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  1. The team is financially backed by the premium South African carbon fibre bicycle wheels manufacturer, Darkhorse Wheels and brokerage Tuttle Insurance Brokers (TIB). “The new team won’t be just any other professional mountain bike team” commented Shaun-Nick Bester, “because the team will be in collaboration with Bester Performance coaching academy creating a feeder platform for young aspiring school athletes which ultimately will be incorporated into the professional team once they have developed the physical and mental skills needed for racing at an elite level” Said Bester. The new signings of Team Darkhorse Wheels will consist of Shaun-Nick Bester from Pretoria and Kzn based Andrew Hill. Shaun-Nick Bester, a prominent ex-professional road cyclist, who competed on the professional European circuit, switched to the mountain bike in October 2017. It was on the gravel where he quickly raced onto the podium and placed 3rd overall at Tour de Plett in his first MTB race. After a successful introduction, Shaun-Nick continued his successes solidifying 19 victories in 2018 including the overall series win for the Nissan Trailseeker marathon series. The other signing for the team is Andrew Hill. Hill is an experienced professional mountain biker specialising in stage racing and the longer marathon events. Andrew’s notable consistency over the years has culminated in many dependable results. A highlight from Hill was a 3rd on the African Jersey competition at the ABSA Cape Epic in 2014 (placing 11th overall). Along with qualifying for the World Mountain bike marathon championships, his results include an overall Win at the UCI Lesotho sky in 2018 racking up a total of 16 victories for the season. The tried and tested pair has teamed up on numerous podium successful occasions in 2018. “We have great synergy in our riding capabilities; especially where our strengths are very well matched” Commented Hill. “It also helps that we get along very well, which is probably the most underrated aspect of multi-day stage racing” Said Bester. Shaun-Nick Bester (left) and Andrew Hill cross the finish line first at the Zuurberg Mountain Village on the opening stage of the three-day 2018 PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain-bike race. Picture: Full Stop Communications. The team’s calendar will include all of the major and high publicity mountain bike stage races and one-day classics including: - ABSA Cape Epic - Cape Pioneer Trek - Tankwa Trek - joBerg2c - sani2c - Berg and Bush - Great Zuurberg Trek - Nissan Trailseeker series - S.A. Marathon championships Other partners include: - Momsen bikes - Biogen - VYE cycling apparel - Uvex safety wear - Ryders eyewear
  2. It was exciting racing all the way to the finish with Hill and former riding partner Tyronne White fighting it out for the top spot with Andrew Hill winning a helter-skelter end sprint. Team TIB's Andrew Hill became the first person to defend their title when he won the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media After some torrential rain midweek, race organizer Flavio Scarpa worked tirelessly to produce a top quality track and winner Hill appreciated Scarpa's efforts. "Flavio always puts in a huge amount of effort in the build up to the race," Team TIB's Hill mentioned. "It was muddy in the single track and on the cane roads but besides for that it was an awesome race. "A lot of the local community get behind and support this race. There are a lot of passionate mountain bikers in this area who put a lot of their time into track building and showcasing what they have to offer." With Hill's victory came a piece of Scottburgh MTB history as he became the first rider to defend his title at the event. "It is an honour to have been able to win this race two years in a row and to have my name on a trophy that has Burry Stander's name on it is an even greater privilege. "As a mountain biker we need to get down here and support races like this more often." Following Hill home was Tyronne White who finished second ahead of Jedson Toomes in third place just ahead of Sean Merredew with Hendrik Bester rounding out the top five. Having made a return to Scottburgh after a number of years away from the race, 2011 winner Bianca Haw became the third women to notch up two Scottburgh MTB wins. It was a dominant display from the Red Bull athlete who commanded the race the whole way and finished ten minutes ahead of second placed Hayley Smith. Red Bull's Bianca Haw was in a class of her own as she dominated the ladies race at the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race on Sunday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media "It was so muddy, it looked like they had 200 mills of rain! "Well done to the organisers and Flav (Scarpa) for making the necessary changes after the rain that they had this week. "He did really well in making little gullies where the cane roads had been washed away. "I am really glad to be back here and I am happy with the way things went for me today," Haw added. Haw's next major challenge is the UCI MTB XCO World Championships in Australia next month and with her winning two weeks in a row, first at the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge and then here, she is in good form as she prepares to jet off Down Under. Hayley Smith has been dominated the South Coast MTB Series but Haw's presence gave Smith more of a challenge and unfortunately for the South Coast resident she had to settle for second ahead of Desiree Chantal Verwey in third with Brenda Potts and Nataschka Mowat rounding out the top five. More info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243 SUMMARY OF RESULTS - 2017 SAPPI SCOTTBURGH MTB RACEOverall - 45km Marathon 1.Andrew Hill 1:45:44 2.Tyronne White 1:45:45 3.Jedson Tooms 1:47:34 4.Sean Merredew 1:47:52 5.Hendrik Bester 1:48:02 6.Bryan Powell 1:48:07 7.Brennan Anderson 1:50:01 8.Andrew Houston 1:54:10 9.Bianca Haw 1:54:38 10.Jeremy Thomson 1:54:49 Women 1.Bianca Haw 1:54:38 2.Hayley Smith 2:04:44 3.Desiree Chantal Verwey 2:12:00 4.Brenda Potts 2:16:28 5.Nataschka Mowat 2:16:59 Overall - 20km Half Marathon 1.Matthew Opperman 1:20:48 2.Nicholas de Bruin 1:22:34 3.Chloe Bateson 1:22:40 4.Brent Richter 1:22:47 5.Leonard Robberts 1:29:06 6.Clinton Bullard 1:32:18 7.Sean Dunbar 1:34:56 8.Brad Viljoen 1:37:46 9.Lehan Niehaus 1:38:27 10.Lindsay Weir 1:38:30 Women 1.Chloe Bateson 1:22:40 2.Anesca Swart 1:44:36 3.Natasha Viljoen 1:57:46
