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  1. For the Bike Mad Dads… We can’t take you to the sport, so we’re bringing the sport to you! Join us at 12h00 on Father’s Day for a chat with Tour de France stage winner, Daryl Impey, and multiple award winning Chef and Cape Epic finisher, David Higgs on all things cycling, leadership and fatherhood! R200 per family– all proceeds go towards Rare Diseases South Africa. Date: Sunday 21 June 2020 Time: 12h00 Venue: Zoom Chatroom (Details to be sent upon booking) To Book: https://bit.ly/Heroes_4_Heroes #Heroes4Heroes #FathersDay #Lockdown
  2. Daryl Impey makes history as the first South African to wear yellow at the Tour de France. Click here to view the article
  3. http://media.thehubsa.co.za/forum/uploads/monthly_07_2013/post-28740-0-75464500-1372952261.jpg From www.letour.fr: Impey the overall leader: the new top five of the 100th Tour... History has been made: Daryl Impey moves from second overall to first. He finished the stage in 13th place while his team-mate and former race leader Simon Gerrans was 48th. This means that the South African has taken the yellow jersey and he is the first from his country to lead the Tour de France. The new top five is: 1. Daryl Impey (RSA) OGE 2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) SKY - at 3" 3. Simon Gerrans (AUS) OGE - at 5" 4. Michael Albasini (SUI) OGE - at 5" 5. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) OPQ - at 6" Read the day's report with insights from Daryl and Team ORICA-GreenEDGE here: https://www.bikehub.co.za/features/_/road/international-road/daryl-impey-becomes-first-african-to-wear-the-tour-de-france-yellow-jersey-r781
  4. Stage 9 Highlights Team Video Top 10 on Stage 9 1 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 4:03:12 2 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 3 Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:10 4 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 5 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 6 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb 0:00:14 7 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:21 8 Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:50 9 Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First 10 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Arkéa Samsic 0:02:42 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 9 1 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 38:37:36 2 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:23 3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:53 4 George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:10 5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Ineos 0:01:12 6 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos 0:01:16 7 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:27 8 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First 0:01:38 9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:42 10 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:45
  5. As the sole starter for Mitchelton-SCOTT, and the much talked about target for South African based team Dimension-Data, Impey knew he was in for a challenge and had his back against the wall in the final 30km before recovering in impressive style to win solo. One against the rest After a couple of earlier small breakaways throughout the 162km circuit race, it was a duo of Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data) and Jayde Julius (ProTouch) who led the race with three laps to go before Dlamini attacked solo.Shouldering all of the chase work behind and with the remainder of the Dimension Data team sitting on his wheel, Impey attacked away from the chase group using the steep climb on the final lap, overtaking Dlamini to win solo by an impressive 25 seconds to second-placed Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data). A blistering start After a breakout season last year, Impey has started the 2019 season with the same vigour.The 34-year-old claimed his maiden stage victory at the Tour Down Under on the way to creating history as the first rider to win back-to-back titles at the Australian WorldTour event. After a third place at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Impey returned to South Africa to win a record eighth national time trial championship, before today’s successful road race title defence. Impey’s fourth UCI victory takes the Mitchelton-SCOTT 2019 men’s victory tally to eight, with wins also to Luke Durbridge (Australian Time Trial Championship), Nick Schultz (Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Stage 4), Matteo Trentin (Volta a la Valenciana – Stage 2) and Adam Yates (Volta a la Valenciana – Stage 4). I just wanted to fight for it. Win, lose or draw. I wanted to go all in.Even though they threw everything at me I rode intelligently and used my experience because I have been in this situation many times. I didn’t think I would be taking the jersey back to Europe just because I had the odds against me, just shows you it is never over till it's over. I am backing myself more and it is a great step forward in my career. I had massive support from my family and friends. History made again, I love doing the double! Daryl Impey – 2019 South African Road Race Champion National Championships South Africa – Road Race Results: 1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 3:54:30 2. Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data) +0:25 3. Stefan de Bod (Dimension Data) +0:31Full provisional results here.
  6. Despite his overall victory last year, it’s the first stage win at the Tour Down Under for Impey, who has previously podiumed on six occasions. The South African, who dedicated his victory to a family friend who passed away just before his travel to Australia, now sits second overall, seven seconds behind Bevin. Big break: Six riders rode out to over five minute’s advantage during the stage, which caused a strong reaction from the bunch as five teams committed to the chase.Mitchelton-SCOTT put Luke Durbridge and Michael Hepburn to the front, and they were joined by Astana Pro Team, Trek-Segafredo, CCC Team and EF Education First. By the bottom of the final climb, the remnants of the break were in sight and no longer a threat for the stage. Corkscrew climbers: The first true sign of climbing form, the Corkscrew, didn’t disappoint. Michael Woods (EF Education First), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Wout Poels (Team Sky) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma) rode supreme and crested the top with a 15-second advantage over a reduced group of chasers. The Chase and Sprint: With a teammate for support, Impey settled into the chase group on the descent as Lucas Hamilton moved to the front in pursuit of the leaders.The effort was good enough to bring the leading quartet back with two kilometres to go, setting up a dramatic final corner and reduced bunch sprint to finish. Impey chose the wheel of stage two winner and current race leader Bevin, before jumping ahead to claim his first ever Tour Down Under stage victory. Daryl Impey – Stage 4 winner: “A good friend of mine passed away from a heart attack recently. I left (South Africa) in a bit of a sad mood and it was a pretty rough time for our whole family because he played a big part in my family. When I came here I wanted to do something special and to be able to deliver today was pretty emotional and definitely a confidence booster.