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  1. Erik Kleinhans heads up Canyon South Africa Erik Kleinhans is the man on the ground for Canyon in South Africa.Distinguished South African mountain bike racer Erik Kleinhans heads up the local operations for Canyon. Erik has worked with Canyon for a number of years, managing and riding for the Canyon Topeak professional team. Kleinhans will act as the brand's contact point in South Africa, overseeing technical and after-sales service, warranties, events and marketing in order to up the presence of the brand locally. Canyon's plans for South Africa To close the gap between Germany and South Africa, Canyon has invested in a comprehensive demo bike fleet which will be available to interested riders for testing. The range includes the Aeroad, Ultimate, Speedmax road bikes, the Grail gravel bike, with a full-size curve of the Lux and Spectral mountain bikes. Kleinhans wants to encourage consumers to take up the opportunity to test ride the demo bikes. The demo fleet will be available in Stellenbosch and other parts of the country shortly. Canyon South Africa boasts an impressive demo fleet.Canyon plans to have a physical presence in South Africa through local partners who will act as service centres for the brand. These technical centres will assist with after sales repair and warranties. All sales will continue to take place solely through the Canyon website. Canyon's business model Florian Schecklmann, Canyon's EMEA Market Manager, explains the Canyon model and Kleinhans' involvement in the video below: Canyon South Africa launch event Along with Canyon's South African plans, their local demo fleet was unveiled to the cycling media at Mont Marie wine farm in Stellenbosch. A splendid venue for testing bikes with fun, flowing trails right on the farm and a broad road just outside the gate, including a gravel section. Much like kids in a candy store, we wanted to ride everything and between the Bike Hub team members, we rode the Grail gravel bike (sporting the unique Hoverbar cockpit), the Aeroad and Ultimate road bikes, as well as the Lux and Spectral mountain bikes. It's a rare treat to test such a wide range of brand's bikes back-to-back and it's not an experience limited to the media, the public is invited to ride these bike too.
  2. Canyon Topeak Factory Racing (CTFR) takes over from the highly successful pro arm of the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team, whose U.S. contingent will continue to compete throughout North America. Erik Kleinhans will put his many years’ experience on the scene to good use in a new double role as both rider and CTFR Team Manager. Canyon Topeak Factory Racing 2018 – Alban Lakata, Photo: Canyon Bicycles Canyon Topeak Factory Racing 2018 – Kristian Hynek, Photo: Canyon Bicycles For Canyon Founder & CEO, Roman Arnold, representation in the professional ranks in any riding discipline goes far beyond brand exposure: “Our history at Canyon is strongly rooted in racing. Personally, I’m very excited that Canyon Topeak Factory Racing will now join our enduro, downhill and freeride teams under one roof. Working with these athletes is about so much more than showcasing our products – the dialogue that exists between Canyon engineers and pro riders flows into every new development to make our bikes the best they can be for riders everywhere. That’s where the Pure Cycling flair that sets Canyon apart comes from.” Sitting high of the team’s hit list in 2018 will be a top placing at the gruelling Absa Cape Epic (start: 18th March) alongside defence of Alban Lakata’s Rainbow Jersey at the XCM World Championships. Riders will have a choice between the superlight Exceed CF SLX hardtail and Lux CF full suspension models to race on depending on the terrain. Canyon Topeak Factory Racing 2018 – Jeremiah Bishop, Photo: Canyon Bicycles Canyon Topeak Factory Racing 2018 – Erik Kleinhans, Photo: Canyon Bicycles Beyond the marathon scene, Canyon will also be represented at the top throughout the XCO World Cup season. CANYON//SRAM Racing’s Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Dutch cyclocross star Mathieu van der Poel of Correndon-Circus are set to challenge the Swiss dominance laid down by Jolanda Neff and Nino Schurter. Both riders put in hugely promising performances on the XCO circuit last season and have backed those up over the winter, Mathieu van der Poel dominating the Cyclocross World Cup series while Pauline Ferrand-Prévot also made a return to the top step of the podium on her way to winning another French national title. Canyon Bicycles available direct in South Africa It was also announced today, 8 February 2018, that Canyon Bicycles GmbH will expand its portfolio of distributing nations with the addition of South Africa. Read the full article here for more.
  3. Erik Kleinhans's Canyon Exceed CF SLX Erik Kleinhans arrived with what must be one of the cleanest monster cross builds we've seen. Erik has fitted drop bars to his Canyon Exceed 29er carbon hardtail mountain bike. The drivetrain is also a mix and match with a SRAM XX1 Eagle crankset with a Force derailleur and brakeset. Erik retained the RockShoc RS-1 fork but custom fitted the remote lockout to the drop bars. The wheels are DT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline with Maxxis Icon 2.2 front and Aspen 2.1 rear. Jan Braai's Santa Cruz Stigmata CC Jan Braai, the imagination behind the race, rocked up in style with this Santa Cruz Stigmata. As is customary with a Santa Cruz, the wheels are from Enve fitted and wrapped 38c Vitorria Adventure Trail tyres. The Zipp handelbars, stem, and seatpost polish off a well-rounded bike. Rob Gilmour's Lynskey Cooper CX The supple, shock-absorbing ride that titanium provides makes it an ideal material for endurance gravel bikes. Even the most ardent steel or titanium rider will concede that carbon forks are the way to go on a rigid setup, and on this bike Rob has elected Lynsky's Pro Carbon CX. The SRAM Force1 drivetrain powers American Classic Race wheels with challenge Gravel Grinder 38c tyres. Leonardo van Onselen's 3T Explorer Leonardo's white carbon 3T Explorer certainly stands out in a crowd. 3T say this purpose built gravel bike boasts aerodynamic frame tubing that benefits the rider on fast tar sections and headwinds. This particular build is fitted with Easton EC90 carbon wheels along with a SRAM Force1 groupset with a Rotor 3D crankset. David Moseley's Trek Crockett 5 The Trek Crockett 5 represents a more attainable option for the everyday rider, but is just as capable as the exotic bikes above. The bike arrives from the factory with a Shimano 105 drivetrain with FSA crankset while braking is taken care of by a set of Hayes CX 5 mechanical disc brakes. Bontrager cockpit components and wheels complete the bike. The one change on this bike are the Vittoria Adventure Trail 38c tubeless tyres. Found this interesting? Take a look at the 2017 edition of Bikes of Tour de Braai here.
  4. A bunch of riders were together until the first waterpoint, but then the firm favourite Erik Kleinhans of Team Topeak-Ergon left the others in his dust for the rest of the route. Kleinhans finished in a record time of 5 hours 33 minutes 16 second. Richard Simpson took second place with Rikus Visser following in third. In the ladies, it was Marleen Lourens, Simone van Aardt, and Elizabeth Janse van Rensburg on the podium. The event, presented by Bike Hub, also offers a 50Miler from the half-way mark at Delico near Riebeeck-Kasteel. A big field started for the 80km to Malmesbury with Luyanda Thobigunya taking the win in the men's race and Nadia Visser in the women's race. To ride 160km, or even 80km, solo is a big personal achievement for most riders. The route consists predominantly of flowing and fast-rolling dirt road. With 2,400m of climbing over the day, it certainly is not flat but very few riders struggled to make cut-off at 17h30. The local Malmesbury Cycling Club raises funds through the event by taking control of the water points and marshaling on the route. Amarider is a non-profit organisation working for mountain bike trail access and as well as liability and insurance support to clubs and groups managing trails systems around South Africa. Full results are available on www.trailtag.co.za.