  3. The Team TIB duo of Andrew Hill and Henry Liebenberg were in a class of their own as they powered to victory at stage one of the 2017 dusi2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The 64km first stage took riders from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Mfula Store in the heart of the Valley of a Thousand Hills and despite an eleventh-hour withdrawal from Julian Jessop, Hill's original race partner, due to sickness, Liebenberg's inclusion was not a burden as the TIB duo were a class apart. There were a handful of teams hoping to compete with the pre-race favourites but the pace at the front of the field was furnace-like and so the competitive race was for second place with the RMB Change a Life team of Ndumiso Dontso and Mboneni Ngcobo claiming second on the stage. Hill and his young partner Liebenberg's tactics were simple going into the race and they managed to execute their game plan with aplomb. "There isn't a lot of time to catch up on day two so we knew that we had to get ahead during the first stage," Hill mentioned from the overnight stop at Mfula Store. "Henry hasn't done a lot of stage races so we wanted to keep the pressure off ourselves and it was good that we managed to get a solid lead. "He is quite new to multi-stage events so it is nice for me to be able to share some knowledge and experience with him along the way. "It's good for him to try and develop his stage racing technique as opposed to the cross country racing technique. He's really good at the technical stuff so there were stretches where he took the lead but I know the route so we both took turns at the front." The race is always bunched going through Pietermaritzburg and Hill knew that it was important for him and Liebenberg to take advantage of any gap that they could create early. Mboneni Ngcobo (pictured) along with Ndumiso Dontos rode into second place overall at stage one of the 2017 dusi2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media "It is always a bun fight getting into the first bit of single track first and once we got through the city we were able to open up a bit of a gap and remain in front. "We knew that if another team was going to come with us then we would have to ride a bit more carefully but we got ahead and managed to build on a slight lead early on. "Stage two is really fast and we won't want to make any mistakes," Hill highlighted. At the river crossing, three-quarters into the stage, there was a bunch of teams fighting it out for second and third, however a mechanical for Change a Life's Mazwi Smimango and Scelo Mhlongo opened the door for Bluff Meat Supplies' Warren Price and Trevor Rowe to slip into the final podium spot for a short period of time. The Parker-Dennison duo of Candice and Wesley were on top form as they won the mixed category on stage one of the 2017 dusi2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The Bluff Meat Supplies team were put under serious pressure by Think 360's Brennan Anderson and Jason Davies, who managed to get ahead of the 2016 runners-up and took ownership of the final podium spot by just over a minute from Price and Rowe who arrived at Mfula Store in fourth place. The Parker-Dennison sibling pair of Candice and Wesley were always going to be the mixed team to beat at this year's dusi2c and they lived up to their pre-race hype to take a dominant stage one victory of more than 20 minutes over Bigg Brown's Craig Carter-Brown and Susan Machpesh while the Team Expresso duo of Emma Pons and Grant Johl finished third in the mixed category. The ladies showdown has been keenly contested however it is the Drop off Daisies racing pair of Rialette Kruger and Sarah Matcher who hold the cards going into the second stage to Durban. They are being chased by Rolling Thunder's Esther Venter Ferreira and Natasha Jansen van Vuuren in second and three minutes behind them is the Wandering Wheels team of Liz Botha and Marlene Conradie. The characteristic '2c' floating bridge made an appearance on stage one of the 2017 dusi2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The second and final stage of the dusi2c is a 60km stretch from Mfula Store to Blue Lagoon on KwaZulu-Natal's East Coast. More information can be found at www.dusi2c.co.za. SUMMARY OF RESULTS - 2017 dusi2c Stage One Overall 1.Team TIB (Andrew Hill/Henry Liebenberg) 2:27:35 2.RMB Change a Life 1 (Ndumiso Dontso/Mboneni Ngcobo) 2:30:42 3.Think 360 (Brennan Anderson/Jason Davies) 2:32:09 4.Bluff Meat Supply (Warren Price/Trevor Rowe) 2:33:06 5.RMB Change a Life 2 (Bongumusa Zikhali/Sipho Kupiso) 2:34:41 6.RMB Change a Life 3 (Mazwi Smimango/Scelo Mhlongo) 2:43:04 7.Mfula Store 1 (Nkululeko Pewa/Bongukkuphiwa Ndlovu) 2:57:16 8.dusi2c (Owen Gandar/Simon Purdon) 2:57:55 9.Mflua Store 4 (Sihle Mathe/Kusaseline Ngidi) 3:01:21 10.Justdale (Justin Lange/Douglas Drysdale) 3:01:33Mixed 1.Coach Pupil (Wesley Parker-Dennison/Candice Parker-Dennison) 3:01:58 2.Bigg Brown (Craig Carter-Brown/Susan Machpesh) 3:25:11 3.Team Expresso (Emma Pons/Grant Johl) 3:45:22 Women 1.Drop off Daisies (Rialette Kruger/Sarah Matcher) 4:17:53 2.Rolling Thunder (Esther Venter Ferreira/Natasha Jansen van Vuuren) 4:23:18 3.Wandering Wheels (Liz Botha/Marlene Conradie) 4:26:59
  4. Team TIB's Andrew Hill and Julian Jessop will be firm favourites for the 2017 dusi2c title starting in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The 124km route through the Valley of a Thousand Hills will provide riders with spectacular views and exciting trails as they meander along the Msundusi and Mngeni Rivers all the way to the ocean in Durban this weekend. For ‘Farmer’ Glen Haw and his team the dusi2c is never trying to compete with its older, most prestigious ‘2c’ siblings and Haw tries to keep the dusi2c as close to real mountain biking as possible with riders receiving very little of the special treatment they do at sani2c or joBerg2c. With cattle paths, district roads and walking tracks taking rider through the heart of the Valley of a Thousand Hills Team TIB’s Andrew Hill is going to be chasing his fifth consecutive win at the race to the coast. The RMB Change a Life crew of Bongumusa Zikhali and Sipho Kupiso along with two other fellow Change a Life combinations will be hoping they can get that elusive win at the 2017 dusi2c starting in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Hill will be teaming up with young Julian Jessop for the dusi2c and the pair will be the team to beat following their fifth place finish at the highly competitive KAP sani2c just a month ago. Hills’ local knowledge of the valley and the routes will stand them in good stead for the showdown. Chasing the favourites will be a number of other duos including the Bluff Meat Supply team of Trever Rowe and Warren Price. The veterans have finished on the podium in the past two dusi2c’s and will pose one of the biggest threats to Team TIB. 2017 will once again see a strong RMB Change a Life Academy presence on the start line with Martin Dreyer’s academy entering three teams into the event that holds much significance for the local riders. Dreyer’s academy is based in the valley through which the riders ride and the three Change a Life teams will have the support of many of the locals egging them on to what could be a first ever win at the race. The other competitive category is the mixed category with the Parker-Dennison sibling combination of Candice and Wesley leading the charge following their podium finish in 2016. Wesley and Candice Parker-Dennison will be the mixed team to beat at the 2017 dusi2c starting in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The Parker-Dennison charge might be thwarted by some local knowledge as Tamika Haw and Owen Gandar take them on for a shot at the mixed title. Gandar and Haw are very familiar with the Valley of a Thousand Hills whether it be from a canoe or on a mountain bike and despite Gandar’s lack of mountain bike training due to his Comrades Marathon preparation the pair will be a force to be reckoned with. Despite having just completing the 2017 Comrades Marathon, Owen Gandar and Tamika Haw will line up with a shot at the mixed title at the dusi2c starting in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The race is a unique partnership with local communities and environmental organisations, all of whom are involved in the trail preparation and race hospitality, and benefit financially from their involvement in the event. The dusi2c’s first stage takes riders 64km from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to the overnight stop at the famous Mfula Store in the heart of the Valley of a Thousand Hills on Saturday. More information can be found at www.dusi2c.co.za
