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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. The 2016 edition of the popular BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race will set off from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday with hundreds of riders setting their GPS navigation devices to guide them through the heart of the Valley of a Thousand Hills to the overnight stop at the iconic Mfula Store before their Sunday journey on to Blue Lagoon in Durban, shadowing the route of the famous FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon. Click here to view the article
  6. It is going to be a tough ask for the rest of the field to keep up with the impressive Team TIB outfit of Tyronne White (front) and three-time race winner Andrew Hill at the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c starting in Pietermaritzburg from 11 to 12 June. Kevin Sawyer/ Gameplan Media The meteorologists had predicted icy cold conditions for the two days to Durban and the predictions have eased off slightly although riders can expect a sprinkling of rain on Saturday and some frosty conditions on Sunday morning. The 124 kilometre journey will take riders across the Msundusi and Mngeni Rivers on no less than 40 different occasions on their quest to reach the ocean in one piece on Sunday and with some demanding trails and exciting single track riders will have to keep their wits about them through the two days. At the front of the field the same suspects as 2015 will come to the fore with three-time defending champion, Team TIB’s Andrew Hill, teaming up with regular stage racing partner Tyronne White for the two-day tussle. The pair will be hunted down strongly by a number of Martin Dreyer’s RMB Change a Life MTB Academy duos. Having finished third overall at the 2015 edition, Martin Dreyer's RMB Change a Life MTB Academy duo of Sipho Khupiso (front) and Ndumiso Dontso (back) will be challenging for another podium at the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c starting in Pietermaritzburg from 11 to 12 June. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The ground breaking academy will have three teams on the start line however two of the duos will not be the same combinations as 2015 with last year’s runners up Mazwi Smimango and Bongumusa Zikhali taking on new partners as the former teams up with Mboneni Ngcobo and the latter with Siyanda Masango. The final two-man Change a Life outfit that will be vying for a spot on the podium is that of Sipho Kupiso and Ndumiso Dontso. The pair finished third in 2015 and will be hoping that they can push the favourites all the way to the sea in an attempt to knock Andrew Hill’s Team TIB off their thrown. With a third and a fourth overall in their last two outings Team Safire's Warren Price and Trevor Rowe will want to emulate, if not improve on these results, at the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c starting in Pietermaritzburg from 11 to 12 June. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The regular faces of the Team Safire pair of Warren Price and Trevor Rowe have vowed that they will still be mixing it with the younger pairs at the front of the race when they set off from Pietermaritzburg and will look to emulate their tied third place finish in 2014. The mixed category should prove to be another fiercely contested race with two outfits standing out from the rest of the field as the defending Team Sani duo of Bianca Haw and Andrew Houston take on the experienced Merchants pair of John Ntuli and Jeannie Dreyer. Dreyer, who rode with husband Martin to third in the mixed category in 2015, will be hoping to use the local knowledge that Ntuli has developed over the years to their advantage however the short, sharp racing will be a challenge. Having both been on the podium before the Merchants duo of John Ntuli and Jeannie Dreyer will hope to continue this trend when they battle it out for the mixed category crown at the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c starting in Pietermaritzburg from 11 to 12 June. Julian Goldswain/ Gameplan Media Houston and Haw are no strangers to the Valley of a Thousand Hills either with a number of FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon’s under their belts along with a history of riding through the valley. Haw’s impressive Cross Country pedigree will be an advantage through the flowing single track sections of the course. The near 400 riders will be excited to see the overnight stop at the Mfula Store on Saturday as they settle down with a cold Black Label quart of beer and watch the sun set in one of the more pristine areas of KwaZulu-Natal before their exciting 60 kilometre ride into Durban. Rider will be in for another Farmer Glen treat when they take on the beautiful Valley of a Thousand Hills at the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c starting in Pietermaritzburg from 11 to 12 June. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon on 11 and 12 June. For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za
