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  1. Leading South African professional Erik Kleinhans has reunited with Matt Beers (Red E-Topeak Ergon) in a combination that will probably start as favourites when the gun goes off for Stage 1 on May 5. They will, however, have a fight on their hands from the established pairing of Chris Wolhuter and Dylan Rebello (Imbuko Wines), who won the race last year and are highly motivated to defend their title. Dylan Rabello and Chris Wolhuter (Imbuko Wines) on their way to victory at the 2016 Gravel & Grape MTB stage; they'll be back in 2017 and highly motivated to defend their title at this year’s event. Photographer credit: Chris Hitchcock. “Matt and Erik will for sure most likely be our main rivals. They are both strong riders who we race against frequently,” says Wolhuter. “That being said, Jurgens (Uys) and Nicol (Carstens in Team Versus Socks) cannot be underestimated. Jurgens is coming back from an injury lay off and looks very motivated to get back to a high level.” Wolhuter says he and Rebello had a “good Cape Epic” last month but were hampered by some mechanical troubles: “So we are looking to make amends for that and will be going for the title again this year.” Beers, asked if he and Kleinhans would be going for the win, says: “Yeah for sure! But we always want to keep it fun and light-hearted after the race and talk nonsense with friends … I think it really helps mentally.” “We ride extremely well together and complement each other’s riding styles really well: our strengths are almost exactly the same. We are both powerful riders on the flats and can smash the descents too,” Beers adds. Riding together Beers and Kleinhans won the Berg&Bush stage race last year and four stages of the Cape Pioneer Trek. This is the third staging of the Gravel & Grape, which Wolhuter describes as “a great event”. “There are some great trails in the area. I know they have also done a lot of work in the Slanghoek region and the riding there last year was already fantastic,” he says. “The route profiles sometimes suggest an easier stage, but the region has some tough rocky sections which make it tougher than what it looks like on paper.” “Then there is a relaxed vibe in the evenings, which creates a great environment to interact with the other riders and enjoy a glass of wine.” Beers is also a fan of mountain biking in the area: “I have raced this event before back in 2015 in the mixed category with Nicola Giliomee. Apparently, they have done a lot of work so I am looking forward to riding some new trails and seeing different scenery.” The Gravel & Grape is taking place from 5 to 7 May. The event features two rides, the Gravel & Grape Extreme and the Gravel & Grape Adventure. In the women’s race the standout pairing is likely to be British pro Catherine Williamson and up-and-coming Knysna youngster Nicky Giliomee. “We'll be hoping to race as best as we can. I know Nicky is a strong rider and have raced against her at a few races last year and I know we'll have fun whatever happens,” says Williamson, a former winner of the women’s category at the Cape Epic. “I've never ridden Gravel & Grape before. I know the terrain can be very difficult, dry and rocky. But I always love racing in the Cape and as it’s getting towards winter I'm sure it'll be a bit cooler than the last time I was that way,” adds the Briton. The Extreme is the same three day race that hardcore mountain bikers have come to know and love over two years, while the Adventure is a two day challenge that covers 65km of cycling over the course of its stages. The Adventure is a solo or team event. Entries are for teams of two in two different categories: junior and open. The junior category is for both team members between the ages of 16 and 18 years, while the open category can be a son/daughter, husband/wife, daughter/father team or any two adults who would like to experience their first stage race. Both events feature expertly hand-cut singletrack. The Gravel & Grape is an event that sets out to take mountain biking back to its roots, focussing on fun but challenging riding with trails that reward the effort put in. “The Gravel & Grape delivers raw, rough mountain biking,” says Wolhuter. “A highlight was riding through some parts of the valley that were completely isolated. It was very beautiful, very serene.” “We want people to experience the valley and region as it is for us; beautiful, challenging, unique and exciting,” says one of the race organisers and Slanghoek Cellar’s Pieter Carstens. By involving a number of wine farms in the race, each day offers something different, from the highest peaks to the lowest valley floors.“Make no mistake, this is an event that will test you, but will also provide warm hospitality and the opportunity to indulge in our award-winning wines after each day’s riding,” says Carsten. The Breedekloof Valley is just one hour from Cape Town, and includes Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini & Breerivier. The event race village is based at Goudini Spa, making this a family weekend. Participants of the Gravel & Grape will have full access to the resort’s facilities, including the iconic warm baths. Although entries have already closed, the Gravel & Grape are offering an opportunity for 10 teams to enter by Sunday, 23 April.
  2. 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.”
  3. Chris Wolhuter (28) was joined by youngster, Dylan Rebello (21) mid way through the 2016 season and the pairing will continue to race together through 2017. Chris and Dylan have had a solid start to the season thus far in the build up to one of the team’s major objectives for the year, the ABSA Cape Epic which starts this Sunday. The pairing will race under the Team Imbuko Freewheel Cycology banner for the Epic. The goal will be to go for a podium position in the ABSA African Competition. In the build up to the Epic, Dylan has raced the Attakwas where he finished in the top 10 in a competitive field. Dylan has also fared well in the Ashburton National Series racing the Grabouw and Sabie legs of the series thus far and is currently wearing the U23 leaders jersey. A strong second position at the recent Momentum Health Tankwa Trek highlighted that Rebello’s build up to the Epic is on the right track. Wolhuter has raced a somewhat different schedule in the build up to the Epic. After an early season trip to the Louwveld for the Mpumalanga Tour, Chris got on the knobblies at the Fairtree Capital Simonsberg Contour in early February. After an exciting two stages of racing, Chris finished in 2nd place, sandwiched between Topeka Ergon riders Jeremiah Bishop and Alban Lakata. Due to family commitments, Chris was unable to race the Tankwa Trek and continued his build up at the Fedgroup PEPlett where he managed to again finish in 2nd position. Commenting on the choice of equipment for the 2017 season, Wolhuter says: “Our team will be unique in that Dylan and I will ride different bikes, but both race under the Imbuko Wines banner. Dylan has a longstanding relationship with Momsen Bikes whilst I have one with Freewheel Cycology and Specialized. Dylan will race the Momsen Vipa and I will be aboard the Specialized Epic World Cup” The team will continue to enjoy support from a number of product sponsors, namely: RH77 Cycling Wear, bikalot.com, Cadence Nutrition(Dylan), PowerBar(Chris), Nike Vision, ASS MAGIC Chamois Cream, pOcpac, Imbi Bike Savers, and Squirt Lube.
