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  1. Left to right: Wessel Botha, Gawie Combrinck, Nico Bell, and Matt Beers. Current SA Marathon XCM champ, Nico Bell is delighted to welcome Matt Beers who has showed promising talent and his ability to win as well as Wessel Botha who is an exceptional young talent that has the potential to be at the top of international cycling with the help of the team and support structure! With the support from NAD and our co-sponsors, we are able to grow the team from strength to strength! Nico Bell Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell have been racing for NAD Pro since 2016, showcasing impressive results and growing from strength to strength. In addition to these two riders, we are proud to announce that youngsters Matt Beers and Wessel Botha will join the team for 2018. We are excited to follow their progress and we look forward to watching them learn from the more experienced Combrinck and Bell. Gawie Combrinck. Nico Bell. New Africa Developments is very excited to welcome Matt and Wessel to the team as part of an expanded 4-rider setup. With 4 of the country's leading riders representing our company, we are confident that the NAD name will consistently appear at the top of the leaderboard throughout 2018. Robin Houghton (Director) The new additions Matt Beers (2017 Cape Pioneer Trek winner) and Wessel Botha (2017 94.7 MTB winner) are 24 years old and 19 years old respectively, bringing a new dimension to the team. Although they are young and are excited to learn from Combrinck and Bell, both Beers and Botha have shown a high level of dedication, motivation and maturity that sets them apart in the competitive field of South African mountain biking. Botha said, "I am so excited to race alongside brilliant mountain bikers that I can look to for guidance and advice and call my friends." Beers is particularly enthusiastic, "I can't wait to race with the team and have such a professional set-up. I think we are going to have a great year and look forward to the year of racing ahead." Matt Beers. Wessel Botha. The 2018 season has started off with a bang for Team NAD MTB Team, winning the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour, where Beers and Botha showed immense maturity and strength, impressing Combrinck and Bell. Beers took the overall win with Botha in the Young Rider's jersey and Combrinck in the blue jersey. The team then impressed again when they tackled Mpumalanga Road Race Championships with Botha taking the win and Bell being crowned the Mpumalanga Road Race Champion. Bell and Combrinck then impressed again at the team's first MTB race of the season, Barberton XCM MTB Challenge, where the team took a first and second respectively. Going forward, 2018 is packed with stage races for the team. You can see the team in action at the SA Cup XCO in Stellenbosch, Tankwa Trek, the various National series and Trail Seeker races across the country throughout the year, Stellenbosch UCI World Cup XCO, Cape Epic, Joberg2C, Sani2C, SA XCM Championships, Mankele 3 Towers and Cape Pioneer Trek. A full list of the team's upcoming races is available on the website, www.teamnad.co.za as well as more information about each rider. We are excited to be the Nutritional Sponsor to the NAD Team and to be part of this professional team. NeoLife Nutrition is whole food based supplements and supply the body with the fuel it needs for optimum performance. Marco Taylor, Neolife Sponsors for 2018: NAD – New Africa Developments Cheetah Plains Specialized Neolife Alan Hudson motors Bells Cycling Cape cycle systems(Sram) Oakley Look(pedals) Garmin Follow us on: Facebook: Nad Professional MTB Team Twitter: @nadpromtb Instagram: @Nadpromtb Website: www.teamnad.co.za
  2. You guys have had a great year. Tell us about that? NB: We managed to arrange our own sponsor with NAD (New Africa Developments) so that gave us the freedom to choose our own races and race the way we want to and to train how we want to. That has made all the difference this year. We have done numerous road tours for preparation and focussed on training camps to get us to the right form. We also have had ok results in some races and great results in others, so you could say we have been consistent top three at most the big races this year. GC: Yeah, we have had a great year thus far. We take a lot of time to plan our racing and training in order to race at a high level. We’ve won the Cape Pioneer Trek, Joberg2c, and Isuzu 3 Towers. We were 2nd at The Grindrod Berg and Bush and the Sani2C. We were also 2nd African team at the Cape Epic. Nico and I finished 2nd and 3rd in the Ashburton National Ultra Marathon series respectively. We have been super consistent throughout the year. Anything different in your approach or training this season compared to the previous? NB: Training together has helped. Also doing more races for preparation so we know what our form is like leading into the big races. GC: I had a bit harder build up to the Cape Epic, but other than that I just had later mid-season rest. The last few weeks we’ve also worked a bit more on explosive efforts to help with the shorter more intense races. You suffered a technical at the Cape Pioneer Trek. What was the cause and how did you recover? NB: We had a problem with the sealant in our tyres the one day. It must have been a bad batch so it didn't seal even the smallest of holes. We plugged the holes and kept the pressure up every few kilometres until we could change the wheel at the tech zone. We stayed calm and didn't panic just trying to stick with the main group and get back as fast as possible. GC: We put in fresh sealant from a new bottle on the 3rd day and that was just a bad batch of sealant that didn’t want to work. We ended up having a non-stop slow puncture from just after the first tech zone and had to bomb it and chase back a lot till we could change the bad wheel at the second tech zone. Unfortunately, the front started after that so we just kept on chasing back and back. Luckily it was on one of the easier days and the racing wasn’t flat out all day so we could stay in the lead. What was your toughest stage at Cape Pioneer Trek? NB: Stage 2 from Mossel bay to George. Because of the sealant issue in the first 5 km, we spend the whole day chasing back and then stopping again and chasing back again. GC: For me, the toughest stage was the first stage when Nico and I rode away to take our fist stage win. It was a long time trial back to town into a headwind and we still felt the effects from racing Rooiberg two days before in our legs. What are your thoughts on the event in general? NB: I enjoyed the new race route and the format of the race. The competition was also good and we all respect each other so that makes for positive racing. The solo category needs to be defined more as they often got in the way or paced other teams not lending to fair racing for those who have to wait for their team mates and stay together all the time. It is a great race to do and not too hard for so late in the year being a 7-day stage race. Coverage was also great for us Pro riders. As an event, it is much easier than the Epic but also has a nice European feel with a little bit of everything in the race. GC: The route has changed a lot since the last time I raced it in 2014. I really enjoyed it and loved taking on new routes with different challenges. The route was also a bit easier than previous years and that is much nicer this time of year when your body is pretty empty from all the racing and training throughout the year. The Cape Pioneer Trek was world class. Good food. Great route. Race with the best social media updates to keep everyone up to date as the race unfolds. It should be on your bucket list of events to do. What is next for NAD Pro MTB? NB: Wines2Whales is our next race. It is going to be hard with plenty of strong teams and short punchy stages but we gain great experience from racing, so we looking forward to giving it a shot for the podium. GC: A bit of rest then we are taking on the FNB Wines2Whales. You also work together. What is that like and how does it influence your dynamics on and off the bike? NB: Work is also about getting along, so we help each other off the bike in the shop (Bells Cycling), getting the work done and passing on our knowledge to others. GC: Yes, Nico owns Bells Cycles, a Specialized Concept store in Nelspruit. I help out there when I’m not training or racing. I do bike setups, sell bikes or work on my own bike. This is great as we both have a good technical understanding of our bikes and can fix it on the go. We also train together 90% of the time, so when we race everything is just second nature. We know our strengths and weaknesses and always help each other to get the best result. How do you fit training, work, private and social life into you work schedule? NB: I try to get my training done in the morning then straight to work until we close round 5-6pm. Then its family time and relaxing at home. On weekends, I have more time in the afternoons to spend with my family, except when I'm away at a stage race then I need to switch my focus to the race for that time, knowing my family is behind me and supports me all the way. GC: Just plan and get a good routine going.
