Teamwork, discipline and fitness, both mental and physical, are high on Permoseal’s list of values and the proof was in the pudding when 38-year-old Paul Jacobs (lab manager for Permoseal managing tech service, QA and R&D lab functions) and his partner, 58-year-old Peter Barber (ex-managing director of Fine Chemicals) recently won the tandem section of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour.
Many hours of training up Suikerbossie and Chapman’s Peak on the back of a busy road season saw this team cross the finish line first – despite a crash 20km into the race and the fact that this was only their second tandem race together. There was quite a strong head wind blowing throughout the course, but Paul insists the race was hard, but fun.
“We made our break through Fishhoek and were joined by one other tandem, friends of ours actually, whom we worked well with until they tired and we dropped them on the climb up Chapman’s Peak, 25km from the finish line. By Suikerbossie our lead was down to a minute, but there was some fun inspiration on the side of the road from an ex-work colleague supporting us in style with amusing aprons! By the time we reached Camps Bay, with 5km to go, we had a narrow lead of 20 seconds from the chasing group. We dug deep into the reserves in the last four kilometres, but luck was on our side and we scraped home first by the skin of our teeth,” recalls Jacobs.