  4. Michael Posthumus and Chris Wolhuter receiving their Trans Baviaans winner’s prizes. Photo by Jetline Action Photo. Despite the relatively slow first 100km to Check Point 2, at Geelhoutbos, Posthumus and Wolhuter managed to beat Lourens Luus and Billy Stelling’s time from the previous weekend by just over five minutes. The PowerBar pairing managed to complete the 230km race from Willowmore to the coast in an impressive 8 hours, 35 minutes and 38 seconds. A 1 069 rider strong field started race two of the Trans Baviaans, 28 more than the previous weekend. Roughly 80% of the riders lining up were first time Trans Baviaansers and the inexperience showed in a larger number of technical issues compared to race one. Another side effect of the inexperienced field was the early pace. Encouragingly the first time riders heeded organisers EcoBound’s advice and started conservatively rather than racing out of the blocks in Willowmore. The Darkhorse - Auto Den team of Dusty and Tyler Day heading up The MAC. Photo by www.jacquesmarias.co.za | Pentax. In the race for Trans Baviaans victory, the first team to make a move was the Darkhorse - Auto Den pairing of Dusty and Tyler Day. The brothers attacked out of the lead group from Check Point 2 and soon established a gap on the chasing pack. But tragedy struck on the lower slopes of The Mother of All Climbs (The MAC) when they punctured. While fixing the puncture they were caught, and passed, by the PowerBar team of Posthumus and Wolhuter. Heading up The MAC and down the Big Dipper the new race leaders used their superior technical riding skills to establish a lead, which they extended from four and a half minutes at Bergplaas to ten minutes by Check Point 5. The pair have contrasting styles on the bike – Wolhuter is seemingly effortlessly smooth while Posthumus is exceptionally powerful – but despite this they were well matched throughout and managed to finish strongly to claim the win by 20 minutes over the Day brothers. The Darkhorse - Auto Den team were proud and disappointed, in equal measures, in their second position. On crossing the finish line Dusty Day said they “didn’t do too badly, for roadies” and with a strong first attempt at the Trans Baviaans it’s likely the pairing will return to challenge for victory again next year. Tony Aspeling making his way across a Baviaans water crossing. Photo by www.jacquesmarias.co.za | Pentax. The third men’s team across the line was the Jakkalsvlei team of Henri Meyer and JC Visser. In the women’s race, Anni Uys and Heleen Rossouw took the win with the four woman team of Ernestine Safar, Arouchelle Nieuwenhuis, Cherise Odendaal and Maroshell Odendaal placing second. Rounding out the podium were the Hillcrest Hoodlums, Shelley Durrant and Lynne Baxter. In the mixed category, Andrew Payne and Bianca Martinaglia were first with Kevin Taljaard, Yolande de Villiers and Henry de Villiers second while Henning Blaauw, Louise Ferreira and Pierre Conradie were third. The victors of the second race of the 2016 Trans Baviaans win entries to race one of the 2017 event; along with the other fantastic prizes, including cash prizes and Citizen Watches. This sets up a potentially spectacular duel between the PowerBar teams of Luus and Stelling, victors from race one, against Posthumus and Wolhuter the winners of race two in twelve months’ time. Riders grinding their way up the infamous Mother of All Climbs. Photo by www.jacquesmarias.co.za | Pentax. For would be Trans Baviaans riders and old hands alike the important dates to diarise for 2017 have already been announced. Race one takes place on the 12th and 13th of August, while race two takes place the following weekend, on the 19th and 20th. Entries for the 2017 events open on the 1st of December 2016. To catch up on all the action from the 2016 Trans Baviaans visit www.transbaviaans.co.za where you’ll find all the results, race information and be able to watch the #TransTalk chat show; which was filmed live from the finish line, at the Fountains Mall in Jeffrey’s Bay, on Sunday the 21st of August. To view all the spectacular photos, taken by Jacques Marais, from the 2016 events like the Trans Baviaans Facebook page or follow @EcoBoundMTB on Twitter and @transbaviaans on Instagram. The hand-made five-time finisher’s plaque awaiting the addition of the 2016 Trans Baviaans medal. Photo by Jetline Action Photo. Selected Results: 2016 Trans Baviaans | Race 2 Men: 1. Chris Wolhuter & Michael Posthumus (PowerBar 2) 08:35:38 2. Dusty & Tyler Day (Darkhorse - Auto Den) 08:55:56 3. Henri Meyer & JC Visser (Jakkalsvlei) 09:17:46Mixed: 1. Andrew Payne & Bianca Martinaglia (John O’Connor Mixed) 10:03:41 2. Kevin Taljaard, Yolande de Villiers & Henry de Villiers (East Coast Cycles Mix) 10:21:56 3. Henning Blaauw, Louise Ferreira & Pierre Conradie (Gemini) 10:39:44 Women: 1. Anni Uys & Heleen Rossouw (Willekatte) 16:34:43 2. Ernestine Safar, Arouchelle Nieuwenhuis, Cherise & Maroshell Odendaal (All Girls) 16:39:33 3. Shelley Durrant & Lynne Baxter (Hillcrest Hoodlums) 17:18:26
  5. The second race of the 2016 Trans Baviaans again saw a PowerBar team emerge victorious. This time it was the Sport Scientist and professional mountain biker combination of Michael Posthumus and Chris Wolhuter who crossed the finish line, at the Fountains Mall in Jeffrey’s Bay, first. Click here to view the article
  6. Defending champion Chris Wolhuter and protégé Craig Boyes crushed their rivals on the second day of the Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter to build up a comfortable lead going into Sunday’s grand finale. Click here to view the article
  7. As they had done on the opening day, the Imbuko-Freewheel Cycology professional team set the pace for most of the way to win the 57km stage between Franschhoek and Kleine Valleij outside Wellington in 2:20:00. They got the better of Altech-Autopage’s Colin Noel and Hanco Kachelhoffer, who finished a distant second in 2:28:42. Craig Boyes (left) and Chris Wolhuter of Imbuko-Freewheel Cycology extended their overall lead on the second stage of the 2016 Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter on Saturday. Photo: Ewald Sadie After CP van Wyk’s horrific crash the previous day while fighting for stage honours, he and his Momsen teammate Dylan Rebello put in a superb ride to place third in 2:29:47. Wolhuter, from Cape Town, and Boyes, who lives in Stellenbosch, head the general classification with a combined time of 4:46:34. They are followed by Noel and Kachelhoffer (5:05:22) with Rebello and Van Wyk (5:11:25) in third. Boyes said they had again got off to a flying start as they pushed hard up front alongside Noel and Kachelhoffer with Rebello and Van Wyk in tow. “Unfortunately Hanco punctured and he and Colin lost touch,” said the 25-year-old. “About 5km after exiting the Drakenstein prison grounds, we took a gamble and went really hard as we headed towards the first waterpoint. “Fortunately we know the route and Chris has