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  1. Just spotted that the 2019 edition sold out in 10 minutes, this was after 3 rounds of entries, PPA, corporate and general. Obviously some events are still really popular! Looks like we have 5 teams entered For those that like to remind themselves of those 3 little bumps at the end, here is the route: https://www.strava.com/clubs/21210/group_events/554512
  2. Entries for the 2017 MALUTI DOUBLE90 TEAM CHALLENGE on Saturday 1 April 2017 will open at 13h00 on Monday 28 November 2016. Only 120 team spots are up for grabs. “We were a little lucky with the weather this year,” explained Pedal Power Association CEO Robert Vogel. “The inaugural event took place this year on the second weekend of May and while we had good cycling conditions on race day, it was really cold and very wet the next day. For that reason we decided to look for a slightly earlier date. Taking Easter and other bookings in Clarens into consideration, the first Saturday in April was the next available date.” The Maluti Double90 is a 12-rider team time trial over 180 km. Located in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and slotted between the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Clarens is known as the “Jewel of the Free State” and is the undisputed tourist magnet in this part of the country. The town is roughly equidistant from Bloemfontein and Johannesburg (both being some 3 hours normal travel time away), with Durban being 4 hours away. After an intense ride to make up 90 seconds in the first 100 km of the race, Team Road Cover won the 2016 Maluti Double90 Challenge in a time of 4:50:48, averaging just over 37 km/h over the challenging 180 km eastern Free State course. Starting in the last position as the top-seeded team, they crossed the finish line seconds ahead of Team Bluff Meat Supply (4:53:48) to beat them by just under 3 minutes. Third across the finish line was Team Van Heerden Pharmacy/Apteek (5:01:58). The first mixed team across the finish line, Team Token Cycling (5:07:46), finished fifth overall. Second in the mixed category was Clover Prestigio Mixed (5:32:21), with Team Enervit (5:38:34) third. The Enervit King of Maluti (KOM) was Jaco van Dyk (Team Almec Carpet Worx) who blitzed the tough Strava climb in the Golden Gate reserve in 05:29, while Desray Sebregts (Team TOKEN Cycling; 07:37)) was crowned the Enervit Queen of Maluti. DISCOUNT FOR TEAMS WITH 6 OR MORE PPA MEMBERS Entries will cost R7 800 per team. All teams that start and finish the 2017 Maluti Double90 with a minimum of 6 paid-up/valid PPA members will receive a 10% discount on the 2017 entry fee. As the names of team members will be loaded by the team captains only after the team entries have been paid, a membership validation will be done against your team’s results after the event, and the discount will be refunded after the event. Entries close on 13 March 2017 or as soon as 120 team entries have been received, whichever comes first. Event info at a glance: Saturday 1 April 2017180 km 120 teams 12 riders per team (the time of the 6th rider will count as the team’s time) Team categories: Open, mixed and all-female Prize money for the first three teams in each category (T’s and C’s apply) Elevation gain over the 180 km: 2 220m Steepest gradient is the 'Mine Shaft' at 22% (roughly at the 155km mark) Enervit “King of Maluti” (KOM) and “Queen of Maluti” (QOM) hot spot Team entries will open on Monday 28 November 2016 at 13h00. Entries close on Monday 13 March 2017 at 13h00 or as soon as 120 team spots have been filled, whichever comes first. More information: www.malutidouble90.co.za. (The entries link will be posted here on the 28th) Enquiries: Please email bloem@pedalpower.org.za
  3. Here’s what you need to know to avoid disappointment and endless months of FOMO for your team: Entries will run on the same three-tiered entry process introduced in 2017. The event will once again take place on the spectacular 202km route around the Overberg, starting and finishing in Swellendam. The 2018 event will run on Saturday, 24 November 2018 when 245 teams of up to 12 riders will challenge the clock. Cyclists will have three opportunities to enter this iconic team time trial and details are as follows: Please note that all entry tiers are based on a first come, first served basis. Tier 1: PPA entries Entry fee (per team): R 9 600 Number of entries: 50 teams Entries open: Monday, 13 August @ 1pm Entries close: As soon as the entry limit in this Tier has been reached – or at 12pm on Tuesday, 14 August. PPA memberships will be verified Tier 2: Corporate entries Entry fee (per team): R12 600 Number of entries: 80 teams Entries open: Tuesday, 14 August @1pm Entries close: As soon as the entry limit in this Tier has been reached – or at 12pm on Thursday, 16 August. Tier 3: General entries Entry fee (per team): R 9 600 Number of entries: 80 teams Entries open: Thursday, 16 August @ 1pm Entries close: As soon as the entry limit in this Tier has been reached Immediate payment is required via credit card during the entry process. All unpaid entries will be cancelled once the entry deadline has been reached for each entry tier. NB: We urge teams to please designate only ONE person to secure their team entry! Administrative penalty fees will be raised for any refunds we have to administrate due to the fact that more than one person from a team secured an entry. All entrants will need to log on by visiting the Coronation Double Century website www.coronationdc.co.za. Tips to secure an entry: Team captain or team member designated with securing the entry should ensure that their personal details are updated on the system which can be done via this link: https://online.entries.co.za/entries/findperson.aspx?eid=3493 We urge teams to please designate only ONE person to secure their team entry. “We’re looking forward to hosting a wide range of cyclists again this year,” commented David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT). “From the top pros and elites down to the weekend warriors. It’s the team spirit and the overall vibe that makes this event so special.”