  5. With a large lead going into the final day, the racing was a formality for Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Topeak Ergon/RED-E). They simply had to get from start to finish without any hiccups - perhaps easier said than done consider the number of issues they pair had in the first two days of racing. In the end, they were able to ride comfortably and hassle-free through the short 50km day, taking second place on the day and claiming the overall win at their first attempt. Erik Kleinhans follows his teammate Matt Beers through a wine cellar on the day three of the 2017 Gravel & Grape Extreme MTB event. With a large lead going into the final day, the racing was a formality for Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Topeak Ergon/RED-E). They simply had to get from start to finish without any hiccups, which they duly achieved to claim overall honours at the event. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. First over the line on stage 3 was Jurgens Uys and Nicols Carstens (02:01:13), but as they had withdrawn on stage 2, they were out of contending in the racing. The stage winners for the day were Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse & Robert Hobson (BREEDENET) in a time of 02:03:54, with Kleinhans and Beers home in second (02:03:58). Third on the stage went to Alexander Rohrer & Martin Freyer (Alex & Martin). “Overall, this was an excellent even with a great route,” said Erik Kleinhans. “There was a little bit of sand at the start in the finish on some days, but that is a minor point. It was all about the single track at Gravel & Grape, and it was fantastic.” Kleinhans and Beers kept it mellow on the final day. “Today we rode with Charl-Pierre (Esterhuyse) and Robert (Hobson); it was bit of an easier day for us and we had no mechanical issues, crashes or punctures today for the first time in the race,” said Kleinhans. “We had no need to ride hard today because of our comfortable lead, so we just rode with Charl-Pierre and Robert for the whole day, and let them take the stage win at the end. Our aim was simply to have a good time and get to the finish without any hassles. Matt and I both had a lot of fun.” Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. In the Gravel & Grape Adventure, the two-day event that covers approximately half the distance of the Extreme’s final two days on the same route and terrain, Heine Kriegler Beukes and De Wet Steyn (Mohein) walked away as stage 1 and stage 2 winners, claiming the overall title comfortably ahead of second-placed Daniel Jacobus Van Tonder and Pieter Zirki du Toit (Rough and Ready). Third on the stage and overall were Francois de Wet and Andre Venter (Team Kallahariferarrie). “This was just a very enjoyable two days of racing,” said Beukes. “Even in the Adventure the route was quite challenging - with some decent climbs to keep the ego in check. For us, it was an amazing race. Today we attacked on the first climb and rode away from the field there - I dropped my bottle but luckily De Wet saw it; that was our only major issue! We will definitely be back to ride in this area again. It was a brilliant route.” The winners of the women’s category were Nicky Giliomee and British rider Catherine Williamson (Junto Ladies). Giliomee soldiered through the race with a broken foot, while Williamson was using the Gravel & Grape as a short farewell tour of South Africa. After arriving in the country for the Cape Epic, Williamson is heading home for the British summer. Nicky Giliomee and British rider Catherine Williamson (Junto Ladies) race to victory on the final stage of the 2017 Gravel & Grape Extreme, which took place in the stunning Breedekloof Wine Valley. Giliomee soldiered through the race with a broken foot, while Williamson was using the Gravel & Grape as a short farewell tour of South Africa. After arriving in the country for the Cape Epic, Williamson is heading home for the British summer. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. “This was quite a special three days of riding,” said Williamson. “I am heading back to England now, and this was a fantastic way to end my stay in South Africa. Today was a good day of riding, nice and short but with some great trails; just a fun day on the bike in a beautiful setting.” To further highlight the unique nature of the Gravel & Grape, the last team to cross the line on the Adventure was the Oddwheelers pair of Donna Kisogloo & Piotr Wolski. They did the two-day ride on unicycles. “I’ve been riding a unicycle for 10 years,” said Kisogloo. “They are not many stage races that we can enter, so it was cool to ride at the Gravel & Grape. We did come in last; so clearly it’s quite tough on a unicycle! But we came here to enjoy the trails and scenery, and that’s exactly what we did.” ResultsGravel & Grape Extreme stage 3 1 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse & Robert Hobson (BREEDENET) 02:03:54 2 Erik Kleinhans & Matt Beers (Topeak Ergon/RED-E) 02:03:58 3 Alexander Rohrer & Martin Freyer (Alex & Martin) 02:08:01 Gravel & Grape Extreme final GC 1 Erik Kleinhans & Matt Beers (Topeak Ergon/RED-E) 07:59:31 2 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse & Robert Hobson (BREEDENET) 08:08:39 3 Alexander Rohrer & Martin Freyer (Alex & Martin) 08:22:23 Gravel & Grape Adventure stage 2 1 Heine Kriegler Beukes & De Wet Steyn (Mohein) 01:19:56 2 Daniel Jacobus Van Tonder & Pieter Zirki du Toit (Rough and Ready) 01:23:12 3 Francois de Wet & Andre Venter (Team Kallahariferarrie) 01:30:00 Gravel & Grape Adventure final GC 1 Heine Kriegler Beukes & De Wet Steyn (Mohein) 02:59:37 2 Daniel Jacobus Van Tonder & Pieter Zirki du Toit (Rough and Ready) 03:04:04 3 Francois de Wet & Andre Venter (Team Kallahariferarrie) 03:19:28
  6. Setting out from the race village of ATKV Goudini Spa, riders made their way towards Du Toitskloof Cellar and then on to uniWines Vineyards (Daschbosch), before heading back to the finish via Du Toitskloof once more. The Gravel & Grape Extreme (and the two-day Adventure) is a race, but it’s also a scenic tour of the best wineries in the Breedekloof Wine Valley. With a 20 second gap over overall leaders Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers, and heading into some sweeping single track early on in the second stage, Carstens had his race ended by a piece of wire that destroyed his spokes and derailleur. Just seven kilometres in to the racing, Carstens was out and teammate Uys decided to limp home with him. “It’s no fun to race by yourself when your partner is out,” said Uys. “You get out of the zone quickly, so it’s better to just call it a day and come back tomorrow.” Kleinhans and Beers, though, were unable to capitalise on their rivals’ misfortune, with Beers crashing around 10km into the stage and breaking his saddle. The on-site repairs cost the pair around five minutes, allowing Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse and Robert Hobson (BREEDENET) to race past and build a sizeable three-minute gap. With a skew saddle and time to make up, Kleinhans and Beers chased hard, passing the second-placed team on the big climb of the day, before reaching Esterhuyse and Hobson with 15km to go. “We worked hard on that climb to catch the guys,” said Kleinhans, “then once we caught them we rode together for a bit, but I think they blew quite badly because they just disappeared.” In the end, Kleinhans and Beers were able to race home - into a stiff headwind - and claim the stage win on a route that offered rocky terrain, testing single track and short punchy climbs throughout. Riders described it as a cross-country stage, with challenges lying around every corner. “We were slightly slower today, but that was mostly down to the crash,” said Kleinhans. “The route was quite technical, but lots of fun. The single track was excellent again, with the course playing like a long cross-country route; lots of short, punchy climbs. It was another lekker day.” Riders at the 2017 Gravel & Grape Extreme and Adventure are discovering a hidden gem of mountain biking, and enjoying the local wines at the same time. “It’s going well this year,” said race organiser Pieter Carstens. “The feedback has been very positive and people are enjoying themselves. This is not an easy route, but I think the riders are appreciating the beauty of the region and the amazing trails that are trail builders have built. We would love to see more people coming to ride in the valley; it’s raw and challenging, but unique and rewarding.” In the Extreme’s ladies race, it was stage 1 winners Nicky Giliomee and Catherine Williamson (Junto Ladies) victorious again with another strong ride. Giliomee came into the race with a broken foot, while Williamson recently completed the Old Mutual joBerg2c, so the pair’s performance is quite special. They both say that the route of the Gravel & Grape makes it worthwhile, though. “It’s tough out there,” said