been unbelievably strong so we were able to just roll on to the finish after that.” Although they would not be taking anything for granted, Boyes said they were looking forward to the final day. “We have managed to build up a comfortable buffer and are really aiming to enjoy the final day and the sights.” Boyes said his maiden Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter was a special experience. “Everyone has made us feel so welcome. The friendly reception and the work the organisers have put in have been huge.” After solid early-season performances at the GR300 and Cape Epic, where they were third overall and fourth African team respectively, Boyes said they were keen to graduate to the top step of the podium. Stephan Senekal (left) and Ariane Kleinhans of Team Spur won the second stage of the 2016 Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter on Saturday. Photo: Ewald Sadie Team Spur’s Stephan Senekal and Ariane Kleinhans completed back to back victories in the mixed section when they placed fifth on the stage in 2:45:14. Their aggregate time of 5:35:49 puts them in a comfortable lead in the overall standings ahead of Everett and Anna Haywood and Ricky and Kerry Tomaselli. The final stage, which starts and finishes at Kleine Valleij, will be over a distance of 48km with 1 100m of climbing.
  8. Despite the relatively short ride of 54km between Coetzenburg in Stellenbosch and Le Franschhoek Hotel on the outskirts of Franschhoek, Wolhuter said there was plenty of climbing and it had not been an easy day in the saddle. Chris Wolhuter and Craig Boyes of Imbuko-Freewheel Cycology among some beautiful scenery en route to winning stage one of the 2016 Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter today. Photo: Ewald Sadie The 27-year-old Imbuko-Freewheel Cycology pro, who won alongside Jarred Haley last year, said he received excellent support from Boyes as they romped home in 2:26:34. The Altech-AutoPage pairing of Colin Noel and Hanco Kachelhoffer followed them home in 2:36:39 with the Momsen duo of Dylan Rebello and CP van Wyk completing the podium in 2:41:38. “You almost tend to underestimate the leg but it is certainly a tough day, with single-track, steep climbs and some places similar to hiking trails,” said Wolhuter, who now lives in Cape Town after growing up in Pietermaritzburg. He said they managed to slip the field on the first proper climb out of Coetzenburg. “After splitting the group we had a short mechanical stop, but were able to maintain the lead. “There was a stage with about 10 to 15km to go where we saw Dylan and CP about 45 seconds behind us and we really had to put the hammer down.” He said they had a “minor crash” after the final waterpoint, but were able to maintain their advantage due to a similar mishap by their pursuers, which saw Van Wyk quite badly scuffed up. “In the end, we were able to build a seven to eight-minute buffer.” Even though they dominated the opening day, Wolhuter said it was important to stay focused on Saturday’s leg. “With that lead, we are in the perfect position, but we also need to be careful.’’ He said the second stage was similar to last year’s route and described it as quite fast at the start and fairly tough at the end. “We will be a bit conservative but also know we need to take our chances when they are there.” Reflecting on the day, Wolhuter said they were totally satisfied with their efforts. “With our sponsors, crew and family and friends all here to support us, it’s always fantastic to be in front.” Team Spur’s Stephan Senekal and Ariane Kleinhans won the mixed section in 2:50:34. Stage two will take riders from Le Franschhoek to Kleine Valleij, a distance of 57km with 1 300m of vertical ascent.
  9. Defending champion Chris Wolhuter and new teammate Craig Boyes made an early break to race to a comfortable victory on the opening stage of the Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter on Friday. Click here to view the article
  10. Defending champion Chris Wolhuter will line up for his title defence at the Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter with a new teammate. Click here to view the article
  11. The 27-year-old, who won the inaugural event alongside Jarryd Haley, will be joining forces with Craig Boyes in the three-day race that starts at Coetzenburg on Friday. Chris Wolhuter of Imbuko-Freewheel Cycology will aim to defend his title at this weekend’s Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter. Photo: Supplied Wolhuter, who launched the Imbuko-Freewheel Cycology professional team this year, first partnered with Boyes at this year’s Cape Epic.“We have since formed a good bond and will be doing some more races together,” said the Capetonian, who grew up in Pietermaritzburg. He left his rivals in no doubt of their intentions after his success a year ago. “Yes, of course, we will be going for the win. We had a good Epic and the focus since then has been on recovery and sharpening up for Winelands.” Wolhuter said they had decided on a conservative strategy for the race. “We will focus on one stage at a time, aiming to capitalise where we can, but also bearing in mind that it is a three-day event and that we need to conserve energy where we can.” Having featured on several podiums this year already, he said he was satisfied with their form going into the weekend. “At the GR300, Craig won the first and second stages, but unfortunately punctured on the final day to finish third in the general classification,” said Wolhuter, who was runner-up after placing second on the final stage. The duo also had a solid Cape Epic where they finished fourth in the fight for the African jersey. Last weekend Wolhuter proved that he was peaking at the right time when he placed third in the 99er MTB Challenge. A scene from the inaugural Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter. Photo: Ewald Sadie After Winelands, they will be racing in a number of multistage events, including the Mauritius Tour Beachcomber and the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek, where Wolhuter finished runner-up alongside Andrew Hill last year. “These are all special events in their own right and I am looking forward to each,” he said. The Winelands race offers a boutique experience for competitors, an innovation Wolhuter endorsed. “I think it certainly caters for a certain type of rider and, given the number of stage races on the calendar, each has to try and differentiate itself. “This one certainly does that and we enjoy that aspect.” Wolhuter said the route took in some fantastic trails in and around the Cape Winelands and for him the Skyfall and Welvanpas trails were the highlights. Riders will face 54km with a total ascent of 1 500m between Coetzenburg and Le Franschhoek Hotel outside Franschhoek on day one. Day two features 60km of trails with 1 300m of climbing to Kleine Valleij and the last day is a round trip of 48km with 1 100m of climbing back to Kleine Valleij.