“We are around the mark now. Seven seconds is still quite hard to get on Paddy (Bevin), he is riding really well and we are quite similar in characteristics. We’re going to have to go for it, tomorrow will be quite an interesting stage and definitely Willunga will still be the decider, although Paddy has got a really nice buffer to the other GC guys. “I think we have to be aggressive wherever we can. There’s no doubt that trying to win this race is based on seconds, we learnt that last year, so we’re going to have to try to take our opportunities and make things happen and hopefully it pays off. “Lucas (Hamilton), the win was actually due to him, he did a great job. He is still a young professional, but we had a plan in the beginning that he was going to ride his own climb and wait for me in the middle which he did, and then he did his work on the downhill and brought them back. He played a massive role so I could just sit back and think about the sprint. He had an amazing ride for such a young guy. “I rode my own race. I knew I had Lucas there, I could see Paddy just in front so I knew if I stayed around that range we had a good enough group, that we were going to cooperate on the downhill, to try to bring those four back. I just focused on my own climb and I was very happy to still be able to do what I did at the end. “The win gives me a nice boost. I was unsure going into the Corkscrew knowing I’ve had good and bad times. In the middle of the Corkscrew when I was doubting myself I was thinking ‘jeez you have to keep pushing.’ I’m glad I did and I’m a lot more confident now going into Willunga.” Tour Down Under – Stage 4 Results: 1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 3:03:27 2. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) ST 3. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team) ST Tour Down Under - General Classification after Stage 4: 1. Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) 13:23:30 2. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:07 3. Luis-Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team) +0:11
  7. After winning on countback in 2018, Impey finished behind Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) and Wout Poels (Team Sky) up Willunga today to claim a more convincing 13-second victory in 2019. The 34-year-old’s performance wraps up an incredibly successful fortnight for Mitchelton-SCOTT after world championship silver medallist Amanda Spratt won her third consecutive Women’s Tour Down Under title last Sunday. Early break: Seven riders immediately surged ahead of the bunch at the start of racing as the peloton, led by Trek-Segafredo, EF Education First and Astana Pro Team, were content to let them take the intermediate sprints and bonus seconds on offer.They sat at a steady three-minute advantage through the initial laps, but as they started to climb Willunga for the first time, it was down under two minutes and quickly diminishing. As soon as the road went up, they splinted, and the peloton had them in sight. Pressure up the first climb: Team Sky hit the front of the bunch from the bottom of the first ascent, putting pressure on those behind. It was enough to shell race leader Patrick Bevin (CCC Team), who was brave to start today’s stage whilst clearly hindered by the injuries of yesterday’s crash, and pull the remnants of the breakaway back.Over the top, Team Sky had two riders with a small advantage, but they sat up and waited for the surviving chase group of around 60riders. Richie wins on Willunga but Impey times to perfection: It was Team Sky who drove the pace once again on the final ascent. Porte reacted with 1.5km remaining, his usual launch pad, and quickly bridged across to Wout Poels (Team Sky) who was then alone. Behind, Michael Woods (EF Education First) and Chris Hamilton (Team Sunweb) were the first reactors, but Impey stayed calm and sat on the wheel of teammate Lucas Hamilton, who rode beyond his 22-years. Knowing his strengths, Impey used the final, flatter 500m to launch from Hamilton’s wheel and gain metres to finish just behind, on the same time as, Porte and Poels to secure the back-to-back victory. Daryl Impey: “I took the pressure but having the faith of the team goes a long way. We saw the boys committed right to the end. I couldn’t believe they (Porte and Poels) were that close so I just dug deep and went for it. “That’s special to go back to back. I never dreamed to come here and win twice in a row. Every year we come here with strong ambitions. I knew the competition is always tough. I just believed in myself, and it was just fantastic to pull it off. “Yesterday we really dug deep, and we took some valuable seconds. We knew we had some seconds on the climbing group. The stage win gave us a lot of momentum, and we started to believe we had a chance to win the race. The whole team rode great. The guys picked me up during the week. “Last year I was a lot more ecstatic because I felt like I made a big step. I feel like I am maturing more as a rider, and that’s so exciting. “I want to dedicate the win to him (Mathew Hayman). He’s been a fantastic team mate, a lot of my victories have come with Maty. To let him go out this way, we were going to celebrate his career anyway tonight, but to win the race overall it’ll be a double celebration.” Stage 6 Results 1 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 3:30:14 2 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 3 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 4 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:03 5 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:06 6 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:10 7 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling 0:00:15 8 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:17 9 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data 10 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep General Classification 1 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott 20:30:42 2 Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:13 3 Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:17 4 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:19 5 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:26 6 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:33 7 Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro Cycling 0:00:38 8 Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:40 9 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 10 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
  8. After starting the day in second place overall, two seconds behind the race leader, Impey knew he had the opportunity to take the leader's jersey and went on to do so by taking valuable bonus seconds on the finish line. The 33-year-old is the first South African rider to wear the Criterium du Dauphine leader's jersey and it is the second time Mitchelton-SCOTT has held the race lead in the French tour. Photo courtesy of Getty Images. Four-man breakaway Four riders created the main breakaway of the day on the second, 177 kilometre stage from Montbrison to Belleville en Beaujolais. Antoine Duchesne (FDJ), Pierre-Luc Perichon (Vital concepts), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Gobart) and Nikita Stalnov (Astana) worked well together to open up a solid lead, gaining a maximum advantage of over six minutes after the first 50km of racing.As the race rolled over the third category climbs, the current race leading team, Team Sky, led the gradual chase and caught one of the breakaway riders with 40kilometres to go and two more remaining escapees with 18 kilometres remaining. One ahead As the race headed into the final 10 kilometres, the pace was high but one breakaway rider still remained in front. Stalnov battled on ahead, making hard work for the Australian outfit.Fully committed to the plan, Mitchelton-SCOTT sat at the head of the peloton leading the chase with four and finally reeled in the leader with just one kilometre to go. Impey was able to surf the wheels in the closing few hundred metres to finish in third place and sweep up the bonus seconds he needed to leap-frog Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in the general classification. Kwiatkowski suffered a fall in the final kilometres and finished behind the peloton, however, with the three kilometre rule in place, the Sky rider remained on the same time as the bunch and finished the day in second place overall behind Impey. I didn't think I was going to come anywhere close to getting the jersey coming into the Dauphine, so I am really surprising myself here.Yesterday I had a great day and today we decided to take the initiative and go for the jersey. We did a lot to bring it back and then I had a good enough sprint to take some bonus seconds. We have a great team for the coming team time trial, we have to be the fastest of course to keep the jersey. We have to try to get the biggest margin possible over the other GC guys and we will certainly be giving it our best. Daryl Impey - Race leader Criterium du Dauphine stage 2 results: 1. Pascal Ankermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) 4:19 2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension-Data) ST 3. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) STGeneral classification after stage 2: 1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 8:51 2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) +0:02 3. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) +0:05