  4. Event Name: Coronation Double Century 2017 When: 25 November 2017 Where: Swellendam, Western Cape Category: Road The Coronation Double Century is an annual, 202 kilometre team cycle race that is limited to 250 teams, and takes place on 25 November 2017. Participating teams can again look forward to starting and finishing in the picturesque town of Swellendam in the Western Cape. The familiar route will also see competing teams complete the most challenging climbs (the Tradouw Pass and Op de Tradouw) within the first 60 kilometres of the race. From Swellendam, cyclists follow the R324 through Suurbraak and over Tradouw Pass towards Barrydale. A left turn onto the R62 leads them to the challenging 7 kilometre Op de Tradouw stretch, before making their way to Montagu. The route then snakes through Cogmanskloof towards Ashton and Robertson, before winding left onto the R317 towards Bonnievale, and finishing in Swellendam. The cycling equivalent of an ultra-marathon, the Coronation Double Century is more than just a cycle race and all about camaraderie and team spirit. Above all, it is a hard race and participants need to have put in the necessary training to finish in comfort. Teams must reach the finish by 16h30 and there will be cut-off points along the route. Go to Event Page
  5. “That’s what we came here to do,” commented a visibly elated Clint Hendricks after the finish. “I don’t know why I keep doing it,” he added. “it’s always really tough.” Team Active Bodies. Alfa Bodyworks, the 2016 runners-up, featuring Nolan Hoffman, Shaun-Nick Bester, HB Kruger and Shameeg Salie finished second in a time of4:38:48, with Team Mad Macs pb häzz– who rode a surprisingly spectacular race – rounding off the podium. The men’s race in the world’s largest team time trial lived up to the pre-race hype with all the big guns going hard from the start. Alfa Bodyworks looked like early favourites. However, they, along with Freewheel Cycology Racing and Hot Chillee seemed to hemorrhage riders early on, due to punctures and early fatigue. They however managed to keep it together to have the required six of their 12 riders finish, but it was Active Bodies who was ahead at every time check. According to Hendricks the team – which included African Champion Willie Smit and captained by Bradley Potgieter – rode faster in 2017 despite not having as many ‘name’ pros. “We were a lot smoother than last year. We had 11 guys until about 25km to go and only lost guys because of the punctures.” Conditions were perfect for racing early on, cloudy and cool through Buffeljagsrivier and up into Tradouw Pass, the first real test of the route, however temperatures soon became an issue as riders got onto the R62. “It was hot and windy,” Hendricks said, “definitely hotter and windier than last year - it was just a long, hard grind and it’s going to be a long day for the back markers,” he concluded. Tiletoria Train. The women’s category was dominated by pre-race favourites, Tiletoria Train. The team, including Bianca Holtzkampf, Hazel MacGill, Susan Melmed, Maroesjka Matthee and Desiree Strydom never held back and had a healthy lead at all of the check points. The hotly contested Mixed division was taken out by Design in Motion Storck, with Hotchillee Mixed in second. Design in Motion Storck came with some serious firepower, featuring Cashandra Slingerland, Desray Sebregts, pro riders Myles van Musschenbroek and Richard Baxter. Aside from the unique competitive nature of the racing element, the event is a favourite on the calendar among fun riders - for who it really caters. The camaraderie, scenery and big endurance challenge is what draws them, with the post-race carnival atmosphere in town the perfect way to finish it off. Design in Motion Storck. “This is our 11th year with the Double Century,” commented Coronation portfolio manager, Neville Chester, who once again completed the race himself. “We love the event, it really is a signature event, I don’t think there is anything quite like it – in terms of the distance and nature – in the country,” he said. “The team nature of the event also ties in with Coronation’s philosophy of teamwork. It was a fantastic day out there,” he said of his ride. “It was a beautiful day with the weather really playing along. There was also a great vibe out on route and, like all good teams, I managed to surround myself with people who made me look good.” RESULTS: Men 1. Active Bodies 04:30:12 2. Alpha Bodyworks 4:38:48 3. Mad Macs pb häzz 4:40:24Women 1. Tiletoria Train 5:38:45 2. Peak Peloton 7:09:13 3. RoadCover WCT 7:51:11 Mixed 1. Design in Motion Storck 5:04:41 2. Hot Chillee Mixed 5:08:18 3. Laurium 5:20:44
  6. The seeding system the event uses ensures the slowest teams start first (at an eyelid-cracking 5am), and the potential winners two-and-a-half hours later. So everyone gets to see the pros power by. Who should we be looking out for? The Men’s race should boil down to a five-horse gallop, if the seeding indices are to be believed. The bookies’ favourites will surely be the Active Bodies outfit, with the likes of African Champion Willie Smit, 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour winner Clint Hendricks and a handful of other top pros lining up alongside the 2016 runners-up, Alfa Bodyworks. This Cape-based team has another Cycle Tour champ, Nolan Hoffman, headlining with fellow pros Shaun-Nick Bester, HB Kruger and Shameeg Salie in the ranks, but comes with possibly a little more strength in depth, and rode pretty much as-is last year. In this event, team work is critical, so that could be a deciding factor, something the other top-five shoo-ins will be looking to capitalise on in the absence of World-Tour firepower: Hotchillee (Dan Halksworth, Luthando Kaka, Luke Hardiman), Bluff Meat Supply (Andreas Studer, Sean Merredew) and Freewheel Cycology (Christoff van Heerden, Shan Wilson, Jarryd Hayley, James Tennent and Charles Keey, with a guest rider who might look startlingly like Olympic Omnium Gold Medallist Elia Viviani) will be hoping for perfect tactics and the best of luck as they take on the big-name teams. One slip-up, though and there is a full peloton of challengers in the wings: The Misfits, Demacon, 04:55 Club, Proconics ASG and Mad Macs pb häzz will all be ready to pounce.The Women’s division is sure to be dominated by the Tiletoria Train. Bianca Holtzkampf, Hazel MacGill, Susan Melmed, Maroesjka Matthee and Desiree Strydom lead a team of experienced CDC riders, and with the majority of the established names on the women’s racing circuit being absorbed into the highly-competitive Mixed category, they will surely triumph over the Road Cover outfit. The Mixed trophy is often more hotly contested than the Men’s, as team sponsors seek the best value out of what has become one of South Africa’s premier road events. 