Battling it out in B
It was a very early start to the morning out in Paarl for the first road
race of the year, The Bouckaert-Soenen Road race run by the Paarl Rotary
Club. Due to training for the Epic, XCO races and offspring
due, only one Pure Savage was able to make it to the start in Paarl of the 124km route. 
Early morning start in Paarl!
As the bunch snaked its way out of Paarl through the Winelands the
group was keen to get the race off to a quick start as the group kept up a spanking pace
on the R301 to Wellington. As the bunch hit the R44 it was if the bunch had decided to let the elastic snap for the break of the day, the only problem is that there was not a break up the road, yet. After the 4th or 5th time the pace line capitulated cannonball Klyde dropped some hammer to create a break with one other rider. 
Cresting the climb ahead of the bunch
With the tail wind behind them, the break of the day managed to open up one and half minute gap on the chasing bunch. The turn off at Hermon saw a change in the wind to a cross wind and the gap remained constant. Before reaching Riebeek Kasteel they managed to pick up an A rider who had punctured who joined the pace line until the start of the climb up Bothmanskloof.
 Looking behind the break could see the group
catching up. So in true cannonball Klyde fashion, instead of taking it easy to the top of the climb, he decided it was a good time to go for the KOM of B group, which isnt even a thing. Unsuprisingly the bunch quickly caught up to the break on the
downhill heading towards Malmesbury and most of B was back together.
Good time for a group selfie!
With B group reunited we turned onto the R45 towards
Windmeul into the now headwind with some long drags and rollers. The group was
still hesitant to put any effort in with some riders trying to push the pace up
only to be left out in front. I think it can safely be assumed, this was Klyde hammering off the front. After passing through Windmeul the pace started picking up
towards the N1 as riders started pulling their rip chords and parachuting out the back of the group. Riders who were leaving dead
wheels all race suddenly sprung to life as the group went under the N1, they must have been reading the Bike Hub thread on Wheel Sucking this week! The
group took a left turn onto the R101 dislodging a few more riders out the back and then onto final drag towards the finish. The pace increased again as the group was over taking the shorter route riders.
Trundling along. Pic C Hayward – Strava
As the bunch reached the Flame Rouge the peleton resembled a sprint stage at Le Tour with an
all-out sprint to the finish. Savage rolled over the line behind the sprint and coming in at 3:37 after expending a fair amount of energy animating the 123km! Check out the Strava Flyby here
The Race was well run with easy registration and online entry there was just a little confusion en route with 1 marshal who almost led B
in the wrong direction at the R45 turnoff, was not a major issue as most of bunch had previously ridden the route. There was plenty of parking and a lekker gees when arriving back at the finish venue. 
Well done to Alpha Body Works, Giant and Stellenbosch Cycling for taking the top three steps on the podium in the elite start!

The next event is the 99er which is always a big race in the
calendar leading up to the Cape Town Cycle tour with Pure Savage all starting in $ its going to be a cracker of a race!