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  1. Riders tackle the plantation roads in and around Harkerville on Stage 2 of the Knysna Bull made personal by Constantia Insurance. Overnight rain in Knysna on Friday made Stage 2 of the Knynsa Bull a tough challenge. The mountain bike event in the Garden Route town, now in its second year, is making a name for itself for providing unique race experiences. After the speedy descending of Stage 1 riders were looking forward to the magic forest of Harkerville. The rain and mud had other ideas, however. Straight from the start at the Harkerville forest station, riders were greeted by slippery puddles of mud. It made for a day of toil and endeavour on the bike for the bulk of the field. In the beginning, it was a madcap and fast first 20km of Stage 2, with jeep track eventually taking riders into the holy grail of Harkerville singletracks. The revered trails were well protected from the rain, so it was only once the race opened up again on the rolling forestry roads that the mud baths started to come into play. Riders battled mud, mud, and some incredibly wet sand in Harkeville forest on Stage 2 of the Knysna Bull made personal by Constantia Insurance. Stage 1 solo winner Dylan Rebello was once again first home in a time of 2:50:21, with Alan Gordon and Timothy Hammond (Team Insect Science) the first team to cross the line (2:57:19). Third on the day, and second team over the line was Erik Kleinhans and Robert Hobson (Canyon Topeak/ETW). Twenty-year-old Hobson is participating in just his second stage race, and is enjoying the experience, particularly the Mitchell’s Brewery Old Wobbly strong lager. On the bike, Kleinhans is taking him through his paces. “We started slow and just enjoyed the first few kilometres,” said Kleinhans. “We were together with a few teams when I saw Timothy struggle and immediately upped the tempo. We managed to pull away from them and eventually caught Dylan, but as soon as we did, I managed to tear the sidewall of my tyre.” After repairing the torn tyre, Kleinhans then picked up a slow puncture which lead to a crash. “I asked Robert how he was feeling, and we both realised we were tired, so we just chilled and cruised to the end.” Rebello, who is using the Knysna Bull as a platform to test himself ahead of the Absa Cape Epic and who was in a flat-out frame of mind throughout the day’s racing, powered home. “I won’t lie, that was tough,” said Rebello after powering through a massive post-ride lunch. “It was very muddy, so it made the ride quite draining. But I’m here to use the event as a measure of Epic strength, so my plan for the three days is to go as hard as I can until I blow. I know the trails well here, so I was always confident that I could shake the chasers if I needed to. I knew where all the ups and downs were, so I pushed super hard going up then got as aero as I could on the descents. I’m feeling good now, and I think with the Epic around the corner I am in good shape.” The dense Harkerville forest outside Knysna kept riders relatively dry on a wet and muddy day at the Knysna Bull made personal by Constantia Insurance. In the mixed category, Jennie Stenerhag and Craig Gerber (Team Cape Brewing Company) were comfortable winners on the day and the seventh team across the line. In the solo ladies category, Theresa Ralph was first home in a time of 3:43:00. “It was a challenging day out there,” said organiser Pax Mosterd, “but the riders were in good spirits after having something to eat. It’s a great experience to ride on these trails; the rain was a pity but I think the field, in general, is quite strong, so everybody will be looking forward to a fun final day.”
  2. The new team will compete under the Team Imbuko Momsen Bikes umbrella and represents a 100% South African team. Focusing on all the premium multi-day stage races on the South African MTB Calendar as well as select single day events, the young duo are excited to make their mark on the local racing scene. Neither athlete is a stranger to racing at the top level, with both riders having multiple race seasons ( and victories ) under their belt, the dynamic new team setup now offers them both a fresh shot at mixing it up with other top local MTB racers. This weekend’s Attakwas Extreme will be the team’s first race in their new colours and representing their various sponsors. Both riders have become an integral part of our racing efforts over the past few years and I am excited to see them compete under the same umbrella for the 2018 season. Victor Momsen – Founder - Momsen Bikes The idea was to combine my three passions: Africa, Wine and MTB and so the Imbuko / Momsen Bikes team was born! A proudly South African team from members to sponsors! We want to show the world that we can produce a product that is 100% true to our roots and still compete on the highest of levels. Theunis van Zyl – Imbuko Wines Co-Founder Both riders will be residing in Stellenbosch in 2018 whilst they complete their studies. A key focus for the team will be the 2018 Absa Cape-Epic where they will be competing for the highly coveted Absa African Jersey. Their weapon of choice will be their familiar Momsen VIPA Full Suspension bikes with a host of personally selected components to fine-tune the bike for their needs. Co-Sponsors on board include the following: RacePace Sportswear (Cycling Kit and Apparel) Stan’s No Tubes (Wheels, Sealant, Tubeless Accessories) Nike Vision (Eyewear) Farr (Components, Gloves, Helmets, Socks) Nutritech (Nutrition) Follow the team’s progress and the latest news on their social channels: https://www.facebook.com/ImbukoMomsen/ https://www.instagram.com/imbukomomsen/