  3. Team NAD Pro MTB have had a successful 2016 and have just won the Cape Pioneer Trek. Hear from Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell about their most recent win, their approach to the season, and working together. Click here to view the article
  4. Photo credit: Em Gatland. The Mpumalanga pair finished in a time of 2:26:04. Second went to Andrew Hill and Declan Sidey (Bells Cycling Kabuki Breeders) in a time of 2:26:09. Phil Buys and Matthys Beukes (Pyga Euro Steel), in a time of 2:27:32, were home in third. The day’s riding distance remained at 99km, but due to heavy rain in the region leading up to the first day of racing, the first 32km of day one was ridden as a neutral zone, with the race proper starting at the first water point. In the ladies race, Amy Beth McDougall and Sam Sanders (Valencia Ladies) claimed day one honours (2:36:48), with dormakaba's Candice Lill and Vera Adrian (2:41:35) coming in second after puncture issues. Third in the ladies was Carmen Buchacher and Michelle Vorster (Velocity Sports Lab Pro), finishing in 2:48:50. Photo credit: Em Gatland. The race started in cold and misty conditions at Windmill Farm on the banks of the Sterkfontein Dam. As the clouds lifted, a field featuring some of South Africa's top MTB talent turned up the heat, hurtling towards the finish and race village at Em'seni Camp on the banks of the Tugela River. In the men’s race, the shorter racing distance allowed a large bunch to stick together, with the top riders only splitting around the 75km mark. Up until that point, Buys and Beukes, along with Hill and Sidey, had been in control of the pace at the front, but just after the third water point Bell was able to accelerate, taking Combrinck with, and pull away from the field. Hill and Sidey chased, staying with the leaders until a sprint in the final 200m saw Bell and Combrinck over the line first. “That felt longer than 99km for some reason, but it was a good, fun ride,” said Bell. “The route was actually in great condition and the riding was really enjoyable. The rain meant there was no dust, and I thought everything was rideable.” As the race entered the business end, there was a four man pile-up that could have derailed three teams. Phil Buys’s handlebar caught Combrinck, the resulting instability taking down Bell, Sidey and Buys. No bikes or riders were harmed, though, and the three teams were able to race on. “The racing was a bit flat in the start,” said Combrinck, “but after the second water point Nico started riding hard and that upped the tempo. Apart from the crash there were no issues; the riding was really good overall. It was a little bit slippery in the beginning, but the trails were fantastic and you could see a lot of effort had been put in.” In a reversal of fortunes from a race a week ago, McDougall and Sanders were able to get home ahead of Lill and Adrian thanks to a minor mechanical suffered by the later around the 65km mark. “Candice and Vera had a puncture and we were able to get away,” said Sanders. “We rode hard and really enjoyed it, the trails were fantastic.” Photo credit: Em Gatland. The leading ladies stuck with the second bunch of men for much of the race, before pulling away towards the end of the route. “What an amazing day of riding,” said McDougall. “Tough but fun. The rain made the trails nice and tacky, so you could really go all out. It was great conditions to ride in.” The day one route featured some of the region's iconic mountain bike trails; Great Wall my China and Baboon Route took riders along the top of the escarpment, with sweeping views of KwaZulu-Natal below, while the twisting and turning Solly's Folly - switchbacks for days - was the perfect way to ride off the escarpment and into the valley. Everest, the final roller-coaster descent of the day, was followed by the leafy Garden of Eden trail, the final 5km stretch of the day's riding flows alongside the Tugela River. Day two the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush is a shorter day - just 60km - but starts off with the lung-busting Ox Wagon Hill before heading into the excellent bushveld trail and single track. With some short, sharp climbs and technical descents, riders' fitness and skill levels will be tested. After the day's racing, the riders will then relocate to the top of Spionkop for the Volvo Spionkop, a 1.3km dash for cash from the bottom of the famous hill to the top. The winning male and female rider will each be rewarded with R20 000 for their efforts. Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush Descent day 1 results Men 1 Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck (NAD Pro MTB) 2:26:04 2 Andrew Hill and Declan Sidey (Bells Cycling Kabuki Breeders) 2:26:09 3 Phil Buys and Matthys Beukes (Pyga Euro Steel) 2:27:32 4 Wessel Botha and Henry Liebenberg (Absolute Motion) 2:32:35 5 Michael Posthumus and Derrin Smith (William Simpson) 2:33:42Ladies 1 Amy Beth McDougall and Sam Sanders (Valencia Ladies) 2:36:48 2 Candice Lill and Vera Adrian (dormakaba) 2:41:35 3 Carmen Buchacher and Michelle Vorster (Velocity Sports Lab Pro) 2:48:50 4 Yolandi du Toit and Theresa Ralph (Team Garmin Galileo Risk) 2:54:01 5 Christie-Liegh Hearder and Courteney Webb (Absolute Motion Ladies) 3:13:51
  5. A nail biting finish between PYGA Euro Steel and NAD Pro MTB. Photo credit: joBerg2c. Day 4 of the joBerg2c provided some spectacular scenery and racing. This stage is an African evolution, with riders leaving Sterkfontein Dam in the Free State and making their way into KwaZulu-Natal for the first time in the race. Over the course of the 93km ride, farm lands turned to bushveld, while the gentle hills of the first three days have matured into mountains. In the riding to come, the climbing will have the final say. For the racing elites, Matthys Beukes enjoyed the exciting dash where PYGA Euro Steel and NAD Pro MTB finished amongst each other, NAD Pro taking the win by virtue of their riders crossing the line in first and third. Beukes explained the close end, “The end could possibly have been different, because Phil had a bit of a crash on the last downhill which gave Nico and Gawie time to catch up to us again. It was also difficult to get past them on those fast sections towards the finish.” Buys was lucky to escape injury, as was his bike. “I crashed in the last section. I was riding in the front and just pushed it around the corner just before a bridge. I made the corner but as I got on the bridge my rear wheel just slipped out. I fell off with about a metre to go on the bridge, and I landed up falling off it and had to grab a tree and my bike fell further down. It took me some time to get it back up.” With four days of racing to come (day 9 is another neutral stage), Beukes said it’s now time to unleash the beast, “The routes are getting more technical, but for us it’s still not technical enough. It’s time to start taking every opportunity and chase hard. We’re waiting to get to the bigger climbs…” Mixing it up In the Lanham-Love Mixed category, it was another great day for Candice and Darren Lill (dormakaba), who crossed the line first in a time of 3:08:29. It was their third straight state win. Grant Usher and Amy Beth McDougall (Lanham-Love Valencia) arrived shortly after dormakaba in a time of 3:13:01. Power couple of the mixed category Darren and Candice Lill (dormakaba) cross the line in KZN to continue their winning streak. Photo credit: joBerg2c. The Lills have shown no signs of weakness and it appears their fondness of the joBerg2c is powering them through. “Another positive ride, but again it’s never easy when you’re racing. We were fortunate to take advantage of Candice’s strong start this morning,” said Darren Lill. “Racing was close between us and Lanham-Love Valencia until we managed to get a lead on them. We didn’t break away, I think they just fell back a little,” said Darren. Candice Lill, said the day 4 route was incredible and came as a welcomed change. “It’s changed this year and is definitely