  5. The classic experience and youth combination will face a huge task to upset the trio of pre-race favourites – the PYGA EuroSteel combination of Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes, the NAD Pro MTB Team of Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell, and Team BCX’s Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger. However, the all-KZN duO, riding under the TIB Insurance colours, will be looking to harness and pool their respective strengths together to combine into a team that can challenge the big guns when they set off on their three-day journey on Thursday. TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill will team up with Durban-based youngster Julian Jessop as they aim to upset the apple cart and push for a podium spot at the 2017 KAP sani2c starting in Himeville next week. Desmond Louw/ Gameplan Media “We recently raced together in the two-day Marriott Freedom Race from Inanda Dam to Durban and we were a good combination and managed to win that,” said Hill this week.“(Jessop) is a youngster and very quick, so I will have to hang on to him at times. He is suited to the technical stuff and should be good for about three and a half hours of hard racing. “It is his first sani and has not done much stage racing. I have done about seven sanis so hopefully I can impart some of my experience to him and he can pull me along on when we need it,” added the Upper Highway resident with a laugh. “We can aim for a top five realistically I think, and if one or two of the other teams have a bad day then we could hope for a place on the podium.” The Durban-based rider said he had seen the KAP sani2c has come a full circle and transformed itself. “It is a race that has evolved since Farmer Glen (Haw) and Nick (Floros) first started it about 13 years ago, and it seems to me it has gone a full circle. “I think Glen got irritated that it seemed to be taken over by the corporate culture and he has moved it back to a race that suits the mountain bikers. “For a while it went toward a type of race that suited the road riders, and now it has turned through a full circle and mountain bikers like myself can be more competitive on the trails once again, rather than fighting for position on the district roads. “It is a race that will always hold a special place for KZN riders. Actually it is more than that: it will always be special for all South African riders.” For Hill, the new climb out of the Umkomaas Valley on Day 2 of the race is an example of Haw returning the race to its mountain biking roots. “The new section after the Umkomaas River is completely new to us. I have tried to get some information out of those guys who rode the joBerg2c (which includes the entire sani2c route). “From what I can tell that climb will be very similar to the old climb before they moved it a few years ago. It seems to be fairly steep and a lot of Jeep track riding. “Day 2 is always a key day and I think the climb will be make or break for the racers. “Day 1 is always very fast and normally has a close finish. Day 2 always has bigger gaps and then Day 3 it is so fast there are normally a lot of guys together at the end. “The new climb will make for bigger gaps. The pace on Day 2 is always very fast from the start and a scramble to get into the descent first, but then settles down a bit. After the water point just before the climb, the pace picks up again. “The guys who have good climbing legs will make up time there, but anybody who goes too hard on the climb may pay the price and not have the legs on the rolling roads towards the finish. They could lose a lot of time they gained by climbing too quickly. “You get a couple of strong riders who are feeling good and they get together on that section before the last water point and you can make up a lot of time.” This year is the 13th edition of the KAP sani2c, the world’s largest mountain bike stage race, which takes place from Himeville to Scottburgh. There are three races which form the event. On Tuesday, the Trail riders set off from Himeville for MacKenzie Farm near Ixopo. Then on the Wednesday, while the Trail competitors are heading for Jolivet Farm in Highflats, the Adventure riders take on Stage 1. As the Trail riders complete their event to Scottburgh on May 11, the serious Race riders set off on their three-day journey from Himeville. For more information on KAPsani2c: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za.
  6. The 28-year-old Capetonian, who will partner Dylan Rebello in the three-day race that starts in Stellenbosch tomorrow, was not shy to talk about his ambitions. Chris Wolhuter, who will be riding for Imbuko Wines with Dylan Rebello, will be aiming for his third straight title at the Liberty Winelands Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, this weekend. Photo: Ewald Sadie. “Three in a row would definitely be a goal for us, but I think the level of competition is increasing with each event,” said the Imbuko Wines rider, who won alongside Craig Boyes last year. He said accomplished mountain bike exponents like Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger and Andrew Hill and Marco Joubert would likely be in the mix and was “an indication of the challenge we will be facing”. With prize-money of R100 000 on offer, Wolhuter, who lives in Wynberg, said there had been a significant increase in the strength of the teams. “Last year there were more teams than the first year and this year there is a further increase, so it just shows how the event is growing. “The prize-money is an attraction and it raises the general level of the race in more than just one aspect.” Wolhuter and the Stellenbosch-based Rebello, his teammate for almost a year, aimed to finish among the top three African teams in the recent Cape Epic until several mechanicals put paid to their chances. Although that race did not go quite according to plan, he said it was a good experience and they had recovered nicely from the effort. “We are feeling quite good after the Epic and often when you have had good rest you can bounce quite well off it. But this will obviously be our first real test since then.” Feeling that the format of the Liberty Winelands Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, suited his riding style, Wolhuter said he was looking forward to the race. “The multi-stage events require a different skill set and I do tend to get a bit stronger as the races go on. The longer it is, the better it suits me.” He added that the race – which plays out in the Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington areas – was a major attraction for riders in the Western Cape given its location and superior experience offered by the organisers. “For us in Cape Town it is super easy to travel to because you don’t have to fly anywhere or worry about equipment logistics. “In addition, they have done a lot of work on the course and you could see a significant improvement in the trails last year. Off the bike, they create a five-star experience so it’s always one to remember.” Wolhuter said he was comfortable with his form this season, having won the Simonsberg Contour MTB stage race in February ahead of Czech rider Dominik Buksa. “It was nice to see we can compete with overseas riders,” he said. “I also came second in the PE Plett solo category, so I’m happy with the way things have gone.”