  3. Leading South African professional Erik Kleinhans has reunited with Matt Beers (Red E-Topeak Ergon) in a combination that will probably start as favourites when the gun goes off for Stage 1 on May 5. They will, however, have a fight on their hands from the established pairing of Chris Wolhuter and Dylan Rebello (Imbuko Wines), who won the race last year and are highly motivated to defend their title. Dylan Rabello and Chris Wolhuter (Imbuko Wines) on their way to victory at the 2016 Gravel & Grape MTB stage; they'll be back in 2017 and highly motivated to defend their title at this year’s event. Photographer credit: Chris Hitchcock. “Matt and Erik will for sure most likely be our main rivals. They are both strong riders who we race against frequently,” says Wolhuter. “That being said, Jurgens (Uys) and Nicol (Carstens in Team Versus Socks) cannot be underestimated. Jurgens is coming back from an injury lay off and looks very motivated to get back to a high level.” Wolhuter says he and Rebello had a “good Cape Epic” last month but were hampered by some mechanical troubles: “So we are looking to make amends for that and will be going for the title again this year.” Beers, asked if he and Kleinhans would be going for the win, says: “Yeah for sure! But we always want to keep it fun and light-hearted after the race and talk nonsense with friends … I think it really helps mentally.” “We ride extremely well together and complement each other’s riding styles really well: our strengths are almost exactly the same. We are both powerful riders on the flats and can smash the descents too,” Beers adds. Riding together Beers and Kleinhans won the Berg&Bush stage race last year and four stages of the Cape Pioneer Trek. This is the third staging of the Gravel & Grape, which Wolhuter describes as “a great event”. “There are some great trails in the area. I know they have also done a lot of work in the Slanghoek region and the riding there last year was already fantastic,” he says. “The route profiles sometimes suggest an easier stage, but the region has some tough rocky sections which make it tougher than what it looks like on paper.” “Then there is a relaxed vibe in the evenings, which creates a great environment to interact with the other riders and enjoy a glass of wine.” Beers is also a fan of mountain biking in the area: “I have raced this event before back in 2015 in the mixed category with Nicola Giliomee. Apparently, they have done a lot of work so I am looking forward to riding some new trails and seeing different scenery.” The Gravel & Grape is taking place from 5 to 7 May. The event features two rides, the Gravel & Grape Extreme and the Gravel & Grape Adventure. In the women’s race the standout pairing is likely to be British pro Catherine Williamson and up-and-coming Knysna youngster Nicky Giliomee. “We'll be hoping to race as best as we can. I know Nicky is a strong rider and have raced against her at a few races last year and I know we'll have fun whatever happens,” says Williamson, a former winner of the women’s category at the Cape Epic. “I've never ridden Gravel & Grape before. I know the terrain can be very difficult, dry and rocky. But I always love racing in the Cape and as it’s getting towards winter I'm sure it'll be a bit cooler than the last time I was that way,” adds the Briton. The Extreme is the same three day race that hardcore mountain bikers have come to know and love over two years, while the Adventure is a two day challenge that covers 65km of cycling over the course of its stages. The Adventure is a solo or team event. Entries are for teams of two in two different categories: junior and open. The junior category is for both team members between the ages of 16 and 18 years, while the open category can be a son/daughter, husband/wife, daughter/father team or any two adults who would like to experience their first stage race. Both events feature expertly hand-cut singletrack. The Gravel & Grape is an event that sets out to take mountain biking back to its roots, focussing on fun but challenging riding with trails that reward the effort put in. “The Gravel & Grape delivers raw, rough mountain biking,” says Wolhuter. “A highlight was riding through some parts of the valley that were completely isolated. It was very beautiful, very serene.” “We want people to experience the valley and region as it is for us; beautiful, challenging, unique and exciting,” says one of the race organisers and Slanghoek Cellar’s Pieter Carstens. By involving a number of wine farms in the race, each day offers something different, from the highest peaks to the lowest valley floors.“Make no mistake, this is an event that will test you, but will also provide warm hospitality and the opportunity to indulge in our award-winning wines after each day’s riding,” says Carsten. The Breedekloof Valley is just one hour from Cape Town, and includes Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini & Breerivier. The event race village is based at Goudini Spa, making this a family weekend. Participants of the Gravel & Grape will have full access to the resort’s facilities, including the iconic warm baths. Although entries have already closed, the Gravel & Grape are offering an opportunity for 10 teams to enter by Sunday, 23 April.