  9. The in-form Mitchelton-SCOTT rider has had an incredible start to the 2018 season after taking the overall victory at the Tour Down Under and has been able to carry his momentum into the championships to finally bring the South African jersey to the team despite being without teammates and out-numbered. Photo credit: IntoCyclingSA. The split A group of eight riders established the first breakaway of the day before Impey bridged across in a small group after 50kilometres of racing. A touch of wheels took down four Dimension-Data riders which left a reduced leading group and played to Impey's advantage. Playing the game With a strong representation from Dimension-Data, Impey knew it would be a challenge to come away with the victory but with many Under 23 riders interesting in racing hard for the title, Impey was able to utilise this. Using his experience he was able to put himself in a perfect position with 25 kilometres to go, to lead the race with two other riders, Jacques Jv Rensburg (Dimension-Data) and Jason Oosthuizen (Barzani Pro Cycling). Two-time champion Having dominated the time trial event over the years, becoming the first ever South African to win the title seven times, the road race was next on the list for Impey having placed second on two previous occasions (2014 & 2015). Finally with some luck on his side and incredible form, Impey was able to add the victory to his list.Daryl Impey - 2018 South African road race and time trial champion “It feels so good to win, I have lost a few championships after some bad luck so it was about time luck was in my favour. It is a nice relief to finally get the jersey, you always have these races that you want to win and finally I can tick off this one. “The race split quite easily, I put it in the gutter and we rode across to the leaders in a group of about 12 guys and there was six or seven Dimension-Data riders there. One guy touched my wheel and actually brought down four of them (Dimension-Data riders) and left just four of us to ride across. “Once we got to the front group of eight, there were guys there interested in the Under23 title so they were riding and they obviously didn’t want Dimension-Data to come back. When I saw they were coming back at the end, around 60kilometres to go, I just put my head down and went and I was able to take a couple of guys with me and encouraged them to work. “I knew once we were just three out front, from that Jason had had a good ride but was a bit spent and that Jacques isn’t really known for sprinting so I was fairly confident I could take the victory then.” South African road race results: 1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 2. Jacques Jv Rensburg (Dimension-Data) 3. Jason Oosthuizen (Barzani Pro Cycling)
  10. Daryl Impey. Image courtesy of Getty Images. Starting the final day on equal time with Richie Porte (BMC Racing), the lead only determined by countback, the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider needed to finish safely in the bunch to formally claim the biggest win of his career. Podium pleasure A second place to Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan on today’s final stage gave Mitchelton-SCOTT a podium place on all six stages of the 2018 Tour Down Under.Ewan finished with a stage win, two second places and a third place, whilst Impey himself also wrapped up three second-place finishes on his way to overall victory. Not over until it’s over Locked on equal time with yesterday’s stage winner Richie Porte, the win was not for celebrating until the final line was crossed. Backing his personal and the team’s sprinting abilities, the main concern was a mishap in the closing stages of today’s circuit race that could reverse the countback advantage.But, thankfully the 90km final hurdle concluded without worry and the champagne could be popped for the team’s fourth victory at the race. Grabbing an opportunity with both hands When you look back at the successes of Mitchelton-SCOTT over the past six seasons, Impey features as an invaluable teammate in many of them – across all terrains.A changing of the guard in the Australian outfit has opened up the door to more personal success for Impey in 2018, and the South African has grabbed it with two hands in his debut race for the season – today’s Tour Down Under victory the biggest of his career. Daryl Impey – 2018 Tour Down Under champion: “It is a relief, you can never say it is done until it’s done.” “We had things under control especially with the experienced guys like Mat Hayman, Damien Howson did some awesome work on the front this week so I was in good hands.” “Wearing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France was a magical moment but this is very close to that. I worked really hard for this one and especially knowing how important it is to the team and the sponsors. It was a high-pressure race for us, everyone expects a lot so to top it off with a win is very special.” “It is a step up in my career, you get these little stepping stones and you reach bigger mile stones and I’ve proved to myself now, as I’ve always had a little bit of self-doubt.” “I’ve ridden for guys who have been in this situation and it is a lot easier riding for someone else, so to come in and take the pressure for a change and have a go I am very happy to have been able to do that.” ”It’s one of the most special races of the season so I will like to come back next year and wear the number one, you don’t get too many opportunities to do that.” Matt White – Sport Director: “Daryl is an impressive rider who has helped for six years, from the sprint to the mountains and team time trials, you name it and Daryl has done it in support of other guys. He has had some great wins but this is his biggest win of his career and everyone in this organisation is very proud of him.” “He was the best bike rider here this week because he was the most consistent across the six-days so he thoroughly deserves this win.” “I think a few different things helped us along this week for example the extreme temperatures which suit Daryl and I think this is actually the best we’ve ever seen him. If we put those together with great team work across the board, the worst we have finished on any stage is third, every single stage we have been very competitive.” “It has been very satisfying on a few fronts, the composure the guys showed in the sprints, mountains stages, it’s been impressive. The core group has worked together for a long time but there’s some new guys, like Jack Bauer who is new to the group and also Cameron Meyer who hasn’t been on the team for three years. The team has clicked very well so it’s exciting times going back over to Europe.” Tour Down Under – Stage 6 Results: 1. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) 2:01:19 2. Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST 3. Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) STTour Down Under – FINAL General Classification: 1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 20:03:34 2. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) ST 3. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dimension Data) 0:16