  7. Andrew Hill is looking forward to returning to his local stomping ground this Sunday, 4 December to take on the 40km MTB clash at the festive season welcoming 2016 STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure, a race he has reigned victorious at three times before. Click here to view the article
  8. Having won the Upper Highway event’s opening edition in 2012, the TIB Insurance rider went on to clinch the following two years’ titles before being upstaged by 2016 Olympian Alan Hatherly last time around in 2015. TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill of Hillcrest hopes to challenge for a fourth STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure title in five years when he takes on this year's edition of the event on Sunday, 4 December at Summerveld Estate, Shongweni. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The Hillcrest based athlete is looking forward to getting back onto familiar trails this weekend and challenging for the top step of the podium once more. “I’ll definitely be at the Sharks Trail Adventure again this year and it would be really cool to win it again,” says Hill. “It’s an event that is now well-known in the mountain biking and trail running communities and is a really nice way to kick-start the December holidays. “There is always a great vibe there, the trails are always great and it is always a really well organised event as well.” Much like the majority of his fellow elite racers, Hill is currently midway through his off-season programme. Despite this though, the marathon and stage racer is looking forward to short, sharp encounter. “Pretty much all the pros are busy doing quite a bit of gym work and putting in the occasional longer ride, but certainly nothing racing orientated at this stage. “The Sharks Trail Adventure is short enough though, so this shouldn’t be too much of a factor, plus everyone will be in the same boat on Sunday.” Competing in his own backyard and on trails he knows like the back of his hand is an experience Hill doesn’t get to enjoy too often but one he looks forward to annually. “It will be great to get back out there and take on the trails of Summerveld and Shongweni again. “I’m not quite sure who else will be there this weekend but I’m sure my local knowledge will help a lot nonetheless.” The 2016 STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure takes place at Summverld Estate in Shongweni on Sunday, 4 December. Entries can be submitted online via www.roag.co.za and more information can be found at www.sharkstrailadventure.co.za.
  9. Andrew Hill became the eighth solitary Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race titleholder when he raced to victory on KZN’s South Coast on Sunday while Candice Parker-Dennison successful women’s title defence saw her crowned just the second rider ever to claim multiple race wins. Click here to view the article
  10. TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill charges to victory during his debut appearance at the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media After the event’s first ever staging was washed out in 2008, the subsequent eight editions have remarkably produced a new men’s winner each time, TIB Insurance’s Hill the most recent to join the rare club after he overcame the most richly talented field in the history of the event. Both the Hillcrest based rider and his three nearest rivals – Swiss Cycles’ Andrew Johnson, ROAG Racing’s Jedson Tooms and Kargo Pro Cycling Team’s Andrew Warr – were however made to work harder than expected after navigational errors by the initial lead quartet erased their early advantage. “It’s nice to come down to this great South Coast race for the first time and get the win, especially as there was some serious talent that came to race this year,” said Hill. “I knew the climbs were going to be where I could get a bit of an advantage today so I tried to make the pace quite hard on the ascents early on and thankfully my tactics paid off as I managed to get the King of the Mountains hotspot. “Myself and a couple of the guys behind me then had a bit of a mix up with markings and by the time we realized and turned around, we rejoined just behind the top five. Riders charge under the N2 freeway during the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “We raced our way back through the field and once I got back in front, I just put my head down and looked to hammer it all the way through to the finish,” he added. Despite the unplanned disruption, Hill’s Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race debut was one he thoroughly enjoyed and the vastly experienced marathon competitor was highly impressed by the 45km course. “There was some unbelievably brilliant track out there!” he exclaimed. “Some of the sections of trail, particularly through the Sappi plantations, rival a few of those that we associate with some of the province’s big-name race such as the renowned Sappi Karkloof Marathon.” “This race is all about exploring the area via some incredible single track, some good climbs and even some technical, off-camber stuff – there’s a bit for everyone at this race. “This Scottburgh race is a highly underrated event and is definitely one for everyone to come and do! “Its not too far from Durban or Hillcrest, it’s a great destination for a weekend away where you’ve got both the beach and some really incredible trails.” Eventual runner-up, Hendrik Bester is chased by third place finisher, RMB Change a Life MTB Academy's Mboneni Ngcobo during the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media While Hill charged to victory, riders chopped and changed positions behind him with Hendrik Bester ultimately racing home to claim the runner-up award and RMB Change a Life MTB Academy’s Mboneni Ngcobo clinched a memorable third place. Tooms and Warr claimed fourth and fifth place respectively while routing issues limited Johnson to ninth and Think360/Leigh’s Cycle Centre’s Leeroy Emslie seventh place as iStudent’s Jason Davies (sixth), Chainworx Cycles’ Darryn Purtell (eighth) and Kargo Pro Cycling Team junior, Cayde Muldoon rounded out the top ten. With the event’s first ever multiple winner, Hayley Smith (Kargo Pro Cycling Team) not taking to this year’s start line as planned, 22 year-old Parker-Dennison was unchallenged in her title defence effort, a result she was well pleased with. Scottburgh local, Candice Parker-Dennison charges onto the sand and Scottburgh Main Beach as she claims victory in the women's race of the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series.Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “I’m really stoked,” said the young Scottburgh local. “It’s always cool to ride, let alone defend my title, in my hometown.” “It’s nice having a little local advantage – knowing when to go hard and when to take it a little easier – and I looked to use that to my favour as best I could. “I really thought the course was going to be quite hard after the flood a month ago, but the route was so well prepared and the single track was absolutely amazing. “The organisers did a great job!” Umtentweni's Debrah Thomas raced home to second place at the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media It was a South Coast dominated women’s podium as the hometown star was followed across the finish line by Umtentweni rider, Debrah Thomas who in turn narrowly edged out Shelley Beach’s Nataschka Mowat. In the 28km Dash and Splash race, Chad Stevenson and Marina Thorne claimed the men’s and women’s titles for 2016 while scores of adventurers young and old also enjoyed the 10km Family Fun Ride. Participants of the 2016 Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race, the third leg of the South Coast MTB Series, enjoy a welcome cool-off during a brief river crossing. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottburgh-Mtb-Race/221420711386243. Summary of results: 45KM SAPPI SCOTTBURGH MTB RACE Men 1.Andrew Hill 1:43.53 2.Hendrik Bester 1:46.16 3.Mboneni Ngcobo 1:46.22 4.Jedson Tooms 1:46.58 5.Andrew Warr 1:48.26 6.Jason Davies 1:48.47 7.Leeroy Emslie 1:50.31 8.Darryn Purtell 1:50.32 9.Andrew Johnson 1:51.55 10.Cayde Muldoon 1:52.52Women 1.Candice Parker-Dennison 2:04.09 2.Debrah Thomas 2:12.22 3.Nataschka Mowat 2:12.37 4.Riana Niehaus 2:15.09 5.Caryn Harvey 2:20.52 28KM DASH & SPLASH Men 1.Chad Stevenson 1:29.18 2.Richman Soboyisi 1:29.46 3.Brad Soulsby 1:30.35 Women 1.Marina Thorne 2:02.14 2.Zinnia Freitas 2:02.24