  12. After a successful 2015 racing season which was capped off with a stage win at the Cape Pioneer Trek, Chris Wolhuter has partnered with Imbuko Wines and Freewheel Cycology to form the Imbuko Wines - Freewheel Cycology Pro Cycling Team. Click here to view the article
  13. With support from two fantastic sponsors, Wolhuter will race a number of the major stage races across the country as well as single day classic marathons, the Ashburton National Marathon series and select local mountain bike and road events.Craig Boyes(Specialized Stellenbosch) will join Wolhuter through the first third of the season to tackle the stage races as a team. Together they will take on the Garden Route 300 towards the end of February in a build up to the ABSA Cape Epic in March. Whilst it will be the first time that Boyes and Wolhuter team up, they have raced against each other for a number of years across the Western Cape and thus know each other well. Imbuko Wines - Freewheel Cycology will have a number of supporting sponsors who each bring the best, within their field to the market. Joining the team as supporting sponsors are PowerBar Nutrition, RH77 Cycling Wear, ASS MAGIC Chamois Cream, Continental Tyres, Nike Vision, pOcpac, Squirt Lube and Sludge Sealant. Imbuko Wines is based in Wellington and is run by by Managing Director and co-founder, Theunis van Zyl. Within the Imbuko range of wines is the Du Pleavuax, Van Zijl, Imbuko, Pomula and Shortwood labels. Freewheel Cycology is a premium Specialized Concept store based in Kenilworth Cape Town. Business partners Richard Coram and Lionel Murray started the store in 2012 and come on board to supply Wolhuter with Specialized Equipment. The 2015 season was arguably Wolhuter’s most successful to date and after logging in some solid training through the off season he will look to build on this into 2016. Wolhuter will be in action this weekend at the first round of the Ashburton National Marathon series at Meerendal in Cape Town followed by the Herald Cycle Tour mountain bike marathon and road race in Port Elizabeth next weekend. Boyes will be in action at the Western Cape Championships this weekend. Team news and updates can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/imbukofreewheelcycling/
  14. Erik Kleinhans and Chris Wolhuter of the Asrin Pro Cycling team disrupted the victory pattern when they won Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race from Prince Albert to Calitzdorp, South Africa on Friday. Click here to view the article
  15. Erik Kleinhans and Chris Wolhuter of Asrin Pro Cycling encounter a herd of Blesbok during Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek from Prince Albert to Calitzdorp, South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon. After having faced the disappointment of a puncture while leading Stage 2, the two South Africans were on mission for some reprieve on Friday’s 108km stage, the penultimate of the 2015 edition of the race. They attacked at halfway and charged across the finish line in a time of 04 hours 11 minutes 00 seconds.It was the first stage won by a team outside the SCOTT Factory Racing LCB stable, which won all five previous stages, either via Philip Buys and Arno du Toit, or Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns. Beukes and Heyns finished the stage fifth, but retained their overall lead going into the final day. The Dutch duo of 3 Bram Rood and Mos Gerben (KMC-Mitsubishi-Koga-Stauwdam Assen) finished second almost two minutes later after edging out the Italian pair of Robert and Emanuele Crisi (Celeste Kento Avvenia) in the finale. In the women’s race, Esther Suss (SUI) and Catherine Williamson (GBR) claimed the stage win to extend their overall lead over stage runners-up, Robyn de Groot and Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) of Ascendis Health. Esther Suss (left) and Catherine Williamson of Sasol Racing celebrate winning Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek from Prince Albert to Calitzdorp, South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon. “After having to deal with a puncture while looking good for a stage win on Tuesday, we decided to take a couple of days a bit easier and then try once more for a stage win. With the last day being so short, we decided today’s stage was our best option,” explained Kleinhans, a former multiple overall Cape Pioneer Trek winner. “With the attractive cash prize on the summit of the first big climb we knew the other teams would be spending a lot of pennies early on. So we decided to climb steady and save ourselves a bit. We then rejoined the leaders just before halfway and went straight on the attack. Chris and I worked well together and managed to build a decent lead, which we then managed towards the end as we had a puncture, but nothing too serious like the other day,” added Kleinhans. The chase group, including overall leaders Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns (in yellow), during Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek from Prince Albert to Calitzdorp, South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon. Suss and Williamson used their superior climbing ability to gain an advantage on the first climb, the tough haul to the top of the Swartberg Pass. But their advantage wasn’t significant as they crossed the summit less than a minute ahead of De Groot and Stenerhag. The