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  1. The Double Century, South Africa’s favourite 202km team road cycling event, has a new title sponsor in the shape of Old Mutual Wealth. View full article
  2. The sponsorship agreement is a three-year deal, starting with the Old Mutual Wealth Double Century this year. The 2021 event, which will be the 29th Double Century, will take place on 27 November in Swellendam. Organisers of the popular event, The Pedal Power Association and the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, are thrilled to have Old Mutual Wealth on board. “It’s no secret to anyone that this is a very trying time for events in South Africa and around the world,” says Steven Hayward of the Pedal Power Association. “By partnering with us as a title sponsor, Old Mutual Wealth is showing confidence in the Double Century and ensuring that we are able to keep hosting the world-class ride that South African and foreign cyclists have come to love. We have no doubt that events will bounce back in the near future, so for us it is essential to keep providing an outlet for road cyclists in South Africa.” With its demanding yet scenic route, team format and unique camaraderie, the Old Mutual Wealth Double Century has earned a special place in the heart of the South African cycling community, attracting cyclists from all over the world too. “We are excited to be lending our support to the now Old Mutual Wealth Double Century. This annual event is rich in history and purpose, giving us an opportunity to reach new levels of success together,” says Farhad Sader of Old Mutual Wealth. “At Old Mutual Wealth, we are passionate about enabling our clients to take their wealth further; meaningful wealth management is about more than just your money, it is about how you see yourself, your dreams, your impact and your legacy. It is a journey and requires the same commitment, focus and discipline as a cycle race – there’s great synergy between the two. We look forward to welcoming all the cyclists in November,” he adds. David Bellairs of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust says the Old Mutual sponsorship allows the organisers to continue planning for the 2021 event and into the future. “The Double Century has earned its place as one of the must-do cycling events on the local calendar and we are very much looking forward to taking the event into its 29th year and beyond. As usual, we will be focussing now on rider enjoyment, rider safety and putting together another show-stopping ride through the Overberg. We are also looking forward to working together with Old Mutual Wealth in growing the Old Mutual Wealth Double Century and the resultant extended benefits for the Overberg region.” Entries to the 2021 Old Mutual Wealth Double Century are scheduled to open towards the end of July/early August. Covid protocols and other relevant event information will be communicated throughout the year.
  3. Now that the event is officially going ahead, think a 2020 thread is appropriate! Going to be interesting seeing the vibe at the race this year. A few less teams, smaller teams, no picnics and fastest starting first. Now to get some new threads made in time
  4. For the earliest starters, there were overcast conditions to ensure a cooler ride through the initial kilometres. By the time Active Bodies set out though, rolling off the start line at the Swellendam Show Grounds, the mercury had already begun to climb. As defending champions, they were the final starters, a full 2 hours and 45 minutes after the first group, the Coronation Mechanics, had started at 5am sharp. The spectacular Tradouw Pass sets the scene for a beautiful day on the bike, at the Coronation Double Century. Photo by Tobias Ginsberg/Volume Photography. There was drama for Active Bodies within the first 10 kilometres though; when they lost potentially their strongest rider, Matt Beers, to a puncture. They pressed on with 11 of their maximum 12 rider contingent, while Beers was left to chase on his own. Miraculously the man who usually represents NAD Pro MTB was able to catch up to the rest of his team by the time they reached Ashton, 120 kilometres into the race. Having returned to South Africa from a trial spell, as a stagiaire, with the UAE Emirates WorldTour team Beers is clearly in the best form of his career. He was not just a passenger for the remaining 80 kilometres though. Beers helped his team to a time of 4 hours, 23 minutes and 16 seconds; 8 and a half minutes faster than their 2018 effort. The faster time was aided by a tail wind in the final 50 kilometres. Usually the hilly finale to the Coronation Double Century is made tougher by the summer’s prevailing South Easterly wind. In 2019 an unseasonal Westerly helped riders as their legs started to fail them. The Active Bodies team secured their third consecutive Coronation Double Century title by team time trialling to victory in the 2019 race. Photo by Tobias Ginsberg/Volume Photography. Though they certainly must have been tired, Active Bodies gave no outward impression of weakness. Having now won three editions on the trot the winners have the team time trialling know-how. “Ja, we’ve got a great team; with some top-class athletes and that really helps”, Clint Hendricks, the road captain, of team Active Bodies downplayed the squad’s time trialling skills. “But yes, Coronation Double Century experience is really important. It is our third victory in a row as Active Bodies and if I could say my personal record here isn’t bad, in the last five years I’ve won four and been second once.” “Riding for Active Bodies is very special though” the 2018 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist continued. “We ride for a bigger cause. This year we were riding for the Smile Foundation and we donate the prize money to the charity so that they can help children live better lives, by providing them with life improving maxillofacial surgeries.” Behind