  7. Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon paddling icon Eric Bothma (background) is relishing returning to the Valley of a Thousand Hills this weekend when he and his Subaru Smurf Ballies team mate, Mark Christie (front) tackle the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg, through the Valley of a Thousand Hills, to Durban's Blue Lagoon. Jetline Action Photo/ Gameplan Media The 49 year-old adventure fundi is best known for his remarkable record of, until this year’s ‘Dusi in a day’, completing every edition of the Non-Stop Dusi since its formal inception in 1996. Many had expected Bothma to become the first person ever to complete the ‘Dusi in a day’ twenty times however a hip operation shortly before the race saw him relegated to the side lines and delayed his achievement of 20 Non-Stop Dusi finishes until 2017’s race. The iconic paddler is however back in action and being a keen mountain biker as well, is raring to return to the Valley he loves for this weekend’s dusi2c journey. “It was a bit disappointing to miss out on this year’s Non-Stop Dusi but it was definitely the right decision for me and I was completely at peace with my decision,” explains Bothma. “I had quite a long layoff from paddling after my hip operation but I was back on the bike pretty quickly in order to prepare for sani2c, which I did with my daughter, and now I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s adventure in the Valley!” he adds. Dusi paddlers Andrew Houston (front) and Bianca Haw (background) know the rivers and paths of the Valley of a Thousand Hills like the back of their hands and will now look to enjoy the region's beauty from the saddle of their mountain bikes as they take on the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon this weekend. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media While having found peace with his decision to sit this year’s Non-Stop Dusi out, Bothma admits he is looking forward to returning to the paths of the Valley that he knows so well and taking in the vastly different Valley experience the dusi2c offers to his paddling adventures. “Even though the dusi2c is along a very similar route to the Dusi and Non-Stop Dusi, paddling through the Valley and cycling through Valley are hugely different experiences! “When you paddle, you don’t actually experience the whole valley; on a bike you get to go to places you don’t normally see when you’re paddling. “It really is just so pretty down in the Valley, and it’s right on our doorstep! We travel all over the country – to Jo’burg, Cape Town, etc. – just to do stage races and yet we’ve got such a brilliant race right here on our doorstep!” The dusi2c’s unique mountain biking atmosphere is another element of the two day event that Bothma relishes being part of year after year. Having paddled across Inanda Dam during his more familiar Dusi efforts, Owen Gandar - together with his BSi Steel dusi2c 1 team mate, girlfriend and fellow paddling enthusiast, Tamika Haw - will now cycle around the Valley of a Thousand Hills body of water during the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon this weekend. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “The dusi2c is a proper mountain bike race – there are natural paths, rocks, falling, the works! “The vibe is also just so great as well though. “It is really nice and chilled, everyone is so laid back as they enjoy some quarts at the end of the first day – it’s brilliant! “Also, I’m at the stage of my paddling career that I don’t stay at the overnight stops of Dusi anymore. Now, with the dusi2c and the Mfula Store overnight stop though, we get to enjoy that element of things all over again. “The dusi2c really, really is such a special race!” Bothma is all set to team up for the third time with old family friend and long-time supporter of race organiser Famer Glen Haw’s events, Subaru Pietermaritzburg’s Mark Christie, an occasion the pair look forward to annually. “The Christie family and my family are as good as family; we’re that close. “Mark and I have done two dusi2cs together before and three in the same riding group when we’ve ridden with the kids, etc. “I really enjoy doing dusi2c with Mark and I cannot wait to ride it with him again at this year’s race.” Bothma is certainly not the only member of the paddling fraternity set to enjoy the Valley from the saddle this weekend though. Former Dusi competitor, Warren Price knows the Valley of a Thousand Hills well having spent many hours racing its trails and rivers during his paddling days and will now cycle the region - including around Inanda Dam - during his podium challenge at the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon this weekend. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media 2016 FNB Dusi sixth place finisher Owen Gandar and fellow elite paddler, his girlfriend and Farmer Glen’s daughter, Tamika Haw will combine as BSi Steel dusi2c 1 in the mixed race while Haw’s younger sister, professional mountain biker and fellow paddler Bianca Haw will tackle the challenge with boyfriend, and fourth placed Dusi finisher, Andrew Houston as Team Sani Racing. The third of Farmer Glen’s children and top paddling talent, Murray Haw, will also enjoy the trails when he tackles the event with Skidmarks team mate Terri Leyland while the family affair continues with Andrew Houston’s younger brother, Alan – too a top paddler – teaming up with Slick and Tyre’d partner, Tim Lee. Social paddler Calvin Harris will combine with Marco Avellini to form the BSi Avellini combination while former Dusi elite, Warren Price and his Safire partner, Trevor Rowe trade their paddles in for a mechanical steed and look to mix it up at the front of the race and challenge for an overall podium position. The 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon on 11 and 12 June. For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za.