2017 will be no different, with Design in Motion, Hotchillee Mixed and RRAV dicing for the win, closely watched by the Enervit and Edenglen outfits (if our seeding gurus have pushed the right buttons). Design in Motion carries some serious firepower; a resurgent Cashandra Slingerland, Desray Sebregts and Sam Sanders will be joined by pro riders Myles van Musschenbroek and Richard Baxter, as well as a gaggle of Joburg hardmen. Will they have enough to hold off the might and class of former Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt, ably assisted by Lise Bryer, Nadia Visser, Catherine and Alma Colyn, Lucy James and a small group of Cape Town’s bravest vet riders? We shall see. They, in turn, will need to watch for the RRAV squad, which has some particularly strong male riders to support the likes of Zanri Rossouw, Elmari de Wet and Janice Venter. Team Enervit has a more rounded look to it – with all 12 riders similar in seeding, in support of Tess Mackeurtan, Sam Kristiansen and Natalie Bounds, as does the Edenglen squad, with Chiara di Siena, Vivien Sa Joe, Lauren Walker and Adele Ambrose looking to some top team work to keep them in the hunt. The Coronation Double Century differs from a ‘normal’ road race in that a team’s time is decided by the sixth rider to cross the finish line. Factor in the Charles Milner Medal, which is awarded to each full team of 12 riders that finishes within 10 minutes of the team’s first rider (inside the allocated 10 and a half hours), and even at the sharp end of the field it is tough to call; many squads opt for the full-finish rather than sacrificing a rider to finish a few minutes faster. This shouldn’t affect the podium contenders, who will burn out the workers in the search for glory, but there are a few teams who will be giving it a full go for a competitive 12-rider finish. To keep informed of developments of the Coronation Double Century, join their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/CoronationDC or follow @TheCoronationDC on Twitter www.twitter.com/TheCoronationDC and @coronationdc on Instagram.
  7. Cyclists will have three opportunities to enter this very popular event and details are as follows: Tier 1 - PPA Entries: As owners and founders of the event, The Pedal Power Association (PPA) have secured 40 Team Entries for fully paid up PPA members at a cost of R9 200 per Team Entry. These entries will become available on Thursday, 10 August @ 1pm. Once the entrants PPA membership status has been vetted, written confirmation of successful entry will be sent and there will be a 24 hour period within which payment must be made. To enter please see https://online.entries.co.za/entries/findperson.aspx?eid=4119&act=setgroup *Development Team Entries: An additional five Team Entries will be allocated to development clubs registered with PPA, for which teams may apply to PPA as per the same procedure as previous years. Tier 2 – Corporate Entries: Corporates that would like to secure a Team Entry at the cost of R12 000 per team (80 Team Entries available) should be ready to enter on Monday, 14 August @ 1pm. Notification of successful entry will be sent out in writing within 24 hours – the Corporate will then have a further 24 hours to make payment. To enter please see http://www.coronationdc.co.za Tier 3 – General Entries: These entries will be available at a cost of R9 200 per team (100 Team Entries available) on Thursday, 17 August @ 1pm. Successful entrants will be notified within 24 hours and will then have 24 hours to pay for their Team Entry. To enter please see http://www.coronationdc.co.za The 25th Coronation Double Century will again take place in Swellendam on Saturday, 25 November 2017 when 250 teams of up to 12 riders each will cycle the spectacular traditional 202km around the Overberg. While every effort is made to ensure that the event remains an affordable, safe and enjoyable experience, the cost of running events over large distances are sometimes difficult to contain; we do however believe that the values offered in the new three-tiered entry format will continue to offer riders excellent value for money, and most importantly a wonderful and safe cycling experience with team mates. David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT), advises that road works are still underway along the route and a neutral zone will be implemented again this year. Bellairs advises that those wishing to participate in the 25th Coronation Double Century will need to accept the conditions under which the 2017 event will be held, including the extended neutral zone. Cyclists applying for Corporate and General Entries will need to log on by visiting the Coronation Double Century website www.coronationdc.co.za. It is advisable to have the following information handy: Team name and then the Team Captain’s details should be updated on our system. The organisers have urged potential entrants to follow the event’s social media platforms via Facebook (www.facebook.com/CoronationDC) and Twitter (@TheCoronationDC) for updates during the entry process. The Coronation Double Century is a Pedal Power Association event organised by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust on their behalf. For event-related queries, please contact the Events Office on 087 820 7223 during office hours.