Hendricks and his triple champions Alfa Body Works/Giant were second; for the second year in a row. They finished 6 minutes and 32 seconds behind Active Bodies, in a time of 4 hours, 29 minutes and 48 seconds. The Hartlief Deli/Powerbar team were third, 14 minutes and 18 seconds back. Team work, very much, makes the Coronation Double Century dream work; even when it comes to fixing mechanicals. Photo by Tobias Ginsberg/Volume Photography. In the women’s race, rearranging of the starting order aided the top teams in their quest to set fast times and race each other without interference from slower open or mixed teams. “We hardly had any traffic” Stellenbosch Tri Squad/Specialized’s Kylie Hanekom praised. “We enjoyed a pretty much clean run which made a massive difference, in comparison to last year.” Hanekom’s sentiments were echoed by Lara Tennent, the ride captain for Private Client Holdings. “Being able to get a clear run meant we could get into our pace lines and ride our own race” she explained. “For most of the race we were actually first on the road, with just the head marshal’s car in front of us. It was amazing.” “With the changed start times and the bigger focus on the women’s race this year we were excited to give it our best shot” Tennent added. “We are very grateful to Private Client Holdings for coming on-board and sponsoring us. They could have sponsored the men’s team again but wanted to support the women’s race because it was so competitive. There were about six teams who were in the mix for the win and I think our team training really made the difference. We started training together as a squad, practicing pace lines, about two months ago and it paid off today” she concluded. The Private Client Holding’s team won the women’s race in a stellar time of 5 hours, 47 minutes and 2 seconds. Photo by Tobias Ginsberg/Volume Photography. Private Client Holdings posted a stellar time of 5 hours, 47 minutes and 2 seconds on the 202-kilometre-long course. Their closest competitors were the Tiletoria Train who finished in 5 hours, 56 minutes and 14 seconds; 9 minutes and 12 seconds back. The Stellenbosch Tri Squad/Specialized team was third, as they came up short in their title defence. Mixed category champions, UFO, were pushed all the way back to Swellendam by the second placed Bekker Steel Racing. With the teams spending differing amounts of time in the neutral and feed zones it was impossible for the team from Johannesburg to tell if they had won the race, despite leading on the road throughout. All smiles at the Coronation Double Century. Photo by Tobias Ginsberg/Volume Photography. Their relief, when the results were made official was palpable. “I’ve been doing Coronation Double Century since 2011 and riding in a mixed team for the last four years” Jono Cloete, the founder of Urban Fitness Outdoors said. “We’ve been working towards this for the last seven months and the whole team who rode today also rode, and won, the Maluti Double 90 earlier this year. So, it’s been a fantastic team effort.” UFO’s time was 4 hours, 55 minutes and 44 seconds, 2 minutes and 56 seconds ahead of Bekker Steel Racing. The final category podium position was filled by the Enjoy dormakaba team. Coronation continued their support of cycling in historically disadvantaged areas by donating two Giant bicycles to the Swellendam Cycling Development Team, who also took part in the 2019 Coronation Double Century. Photo by Tobias Ginsberg/Volume Photography. Coronation Double Century 2019 ResultsMen's: 1. Active Bodies 4:23:16 2. Alfa Bodyworks/Giant 4:29:48 3. Hartlief Deli/Powerbar 4:37:34 Women's: 1. Private Client Holdings 5:47:02 2. Tiletoria Train 5:56:14 3. Stellenbosch Tri Squad/Specialized 6:02:26 Mixed: 1. UFO 4:55:44 2. Bekker Steel Racing 4:58:40 3. Enjoy dormakaba 5:00:10
  5. Hi there! We're a mixed team with a very realistic goal of winning the mixed category in the Double Century, but our third lady has had to pull out due to illness so we currently don't classify as a mixed team. We have a really strong and also friendly team of riders and are urgently looking a strong female rider to complete our team to win the mixed category in the DC. If that's you or anybody you know, please pass this message on urgently and we'll owe you beers! Many Thanks Andy
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. This idea snow balled from a thought, to a murmuring, to a rumour and finally to a Whatsapp group. The team members slowly started coming together with us initially having 10 ladies keen to ride. We met for the first time in June over a coffee and sussed out everyone’s expectations. We chose Jenna as our team captain, thanks to her experience of being on the previous year’s winning ladies team, but more importantly her level headiness and being one extremely strong, experienced rider. From June the initial team changed a lot due to injuries and other life commitments. Right up until the 2 weeks before the Double Century, we were still recruiting final riders. The final 12 that stood at the start line consisted of quite a mixed bunch of ladies in terms of experience, age, height and abilities. Everyone though had the single common denominator of just really enjoying being on the bike and looking to savor the coming 202km. Kaptein Jenna – cool and calm like always #solidasarock One thing I have noticed in general is how few ladies there are out there on the roads at the various PPA events, and even how few ladies teams roll up to the Coronation Double Century start line. My first Coronation Double Century was in 2017 where there were only 9 of us, 2 being female. So an all ladies team intimidated me, I mean, who was going to change my flats, push me up Op de Tradouw and was I seriously going to have to actually take a turn on the front? But seriously, I think I understand the reason for there being such a small ratio of ladies to men is not that us ladies are too scared to change a