Schoeman at the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek. Photo: Dino Lloyd

 

After we brainstormed a bit, we approached 32GI, one of my sponsors and they
 were incredible enough to even book his ticket for him! Luckily just in time
 so he could warm up his engines at the Crater Cruise finishing a brilliant
 4th!

So here I am, counting down in single digits the days to my Bridge Cape
Pioneer experience with world class… So I hope John Lee has exercised his 
bicep curls for this one, coz pushing me might be the only way to keep up! It
 still feels unreal, but being part of this world class event would’t have been 
possible without Tread magazine, 32GI, TAVCOR Embassy (I always have the
coolest cars) and AFRICA SILKS. So I hope you’ll follow me on my adventure
 through the Swartberg mountains because I’d hate to suffer in silence.

To be
continued…

 

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