  8. CDC Kids Cycling Clinic another resounding success in 2016 “It teaches them discipline, commitment and teamwork,” says Olivier. Throughout the year, CAP runs the CAP Development Cycling Club headed up by Wynand Olivier, himself a keen cyclist. The club is registered and is affiliated with the Overberg Sports Forum and gives high-risk or borderline youths, as well as those who don’t have the finances, the opportunity to ride mountain bikes. “We ride twice a week during school terms and four times during the holidays,” says Wynand. “These kid’s parents can’t afford to pay anything towards the club and we rely on donations and sponsorships for all the clothing and equipment and any race entries. However, we give back by working at events like CDC. It’s our way of saying thank you for what we have received from sponsors, like Coronation and Tsogo Sun.” Then, once a year, in conjunction with the Coronation Double Century organisers and the Pedal Power Association, the CDC Kids Cycling Clinic takes place in Swellendam. The clinic is a rigorous and enormously fun course that teaches the kids basic bike / mechanical skills as well as how to ride and to look after their bikes that are gifted to CAP – as well as bigger life skills such as taking responsibility for their school work, etiquette on the road and road safety. Not only does the Cycling Clinic equip kids with the skills they need to really enjoy the sport, but thanks to the support from Coronation and Tsogo Sun, it also provides them with all the practical and protective cycling essentials, like helmets, riding gloves, water bottles, tubby bags, bike wash gear, cycling shorts, and arm warmers. In addition to sponsoring individual cycling kits for participating kids, Coronation also donates bicycles towards the clinic. “We have been proud partners to the Coronation Double Century for the past decade. Equally as important as the race itself, is our ability to make a lasting impact in the local community,” says Wendy Bergsteedt, Head of Marketing at Coronation. “Beyond our involvement in the Cycling Clinic – which we are thrilled to support – we also contribute to CAP’s social development initiatives.” This year, Coronation handed over desktop computers to Swellendam High School and in addition revamped the school garden to create a pleasant place for the students to enjoy during their breaks. The 2016 clinic once again took place two days before the Coronation Double Century at the Bontebok National Park. A group of 10 aspiring cyclists, six from the existing club and four new members, were put through their paces and got to experience the thrill and freedom of mountain biking. “What is as important as the introduction to cycling is the exposure they get to professional cycling,” says Ilze. “The clinic immediately links them to the Coronation Double Century because now they are part of everything that is going on in town, so now they can see what they can become, that adds hope and drive, which is a great motivator.” Some of the opportunities that arise for these young people include the chance to become MTB tour guides, which will mean they will eventually be able to contribute positively to the region’s tourism industry. In addition, through the clinic and club, talents are starting to emerge and there is a possibility of taking it all further. “There are lots of races in the area that we can negotiate entries for,” Ilze says. “To get to these races is the trick, however. If we can get a trailer and get the cycling club youths to these races there would be an element of competition involved. This would then mean they would want to train more, so we would then be able to keep them busy for more days of the week,” she says. Despite the challenges, Wynand and Ilze see nothing but positive spin-offs to the clinic and club. Armed with the skills and lessons taught at the CDC Cycling Clinic and through the CAP Development Cycling Club, these youths are not only learning how to cycle, but are being presented with an opportunity to change their future for the better.
  9. Like most ardent cyclists in Cape Town the Coronation Double Century is a highlight on the racing calendar for Pure Savage – the team was of course founded because of this event so it’s an auspicious occasion for us. While we’ve lost a few stalwarts over the years, including some of the original Savages, we’ve gained a slew of new riders and galvanised a solid bond in our ranks as a result. Click here to view the article
  10. This year we selected quite possibly one of our strongest teams to date and the mettle among the ranks has been nothing short of astonishing. Everybody seems to love Pure Savage – it appears the notion of a group of amateurs with day jobs dishing out pain to their mates, is what appeals most to everyone. The cheers of support from other teams we passed during the race on Saturday was amazing! It spurred us on to hammer harder and felt amazing. Thank you for your support guys. As a result of the awesome vibe several sponsors have come on board for the 2016/17 season such as USN, Ciovita, Bike Hub and Volvo. Volvo kindly sponsored our team entry for the Double Century and XC90 support vehicle, a car so stunning it made us one of the most envied teams in the race. It is a belter right? Kitted out here in our team livery, Thor’s Hammer (that’s his name) epitomises everything about Pure Savage and the hammer philosophy. This year’s Coronation Double Century was one of the toughest days on the bike for the team. It wasn’t so much the pace and intensity but rather the heat and wind that wreaked havoc over the 200 km route. At one point the mercury touched 40deg Celsius! As a consequence the hurt locker was frequented many times as heart rates soared, cramps pulsated through our legs and sweat stained our kits in a salty crust. It was rough. It’s hard to explain what it feels like out there, especially when you’re going full gas, but this quote by Marco Pantani fully encompasses what we experienced out there on Saturday – ‘I love the mountains, but in the moment of exertion, I’m filled with a deep hatred. So I try to shorten the suffering.’ Marco is of course referring to the hurt locker – the bastion of pain that every cyclist experiences some time or another. As you can see from the pictures we spent a lot of time suffering out there and as much as it was painful it was also pleasurable. See, we had a specific goal this year: to beat last years’ time and possibly dip below 5h20m, a pretty realistic goal considering the untimed 10 km neutral zone. We took a measured approach at the start of the race and rotated pulling duties on the front in a double pace line to keep our progress swift and economic. It worked. Jarred and Brendon helped call the orders and soon we were barreling along at 42 kph and passing team after team without unloading too many unnecessary Watts. Of course, there were the loafers – you know, those freeloaders who enjoy slipstreaming without returning the favour on the front. Anyway those who tried didn’t last very long and soon our blue and red train reached the open expanses of the R324 and were fast-approaching the first climb – Tradouw Pass. At this point, Jarred took up marshaling duties to ensure we burnt as little matches as possible up here but still kept a decent pace. It worked – despite Will attempting to chase down every faster team coming through at pace. We made it to the top with 10 riders and enjoyed the exhilarating 4 km descent, weaving down at an average speed of around 72 kph and maxing at 86! Scary stuff! Our measured approach paid off and we made it to the first compulsory stop in 2h48m at an average speed of 37 kph. We lost Nardus and Jon to injuries – a real loss as both these champs are real characters in the team and this signaled the harsh reality of being dropped from the bunch. The next 60 km after the first stop were pure torture and as we hooked a left exiting Robertson a stiff wind met us head-on. It proved tough work. Some of the stronger riders in the team made it look easy – like William. Will I. Am. as he affectionately became known during the course of the race was ridiculously strong. I don't think he even broke a sweat and rightfully so, this man has completed the Giro del Capo. In fact, I'm pretty sure riding with us was tantamount to Grade 2 maths for him. See, Will is not only a mathematician – he's a cunning tactician, too. Generals among front-line expendables Jarred and Will knew exactly what to do in the head/crosswinds yesterday. Some of our smaller and less experienced guys struggled through this period but we all made it to the second stop bang-on target. The heat really ramped up at the stop at Bonnievale as did the Swellendam fan, and the notion of another 40 km at threshold was looking less appealing with every passing second. The team looked drained but our amazing support crew of Olivia and Marlee along with Nardus and Jon helped boost the morale. As usual Aaron was winging about the breeze, Calvin couldn’t really speak and Klyde was giggling like a Cheshire cat because he couldn’t believe he’d lasted this long. Brendon quashed the murmurs about riding to the end “within myself” and “own pace” as that is just not savage. Like dehydrated mummies unable to talk we limped around delirious and confused in search of anything edible to stuff our faces with. Except Will. Did I mention how freaking strong this guy is? Carl, Calvin, Marcus and Aaron looked in pretty bad shape leaving the final stop but the last 40 km stint brought a resurgence of confidence to push on. Surprisingly we left compulsory stop 2 with 10 riders but the pace and surging from the groups that merged with us began to take its toll on Carl and Aaron. We lost sight of them at around 185 km with Klyde popping at 187 km and Calvin atomically blowing at 192 km. This meant Jarred, Will, Brendon, Marcus, Waldo and Brenton were left to push towards the line as quick as possible. Jarred and Will took turns riding up front and held the team together despite the unrelenting wind and heat. The days hammering started to catch up to the boys and our once sky train like pace-line started to look more like a half dead snake. Will and Jarred just rotated together for the last 10 km as the rest of the boys hung on for dear life. Those three Ugly Sisters truly are hideous pieces of work but we crested them one by one. This left the final climb – we don’t remember it being this tough. In fact, it felt like one of our Everesting challenges but Waldo the Colossus came to the party in a big way and helped push Marcus while Jarred helped Brenton. Will? Well, did you have to ask? He was doing just fine as was Brendon. The team had done it. We achieved our goal of sub-5h20m and stopped the clock at 5h18m which also secured us 18th position overall. Further back Aaron and Carl started to claw back some time and picked up Klyde and Calvin on the final climb where they finished 4 minutes later in a time of 5h22m. Everybody did their turns on the front during the day until they popped and played a pivotal role securing this time. This is what the team is about; this is what Pure Savage is about – suffering with mates and enjoying a beer and exchanging war stories afterwards. Special mention goes to Nardus and Jon. Pity what happened but there's always next year chaps – chin up. Not forgetting Jarred and Brenton, our pistons from PE as well as Marcus, Waldo, Aaron, Carl, Will and Brendon our captain. Seeing how the team has grown in popularity and strength this year is so lekker. While we really get great pleasure from hammering every ride in the face it’s the vibe around the team that really makes mashing pedals so much more enjoyable. Our awesome kit partner, Ciovita has agreed to another run of our current kit, if you would like to get your hands on a set pop us a mail at teampuresavage@gmail.com . Hammer!