a little shorter - which doesn't necessarily make it easier. They have kept some of the sneaky climbs towards the end which are great, but tricky too.” While maintaining their competitive edge, Lanham-Love Valencia treated day four as a sentimental day. A reflective Grant Usher explained the emotional ride today, “We were just thinking how lucky we are. It’s such a privilege for anyone riding with their life partner like Amy and I - just to share an experience like this. Especially on a day like this, heading into bushveld; it’s really African, riding past aloes, acacia trees and game. Lanham-Love Valencia rider Grant Usher leads his teammate and partner in life, Amy McDougal across the finish after an emotional day. Photo credit: joBerg2c. “It’s great for other riders, particularly the foreigners as they must surely feel like they’re in Africa now. It’s been one of my favourite days on the bike ever,” said Usher. The couple have fond memories of success in this part of KwaZulu-Natal and spent much of their ride remembering their special times in the region. “It’s hugely special for Amy. Winterton is where she won the Single Speed World Champs in 2012 and she’s got the tattoo to prove it. So this day is always very special for Amy but also for us, and all the single speeders,” said Usher. Usher added that both he and Amy turned their thoughts to fallen friend and fellow rider, Burry Stander, who won the men’s Single Speed World Champs in 2012. “Today we really tried to remember Burry. He is, for us, the evergreen single speed champion, and he will forever be undefeated, so this is a very special place for him as well.” Day 5 of the Old Mutual joBerg2c is the big one, 123km journey from Em’seni in Winterton to Clifton school in Nottingham Road. The day also features the most climbing of any of the race days, with the last 30km featuring the bulk of the hills. Riders will enjoy the sight of the day 5 finish line. Find the full Old Mutual joBerg2c 2017 Day 4 results here. Old Mutual joBerg2c 2017 Day 4 highlights
  6. Riders make their way out of Frankfort on day 2 of the 2017 Old Mutual joBerg2c. The 93km stage saw the 820 participants finish in the Eastern Free State town of Reitz. Credit Em Gatland. The first timed day of the event also threw up an interesting result in the Lanham-Love Mixed Category, with Darren and Candice Lill (dormakaba) crossing the line first (03:16:10). Darren Lill of course retired from professional cycling last year, so his effort alongside his wife Candice on day 2 is rather impressive. The racing and riding on day 2 took the 820 joberg2c participants - including almost 200 foreign riders - from Frankfort to Reitz. The 93km stage started cold and clear as riders made their way out of Frankfort and along the banks of the glassy Wilge river. In general, it was a day of fast district roads broken up by exciting single track. The Lanham-Love Mixed Category is definitely the category to watch at the 2017 Old Mutual joBerg2c, with a number of strong teams in contention. On the first day of racing, it was the dormakaba duo who drew first blood. Candice Lill said the stage was tougher than it looked, but felt the day was filled with positives. “We managed to get a good gap in the beginning. On these roads there is no backing off because if you do, you might land up in no man’s land. So Darren and myself had to work hard to stay with some of the men and in the end we did. “The last part was some great single track but the little hill in the end was a surprising sting in the tail. Overall it was a good day.” An out-of-breath Darren Lill said the win was welcomed, but there is a tough task ahead for the rest of the race. “Today was a bit of a shock to the system. I felt slightly better than I’d anticipated, but I can definitely feel that I haven’t been racing. I’m not able to help Candice as much as last year with pushing and pulling, but fortunately she is a lot stronger this year and it doesn't look like we are going to need that from me - I’ve just got to survive!” A joBerg2c participant made a deal to meet some local farmers on the route between Frankfort and Reitz on day 2 of the event; he said he would bring the wine if they brought the braai. Both parties duly obliged. Credit Em Gatland. Grant Usher and Amy Beth McDougall (Lanham-Love Valencia) finished shortly behind for Lanham Love Valencia (3:18:36). Usher, looking fit and relaxed, said the day was manageable, “It seems as though it’s been quite a mild start this year compared to previous years. We were with the lead group in the first part of the morning and then the guys put on a bit of pressure, and from there I think we were just two too many riders back and Candice and Darren got away with a really strong surge. “Having said that, I think we rode nicely, rode within ourselves and limited our losses - it was a really good day with perfect weather and no wind,” said Usher. McDougall is excited by the thought of a tough competition throughout the coming week, “It’s always nice to have lots of competition around - it’s going to be hard and I’m looking forward to it. “I’m feeling good for what is to come. I struggled in the beginning so Grant and I were on our own the whole way but we kept a comfortable pace - not ideal but let’s wait and see!” Catherine Williamson of The Bicycle Company Mitas says the mixed field is the same as last year but the addition of of Yolandi du Toit and Ben Melt Swanepoel to the racing this year makes things even more exciting, “I think the other two teams are stronger this year, so I can see us battling with Yolandi and Ben throughout. “I think it’s going to be a tale of those two and us two which is great but you never know what is going to happen. We will try and stay on the podium though and one day maybe bring in a win,” shared Williamson. Ben Melt Swanepoel said he is thrilled about the rivalry as it really highlights the best aspects of mountain biking. “It was brilliant racing. Barring the men’s category I think the mixed category is probably the strongest and this is great for the sport because it means it’s growing and introducing more ladies into the sport. We had a tough battle out there. There is a whole week to go and we are going to keep fighting. Day 2 of the 2017 Old Mutual joBerg2c was a 93km ride from Frankfort to Reitz; here riders make their down one of the single track sections on the day. Credit Em Gatland. In the men’s race, Nico Bell was pleased to have a strong first official day. Despite their convincing lead, he said the stage win didn’t come without pressure. “Today there was loads of big open roads with some single track every now and then. We pushed the pace a bit on the single track. There was a long drag up to water point one and the guys behind us were right on our wheels, but we kept going. From there we were able to ride away and kept it fast on the downhill,” said Bell. Although PYGA Euro Steel now face a time deficit, Beukes says there is still more than enough time to challenge NAD Pro MTB and is thankful their result today wasn't decided by fitness. “Unfortunately near the day’s start a piece of wire got caught in Phil’s drivetrain and Nico and Gawie took the chance with that to try and get a lead on us. But today was still a lekker drag race. “There is still a long way to go - these open roads don’t really suit us and I think we don’t want to burn too many matches, we are going to wait to for the real mountain biking later in the week,” said Beukes. Day 3 is one of the two longest days at the Old Mutual joBerg2c, so the racing elite and the riders will enjoy a long day in the saddle. The 122km route takes participants from Reitz in the Eastern Free State to the vast Sterkfontein Dam in the Drakensberg. Th>e highlights of the day include "Jabulani", a winding riverside single track, and the descent of Mt Paul. Depending on the wind direction, the dam wall finish along the Sterkfontein Dan can either be heavenly of hellish. View the full Old Mutual joBerg2c day 2 results here.