  8. Non-Stop Dusi Canoe Marathon paddling legend, Eric Bothma is set to join a large contingent of paddlers at this weekend’s 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race and return to a stretch of the Valley of a Thousand Hills he knows better than most. Click here to view the article
  9. The popular event sees mountain bikers, bound for Blue Lagoon in Durban, head from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg down the winding trails to the overnight stop at Mfula Store which is situated right in the heart of the Valley of a Thousand Hills. The Natal Canoe Club play a large role in making the BSi Steel dusi2c happen through their important relationships in the Valley of a Thousand Hills and their clubhouse at Camps Drift provides the start venue for the race which will begin on 11 June 2016. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media While BSi Steel have given great support to the event throughout their three year title sponsorship, a number of other key role players have also made the event possible with their provision of a quality service the reason for Farmer Glen Haw’s continued backing of them. The race sets up registration at the Natal Canoe Club’s clubhouse at Camps Drift with the paddling institution playing an important role in making the event possible through its relationship with the local communities developed during the years of its FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon. “I extend my appreciation and gratitude to the Natal Canoe Club who are committed to the communities along the route through which we will be riding,” Farmer Glen Haw mentioned. “Without NCC and their years of continued work with these communities, preparations for this event would be extremely difficult!” The race takes riders through a number of privately owned farms as well as, quite literally, past the doorsteps of a number of the residents of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, making a strong relationship between the event and the local landowners imperative to the success of the race. “Thank you too to all the landowners and rural households concerned for their generous co-operation and assistance where, in many cases, we will be riding through their back yards this weekend. “With their support, we will be able to continually upgrade the event and the route while also making a meaningful contribution to the communities through which we pass,” an appreciative Haw commented. The work that is done by the teams at the Dusi uMngeni Conservation Trust and the Durban Green Corridor is also paramount to the success and sustainability of the race. “Durban Green Corridor together with DUCT are our official route partners and without their support and assistance the relationships that we have in the valley would not be what they are,” Haw added. Uplifting the local community has always been at the forefront of Farmer Glen Haw’s events and the dusi2c gives the local people the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects surrounding the race. These projects play a key role in developing skills that the local community members can use after the event to better themselves. “We continue to enjoy the close relationship with Farmer Glen and his team; the benefits are self-evident from our association, to both cycling and local communities,” BSi Steel’s Chief Executive Officer, Craig Parry said. “The race epitomises the values of BSi Steel and the camaraderie that has evolved since our involvement. “We are looking forward another eventful BSi Steel dusi2c race this weekend,” Parry mentioned. BSi Steel took on the role as the first title sponsors of the event in 2014 with Farmer Glen appreciative of the title sponsor’s contributions and grateful they have the same interests at heart to his own when it comes to giving back to the community. “We are honoured to be associated with a local Pietermaritzburg company who shares our passion for helping those in the valley. “To all our other great partners, we appreciate the great relationship we have built up over the years. “We look forward to working with all these particular groups again this year and continuing to build this event together in the future,” Haw noted. The 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon on 11 and 12 June. For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za.