  11. They came with a plan. The strategy was to go hard from the gun. To win in style. By doing so they would be telling a side story. Click here to view the article
  12. Nic White and his RoadCover Cycling Team today convincingly outgunned Alpha BodyWorks and Active Bodies to win one of the biggest team time trials in the world - the Coronation Double Century over 202-kilometres out of Swellendam. RoadCover, who featured imports Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida) and last weekend’s 94.7 Cycle Challenge winner, Brendon Davids, along with team regulars such as Willie Smit and Clint Hendricks they rolled off the line one of the world’s largest team time trials as favourites and put the hammer down early on. Conditions were perfect early on, cloudy and cool with a few fog patches through Buffeljagsrivier and up into Tradouw Pass, the first real test of the route. “We went out quite quick from the start and were a little bit on the limit and didn’t know how long it was going to last,” he said. According to White, as important as the win was for his team and sponsors, so was the ‘story’ behind the make-up of the 12 for the day. “Generally the ‘CDC’ is a race where some of the top riders of the country are invited to race in composite teams. We decided to come as our own team and bring along some guest riders as well. We wanted to tell a story, past, present or future.” “It’s always nice to come out and see the guys I started out with and just to be back in the South African racing vibe, it’s something I miss,” added Meintjes who is in the country until late January when he will most likely start his 2017 season at the Tour Down Under.RoadCover won in a time of 4:42:23 (for 185km of racing) because of a compulsory neutral section in the route. The total distance covered was still 202-kilometres while the racing distance 185-kilometres. The neutral zone was necessitated by the ongoing roadworks between Montagu and Ashton. The zone was in effect from Van Riebeek Road in Montagu through the Cogmanskloof Pass to the end of the Ashton Team Support Zone in Zandvliet Road. Another plan that ran on song was that of three-time defending women’s champs, Velocity Sports Lab 1, although the win didn’t come nearly as easily as in the past. “We badly wanted the win,” said team captain Lara Woolley afterward. “We’ve won it for a few years, but this year the competition was a whole lot stiffer. Cycle Nation came down from Johannesburg and Tiletoria Train, were also very strong, but that made it more exciting in the end,” she said. Aside from the unique competitive nature of the racing element, the event is a favourite on the calendar among fun riders - for who it really caters. The spectacular scenery; camaraderie of finishing such a big endurance challenge; and carnival part atmosphere in town post event ensures this event continues to grow. “This is our 10th year with the Double Century,” commented Coronation portfolio manager, Neville Chester, who completed the race himself. “It really resonates with Coronation because of the key hallmarks that set it aside from other cycle races: The teamwork; the long distance; the ups-and-downs…it’s all in line with our brand values of thinking long term and working very hard as a team to deliver great outcomes for clients,” he said. The Coronation Double Century is a Pedal Power Association event organised by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust on their behalf. For event-related queries, please contact the Events Office on 087 820 7223 during office hours. RESULTS:Men 1. RoadCover 4:42:23 2. Alfa Body Works 4:55:14 3. Active Bodies 4:55:16 Women 1. Velocity Sports Lab 1 5:51:50 2. Cycle Nation 5:56:35 3. Tiletoria Train 6:08:17 Mixed 1. Storch Bicycles 5:20:41 2. Hot Chillee Mixed 5:25:25 3. Clover Prestige 5:30:18
  13. The 2016 Coronation Double Century is going to be wide open. The absence of 2015 champions Dimension Data (then MTN Qhubeka) sees Giant –who held the title for four years before they were unseated last year – and Team Road Cover as the main favourites. Click here to view the article
  14. Giant has a good mix of big hitters such as James Tennent, Raymond Cox and Theuns van der Bank as well as experienced campaigners like David Garrett and will be a threat on the day for sure. The team seeded first – who will go off last in this 202 kilometre team time trial - is Active Bodies Race. This composite outfit includes the likes of Pieter Seyffert, Andrew Hill and young mountain biker Travis Walker Perhaps the biggest favourites on the day are RoadCover. The outfit - under the guidance of prolific ex-pro Nic White – will field a strong team including Cape Town Cycle Tour winner Clint Hendricks and Willie Smit, as well as White himself. “For me to ride with the guys – I might be a bit out of my depth – is not something I get to do much so I’m looking forward to that,” White commented, adding that they want to cap off a good year “on a great note.” “We want to go quickly, and not spend too much time in the sun. We feel we have a group of guys that are capable of that,” he said. According to White, part of the reason why the team decided to race together – rather than spilt up and race in various composite invitational teams, as is usual at the Coronation Double Century – is to show how there has been progression through the various incarnations of the team. “We have a few guys who are going to join us who might potentially join us full-time next year,” he said. “As well as guys who have been in our team from the days of Europcar and, potentially, we have some guest riders who have been a part of the outfit before that, so really what we want to showcase is that there has been some progression and there is movement.” Also once again in the hunt for a podium will be KZN team Bluff Meat Supply, as well ASG Racing, featuring the Day brothers Dusty and Tyler and HotChillee ProAm with the likes of Nicholas Dlamini and Shameeg Salie riding under the guidance of former Paris–Roubaix winner Magnus Bäckstedt. All three teams are sure to go all out over the 202km course, which starts and finishes in Swellendam, but the final result is far from a foregone conclusion with any of the top nine teams capable of the win. In the women’s category, Team Team Cycle Nation, featuring Rio Olympian An-Li Kachelhoffer and Botswanian sensation Anouk Van Der Geest will be out to unseat Velocity Sports Lab 1, who claimed their hat trick when they won in a time of 06:25:51 in 2015. Also in the hunt will be Velocity Sports Lab 2 who finished third in 2015. The outside favourites though are Tiletoria Train under the leadership of Bianca Holtzkampf. Also shaping up to be a close-fought affair this year, is the mixed category, Team My Training Day – which finished second in 2015 – will be looking to take the top step of the podium again, a place they were last in 2012, however look for a challenge to come from Hot Chillee Mixed who finished third last year. Also keep an eye on Storck and Clover Prestigio While the first team to get six riders across the line in each category will be crowned champions, the Charles Milner Award goes to each full team of 12 riders which finish inside the allocated 10 hours. It’s a tough one to call this year as most teams make the decision on the day, as the race plays out, whether to shed riders or push for the 12-rider finish. To keep informed of developments of the Coronation Double Century, join their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/CoronationDC or follow @TheCoronationDC on Twitter www.twitter.com/TheCoronationDC.