  7. Despite being the first team to reach the finish at Scottburgh on the KZN South Coast in 2016, Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell had too much time to make up on stage three and finished second overall, however the duo is hoping to go one better in 2017 and finish atop the KAP sani2c podium. Click here to view the article
  8. Last year the NAD Pro MTB Team of Combrinck and Bell finished both the first two stages – from Himeville to MacKenzie Club near Ixopo, and from there to Jolivet Farm in Highflats – in third overall, leaving them too far behind the eventual winners on overall time to take the win despite winning the final stage to Scottburgh. Having left too much to do on the final stage of the 2016 race, the NAD Pro MTB Team duo of Gawie Combrinck (right) and Nico Bell (left) will be hoping that they can go one better at the 2017 KAP sani2c from 11-13 May. Johan Badenhorst/ Gameplan Media This year on May 11-13, the pair, who both hail from the Lowveld city of Nelspruit, are expecting to take some of their late 2017 ABSA Cape Epic form into the popular three-day race from the foothills of the Drakensberg to the KZN South Coast. Combrinck and Bell were second in the sought-after African Jersey competition at last month's Epic, finishing a very creditable 11th overall against the strongest field ever assembled – and less than two minutes outside a coveted top-ten position after over 28 hours of racing. This was despite riding as the backup team for two-time winners and this year’s runners up, Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavy. “At the Epic the African jersey was important, but for us first priority was riding as backup for Jaro and Christoph,” said Bell this week. “That meant we had to ride hard to be there for them in case they needed us. We burnt a few matches early each day taking up the pace and staying with the lead group as long as possible, so we could help if they needed mechanical assistance.” It says a lot about the talented South Africans that arguably the most meticulously prepared team, and pre-race favourites at the Epic, chose Bell and Combrinck as a backup team. After their 2016 successes, Bell and Combrinck are following a similar build up plan for their 2017 KAP sani2c campaign, but are hoping to come off the Old Mutual joBerg2c with some better form. “The sani2c is a bigger race and so it is important for our sponsors that we try and do as well as we can at Sani,” said Bell. “Last year we got sick on the final two days of joBerg2c so were not at our best for the Sani, but this year we hope to stay healthy and then do some high-intensity work in the ten days or so between the two races. “It is a strong field this year and the PYGA team (Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes) will be there and will be hard to beat. “It is tough to know how your form is going to be. This weekend at Clarens we were expecting all the guys who did not do Epic to be good, but the guys who had a tough Epic were stronger. "Hopefully we can then go into the Sani with some good form." Combrinck and Bell have developed into one of South Africa’s top mountain bike stage racing teams with a list of successes that most other riders can only dream of. In 2016 they won the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c after a tight battle with Team Telkom’s Johann Rabie and HB Kruger, and then a couple of weeks later finished second in the KAP sani2c, again getting the better of Rabie and Kruger, but just losing out to Scott Racing’s Beukes and Gert Heyns. In 2016 the NAD Pro couple were comfortable winners of the African jersey at the Epic with a solid 12th overall. This year is the twelfth edition of the KAP sani2c, the world’s largest mountain bike stage race, which takes place from Himeville to Scottburgh during the second week of May. For more information on KAPsani2c: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za.
  9. Nico Bell of NAD Pro MTB leads the bunch during stage 4 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS Diepsloot MTB Academy (William Mokgopo and Phillimon Sebona) flew triumphantly over the finish to extend their lead for the Exxaro special jersey to over an hour. The leading all-African women's team of Vera Adrian and Candice Lill (dormakaba) experienced yet another strong stage to add to their dream Absa Cape Epic debut. Riding as support team for Investec-Songo-Specialized, NAD Pro MTB raced hard on the day to finish ninth with a time of 4:16.39,3. Combrink was happy after the strong result. “Today was more of a marathon stage, so if you were smart you could hide away in the bunch. We were just in the front at the right times and Nico really set a tough pace. In the end, guys really got going but being in the front made it a little easier for us. “Our goal was just to stay in the front and support Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavy if they had problems. We want to be right there to help if they they have any mechanical issues,” said Combrinck. The NAD Pro MTB pair were well prepared to keep up with the pace of the front runners. “Conditions were good. It had been raining nonstop last month in Nelspruit so we are used to cooler temperatures. Today was a little less punchy so it suited us better,” added Combrinck. Phil Buys of team PYGA Euro Steel during stage 4 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Elandskloof in Greyton to Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin. Photo by Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS PYGA Euro Steel have managed keep the Absa African special jersey, though. Having a healthy overall lead in the category, the South Africans could afford small mishaps. Although they finished 15th for Stage 4, they still lead the chase for the special jersey. They are nearly 17 minutes in front of NAD Pro MTB in overall time. Buys says he is happy to have the Absa African special jersey heading into Stage 5, but admits Stage 4 didn’t go according to plan. “Before we started that long climb I was a bit off the pace. There was a particular area where we went over what I think was a piece of fence, and it looked like half of the bunch got caught out by it too. So from there we had to chase them all over again just as we started with the climb so it was tough going,” said Buys. Buys continued that in spite of PYGA Euro Steel’s mediocre day, there is no need to change strategy and a stage win is still possible. Meanwhile, Diepsloot MTB Academy are growing in confidence. With a lead that is worth over an hour in time, the Exxaro special jersey leaders are among the few content teams on the Absa Cape Epic. Their time today was 5:09.13,9. Sebona said, “Yesterday was a very strong day; today we continued with that strength. It wasn't easy though because we spent some long hours out there on the saddle, but everything is going according to plan.” His partner Mokgopo, added, “Today, the most important thing was keeping consistency and pacing ourselves from the start and we did that. We weren't trying to kill the legs today because I think the test is going to be stage six where we are going to try as hard as we can because we only have one day to go, so we can risk whatever we have. If we manage to build up an hour’s gap then I think we can afford to play around. The dormakaba riders Vera Adrian and Candice Lill finished fifth yet again. The pair have looked fit every day of this year’s Cape Epic, collecting a time of 5:14.42,6 on Stage 4. Candice Lill explained the conditions on Stage 4, “ In the beginning it was a lot of open roads and quite windy so being in the group it was a bit difficult because you had to fight for position all the time to stay out the wind and there were even a couple of crashes. “Then there was a point when it got really hard and we did not make that break, so we were in the second group, but I think we still rode strong and maybe made a bit of time on the leaders near the end.”
  10. From our homes in the hills of Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, we're travelling to the Mother City for the next few weeks. First up on our calendar is the Nissan Trailseeker MX this coming weekend and then its the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour. The MTO Champions' Race (a charity event in aid of Songo.Info) follows shortly thereafter, which leads us quickly into the season's crowning event, the Cape Epic. Since January our racers, Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck, have clocked up big kilometres in preparation for this important month of racing. To share our high-mileage pursuits with you, here's a quick season recap thus far: we've completed two high-altitude training camps; taken on the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour against the Pro road teams to finish within the top ten; raced to third place at the gruelling Tankwa Trek 3-day MTB Stage Race; and, even contested two rounds of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series, with Nico in second and Gawie fourth in the series' standings. Intended as a strong back-up for previous winners Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavy in their hunt for another overall victory at the Cape Epic, our riders will bring considerable expertise and consistent performance for these international racing stars to rely on. The world's toughest MTB stage race presents a number of unique challenges to competitors, not only those at the front of the field but also the everyday heroes tackling this almighty event. New Africa Developments - our team's title sponsor - has invested heavily in our team and the sport in general for 2017. Through the development, construction and operation of shopping malls throughout South Africa, NAD has found preparation and planning are key components to their success. This same ethos is channeled to the NAD Pro MTB Team: day in and day out, we plan every race and training camp to maximise the potential results. Robin Houghton, director at NAD, says: "New Africa Developments is proud to be associated with athletes of the calibre and dedication shown by Nico and Gawie. Every time we speak to them, they’re back in the Mpumalanga mountains on some training camp, away from friends and family. As in business this level of commitment and dedication will undoubtedly bring the success we as a team desire. Our CEO Japie van Niekerk has a saying which is equally true for New Africa Developments as both a business and a cycling team: ”fail to prepare and prepare to fail.” Nico Bell says: "We look forward to the month of March and we are happy to have the support of such great Sponsors that see the potential in us and give us the opportunity to showcase our talents against the best in the world in the most prestigious MTB stage race in the world!We hope to race from the front and provide support to Investec-Songo-Specialized and hopefully we can walk away with the leaders jersey along with the African Jersey!" Racing with Specialized’s premier stage and XC racing weapon, the Epic World Cup Team dual suspension race bicycle, maintained to the highest standard by Bells Cycling, supplemented by Neolife's energy replacement treatments, and with Alan Hudson Motors VW for driving the team forward, the next few weeks will be a whirlwind of dust, sweat and many memories. Stay tuned for the action.
