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  1. SAIDS has imposed a period of ineligibility of 2 years, commencing on 3 March 2018 until and including 2nd March 2020. Ms Buchacher is therefore suspended and prohibited from competing and administering in the sport of Cycling as well as in any other sport in South Africa and Internationally during this time. Source: Cycling South Africa.
  2. Team dormakaba SA (left to right): Candice Lill, Samantha Sanders, Carmen Buchacher, and Nico Pfitzenmaier. Two new cyclists join the formidable team Announcing the sponsorship, Shaun Frayne, Managing Director of dormakaba South Africa, said the contracts with Carmen and Samantha are of huge value to the team. “We are extremely excited about the prospect of these two talented, up-and-coming riders competing in the blue and red dormakaba jersey. We believe they have the potential, competitive spirit and determination to take women’s mountain biking to new heights.” Samantha Sanders (left) and Carmen Buchacher (right). Carmen and Samantha are indeed a good fit for the existing team members, Nico Pfitzenmaier and Candice Lill. Nico has 30 Cape Epic category stage wins (18 Mixed, 12 Masters) and three category overall wins (1 Masters, 2 Mixed) under his belt, while Candice has won a XCO World Championships bronze medal in the Junior category and represented South Africa at the London Olympic Games. At the end of July 2017, Candice also won the Elite women’s title at Round 5 of the Ashburton Investments National Mountain Bike Series the second year in succession. She is also the only South African female to have won a UCI Mountain Bike World Championships medal. New team member Carmen Buchacher was born in 1986 and just eight years later became the youngest female competitor to take on the Argus Cycle Tour. Based in Cape Town, Carmen entered her debut year as a professional local and international athlete in 2016 and has – amongst many other XCM races – an impressive track record of podium finishes, including the Joburg2c, Absa Cape Epic, the Sellaronda HERO in Italy and the National XCM Championships in Austria. She crossed over to mountain biking at the beginning of 2015. This gifted athlete, who completed her degree in sport science via correspondence with a German institution, is determined to succeed. Carmen will be competing locally and internationally again this year. “I am aiming high and determined to achieve new and greater results,” she says. Back in the saddle – Samantha Sanders There is one thing that Samantha Sanders is not short of – a determined, competitive spirit! It is little wonder that Samantha progressed from an amateur to a professional mountain biker. A late starter to the sport with no prior exposure to cycling, Sam has progressively moved from amateur to professional on her own steam. With no professional sporting background and no experienced management guiding her, it has been a journey of trial and error for this talented cyclist. Samantha Sanders (front) and Carmen Buchacher (back). After a year of injuries in 2015, Sam decided to focus on road riding in 2016. She won a silver medal in the individual time trial at the SA Road Championships, gold at the Team Trial at CA Championships and a bronze in the Individual Time Trial (ITT) race. She was selected to represent South Africa at the World Road Championships in Doha, the CA Championships in Morocco and again in Egypt in 2017. What has been the secret to her success? For one thing, there are few riders who have achieved success in cycling’s three disciplines: road racing, cross-country and marathon racing. Says Shaun: “Our four chosen ambassadors have what it takes to succeed in cycling and in life. Not only do they embody the spirit of determination, commitment and hard work which is synonymous with the service provided by dormakaba SA, but also our brand value of trust, performance and courage. We are truly proud to be associated with them.” Watch this space!
  3. BCX rider HB Kruger led from start to finish to claim the honours in the 60km feature race of the Paarl MTB Classic in Rhebokskloof Wine Estate today. Photo: Robert Ward The 25-year-old BCX pro from Paarl crossed the finish line in a time of 2:43:58, just under three minutes ahead of Robert Hobson, who stopped the clock in 2:46:34, with Jurgens Uys completing the podium in 2:48:30. The Boland event, which also offered a 30km option, was reinstated this year after a hiatus of a year and Kruger said it had the potential for significant growth. “There are amazing trails in this region and Paarl is a proper playground for mountain bikers,” said Kruger, who won the Liberty Winelands Encounter alongside teammate Waylon Woolcock last month. “It can definitely grow because it is very well organised, the course is well marked and there is a great vibe here.” He was delighted with his performance, even more so because it came in his backyard. “It was great to be able to ride to the start from my home, do the race, and then ride home afterwards,” he said. Kruger said the Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic, which is presented by ASG Events and the City of Drakenstein, offered a testing course with a total ascent of 1 700m. “That is a lot of climbing for this distance but being from Paarl I knew what to expect so I went quite hard up the first climb. “I built up a bit of gap and then I paced myself during the race and tried to stay alert to what was happening behind me.” Kruger said the conditions were dry and slippery, which meant he had to stay focused throughout. “The biggest challenge is going up Paarl Mountain, but there is some great single-track going down into Rhebokskloof. “However, it is a fairly long section and you still have to work coming down because it’s easy to make a mistake and take a tumble if you are not focused.” He said he had a technical issue over the closing 10km when his chain kept on slipping off the jockey wheel, but was able to manage the situation. Cape Town’s Carmen Buchacher (centre) won the women’s race in the Paarl MTB Classic in in Rhebokskloof Wine Estate today. At the podium presentation were, from left, Bestmed executive in marketing and distribution Chris Luyt, Robyn Assad (fourth), An-Li Kachelhoffer (second), Buchacher, Bianca Martinaglia (third) and Rozanna Schreiber (fifth). Photo: Robert Ward In the women’s race, Capetonian Carmen Buchacher also dominated from early on to lay the foundation for a comfortable victory and the 29-year-old was pleased to sign off in style before leaving for Europe later in the day. She clocked 3:11:51 to beat Team Bestmed-ASG’s An-Li Kachelhoffer (3:30:06) and Bianca Martinaglia (3:44:50). “I took the lead from the start and there was not that much pressure,” said Buchacher. “I was able to hold a steady pace throughout and to be cautious on the single-track because I’m flying out this evening so could not afford any mistakes.” She backed up Kruger’s view, describing it as “a phenomenal event”. “For example, they ensured there were enough water points along the way, especially where the sections were a bit hectic, so the general rider was well looked after.” Adding to that, she said it was “a beautiful region and the weather is great”. The men’s 30km race was won by Rudi Koen in 1:16:37. He was followed home by Fourie Fick in 1:22:06 and Bobby Troskie in 1:24:21. Yolande Peacock took the women’s title in 1:55:43, followed by Marike Jordaan in 2:11:03 and Yolanda Engelbrecht in 2:30:22.
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