  15. For those of you who missed out on securing a spot, here’s why you should be setting your reminders for an early entry next year: A true test of grit and endurance The Coronation Double Century is the cycling equivalent of an ultra-marathon, and is often referred to as the ‘Comrades of the cycling community’. Spanning 202 kilometres with a total ascent of 2 100 metres – which includes the Tradouw Pass and Op de Tradouw, notorious even amongst seasoned participants – it is, to put it simply, not an easy race to finish. It takes months of solid training to prepare, and a steely resilience to see you over the finishing line. It is a worthy challenge for even the most experienced cyclists, and one that allows most to push towards new limits.Enjoy some spectacular scenery along the way The race starts and ends in Swellendam, one of South Africa’s oldest towns. Nestled at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, the town is known as much for its historical significance as it is for the beauty of the surrounding landscape, and it has become a popular get-away for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. On setting off, the route will take you towards Barrydale and then along Route 62 towards Montagu. From there, you’ll pass through Ashton and Robertson before winding back down again to Swellendam. You’ll be treated to spectacular scenery and impressive mountain passes as you ride through one of South Africa’s celebrated wine-growing regions. In fact, many cyclists use the opportunity to experience more of this part of the country before or after the race. Your entry has an impact Every year the Coronation Double Century gives back to communities in the Swellendam region. One of the key initiatives the race supports is the Coronation Double Century Kids Cycling Clinic, a two-day course run in collaboration with the local Community Action Partnership (CAP). It focuses on teaching under-privileged children from schools along the route how to improve their cycling and look after their bikes. It also has the additional benefit of promoting sound life skills, such as showing responsibility and engaging in healthy hobbies. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (the race organiser) donates bicycles for the clinic and sponsors kit for the children. The children then form part of a cycling club that continues throughout the year.In addition, CAP runs a number of social development initiatives within the Swellendam community. As naming sponsors, Coronation supports CAP’s youth counselling programme, which aims to assist youth in dealing with challenging life circumstances or events, social and behavioural problems, and substance abuse. On a personal note, it’s a race Coronation has been a proud partner to for the last decade Coronation is thrilled to be a part of this exclusive race, as we have been since 2007. We believe that the success of the participating cyclists ultimately centres on a long-term commitment, collaboration and the pursuit of excellence – all of which are values we aspire to within our business.We wish all of this year’s cyclists a successful and enjoyable ride. We also extend our gratitude to all support drivers, spectators and cyclists’ families and friends. Encouragement and support along the route is always appreciated, and contributes to ensuring a memorable experience. Finally, we hope that cyclists who have not yet experienced this extraordinary event will get the opportunity to do so in future. To find out more about Coronation please visit www.BecauseItsYourMoney.com
  16. Fellow Hubbers doing the DC or travelling to that side, I need your help... Due to work commitments, I'm not able to leave with my team. Now I need a lift from Cape Town Airport, or around there, on Friday evening, 25 Nov 2016, to Swellendam. I will have only my bike and a backpack. If you can help, please pm me so we can chat more about the details such as pick up point, fee, etc PS: I just need a lift to Swellendam. I have accommodation and a lift coming back.
  17. Most individuals who exercise regularly can finish a 100km ride quite easily, but a 202km ride is a different story, both physically and mentally. Here are some tips to follow in the lead up to this challenging event: Don’t over-train For both physical conditioning and mental preparation, you need to have put in the distances ahead of time, but don’t train excessively before the event as over-training can be counter-productive. Cross train Not all training has to happen on the bike and some cross training is good – particularly as this builds stamina and general cardiovascular fitness. So head to the gym for some weight training, or hit the road for a run. Stick to a routine Familiarise yourself with a routine of exercise, rest and feeding – and stick to it. Don’t be tempted to try out new training methods or new foodstuffs just before race day – you won’t know how your body will react to it and you could end up in trouble. Stick to what you know and what’s worked for you in the past. Keep healthy Keep yourself healthy and virus-free. If you are unwell before the race, check with your doctor if you can safely ride and trust that decision. If you are unable to control your heart rate rise, it is unlikely that you will be able to finish the race and trying to do so could result in a metabolic or heat-related injury. Keep an eye on the website for more training and essential race day tips in the lead up to the race. Follow our social media platforms via Facebook (www.facebook.com/CoronationDC), Twitter (@TheCoronationDC) and Instagram (@coronationdc) for updates. The Coronation Double Century is a Pedal Power Association event organised by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust on their behalf. For event-related queries, please contact the Events Office on 087 820 7223 during office hours.
  18. The Coronation Double Century is a true test of endurance and skill. Pedalling in excess of 200km in the space of 10 hours is a demanding task, even for pro cyclists. Click here to view the article
  19. Following in-depth discussions between the various stakeholders, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust and Pedal Power Association are happy to announce that the earlier proposed changes to the entry fee and process will not be put into practice for the 2016 edition of the Coronation Double Century. Click here to view the article
  20. Aspirant participants will be pleased to note that entries will now open online at 11am on Wednesday, 31 August. Entries will be allocated on a first come; first served basis and will cost R8,400.00 per team.