  4. The 28-year-old Capetonian, who will partner Dylan Rebello in the three-day race that starts in Stellenbosch tomorrow, was not shy to talk about his ambitions. Chris Wolhuter, who will be riding for Imbuko Wines with Dylan Rebello, will be aiming for his third straight title at the Liberty Winelands Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, this weekend. Photo: Ewald Sadie. “Three in a row would definitely be a goal for us, but I think the level of competition is increasing with each event,” said the Imbuko Wines rider, who won alongside Craig Boyes last year. He said accomplished mountain bike exponents like Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger and Andrew Hill and Marco Joubert would likely be in the mix and was “an indication of the challenge we will be facing”. With prize-money of R100 000 on offer, Wolhuter, who lives in Wynberg, said there had been a significant increase in the strength of the teams. “Last year there were more teams than the first year and this year there is a further increase, so it just shows how the event is growing. “The prize-money is an attraction and it raises the general level of the race in more than just one aspect.” Wolhuter and the Stellenbosch-based Rebello, his teammate for almost a year, aimed to finish among the top three African teams in the recent Cape Epic until several mechanicals put paid to their chances. Although that race did not go quite according to plan, he said it was a good experience and they had recovered nicely from the effort. “We are feeling quite good after the Epic and often when you have had good rest you can bounce quite well off it. But this will obviously be our first real test since then.” Feeling that the format of the Liberty Winelands Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, suited his riding style, Wolhuter said he was looking forward to the race. “The multi-stage events require a different skill set and I do tend to get a bit stronger as the races go on. The longer it is, the better it suits me.” He added that the race – which plays out in the Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington areas – was a major attraction for riders in the Western Cape given its location and superior experience offered by the organisers. “For us in Cape Town it is super easy to travel to because you don’t have to fly anywhere or worry about equipment logistics. “In addition, they have done a lot of work on the course and you could see a significant improvement in the trails last year. Off the bike, they create a five-star experience so it’s always one to remember.” Wolhuter said he was comfortable with his form this season, having won the Simonsberg Contour MTB stage race in February ahead of Czech rider Dominik Buksa. “It was nice to see we can compete with overseas riders,” he said. “I also came second in the PE Plett solo category, so I’m happy with the way things have gone.”
  5. The Momsen VIPA is no stranger to the pages of Bike Hub. Dylan is riding the VIPA TWO frameset, the same frame we have on our VIPA long-term test bike. Just to remind you, it's a full carbon dual suspension full race bike designed with South African stage racing in mind. Dylan's VIPA, however, is a bit different from the retail models. Most of the important parts on Dylan's drivetrain are SRAM XX1 with a mixture of parts like the X01 cassette, X9 Stages (power meter) left crank arm, KMC chain, and the 32 tooth absoluteBLACK oval chainring making up the rest. The drive system is powered through a set of Look S-Track pedals. A handy Momsen adaptor allows a second bottle cage to be placed within the front triangle. The rough terrain is absorbed by a 2017 RockShox SID fork with remote lockout and a Fox Float DPS shock that allows the rear wheel 80mm of movement. Dylan rides on Stan's NoTubes ZTR Valor carbon rims with a set of Stan's NoTubes 3.30 Ti hubs. Rubber is provide by Vee Tire Co., more specifically the Rail Escape on the front and Rail Tracker on the rear. For the contact points, Dylan uses Momsen Design carbon handlebar with Momsen grips, a 90 mm KCNC stem, with a Selle Italia SLR saddle atop a Momsen seatpost. Full Specifications: Frame2017 Momsen VIPA TWOForkRockShox SID 2017 with remote lockoutShockFox Float DPSRimsStan’s NoTubes ZTR ValorHubs + SpokesStan’s 3.30 TiTyres (Front/ Rear)Front: Vee Tire Co Rail Escape Rear: Vee Tire Co Rail TrackerHandlebarMomsen Flat WideStemKCNC 90mmHeadsetMomsenBrakesSRAM Guide UltimateBrake rotorAshima Ai2Shifters + cablingSRAM XX1Rear derailleurSRAM XX1CassetteXO1Crank armsSRAM XX1ChainringAbsolute Black 32tChainKMC 11 spdBottom BracketSRAM pressfitPedalsLook S-TrackSeatpostMomsenSaddleSelle Italia SLRGripsMomsen DesignBike Computer / Power meterGarmin 820 and a Stages X9 power meterBottle cagesVIPA Carbon bottle cagesWeight10.1 kg
  6. Chris Wolhuter (28) was joined by youngster, Dylan Rebello (21) mid way through the 2016 season and the pairing will continue to race together through 2017. Chris and Dylan have had a solid start to the season thus far in the build up to one of the team’s major objectives for the year, the ABSA Cape Epic which starts this Sunday. The pairing will race under the Team Imbuko Freewheel Cycology banner for the Epic. The goal will be to go for a podium position in the ABSA African Competition. In the build up to the Epic, Dylan has raced the Attakwas where he finished in the top 10 in a competitive field. Dylan has also fared well in the Ashburton National Series racing the Grabouw and Sabie legs of the series thus far and is currently wearing the U23 leaders jersey. A strong second position at the recent Momentum Health Tankwa Trek highlighted that Rebello’s build up to the Epic is on the right track. Wolhuter has raced a somewhat different schedule in the build up to the Epic. After an early season trip to the Louwveld for the Mpumalanga Tour, Chris got on the knobblies at the Fairtree Capital Simonsberg Contour in early February. After an exciting two stages of racing, Chris finished in 2nd place, sandwiched between Topeka Ergon riders Jeremiah Bishop and Alban Lakata. Due to family commitments, Chris was unable to race the Tankwa Trek and continued his build up at the Fedgroup PEPlett where he managed to again finish in 2nd position. Commenting on the choice of equipment for the 2017 season, Wolhuter says: “Our team will be unique in that Dylan and I will ride different bikes, but both race under the Imbuko Wines banner. Dylan has a longstanding relationship with Momsen Bikes whilst I have one with Freewheel Cycology and Specialized. Dylan will race the Momsen Vipa and I will be aboard the Specialized Epic World Cup” The team will continue to enjoy support from a number of product sponsors, namely: RH77 Cycling Wear, bikalot.com, Cadence Nutrition(Dylan), PowerBar(Chris), Nike Vision, ASS MAGIC Chamois Cream, pOcpac, Imbi Bike Savers, and Squirt Lube.