puncture, but rather that generally the time commitment required for cycling when put next to family commitments means it’s just not always a practical sport. There was a fair bit of oestrogen flying around in the lead up to Coronation Double Century and general over thinking. I am pretty sure Mr Savage wanted to tear his hair out with the kit orders. I mean, men just get one style cut of kit, us ladies worry about boobs, tummies and tightness. No one size fits all here! We managed to get one main ride in with at least 10 of the team the week before Coronation Double Century. The aim was to properly meet up and practice our riding strategy. Which for me, included learning what an echelon was, how exactly to navigate through and offs properly and to shout last rider when you rotated (umm Corn’s did you miss this bit?). The team consisted of two very different levels capabilities of riders. A few of us were definitely the “weaker riders”. It was agreed that we would set the pace on the climbs, i.e. get to the front and ride at a pace we could manage. Our stronger riders would be there to push if needed, take long pulls up front on the flats and of course, snap photos. Once at the second stop the team would decide if we should let most Savage ladies loose to hammer out the watts they had left in the legs to see if we could secure a podium. This is Jenny – agrees to do DC 1.5 weeks before race day, and at one point on Op De Tradouw was pushing my arse up and had Lolita on her other pocket at the same time…. The first 30km’s gets you to breathtaking Tradouw pass. The advantage of having experienced riders in the mix already is paying off, as they are used to how your body adjusts over the course of the race. Jenny reassured me that it was normal for my legs to feel like lead and that my legs were still warming up. This eased my mind just a bit and I soon realised that my HR wasn’t actually lining up with my perceived exertion. From that point on I made peace with just focusing on not letting the gap get too big to the wheel in front of me and just enjoy it. We got to the start of Tradouw pass, and Karin came up next to me and kept me company for the climb by telling me stories of her husband fishing in the valley below – her goal was clearly to get this rather large frame up that first proper climb with as much sense of humour in tact and without completely losing loads of time. It worked. After that, my legs, body and mind seemed to have all come to the party and I was actually feeling pretty decent. Hence I shouted, ”ahh there my legs are” I think I heard at least 5 of my team mates breathe a sigh of relief. We all knew what was coming next though – Op De Tradouw. As soon as we got to the bottom of that beast, the shouts of “Sarah” started, which meant – get your ass to the front girl. So off I went, Jenny by my side. She politely asked if I minded getting a push. To which I said “No, please don’t”. See the ego is a funny thing. Even as one of the weaker riders, I still didn’t want to accept help. Again, Jenny in her wisdom reminded me that it’s a team effort, the pushing gets us all towards the same goal. So my ego went in to my pocket, and Jennys hand onto my back. We made it up Op de Tradouw. Look, I still swore a lot. And I apologise to anyone that was around after that first false summit, and that kick up before the final summit. I found out I have no control over my mouth in situations like that. What Sarah thinks, Sarah says… normally with a lot of F bombs. Sorry mom. As a friend pointed out when driving the route, from that point on its pretty much downhill to the finish,.. um ya ok?! Well we worked our echelons pretty well after that, we had settled in to a groove, and we got to the neutral zone about 20 minutes ahead of schedule of our 7 hour target. We got through the neutral zone, avoiding potholes and navigating the headwind to our feeding zone, refuelled and off we went. Despite the headwind, we still managed to smile/ grimace Going through Bonnivale and the beauty of the Jacarandas was slightly marred by the headwind, and we took about 5 minutes longer for that stretch than planned, but still had about 15 minutes in the bank for our 7 hour target. The second stop is a bit of a frenzy, feet and bodies are sore, people are over it and now we needed to decide on what the plan was for the last 40km. After some polite debate it was decided to ride as long as possible with as many as possible. This lasted to the bottom of the 1st sister when 4 of us dropped off and told the thoroughbread race horses to hammer. Thankfully they let us go and they dropped the hammer in true Savage style, while giving some of the men’s team a push up the 2nd sister. They clawed back 8 minutes in those 20km’s with the first 7 rolling over the line together for a time of 6:37 and a cheeky 3rd on the podium. The after pic What an experience!! I am so truly grateful to have been able to enjoy those 202km with the Savage ladies, to learn from all of them and their experiences and to have a fair bit of fun along the way! The extra respect and feeling of empowerment you get being an all ladies team on the roads around Swellendam was a huge takeaway for me from the experience. #sistersaredoingitforthemselves. Every time I heard the cheer “Go ladies” whether from the side-lines, or the teams of boys happily sitting in our slip for quite a while, *cough cough*, just put a massive smile on my face and made the sense of achievement of crossing that line that much more special. To everyone that shouted “Hammer”, Saaaaaavvvvagggge and even some cheeky “PorkSausages” as we rolled past – thank you. It really added to the experience of feeling a part of something bigger, something Savage. To the Savage men’s team, while it may not have been your best time, you are all still machines in our eye’s and thanks to you guys, Pure Savage gets the support it does on the road. Massive respect. To the mixed team claiming 3rd spot out of 60 plus other mixed teams, absolute Savage performance!!! And to the old ballies – all 12 across the line in 7:30 is a great achievement, but your wives are not going to let you forget they podiumed at the Coronation Double Century, ever! Thank you to Driving Force for the sponsorship of our shirts, Tailwind for providing us with our nutrition and Ciovita for making our kit and accommodating the plethora of changes to the kit in order to accommodate all our needs. Sponsors, extreme levels of #kitdoping and a team consisting of a fair few iron ladies and racing snakes! What will next year hold?! The Coronation Double Century is one seriously epic event – from the smooth and seamless organisation to the beautiful route. I had said that I would take a break next year, but I am not so sure anymore… Up on the podium