Williamson, “but because the days are short you can really enjoy it. The trails have been excellent so far; really good mountain bike riding. I have never ridden out here before, and I have to say that it’s incredibly beautiful here. I love doing new rides, and this has been a pleasure so far.” In the Gravel & Grape Adventure, a two-day shorter version of the Extreme, the first team was the junior pair of Heine Kriegler Beukes and De Wet Steyn (Mohein). “The route was quite rocky, with lots of loose sand,” said Steyn, “But it was a very nice race. I definitely underestimated it, although once we got into it, there was lots of nice technical single track. You can tell that a lot of effort has been put into the course. Our only issue today was that Heine and I crashed into each other at the start!” The final stage of the Gravel & Grape Extreme features more of the same for the riders, with a special treat coming in the shape of a purpose-built cross-country course in the early part of the stage. The route will also take riders into the magnificent Slanghoek Valley before returning to Goudini Spa. Gravel & Grape ExtremeStage 2 results Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Topeak Ergon/RED-E) 03:00:04 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse and Robert Hobson (BREEDENET) 03:02:03 Martin Freyer and Alexander Rohrer (Alex & Martin) 03:04:38 Nicholas Allen and Marc Wells (WCH) 03:28:15 Wesley Lentz and Tiaan Jordaan (Team Easy Skips) 03:32:48 GC results Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Topeak Ergon/RED-E) 05:55:33 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse and Robert Hobson (BREEDENET) 06:04:45 Martin Freyer and Alexander Rohrer (Alex & Martin) 06:14:22 Gravel & Grape Adventure Stage 1 Heine Kriegler Beukes and De Wet Steyn (Mohein) 01:39:41 Pieter Zirki du Toit and Daniel van Tonder (Rough and Ready) 01:40:52 Francois de Wet and Andre Venter (Team Kallahariferarrie) 01:49:28
  7. “It was incredible,” said Kleinhans, “We kept going up; it felt like we were all alone in the mountains. I kept looking around at the scenery, amazed at how beautiful this area is. I tried to tell Matt to look too, but I didn’t really have the breath to talk.” Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Topeak Ergon/RED-E) were convincing winners on stage 1 of the 2017 Gravel & Grape Extreme MTB, claiming the 67km stage in a time of 2:55:26. The three-day event in the Breedekloof Valley features a mix of rugged, rocky riding and technical single track. Despite the challenging terrain, the winners were delighted with the course layout. “This was incredible riding,” said Kleinhans, “absolutely real mountain biking from start to finish. I loved it.” Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock. Stage 1 of the Gravel & Grape Extreme started in the cellar of Botha Kelder, one of the region’s largest wineries, and finished at ATKV Goudini Spa. The rest of the weekend’s riding will follow a clover-leaf format from Goudini. The early pace was set by Jurgens Uys and Nicol Carstens, with Kleinhans and Beers happy to let them do the work early on. At the first climb, Kleinhans and Beers managed to pull away, but tyre valve issues for Beers meant the pair kept losing time, and allowed Uys and Carstens to stay in the hunt. “Jurgens and Nicol were very aggressive right from the start,” said Kleinhans, “but Matt and I were not concerned. We knew that once the trails appeared we would be able to do some damage.” Last year Kleinhans and Beers raced to victory in a strong field at the Berg & Bush in KwaZulu-Natal, so the pair clearly have a good race understanding. It came to the fore again at the Gravel & Grape Extreme as they pulled away from the chasing pack on the technical single track. “This is probably some of the best single track I have ridden,” said Beers. “The trails really flowed, and you could just trust your ability and the bike. Although, I should add that it was super technical, which made it even more fun. The rough terrain and the technical riding made this a proper morning of mountain biking. You really had to concentrate, but it was a great challenge. I liked the fact that there were no surprises; it was just good riding from start to finish.” Although just 67km long, the stage 1 route was not without its challenges. Kleinhans said that it was a course that required maximum effort. “There was a climb right at the end that seemed to never end. In fact, it was one of those climbs where you don’t realise you’re climbing because you’re going up and down over and over again. But I agree with Matt; this was incredible riding, absolutely real mountain biking from start to finish. I loved it.” Second on the day went to Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse and Robert Hobson (BREEDENET) in a time of 3:02: 39, with Uys and Carstens eventually rolling in for third (3:02:40). Last year’s winners Chris Wolhuter and Dylan Rebello were late withdrawals due to illness. Stage 2 of the Gravel & Grape Extreme is a 68km stage, which will once again challenge riders’ technical skills and send up and down some big Breedekloof Valley climbs. But after that, the riders will be able to enjoy a wine tasting at the finish from some of the regions excellent wineries. Gravel & Grape stage 1 results1 Erik Kleinhans & Matt Beers (Topeak Ergon Red-E) 02:55:26 2 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse & Robert Hobson (BREEDENET) 03:02:39 3 Jurgens Uys & Nicol Carstens (Jurgens/Nicol) 03:02:40 4 Alexander Rohrer & Martin Freyer (Alex & Martin) 03:09:44 5 Timothy Hoek & Neill Ungerer (Silverback oldies) 03:21:06 Full results available here.
  8. Erik Kleinhans. Photo credit: Sam Clark. The one-day race that took place on Sunday, was a brutal day out on the bike and truly not for the fainthearted. From the 91 entries, a reduced field of 70 riders pitched at the starting line for the one-day race. Endurance legend Erik Erik Kleinhans and Ironman-guru Jean de Villiers were the firm favourites in the bunch. The top 3 finishers did it in under 7 hours, with Erik Kleinhans taking the win with an impressive time of 06:36:39. Afterwards, Erik Kleinhans commented: “Cederberg. There is just something about this place. The mountains, the small towns, the stunning sunrise and the open spaces of nature. I knew the Cederberg 100 Miler would be a tough one with 3000m of climbing, some corrugated, sandy roads and loads of pedaling. Happy to take 1st in 6h36 and real marathon racing.” Photo credit: Sam Clark. Jean De Villiers followed 16 minutes later with Chris Cronje hot on his tail, trailing by only 7 minutes. The next 6 positions all came in under 8 hours. The first lady to cross the finish line was Elmien Stander with the time of 9:13:13. Kateryna Tertiienko followed 50 minutes later. They were the only women finishers. There is definitely a need for more competitive women riders in an endurance event like this. Let’s hope we’ll see more at the starting line in 2018. Photo credit: Sam Clark. The legendary gravel road between Clanwilliam and Koue Bokkeveld proved a real challenge for even the toughest of riders. Sections of the road were heavily corrugated due to the nationwide drought and regular vehicle traffic. The sweltering temperatures added to the woes of weekend warriors and racing snakes alike. Although this region is known for its intense heat conditions, this weekend was exceptionally hot for this time of the year. Emergency water points had to be added along the route, yet there were still riders who ran out of water due to the heat. But that’s why we ride our mountain bikes, to test ourselves on tough roads in remote places and challenging conditions for the love of adventure. Photo credit: Sam Clark. And what an adventure it was! The addition of the two-day event opened the 100 Miler to a broader audience who otherwise would not get the chance to experience the rugged beauty of this long and winding journey between Clanwilliam and Ceres. Robert Leyland dominated day 1 of The Trek. He was joined by a flying Izak Visagie on the second day. Izak’s performance on Day 2 ensured a third overall, after taking time out to stop for free beer on Day 1. Hanlie Booyens, who also stopped for a cold one, came back strong and took the overall win in the ladies category. Photo credit: Sam Clark. Where the challenging road and the weather lacked in grace, the event and its sponsors made up for it with lots of “gees” at the water points and race villages. Free beer, good food and solid support along the otherwise lonely road made both versions of the event an unforgettable mountain bike experience. Photo credit: Sam Clark. The Cederberg 100 Miler was organised by Iqela Events and Gravel Travel. The Title Sponsor was Masgcor. Other majors sponsors were: Olympic International, Fairview and Belting & Conveyor Services.
  9. 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.