  21. Entries for the 2015 event sold out in under 13 minutes (the quickest sell-out in the event’s history) and the decision has been taken to create a new tiered entry process for the 2016 event. Explaining the new process, David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT), says “To facilitate some necessary increases, while endeavouring to contain costs as far as possible without impacting on the quality of the event and safety of the cyclists, three tiers of Team Entry fees have been created that cyclists can apply for: Tier 1: R12 000 per Team Entry. Applications will open on Tuesday, 23 August from 1pm to 3pm. Successful applicants will be notified within 24 hours. Successful applicants then have 24 hours to pay for their Team Entry – failure to do so within this allotted time will result in the Entry being forfeited. Tier 2: R10 200 per Team Entry. Applications will open on Thursday, 25 August from 1pm to 3pm. Successful applicants will be notified within 24 hours. Successful applicants then have 24 hours to pay for their Team Entry – failure to do so within the allotted time will result in Entry being forfeited. Tier 3: R8 400. Applications will open on Monday, 29 August from 1pm to 3pm. Successful applicants will be notified within 24 hours. Successful applicants then have 24 hours to pay for their Team Entry. The total number of available Team Entry slots for this event will be limited to 250. We have however ensured that a minimum of one third of the total available Team Entries will be made available in Tier 3 at the lowest cost – as we do not want to discourage teams of limited financial means to miss out on the opportunity to also apply for an entry.” “Because of the roadworks, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust has had to implement additional measures to ensure the safety of participants. In addition, the actual costs of putting on a premier event of this nature have seen significant increases over the past few years. The calculated cost of putting a single rider onto the road this year is in excess of R950, however we appreciate that this is a significant jump in cost,” he said. To apply for a Team Entry, cyclists will need to log on by visiting the Coronation Double Century website www.coronationdc.co.za. It is advisable to have the following information handy: Team name and then the Team Captains details should be updated on our system. The organisers have urged potential entrants to follow the event’s social media platforms via Facebook (www.facebook.com/CoronationDC) and Twitter (@TheCoronationDC) for up-to-the-minute updates during this entry process.
  22. Following the confirmation on Wednesday that, despite current extensive roadworks, the 24th Coronation Double Century will run on the traditional 202km route from Swellendam on 26 November 2016, the entry process will kick off on Tuesday, 23 August. Click here to view the article
  23. Eager cyclists waiting to hear about the fate of the 2016 Coronation Double Century team cycle event will be delighted to know that the 2016 edition will take place on the traditional route. Click here to view the article
  24. David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT), says: “A section of our traditional event route is under construction and the roads are the domain of the Provincial authorities. The road between Montagu and Ashton has been handed over to contractors with legal liability passing to them until they hand back the completed road upgrade to Province. “Following extensive discussions and negotiations between ourselves as the CDC organisers, Provincial Government, the road contractors Basil Reed and local Swellendam authorities, we are very pleased to announce that we have secured access to the roads under construction for the duration of the event. We are extremely grateful to Minister Donald Grant and his team in the Provincial Department of Transport for their assistance and co-operation in facilitating the discussions that have led to the securing of the route. “In an effort to ensure that safety of all participants is prioritised, we have had to meet and satisfy all concerns around risk mitigation and safety in taking a cycling event of this nature through a construction site. “As such, an extended neutral zone will be implemented as a safety measure on the stretch of road between Montagu and the feed zone in Ashton. A strict speed limit will be implemented and timing mats will be deployed at the start of the construction area and the Ashton feed zone. Any cyclists exceeding the prescribed max speed through the area will receive a 30 minute time penalty for their team.” Concluding, Bellairs advises those wishing to participate in the 24th Coronation Double Century, to acquaint themselves with the changes for this years event, as they will need to accept the conditions under which the 2016 event will be held, including the extended neutral zone which will include a 400-500m graveled section of road.” A new entry process will kick off on Tuesday, 23 August, at 1pm and a separate press release will be distributed detailing this process. The 24th Coronation Double Century will take place in Swellendam on Saturday, 26 November 2016 when 250 teams of up to 12 riders each will cycle 202km around the Overberg. MEC Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities says, “Races such as the Coronation Double Century are playing an important role in boosting tourism to our region by showcasing our spectacular scenery and cycling offering. Through Project Khulisa, we are seeking to attract 100 000 cycling tourists to our region each year. It is our goal to become Africa’s cycling capital. We know these events are important economic generators for towns across this province. Events hosted across the province generate in excess of R1 billion for our economy each year. “Confirmation of the Swellendam route is excellent news for the local tourism sector, and surrounding towns such as Montagu, Ashton, Robertson and Bonnievale. The hospitality industry in the region will once again be fully booked. We are looking forward to another spectacular race this year, backed by Coronation Fund Managers and expertly arranged by the professional team at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust”, said Winde. The organisers have urged potential entrants to follow the event’s social media platforms via Facebook (www.facebook.com/CoronationDC) and Twitter (@TheCoronationDC) for up-to-the-minute updates. The Coronation Double Century is a Pedal Power Association event organised by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust on their behalf. For event-related queries, please contact the Events Office on 087 820 7223 during office hours.
  25. In what proved to be an epic battle for the podium with a time difference of only 1.4 seconds, Team MTN Qhubeka clinched the main prize at the 23rd annual Coronation Double Century on Saturday 21 November 2015 in a time of 05:05:41.00 beating second placed Tag Heuer Spartens by Harris with a time of 05:05:42.40. Defending champions Giant Durbanville took the third and final podium spot. Click here to view the article
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