  9. The DC is basically Christmas for cyclists! This year for cyclist Christmas I got the gift of cramps at the 70km mark. Brendon ‘Brenda’ Stevens While this wouldn’t be the last we’d see of them, the early pace had taken its toll on some of our turbodiesel units that were not used to the fast start running into the bottom of the first climb. We crested Tradouw a minute ahead of the time inked onto Brendon’s forearm, but at the cost of Klyde, Stuart, Garth, and Donald. Down to eight, not ideal, but at least it wasn’t six. Well, the comfort of eight lasted a full 15 minutes until a mass merging with the UCT lads, Bluff Meats and the Freedom Boys. Needless to say, all hell broke loose as a frenzy of watts, egos, and lactic acid tore our eight riders to six. We lost Sean and Willem off the back, despite Brenda’s effort to drag them back. We nearly lost Aaron too but ol’ Brenda has an incredible knack for folding himself in half and becoming an aero hero (or hairo as he’s later be dubbed at our fines evening). This helped bring both him and Aaron back to Neill, Will, Waldo, and Kevin who managed to sneak away in a four-man break amid the chaos. This left the boys cast adrift of any teams and back to long pulls on the front for the big units, until we were joined on Op De Tradouw by FreeWheel Cycology Racing. Some say each DC is different, but it's not when you are with this team, its always the same, Savage! I wouldn't have it any other way! Waldo “The Wall” Zevenster The Op De Tradouw climb loomed large and we’d need to keep a steady rhythm up here or risk losing some of our bigger units, who we’d need for the relatively flat approach to Montagu. While the total climb itself isn’t too bad on paper (you’re looking at 18km at 2 per cent average grade) the final 5 kilometres ramp up at an average gradient of around 7 per cent. Enough to hurt the legs if climbed too enthusiastically. Everything was going quite well at this point until Neill ‘Hungary’ Ungerer started getting a little restless - especially when Active Bodies came thundering by, having flashbacks to riding with them in 2016. Waldo even tried a little dancing on the pedals for the first time, this sight reassembled the first few steps of a newborn Kudu. Will-I-am got a little Pro-Fomo, too. Will always gets riled up when the pro teams come flying past us. In his early years, he was known for ridiculous breakaways and riding alone to victory. At one point it looked as if Neill and Will were going to do just that - well, until they eased up for the four rabid Savages foaming at the mouth, obviously trying to avoid fines that evening. I’m super stoked to have been a Savage for the day. Will work on my road game and come back stronger next year Garth ‘Engine’ Ennion As always the support from the other teams on the road enables a brief hiatus from the pain cave. When the shouts of ‘Savage!’ or ‘Hammer!’ are heard it’s almost a certainty that the suffering in the paceline will intensify! And that’s exactly what was needed if we were to equal or even beat last year’s time to the 105km mats - something that looked pretty unlikely, especially losing half the team within 50km. To our surprise, however, we managed to roll over the mats in 2h46m, just a minute or two off our initial goal. In true Savage fashion number 7 trundled in almost 20 minutes later with the balance following in quick succession bar Donald who made a guest appearance in the lunch bedouin after the race, Nibali autograph in hand. For me DC with Savage is about suffering with mates for 200km. The camaraderie is always top notch among the lads and support from other teams on the route makes it worth coming back for every year. Aaron ‘Bottle’ Borrill The section from Ashton to Bonnievale always proves to be a notoriously tough section that can tear teams apart, not that we needed any more of that. Go too hard here and you’ll pay for it later, miss the split and it’s equally as damning - ask Aaron. The crosswinds blew him around like a rag doll and soon he, Garth, Klyde and Sean were out the back fighting for survival and a place in the final six. And what of Donald? Well, Don was somewhere in the wilderness probably hunting down Vincenzo Nibali and Nino Schurter although he denies these allegations, citing the two European pros were in actual fact stalking him for a selfie or two. It ain’t a Savage DC if you don’t go until you blow. I think my mielies turn into popcorn at least twice. Willie ‘Branch manager’ Calitz The newly resurfaced Jacaranda lined roads heading towards Bonnivale made for a surreal and picturesque pain cave. The headwind meant the turns on the front were met with increasing shouts of agony from the legs. The paceline was ticking over well with a much-appreciated guest appearance from Emce van Zyl in the ranks. The team had rallied well after the armageddon start of the day to only lose two minutes from our goal on the section to Bonnivale. Will.I.Am[/url]’ Robinson']When Brendon shouts ‘steady’ he means keep it steady at 400w, right? Will ‘[url="http://will.i.am/#inbox/_blank The stops allow a normally unspoken conversation to now be