  10. Organisers of the BSi Steel dusi2c are well aware of the roles it’s many background organisations and individuals play in the unique event’s success and the mountain bikers are once again set to reap the rewards of this on-going, mutually beneficial relationship when the fourth edition of the race gets underway on Saturday, 11 June. Click here to view the article
  11. Mark will not be the only Christie that will be tackling the race this weekend though; Nathan, Jarred and Kevin Christie will also be on the start line to give the BSi Steel dusi2c a fourth shot. The Christie clan make up the three Subaru teams that will be navigating the 124km from Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon in Durban. Having completed every edition of the BSi Steel dusi2c, Mark Christie will return again in 2016 to take on the fourth edition of the event starting in Pietermaritzburg from 11-12 June. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media With all three previous editions of the race under his belt, Christie returns for a second outing with partner Eric Bothma and maintains that the dusi2c has a very special place on his mountain biking calendar. “I have done all of Glen’s races but the dusi2c is very different to the joBerg2c and sani2c in a number of ways which makes it so unique and exciting for us as riders,” Christie mentioned. “I think I’ve done about seven joBerg2c’s and eight sani2c’s so I have ridden a lot of trails. “The dusi2c trails are far more rustic and a bit trickier but very ridable – especially for us guys who just plod along towards the back of the field!” While the popular route incorporates small sections of dirt road and a few short tar stretches, much of its appeal surrounds the extensive natural trail that includes the local communities’ foot and cattle paths as well as Durban Green Corridor’s man-made single track. The trails appeal to all and while technical in sections, Christie believes that all riders will manage them if they just keep their wits about them. “I do find the track a bit more difficult than sani2c because there is quite a lot of single track throughout the race but it is very manageable for all the riders. “There are some tricky technical sections but I am not a mountain biker and I can get through so it is clearly very rideable and it certainly is very enjoyable with the incredible scenery and views that we have the opportunity of enjoying,” the 57 year-old Christie commented. The race does have a strong ‘Farmer Glen’ flavour to it but also has a very unique feel to its older brother event and in no way pretends to be a smaller version of Haw’s sani2c, something Christie appreciates. “The overnight stop at the Mfula Store is completely different to the stops on joBerg2c and sani2c and it just has a very different vibe to it – a far more laid back vibe! “The fact that the race is only two days long and the stages are a lot shorter than those of the other races might have something to do with this. “The riders that do the dusi2c are different to sani2c riders though; the camaraderie is great both on the route as well as at Mfula Store. “All the elements of the race make it a special two days and we really enjoy the more relaxed environment that the race takes on. It gives the entire event a very different feel and vibe which is very enjoyable,” an appreciative Christie explained. The 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon on 11 and 12 June. For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za.