  7. Dylan Rebello and Yolande de Villiers raced to victories in the men’s and women’s categories in the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort mountain bike challenge on Saturday the 1st of October. The single day marathon, through the magnificent Seweweekspoort and the scenic Hoeko Valley, doubled as the Western Province Marathon Championships. The event boasted a combined starting line-up of 1 055 riders, including 100 local development riders sponsored by Ladismith Cheese, across the three distances. Click here to view the article
  8. Dylan Rebello and David Garrett racing through the orchards of the Hoeko Valley. Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. Rebello, now riding in the colours of Imbuko Wines, excelled in the absence of his new teammate and defending champion Chris Wolhuter leading from start to finish. Climbing up the Seweweekspoort towards the Great Karoo Rebello was content to sit in the lead group, but once the route reached the rugged trails at the top of the poort only David Garrett could match his pace. The pair then worked together to stay ahead of the chasing pack, which included riders of the class of Nico Pfitzenmaier and Niell Ungerer. In the approach to water point three, with two long climbs remaining, Rebello accelerated on a sharp climb through the orchards in the Hoeko Valley. Garrett was unable to match Rebello on the climb and soon dropped out of sight of the leader. Rebello soloed to victory and said afterward that the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge was the perfect tune-up for the Cape Pioneer Trek. He and Wolhuter will be targeting a podium at Dryland Event Management’s flagship stage race, which will take place from the 16th to the 22nd of October; if Wolhuter can recover from the broken hand, which forced him out of the 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge, in time. The imposing cliffs of the Seweweekspoort provide breath-taking views for the riders during the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge. Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. Garrett claimed the second step on the podium, finishing three minutes and fifty seconds down on Rebello’s winning time of two hours, fifty minutes and thirty five seconds. Rounding out the podium was Pieter Gildenhuys, who outsprinted Ungerer and Vickus Boshoff in a dramatic finish. Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge men's 82km podium. From left to right: Ronaldo Groenewald (CEO Ladismith Cheese), David Garret (2nd), Dylan Rebello (1st), Pieter Gildenhuys (3rd) and Shani Morton (Western Province Cycling). Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. In the women’s race de Villiers was largely unchallenged as her nearest rival Fienie Barnard was never able to join de Villiers’ group on the road. Despite not being pushed by a rival for victory de Villiers flew through the route, finishing in a remarkably fast time of three hours, four minutes and twenty seconds; despite the swirling wind making the descent of the poort slower than usual. Barnard claimed second position in the women’s race while last year’s winner, Alma Colyn was third. The elite women’s podium featuring from left to right: Ronaldo Groenewald (CEO Ladismith Cheese), Alma Colyn (3rd), Yolande de Villiers (1st) and Shani Morton (Western Province Cycling). Not pictured: Fienie Barnard (2nd). Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. With Western Province colours on offer for the age group racers the 26km and 40km races were also hotly contested among the younger riders while the veteran, masters and grand-masters were out in force to race for provincial glory in the full 82km marathon. The impressive young Joshua de Freitas and Amy Tait held off their age group rivals and the older riders taking part in the 40km race to claim hard fought victories, by just a single second in de Freitas’ case and a mere three seconds in Tait’s. Tony White receiving a high five as he crosses the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge finish line after completing the 82km distance in a time of 05:43:18. Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. The race once again showcased the riding and tourism potential of the Kannaland area; hopefully inspiring the 900 odd entrants to return for a weekend of riding and sightseeing before next year’s Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort Mountain Bike Challenge, which is set to take place on the 30th of September 2017. The Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge starts next to the old Lutheran church in Amalienstein. Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. For more information please visit www.7weekspoortmtb.co.za or click here to view the full results. Selected Results: Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge82km Women: Yolande de Villiers (03:04:20) Fienie Barnard (03:08:03) Alma Colyn (03:12:29) 82km Men: Dylan Rebello (02:50:35) David Garrett (02:54:25) Pieter Gildenhuys (02:59:30) 40km Women: Amy Tait (01:45:21) Allison Morton (01:45:24) Saskia van der Merwe (01:45:26) 40km Men: Joshua de Freitas (01:29:01) Louis Visser (01:29:02) Robert Hobson (01:29:03)