  11. Defending Champion Daryl Impey retained his National Time Trial title for 2017 as he crossed the finish with the fastest time of 49 minutes and 14.782 seconds in the Elite Men’s category along the 39.8-kilometre course; and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio impressed everyone as she got back onto her Time Trial bike for the second time after her cycling accident last year to ride away with the fastest Elite Women’s time of 38:10.896 along the 27.1km route at the 2017 SA National Road Championships in Wellington, Western Cape, on Thursday 9 February. Click here to view the article
  12. “Today went well, I’m very happy with the win,” said Impey. The 2016 Time Trial Champ mentioned that he had ridden hard, but smart. “The race went as I had expected it to go, and I was feeling good and my legs are in good shape. It was a really good day,” he said. Daryl Impey retained his National Time Trial title on Day 3 of the 2017 SA National Road Championships in Wellington on Thursday 9 February. Photo: DoubleST Impey was sad to be missing the Road Race on Sunday, but will be attending his brother’s wedding that day. “Of course it is unfortunate that I will be missing it, but family comes first,” he added. Second placed Willie Smit said: “It was mostly all about lap times and just keeping to the same lap times with the highest amount of power possible. With my coach in the car, we were working on the router and just staying at certain lap times. That was basically how you were going to get onto the podium today. “You can try to start fast and stay at that same pace without blowing on the last lap, but it’s quite a gamble out there – you’ve got to hope that you don’t overheat and blow completely. Luckily I managed to keep it together until the end,” he said. In the u23 Men’s race, which followed the same distance as the Elite Men, Stefan de Bod managed to retain his Time Trial title ahead of Nicholas Dlamini in second place and Morne van Niekerk in third. “It was a hard day,” said De Bod. I was feeling really good and the preparation was working well,” he added. Stefan de Bod swooped in to claim another U23 Men's Time Trial title on Day 3 of the 2017 SA National Road Championships in Wellington on Thursday 9 February. Photo: DoubleST When chatting about Sunday’s Road Race, De Bod said that the course doesn’t suit him too well, but that he’s going to give it his all in order to try and claim another jersey. Van Niekerk, who came in third today, said: “The weather really played its part today – it was great out there. It was lucky that we went off early. It was a really good day out in the Cape. I felt good today, and in terms of Road Race, all the sensations are good; it’s going to be a great day as well.” Moolman-Pasio rode hard and consistently well to grab the Elite Women’s title, and was thankful to all involved in helping her recover from her accident in France where she collided with a motorbike in a race. “I’ve been very blessed in my rehab and recovery process – I’ve been in very good hands with Jeroen Swart as my coach and doctor as well,” she said. Moolman-Pasio mentioned how lucky she felt that she had decided along with doctors to take a less conservative approach to her rehab process, which helped her a great deal. “Initially the thought was to be completely off the leg for a whole month, but then as we did more scans and we really saw the proper nature of the fracture, the doctors started to encourage me at two weeks already to start putting more weight on it so I was actually really lucky,” she added. Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio showed the crowds that she is back in the groove as she took the Elite Women's Time Trial title on Day 3 of the 2017 SA National Road Championships in Wellington on Thursday 9 February. Photo: DoubleST She also mentioned how important it is to listen to your body. “Pain was always the guideline. I started to pick things up, luckily faster than I thought, but still slower than what I would’ve done if I was 100% normal, so it’s been a slower build but maybe that’s also a blessing in disguise,” she said. After almost eight years at full-tilt on the cycle racing scene, Moolman-Pasio described the forced rest as a good one. On the Time Trial, she said: “I know that I’m strong, but I didn’t know what kind of form I’m in. I’m also really lucky to have been involved with a team like Cervelo Bigla where there’s such a big focus on Time Trial. I really have become so at one with my Time Trial bike. So it’s a really awesome thing to achieve. “Even though this is literally the second time on my Time Trial bike since I crashed on it – I rode it on Saturday and now again – I’m just lucky that I feel so comfortable on my TT bike and I feel back at home on it. “It felt good out there. I think I also learnt how to pace myself nicely and I’m very happy with the result – its nice to take the National Jersey back to Europe.” Another impressive result in the Elite Women’s Time Trial came from KwaZulu-Natal’s Brittany Peterson, who finished in third place. It was this time last year where she retired from professionally paddling and decided to give cycling a go for a form of fitness. “I began cycling and actually loved it. It was boyfriend and professional cyclist Brendon (Davids) who convinced and encouraged me to give it a try,” she said. Peterson also mentioned that Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and her husband Carl had had a lot to do with her choice to pursue cycling and, in particular, Time Trial racing. “I really love it and I’ve tried to just improve little bit by little bit. I have found a passion for it so I’m just going to keep on at it,” concluded. Brittany Petersen claimed the bronze medal in the Elite Women's Time Trial on Day 3 of the 2017 SA National Road Championships in Wellington on Thursday 9 February. Photo: DoubleST U23 Women’s Winner Heidi Dalton said the heat was a big factor for everyone out there, not only her. “We were lucky that there was no wind. I’ve just started coaching with Jeroen Swart so I didn’t know what to expect. I came and gave it my best. I’m very happy with how it did go,” she said. Jason Oosthuizen made his intentions very clear in the U19 Men’s race when he posted the fastest time of 38:47.637 on the 27.1km route. Rossouw Bekker was the second fastest finisher in the category, clocking 39:49.682 with Jean-Pierre Lloyd rounding out the podium in third place in a time of 39:58.115. The U19 Women’s race saw Tiffany Keep maintain strong momentum throughout the 14.4km lap to secure the fastest time in 23:55.574. Azulde Britz crossed the line with the second fastest time (24:01.651) with Nadia van Niekerk finishing in third place (25:00.036). Follow the racing action live by live timing on the Mobii APP (http://www.mobii.com/app) available on Android and iOS devices in the relevant APP stores. Search for “Mobii Race Results”. Click here to view your finish line photo and results on Mobii: http://mobii.com/sarc2017/ For more information about the SA National Road Champs and full race results, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-sa-road-champs/ SUMMARY OF RESULTS FROM SA NATIONAL ROAD CHAMPS - DAY 3 – 9 February 2017TIME TRIAL (Afternoon Session) Elite Men Daryl Impey 49:14.782 Willem Smit 51:11.134 Reinardt janse van Rensburg Nicolas Dougall 52:08.680 Ryan Gibbons 52:48.412 Elite Women Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio 38:10.896 Juanita Venter 41:19.982 Brittany Petersen 42:28.109 Samantha Sanders 43:35.838 Chane Jonker 44:53.851 U23 Men Stefan de Bod 50:52.280 Nicholas Dlamini 52:20.998 Morne van Niekerk 53:41.400 Kent Main 53:50.485 Louis Visser 54:18.548 U23 Women Heidi Dalton 43:10.434 Michelle Benson 44:11.571 Monique Gerber 46:02.782 Hazel Magill 46:28.525 Jessica Gerber 48:57.315 U19 Men Jason Oosthuizen 38:47.637 Rossouw Bekker 39:49.682 Jean-Pierre Lloyd 39:58.115 Ryan Terry 41:32.824 Ricardo Broxham 41:43.868 U19 Women Tiffany Keep 23:55.574 Azulde Britz 24:01.651 Nadia van Niekerk 25:00.036 Elne Owen 26:29.984 Hanje Nel 27:26.389