  12. The Pietermaritzburg based Christie family have enjoyed a long association with ‘Farmer’ Glen Haw’s mountain bike events and despite the fact that at times it is more work than play, sales manager at Subaru Pietermaritzburg, Mark Christie will tackle his fourth BSi Steel dusi2c race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on 11 and 12 June. Click here to view the article
  13. Both the dusi2c and the Durban Green Corridor play an important role in promoting adventure tourism in the Valley of a Thousand Hills which assists in creating a sustainable environment for the local community to benefit from financially. The Durban Green Corridor and the Dusi uMngeni Conservation Trust have played a huge role in preparing the pristine trails that riders can expect at the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c on 11 and 12 June. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media ‘Farmer’ Glen Haw has fashioned a model that he uses across both his hugely successful KAP sani2c, as well as the more relaxed BSi Steel dusi2c, where all service providers that are employed are paid for their services which is a notion that DUCT’s Bart Fokkens appreciates. “The race is great for us in that it gives us the opportunity to employ some of the local people, even if it is only on a temporary basis,” he mentioned. “We have gone into a contractor’s agreement with the race which means that we are able to then help some of the local Valley residents out with employment as they help us prepare the trails and build bridges for the race. “There are existing trails along the route but we are responsible for clearing these trails for the race. “DUCT is involved in the entire route while the Durban Green Corridor takes responsibility for the stretch of trail from the overnight stop, roughly, to the finish at Blue Lagoon,” Fokkens said. The floating bridge at the SPCA in Springfield Park as well as all other bridges and trails are prepared and constructed by the teams at the Durban Green Corridor and the Dusi uMngeni Conservation Trust with the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c on 11 and 12 June just around the corner. Supplied/Gameplan Media Fokkens realises the difficulties that they as service providers face in the areas that they work with unemployment dominating the social outlook of the region.“We have definitely faced some challenges this year in getting the trails ready and we have learnt that you cannot build anything too far in advance! “Accessing the bridge at the SPCA in Springfield has been a challenge but we have learnt to adapt over the years and it is enjoyable work for us getting everything prepared,” stated an attentive Fokkens. The trails in the Valley of a Thousand Hills are open permanently for riders to use throughout the year and DUCT and the Durban Green Corridor play an important role in uplifting the local community through skill development and work opportunities via the popular mountain biking trails. “The trails have been there for a number of years – well before the dusi2c began – however having riders using these routes during the race can help in increasing awareness of the area and its viability as a mountain biking destination. “The work opportunities that are provided to the locals are a great way in trying to get them into some form of employment and help them develop skills that could in turn aid in getting them more permanent employment. “Building bridges and clearing trails are great ways of giving these people experience in this field as well as providing them with a stepping stone to maintaining the trails throughout the year for other mountain bikers as well as eco tourists,” Fokkens commented. The 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon on 11 and 12 June. For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za.
  14. The fourth edition of the popular BSi Steel duis2c mountain bike race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban will once again see the forces of the Durban Green Corridor, Dusi uMngeni Conservation Trust (DUCT) and the race reunite as they prepare the widely admired trails for the two day adventure from 11 to 12 June. Click here to view the article
  15. Ntuli and Dreyer raced to third place in the mixed category at the 2013 sani2c before claiming the category’s crown at the Berg & Bush two years ago and it is their understanding of and respect for one another that they believe again will stand them in good stead ahead of this year’s dusi2c duel. Now racing for Merchants - a Dimension Data subsidiary - Jeannie Dreyer is relishing the opportunity to race with John Ntuli again at the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c on 11 and 12 June. Darren Goddard/ Gameplan Media “John is just such a gentleman, even when he’s competing, and he treats me even better than my own husband, Martin, does!” joked Dreyer. “John takes extra special care of me when we’re racing, always letting me hang in his pocket or ride on his wheel when I need to and is just such a great team mate to have.” “Jeannie is a very strong rider and she has taught me a lot when we’ve ridden together as a team in the past,” added an equally respectful Ntuli. “I have learnt a lot from her about how to treat my partner when I’m racing a stage race with a woman, because racing with a woman is very different to racing with a man.” “A woman’s strength is not quite the same as a man’s and so you can’t