  10. The event has attracted the likes of Max Knox and Robyn de Groot, Team Ascendis Health add to the mix Erik Kleinhans, Gordon Gilbert, Jeannie & Martin Dreyer, Julian Jessop, Natalie Bergstrom and Pierre Smith and there is sure to be some exciting racing up front for the lucrative prize money. The THIRSTI Extreme is not just about the prize money though, and offers a little something for everyone, including friends and supporters who join you for the long weekend, leave them to relax in the Wimpy Chill Zone whilst you hit the trails. There are a number of other activities on including day rides and a trail run, a big screen, beer garden, jazz and wine evening, clay pigeon shooting, Battlefields history evening, fishing, physios and bike shop repairs, all guaranteed to keep you busy between all the racing with MC Max Cluer, who is sure to keep you entertained. The THIRSTI EXTREME, South Africa’s Biggest Solo Stage Race, is taking place from the 28 – 30 April 2017, in the rolling foothills of the Northern Drakensburg, on the THIRSTI Natural Spring Water property. THIRSTI EXTREME 225: 3 days | 225 km | 4537m ascent | From R2400THIRSTI EXTREME JUNIOR 130: 3 days | 130km | 2600m ascent | From R1700 Entries Close: 5th April 2017 Don’t miss out on the limited tickets available: ENTER NOW. www.thirstiextreme.co.za https://www.facebook.com/bikehubza/videos/vb.118790128143556/1327564233932800/?type=3&theater
  11. The penultimate day of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape province added another twist to the 2016 tale with the rugged terrain delivering more tyre challenges that led to a shift in the overall podium positions with one day remaining. Click here to view the article
  12. Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers powered to their fourth stage win on Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za South Africans Matt Beers and Erik Kleinhans (Full Suss/Topeak Ergon/Red-E) stormed to yet another gutsy stage win to give them a total of four in six days. They moved up the General Classification to fifth, but it was ahead of them where the biggest shift occurred as Team Spur’s James Reid and Julian Jessop swapped places with The Dutch duo of Erik Groen and Jeroen Boelen (Stappennbelt Specialized) dropping down to fourth. James Reid (left) and Julian Jessop moved into third place overall in the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za The Dutchmen had an early puncture and spent most of the stage chasing alone, which saw them lose almost five minutes to their primary rivals. But for Kleinhans and Beers, it was a matter of hunting down another stage win after having lost any hope of a final overall podium after surrendering so much time on Day 2. It was their third stage win in succession on a day that saw the unforgiving terrain leave the race splintered, with teams finishing in ones and twos. Chris Wolhuter (back) and Dylan Rebello mounted an early attack during Stage 4 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za The Imbuko Freewheel Cycology Momsen pair of Chris Wolhuter and Dylan Rebello set the early pace with a brazen attack shortly after the start. But the pair were reeled in after 35km once the terrain became more challenging. After a couple of days of dealing with tyre issues, race leaders Combrinck and Bell were back to their proactive selves, but were once again victims to a flat tyre, as were many other teams. Kleinhans and Beers escaped the tyre ire of the Karoo and clocked a winning time of 03 hours 18 minutes 11 seconds, almost two minutes clear of Estonian duo, Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvis (KOMO/RMW), who recovered well from two early punctures. Third place went to Reid and Jessop, another two minutes back. Gawie Combrinck (front) and Nico Bell managed to retain their overall lead after a challenging Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za “We took a different strategy because once the racing got serious, Bell and Combrinck started off attacking and we thought it would be a more defensive day for us. But on the first technical downhill they were quite cautious, obviously trying to protect their tyres. Matt and I just went hard on the technical downhills and that seemed to give us an advantage so we just pushed on from there,” explained Kleinhans. Cherie Redecker looks confident ahead of Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Friday. She and teammate Mariske Strauss won the stage and extended their overall lead. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the women’s race, Cherie Redecker and Mariske Strauss (OMX Pro) remained the dominant team, collecting another stage win and further extending their GC lead. They rode much of the stage with the winning Mixed team, Yolande de Villiers and Neil Ungerer (Ultimate Cycling), who added another four minutes to their lead going into the final day on Saturday. Igna de Villiers and Fanie Venter (LGE Midas BusinessPrint) won the stage in the Veteran men’s race and extended their lead. Their main rivals, Vickus Boschoff and Iniel Hattingh (Klein Karoo Ko Op), had a difficult day with tyre drama and dropped from a close second overall to a distant third behind Belgians Hans Planckaert and Wim Tollenaere (Der Fietser Rotwild Zaes). Competitors found the steep, loose terrain challenging during Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Leading Masters, Linus van Onselen and Izak Visagie also endured tyre trouble on Friday. However, their significant lead allowed them ample time to manage their crisis and still win the stage and stay out front with a day to go. In the Solo men’s race, Jiri Krivanek captured his fourth stage win to extend his overall lead, while the Solo women’s race saw its tightest contest yet, with Nicky Giliomee maintaining her perfect record, winning the stage and adding more time to her overall advantage. Competitors in the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race ease through the town of Oudtshoorn after the start of Stage 5 on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Saturday’s final stage is a relatively brief 57km, starting at the Chandelier Game Reserve and ending at the Queens Hotel in the town of Oudtshoorn. It climbs a total of 1200 metres and is sure to be an intense contest as teams vie for a final shot at a stage podium finish. The action will once again be covered live on Twitter, so follow @CapePioneerTrek. The stage will start at 07h30 Central African Time/06h30 Central European Time. To stay up to date with the action: Follow @CapePioneerTrek on twitter for live tweets
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 For more indepth route descriptions and other information on the 2016 race, visit www.capepioneer.co.za. Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 Stage 5 – 88km starting and finishing in Oudtshoorn Leading Results Men 1. Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Matt Beers (RSA) – Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E 03:18:11 2. Peeter Pruus (EST) / Peeter Tarvis (EST) – KOMO/RMW 03:20:51 3. James Reid (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) – Team Spur 03:22:59 4. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 03:23:48 5. Konny Looser (SUI) / Daniel Gathof (GER) – CBC Elite Pro 03:24:45Women 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 03:44:50 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo International 03:59:16 3. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC BreakAway 04:14:22 4. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 04:39:08 5. Susanna Lagerqvist (SWE) / Maria Runeteg (SWE) – Du och Jag 04:54:04 Mixed 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 03:44:50 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo 03:48:57 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 04:02:02 4. Georg Schollerer (GER) / Kristina Schollerer (GER) – Schollerers 04:05:16 5. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 04:07:01 Veterans 1. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 03:40:00 2. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 03:52:59 3. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 03:56:44 4. Andrew Donkin (RSA) / Mark Olivier (RSA) – The Invalids 04:06:09 5. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 04:08:48 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 03:53:07 2. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 04:13:57 3. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (RSA) – Team Grassroof 04:17:43 4. Mike Thomson (RSA / Jan van der Berg (RSA) – Age is just a Number 04:42:46 5. Dirk Labuschagne (RSA) / David Johannes Fourie (RSA) – Clover RR 04:42:46 Solo Men: 1. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 03:22:59 2. Franco Pelser (RSA) 03:25:33 3. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 03:37:54 4. Marc Greyling (RSA) 03:51:36 5. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 03:48:57 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 04:08:51 2. Sabine Stampf (GER) 04:13:58 3. Collette Bastard (RSA) 04:17:28 4. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 04:21:41 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 05:35:03 Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 General Classification – After Stage 5 Leading Results Men 1. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 17:04:51 2. Konny Looser (SUI) / Daniel Gathof (GER) – CBC Elite Pro 17:13:53 3. James Reid (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) – Team Spur 17:15:48 4. Erik Groen (NED) / Jeroen Boelen (NED) – Team Stappenbelt Specialized 17:18:02 5. Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Matt Beers (RSA) – Full Sus 17:18:41 Women 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 19:53:08 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo International 21:33:16 3. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC BreakAway 22:07:21 4. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 23:40:27 5. Susanna Lagerqvist (SWE) / Maria Runeteg (SWE) – Du och Jag 24:31:03 Mixed 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 19:24:09 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 19:34:50 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 20:42:45 4. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 21:21:53 5. Luc Bellings (BEL) / Pokobova Vladislava (BEL) – gastro bikes 21:42:49 Veterans 1. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 19:04:30 2. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 19:34:31 3. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 19:39:56 4. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 20:35:16 5. Brett Penney (RSA) / Eugene Long (RSA) – brett/long 20:51:39 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 19:40:53 2. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 22:04:49 3. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (RSA) – Team Grassroof 23:07:35 4. Enzo Antoniazzi (RSA) / Stewart Goodman (RSA) – SOAR 2 24:07:37 5. Daniel Evrard (BEL) / Joseph Kerkhofs (BEL) - tean joven 24:14:41 Solo Men: 1. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 17:16:18 2. Franco Pelser (RSA) 17:41:49 3. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 18:42:11 4. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 19:08:19 5. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 19:15:52 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 21:05:49 2. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 22:24:10 3. Collette Bastard (RSA) 22:34:44 4. Sabine Stampf (GER) 22:35:33 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 28:23:09