  13. Team South Africa’s four road cyclists have showed their quality, class and professionalism in the opening days of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August. Team Manager Douglas Ryder was full of praise for Louis Meintjes, Daryl Impey, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and An-Li Kachelhoffer after competing as teams of two against the world’s strongest cycling nations, some of which had teams of four or five riders. Click here to view the article
  14. Louis Meintjes finished in 7th place in the Road Race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday 6 August. Photo: Douglas Ryder (Twitter Post) The Men’s Road Race was the first event to go on Saturday morning, with Meintjes finishing in an incredible seventh place and Impey attaining a top-30 result with 28th place. There was no doubt about it – the route was technical and hard and the heat and humidity was telling on the bodies, and the end result showed that the technical nature of the route claimed the world’s best riders with some damaging consequences. But Meintjes and Impey remained out of trouble and safely crossed the finish line. Greg van Avermaet (BEL) was the eventual winner with Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) second and Rafal Majka (POL) third. Meintjes (24) said: “I think we had a very good race. It was a pretty technical course and very hard, and it was really hot out there that day. In the end I think Daryl and I worked well together. In general the tactics were pretty good as well. Daryl was there and making sure that no dangerous moves broke away and he supported me into the final climb, where I bridged to the front group. Right until the end we were a small group fighting for the medals and unfortunately it was just seventh for me, but I think we can be happy with that.” Impey (31) showed his class by supporting Louis for most of the race, into the final climb. He shared his experience of the Olympic race and what it meant to him. “The Olympics is a unique event and one of a kind. Although the course didn't entirely suit me I came here with the idea of giving it my best and preparing as best I could, knowing that representing my country at an event of this quality deserves that. I was really happy with my performance and my early mechanical may have taken that final edge needed to push further into the final but near the end I spoke with Louis and he was feeling good. We decided the best tactic for us would be for him to try ride away on the final climb and so I positioned him well going into it before my day was over. “It was an incredible performance from him and a highly credible ride. I would like to thank all our staff here that made our lives as easy as possible and also everyone for their words of encouragement afterwards. I am proud to be an Olympian and to have played a role in Louis’ great ride. Being here in Rio is an achievement in its own right and definitely a career highlight.” Sunday afternoon saw the Women’s Road Race take to the streets of Fort Copacabana in strong windy conditions. Moolman-Pasio finished in an amazing 10th place, with An-Li Kachelhoffer crossing the line in 39th place. As with the Men’s race, the course was treacherous and the technical descent claimed the Dutch leader, Annemiek van Vleuten, who crashed incredibly hard and lay concussed against the side of the road for quite some time. This must’ve been a shock to the riders who passed her soon afterwards. Anna van der Breggen (NED) claimed the gold medal, with Emma Johansson (SWE) second and Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) third. An-Li Kachelhoffer (28) shared how the race unfolded. “Going into the race, I knew that it was a climber’s course. For me the tactic was to support Ashleigh as best as I could before the last climb. The first two laps were fine and the weather conditions felt okay – I didn't really notice the wind because I was so focused on the race. The wind however, did play a part with the speed going out and coming back.“The main thing was not to let a break gain more than a minute. We had to look at the other teams as well because some of them had more riders and if they had no-one in the break, they could work as well to bring the break back.” Speaking about her first Olympic experience, An-Li said: “It’s a lifelong dream! I told my dad when I was four-years-old that I was going to be here one day. If you haven’t changed as a person coming into the Olympic Games, then it wouldn’t mean anything. I am really content and it is everything that I have hoped for. The support from South Africa has been over the top! The messages have been incredible – thank you!” Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio is incredibly grateful for the support received from home during her participation in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she finished 10th place in the Road Race on Sunday 7, and 12th place in the Time Trial on Wednesday 10 August. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen/Saspa A disheartened Moolman-Pasio (30) had prepared for an Olympic medal, but it wasn’t meant to be. “To say that I am not disappointed would be a complete lie. A top-10 result is a good result but I was after a medal and unfortunately that didn't happen. I’ve said this many times before; road cycling is a very strange sport. You can do everything in your power to be on the start line in the best possible shape and condition and mindset to go for the win but so much can happen on the day. There are so many variables that can go wrong and everything adds up at the end of the day. “For me to get a medal, everything must’ve gone 100% according to plan. Unfortunately that was not the case. Some things went wrong which cost me on that final climb. I didn't get the result that I wanted but I am incredibly grateful for the support that I received from home. I can’t even get through all the messages, Facebook messages and Tweets. I can feel the spirit from home and all the support and I’m very grateful for that, and to be in one piece and to be healthy and strong, especially after seeing the horrific accident that my teammate from last year Annemiek had. I am happy to hear that she is ok. It was a crazy day out there and a tough race.” She bumped into an Egyptian female rider in the eating hall who pleaded with Ashleigh to get a medal in the Time Trial, “not just for South Africa but Africa needs a medal” she said. Refocused and recovered, Moolman-Pasio went for one last shot at the medal on Wednesday 10 August, but after a great start and lying in second place early along the 29.7-kilometre Individual Time Trial route, she unfortunately crashed after slipping out on an oil slick, which cost her valuable time. She eventually finished in 12th place. The winner was Kristin Armstrong (USA) with Olga Zabelinskaya (RUS) second and Anna van der Breggen (NED), third. Fabian Cancellara (SUI) won the Men’s Individual Time Trial, followed by Tom Dumoulin (NED) second and Chris Froome (GBR), third. Douglas Ryder was extremely proud of the team and their achievements. “The Olympic Road Race was an exceptional event for the National Team. The men’s race was a super hard, super technical course. Daryl and Louis – wow what a team effort by the two of them. In the beginning part of the first lap of the first circuit, Daryl had a bike change because he had caught his chain on the cobble section, which was chaos. We managed to get him back into the race and after that he was able to look after Louis the whole time. It was like an elimination race, and Daryl looked after Louis until the final climb at 25 kilometres to go. For Daryl to finish in 28th overall was an exceptional performance - he really committed 100% to Louis and it shows the incredible condition that he is in. And Louis, riding with the best in the world! Unfortunately he missed a little move that went with Fuglsang and Van Avermaet. Louis’ experience will come in one-day races because he is a conservative guy who is good at conserving his energy for tours. His experience and aggression will come for one-day races. His seventh place is phenomenal and he could’ve got third or fourth even, if he was a little more lucky in the end. Everyone was super tired and cramping at the end because of the heat and humidity.” Recapping the Women’s race, Ryder said: “Ashleigh and An-Li were unbelievable too. The race was really windy and Ashleigh took charge and closed the breakaway of six riders down on the climb. An-Li struggled a bit on the cobbles but came back and gave Ashleigh some support, feeding her between the two circuits. On the final climb, it looked like Ashleigh was in a really good position but didn't seem to have the legs to go with some of the front riders, which was unfortunate. She was really focused on the event and really wanted to do incredibly well. She was going for a win, and when you’re one of the favourites going into a race, it is really difficult. To end 10th in an Olympic Games is a really great achievement and she should be super proud.” Summary of Results – 2016 Rio Olympic Games Men’s Road Race – Saturday 6 August 1.Greg van Avermaet (BEL) 6:10:05 2.Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) 6:10:05 3.Rafal Majka (POL) 6:10:10 7.Louis Meintjes (RSA) 6:10:27 28.Daryl Impey (RSA) 6:19:43 Women’s Road Race – Sunday 7 August 1.Anna van der Breggen (NED) 3:51:27 2.Emma Johannson (SWE) 3:51:27 3.Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) 3:51:27 10.Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) 3:52:41 39.An-Li Kachelhoffer (RSA) 4:01:29 Women’s Individual Time Trial – Wednesday 10 August 1.Kristen Armstrong (USA) 44:26.42 2.Olga Zabelinskaya (RUS) 44:31.97 3.Anna van der Breggen (NED) 44:37:80 12.Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) 46:29.11 Men’s Individual Time Trial – Wednesday 10 August 1.Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 1:12:15 2.Tom Dumoulin (FRA) 1:13:02 3.Chris Froome (GBR) 1:13:17
  15. Cycling South Africa is very proud to share in the announcements from the professional peloton that South African riders Daryl Impey (Orica-BikeExchange), Louis Meintjes (Lampre Merida) and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka) will be taking part in the 103rd edition of Le Tour de France, which kicks off with a 188-kilometre stage from Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont on Saturday 2 July. Click here to view the article
  16. Africa will once again be well represented at the Tour with Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea) and Natnael Berhane (Eritrea) joining Reinardt Janse van Rensburg as part of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and Tsgabu Grmay (Ethiopia) riding with Louis Meintjes in Team Lampre Merida. Along with Daryl Impey riding for Orica-BikeExchange, the African presence will be felt throughout this gruelling 3 week event. Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge), one of the riders from South Africa that will be taking part in the 103rd edition of Le Tour de France, which starts from Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont on Saturday 2 July. Photo: CyclingSA Over the years, the iconic and gruelling three-week cycle tour has seen Robbie Hunter as the first South African to compete in the 2001 event, and to win a stage in 2007. Ex-professional cyclist John-Lee Augustyn competed in Le Tour in 2008 for Barloworld and finished in sixth place in the Mountains Classification and seventh in the Young Riders’ Classification. Daryl Impey more recently made international cycling headlines when he became the first South African to wear the coveted yellow jersey in 2013. 2015 witnessed the first time that a South African registered UCI Pro Continental team, Team MTN-Qhubeka powered by Samsung, was given a wildcard entry in the glamorous event, with South Africans Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Louis Meintjes and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, taking part. Although not South African but flying the flag for Africa’s team, Daniel Teklehaimanot (ERI) became the first African rider to don the Polka Dot climber’s jersey on stage six and only the third African ever to wear a leader’s jersey at the Tour de France; and Stephen Cummings’ (GBR) memorable solo victory on the 14th stage on Mandela Day will long remain in our memories. Louis Meintjes (Lampre Merida) is one of the South African riders taking part in the 103rd edition of Le Tour de France, which starts from Mont-Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont on Saturday 2 July. Photo: CyclingSA Cycling SA President, William Newman, said: “Congratulations to all the riders on their selection to participate in this year’s Le Tour de France. The atmosphere at an event of this stature is one that cannot be described. Le Tour is arguably one of the greatest celebrations of cycling in the world and for three weeks, even non-cyclists are glued to their TV screens for riveting cycling action over spectacular scenery. It is also a milestone for African Cycling to have such a diverse representation from the African Continent at the Tour with the participation of South African, Eritrean and Ethiopian riders. “On behalf of the Executive and Management Committees, we are extremely proud of your selection and wish you all the very best when you roll off the start line in Mont-Saint-Michel on Saturday.”
  17. Cycling South Africa has great pleasure in announcing that Daryl Impey and Louis Meintjes have been selected for Team South Africa to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August. South Africa’s Olympic governing body, SASCOC (South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee) announced the first names of the initial squad of 24 athletes on Wednesday. Click here to view the article
  18. Daryl Impey (front) and Louis Meintjes have been selected for Team South Africa to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August. Photo Credit: Darren Goddard Impey and Meintjes will represent South Africa in the 256.4-kilometre Men’s Road Race in Fort Copacabana on Saturday 6 August. The route is as follows: Start and finish in Flamengo Park; Pass through Copacabana, Ipanema, Barra and Reserva Beach; Include laps of the Grumari Circuit (four laps for men); the circuit includes two climbs: Grumari, a narrow climb and descent in a forested area which averages 7% over 1.2km with a maximum gradient of 13% and the Grota Funda climb which averages 4.5% over 2.1km with a maximum gradient of 6%; the circuit also includes a cobble stone section of 2km; Include a long coastal section at Reserva Beach and Barra; Include laps of the Canoas/Vista Chinesa Circuit (three for men); the circuit starts with Canoas climb continuing with Vista Chinesa climb over 8.9km uphill followed by a technical descent of 6km. Vista Chinesa is a monument located in Tijuca National Park; Include a flat section of 20 kilometers through Ipanema and Copacabana. Cycling South Africa’s Road Commission Director, Bosseau Boshoff, said: “Daryl and Louis are a good combination and the course in Rio will suit their abilities – it’s a climber’s course and that is where Louis’ strength will come in. “The recent form that Daryl has been showing in some of the tours, chasing down riders like Contador, has shown that he can support someone on a hilly circuit. Louis Meintjes (front) and Daryl Impey have been selected to represent South Africa in the 256.4-kilometre Men’s Road Race in Fort Copacabana on Saturday 6 August, part of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo Credit: Darren Goddard. “On behalf of the Road Commission, congratulations to Daryl and Louis and we wish them the best of luck. There is an air of confidence and belief in both riders trusting that better than expected results may be achieved.” Cycling SA will only know how many women have qualified for the Road Race by the UCI (International Cycling Union) on 1 June. The Federation will then wait for SASCOC to make the final South African Team announcement on 14 July. Cycling SA President, William Newman, said: “On behalf of the Executive and Management Committees, we congratulate Daryl Impey and Louis Meintjes and wish them well with their preparations as we lead in to the final stretch ahead of the Rio Olympic Games. We look forward to the next team announcement from SASCOC.”