  9. The RECM Knysna 200 field lining up at the Harkerville Forest Station for the third and final stage of the 2016 race. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman. The third and final stage started in the heart of the Knysna Forest, at the Harkerville Forest Station, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The early kilometres of the 56km stage were along gravel roads through the forest, before traversing a high ridgeline which offered riders spectacular views over the azure Indian Ocean. The racing was fast and furious and the lead bunch knocked off the 15km to water point one and the first section of singletrack at a frantic pace. Rebello, Nico Pfitzenmaier and Shan Wilson were once again at the forefront of the pace making duties and entered the Harkerville Red Route singletrack together. Dylan Rebello racing along the lagoonside bike path on his way to RECM Knysna 200 glory. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman. A crash for Pfitzenmaier meant Rebello was able to briefly distance both Pfitzenmaier and Wilson, who was behind Pfitzenmaier at the time of the crash. The crash didn’t set Pfitzenmaier back though and he was soon on Rebello’s wheel again. As the leaders past water point two at 40km, with only a long descent and a cycle path blast separating them from the finish, they were still within sight of each other. But as his older rivals tired Rebello surged ahead and soloed to the finish, as he had done on the previous two stages, to claim his third stage victory of the race. The result secured a Rebello a dominant general classification victory, by 36 minutes, over Wilson. Pfitzenmaier’s terrible luck with punctures on stage two meant he was relegated well down the general classification, allowing David Cooke to claim the final Solo Men’s podium position after three stages. Stage 3’s top finishers, from left to right Shan Wilson (3rd), Dylan Rebello (1st) and Nico Pfitzenmaier (2nd). Photo by: Seamus Allardice. Neethling, like Rebello, was utterly dominant throughout the RECM Knysna 200. She approached the race as a series of high-tempo training rides and had challenged herself to race the men as hard as possible. It was a goal she achieved with aplomb finishing alongside the leading men’s team on every stage and achieving a remarkable fifth position overall. Neethling brushed off a crash on one of the bridges in the Harkerville Forest, which left her with a nasty gash below the knee, to race to her third stage victory of the race on stage three. The Team Dorma rider’s general classification time of 8 hours 37 minutes and 08 seconds was enough to ensure victory over second placed Solo Woman Carmen Buchacher by 18 minutes. Closing out the Solo Women’s podium was Nina Hind who raced to her third successive third place finish, and in so doing holding off Katja Steenkamp for the hotly contested position. Candice Neethling on her way to a dominant RECM Knysna 200 victory. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman. Candice Neethling required ten stitches in her knee after Sunday’s final stage. Photo by: Seamus Allardice. The heart-warming story of the RECM Knysna 200 was the tale of the Knysna Sport School development team who claimed the Open Men’s team category victory. Going into the race Ian Jantjies and Brandon Williams were only concerned with defeating their fellow Sport School team of Nelson Sibale and Vernon Moos, but they raced with such enthusiasm and dedication that they achieved that and more. The sight of Jantjies and Williams collapsing in exhaustion as they crossed the finish line became one of the iconic scenes of the RECM Knysna 200. Their category victory was a well-deserved one and one that filled everyone associated with the Knysna Sport School and Garden Route Events with immense pride. Ian Jantjies and Brandon Williams of the Knysna Sport School crossing the line to claim victory in the Open Men’s race. Photo by: Seamus Allardice. If you’d like to join the RECM Knysna 200 action in 2017 you’ll be excited to note that the early bird entries for the 2017 race open on Monday the 20th of June and will remain open until the 4th of July 2016. The early bird entries offer riders the chance to book now and still pay the 2016 price for the 2017 event. To enter online visit www.recmknysna200.co.za. Theresa Ralph and Pieter Bezuidenhout celebrate their mixed category victory. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman. To view the full results from the 2016 RECM Knysna 200 please click here. All the images and daily highlights videos from the race are up on Facebook at Garden Route Events, and be sure to like the Facebook page or Follow @recmknysna200 on Twitter to stay updated on the 2017 RECM Knysna 200 race dates and all the news from Garden Route Events’ other up-coming events. RECM Knysna 200 Selected Results | Stage 3Solo Men: 1. Dylan Rebello (02:07:13) 2. Nico Pfitzenmaier (02:11:13) 3. Shan Wilson (02:12:42) Solo Women 1. Candice Neethling (2:18:06) 2. Carmen Buchacher (2:23:24) 3. Nina Hind (2:39:59) RECM Knysna 200 Selected Results | General Classification Solo Men: 1. Dylan Rebello (7:44:00) 2. Shan Wilson (8:20:17) 3. David Cooke (8:30:32) Solo Women 1. Candice Neethling (8:37:08) 2. Carmen Buchacher (8:55:09) 3. Nina Hind (9:58:00) For the full list of results from the RECM Knysna 200 click here.