Sasol Racing pair then gradually extended their lead but were constantly aware of the intense pressure being applied by the Ascendis Health team, producing the closest women’s category contest in the race’s history. In the other categories, Rob Sim and Doug Brown (Trek Robert Daniel) won their fifth stage to retain their overall Veteran’s division lead, while Joao Mendes and Waleed Baker (PitstopSport24hrs) claimed another stage win to extend their lead in the Masters race. The Mixed division saw Kobus and Fienie Barnard grab another stage victory and confirm their commanding overall lead. Riders descend a section of the Swartberg Pass early on during Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek from Prince Albert to Calitzdorp, South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon. The Solo men’s race was once again a two-man battle with Craig Uria beating Richard Damant by just over two minutes to extend his lead going into the final day. The Solo women’s race saw Carmen Andrews claim her first stage win, but the overall lead still stays with Lara-Ann Everts-Van de Venter. Saturday’s final stage is relatively short 68km leg from Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn. Dubbed #RedstoneReward, it climbs a total of 950 metros and includes newly built sections of singletrack designed to give participants one last challenge before they finish. For more information on the Cape Pioneer Trek, visit www.capepioneer.co.za. For race updates, follow @CapePioneerTrek on twitter and for photo galleries, like Cape Pioneer Trek on Facebook. Erik Kleinhans and Chris Wolhuter of Asrin Pro Cycling descend the Swartberg Pass during Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek from Prince Albert to Calitzdorp, South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon. Cape Pioneer Trek 2015 Stage 5, 108km from Prince Albert to Calitzdorp Leading results Men: 1 Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Chris Wolhuter (RSA) – Asrin Pro Cycling 4:11:00 2 Bram Rood (NED) / Mos Gerben (NED) – KMC-Mitsubishi-Koga-Stauwdam Assen 4:12:51 3 Robert Crisi (ITA) /Emanuele Crisi (ITA) – Celeste Kento Avvenia 4:12:55 4 Dylan Rebello (RSA) / Thinus Redlinghuys (RSA) – Team Jeep 4:13:16 5 Matthys Beukes (RSA) / Gert Heyns (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing LCB 1 4:13:16 Women: 1 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Sasol Racing 4:50:40 2 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) – Ascendis Health 4:55:19 3 Marlene Lourens (RSA) / Desiree Loubser (RSA) – Fair Cape 6:11:40 Veteran men: 1 Rob Sim (RSA) / Doug Brown (RSA) – Trek Robert Daniel 4:37:41 2 Leon Erasmus (RSA) / Bradley Hemphill (RSA) 4:55:57 3 Greg Anderson (RSA) / Deon Kruger (RSA) Bus Boys 5:00:02 Master men: 1 Joao Mendes (RSA) / Waleed Baker (RSA) – PitstopSport24hrs 5:15:14 2 Jozef de Meyer (BEL) / Renaat Verbeke (BEL) – L4 5:20:31 3 Dirk Labuschagne (RSA) / Andre Taylor (RSA) – Rothwell-Risksolve 5:36:03 Mixed: 1 Fienie Barnard (RSA) / Kobus Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 5:00:35 2 Dalene van der Leek (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – Sasol Mixed 5:10:00 3 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) / Ken van den Bulke (BEL) – Topbike 5:12:43 Solo men: 1 Craig Uria (RSA) 4:33:01 2 Richard Damant (RSA) 4:35:11 3 Raoul de Jongh (RSA) 4:40:46 Solo women: 1 Carmen Andrews (RSA) 5:39:17 2 Lara-Ann Everts-Van de Venter (RSA) 5:44:20 3 Katja Steenkamp (RSA) 5:56:15 Riders ascend the Swartberg Pass during Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek from Prince Albert to Calitzdorp, South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon. General Classification after Stage 5 Leading results Men: 1 Matthys Beukes (RSA) / Gert Heyns (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing LCB 1 19:12:29 2 Robert Crisi (ITA) /Emanuele Crisi (ITA) – Celeste Kento Avvenia 19:30:34 3 Bram Rood (NED) / Mos Gerben (NED) – KMC-Mitsubishi-Koga-Stauwdam Assen 19:38:57 4 Philip Buys (RSA) / Arno du Toit (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing LCB 2 19:50:36 5 Dylan Rebello (RSA) / Thinus Redlinghuys (RSA) – Team Jeep 19:50:53 Women: 1 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Sasol Racing 22:07:16 2 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) – Ascendis Health 22:14:23 3 Marlene Lourens (RSA) / Desiree Loubser (RSA) – Fair Cape 27:47:35 Veteran men: 1 Rob Sim (RSA) / Doug Brown (RSA) – Trek Robert Daniel 20:48:53 2 Greg Anderson (RSA) / Deon Kruger (RSA) – Bus Boys 22:23:20 3 Frank Schmaehling (GER) / Felix Prinz (GER) – Epic Fighters 22:54:06 Master men: 1 Joao Mendes (RSA) / Waleed Baker (RSA) – PitstopSport24hrs 23:38:14 2 Jozef de Meyer (BEL) / Renaat Verbeke (BEL) – L4 L5 25:17:02 3 Dirk Labuschagne (RSA) / Andre Taylon (RSA) – Rothwell-Risksolve 26:06:55 Mixed: 1 Fienie Barnard (RSA) / Kobus Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 22:38:13 2 Dalene van der Leek (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – Sasol Mixed 23:36:06 3 Monica Glover (RSA) / Danny Fowler (RSA) – The Bicycle Service Company 23:39:48 Solo men: 1 Craig Uria (RSA) 20:36:31 2 Richard Damant (RSA) 20:50:06 3 Sven Kleine (RSA) 21:16:56 Solo women: 1 Lara-Ann Everts-Van de Venter (RSA) 26:17:58 2 Carmen Andrews (RSA) 17:14:56 27:03:46 3 Katja Steenkamp (RSA) 30:00:30 For full results visit www.capepioneer.co.za.