  19. UCI WorldTour rider and defending South African Time Trial Champion, Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE) clocked the fastest time to claim his fifth National Title on day two of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal today. Recording the second-fastest time of the day was U23 competitor Stefan de Bod (Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team), who finished an incredible 12-seconds off Impey’s pace in the 48km race. Click here to view the article
  20. Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE) clocked the fastest time overall to claim his fifth National Title in 01:01:22,37 on Day 2 of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday 11 February. Photo credit: Darren Goddard Impey came into the race with high expectations and was elated with his home-soil victory. He stopped the clock at 01:01:22,37. “It’s nice to be back here and there’s always pressure to come back and defend the TT, but it was a lot harder this year – the guys have improved quite a bit. I was pretty confident that I could come in and do a good ride and I’m happy to walk away with it.” Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rounded out the Elite podium with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg in 2nd place (01:02:06,31) and Johann van Zyl (01:04:11,72) in 3rd. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg's (Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka) time of 01:02:06,31 earned him a 2nd place in the Elite Men's race on Day 2 of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday 11 February. Photo credit: Darren Goddard De Bod was the second fastest rider overall clocking an impressive time of 01:01:35,08. His Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team teammates Ryan Gibbons (01:02:35,32) and Keagan Girdlestone (01:03:36,54) rounded out the U23 podium making it a clean sweep for the team. “It’s been a good race, the route suited me perfectly. I won a Road Race title when I was a junior so it’s nice to finally win the Time Trial title as well. We had a look at the route a few days ago and I planned where I wanted to go harder and how I was going to pace myself and everything went well. I had a good team behind me with great support.” Speaking about the upcoming Road Race, De Bod feels confident. “Obviously there’s a few different tactics that play out in the road race and hopefully one of our team will walk away with the title. I’m looking forward to that as well.” Recording the second-fastest overall time of the day and winning the U23 category was Stefan de Bod (Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team) during Day 2 of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday 11 February. Photo credit: Darren Goddard Junior rider Gregory de Vink of the LEADout SA team nailed the 24km route to secure his National Time Trial Title in 00:34:27,65. “Everything went according to plan. I came into the event quite well prepared and I had ridden on the course last year so I might have had a bit of an upper hand there. I didn’t start too hard, and everything ran smoothly so I’m just super happy to come out best.” De Vink was not so optimistic about the upcoming Road Race: “That will be a different story - I’ll have to see what’s going on and make the best of the situation. I’ll be well marked and they’re not going to let me go easy, so we’ll see.” Jason Oosthuizen was the second Junior home in 00:35:13,99 with Enno Swanepoel rounding out the podium in 00:35:30,91. The Masters’ Men categories also competed today and Luke Pheiffer, who has placed his full focus full focus on racing against the clock, claimed his seventh Time Trial National Title when he won the 24km 40-44 race today. “I won my first TT in 2007 and just kept coming back. In 2008 I thought I was smart and didn't train that hard and finished third and thought, never again. Then from 2009, I won five titles in a row. And today’s victory is my seventh.” Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team's Ryan Gibbons (01:02:35,32) was the second placed U23 rider during Day 2 of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday 11 February. Photo credit: Darren Goddard Cycling South Africa’s General Manager, Mike Bradley, said: “The level of racing has shown a very high standard. It is really interesting to see the U23’s finish in the top five today and yesterday’s women were also strong. It’s also good to see some triathletes coming to participate in the Time Trial. It’s been a great event that has been well supported. The organisation has been very good and the residents and farmers of the Wartburg area have been very accommodating and supportive. It has been a trouble free race.” The Road Race continues in Westville on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 07:00. There is no entry fee to watch this fantastic display of road cycling, but please take note of the road closures and alternative routes in order to get to the race venue timeously. For further event information and race start times, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-road-champs/ Click here to download the full results PDF http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160211_02-2016-SA-National-Time-Trial-Championships-results-day-2-11-February-2016.pdf Summary of Results - SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships – Thursday 11 February 2016 TIME TRIAL Junior rider Gregory de Vink of the LEADout SA team nailed the 24km route to secure his National Time Trial Title in 00:34:27,65 during Day 2 of the 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday 11 February. Photo credit: Darren Goddard Elite Men (48km) 1.Daryl Impey 01:01:22,37 2.Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 01:02:06,31 3.Johann van Zyl 01:04:11,72U23 Men (48km) 1.Stefan de Bod 01:01:35,08 2.Ryan Gibbons 01:02:35,32 3.Keagan Girdlestone 01:03:36,54 Junior Men (24km) 1.Gregory de Vink 00:34:27,65 2.Jason Oosthuizen 00:35:13,99 3.Enno Albertus Swanepoel 00:35:30,91 Men 35-39 (24km) 1.Deno van Heerden 00:36:02,83 2.Kris van Straaten 00:36:28,49 3.Miguel Dos Santos 00:37:50,58 Men 30-34 (24km) 1.Alex Pavlov 00:35:17,62 2.Neil Timm 00:35:31,19 3.Andrew Stockwell 00:35:54,53 Men 40-44 (24km) 1.Luke Pheiffer 00:35:49,31 2.Thys Oosthuizen 00:36:11,40 3.Kent Kirkwood 00:36:51,39 Men 45-49 (24km) 1.Martin van Wyk 00:36:12,36 2.Samuel de Swardt 00:36:34,68 3.Steven Shirley 00:36:58,08
  21. The 2016 SA National Road, Time Trial and Para-cycling Championships, which is expecting to see some of the country’s biggest names in cycling on the start line, is just less than a month away, and brings with it two exciting competition venues on offer in sunny KwaZulu-Natal from 10-14 February. Click here to view the article