  11. With a sound buffer going into Sunday the Team TIB duo of Andrew Hill and Tyronne White maintained that gap to take the overall title at the end of the second and final stage of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The benefit of having a healthy lead meant that Team TIB's Hill and White were not required to push the pace, and after the group broke down to two pairs early on the leaders had to make sure that they did not lose touch of the Team Safire outfit of Warren Price and Trevor Rowe. “Today was going to be a day that was going to suit Trevor and Warren because of their strengths on the flats,” first-time winner Tyronne White commented. “We didn’t have to make the pace so we wanted to be a little conservative to avoid making any mistakes. “We rode a good tempo and it was great to ride with them [Team Safire], it was a lot of fun and we really enjoyed the route – it ended up being a really nice day for riding!” White was a bit concerned about his fitness levels following a break from riding to enjoy his honeymoon however he suggested that the second stage was going to be a lot easier on the body. “Today was a lot better, there is not as much climbing so I didn’t have to suffer as much but I can’t wait to get fit and back to racing level so I don’t have to sit behind Andrew as much!” he chuckled. Hill, who has won every edition of the BSi Steel dusi2c, has seen the race grow from strength-to-strength and ranks the 2016 edition of the race up there as one of his favourite instalments of the event. “The race has definitely improved every year and having guys like the Durban Green Corridor involved cutting and setting up the trails really just helps the race step up every year. “With all factors considered I would definitely say that this year’s race ranks up there with one of the best I have raced,” Hill mentioned. Hill claimed his fourth title in 2016 but White returns home with his first and the North Coast resident is happy that the planets finally aligned allowing him and Hill to take on the two-day adventure together. “It is awesome to get a win on my first dusi2c and especially with Andrew who has won so many and we have always wanted to do the race together but unfortunately the opportunity never arose so it was great that this year we managed to team up for the race and get the win,” a satisfied White added. At the start of the stage the Team Safire pair of Trevor Rowe and Warren Price had to make the pace if they were to overturn the deficit however they were unable to shrug off the eventual winners Team TIB and had to settle for second place overall after the second and final stage of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Team Safire were always going to be up against it coming into the final stage and with such a sharp, flat stage the chance to get away from the leaders never arose however the Price and Rowe duo held on to their second place comfortably. Having to hold off a strong charge from the chasing pairs the RMB Change a Life 1 pair of Ndumiso Dontso and Sipho Kupiso rounded out the podium on the second and final stage of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The final spot on the podium was a fight between two of the RMB Change a Life Academy teams with their Number One team of Ndumiso Dontso and Sipho Kupiso starting the stage in third place as Bongmusa Zikhali and Siyanda Masango started Sunday in fourth place. After a slight mechanical error on the start line on Saturday, which cost them five minutes at the end of the stage, Merchants’ Jeannie Dreyer and John Ntuli rode the complete race to take the overall title in the mixed category from overnight leaders Sani Racing’s Andrew Houston and Bianca Haw. “John and I chatted this morning at breakfast about how we were going to go about today and I said that we should just see how the day goes instead of setting our minds on chasing down Andrew and Bianca. With a five minute deficit to overturn the Merchants duo of John Ntuli and Jeannie Dreyer put the hammer down to overhaul the overnight mixed leaders to claim the mixed category title the second and final stage of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “We knew that today was going to be difficult because of the pace of the stage and five minutes is a lot of time but when we got passed Bianca and Andy we just knew we had to put our heads down and go as hard as we could! “The day went according to plan today but the legs did blow! That was the plan, though, go until you blow!” she joked afterwards. Ntuli echoed Dreyer when talking about the effort that they had to put in on Sunday to overturn the advantage that Houston and Haw had built up after the first stage of the race. “Jeannie and I raced really well today and I am really happy that we were able to make up the time on the leading mixed team. “Jeannie was incredibly strong and I felt good which helped us a lot in chasing down the leaders – I’m really happy with the result!” an elated Ntuli commented. Another exciting day of racing saw riders navigate their way from the overnight stop at Mfula Store to Blue Lagoon in Durban for the second and final stage of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The 2Fast2Furious pair of Wesley and Candice Parker-Dennison managed to hold on to their third place in the mixed category after starting the final stanza of the race with a lead of just under a minute. The Highway Bakkie duo of Brenda Potts and Sarah van Heerden finished the race as the leading ladies pair following the two days of racing. Beverley Blake (front) and Gary Geldenhuis taking on one of the many river crossings during the second and final stage of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media For more information go to www.dusi2c.co.za SUMMARY OF RESULTS – BSi Steel dusi2c Stage Two (Mfula Store to Blue Lagoon) Overall 1.Team TIB (Andrew Hill/Tyronne White) 02:14.48 04:47.22 2.Team Safire (Warren Price/Trevor Rowe) 02:14.49 04:50.27 3.RMB Change a Life 1 (Ndumiso Dontso/Sipho Kupiso) 02:22.52 05:02.37 4.The Underdogs (Klaas Meintjies/Christiaan van Dyk) 02:25.21 05:09.33 5.RMB Change a Life 3 (Bongmusa Zikhali/Siyanda Masango) 02:37.15 05:19.47 6.Merchants (Jeannie Dreyer/John Ntuli) 02:29.44 05:22.47 7.Sani Racing (Andrew Houston/Bianca Haw) 02:37.39 05:25.31 8.Hidden Hunger (Douglas Drysdale/Sean Henderson) 02:29.51 05:28.36 9.RMB Change a Life 2 (Mboneni Ngcobo/Mazwi Smimango) 02:22.51 05:32.17 10.2Fast2Furious (Wesley Parker-Dennison/Candice Parker-Dennison) 02:42.23 05:49.02 Mixed 1.Merchants (Jeannie Dreyer/John Ntuli) 02:29.44 05:22.47 2.Sani Racing (Andrew Houston/Bianca Haw) 02:37.39 05:25.31 3.2Fast2Furious (Wesley Parker-Dennison/Candice Parker-Dennison) 03.06.39 Women 1.Highway Bakkie (Brenda Potts/Sarah van Heerden) 02:51.09 06:08.15
  12. Having built up a healthy buffer after stage one, Andrew Hill and Tyronne White maintained their dominance with another stage win and the overall BSi Steel dusi2c title on Sunday while the Jeannie Dreyer and John Ntuli combination was the strongest mixed combination over the two days of racing. Click here to view the article
  13. The over 400 riders were greeted to some sublime conditions at the start of the fourth edition of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c on Saturday and the favourable conditions were exploited brilliantly by the pre-race favourites Andrew Hill and Tyrone White who have a three minute lead going into the final stage on Sunday. Click here to view the article