push her beyond her limit or else they will hit the wall.” While expected to be at the sharp end of the Camps Drift to Blue Lagoon adventure, the race also carries greater significance for the newly sponsored Merchants athletes as the occasion represents their maiden appearance as a combination for the Dimension Data subsidiary. John Ntuli (right) will enjoy the special occasion that the BSi Steel dusi2c is for him when he and team mate Jeannie Dreyer (left) take on this year's race on 11 and 12 June as the pair represent Merchants' Managing Director, George Todd's (centre) company for the first time as a combination. Supplied/ Gameplan Media “We are keen to do the dusi2c together and it will be important for us to push ourselves during the race because we want to represent Merchants well in our first race as a mixed combination for them and to start things positively,” explained Ntuli. For Ntuli, a former member of Dreyer’s husband’s RMB Change a Life MTB Academy and Valley of a Thousand Hills resident, the race is also a sentimental one as he races through his own community while the event holds a special place in Dreyer’s heart as well. “dusi2c is a very unique race for me with us starting at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg, crossing over the river into the Valley of a Thousand Hills and then going right past my doorstep!,” explains Ntuli. “It is very special racing in front of my friends and family!” “I love the Valley and have spent lots of time in it, especially having lived very close to Table Mountain when Martin and I first moved to Pietermaritzburg,” added Dreyer. “The footpaths and cattle tracks make for some incredible riding and the few hills that the race does have are great.” Despite having been dropped by his wife after racing onto the bottom step of the podium of last year’s BSi Steel dusi2c, ‘Dusi Duke’ Martin Dreyer is looking forward to seeing the Merchants pair working together once more and challenging Team Sani’s Bianca Haw and Andrew Houston, who also confirmed their participation this week. “John and Jeannie are definitely podium contenders in the mixed category and I’m sure will have a great race together!” said the seven time Dusi Canoe Marathon winner and avid mountain bike enthusiast. “Bianca and Andrew won the mixed title last year and will be tough contenders again this year, especially with Bianca being a professional, sponsored athlete and a great up-and-coming cross country rider. “John is a fantastic competitor too though and Jeannie is seriously tough so it will be an interesting two days of racing next weekend,” he added. The 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon on 11 and 12 June. For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za.
  16. It has been two years since John Ntuli and Jeannie Dreyer last tackled one of the country’s wealth of mountain bike stage races but fittingly it is this year’s BSi Steel dusi2c from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on 11 and 12 June that will reunite the pair once again. Click here to view the article
  17. Three RMB Change a Life MTB Academy duos are relishing the opportunity to tackle this year’s BSi Steel dusi2c mountain biker race which takes place from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on 11 and 12 June, as event that flows through their own back yards. Click here to view the article
  18. The two-day stage race from KZN’s capital down to the Indian Ocean is one that Valley of a Thousand Hills based academy riders have excelled at since its inception in 2013 but more than that, the event gives the local heroes a rare opportunity to compete in front of their friends and family. “It is just so lekker for our guys to be able to race on their own turf in front of the communities they have grown up and live in,” explains academy founder, Martin Dreyer. Three Martin Dreyer's RMB Change a Life MTB Academy team are set to enjoy the rare opportunity of racing in front of their family and friends in their own back yard when they take on the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c on 11 and 12 June. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “There is no pressure on them from me whatsoever when it comes to racing for positions at the BSi Steel dusi2c; there is enough of that on them from their own family and friends! “I know they’ll give their absolute best and first and foremost they must just go out there and enjoy this incredible experience!” he adds. With the support of both title sponsors and the race organisers, Dreyer’s charges will look to take in the magic of the two day opportunity as best they can and despite a pairing reshuffle, may well go on to emulate their 2015 efforts that saw them claim second and third place overall behind winners, Team TIB’s Andrew Hill and Chris Wolhuter. “A big thanks to BSi Steel for covering one of our entries and to Farmer Glen himself for helping us with another!” says Dreyer. “Mboneni Ngcobo and Mazwi Smimango will go nicely I’m sure, as too will Sipho Kupiso and Ndumiso Dontso, even though Sipho is still dealing with the after effects of the 36ONE Challenge. “Bongumusa Zikhali and young Siyanda Masango make up our third pair and all in all we’re really looking forward to having our guys race through the valley next weekend!” The 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon on 11 and 12 June. For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za.
