Not all moonlight and roses

When we line up for the Epic 2020, we will probably only remember the good of the last few months. But as months go, this one has been rough.

Not training tough, but emotionally and health tough.

Saturday, the 23rd of November, Chantélle had the dreaded phone call. The call that tells you a loved one passed away. Chantélle’s Dad passed away. His death was untimely and never something that you want to hear. We had to get to Hermanus (where her Dad lived) as soon as possible. We had to ditch our training and get in the car and drive. The rest of the weekend was a blur with emotions, logistics and people. RIP Steven!

Death knows no timing, and Chantélle had the extra burden of having to face me going into Cardiac ICU on Monday (25th November) morning. I’d been scheduled for a cardiac ablation on the Monday AM to be done by Dr. Razeen Gopal. The ablation was necessary as I have developed a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), or a new fast heart rhythm. Fortunately, this has not caused damage, but we had to get it sorted before we take on the massive training effort that lies ahead for the Cape Epic.

I can think of the emotional turmoil she must’ve been going through. Having your Dad pass away 36 hours prior and now your husband going in for heart surgery. She was STRONG.

Fortunately, all went well under the skilled hands of Dr. Gopal and he discharged me with a clean bill on Tuesday AM. I had to lay low for ten days and thankfully, I have amazing work colleagues who picked up my slack.

With Chantélle’s husband sorted, she had to focus on her Dad’s passing. We had a private viewing of Steven’s body and all the family flew in from Australia, Panama, and Dubai. Steven’s service was terrific and his send-off was one anyone would be proud to have had.

But, this blog is about the Cape Epic as well and Chantélle kept up (most) of her training. We did miss some hours, but she was an absolute champion in still keeping her body active while her emotions were playing havoc. In a sense, I think the bike kept her feelings more stable.

Jennie, our coach, was very understanding of the situation(s) we find ourselves. She gave some slack, but we will have to get on the bike again.

This week (9-15 December), we both will up our hours, and we will continue in all seriousness to be ready for the start line on the 15th of March.

Our next line in the sand is the Attakwas on the 18th of January. We will be upping the hours for that and follow the advice of our coach.


We’ve had a fantastic response from both SCP Radiology and Pathcare to sponsor us as corporates. They have both sponsored enough to have their logos on our shirt for the whole of the Epic. If there are any other corporates out there – we still have a few spaces on our shirts available.   


  1. Elmaree Stapelberg on Dec 11, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    So jammer om te hoor van n baie goor en erg stresvolle tyd – channel your energy wisely. Good Luck with your training for Attakwas!

    • Thinus Geldenhuys on Dec 17, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Sterkte Rudy en Chantelle! Baie jammer om van julle pa en skoonpa te hoor. Maak hom trots! Ek sit uit vlg jaar, maar sal julle beslis dophou, volg en ondersteun. Groetnis

  2. Craig Pepper on Dec 11, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Sterkte Julle.
    These are the scars that host the fragility of Life.

  3. Nathaniel Kirk on Dec 21, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    What a story. With this kind of strength and teamwork you will live forever! Truly.

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