  10. Young mountain biking stars Dylan Rebello (Momsen Factory Team) and Candice Neethling (Team Dorma) secured the Solo Men’s and Solo Women’s RECM Knysna 200 titles on Sunday. Both Rebello and Neethling capped the Garden Route Events stage race with their third stage victories to seal emphatic general classification wins. Click here to view the article
  11. On the second stage of the 2016 RECM Knysna 200 mountain bike race Dylan Rebello and Candice Neethling repeated their stage winning heroics of Friday to extend their race leads. The young duo, riding for the Momsen Factory Team and Team Dorma respectively, were superb throughout the 70km stage which took place from Quinta da Montanha on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  12. The long, steep climbs which punctuated the early phases of the stage suited Dylan Rebello as he soloed to victory. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman. In the Solo Men’s race Rebello led from the off, dropping first Shan Wilson and then Nico Pfitzenmaier on his way to claiming the Ultimate Cycling King of the Mountain prize just three kilometres into the stage. With the climbing only relenting slightly after the R1 500 spot prize Rebello didn’t ease off the pace and soon built up a healthy lead. By the first water point near the 25km mark the riders had already clocked up 1 000 meters of altitude gained and the climbing suited Rebello, as he extended his lead on Pfitzenmaier throughout the climb. On the singletrack that followed Rebello used his local knowledge of the trails to maintain his lead without taking undue risks. Behind him Pfitzenmaier was chasing hard and experienced his first of many punctures on the day. The Team Dorma rider split a sidewall and had to put a tube in his tyre costing him second place on the trail. There-after the day was a long and frustrating one for Pfitzenmaier as he battled puncture after puncture. The only silver-lining for him was the camaraderie he experienced on route. Pfitzenmaier was given many a CO2 bomb and even a tube by fellow riders. His most notable assistance came from Derek Devine who saw Pfitzenmaier stopped near the end of the Enduro section, completed it and then pedalled back uphill to provide him with a spare tube. On his home trails Dylan Rebello didn’t need to take any risks to maintain his healthy lead. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman. Yolande de Villiers out climbed Candice Neethling to claim the Ultimate Cycling Queen of the Mountain spot prize. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman. While Pfitzenmaier was losing time with punctures Wilson and David Cooke were Rebello’s nearest rivals on the trail. Though they couldn’t reel in the leader their battle for second was a fierce one. Cooke caught Wilson in the final kilometres on the lagoon side road. Wilson had to dig deep to hang onto his wheel, but rounding the final bend on Thesen Island Wilson couldn’t summon any further reserves of energy and Cooke outsprinted him for second position. The result, coupled with Pfitzenmaier’s misfortune sees Wilson move to second in the Solo Men’s general classification while Cooke moves up to third. Candice Neethling made it two from two with a superb ride on Stage 2 of the 2016 RECM Knysna 200. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman. In the Solo Women’s race Neethling saw off a sluggish start to put in a dominant ride and in so doing claimed her second stage victory of the race. Caught slightly off guard leading up to the Ultimate Cycling Queen of the Mountain hot spot she couldn’t match Yolande de Villiers’ pace up the climb and surrendered the spot prize to the mixed category contender. But once de Villiers stopped to wait for her husband, and riding partner, Henties to catch up Neethling lead the women’s field and didn’t look back. Neethling rode most of the stage with the leading men’s team, the Coimbra Cycle House duo of Vickus Boshoff and Iniel Hattingh, and crossed the line in sixth overall. Behind her, Carmen Buchacher put in another stellar ride crossing the line in seventh overall, seven minutes down on the women’s stage winner. The fight for the final Solo Women’s podium spot was a close one, with Nina Hind just managing to hold off Katja Steenkamp. The most exciting finish of the day though was contested by two teams who weren’t technically racing each other. The leading Open Men’s team of Ian Jantjies and Brandon Williams, representing the Knysna Sport School, pipped the second placed Masters team of Allen Cox and Ralf Fletcher, riding in the TOPCO colours, to the line by a mere one hundredth of a second. Carmen Buchacher put in another storming ride to race to seventh on the stage and second in the Solo Women’s category. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman. The third and final stage of the 2016 RECM Knysna 200 takes place on Sunday and includes the famous Harkerville Red Route in its 56km journey from the Harkerville Forest Station back to Knysna. You can follow the action on Twitter (@recmknysna200), Periscope and via live tracking on the MySOS application’s website (www.mysos.co.za), from 08:30. RECM Knysna 200 Selected Results | Stage 2Solo Men: 1. Dylan Rebello (02:44:13) 2. David Cooke (03:01:48) 3. Shan Wilson (03:01:51) Solo Women 1. Candice Neethling (03:05:02) 2. Carmen Buchacher (03:12:44) 3. Nina Hind (03:37:26) RECM Knysna 200 Selected Results | General Classification Solo Men: 1. Dylan Rebello (5:36:20) 2. Shan Wilson (6:07:35) 3. David Cooke (6:12:25) Solo Women 1. Candice Neethling (6:19:01) 2. Carmen Buchacher (6:31:45) 3. Nina Hind (7:18:00) For the full list of preliminary results from stage 1 the RECM Knysna 200 click here.