  19. The adventure crazy dating couple are no strangers to the Valley having both performed well at FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon’s through the years however the mountain biking partnership flourished in 2015 when they won the mixed category title at the dusi2c by just over three and a half minutes. Following their impressive sixth place overall at the 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c, Team Sani's Bianca Haw and Andrew Houston will return to defend their title at the 2016 edition of the race starting in Pietermaritzburg from 11-12 June. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The defence of their title is not at the forefront of their minds as they head into the 121km descent to the sea from Camps Drift however Houston, who knows the valley from both a river and trail, feels that the category contest is going to be another hard fought affair. “We haven’t been riding as much as we did in the build-up to the dusi2c last year,” said Houston, who finished fifth at the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon. “There are going to be a few strong teams there again this year I am sure but we will have to see how we go in our build up and through the race. “We are a bit less prepared for the race this year than we were last year and I think we are going to have to rely quite a bit on our memory of the course!” he added. As defending category champions the pair were able to make a decision quite late as to whether they would be riding again in 2016 and following a bout of illness to Haw the pair decided that they would be strong enough to give the event a good crack. “We made the decision about two weeks ago, just after sani2c, but Bianca had been sick which was a bit worrying but she is on the mend now and we are looking forward to racing again together considering it has been a year since we last raced together! “I think that the dusi2c is the only race in the year that Bianca lets me ride with her!” Houston said with a smile. Having formed part of the organising team for the event the pair have a good idea of where the route goes and how to tackle certain sections of the course however Houston is a little worried that they might be a little under prepared when they get on the start line. “We do have a good idea about how to ride the course and where to push ourselves and where to conserve which will be a positive for us. “It always helps to be fit and as I said we are not as strong as we were last year but we are currently doing a bit of training in Mooi River so we are looking forward to the challenge that the race is going to pose,” he added circumspectly. Despite the pressures of defending the mixed title Houston acknowledges that there are some other teams that will be breathing down their necks. “We have some teams with our mates racing and my brother Alan and his partner Tim Lee will be pushing us all the way! “You never want to be beaten by your mates so we will definitely be keeping an eye out for them!” Houston mentioned light-heartedly. For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za.
  20. After powering their way to their maiden mixed category victory at the 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c the Team Sani duo of Bianca Haw and Andrew Houston will return to defend their title at the 2016 edition of the two-day journey through the Valley of a Thousand Hills from Pietermaritzburg to Durban starting on 11 June. Click here to view the article
  21. The Buffalo category is a weight division developed by the editor of TREAD Magazine, Sean Badenhorst as a way for the heavier riders to have something to race for with teams qualifying for the category if their combined weight is equal to or over 180kg. Barry Hugo (front) leads his partner Wouter de Wet over one of the floating bridges on their way to the Buffalo Category win at the 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c. The pair will return in 2016 to defend their title when the race gets underway from 11-12 June. Jetline Action Photo/ Gameplan Media The 2016 edition of the BSi Steel dusi2c gives defending Buffalo champions, Wouter de Wet and Barry Hugo the chance to defend their title despite the pair not having the category win at the front of their minds last time around. “We set winning the Buffalo category as one of our goals last year but we didn’t focus too heavily on it.” De Wet said. “We were a little bit surprised when we managed to win the category after I encountered some fairly bad mechanical issues on the second day of the race, but I think the other teams must have had issues of their own which was lucky for us.” Winning the Buffalo category in 2016 will be an impressive feat as the field again includes the top five pairs from the 2015 edition of the race but for De Wet, winning a category is a by-product of an enjoyable two days of racing with his partner, Hugo. “We really enjoyed our first time at the dusi2c last year,” he commented. “It has such a unique vibe with the smallish field, the informal atmosphere and the incredible environment that we ride through.” “There are some great technical sections and we really enjoyed the river crossings last year, so we are looking forward to whatever the race has to throw at us this year. “It is definitely one of my best races and being so close to home makes it even more appealing!” The 2016 race for the Buffalo title will be an intense one and De Wet’s attitude towards the category prize will be the same as it was in 2015. “The challenge for the Buffalo title is going to be a really competitive one again, probably the most competitive it has been but we will take the race as it comes. “Our focus won’t be on winning the title but rather having an enjoyable, mistake-free two days of riding although our competitive spirit might start coming through towards the end,” he chuckled. The pair of De Wet and Hugo have done their fair share of riding together in 2016 and De Wet feels that they are ready to take on the short, sharp challenge that the dusi2c poses in just over a week’s time. “We have ridden a lot of races this year with the sani2c being one of the most recent, so we have got the miles in the legs and we are both feeling great. “Hugo and I have done a lot of riding together and we know each other well, which is a bonus when you spending long days in the saddle, but we are really looking forward to the challenge and will be hoping that we can defend our title!” an excited De Wet concluded. For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za.