verbalised, which makes for some great entertainment at the expense of some broken bodies. When Brendon asked for a show of hands who still had some legs, only 4 hands went up, now its a party. The only person to laugh was Calvin “cool shades” Moore, as he was helping run the support car and not riding this year. I counted that I was number seven before the Drew turn so I knew what was coming. Klyde ‘CannonBall’ Stevens This led to Klyde’s moment to shine. Ah yes, Klyde the Cannonball. Not only is he the nicest guy in our team, but he’s also got one of the biggest motors too. The Cannonball managed to find an extra gear despite his F1 inspired first pit stop which lasted a full two minutes. After a caffeine-induced fast-charging of his batteries, he was able to put in a couple of big turns on the front before he, Sean and Kevin began seizing up from cramps with 16km to go. A Pure Savage DC is all about stoppage, poppage and six pirates across the line. Kevin ‘Bus’ Dolley Being number seven did not sit well with Kevin, so much so that once he was dropped he emptied himself to get back onto the group. He then went straight to the front, did a turn and then was not be seen until the beer tent, Savage! After his departure, the team was down to the final six, Will, Neil, Waldo, Brendon, Garth and Stuart. The DC doesn’t take prisoners - either you get cooked by the Savage pace or you get cooked by the sun riding solo if you get dropped. But it’s always nice to experience new kinds of pain. Donald ‘Koeberg’ Powers On the first sister the boys caught the Savage ladies team hammering away up the climb, only over the top of the sister did we say goodbye to the Ladies as they were powering towards a 3rd place podium! In the ranks Stuart and Garth our first half casualties had risen from dead and were sitting on the front of the group on the climbs. Only when Will started to get a sniff of the finish line and flattish roads did the “Hand of Waldo” have to be deployed to keep Stuart in the six. The final climb was upon the boys and the pain in the legs induced by the ramp to the finish line was only matched by the pain of having to stop the Garmin 8 minutes away from our goal time. Although we missed our goal of a sub 5, the euphoria of having ridden oneself into the ground for your mates was still in abundance. We had improved one position from the previous year to 13th, the headwind must have made the day a bit tougher as only five teams ducked under five hours, opposed to 13 teams in 2017. A massive congrats must go to our Mixed and Ladies Savage teams that both podiumed with third place in their categories! The teams rode really well and got so much support on the road. Hopefully, they become a regular appearance at the Coronation Double Century! Our final team was the Savage Old Ballies, they crossed the line with all 12 riders in just over seven and a half hours. Thank you to all our amazing sponsors for making this possible and the incredible team at the Coronation Double Century for making this event amazing every year!
  10. Right now it feels like an episode of Prison Break because the veins in Theunis de Bruin’s calves look a lot like Michael Scofield’s tattoos – a veritable map leading us through the labyrinth of tarmac that will eventually get us home. Theunis is a Savage newbie but doesn’t ride like one. He caught the attention of the team at the West Coast Express where he unleashed some pretty decent hammer and went off the front by himself at regular intervals. Anybody sitting behind him or Kevin or Waldo or Jarred or Bernard or Brendon or Will.I.Am for that matter is going to hurt. In fact, we're all going to hurt. Even Will. We think… Our main goal was to shave 10 minutes off last year’s time of 5h18min and improve on our 18th place but for this to materialise we’d need to keep the bulk of the guys intact until the first stop. That was the plan. On Friday, we received the splits from team captain Brendon, which read as follows: 2h45 (stop 1), 1h 05 (stop 2), 1h 15 (finish). The chat went silent for a moment while people tried to do math, everyone knew that this meant plenty digging deep and spending ages in the red. The Tradouw Pass is the first bump of the race and while it’s not the biggest climb it helps to get everything warmed up for the first real test – the 18km Op de Tradouw ascent. We’ve lost many a Savage up Op de Tradouw before so to avoid some of the Sausages getting cooked too soon we sent Kev to the front to marshal the pace and keep things somewhat civilised. This pace proved a little hot for Klyde who, at this point, began to sound a lot like a pressure cooker. Despite his orkish grunting however, the Cannonball was in high spirits and even quipped he was sitting comfortably at 190bpm - about 100bpm less than his max heart rate. Starting so late this year – 7:07am – meant, unlike previous editions, there wouldn’t be as many teams coming from the back but rather a lot more to pass. The chirps and encouragement heading up along the route were truly inspiring and awesome to hear. “Savage!” “Hammer!” “Hammer time!” “La Pure Cabbage!”