  16. With a circumspect four minute lead overnight at Mfula Store Team TIB’s Andrew Hill and Chris Wolhuter put in a masterful stage two performance as they built another seven minutes onto that advantage to take the overall 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c title whilst in the impressive mixed race overnight leaders Bianca Haw and Andrew Houston held their nerve to clinch the mixed title at Blue Lagoon on Sunday. Click here to view the article
  17. For Hill it would be an unprecedented hat trick of titles and he is the only rider who can claim wins all three editions of the race however he was quick to point out that he and Wolhuter had a lot of work to do going into the final stage of the race. Following their sound display during stage one Team TIB's Andrew Hill and Chris Wolhuter increased their lead on the way to winning the overall title during the second stage of the 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c from Mfula Store to Blue Lagoon on Sunday.Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “There was quite a bit we still had to do today,” the most decorated dusi2c rider mentioned. “There were a few changes to the route, although minor, and a few navigation errors on my behalf cost us a couple of seconds here and there as well as my handle bars coming loose made it a bit more difficult. “We always knew that we could ride back on and if something did happen we knew that we could always pick up the pace and bridge the gap.” The pair had a set plan in mind of how they were going to remain ahead through the final stage with the expected pressure coming from the impressive RMB BSi Change a Life crews as well as the resurgent Team Safire duo of Trevor Rowe and Warren Price but Hill knew that they had a good enough advantage to play the more conservative game. “We weren’t really put under pressure today but we knew that we had to play it safe and get to the finish in one piece whilst avoiding any mechanicals,” Hill mentioned. With a four minute buffer at the end of the first day Chris Wolhuter believed that they would be able to hang onto their advantage and ultimately the pair did more than hang on as they seven minutes to the overnight deficit. “We felt confident in our ability. We were strong yesterday and Andrew knows the route well so could push harder and put pressure on the other guys and see how they responded. “We put the others under pressure a few times and it gave us that advantage that you plan for and if something does go wrong then you have that cushion that you can use,” the Western Cape rider mentioned. The Team TIB pair have now taken part in a number of races together and for Wolhuter being able to work off your partner as well as understand their abilities is an advantage and something that played out in their favour over the two days of racing. With a slender lead going into Sunday the Red Bull Seed'co team of Bianca Haw (front) and Andrew Houston managed to maintain their advantage despite a slight mishap during the second stage of the 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c from Mfula Store to Blue Lagoon on Sunday. Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media “This is now our third race together so we are getting to know each other well and I think that our strengths complement each other well and work off that,” he responded. For the RMB Change a Life Academy the 2015 dusi2c was unprecedented in terms of results with the Valley of a Thousand Hills residents recording four teams in top ten with Mzwi Smimango and Bongumusa Zikhali finishing in the silver medal position. “We are really happy with the results we got this weekend,” Smimango said afterwards. “We had a great race and nothing went wrong for us! “I just want to thank my partner for the race as well as all the people that are involved with the Academy and hopefully we can get stronger!” he smiled. The Red Bull Seed’co combination of Houston and Haw was always going to be a tough one to beat and it proved to be more difficult than that as they rode to another stage win and the overall win despite issues early in the stage. “We had a bit of an issue after I cracked the rim which caused a slow puncture but luckily it wasn’t too bad as I did the bombing and he did the plugging and we were back,” explained Haw. Houston was the man on the front on the first day and remained there through stage two as setting the pace of the group meant that they were able to push for that extra time over the others, especially after the cracked rim. Riders had less climbing to endure but had some tricky sections of track aongside the Mngeni River during the second stage of the 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c from Mfula Store to Blue Lagoon on Sunday. Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media “I was on the front only when the cameras were around,” Houston mentioned tongue in cheek. “We needed to have that advantage especially after we lost some seconds with the rim problem. “The others got away from us on the tar road and we worked hard to catch them as we got them within the last two kilometres and stayed ahead.” The ladies race was won in convincing style by the Michelle Squared team of Michelle Schlebusch and Michelle Powell who dominated the race to win by 35 minutes over The Windsor’s team of Jane Little and Fiona Butler. The 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon on 20 & 21 June. More information can be found at www.dusi2c.co.za SUMMARY OF RESULTS - BSi Steel dusi2c Stage Two Overall 1.Team TIB (Andrew Hill/Chris Wolhuter) 02:13.13 04:39.44 2.RMB Change a Life 3 (Mazwi Smimango/Bongumusa Zikhali) 02:20.02 04:50.12 3.RMBeel Change a Life 2 (Sipho Kupiso/Ndumiso Dontso) 02:18.46 04:50.42 4.Team Safire (Warren Price/Trevor Rowe) 02:15.03 04:53.26 5.RMB BSi Steel Change a Life 1 (Sthembiso Masango/Mboneni Ngcobo) 02:23.51 04:58.18 6.Red Bull Seed’co (Bianca Haw/Andrew Houston) 02:26.54 05:08.29 – 1st Mixed 7.RMB Change a Life 4 (Scelo Mhlongo/Siyanda Masango) 02:27.08 05:10.42 8.Thule (Jeremy Thomson/David Leiman) 02:27.52 05:11.46 9.TIB Insurance Brokers (Eugene Botha/Samantha Sanders) 02:27.50 05:14.03 – 2nd Mixed 10.RMB BSi Change a Life (Martin Dreyer/Jeannie Dreyer) 02:36.03 05:22.07 – 3rd Mixed Mixed Category 1.Red Bull Seed’co (Bianca Haw/Andrew Houston) 02:26.54 05:08.29 2.TIB Insurance Brokers (Eugene Botha/Samantha Sanders) 02:27.50 05:14.03 3.RMB BSi Change a Life (Martin Dreyer/Jeannie Dreyer) 02:36.03 05:22.07 4.Time Freight FRIB (Stu Rawlinson/Janine Rawlinson) 02:42.55 05:29.51 5.Dusi2c1 (Tamika Haw/Owen Gandar) 02:45.25 06:01.31 Women 1.Michelle Squared (Michelle Schlebusch/Michelle Powell) 03:30.50 07:28.36