  22. The two day BSi Steel dusi2c is set to be a tough a battle for supremacy for the over 180kg combinations as all of the top five in 2015’s Buffalo category return for another shot at one of the more unique, sought-after titles up for grabs when they head off from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban’s Blue Lagoon on 11 and 12 June. Click here to view the article
  23. The Safire pair, who finished tie third in 2014 and fourth last year, have been racing as a combination for many years and are hoping this year’s dice through the Valley of a Thousand Hills will be another successful one for them. Safire's Warren Price (front) and Trevor Rowe (background) are hoping a clean two days in the saddle will see them battling it out for a podium position when they take on the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c on 11 & 12 June. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “I’m now a Vet and next year Trev (Rowe) will be too so, with four kids between us, we’re the old ballies of the field!” chuckles Price. “We’re definitely still hoping to mix it up with the youngsters again this year though and we’re really looking forward to this year’s dusi2c! “Hopefully we don’t get lost or have any punctures and just have a good, clean two days in the saddle and, ideally, can finish on the box,” adds the 40 year-old competitor. On the back of a successful KAP sani2c campaign, the Pietermaritzburg pair bring good momentum with them into the clash and will look to use Sunday, 5 June’s 60km Sappi Karkloof Marathon as one last tune up. “We’ve had a little bit of bad luck on either day in both of our previous dusi2c efforts together but we went nicely at sani2c recently, finishing thirteenth overall there, and hopefully next weekend’s Karkloof will be another good bit of preparation before we head into the Valley!” While the duo draws confidence from their form and fitness, they are also well aware of the abilities and sound groundwork put in by of some of their fellow podium challengers. “Andrew Hill will be there again this year, with Tyronne White, so we’ll look to hang onto their wheel for as long as we possibly can,” says Price. “The Change a Life Zulus, who live in the Valley, will also definitely be a strong force again this year, especially as they enjoy a distinct advantage knowing the trails as well as they do. “Racing at the front of the race, you’re on the pin the whole time so sometimes it can be quite tricky trying to navigate where you’re going via GPS, making sure you’re following the right route without not getting lost – as we’ve done in the past. “If you do your homework – which the Zulus most certainly will have done – then you’ll do well though.” While finding themselves amidst the racing snakes of the field means Price and Rowe don’t often get to take in all the spectacular sights and sounds of their unique surroundings, the event and its terrain is something the former holds very close to his heart. “Being an ex-Dusi paddler of nineteen Dusis, I just love the feel that comes with being in the Valley!” explains Price. “There is also a lot of history that goes with the Dusi and so it is great to now be able to enjoy another slice of that from a mountain bike as well. “It is definitely a lot tougher paddling through the valley than it is cycling but I still just love being on all the footpaths and cattle paths and in the thick of the bush – something I’m really looking forward to enjoying again at this year’s dusi2c!” For more information visit www.dusi2c.co.za.
  24. The experienced pair of Warren Price and Trevor Rowe are eagerly counting down the days to the start of the 2016 BSi Steel dusi2c that takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban’s Blue Lagoon on 11 and 12 June, as they go in search of a much sought-after top three finish. Click here to view the article
  25. Residents of the Valley of a Thousand Hills that have seen the BSi Steel dusi2c mountain bike race wind past their homes and through their communities have also been given the opportunity to earn an income and improve their skills through various initiatives ahead of this year’s edition of the race that runs from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban’s Blue Lagoon from 11-12 June. Click here to view the article
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