. It really gives us the drive and determination to ride harder. This is something really special when riding for Savage. Even the UCT chaps were dishing out some friendly banter as they came past us at the summit. Yip – all who know this race will tell you the most enjoyable and sometimes-hardest bit of racing takes you from the top of Op de Tradouw to Montagu, as an appreciably fast descent becomes a predominantly flat and all-out blitz to the mats. We lost Jarred and Stephen somewhere on this section as Theunis began to drive the pace on the front. It wasn’t very enjoyable from a heart rate point of view but we were well and truly flying and that made it all the more reason to keep pushing on. At the 80km mark, Willie took his first sip - a personal record for the man who usually finishes every race with two full bottles. We were on course to beat our split 1 goal time quite comfortably but Will. I. Am had other plans and moved to the front and began to unload some serious wattage. For Will beating our goal time was not good enough – he wanted to obliterate it. The last 10km to the neutral zone were balls to the wall – no words were spoken except for the odd ‘HAMMER’ from Brendon. Ten of us crossed the neutral zone mats and we were 5 minutes up on last year’s time. Job 1 of 3 done. Our Toyota Hilux team car along with Nardus (Savage stalwart), Olivia, and Megan were a welcomed sight. The support crew did a superb job and ensured we ate, drank, and relaxed. Jarred and Stephen quickly rolled up just a few seconds behind us but neither looked too well. Jarred had been battling sinusitis the entire week leading up to the race and wasn’t feeling great. In true Savage form, this meant burying himself for the next 40 km and work for the team until he popped – go until you throw. Segment 2 from Montagu to Bonnievale is no easy passage. In previous editions crosswinds and rain have marred this section, and this year wasn’t any different with a slight headwind making an appearance. We started again with our full complement of 12 and quickly merged with several teams of pretty much equal ability, the Punishers and Jakkalsvlei. Jarred wasn’t having any of this group riding comfort and moved to the front along with Waldo, Willie, Aaron, Will, and Theunis. While passing slower teams at the train tracks these six accidentally broke away and continued to push hard in an attempt to secure the goal time for the segment. Those who found themselves in this Savage hammer train soon realised there was no turning back and their efforts here could well and truly cost them finishing top 6 and the race altogether. But that’s DC and that’s how Savage rolls. However, just before the breakaway crossed the timing mats, Brendon, Bernard, Calvin, and Kevin came thundering into view after chasing down their teammates in true Savage fashion, followed later by Klyde and Stephen. A massive kudos to the lads from the Punishers as they rode like beasts with the 5 chasing Savages to the stop. The second split was smashed 8min faster than last year. Some mushroom clouds began to surface as Aaron, Willie, and Jarred limped in looking like something out of the Walking Dead – the massive efforts of the 1 hour smashfest had taken its toll with Jarred and Stephen calling it in as a result. Both of them rode like champs and did their jobs. The heat too was now in full effect, grilling us like sausages on a Wimpy grill. It was hot, no question but the last few hurdles of the day still lay in wait: 42 km and three Ugly Sisters. The team were pretty wounded but the spirits were high and the banter as loud as ever. With some Call Me Maybe pumping from the Hilux, the boys set off for the final roll of the dice. “Hammer! Hammer! Hammer!”. Kevin loves saying those words and he kicked off the final split with gusto and several puns. The boys were riding like men possessed rotating on the head of the paceline like a well-oiled machine. At the170km marker, Aaron’s head gasket blew along with his turbo and intake manifold forcing him to ride solo (just the way he likes it) until the 189km mark where he ground to a halt. So severe was this state of suffering that a supporter’s wife decided Arron needed to be prayed for on the side of the road as he looked like death. Having just watched Aaron explode, Willem and Cannonball put in another 20 minutes of hard turns until their legs also expired. There was no hanging on the back or skipping turns in the paceline to recover, they rode until they could ride no more for the team. Down to seven Savages and still the three sisters to see to, this saw Will and Theunis putting some big efforts on the long drags keeping the pace high. The banter and boisterous cheering as we passed other teams dried up in the last 30 km, with the heads down watts up. The only words were from Brendon, telling Will to go steady when pro teams came past, Will was suffering from Pro Fomo. The first two sisters were dispensed without much drama, just gritted teeth and plenty of stem staring. The final sister saw Will finally paying for driving the pace the entire day, Brendon was pleased as he had no energy left to mutter one more, “Steady”. Cool Shades who has not finished with the team for the past 2 years started seeing stars half way up the last sister and was off the back. After some vibrant language from the remaining Savages and the ever strong presence of Waldo beside him, Calvin was marshalled over the last sister. The final hammerfest to the line was as brutal as the last sister, as a sub 5 hour ride was still on the cards. The boys all dug deep with every Savage raising the pace during their pull on the front until we hit the final climb. The steep gradient and legs full of punishment makes the last climb a real sting in the tail. Nothing was left out there as the boys wrestled their bikes over the line to stop the clock in 5:00:21. As the boys finally started coming out of the fetal positions on the pavement there were high fives, massive smiles and a few selfies. We had taken 18 minutes off our last years’ time, more importantly for the team we finished 15th overall, 3 positions better than previously. We shuffled down to the show grounds and shared war stories over a few cool mineral waters with other teams. The heat and lack of wind was the centre of most conversations and Viviani getting a puncture in the first few kilometers. Massive congrats to Active Bodies for taking the win on the day and UCT boys getting another top 10. That evening we dished out countless fines during the team braai and made plans to improve next year! A massive kudos to the organisers for a well-run event and great hospitality. Thanks to Toyota for sponsoring the team this year at the Coronation Double Century with some killer kit and the use of a tougherest Hilux for the month!