  14. The pre-race favourite, Team TIB's Andrew Hill and Tyronne White, flew out of the blocks and maintained their lead from the start on stage one of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Mfula Store on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media A spot of overnight rain gave riders some much-appreciated respite from the dust that has been a result of the lack of rain in the region and the respite gave the riders some top conditions for riding and the pace at the front of the race was a testament to that. Despite opening up a significant gap fairly early in the stage Team TIB would have been wary about the Team Safire pair of Warren Price and Trevor Rowe who never relented throughout the day’s ride and finished just over three minutes behind the eventual stage winners. "You have to put pressure on the guys from the word go and today was no different," three-time defending champion Andrew Hill said at the end of the stage. "We set that early pace because we knew that we could really break the guys in the first bit and then settle into a good rhythm but the overnight rain had made the track a bit snotty which meant it wasn't that easy." The bunch started stretching quite early in the race as the frantic pace starting fracturing the group also Hill understood that with the slippery conditions it was important that him and White got a lead early. "Going through Mountain Rise we managed to get clear of the guys but I took a tumble on the first single track which wasn't serious but after that we didn't see the guys which meant that our plan of going hard early was justified," added a satisfied Hill. Despite their best efforts the RMB Change a Life 1 outfir of Ndomiso Dontso and Sipho Kupiso had to settle for third place on stage one of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Mfula Store on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media For White, the Valley of a Thousand Hills is not a foreign region however he is not as knowledgeable as his partner but he had a fair idea of what to expect going into his debut dusi2c experience - one that he really enjoyed. "I have ridden a bit through the Valley with Andrew on training rides so I do have an idea of what to expect down here but this riding is just unreal!" White commented. "It's proper mountain biking and it is really something special to be able to ride through here in a race. "The first 20 kilometres was pretty treacherous and you had to be on your toes and not take too many risks because we didn't want to end our race with a silly crash early on," he added. The Team Safire duo of Warren Price and Trevor Rowe never let up in their pursuit of the leaders as they finished in second place on stage one of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Mfula Store on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Price and Trevor Rowe had a solid day in the saddle as they managed to keep the leaders in their sights as they ended in second place going into the final stage of the race. The RMB Change a Life 1 duo of Ndumiso Dontso and Sipho Kupiso managed to hold off their Change a Life counterparts Bongmusa Zikhali and Siyanda Masango to claim the last podium spot going into the final stage on Sunday. The mixed category honours were going to be a hard fought race with Sani Racing’s Bianca Haw and Andrew Houston fighting it out with Merchants’ Jeannie Dreyer and John Ntuli however it was the former that gained the ascendancy early and never relented their lead to take the stage honours by just over five minutes. Following some early trouble the Merchants pair of John Ntuli and Jeannie Dreyer made up good time to end second in the mixed category on stage one of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Mfula Store on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “It was a bit unfortunate for John and Jeannie who had to pump up a tyre on the start line which meant that they lost a bit of time,” Houston said after the stage. “We did a practice ride a few days ago so we knew where we needed to push and that helped us today I’m sure so it helped us after we got a gap early. “We have a good lead but we know that John and Jeannie are really strong riders so making sure that we are with them and stay out of trouble the whole way to Durban!” expressed a satisfied Houston. The Merchants outfit will be chasing hard on the final stage and have all but sewn up second spot as they go into the final stage with a thirteen minute advantage over the Parker-Dennison pair in third place. Riders had to deal with a tricky bridge crossing early in the race on stage one of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Mfula Store on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The race for the final spot on the podium in the mixed category will be an interesting one as the under-estimated pairing of Owen Gandar and Tamika Haw hunt down the Parker-Dennison's, who have an advantage of less than a minute. The second and final stage of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c sees riders take on a 60km stage from Mfula Store to Blue Lagoon in Durban. For more information go to www.dusi2c.co.za SUMMARY OF RESULTS – BSi Steel dusi2c Stage One (Camps Drift to Mfula Store)Overall 1.Team TIB (Andrew Hill/Tyronne White) 02:32.34 2.Team Safire (Warren Price/Trevor Rowe) 02:35.38 3.RMB Change a Life 1 (Ndumiso Dontso/Sipho Kupiso) 02:39.45 4.RMB Change a Life 3 (Bongmusa Zikhali/Siyanda Masango) 02:42.32 5.The Underdogs (Klaas Meintjies/Christiaan van Dyk) 02:44.12 6.Sani Racing (Andrew Houston/Bianca Haw) 02:47.52 7.Merchants (Jeannie Dreyer/John Ntuli) 02:53.03 8.Hidden Hunger (Douglas Drysdale/Sean Henderson) 02.58.45 9.2Fast2Furious (Wesley Parker-Dennison/Candice Parker-Dennison) 03.06.39 10.BSi Steel dusi2c 1 (Owen Gandar/Tamika Haw) 03:07.46 Mixed 1.Sani Racing (Andrew Houston/Bianca Haw) 02:47.52 2.Merchants (Jeannie Dreyer/John Ntuli) 02:53.03 3.2Fast2Furious (Wesley Parker-Dennison/Candice Parker-Dennison) 03.06.39
  15. Adriaan Louw leads TIB Insurance-Contego team-mate Andrew Hill on the third and final stage of the 2016 PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Photo: Full Stop Communications. Even though they yielded the final stage to Kargo Pro’s Marco Joubert and Jurgens Uys, the Contego-TIB Insurance outfit ran out comfortable winners after completing the three tough stages in a combined time of 8:39:02. Joubert and Uys, who hail from PE and Somerset West respectively, were runners-up in 8:56:56. Cycle Lab’s Andrew Mclean and former Springbok rugby player Joel Stransky filled the third place on the podium in 9:24:57. Africa Silks-Valencia’s Anriette Schoeman and former national cross country champion Samantha Sanders swept to a comfortable victory in the women’s category after winning all three stages for a total time of 10:50:04. In the mixed section, the Head Over Hills pairing of Neill Ungerer and Yolande de Villiers were equally unchallenged as they rode to the title in 9:41:55. Reflecting on his second victory in three years, Hill said they were highly satisfied with their performance after achieving their goal of top place on the podium. “We enjoyed the whole racing experience very much,” said the 34-year-old Durbanite, who won at his first attempt in 2014 alongside Paarl team-mate Louw. Anriette Schoeman (left) and Samantha Sanders of Africa Silks-Valencia win the women’s section of the 2016 PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Photo: Full Stop Communications. “We worked hard to get the lead on Saturday and we could feel that today, but the objective was to aim for the overall win. “The first day was unfortunate but that set our minds right and we put our heads together and said we have to go out there and do what we are paid to do.” Disaster struck when the duo went off course on the opening day while leading and lost all of their advantage, but a determined effort on the second stage saw them create a lead that almost made the overall win a formality. “Yesterday did take quite a bit out of our legs, but today we were very relaxed and chilled. “After a hard day’s work that’s what you want out of mountain biking – to remember why you are on the bike and why you actually race.” Even though they have their disagreements, Hill said their partnership worked extremely well. Marco Joubert leads Kargo Pro team-mate Jurgens Uys on the third and final stage of the 2016 PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Photo: Full Stop Communications. “We do have a little fight at times, but get on very well and it’s great to ride with a mate. He is a good friend; we’re almost like brothers.” Despite a string of cycling triumphs in her illustrious career, the 38-year-old Schoeman, from Port Elizabeth, said she and Sanders, who lives in Hoedspruit in Mpumalanga, were thrilled with their overall victory. “Winning is always a big motivator for me,” said the multiple national road champion. “I’m a really competitive person and set high standards for myself. This is a really special race.”