  22. The four-day 2016 competition will be taking place over five days in two supreme race venues. The Time Trial and the Para-cycling divisions will be hosted in the Wartburg / Noodsburg / Harburg area from 10-12 February, with the Road Races taking place in Westville/ Durban from 13-14 February. Great cycling stars will be heading to the province with guns blazing to compete for their chance at the “National Champion” title, and well-respected National Champion Jersey. Great names such as Louis Meintjes (front) and Daryl Impey (third from front) will be heading to KwaZulu-Natal to compete in the 2016 SA National Road, TIme Trial and Para-cycling Championships from 10-14 February. Photo: Craig Dutton Race organiser, Kelvin du Sart says that it is all-systems go ahead of the event, and he is excited to have the SA Road Champs on KwaZulu-Natal’s roads once again. “From our side, we’re all ready to go – logistics, service providers – all A-for-away,” he said. “And we’ve just had a look at the first batch of entries – names like Impey, Meintjes and Janse van Rensburg all coming through for it, so we’re going to be seeing a lot of the big guns,” he added. Du Sart also stressed the importance of road closures to an event of this stature, and mentioned that there will be full closure of the M13 in Westville for the Road Races on Saturday and Sunday. For those participating in the Time Trial or Para-cycling divisions, there are great accommodation rates on offer in Wartburg. For detailed information about the accommodation that is available, please visit the Cycling SA website. Riders wishing to compete must be in possession of a Full Racing Licence, which is for riders from the age of 17-years-old who would like to be eligible for provincial and national selection and championship (for riders under 16, a Cycling SA Membership is required to participate). All Cycling SA members may make use of the great preferential rates offered by Europcar South Africa for your travel requirements if you’re visiting from out of town. To book your rental through your online membership portal, click here: http://csams.cyclingsa.com/ Online pre-entries are open, and close on Monday 1 February 2016 at midnight. Click here to enter: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/. For event information, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-road-champs/, or contact Kelvin du Sart on kzncycling@iafrica.com 082 446 9833, or Michelle Matthews on matthewsmichelle68@gmail.com 084 407 5566. Attention Time Trial participants: Please note the TT bike measurements TT Bike measurements The following is a description of the permitted bike measurements for the 2016 South African National Road ChampionshipsDeep section wheels and disc wheel are permitted and this also applies to the U16 age group. 1. What is the correct weight for road bikes? The minimum weight of the bicycle (in working order) is 6.800 kg, considered without on-board accessories in place, that is to say those items that may be removed during the event. The bottles, on-board computers and GPS systems must be removed during the weight check. However, the bottle cages, fixture systems and clipped-on extensions are part of the bicycle and stay in place during the weighing. 2. The gauge must allow the following dimensions to be checked: A) The 50mm distance between the tip of the saddle and the centre of the bottom bracket axle, with measurement marks displayed every centimetre as a minimum, B) The distance from the centre of the bottom bracket axle to the extremity of the handlebars; which must not exceed 750mm, C) The distance between the centre of the bottom bracket axle and the centre of the front wheel axle, which must be between 540 and 650mm, D) The distance between the centre of the bottom, bracket axle and the centre of the rear wheel axle, which must be between 350 and 500mm. Figure 1 illustrates the measurements of the bicycle that the measuring jig must be able to assess, as defined in point 4.
  23. Following on from the ground breaking achievements of national cycling hero, Robbie Hunter who became the first South African rider to participate in the Tour de France in 2001, the 2015 edition of the Tour de France will see a good representation of South African riders. Click here to view the article
  24. Cycling South Africa is very proud of the selection of Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge), Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Louis Meintjes and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (all MTN Qhubeka) on their selection for the Tour. Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge), the first South African to wear the coveted yellow jersey in 2013, will be one of the SA riders participating in the 2015 Tour de France. Photo Graham Watson Cycling SA President, William Newman, said: “I would like to congratulate all these riders on their selection to participate in the most prestigious event in World cycling. They have worked exceptionally hard and have been rewarded for their efforts. We can assure them that the whole nation will be behind them as they tackle this gruelling race. I also congratulate Douglas Ryder and his team for pursuing a dream, which they have now achieved and are making South Africa proud.” The Tour de France has been one of firsts for South Africa, with Robbie Hunter being the first South African to win a stage at the prestigious event in 2007 followed by Daryl Impey showing his class by being the first South African to wear the coveted yellow jersey in 2013. Another talented South African to compete in the gruelling event was John-Lee Augustyn, in 2008. They have paved the way for our young riders now to come on board and show what they are capable of. This year we enjoy another first with Team MTN-Qhubeka being the first South African and African team to participate in the Tour. We wish the riders well as they rollout from Utrecht on 4 July 2015 and we will follow their progress all the way to Paris.
  25. As the race hit the final climb of the day, Pig Hill, Edvald would put in a strong attack from the peloton that only Impey, Haller and Sven Erik Bystrom (Katusha) could match. The quartet would catch and pass the early 5 rider break of the day on the steep 20% slopes of Pig Hill, and then Edvald would force the pace over the top ensuring the 4 would go clear. With 7km to the finish from the top of the hill and only 8" to play with, the 4 leaders had to put their heads down and go for it, and that they did. With Haller only needing 7" to win the tour overall and having his teammate Bystrom in the move, it certainly helped the chances of the break surviving. All 4 riders would fully commit to the move and with 3km to go the gap had grown to 24". Going under the red kite, Bystrom led it out followed by Haller, Impey and then Edvald. Haller opened the sprint first with 400m to go and Edvald waited for 200m to go before launching his final effort. Edvald just had too much speed for Impey and Haller as he came passed them to cross the line first. Kristian Sbaragli made the day just that bit sweeter as he was 2nd in the sprint from the peloton, claiming 6th place. The victory concludes what has been a great two weeks of racing in Norway. The team came close to victory many times both this week and last week but finally today, Africa's team would get its deserved win. With his win today, Edvald moved into 7th place on the GC and Kristian would hang on to 10th overall as well with Haller securing the yellow jersey. It was really nice to win today. The team was working so well together once again to put me in a good position for the final climb. My legs were good and I was able to put in an attack on the final climb and got away with 3 other guys. We worked well to the finish and then I was able to win the sprint. It has been a long time since I have won so I am really happy to have won today, for myself and for the team. They worked 100% for me so it was great to reward their efforts. It’s also good to win in the new colours as it’s great publicity for the Qhubeka charity. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Rider All the great work by the guys over the last 2 weeks here in Norway has been paid off today. It was a very fast start with plenty of attacks and it took 60km for 5 riders to form the break. Back in the bunch, the peloton split several times in the cross winds. The bunch always came back together though. Finally in the final circuit, during the last lap, the break was caught when Edvald attacked on the last hill and took 3 riders with him. They opened a gap which was big enough to make it to the finish where Edvald won the sprint. I am very, very happy and not only for the win but with the whole team for all their great work. Alex Sans Vega - Sport Director
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