  11. The form is there. The best race weapons are at our disposal. The perfect sponsors and partners are in place. A tight-knit support team works around the clock. And, our rivals are tougher and stronger too. The 2017 season is already off to a fast start. We're one gear ahead. Click here to view the article
  12. Image Credit: Johan Badenhorst. This week we face the first of our big challenges for 2017: the Tankwa Trek. The stage was set at the opening round of Ashburton Investments National MTB Series' marathon race in Grabouw. An international field of racers - here to prepare for the Cape Epic - took to the start. From the first climb to the last sprint, every metre had to be fought. Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell finished 5th and 6th respectively, setting themselves up as one of the fastest South African pairings. After a solid training camp at high altitude, Nico and Gawie have prepared strongly for their season ahead. Apart from the many hours on the saddle, NAD Pro MTB Team’s prepared for the season off-the-bike too. New Africa Developments’ director Robin Houghton enthused about their extended commitment to the team for 2017: “In mountain biking one never knows what’s around the next corner and regardless of how tough the conditions you can never give up. Much the same is true when it comes to the business of property development, and that is why New Africa Developments has such a great synergy with mountain biking and has committed itself to continuing to support Team NAD Pro MTB in 2017.” New Africa Developments (NAD) has grown its sponsorship and support of the team, further investing in South African mountain biking and our sporting culture. This investment also includes the provision of support services and a new team vehicle to enable Nico, Gawie and our race mechanic Morne van Rensburg to further improve their performances. Image Credit: Johan Badenhorst. With our 2017 Specialized Bicycles' S-Works Epic 29 World Cup race machines equipped with SRAM's very best technology, the best got better: every advantage gained with these bicycles will aid us in our reach for the podium. After a solid first year under the NAD Pro MTB Team banner, Nico and Gawie are aiming for the top step in the African Jersey Competition at the Cape Epic. Our two racers have also been selected to run as a support team to multiple winner Christoph Sauser and equally fast team-mate Jaroslav Kulhavy in their bid for another overall victory in mountain biking’s most prestigious international event. “Our season has started off well, with our form proving strong,” commented Nico. “To race with the likes of Christoph Sauser means we have to be in tip-top condition. We have to race faster and smarter. Our focus is sharper too.” Alan Hudson Motors, a Volkswagen Dealer, has signed on with our team to provide reliable and versatile vehicle transport on races. We top up our body's fuel with thanks from Neolife nutritional supplements and vitamins. Bells Cycling, Nelspruit's only Authorized Specialized Dealer, keeps our bicycles in tip-top condition. Image Credit: Johan Badenhorst. Cheetah Plains, a private game reserve in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and alongside Kruger National Park, has joined the team for 2017. They are one of the oldest bush camps in the Sabi Sand, and offer guests traditional African bushveld experiences – with luxury, comfort and exclusivity. Yet another new brand and name being brought to our sport. As with 2016, our calendars are full with training camps, events and travelling to and from races around the country. In 2017 we're focusing on the Tankwa Trek, the Cape Epic, Joberg2C and Sani2c, defend our Cape Pioneer Trek title from 2016, and defend our 2016 win in the Isuzu 3 Towers Stage Race too. We're also focused on the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series (in which we claimed second and third places overall in 2016) and the SA MTB Marathon Championships later this year. Having a started our season a little bit later than we have in previous years, we’re feeling more rested for what will be a year of back-to-back events requiring our full effort. Image Credit: Johan Badenhorst. The MTB landscape in South Africa is fast changing. More and more racers are converting to MTB and each weekend we face stronger rivals. To stay ahead of the peloton and enter the singletracks first, we train that extra bit harder. Our bicycles, our supporters and sponsors, family and friends have all extended themselves that extra bit more in 2017 to allow us to aim for more victories and more exposure for our sponsors. Our tagline is #shakeandbake. And that is most definitely what we'll do in 2017. Join us for this fast and furious season.
  13. No all-African team has won the Absa Cape Epic since it was launched back in 2004, but Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes want to change that in the not too distant future. Click here to view the article
  14. “I think we have matured enough as a team and partnership to set the Cape Epic win as our ultimate goal for the next few years,” Buys says. “We will be disappointed (this year) with anything less than an overall podium and the Absa African jersey.” The distinctive red jersey in question goes to the first all-African team to finish the event and has become fiercely-contested in recent years. Philip Buys. Matthys Beukes. Former Olympian Buys and his partner Matthys Beukes will be riding under the Team Pyga Euro Steel flag in 2017. Their biggest challengers for the Absa African special jersey are likely to be Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger (Team BCX), who will bring a compelling combination of experience and youth to the event.Beukes says: “I’ve had a rough 2016 with injuries that put me back quite a bit, but thankfully I’m almost back to full strength. I didn’t even make the start line in 2016 so in all honesty the first objective is to be on the start in 2017, healthy and fast.” “Then I’d like to take on where we left off, gunning for an overall podium finish,” Beukes adds in reference to their fifth overall in 2015, when they took home the Absa African jersey. “I’ve done three Epics and won the Absa African title all three times, so it is time to move on and set our sights on yellow (the overall winners’ jersey).” This year they will face a fired up Woolcock and Kruger in the battle for the red jersey. In 2016 Woolcock and Darren Lill took the jersey home at the fourth time of trying. Woolcock has been at or near the top of the South African tree for many years and his experience at the Absa Cape Epic should prove invaluable to younger partner Kruger, who pulled out of his first event last year after being felled by a virus. “The African Jersey is top priority and whatever overall position comes along with that,” Woolcock says. “Last year I was secretly hoping for a top five and we missed that by one place. This year I feel the overall competition is a lot stronger so it’s going to be interesting.” “We will be aiming for the African jersey this year,” Kruger adds. “With Waylon winning it last year I am very confident that we do stand a good chance to get it.” Talking about his 2016 experience, he says: “Three days before the Prologue I got quite a bad stomach virus and had to go on antibiotics two days before we started in Meerendal. I thought I would ride myself into it and out of the sickness, but unfortunately that was not the case. I finished the prologue and started Stage 1 but the virus was not out yet and had to make a call to abandon after that day. So I’ve got quite a lot of unfinished business at the Absa Cape Epic.” And what do the South Africans think of the 2017 course? “I like the course … I think it has a good mix,” Woolcock says. “I enjoy the Grabouw area a lot.” “I’m excited for the stages in and around Hermanus,” Buys says. “And the Grand Finale stage finishing at Val de Vie looks like a fun stage where we can pull off something special again.” Buys has three stage wins to his name and Beukes two, and in 2015 they rode together and finished fifth overall – winning the African jersey. “Stage wins are really nice and exciting but thats not the goal,” Beukes explains. “We’ll race for an overall but if the opportunity to grab a stage win comes up we’ll definitely take it.” Woolcock takes a more conservative view: “To win a stage you either need to be the strongest or take big risks. But if we see an opportunity we’ll take it.” Buys and Beukes will be on locally-designed Pyga bikes: “Our previous bike sponsor informed us that they wont be continuing their successful partnership with us after achieving what they set out to achieve with the sponsorship at the end of 2016,” Buys says. “This opened up the exciting opportunity for us to partner with a proudly South African bike brand, Pyga. Over the next few years the ultimate goal will be to be the first all African team to win the Absa Cape Epic, and now we will also be on a locally-designed bike.” And what keeps them coming back? “It’s the biggest MTB stage race in the world, the Tour de France of mountain biking,” Beukes says: “So this is the biggest possible stage for us to perform on and its in our backyard.” Woolcock smiles: “Good question. It’s a gruelling event and lots of sacrifice is required to compete at this level … I think it becomes addictive.” Also in the field are NAD Pro’s South African pairing of Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck, veterans of the local scene and both with several Cape Epics under their belts. They will, however, be riding in support of Investec Songo Specialized’s Christoph Sauser and Jaroslav Kulhavy – potential overall winners – and may have to sacrifice their own ambitions to helping the team leaders. If, however, they are not called on to hand over a wheel or help fix mechanicals the South Africans will expect to be in the Top 10 and also scrapping for the red jersey.