  13. South Africans Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers turned up the heat even further on Thursday to win Stage 4 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race; as overall leaders, Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell, lost a chunk of their advantage when they endured mechanical problems. Click here to view the article
  14. Encounters with wildlife continued as the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race moved into the Karoo region during Stage 4 on Wednesday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za. Day 5 of the race took riders on a 94km leg from the lush green forests of George to the hot, dry Karoo region and the finish in Oudtshoorn. The mercury was in the high 30s, adding a further challenge to the riders who were also faced with unforgiving, rough terrain that saw numerous riders suffer tyre problems, including the leaders in three categories – Men, Women and Mixed. Kleinhans and Beers (Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E), clearly the strongest team in the race on Thursday, clocked a winning time of 03 hours 23 minutes 35 seconds. They were followed home 2:39 later by the Swiss/German pair of Konny Looser and Daniel Gathof, who out-dashed Team Spur’s James Reid and Julian Jessop for the runner-up spot. Competitors climbed over the Outeniqua Mountains via the iconic Montagu Pass during Stage 4 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Thursday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za. Combrinck and Bell (NAD Pro) finished 7:16 down, leaving a noticeable dent in the 10-plus-minute lead they held at the start of the day. They still hold a relatively comfortable 8:05 gap over second-placed Looser and Gathof, with the Dutch pairing of Erik Groen and Jeroen Boelen (Stappenbelt Specialized) at 10:39 back in third. After leading the race on Day 1, Kleinhans and Beers dropped well down on Day 2 due to Kleinhans suffering with illness. Kleinhans is clearly back to full health but they’re still too far down on time to be a threat to the overall podium. However, their aggression is certainly adding pressure to the other teams, which is making for an exciting contest at the sharp end and could still see a further shake up in the podium dice over the final two days. Encounters with wildlife continued as the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race moved into the Karoo region during Stage 4 on Wednesday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za. “Two days ago the sealant in our tyres wasn’t doing its job and we had to stop and plug small holes. Today was a different story. The rough terrain through the Chandelier Reserve saw Gawie smack something, which resulted in a small cut. We repaired it, but it the tyre lost pressure and he damaged it again. We didn’t panic though. We have quite a decent buffer and didn’t overextend ourselves today. We still feel good for the last two days,” smiled Bell. “At about 60km, as we turned off the gravel road onto a rough farm road, Erik just laid down the hammer. I was a bit shocked. What is he doing? I thought. There’s more than 30km to go still!” explained Beers afterwards. Stage 4 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race took competitors to Oudtshoorn via the semi-arid lands of the Karoo on Thursday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za “But I just had to go with him. It was a complete gamble, but it paid off. Erik’s racing experience and knowledge of this event put us at an advantage for sure. We didn’t know there was all that mechanical carnage happening behind us, so we just kept focussed on staying steady and holding everyone off. It was a bit upsetting that we lost so much time on Day 2, but that’s racing and now we are just making the most of what’s on offer,” concluded Beers. In the women’s race, Mariske Strauss and Cherie Redecker (OMX Pro) recorded their fifth stage win, but it required the repair – and subsequent replacement – of Strauss’s tyre to get them across the finish line. They still hold a significant lead over stage runners-up, Catherine Williamson and Leana de Jager (Klein Karoo Ladies). Despite some tyre trouble, Mariske Strauss was all smiles as she and Cherie Redecker won their fifth consecutive stage of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Thursday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za The Mixed category race also had its share of drama when leaders Yolande de Villiers and Neill Ungerer (Ultimate Cycling) had to deal with rope entangled in De Villiers’ rear derailleur. They lost around 10 minutes and conceded the stage win to arch-rivals, Kobus and Fienie Barnard (Klein Karoo Mixed). De Villiers and Ungerer still hold the overall lead, but it’s been trimmed to 6:34 over the Barnards, setting the stage for an exciting final two days. There was a close battle for the stage podium places in the Veteran men’s division, with Vickus Boschoff and Iniel Hattingh (Klein Karoo Ko Op) securing the win 1:19 ahead of Belgians Hans Planckaert and Wim Tollenaere (Der Fietser Rotwild Zaes). Fanie Venter and Igna de Villiers (LGE Midas Businessprint) were another 14 seconds back in third, but still hold the overall lead by 6:38 over Hattingh and Boschoff. South Africans Izak Visagie and Linus van Onselen (Anderson Masters) continued their complete dominance of the Master’s category, winning their fifth consecutive stage and extending their overall lead. The category leaders pose for the media prior to the start of Stage 4 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Thursday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za The Solo men’s race was a much tighter contest on Thursday, with Franco Pelser taking the stage win just 30 seconds ahead of overall leader, Jiri Krivanek (CZE), with Brandon Stewart 1:11 down in third. Nicky Giliomee maintained her firm grasp on the Solo women’s race, claiming another stage win and stretching her overall lead over Mariane Bergli. Friday’s Stage 5 is over 88km with 1700 metres of ascent. Riders will circumnavigate the Kammanassie Dam and tackle a section through a private game reserve before heading back to Oudtshoorn. While the weather will be slightly cooler the, terrain will be as unpredictable and unforgiving as that on Stage 4, so expect more drama. The stage will start at 07h30 Central African Time/06h30 Central European Time. To stay up to date with the action: Follow @CapePioneerTrek on twitter for live tweets
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 For more indepth route descriptions and other information on the 2016 race, visit www.capepioneer.co.za. Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 Stage 4 – 94km from George to Oudtshoorn Leading Results Men 1. Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Matt Beers (RSA) – Full Sus 03:23:35 2. Konny Looser (SUI) / Daniel Gathof (GER) – CBC Elite Pro 03:26:14 3. James Reid (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) – Team Spur 03:26:16 4. Bram Rood (NED) / Gerben Mos (NED) – KMC Fruit to Go 03:26:45 5. Erik Groen (NED) / Jeroen Boelen (NED) – Team Stappebelt Specialized 03:26:47Women 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 04:04:30 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo International 04:09:30 3. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC BreakAway 04:28:09 4. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 04:47:57 5. Susanna Lagerqvist (SWE) / Maria Runeteg (SWE) – Du och Jag 04:47:58 Mixed 1. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo 03:50:57 2. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 03:56:31 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 04:07:56 4. Georg Schollerer (GER) / Kristina Schollerer (GER) – Schollerers 04:12:01 5. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 02:53:18 Veterans 1. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 03:49:32 2. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 03:50:51 3. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 03:51:05 4. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 04:07:22 5. Brett Penney (RSA) / Eugene Long (RSA) – brett/long 04:07:48 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 03:50:56 2. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 04:19:06 3. Niccolò Violati (ITA) / Roberto Gallo (ITA) – Pitstop 04:19:42 4. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (RSA) – Team Grassroof 04:37:01 5. Dirk Labuschagne (RSA) / David Johannes Fourie (RSA) – Clover RR 04:47:39 Solo Men: 1. Franco Pelser (RSA) 03:26:17 2. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 03:26:47 3. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 03:27:28 4. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 03:49:32 5. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 03:54:29 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 04:04:31 2. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 04:23:41 3. Collette Bastard (RSA) 04:29:16 4. Sabine Stampf (GER) 04:38:31 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 05:50:33 Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 General Classification – After Stage 4 Leading Results Men 1. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrink (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 13:41:03 2. Konny Looser (SUI) / Daniel Gathof (GER) – CBC Elite Pro 13:49:08 3. Erik Groen (NED) / Jeroen Boelen (NED) – Team Stappebelt Specialized 13:51:42 4. James Reid (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) – Team Spur 13:52:49 5. Bram Rood (NED) / Gerben Mos (NED) – KMC Fruit to Go 13:55:33 Women 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 16:08:18 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo International 17:34:00 3. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC BreakAway 17:52:59 4. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 19:01:19 5. Susanna Lagerqvist (SWE) / Maria Runeteg (SWE) – Du och Jag 19:36:59 Mixed 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 15:39:19 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 15:45:53 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (FRA) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 16:40:43 4. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 17:14:52 5. Luc Bellings (BEL) / Pokobova Vladislava (BEL) – gastro bikes 17:28:01 Veterans 1. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 15:24:30 2. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 15:31:08 3. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 15:41:32 4. Brett Penney (RSA) / Eugene Long (RSA) – brett/long 16:35:50 5. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 16:38:32 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 15:47:46 2. Niccolò Violati (ITA) / Roberto Gallo (ITA) – Pitstop 17:43:45 3. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 17:50:52 4. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (RSA) – Team Grassroof 18:49:53 5. Enzo Antoniazzi (RSA) / Stewart Goodman (RSA) – SOAR 2 19:20:56 Solo Men: 1. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 13:53:19 2. Franco Pelser (RSA) 14:16:16 3. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 14:48:55 4. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 15:26:55 5. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 15:30:25 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 16:56:58 2. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 18:02:29 3. Collette Bastard (RSA) 18:17:16 4. Sabine Stampf (GER) 18:21:35 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 22:48:06