  13. Momsen Factory Racing’s Dylan Rebello and Team Ascendis Health’s Robyn de Groot completed stage and general classification victories in very different styles on Stage 3 of the 2016 GR300. Rebello road his heart out to drop the chasing pack having been outsprinted on Stages 1 and 2 by Craig Boyes, while de Groot had done the hard work leading up to Stage 3 and could afford to ride slightly within herself and still claim victory. Click here to view the article
  14. CP van Wyk leading the leaders down a technical singletrack section in the Knysna Forest. Photo by Julia Ann Hoffman. Yolandi du Toit in action. Photo by Julia Ann Hoffman. In the men’s race Rebello had quietly suggested that he would make his break, on the 78km final stage, at the foot of the final long climb of the day. The climb began at the 40km mark and climbed through the third water point only ending after 8km of relentless ascent. By the water point 5km into the climb Rebello had a three minute lead on Christopher Wolhuter with CP van Wyk a further three minutes back. The story of the day though was one of a costly puncture for Boyes, who’d been the only rider able to match Rebello’s pace on the subsequently neutralized Stage 2. With Boyes effectively racing to limit his losses and maintain a spot on the podium Wolhuter had no support in the chase to catch the solo leader Rebello. The breaking up of the Imbuko Wines Freewheel Cycology pairing of Boyes and Wolhuter, especially given how they’d so effectively neutralised the threat of Rebello with great team riding on Stage 1, proved pivotal as Rebello was able to maintain his hard fought lead over Wolhuter all the way to the finish. Coming across the finish line at Quay Four on Knysna’s Thesen Island Rebello was the well-deserved stage and race winner, with Wolhuter crossing the line second, securing second in the general classification. Van Wyk finished third on the day, but Boyes did enough to stop van Wyk claiming the final podium position in the general classification. Christopher Wolhuter charging through the singletracks in pursuit of Dylan Rebello. Photo by Julia Ann Hoffman. In the women’s race, following two dominant rides Robyn de Groot was content to ride within herself and secure the overall victory. That being said Catherine Williamson traditionally improves as stage races continue and that was also the case on Stage 3 of the GR300 where she matched de Groot throughout the day. Coming in across the bridge from Knysna to Thesen Island de Groot pulled a slight gap on Williamson which she held through the walkways on the Island to claim the stage victory by a couple of bike lengths. Finishing in third on the stage was the popular Yolandi du Toit. The result meant that the women’s GR300 general classification was stable throughout the race with de Groot further enhancing her billing as a major Cape Epic challenger. In second overall Williamson will be happy coming out of the GR300 feeling stronger than when the race started, which augurs well for her own Cape Epic bid. Du Toit too will be pleased with her race finishing third on each stage and on the general classification. In the Master’s category Gerrie Beukes claimed the overall victory while Doug Brown was the leading Grand Master finishing with an accumulated time just four minutes slower than Boyes in third position in the Open category. In the GRLite Jacques van Staden was dominant, claiming three stage victories; while Maryna Baard claimed the women’s GRLite general classification title. On his return to stage racing Renay Groustra sandwiched an excellent day in the Garden Route Trail Park on Stage 2, with two tough days on Stages 1 and 3. Photo by Julia Ann Hoffman. Robyn de Groot leading Catherine Williamson across the finish line at Quay Four on Stage 3 of the 2016 GR300. Photo by Julia Ann Hoffman. For aficionados of mountain biking in the Garden Route the next Garden Route Events race is the 7 Passes MTB on the 30th of April and the 1st of May, this is followed by the forest singletrack festival which is the RECM Knysna 200 from 17 to 19 June 2016. To find out more visit www.gardenrouteevents.co.za. GR300 General Classification ResultsOpen Men 1. Dylan Rebello (6:49:19) 2. Christophe Wolhuter (6:51:27) 3. Craig Boyes (6:53:24) Open Women 1. Robyn de Groot (7:31:00) 2. Catherine Williamson (7:37:00) 3. Yolandi du Toit (3:51:05) Masters Men 1. Gerrie Beukes (6:57:05) 2. David Garrett 3. Dereck Devine Grand Masters Men 1. Doug Brown (6:57:42) 2. Mark Misselhorn 3. Garth Greubel GRLite General Classification Results Men 1. Jacques van Staden (6:30:45) 2. Richardt Schoonwinkel 3. Marc Lagesse Women 1. Maryna Baard (8:04:07) Click here to view the full results, which will be updated and ratified by CSA by 15:00 (C.A.T.) on Monday 29 February 2016.
