A dream of mine is too take part in this magic race that takes place in my hometown. Typical that one of the biggest stage races in the mountain biking world takes off only after I leave. Well that's what you get for wanting to see the world. So today the prologue took place, yes prologue?!?! Not sure if there is another mountain bike race that has a prologue but then you can never take creativity away from South African's. They also used their local knowledge to their advantage, the MTN Energade team of Kevin Evans and David George taking the honor's. Well done boys. no mean feat as Cannondale Vredestein team mates Roel Paulissen, a 2005 winner, and Jakob Fuglsang were less than a minute behind. Taking up the last place on the podium today were favourites Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm of team Bulls. Marathon world champ Christoph Sauser was just behind with SA champ Burry Stander. You can read Christoph's view on how the opening stage went on his blog. Jerimiah Bishop will also keep us up to date with his diary in cyclingnews.