  15. Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers relished the forest singletrack and secured their second stage win of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in George, South Africa on Wednesday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Beers and Kleinhans (Full Suss/Topeak Ergon/Red-E) were the primary aggressors from the start of the relatively short 57km stagea, which started and finished at Van Kervel School, George. They crossed the finish line in a time of 02 hours 10 minutes 50 seconds, just one second ahead of Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell (Team NAD Pro), the overall leaders. There was another sprint for third place between Team Spur’s James Reid and Julian Jessop and CBC Elite’s Konny Looser and Daniel Gathof, with Reid and Jessop just grabbing the final podium spot. European marathon champion, Peeter Pruus (pictured) and his teammate, Peeter Tarvis, were severely hampered by tyre trouble, slipping from second to seventh overall on Stage 3 of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in George, South Africa on Wednesday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Tuesday’s stage winners, Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvis (KOMO/RMW) had a nightmare of a stage with first a crash and then ongoing tyre trouble that saw them finish 13th, 26:28 down. This dropped them from second on the General Classification overnight, just 13 seconds off Yellow, to seventh, over 26 minutes back. The setback to the Estonian pair, winners of Stage 2, sees Combrinck and Bell now hold a comfortable lead of 12:41 over new second-place holders, Looser and Gathof, who are 2:02 up on Erik Groen and Jeroen Boelen (Stappenbelt Specialized) with three days of racing remaining. “I was already feeling better yesterday after being so ill on Monday’s stage. Must have been a stomach bug. But Matt and I decided that we would attack and make the pace hard from the very start today,” explained Kleinhans. “Matt grew up on a farm near here and I come from George, so this was our only real shot at some home-town glory. We were both super motivated and really didn’t have anything to lose. A few teams hung on to us, but in the end, only Gawie and Nico were able to stick with us on what really was a great day. Nico Bell (pictured) and Gawie Combrinck finished second and improved their grip on the overall lead on Stage 3 of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in George, South Africa on Wednesday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za “There was quite a lot of singletrack, which we loved and the route was really scenic. The fact that it was relatively short also made for more intense racing, which increases the pressure too,” added Kleinhans, confirming that he and Beers would be more conservative on Thursday’s longer stage. Cherie Redecker and Mariske Strauss (OMX Pro) won another stage to grow their lead in the women’s category. But an exciting battle for second place ensued between Catherine Williamson and Leana de Jager (Klein Karoo Ladies) and Hannele Steyn and Katja Steenkamp (CWC Breakaway). Mariske Strauss (pictured) and teammate, Cherie Redecker, were all smiles after winning another stage and extending their overall lead on Stage 3 of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in George, South Africa on Wednesday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Williamson and De Jager eventually claimed the runner-up spot on the stage and moved into second place overall, on a day of reprieve after having struggled with tyre trouble on Stage 2. Steyn and Steenkamp, are just 20 seconds back in third in the overall, partly as a result of the withdrawal of Team Garmin’s Aurelie Halbwachs and Yolandi du Toit. Halbwachs struggled with illness on Stage 2 and was unable to continue. In the Mixed category, Yolande de Villiers and Neil Ungerer (Ultimate Cycling) secured another stage win, extending their overall lead to just over 12 minutes on main rivals, Kobus and Fienie Barnard (Klein Karoo Mixed). In the Veteran men’s division the two top teams were virtually inseparable on Wednesday. They finished with a sprint that saw Iniel Hattingh and Vickus Boschoff (Klein Karoo Ko Op) claim first place ahead of Fanie Venter and Igna de Villiers (LGE Midas Businessprint). However Venter and De Villiers maintain their eight minute lead in the overall race. The majority of the competitors sleep in tents in the race village at the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Linus van Onselen and Izak Visagie (Anderson Masters) continued their dominance in the Master’s race on Wednesday, winning their fourth successive stage and increasing their lead to 1:27:13 over the Pitstop pair of Niccolo Violati and Roberto Gallo. The shorter stage saw smaller time gaps in the Solo men’s race, but Czech rider Jiri Krivanek maintained his superiority by winning the stage and adding more time to his overall lead over Franco Pelser, while in the Solo women’s race Nicky Giliomee extended her overall lead with another commanding stage win. The shorter stages ensure more intense racing and close finishes, including this group gallop at the end of Stage 3 of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in George, South Africa on Wednesday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Thursday’s Stage 4 over 94km with 1650 metres of ascent sees the race move into the Karoo, a semi-desert region with unforgiving terrain and extreme heat. The riders will head from George to Oudtshoorn via the iconic Montagu Pass and Chandelier Game Reserve. The stage will start at 07h30 Central African Time/06h30 Central European Time. To stay up to date with the action: Follow @CapePioneerTrek on twitter for live tweets
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 For more indepth route descriptions and other information on the 2016 race, visit www.capepioneer.co.za. Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 Stage 3 – 57km around George Leading Results Men 1. Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Matt Beers (RSA) – Full Sus 02:10:50 2. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrink (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 02:10:52 3. James Reid (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) – Team Spur 02:16:00 4. Konny Looser (SUI) / Daniel Gathof (GER) – CBC Elite Pro 02:16:01 5. Erik Groen (NED) / Jeroen Boelen (NED) – Team Stappebelt Specialized 02:17:08Women 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 02:42:58 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo International 02:52:03 3. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC BreakAway 02:54:38 4. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 03:12:38 5. Susanna Lagerqvist (SWE) / Maria Runeteg (SWE) – Duoch Jag 03:16:58 Mixed 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 02:34:54 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo 02:37:27 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 02:47:18 4. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 02:53:18 5. Bellings Luc (BEL) / Pokobova Vladislava (BEL) – gastro bikes 02:58:03 Veterans 1. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 02:34:00 2. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 02:34:01 3. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 02:38:51 4. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 02:46:17 5. Brett Penney (RSA) / Eugene Long (RSA) – brett/long 02:46:53 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 02:37:53 2. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 02:55:44 3. Niccolò Violati (ITA) / Roberto Gallo (ITA) – Pitstop 02:57:46 4. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (RSA) – Team Grassroof 03:10:18 5. Joseph Kerkhofs (BEL) / Daniel Evrard (BEL) – tean joven 03:10:23 Solo Men: 1. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 02:18:00 2. Franco Pelser (RSA) 02:20:05 3. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 02:24:34 4. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 02:30:41 5. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 02:34:02 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 02:49:34 2. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 02:59:30 3. Collette Bastard (RSA) 03:06:35 4. Sabine Stampf (GER) 03:11:32 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 03:41:47 Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 General Classification – After Stage 3 Leading Results Men 1. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrink (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 10:10:12 2. Konny Looser (SUI) / Daniel Gathof (GER) – CBC Elite Pro 10:22:37 3. Erik Groen (Netherlands) / Jeroen Boelen (Netherlands) – Team Stappebelt Specialized 10:24:56 4. James Reid (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) – Team Spur 10:26:33 5. Bram Rood (Netherlands) / Gerben Mos (Netherlands) – KMC Fruit to Go 10:28:48 Women 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 12:03:12 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (UK) – Klein Karoo International 13:24:30 3. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC BreakAway 13:24:50 4. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 14:13:22 5. Susanna Lagerqvist (SWE) / Maria Runeteg (SWE) – Du och Jag 14:49:00 Mixed 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 11:42:47 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 11:54:56 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 12:32:47 4. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 13:01:09 5. Luc Bellings (BEL) / Pokobova Vladislava (BEL) – gastro bikes 13:08:31 Veterans 1. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 11:33:25 2. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 11:41:36 3. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 11:50:41 4. Brett Penney (RSA) / Eugene Long (RSA) – brett/long 12:28:02 5. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 12:31:10 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 11:56:50 2. Niccolò Violati (ITA) / Roberto Gallo (ITA) – Pitstop 13:24:03 3. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 13:31:46 4. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (RSA) – Team Grassroof 14:12:52 5. Enzo Antoniazzi (RSA) / Stewart Goodman (RSA) – SOAR 2 14:30:39 Solo Men: 1. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 10:26:32 2. Franco Pelser (RSA) 10:49:59 3. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 11:21:27 4. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 11:35:56 5. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 11:37:23 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 12:52:27 2. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 13:38:48 3. Sabine Stampf (GER) 13:43:04 4. Collette Bastard (RSA) 13:48:00 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 16:57:33