  11. “We’ve raced this event a few times together as a team now and we knew we were in with a shot,” commented ACTIVE BODIES team captain Bradley Potgieter after the finish. The men’s race was billed to be something of a three-horse affair with ACTIVE BODIES, Alfa Bodyworks/Giant and Bluff Meat Supply all lined up as possible winners. Up (and down) the Tradouw Pass it however became clear that everyone else would be chasing ACTIVE BODIES. “We just tried to put all our experience together and keep it calm and steady and not do silly things,” Potgieter said. Marshalled by Potgieter and featuring various experienced South African pros, as well as current international riders, Willie Smit and Kent Main, they stuck to their game plan and made it count. “Even though it (our time) wasn’t faster than last year it felt much better,” he said. According to Potgieter that game plan was to keep it smooth but to push hard on the climbs. Which is exactly what they did. While most of the other contending teams lost many of their riders early on (teams start with 12 but are required to have only six together at the finish), ACTIVE BODIES kept all 12 together for most of the 202km route, losing only a few riders in the final 20kms for a truly convincing victory. The women’s category was won by STS/Specialized who finished in a time of 06:14:53, ahead of pre-race favourites Flashie Ladies and Pure Savage Ladies in third. STS/Specialized was ahead at every time check and, much like ACTIVE BODIES, kept all their riders together for most of the distance. The Mixed division was taken out by Bluff Meat Supply Mixed, with Cape Cycle Tours in second and Pure Savage Mixed Racing rounding out the podium. Also, in attendance this year were three all-star invitational teams from Breitling, including the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, multiple mountain bike World Cup champion, Nino Schurter, multiple IRONMAN World Champion, Daniela Ryf and Jan Frodeno, current Ironman 70.3 World Champ among others. “George Kern – the CEO who was also here today riding – is one of those types of people who make sport events happen and connects them to a good cause,” said Fordeno, who spent much of his childhood in Cape Town, after the finish. “So, it was really nice to be able to come back to South Africa and connect that ‘pleasure’ side with supporting a cause like Qhubeka.” “It is very exciting for us having Breitling here,” commented David Bellairs, Marketing, Media and Sponsorship Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “Having so many champions across such a variety of disciplines here and – for me the crowning glory – having our dear friend Vincenzo Nibali fly out for 24 hours to ride the event, says a lot,” he said. “Breitling were riding for the Qhubeka charity and tied that in with their triathlon #SquadOnAMission drive through which they raised money for various projects.” According to Bellairs this year also saw new interest from various European media outlets as well as social media influencers from Japan. “That is great for the word getting out internationally about the event,” he concluded. Aside from the racing element, the event – one of the largest team time trials in the world – is a favourite among fun riders. The camaraderie, scenery and big endurance challenge is what draws them, and they are for who the race really caters. Some of the slower teams suffered in the heat out there on Saturday, but that made the post-race celebrations that much sweeter. “The team format really is an amazing format that resonates with us; as does 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,”,” commented Coronation Fund Managers portfolio manager, Neville Chester who himself once again completed the route. RESULTS: Men 1. Active Bodies 04:32:41 2. Alpha Bodyworks/Giant 04:37:23 3. Private Client Holdings 04:45:31Women 1. STS/Specialized 06:14:53 2. Flashie Ladies 06:34:59 3. Pure Savage Ladies 06:37:10 Mixed 1. Bluff Meat Supply Mixed 05:12:36 2. Cape Cycle Tours 05:13:42 3. Pure Savage Mixed Racing 05:36:32
  12. Active Bodies – as with many of the top contending teams – is a composite of riders from other pro teams. This year it is once again spearheaded by Bradley Potgieter who raced in the National colours at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, as well as National Team members Clint Hendricks of BCX and Willie Smit of Katusha-Alpecin. It includes much of the 2017 winning squad, with the likes of Kent Main, Dawid Maree and Jayde Julius on duty. As well as the addition of seasoned campaigners HB Kruger and Shaun-Nick Bester who came over from Coronation Double Century 2017 runner’s up, Alfa Bodyworks/Giant. The team rode an exceptionally smooth race in 2017 and worked well as a unit to finish in a record time of 04:30:12, this according to Hendricks. “We still had 11 guys until about 25km to go and only lost riders from there to the finish, because of the punctures,” he said. While Active Bodies will be out to repeat their 2017 endeavours, Alfa Bodyworks/Giant will be looking to shed the ‘bridesmaid’ moniker (they finished second in 2016 as well). The outfit has something of a new look this year and features prolific sprinter Nolan Hoffman, his BCX team mates Steven van Heerden and Marc Pritzen as well as Shameeg Salie, Stefan de Bod, Nicol Carstens and Rohan du Plooy. The outfit is also bolstered by Dimension Data’s journeyman, Jacques Janse van Rensburg who has done duty in various Grand Tours and finished second to Daryl Impey at the 2018 National Road Champs. Janse van