  18. It was a solid day in the saddle for the Team TIB pair of Andrew Hill (right) and Chris Wolhuter who claimed the spoils on the first day of the 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c on Saturday at the Mfula Store. Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media The leading pair were happy with the way their opening stage went and with Hill being a two-time champion and a man with a fair amount of local knowledge he feels that that should stand the two in good stead going into the second and final stage of the race on Sunday. “I have been in this position before and I think that might put us at an advantage after today,” Hill said. “We had a solid day today and I think knowing the trails helped us quite a bit considering that the GPS is only accurate to 100 metres so it can get tricky.” “Tomorrow is a flatter day but I think if we can just keep it together and stick with the guys that are behind us then we should be ok,” he added. With the race for the mixed title proving to be exciting it was the Red Bull Seed'co pair of Andrew Houston and Bianca Haw that took the honours at the end of the first stage of the 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c on Saturday at the Mfula Store. Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media Hill’s Team TIB partner Chris Wolhuter is from the Western Cape however he has adjusted well to the tracks in the Valley of a Thousand Hills and he does not see them as too foreign although he relied a bit on the knowledge of Hill. “I have done a bit of riding in the Valley but having Andrew to navigate us through is such a benefit and he was able to tell me what was coming up so I knew what I could expect. “With that said it was a little tougher than I expected!” Wolhuter added. 58km stand between the Team TIB duo and the 2015 title however Wolhuter knows that there is a chance that anything can happen between the start and finish. “We need to just be careful tomorrow because we only have a lead of just over four minutes and if we get a puncture of something then we will be under pressure,” he mentioned. There is a bunch of three RMB BSi Change a Life teams chasing the leaders and it looks like the Martin Dreyer inspired Academy will claim two of the three spots on the podium however the chasing pair of Trevor Rowe and Warren Price who are primed for a repeat of 2014 where they stole a tie for third on the second day. Although there were three pairs of RMB BSi Change a Life riders battling for the top three it was the pair of Mazwi Smimango and Bongumusa Zikhali who took second spot overall at the end of the first stage of the BSi Steel dusi2c on Saturday at the Mfula Store. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The leading mixed team includes the current African Cross Country champion Bianca Haw who along with her partner Houston managed to avoid any issues throughout the day and along with the Thule pair of Jeremy Thomson and David Leiman managed to keep themselves out of trouble and into a five minute lead in the mixed race. “Everything went to plan for us today and we managed to avoid any technicals which set us up nicely,” Haw mentioned after the stage. “Housty was really good navigator because he was the only one in the group with a Garmin! “It was a nice bunch of people in our group and we had a good time out there although we have got quite a bit of work to do tomorrow with the other two teams not too far behind us but if we all start together we will just try and make sure we are just ahead to the end.” The 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c takes place from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Durban's Blue Lagoon on 20 & 21 June. More information can be found at www.dusi2c.co.za. SUMMARY OF RESULTS – BSi Steel dusi2c Stage One Overall 1.Team TIB (Andrew Hill/Chris Wolhuter) 02:26.31 2.RMB Change a Life 3 (Mazwi Smimango/Bongumusa Zikhali) 02:30.10 3.RMBeel Change a Life 2 (Sipho Kupiso/Ndumiso Dontso) 02:31.56 4.RMB BSi Steel Change a Life 1 (Sthembiso Masango/Mboneni Ngcobo) 02:34.27 5.Team Safire (Warren Price/Trevor Rowe) 02:38.23 6.Red Bull Seed’co (Bianca Haw/Andrew Houston) 02:41.35 – 1st Mixed 7.RMB Change a Life 4 (Scelo Mhlongo/Siyanda Masango) 02:43.34 8.Thule (Jeremy Thomson/David Leiman) 02:43.54 9.RMB BSi Change a Life (Martin Dreyer/Jeannie Dreyer) 02:46.04 – 2nd Mixed 10.TIB Insurance Brokers (Eugene Botha/Samantha Sanders) 02:46.13 – 3rd Mixed Mixed Category 1.Red Bull Seed’co (Bianca Haw/Andrew Houston) 02:41.35 2.RMB BSi Change a Life (Martin Dreyer/Jeannie Dreyer) 02:46.04 3.TIB Insurance Brokers (Eugene Botha/Samantha Sanders) 02:46.13 4.Time Freight FRIB (Stu Rawlinson/Janine Rawlinson) 02:46.56 5.YouAndMe2c (Amanda Hawke/Travis Hesom) 03:12.35
  19. As was expected the first day of the 2015 BSi Steel dusi2c was going to be a case of the majority chasing down the pair of Andrew Hill and Chris Wolhuter who lived up to their favourites tag as they rode to a ominous four minute lead in the men’s race whilst the mixed category took centre stage with three pairs in the top 10 as Bianca Haw and Andrew Houston led the bunch after the first day. Click here to view the article
  20. Chris Wolhuter and Andrew Hill took one back from overnight leaders Kevin Evans and Pieter Seyffert as they sprinted to the stage win on day two of the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek near Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  21. Chris Wolhuter (left) and Andrew Hill (second from left) outsprint Kevin Evans and Pieter Seyffert (far right) to claim the second stage of the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek near Addo outside Port Elizabeth on Saturday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. Wolhuter and Hill, riding in the colours of TIB Insurance, finished in 3:43:01 to hold the Biogen Volcan-Altech Autopage duo at bay by a single second to claim the 78km queen stage that took in remote portions of the Addo Elephant National Park. Cycle Lab’s Andrew Mclean and Bruce Diesel finished a distant third in 4:03:00 on the tough stage that featured almost 2 000m of climbing. Evans and Seyffert retain their positions at the top of the leaderboard with an aggregate time of 6:23:29 and will take a 1:18 lead into the final day. The young Isostar team of Jurgens Uys and Jason Meaton finished fourth in 4:03:25 to remain third in the general classification in 6:52:24. The stage is now set for an interesting showdown on the fast-paced 50km final stage. While Wolhuter and Hill may have the technical advantage on the Hayterdale cross-country trails, the race could come down to the final climb up Zuurberg Pass, where Evans and Seyffert asserted their authority on the opening stage. “I think a minute’s enough to win this race if you don’t have any bad luck or mechanicals,” said Evans. “Andrew and Chris were stronger today than yesterday, so our goal was just to ride with them, not lose time and defend our lead.” The race started at a brisk pace as the riders descended into the valley from Camp Figtree towards Slagboom Dam, with the foursome going clear on the technical Monty’s Python climb just before the first waterpoint. “Then we climbed up and out of the Addo Park grasslands, where I just sat at the front and rode a nice consistent pace,” said defending champion Hill. On one of the recommended portage sections after the second waterpoint, the Isostar youngsters caught the leaders but the elastic snapped once more when the tempo was increased. There were some anxious moments for the overall leaders when Evans’s chain kept dropping, forcing him and Seyffert to chase back several times in the vicinity of the radio mast high on the northern ridge of the Zuurberg mountains. “We then set a really strong pace through the third and fourth waterpoints along the Karoo Koppies section, with a tailwind behind us and a nice smooth track,” said Hill. However, his turn for trouble came when a lead motorbike crashed in front of him, snagging a roll of farm fencing and his rear wheel in the process. After extricating Hill from the barbed wire, the foursome paced together on For Pete’s Sake, the final sting in the tail climb, before deciding the stage in a nail-biting finishing sprint. In the women’s race, the Merrell team of Andrea Shirley and Sanmari Woithe claimed their second stage victory in 5:10:12 for a combined time of 8:44:58. Multiple Cape Town Cycle Tour champion Anriette Schoeman and Africa Silks teammate John Wakefield won the day in the mixed category in 4:47:23 for an overall time of 8:01:50. Visit http://www.greatzuurbergtrek.co.za. Follow @zuurbergtrekker or find the race on Facebook.