  16. Andrew Hill and Adriaan Louw were able to play it safe on the final day en route to securing the overall title at the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race at Addo, near Port Elizabeth, on Sunday. Click here to view the article
  17. Adriaan Louw (left) and Andrew Hill of TIB Insurance-Contego win the second stage of the 2016 PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Photo: Full Stop Communications The TIB Insurance-Contego outfit raced to a convincing victory and the overall lead on the 78km queen stage that started in wet conditions and took in portions of the Karoo and Addo Elephant National Park. Their time of 3:18:21 was more than 14 minutes faster than that of the Kargo Pro team of Marco Joubert and Jurgens Uys, who finished in 3:32:32. Team Cycle Lab’s Andrew Mclean and former Springbok rugby star Joel Stransky took third in 3:41:29. Hill and Louw now head the general classification with an aggregate time of 6:01:02. They are followed by Joubert and Uys on 6:29:15 and Mclean and Stransky on 6:41:05. Imbuko-Freewheel Cycology’s overnight leaders, Chris Wolhuter from Cape Town and Dylan Rebello from Knysna, showed great determination to complete the stage after serious mechanical problems forced them to run much of the last 15km. Jurgens Uys (left) and Marco Joubert of Kargo Pro win stage two of the 2016 PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Photo: Full Stop Communications In the women’s category PE’s Anriette Schoeman and Hoedspruit’s Samantha Sanders of Africa Silks-Valencia continued to dominate after winning the stage in 4:17:28 (7:42:08). Neill Ungerer and Yolande de Villiers of Head over Hills also extended their lead in the mixed section when they crossed the line at the head of affairs in 3:49:34 (6:54:24). The 34-year-old Hill said they were on a mission to prove a point after the previous day’s mishap. “We definitely wanted to prove where we felt we needed to be,” said the Durbanite after a satisfying day at the office. “We rode not with anger but we put good force into the pedals and made it work for us. “That was our plan from the beginning because it didn’t sit well with me how we lost that time yesterday.” Anriette Schoeman and Samantha Sanders of Africa Silks-Valencia win stage two of the 2016 PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Photo: Full Stop Communications Even though Hill had a tyre problem early on, he and his Paarl team-mate regrouped to ride themselves back into contention before going on to build a dominant position by the end of the stage. “For the first 6km we dropped down a very steep section and I had a tyre at the back that started to go down, so we lost about a minute fixing it. “We said let’s chase that time deficit but let’s not do it in the next 5km. So we regrouped and just put our heads down. “We went past the second team (Joubert and Uys) and about five to 10 minutes later caught up with Chris and Dylan at the front. “They were riding a good pace but we caught them on a big climb, went past and accelerated a bit. We managed to get away, but it was still early days.” Having established their position at the front, Hill and Louw were determined not to back down. “Adriaan said we just have to make it work and he put his head down while I just held on for the rest of that section. “We did get to a point with a big climb still to do when we looked at each other and asked ourselves whether we did not push too hard. “But then we got a time split and were ahead by about five to six minutes, which was great, so we kept going at a really good pace until the finish.” With a comfortable lead going into the final stage, Hill said they would do everything to avoid any risks. “Tomorrow we are definitely not going to risk it. We need to make sure we have everything organised even if going for the GC means sacrificing the chance of a stage win. “We know what the situation is so the pressure is off in terms of that, but the pressure is on to be very careful and to ride with our heads.”
  18. Having lost out on a possible stage win after veering off course on the opening day provided the spark for Andrew Hill and Adriaan Louw to assert their authority on stage two of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek outside Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  19. Mountain bike pros Andrew Hill and Adriaan Louw will be out to re-assert their authority on the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek when it takes place just outside Port Elizabeth from June 3 to 5. Click here to view the article
  20. The TIB Insurance-Contego team made light work of the inaugural event two years ago, claiming a hat-trick of stage wins en route to the overall title. Durbanite Andrew Hill (pictured here) will join forces with Paarl’s Adriaan Louw in a bid to regain the title in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race. Photo: Zoon Cronje Last year Hill, who races out of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, joined forces with Cape Town’s Chris Wolhuter, but had to settle for the runners-up spot. This time Wolhuter will team up with new partner Craig Boyes and the Imbuko-Freewheel Cycology outfit should be strong contenders after dominating the Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter in mid-April. “Coming back to Zuurberg is always a treat for me,” said the 34-year-old Hill, who placed fifth overall in last month’s nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c. “I really think the event has something special, even to the seasoned mountain biker. “The trails, views and the Eastern Cape hospitality are up there among the best in the country and I love heading back to take part.” Hill said he was looking forward to partnering with the 25-year-old Louw, who hails from Paarl in the Western Cape, for another shot at the title. “Adriaan and I get on well off the bike, but, more importantly, we gel on the bike, really working together when it is called for. “He is going well at the moment and it will be a great advantage to be able to tap into his experience and strengths in our bid to regain the title.” While their focus will be on racing, Hill said they were looking forward to the overall experience of competing at Zuurberg after a busy start to the season. “The three days are certainly going to be something special for us. I’m looking forward to the fun aspect of the trails and the relaxed atmosphere at the hotel after each day’s riding.” Hill said the terrain set the race apart from other events with the daily finish at the top of Zuurberg Pass. “It is a tester for the racing guys and provides a great sense of achievement for the rest of the field. “I also enjoy the views on the queen stage (day two) where you can see the Karoo on the one side and the coast on the other.” The Port Elizabeth-based Merrell team of SanMari Woithe and Andrea Shirley will target a hat-trick of victories in the women’s category. “I’m looking forward to teaming up with SanMari, with whom I’ve raced a lot,” said Shirley “We love racing in our ‘back yard’ and our objective is to win while having as much fun as possible.” She said they knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which helped in a stage race with such varied course conditions.