Rensburg’s experience will no doubt be a key factor in the team’s strategy over the 202km course, which starts and finishes in Swellendam. However, if Alfa Bodyworks/Giant and Active Bodies go in as the two favourites, the outcome is far from a foregone conclusion with perhaps any of the top four teams capable of the win on the day. Look out for dark horses such as team Mad Macs pb häzz out of Stellenbosch, who surprised many in 2017 to finish in third and will be gunning for a podium finish. Also, always dangerous is Bluff Meat Supply, which includes Myles van Musschenbroek from Pro Touch among other SA road pros. Private Client Holdings is back once again, as is the ASG Factory team. Freewheel Cycology Racing, although made up largely of ‘retired’ pros could also be in with a shout on the day if the likes of Charlie Keey, Stoff van Heerden, Chris Wolhuter and Raymond Cox fire on all cylinders. The women’s category will see new champions in 2018, with the teams of Flashie Ladies – who have experienced mountain bike racers such as Mariske Strauss, Ischen Stopforth, Hanlie Booyens and Fienie Barnard as the backbone of their team – Pure Savage Ladies and STS/ Specialized Women are also vying for the crown. The top women’s teams will once again start earlier in 2018 giving them a clearer road to race. The Mixed category is always hotly contested and 2018 will be no different. The all-star Breitling Premier team has in its ranks Nicholas Dlamini from Dimension Data, multiple mountain bike world champion Nino Schurter as well as current Ironman 70.3 World Champ, Jan Frodeno and the highly experienced Lise Olivier. Pure Savage Mixed is marshalled by multiple Coronation Double Century winner David Garret and is bound to be a fast unit, as is Aurecon. While the first team to get six riders across the line in each category will be crowned champions, the Charles Milner medal 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.
  13. Hey guys, I am going to do the DC with my team who all arrive in Cape Town earlier that Friday morning(23 Nov). I was hoping someone out there has a later flight like me and could help me out with a lift to Swellendam? 23 Nov 17:00 Cape Town.
  14. 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.”
  15. 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
  16. Unfortunately, Ron fell ill and was unable to participate with the team. The offer came in quite late during the Pedal Power Spring League. So the focus was not on Double Century preparation, rather on the league events, where Max Sullivan secured 2nd overall in the end. Nonetheless, the team pulled off something spectacular, finishing in a time of 4:40:25 to claim 3rd overall. The team was the 13th last to start at 7:13am on Saturday, this gave the team some open road to play with, meaning they didn’t have to worry about being caught nor have any teams latch on for a free ride. In fact, they managed to pass all the teams on the road and cross the line first. The team was comprised of a wide spectrum of riders, ranging from professional road riders, professional mountain bikers, to a masters student and an actuary. From the gun the team rode smoothly at a high pace before shedding three riders on the first pass, powerhouse Declan Sidey of Kavuki Investments being one of them due to a mechanical on the descent. The team then regrouped in the first feed zone at 120km, and set the fastest split on the day between feed zone 1 and 2, a 350w effort for Declan Sidey averaging above 43km/h. From the second feed zone at 160km it was survival of the fittest, as riders consumed as much as possible in a fight or flight situation. One by one the gents imploded, and with 20km to go there were only six brave souls remaining. Late call-up, Rohan du Plooy, was rock solid all day long, with the youngsters of Greg de Vink and Ivan Venter having a stellar rider. The trade teams MTB specialists of Etnard Louw and Charles McFall helped nurse the teams six to the line, achieving a relatively phenomenal result. Its been dubbed as a surprise result, however I knew from the outset and throughout we were in with a good shot. Contrary to popular belief, there was no financial incentives for the riders recruited and we all raced for the love of it and I’m absolutely over the moon to have played a role in generating great exposure and a sense of achievement for the team and its sponsors, real feel good stuff. Declan Sidey For years the priority for myself has been developing young talent, having a sustainable cycling team and having fun riding bikes along the way. Getting riders such as Stefan de Bod and Declan Sidey onto the professional scene has been the prize, but what the team managed to achieve at the Coronation Double Century in truly special. It is results and weekends like this that fuel the fire, 2018 is going to be great for the team. Alex Heward (team owner and rider) Special thanks must go to Ron Danneberg, Mad Macs Motorcycles, häzz Coffee, Shaun Glover (soigneur) and all of the teams’ supporters who make the racing possible. Riders: 1. Alex Heward 2. Charles McFall 3. Etnard Louw 4. Max Sullivan 5. Jonathan van Gesselleen 6. Greg de Vink 7. Declan Sidey 8. Rohan du Plooy 9. Ivan Venter 10. Emce van Zyl 11. Cobus Swanepoel 12. Chris Brosz Follow our progress on:Twitter - @StelliesCycling Facebook - Team Mad Macs p/b häzz Coffee Instagram - Stellenbosch_cycling
  17. “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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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