  22. Chris Wolhuter and Jarryd Haley claimed all three stage wins en route to overall victory at the inaugural Liberty Cape Winelands MTB Encounter in Wellington on Sunday. Click here to view the article
  23. The Altech Autopage duo took the debut honours in the 175km Western Cape race in a combined time of 8:13:41. Flandria grand masters Eben Espach and Linus van Onselen finished second in the general classification in 8:58:29, with the SDK Legends pairing of Rikus Visser and Divan Koch rounding out the podium in 9:16:29. Altech Autopage’s Chris Wolhuter (left) and Jarryd Haley took all three stage wins en route to overall victory in the inaugural Liberty Cape Winelands MTB Encounter, which finished in Wellington on Sunday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. Pretoria Box U23 riders Mitchell Eliot and Neil Robinson, who grabbed the runner-up spot on days two and three, had to be content with fourth place overall after technical problems created an insurmountable time gap on day one. Wynberg-based Wolhuter, who usually rides alongside regular teammate Hanco Kachelhoffer, said his ad hoc partnership with Rocky Mountain’s Haley had worked out well. “We came in wanting to win and managed to do that, so that’s fantastic,” said the 26-year-old. “Coming into this event, we heard that it was more of an experience than a race, but the moment the guys put on the number boards, it quickly became one.” Wolhuter said Eliot and Robinson had shown their intent early on the 67km opening stage from the Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch to the Le Franschhoek Hotel in Franschhoek. “We kept the racing together until the base of the first climb and then we broke away and went up there with the Pretoria Box guys.” Wolhuter said he and Haley had managed to get a gap over the top of the climb and extended it on the Skyfall singletrack that followed on the Bartinney lands. “There was a headwind all the way to the finish, so we just rode a good tempo that opened up our lead. “Unfortunately, Mitchell and Neil had a lot of technical problems which ultimately took them out of the running.” Seeing what could happen, Wolhuter and Haley decided not to take any unnecessary risks and consolidated their lead on the 53km second stage from Franschhoek to Doolhof Wine Estate in Wellington. The two took advantage of a strong tailwind to cover the first 30km in an hour and give themselves more time on the rockier, tougher mountain trails after the Drakenstein Prison. “We had quite a nice lead coming into the third stage, which took place on the Welvanpas trails around Doolhof.” Wolhuter said he and Mowbray resident Haley were both familiar with the 55km circuit near Wellington and knew how to approach it. “It’s quite technical here, especially in the last 10 kilometres where there are a lot of sharp rocks. “We rode quite a decent tempo off the start and got away easier than I had anticipated.” Former downhill racer Haley took the lead into the technical singletrack sections and showed his technical abilities over the climbs, while Wolhuter drove the pace on the flatter stretches to secure an unassailable lead. Wolhuter, who raced for the Stan’s NoTubes road team in the United States of America during the 2013/14 season, said he was happy to have found mountain biking success again on home soil. “We’ve had a slow start to the year, been close to the podium for some of the bigger races but just missed them, so it’s fantastic to win again.” He said the Cape Winelands race had been the right combination of a challenging ride and a five-star experience. “I think the first edition went off really well, there were some fantastic trails and it’s got the potential to grow very nicely.” For more information, visit www.capewinelands.capetown. Alternatively, find Cape Winelands MTB Encounter on Facebook or follow @winelandsmtb.
  24. Chris Wolhuter’s cycling season in America has been going well thus far. Wolhuter, who rides for the Stans No Tubes p/b Proferrin team, has said recently that some good results has made up for the times when the results weren’t coming like he hoped. Click here to view the article
  25. Photo credit: Ashleigh Smit “The season has on the whole gone well so far. There have been ups and downs but getting the good results makes it worth it,” said Wolhuter who went to the US in February. Some of his best results include podiums in the Hincapie Spring Series - a first at River Falls, second at Friday Night Fights Criterium and second at the SRS Montgomery Criterium. He is currently leading the Pez Cycling Sprinters Jersey Classification in the South-East Regional Series (SRS) and is second in the Overall Classification for the SRS. “I have been achieving most of my goals I have set at the start of the season. Obviously there have been some disappointments along the way. Racing in the USA is hard. I think a lot of people have this misconception that is ‘easier’ than Europe but having raced in Belgium before I would say that racing here can be as hard if not harder in some aspects. Another factor that makes things ‘difficult’ in a sense here is that we drive huge distances to races. My main goal for which I came here is to try and get a ride on a pro team and I am still fighting for that!” This coming weekend Wolhuter will compete in the Crossroads Classic. “It is a six day omnium style tour/stage race with five criteriums and one road race.” A week later Wolhuter will race at the next SRS Knoxville race where he will be defending his points jersey.
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