  15. Jeep Team’s Dylan Rebello claimed victory at the 85-km Tour de Plett MTB race finishing in 3:41:00, ahead of second-placed Hanco Kachelhoffer (3:41:02) and Colin Noel in 3rd (3:41:23). Tour de Plett was held in the Garden Route, Rebello’s home ground, on Saturday 10th October 2015. Click here to view the article
  16. The Tour de Plett is considered one of the most scenic MTB races in South Africa, treating riders to a spectacular route of challenging climbs, jeep tracks and single tracks through the Garden Route’s indigenous forests, game reserves and pristine coastline. Commented Rebello, a Knysna local and former junior African cross-country champion, “What a great day out at the 5th Tour De Plett. This is always a great event with absolutely stunning views of the coast and was made even better this year with a new route and a few floating bridges. Thanks to Jeep South Africa for supporting me, Cadence Nutrition for fuelling me through the windy conditions, and POC South Africa for keeping the wind out of my eyes. I’m really happy to come away with the win!” 2015 Tour De Plett results: 85km 1. Dylan Rebello – 3:41:00 2. Hanco Kachelhoffer – 3:41:02 3. Colin Noel – 3:41:23 4. Neill Clark – 3:50:24 5. Robyn de Groot – 3:57:27 (1st in category – Women) 6. Rudi de Wet – 4:16:43 7. Anlie Kachelhoffer – 4:18:54 (2nd in category – Women) 8. Derek James Devine – 4:19:50 9. Sipho Madolo – 4:23:45 10. Wayne Rebello – 4:23:52For the full results, go to to http://www.tourdeplett.co.za/race-results-85km.html
  17. The 20-year-old local’s stage win was a triumph of youth over experience as he outsprinted solo category overall leader Nico Pfitzenmaier, 44, into the finish at Thesen Harbour Town. Former junior African cross-country champion Dylan Rebello (Jeep) won stage two of the three-day RECM Knysna 200 mountain bike race on Sunday. The Knysna local is currently second overall behind Nico Pfitzenmaier (Dorma). Photo: Full Stop Communications The Jeep rider crossed the line in 2:50:52, just two seconds clear of Team Dorma’s Pfitzenmaier, with Jan Hanekom a distant third. The result was not enough to unseat the Cape Town-based German, who remains first in the general classification with a combined time of 6:16:49. Rebello, who lost time after an early mechanical the previous day, is currently second overall in 6:32:28 with Hanekom third in 7:03:24. In the team category, the Altech Autopage duo of Hanco Kachelhoffer and Colin Noel came home in 2:54:01 for their second stage win. Their total time of 6:23:03 gives them a cushion of more than 45 minutes. Three-time national marathon champion Robyn de Groot, riding in the colours of Ascendis Health, leads the women’s solo race by an increased margin after winning the stage in 3:10:41 (6:56:25). The 68km stage, which started from Quinta da Monthana near Rheenendal, saw riders ascend over 800m in the first 20km. The opening stretch quickly warmed up their legs with a testing 2.5km hill climb up to Krisjan se Nek in the Garden Route National Park. RECM’s African cross-country champion James Reid was first over the top to scoop the Ultimate King prize, while Yolande de Villiers of SasolRacing claimed the title of Ultimate Queen. Three-time national marathon champion Robyn de Groot claimed her second consecutive stage win on day two of the three-day RECM Knysna 200 mountain bike race on Sunday. Photo: Full Stop Communications Rebello and Pfitzenmaier were the first solo riders to reach waterpoint one after 23km in the Millwood Mines section, with Kachelhoffer and Noel setting the pace in the team section almost two minutes back. Leaving the second waterpoint and the Goudveld forest behind, the four riders came together on the Rheenendal road after Pfizenmaier suffered a minor mechanical problem. Knowing what lay ahead, Rebello was first to fly into the single-track alongside Phantom Pass. “That last section is literally right behind my house, so I just went full gas,” said the double junior national half-marathon champ. Pfitzenmaier kept pace on the technical descent while Kachelhoffer and Noel preferred to take a more cautious approach in defending their lead and lost contact. “From there Nico and I just put our heads down and worked together and I managed to pull it off at the end,” said Rebello. Port Elizabeth-based newlyweds Andrea and Steven Shirley notched up another win in the mixed race in 3:23:07 (7:31:45), while their Merrell teammates Nicola Giliomee and Marleen Lourens did the double in the women’s category in 3:25:14 (7:36:51). The three-day mountain bike race wraps up with a 58km stage through the Harkerville forest on Monday. Follow @recmknysna200, go to Garden Route Events on Facebook or visit www.recmknysna200.co.za.
  18. Former junior African cross-country champion Dylan Rebello showed his continental class on his home trails as he raced to victory in the second stage of the RECM Knysna 200 mountain bike race on Sunday. Click here to view the article
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