We decided to stay at the Protea Hotel, Suikerbosrand on the night before the start of the race as the start would be at Suikerbosrand....but then it didn't start there. We still kept our booking because we would be close to the start......which wasn't. We arrived at the Hotel and was given our chalet key.......which wasn't the right key. The next morning we waited for our transport for ourselves and our bikes with taxis which were organised by the Hotel........which didn't arrive. Well, not enough of them arrived. We only started panicking then, but the hotel manager saved the day by organising his staff and their cars to take all of us to the start.
Within 2km we were out of the city and following the track. Through maize farms, past cows grazing, lots of muddy wetland squelching into our shoes and into the jockey wheels which in turn sucked in the chain.