  16. After winning on Sunday and then almost pulling out on Monday, Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers bounced back in spectacular fashion on Wednesday to win Stage 3 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in George, South Africa, shaking up the overall title race in the process. Click here to view the article
  17. Late entrants Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers were rewarded for their spontaneity when they won the opening stage of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Sunday. Click here to view the article
  18. Erik Kleinhans tackles a singletrack descent behind teammate, Matt Beers on their way to winning the prologue stage of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Competing as Team Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E, the South African pair sped around the scenic oceanside 13km prologue stage in 28 minutes 31 seconds to secure themselves the first leader’s jersey of the event, which finishes on Saturday in Oudtshoorn after more than 500km of racing. Next fastest was the Estonian pairing of Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvis (KOMO/RMW) who finished in 29:33 with 2012 winners, Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell (Team NAD) rounding out the top three in 29:38. The hopes of stage favourites, James Reid and Julian Jessop (Team Spur) were scuppered when Jessop punctured. They didn’t lose too much time though and finished fourth with the Dutch duo of Jeroen Boelen and Erik Groen (Stappenbelt Specialized) rounding out the top five. Competitors tackle the scenic singletrack during the prologue stage of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za “We expected to be up there, but we weren’t sure of the Estonians and obviously we knew James (Reid) and Julian (Jessop) would be quick on this course. So it’s not too much of a surprise to have won, we are very happy and we have a reasonable lead, which a bonus,” said Kleinhans. “But I really only led for the first 500 metres and the rest of the time I just sat on Matt’s wheel. He was super powerful today and this course had a lot of short, punchy climbs, which suits power riders. We won’t be aggressive tomorrow, but will be involved and grab any opportunities if they present themselves,” added Kleinhans, a former two-time overall winner of the race. Cherie Redecker leads Mariske Strauss across the finish line to win the women’s category of the prologue stage of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Sunday. Photo credit: www.oakpics.com The OMX Pro team of Cherie Redecker and Mariske Strauss secured a comfortable stage win in the women’s category. As XCO specialists, the short, fairly technical stage, dubbed #PointPursuit, obviously suited the South Africans and they clocked an impressive time of 35:02. There was an exciting battle for the minor stage positions with Britain’s Catherine Williamson and South Africa’s Leana de Jager (Klein Karoo Ladies) clocking 39:22 to take second place. They were just six seconds faster than Yolandi du Toit and her Mauritian teammate, Aurelie Halbwachs (Team Garmin) in third. “It was a good day. We paced it well, taking it easy in the beginning. We tried to focus on having fun because there’s still a long way to go,” smiled Redecker. In the Mixed division, Neill Ungerer and Yolande de Villiers (Ulitmate Cycling) clocked the fastest time of 35:11 to give them a confidence-boosting early lead over defending champions, Kobus and Fiene Barnard (Klein Karoo Mixed), who were 1:40 back. The German duo of Gwenda Ruesing and Jens Schoenhofen (ToMotion Racing by Black Tusk) were third. There was a tight tussle for the stage win the Veteran Men’s category. Iniel Hattingh and Vickus Boschoff (Klein Karoo Ko Op) clocked a time 34:04, which was just four seconds quicker than that set by Fanie Venter and Igna de Villiers (LGE Midas BusinessPrint). The final podium spot went to Wim Tollenaere and Hans Planckaert (De Fietser Rotwild Zaes) of Belgium, a further minute back. Izak Visable and Linus van Onselen (Anderson Masters) secured a dominant victory in the Master’s race. They clocked a snappy 36:35 to put them 2:46 ahead of Belgians Daniel Evrard and Joseph Kerkhofs (Team Joven) with the Italian pairing of Roberto Gallo and Niccolo Violati (Pitstop) taking third place. The route took riders through the steep ocean-side suburbs during the prologue stage of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the Solo men’s race, South African Brandon Stewart secured the stage win in 31:21, with Jiri Krivanek of the Czech Republic and Franco Pelser taking second and third respectively both within less than a minute of Stewart. Nicky Gilliomee (RSA) claimed the win the Solo women’s race, ahead of German Sabine Stampf and Norwegian Marianne Bergli, who were second and third respectively. Monday’s Stage 1, dubbed #GondwanaGlory, is a 95km leg that starts and finishes in Mossel Bay. It will take the riders along the coast above Diaz Beach to start and finish at Milkwood Primary School but the rest of the route heads inland through the Gondwana Private Nature Reserve, home to Africa’s Big Five. There’s a total of 1 700 metres of ascent, which should make for a challenging day. The top three men’s teams after the prologue stage of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Sunday are (from left): Peeter Tarvis and Peeter Pruus (second), Matt Beers and Erik Kleinhans (first) and Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell (third). Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za The top three women’s teams after the prologue stage of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Sunday are (from left): Leana de Jager and Catherine Williamson (second), Cherie Redecker and Mariske Strauss (first) and Yolandi du Toit and Aurelie Halbwachs (third). Photo credit: www.oakpics.com The first riders will start at 07h30 Central African Time/06h30 Central European Time. To stay up to date with the action: Follow @CapePioneerTrek on twitter for live tweets Check out the Facebook page for daily updates and photo galleries – Cape Pioneer Trek Watch online the live show #Pioneer Spirit on 17, 19 and 21 October at 18h15 CAT/17h15 CET: For more in-depth route descriptions and other information on the 2016 race, visit www.capepioneer.co.za Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 Prologue, 13km in Mossel Bay Leading ResultsMen: 1. Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Matt Beers (RSA) – Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E 00:28:31 2. Peeter Tarvis (EST) / Peeter Pruus (EST) – KOMO/RMW 00:29:33 3. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 00:29:38 4. James Reid (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) – Team Spur 00:29:40 5. Erik Groen (NED) / Jeroen Boelen (NED) – Team Stappenbelt Specialized 00:29:44 Women: 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Vale (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 00:35:02 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo Ladies 00:39:22 3. Yolandi du Toit (RSA) / Aurelie Halbwachs (MRU) – Team Garmin 00:39:27 4. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) - Team CWC/BreakAway 00:39:37 5. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 00:43:08 Mixed: 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 00:35:11 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 00:36:51 3. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 00:38:33 4. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 00:38:42 5. Pokobova Vladislava (BEL) / Luc Bellings (BEL) – gastro bikes 00:39:37 Veterans: 1. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 00:34:04 2. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas Business Print 00:34:08 3. Wim Tollenaere (BEL) / Hans Planckaert (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 00:35:08 4. Eugene Long (RSA) / Brett Penney (RSA) – brett/long 00:36:24 5. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 00:37:36 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 00:36:35 2. Joseph Kerkhofs (BEL) / Daniel Evrard (BEL) – tean joven 00:39:21 3. Niccolò Violati (ITA) / Roberto Gallo (ITA) – Pitstop 00:39:47 4. Enzo Antoniazzi (RSA) / Stewart Goodman (RSA) – SOAR 2 00:40:51 5. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (USA) – Team Grassroof 00:41:34 Solo Men: 1. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 00:31:21 2. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 00:31:44 3. Franco Pelser (RSA) 00:32:12 4. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 00:34:36 5. Malcolm Isaacs (RSA) 00:35:27 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 00:38:06 2. Sabine Stampf (GER) 00:39:35 3. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 00:40:43 4. Collette Bastard (RSA) 00:41:28 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 00:50:46
  19. The Segment: For this episode, we created the Bartinney Skyfall Contego Segment Hunter segment as there appeared to be anomalies in the existing segments resulting in inaccurate times.The current KOM holder is previous hunter Gert Heyns and the QOM is held by Deleen-Marie Steyn. https://www.strava.com/segments/13164991 How do I ride this segment? The Bartinney Skyfall trail is on the Bartinney Estate wine farm just off Helshoogte Road and forms part of the Banhoek Conservancy trail network. On a bike, the trail is best approached from the Botsmanskop single track.Riders must purchase a day permit (if not already a year member) to ride these trails. Permits for the Banhoek Conservancy can be bought using the Zapper payment app. You can either scan the code online here or at Grind Coffee in Stellenbosch or on some of the partnering farms. Further information is available on the Banghoek Conservancy website. Grand Prize: Contego Unit Trust worth R30,000 At the end of the series, Contego are giving away R30,000 worth of unit trusts. All you have to do is ride your bike!How to enter: Join the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club and record your segment rides on Strava. Get out and ride! After each segment is announced go and ride it. Please ride safely though, there is no prize for being the fastest. For each Contego Segment Hunter segment you ride, you will be entered into the draw to win. So if you ride all six segments during the series, you will receive six entries. Episode Prizes By taking part in the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club you will also be in line to win a Duesouth voucher valued at R3,000 to spend in their stores each episode. Nominate your favourite segments for Contego Segment Hunter: We're looking for you to nominate your favourite Strava segments to be featured in our Contego Segment Hunter video series. If your segment is chosen you could win a Cadence Nutrition hamper valued at R2,620. You can nominate your segments here.The winner of the Cadence hamper for episode 4 is Seamus who will be donating the hamper to Songo.info. Thank you for your nomination.