  21. Three time champion Andrew Hill has confirmed that he will be back to challenge for a fourth title when the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c sets off from Pietermaritzburg over the 11-12 June weekend and he has struck a deal with his now regular partner Tyronne White for the annual traverse from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon. Click here to view the article
  22. Hill, who has won every edition of the dusi2c, understands and appreciates the unique elements that come with the dusi2c, and why it is so different from other races and feels that this unique element draws a particular type of rider. The Team TIB pair of Andrew Hill (back) and Tyronne White (front) have been in good form recently and will want to continue that when they take off from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg for the two-day BSi Steel dusi2c from 11-12 June. Kevin Sawyer/ Gameplan Media “The dusi2c has got such a great vibe,” The Team TIB rider said. “It is so different from other competitive races and spending the Saturday afternoon sipping on a beer in the Valley is just one element that sets it apart from other races. “The people that take part in the event are the more hardcore mountain bikers – they have a very different take on mountain biking compared to riders in other, bigger, races. “It’s great being able to meet more people as the relaxed environment lends itself to that.” The two-day adventure from Pietermaritzburg to Durban is a race that Hill has dominated since its inception in 2013 and along with the laid back approach to mountain biking that the race takes he understands who the race caters for. “The race has its own little niche within mountain biking which is what makes it special, there isn’t another race like it. “The trails are rough as we take on cattle paths and walkways as opposed to well-crafted and manicured trails – it’s really a race for the hardy mountain biker. Its true mountain biking and that is something that I really enjoy about the event,” Hill added. The Hillcrest local understands the challenges that are going to come from Martin Dreyer’s RMB Change a Life Academy riders who will be looking to take his crown however it won’t be easy for them as Hill is currently in good form following his and White’s sixth place finish at the recent KAP sani2c. “I know the Valley well and ride there often but the dusi2c takes you through little valley’s that you don’t usually see which is exciting for me and I am looking forward to taking on the race with Tyronne, who has been riding well lately. “The Valley of a Thousand Hills is a special place for me so I am really proud when we are able to show it off like this to others and give them a taste of what we, luckily, experience in a regular basis,” commented Hill. Winning the overall title is the goal for Hill and White but taking in everything that the race has to offer is important in order experience and understand the entire BSi Steel dusi2c atmosphere. “The environment is so different to other races and the love of riding is definitely at the core of the race which adds to the appeal as well as adding to the overall attitude towards the race from the riders. “Appreciating the fact that the trails are not as well manicured as other races around the country means that you need to have an open mind when you take on the dusi2c route, this is what makes the race special,” Hill stressed. For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za.
  23. The 2016 KAP sani2c’s Race event takes place from 12-14 May, less than two weeks after the conclusion of the nine day long Old Mutual joBerg2c, however TIB Insurance’s Andrew Hill and Tyronne White believe they can perform admirably in both iconic stage races. Click here to view the article
  24. TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill (pictured) will combine with regular riding partner Tyronne White for the 2016 KAP sani2c Race from 12-14 May. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media With a strong men’s field set to challenge for this year’s sani2c spoils as well as the testing joBerg2c still between them and the start of Underberg to Scottburgh outing, Hill and White remain somewhat guarded in declaring their sani2c aspirations. “It is always a well stacked field at the sani2c and this year it will be particularly strong!” explained Hill. “A top five at this year’s sani2c will be a good result for any team and to get onto the podium will be an incredibly good feat.” “Tyronne and I did very well at this year’s Tankwa Trek, finishing sixth overall against a highly competitive field and we’ve also ridden to a sani2c stage podium before, so we know we can ride up there at the front. “Hopefully things go our way at this year’s sani2c and we can challenge for a stage podium or two and be in the top five mix overall,” he added reservedly. While overcoming the resulting fatigue of their testing joBerg2c journey in time for their sani2c assault will be vital, the knowledge the all-KZN duo will gain from their initial assignment will be invaluable come their second outing. Riding with TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill, Tyronne White (pictured) hopes to challenge the strong men's field at the 2016 KAP sani2c Race from 12-14 May. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “All the hard work has pretty much been done already with us preparing for joBerg2c,” said Hill. “After joBerg2c it will just be important to see how the body responds in order to best prepare for sani2c.” “We’ll probably just do a couple of light rides between the two events and look to pick up the speed a bit just before sani2c, but our time on the trails during joBerg2c and knowing the route will be a huge help come sani2c! “Day one of sani2c has changed a bit and so knowing where these changes are, where to attack, etc. will be a huge advantage. “The changes should also suit us as we know, and will be able take advantage of, KZN trails better than most of the other top guys and so this will definitely be in our favour.” Hill and White foresee the heightened speed of sani2c, compared to the gruelling test the joBerg2c represents, suiting SCOTT LCB Factory Racing’s Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns best however are reluctant to rule the likes of USN Purefit’s Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock – amongst others – as pre-race podium contenders. The Trail, Adventure and Race events of the 2016 KAP sani2c take place from Glencairn in Underberg to Scottburgh on KZN's South Coast from 10-12, 11-13 and 12-14 May respectively. For more information visit www.sani2c.co.za.
  25. Three time STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure champion Andrew Hill is not only looking forward to extending his unbeaten run when he returns to the Summerveld Estate in Shongweni on Sunday, 6 December to defend his crown and is also eagerly anticipating another festive day out with friends and family. Click here to view the article
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