  20. After an eventful hunt at Hoegekraal's Cape Cobra, Contego Segment Hunter heads to the Banhoek Conservancy just outside Stellenbosch. In this episode our challenger will be taking on the glamorous Bartinney Skyfall trail. Watch as Erik Kleinhans and Oliver Munnik take you down the Bartinney Skyfall segment. Click here to view the article
  21. Close to 1300 mountain bikers lined up to experience the best that the Durbanville Winelands has to offer including spectacular MTB routes, clear skies and magnificent views of the ocean, Robben Island and Table Mountain. Erik Kleinhans in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Competition was rife in the men’s 65km Fedhealth MTB Challenge with Erik Kleinhans, James Reid and Konny Looser forming part of the lead group. Kleinhans admitted to being surprised by the competition on the day. “I didn’t expect there to be so many strong riders. We were still part of a big group of riders when we reached the first big climb. James increased the tension a bit, Konny and I followed. We worked together until the second last climb at Dorstberg where James launched a big attack. He was then 10 seconds in front of me and Konny 10 seconds behind me. James overexerted himself on the Quarry climb though. Konny and I passed him. The route was lovely. The climbs weren’t too major, the single tracks fun and the downhills fast.” Kleinhans claimed gold in a time of 02 hours 36 minutes 06 seconds. Konny Looser came in second, while James Reid finished third. According to Looser, the 65km route was amazing. “It wasn’t too long. I could still concentrate towards the end. It was fun. Finishing second to Erik feels good. I just came back from a long off season in Europe, so I am happy to be able to hold the wheels of the fast riders.” Vera Adrian in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg The women’s 65km Fedhealth MTB Challenge title was clinched by Vera Adrian. According to Adrian, the race was harder than expected. “There was a lot of climbing, but the route was super, real mountain biking. Katie surprised me. She caught me on the last climb. I had to work hard to pass her. This was definitely my hardest finish to a MTB race. It’s always nice to win.” Adrian secured an impressive finishing time of 03 hours 19 minutes 30 seconds. Katie Lennard came in second, while Ila Stow finished third. Matthew Keyser claimed gold in the men’s 35km Fedhealth MTB Challenge in a time of 01 hours 35 minutes 55 seconds. Joel Schaefer came in second, while Daniel Van Der Walt finished third. Courteney Webb was the lady to beat in the 35km Fedhealth MTB Challenge claiming victory in a time of 02 hours 09 minutes 37 seconds. Allison Morton came in second, while Liezel Jordaan finished third. The 15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge saw Bobby Troskie cross the finish line first in the men’s race in 35 minutes 14 seconds. Antonio De Brito came in second, while Henry Owens finished third. Danielle Barnard was the first lady home in the 15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge in a time of 39 minutes 25 seconds. Erin Jones came in second, while Sadi Grooduih finished third. “Another Fedhealth MTB Challenge is now done and thoroughly dusted – and I have to say it was better than ever,” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth. “The weather played its part, and so did everyone who helped to make the 2016 edition the most memorable MTB Challenge yet. The attendance was great, the entertainment fantastic, everything was well-organised and it was evident that a great time was had by all – from the serious competitors to the families who got to spend a great day out together. We’d like to offer our sincere gratitude to everyone who did their bit to make it such a special weekend. We look forward to seeing you all next year!” With an array of food stalls serving up mouth-watering treats combined with Meerendal’s award winning wines and live music, participants and spectators could enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon outdoors in good company. RESULTS: Fedhealth MTB Challenge 65km Men 1 Erik Kleinhans 02:36:06, 2 Konny Looser 02:38:08, 3 James Reid 02:39:24, 4 Adriaan Louw 02:45:14, 5 Bradley Weiss 02:45:14, 6 Renay Groustra 02:47:55, 7 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse 02:49:56, 8 Jurgens Uys 02:51:00, 9 Nico Pfitzenmaier 02:52:17, 10 Stuart Marais 02:52:5465km Women 1 Vera Adrian 03:19:30, 2 Katie Lennard 03:19:52, 3 Ila Stow 03:30:14, 4 Louise Ferreira 03:31:57, 5 Kate Slegrova 03:38:47, 6 Jeanie De Villiers 03:43:30, 7 Vicky Van Der Merwe 03:45:54, 8 Tanya Rabie 03:48:05, 9 Tarryn Povey 03:49:21, 10 Anneke Hanekom 03:49:35 35km Men 1 Matthew Keyser 01:35:55, 2 Joel Schaefer 01:38:30, 3 Daniel Van Der Walt 01:41:35, 4 Thomas Moss 01:42:43, 5 DianKotze 01:44:49, 6 Ico Coetzee 01:45:27, 7 Tjaart Van Der Walt 01:46:23, 8 Armin Occonnor 01:49:27, 9 Andrew Mcpherson 01:56:16, 10 Kieran Horsford 01:57:09 35 Women 1 Courteney Webb 02:04:34, 2 Allison Morton 02:09:37, 3 Liezel Jordaan 02:10:11, 4 Saskia Van Der Merwe 02:18:45, 5 Luetta Van Der Westhuizen 02:21:24, 6 Michelle Van Zyl 02:21:32, 7 Cally Silibabauer 02:24:48, 8 Elli Scheffer 02:30:21, 9 Linda Petersen 02:33:23, 10 Heidi Brett 02:36:00 15km Men 1 Bobby Troskie 00:35:14, 2 Antonio De Brito 00:35:21, 3 Henry Owens 00:35:32, 4 Thando Sgundla 00:35:33, 5 Storm Lanfear 00:35:50, 6 Rory Harris Smith 00:38:12, 7 Nicolas Lipinski 00:38:13, 8 Herman De La Guerre 00:38:17, 9 Ethan Marais 00:38:23, 10 Johan Fritz 00:39:31 15km Women 1 Danielle Barnard 00:39:25, 2 Erin Jones 00:40:57, 3 Sadi Grooduih 00:41:58, 4 Amelia Owens 00:42:23, 5 Kaylie De Jager 00:43:39, 6 Sheyaun Botha 00:44:12, 7 Thea Roodman 00:44:34, 8 Liza Adlem 00:45:11, 9 Nina Adlem 00:45:13, 10 Karla Higginbotham 00:46:19
  22. The second annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge kicked off at the majestic Meerendal Wine Estate on Sunday, 04 September 2016. Click here to view the article
  23. The 8th annual Amarider 100Miler, presented by Bike Hub, took place in perfect weather conditions on Saturday, 21 May. Record times were ridden and eventually Erik Kleinhans from Team Topeak Ergon finished in 05h41, becoming the first rider to win the race twice. Adriaan Louw from Contego was second in 05h44 with Stephen Ihlenveldt in third with a time of 06h02. Click here to view the article
  24. Starting at 07h30, riders were led on a 5km neutral prossesion through Malmesbury’s streets before heading on a anticlockwise loop of the Swartland including the Perdeberg, Porseleinberg areas before circumnavigating the Kasteelberg and the towns of Riebeeck Kasteel and Riebeeck West. Adriaan Louw was in the lead by the first waterpoint, but after the halfway mark at Delico, Erik took the lead to the finish. The 50Miler event over 80km started at the halfway point at Delico Butchery and followed the 2nd half of the 100 Miler course. Max Sullivan took the win in 3 hours 4 minutes. John Gesselleen and Sean Grobler were second & third over the line. Nadia Visser was first for the woman in the 100Miler race and finished 15 minutes before Jeanie de Villers in a time of 6 hours 42 minutes. Team Brandslang was the the first 4-man team with the following riders: Tom Figl, Paul Horsford, Peter Marais and Mark Boddy. Full results on www.trailtag.co.za. This year the event partnered with the Malmesbury Cycling Club who provided support services to the race. The club intends to use the funds generated through this project to develop more singletrack in and around Malmesbury. The spectator points were very popular and riders enjoyed great food & drinks at the refreshment stations and lunch & breakfast stops. The day will be remembered for the magnificent scenery and perfect Autumn weather. Almost 900 riders entered, just under 800 started and just under 700 finished the route before cut-off. For more information, visit www.amarider.co.za.
  25. If you were at the first Amarider 100Miler event in 2009, you will remember the Cape storm that hit that May day. Heavy rain and wind made the conditions extremely tough, and race director Meurant Botha set off more than 200 riders from Durbanville to Malmesbury, although more than 400 entered. Click here to view the article
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