  15. The final stage of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race took place on Saturday. Fittingly, Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell won the short 57km leg from Chandelier Game Reserve to Oudtshoorn, sealing overall victory in the process. But there were major upsets behind them as the final podium was given a late shuffle. Click here to view the article
  16. Nico Bell (front) and Gawie Combrinck rounded off overall victory at the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa by winning the final stage on Saturday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Combrinck and Bell (NAD Pro MTB) were sitting on the back of the front group, where the rapid initial pace was being set at first by Swiss rider, Konny Looser, and then by South African, Erik Kleinhans. Team Spur’s James Reid and Julian Jessop were always in the mix too, as the riders negotiated some potentially nasty surfaces through the Chandelier Game Reserve. But potentially nasty turned to plain horrible for most of the teams, who were faced with mechanical problems, leaving Combrinck and Bell alone in front with half the race route to cover. Bell and Combrinck had endured more than their share of mechanical problems over the week, mostly tyre trouble, and were fortunate to complete the stage without glitch. But none of their rivals could say the same on Saturday. The hot, dry weather continued as riders tackled the final stage of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Saturday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Looser, lying second overall at the start with his CBC Elite Pro teammate, Daniel Gathof, was added to the Cape Pioneer Trek tyre-victim list. They finished the stage 12th over 27 minutes after the winners and had to face the disappointment of losing out on a podium finish, which had seemed certain all week. Reid and Jessop positioned themselves attentively in the front group, eager to preserve their hard-earned third place overall, but it wasn’t to be as Jessop damaged a wheel, which resulted in them having to run to the last tech zone and which saw them slip to a frustrating fourth overall. Jeroen Boelen (front) and Erik Groen finished third on the stage and moved up to second place overall on the final stage of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Saturday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za The biggest gain on the day went the way of Dutch duo, Erik Groen and Jeroen Boelen (Stappenbelt Specialized). They finished the stage in third place, but moved from fourth up to second with a hassle-free final leg, just on 18 minutes down on Combrinck and Bell in the final General Classification. Despite a tyre problem on Saturday, final-stage fate also played into the hands of Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E), who moved into third place overall. The winners of the opening stage lost over half an hour and dropped to 10th overall due to Kleinhans’s illness on Day 2. But they bounced back beautifully and their daily aggression saw them rewarded with a total of four stage wins and a podium finish. The Estonian pair of Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvis (KOMO/RMW), winners of Stage 2, spent much of the week learning about how ruthless racing in South Africa can be. Competing on hardtail frames put them at an obvious disadvantage over their rivals, who were all on fully suspended frames. They also endured numerous tyre troubles, but were able to round out the week with an encouraging second place on the final stage. The women’s race was virtually drama-free. South Africans Cherie Redecker and Mariske Strauss (OMX Pro) were essentially in a class of their own, winning all seven stages and the overall title by almost two hours. Their default facial expressions were smiles, which became a familiar, welcome sight in the race village. Mariske Strauss (left) and Cherie Redecker won all seven stages and claimed the overall women’s title at the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Saturday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Yolande de Villiers and Neil Ungerer (Ultimate Cycling), won six stages and the overall Mixed title. But it wasn’t a cruise for them and they were under constant pressure from Stage 4 winners, Kobus and Fienie Barnard (Klein Karoo Mixed), the 2015 champions that finished 13 minutes down in the end. The Veteran men’s division saw some close racing on certain stages, but ultimately Igna de Villiers and Fanie Venter (LGE Midas BusinessPrint) were superior, winning three stages and the overall race by 33 minutes ahead of the Belgian pair of Hans Planckaert and Wim Tollenaeres (De Fietser Rotwild Zaes). Iniel Hattingh and Vickus Boschoff (Klein Karoo Ko Op), winners of four stages, were able to salvage an overall podium spot, but lost significant time on Friday as a result of serious tyre problems. The Master’s category was dominated by one team: the Anderson Masters duo of Izak Visagie and Linus van Onselen won all seven stages and the overall title by over 2:45. In the Solo men’s division, Czech racer Jiri Krivanek won four stages and took the overall title, 23:51 faster than Jaco Pelser, who collected two stage wins on his way to earning the runner-up spot. Nicky Giliomee had a low-pressure, high-reward week, winning all seven stages and the overall Solo women’s title. Gawie Combrinck (left) and Nico Bell endured a week of intense racing to claim overall victory at the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Saturday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 Stage 6 – 57km Chandelier to Oudtshoorn Leading Results Men 1. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 02:07:48 2. Peeter Pruus (EST) / Peeter Tarvis (EST) – KOMO/RMW 02:08:35 3. Erik Groen (NED) / Jeroen Boelen (NED) – Team Stappenbelt Specialized 02:12:38 4. Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Matt Beers (RSA) – Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E 02:13:10 5. Ben Melt Swanepoel (RSA) / Alan Gordon (RSA) – Squirtlube 02:15:13Women 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 02:35:47 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo International 02:48:41 3. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC BreakAway 02:53:30 4. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 03:15:05 5. Susanna Lagerqvist (SWE) / Maria Runeteg (SWE) – Duoch Jag 03:16:02 Mixed 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 02:29:55 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 02:32:30 3. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 02:44:25 4. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 02:44:26 5. Georg Schollerer (GER) / Kristina Schollerer (GER) – Schollerers 02:51:15 Veterans 1. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 02:28:17 2. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 02:28:27 3. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 02:32:12 4. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 02:44:54 5. Paul de Smedt (BEL) / Johan Buelens (BEL) – Hillhoppers 02:50:39 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 02:32:07 2. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 02:32:07 3. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (RSA) – Team Grassroof 02:59:29 4. Enzo Antoniazzi (RSA) / Stewart Goodman (RSA) – SOAR 2 03:08:32 5. Mike Thomson (RSA) / Jan van Der Berg (RSA) – Age is just a Number 03:08:42 Solo Men: 1. Franco Pelser (RSA) 02:11:58 2. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 02:13:38 3. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 02:25:46 4. Marc Greyling (RSA) 02:28:21 5. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 02:28:35 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 02:48:43 2. Sabine Stampf (GER) 02:53:37 3. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 02:56:40 4. Collette Bastard (RSA) 03:03:24 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 03:46:10 Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 General Classification – After Stage 6 Leading Results Men 1. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 19:12:39 2. Erik Groen (NED) / Jeroen Boelen (NED) – Team Stappenbelt Specialized 19:30:40 3. Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Matt Beers (RSA) – Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E 19:31:51 4. James Reid (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) – Team Spur 19:32:05 5. Peeter Pruus (EST) / Peeter Tarvis (EST) – KOMO/RMW 19:36:55 Women 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 22:28:55 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo International 24:21:57 3. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC BreakAway 25:00:51 4. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 26:55:32 5. Susanna Lagerqvist (SWE) / Maria Runeteg (SWE) – Duoch Jag 27:47:05 Mixed 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 21:54:04 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 22:07:20 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 23:27:10 4. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 24:06:18 5. Georg Schollerer(GER) / Kristina Schollerers (GER) – Schollerers 24:36:49 Veterans 1. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 21:32:47 2. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 22:06:43 3. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 22:08:23 4. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 23:20:10 5. Brett Penney (RSA) / Eugene Long (RSA) – brett/long 23:48:55 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 22:13:00 2. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 24:58:21 3. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (RSA) – Team Grassroof 26:07:04 4. Enzo Antoniazzi (RSA) / Stewart Goodman (RSA) – SOAR 2 27:16:00 5. Daniel Evrard (BEL) / Joseph Kerkhofs (BEL) - tean joven 27:30:55 Solo Men: 1. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 19:29:56 2. Franco Pelser (RSA) 19:53:47 3. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 21:10:46 4. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 21:34:05 5. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 21:54:00 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 23:54:32 2. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 25:20:50 3. Sabine Stampf (GER) 25:29:10 4. Collette Bastard (RSA) 25:38:08 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 32:09:19 For full stage results and General Classification, as well as other race information, visit www.capepioneer.co.za
  17. Off the bike, Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck are soft-spoken and humble. But on Monday, on the bike, there was no place for diplomacy as they ripped the field apart with an aggressive Stage 1 victory that gave them the overall lead on Day 2 of the 2016 Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa. Click here to view the article
  18. The aggression of Nico Bell (front) and Gawie Combrinck of Team NAD paid off as they claimed the stage win and took the overall lead at the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Monday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za. Racing in the colours of New Africa Developments (NAD), Bell and Combrinck, were responsible for increasing the pace through the rugged terrain of the Gondwana Nature Reserve when they sensed fellow South African and overall race leader, Erik Kleinhans, was vulnerable. With just over half the stage distance covered, Bell and Combrinck managed to splinter the relatively large front pack and cross the finish line alone in a time of 03 hours 42 minutes 48 seconds. The Estonian pair of Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvis (KOMO/RWV) finished second just over a minute later, with Konny Looser and Daniel Gathof (Cape Brewing Co Elite) claiming third in 3:48:11. Swiss rider, Konny Looser drove the early pace hard. He and German teammate, Daniel Gathof (Team CBC) finished third on Stage 1 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Monday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za. Overnight race leaders, Kleinhans and Matt Beers (Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E), slowed significantly by a struggling Kleinhans, limped across the finish line in 10th place in 4:01:03. “Just before 50km, we saw Erik (Kleinhans) was taking a bit of strain in the singletrack. Along with Konny (Looser) and his teammate, we upped the pace on the climb and we managed to get a gap. The Estonian guys went with us but the terrain was rough and they struggled to stay with us on their hardtails. We kept on pushing from there,” explained Bell. “We came here a bit fatigued after racing the Rooiberg Ultra on Saturday and we really wanted to get a stage win. We weren’t expecting a stage win so early on, but we are really stoked. Having the Yellow Jersey is going make the rest of the week more of a challenge,” smiled Bell. Race leader, Erik Kleinhans, struggled through the stage to finish 10th with teammate Matt Beers, losing their overall lead on Stage 1 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Monday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za. For Pruus and Tarvis, the terrain proved a challenge on their hardtail frames. At 67km, they were over a minute behind Bell and Combrinck, then on the gravel roads that followed, they were able to claw back to within 22 seconds. But the terrain changed again and they lost time towards the end of the stage. “On the bumpy stuff, they had so much advantage with their full suspension bikes. When it became smoother gravel we were able to close the gap to very close, but then there was more rough and it was impossible to keep up,” said Tarvis. “Halfway through the stage, the last month of racing just caught up with me. I couldn’t hear much, I saw double. I was in a bad way. I’m just glad I got to the finish,” said a disappointed Kleinhans. Cherie Redecker and Mariske Strauss of the OMX Pro team extended their lead in the women’s race when they rolled across the finish line to take the stage win in 4:26:35. Second place went to the Garmin duo of Yolandi du Toit and Aurelie Halbwachs in 4:29:36 with Leana de Jager and Catherine Williamson (Klein Karoo Ladies) a distant third in 4:47:36. Mariske Strauss (front) and Cherie Redeker secured their second consecutive stage win and extended their women’s category lead at the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Monday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za. In the Mixed race, Yolande de Villiers and Neill Ungerer (Ultimate Cycling) secured the victory to extend their overnight lead over stage runners-up, Kobus and Fienie Barnard, who led for most of the stage. The Veteran men’s division saw the lead change when Fanie Venter and Igna de Villiers (LGE Midas/Business Print) claimed the stage win ahead of the Belgian duo of Wim Tollenaere and Hans Planckaert (De Fietser Rotwild Zaes). Overnight leaders, Iniel Hattingh and Vickus Boschoff (Klein Karoo Ko OP) finished third on the stage and slipped to third overall too. The Masters race saw prologue winners, Linus van Onselen and Izak Visagie storm to a dominant stage win, beating the Italian Pitstop duo of Niccolo Violati and Roberto Gallo by 23 minutes to take a commanding lead into Stage 2. An adult giraffe gave some competitors a scare when it ran along part of the race route through the Gondwana Nature Reserve during Stage 1 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Monday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za. Jiri Krivanek of the Czech Republic claimed a dominant stage win the Solo men’s race to move into the overall lead, while South African Nicky Giliomee extended her overnight lead with a powerful performance, finishing over 16 minutes ahead of runner-up Sabine Stampf in the Solo women’s category. Tuesday’s Stage 2, dubbed #DiazDash, is expected to be tough. The 99km leg from Mossel Bay to George includes a 7km section along the beach before the riders head inland through the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. The total ascent is 2 200 metres, much of that being covered between 30-45km in. Competitors enjoyed ideal weather and beautiful scenery during Stage 1 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in Mossel Bay, South Africa on Monday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za. 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 #PioneerSpirit on today, 19 and 21 October at 18h15 CAT/17h15 CET: www.capepioner.co.za For more in-depth route descriptions and other information on the 2016 race, visit www.capepioneer.co.za Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 Stage 1, 95km starting and finishing in Mossel Bay Leading Results Open Men 1. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 03:42:48 2. Peeter Pruus (EST) / Peeter Tarvis (EST) – KOMO/RMW 03:44:02 3. Konny Looser (SUI) / Daniel Gathof (GER) – CBC Elite Pro 03:48:11 4. Erik Goen (NED) / Jeroen Boelen (NED) – Team Stappenbelt Specialized 03:50:01 5. Bram Rood (NED) / Gerben Mos (NED) – KMC Fruit to Go 03:50:22 Open Ladies 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 04:26:35 2. Yolandi du Toit (RSA) / Aurelie Halbwachs (MRU) – Team Garmin 04:29:36 3. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo Ladies 04:47:36 4. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC and BreakAway 05:03:14 5. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 05:12:22 Mixed Teams 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 04:18:41 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 04:22:47 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 04:37:05 4. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 04:44:34 5. Vladislava Pokobova (BEL) / Luc Bellings (BEL) – gastro bikes 04:47:39 Veteran Men 1. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 04:14:32 2. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 04:17:28 3. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 04:23:26 4. Brett Penney (RSA) / Eugene Long (RSA) – brett/long 04:33:26 5. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale’s Hire 04:36:01 Masters Men 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 04:29:02 2. Niccolò Violati (ITA) / Roberto Gallo (ITA) – Pitstop 04:53:04 3. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert de Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 04:57:10 4. Joseph Kerkhofs (BEL) / Daniel Evard (BEL) – tean joven 05:07:42 5. Enzo Antoniazzi (RSA) / Stewart Goodman (RSA) – SOAR 2 05:16:37 Solo Men 1. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 03:49:55 2. Franco Pelser (RSA) 03:59:04 3. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 04:14:17 4. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 04:15:20 5. Bart De Boeck (BEL) 04:18:39 Solo Women 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 04:41:30 2. Sabine Stampf (GER) 04:58:19 3. Marianne Bergli (BEL) 05:04:09 4. Collette Bastard (RSA) 05:05:30 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 06:08:37 Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 General Classification After Stage 1 Leading Results Men: 1. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 04:12:26 2. Peeter Pruus (EST) / Peeter Tarvis (EST) – KOMO/RMW 04:13:34 3. Konny Looser (SUI) / Daniel Gathof (GER) – CBC Elite 04:18:49 4. Erik Groen (NED) / Jeroen Boelen (NED) – Team Stappenbelt Specialized 04:19:44 5. Bram Rood (NED) / Gerben Mos (NED) – KMC Fruit to Go 04:20:14 Women: 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) - OMX Pro Team 05:01:37 2. Yolandi du Toit (RSA) / Aurelie Halbwachs (MRU) – Team Garmin 05:09:03 3. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo 05:26:58 4. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC and BreakAway 05:42:51 5. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 05:55:30 Mixed: 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 04:53:52 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 04:59:38 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 05:14:35 4. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 05:23:07 5. Bellings Luc (BEL) / Pokobova Vladislava (BEL) – gastro bikes 05:27:16 Veterans: 1. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 04:48:39 2. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 04:52:36 3. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 04:57:29 4. Brett Penney (RSA) / Eugene Long (RSA) – brett/long 05:09:50 5. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 05:13:36 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 05:05:37 2. Niccolò Violati (ITA) / Roberto Gallo (ITA) – Pitstop 05:32:51 3. Joseph Kerkhofs (BEL) / Daniel Evrard (BEL) – tean joven 05:47:03 4. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 05:47:17 5. Enzo Antoniazzi (RSA) / Stewart Goodman (RSA) – SOAR 2 05:57:26 Solo Men: 1. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 04:21:39 2. Franco Pelser (RSA) 04:31:16 3. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 04:46:41 4. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 04:51:51 5. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 04:53:15 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 05:19:36 2. Sabine Stampf (GER) 05:37:54 3. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 05:44:52 4. Collette Bastard (RSA) 05:46:58 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 06:59:23
  19. The NAD Pro MTB Team pair dominated large parts of last week’s journey from Gauteng to the coast with their race playing out as hoped, despite encountering a minor glitch along the 900km route. The NAD Pro MTB Team pair of Gawie Combrinck (front) and Nico Bell (back) have thrown their names into the 2016 KAP sani2c starting at Glencairn Farm outside Himeville from 12-14 May 2016. JB Badenhorst/ Gameplan Media “We raced well at the joBerg2c and the race went according to plan for us, which was a real advantage!” said the first three-time winner of the joBerg2c, Gawie Combrinck. “We had one minor issue where we had a mechanical which meant that we fell behind and missed out on the sprint finish at the end but otherwise it was a great race for us.” With the gruelling joBerg2c behind them, the two weeks building up to the KAP sani2c is crucial in getting the duo ready to take on the next challenge. “We are lucky that we race all year round so we see joBerg2c as a really hard block of training with the period between races being about recharging the batteries and getting healthy again, especially after Nico and I started getting a bit ill towards the back end of joBerg2c,” explained Combrinck. The Nelspruit based pair are no strangers to the KAP sani2c with both having completed the event a handful of times previously. However, with the three stages fresh in their minds following their joBerg2c triumph, Combrinck is even better poised to assess how the recent course changes will affect them. “There are a few minor changes to the course and I think that the start on day one is now going to be a lot faster; we are going to have to go a lot harder from the gun than we have done in the past! “The changes are more like slight improvements rather than wholesale changes and they are not too technical which means that the chances of building gaps are a little slimmer so it’s going to be a tough showdown,” the Lowveld local mentioned. With the historically frantic pace at the front of the field and one of the more competitive fields assembled for the KAP sani2c in recent times, Combrinck believes that it is the perfect recipe for an exciting race. “Just about everyone is going to be there and you cannot rule anyone out with only three days of hard racing ahead. “The Team Telkom guys were really strong at joBerg2c and will definitely be a huge threat however the USN-Purefit team of Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock are defending champions and will be determined to defend their title. “You cannot rule out Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns from Scott who might have had a poor SA Marathon Champs but will always be a threat. “Those are just a few of the teams that will be pushing hard for a podium,” he reflected. The opening stanza of the sani2c is a frenetic one and Combrinck is aware that they may be at a slight disadvantage should the first stage come down to the wire however with the challenges of the second stage playing into their hands, the NAD Pro MTB Team rider feels that he and Bell will be able to gain the ascendancy if all goes according to plan. “The first stage is historically a sprint, which is not our strong point, and there are not many areas along the route where you can open up time of the other teams which means that we will have to make sure we are in the mix at the end. “Day two is the real test as we set off so early and so making it down to the bottom of the uMkomaas Valley safely is priority number one but after that the climbing and the technicality of the run in to the finish should play to our strengths,” he added. The Trail, Adventure and Race events of the 2016 KAP sani2c take place from Glencairn in Underberg to Scottburgh on KZN's South Coast from 10-12, 11-13 and 12-14 May respectively. For more information visit www.sani2c.co.za.
  20. Following their impressive victory at the recent nine-day long Old Mutual joBerg2c, the pair of Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell have added their names to the already formidable list of elite men’s contenders as they look to do the double at the upcoming KAP sani2c which takes place between Glencairn Farm in the Southern Drakensberg and Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast from 12-14 May. Click here to view the article
  21. Johann Rabie and HB Kruger of Telkom won the stage – their fourth in total – when they got the better of NAD Pro on the single-track section that led riders to the floating bridge and finish on the beach.Rabie and Kruger finished second in the overall standings after nine days of racing from Heidelberg in Gauteng. Andrew Hill and Tyronne White of Thule-Pyga-TIB rounded out the podium. “They (Telkom) were full gas from the word go,” said Combrinck. “We simply followed them and tried to stay out of trouble. “They were a bit faster than us in the last single-track. We played it safe over the bridge; it is very slippery in this rain and I almost lost it.” Gawie Combrinck (front) and Nico Bell of NAD Pro win the 2016 Old Mutual joBerg2c. Photo: Full Stop Communications The 30-year-old said it felt great to collect a third trophy in as many tries. “We were aggressive from the start and the only real hiccup was that one day when we went too fast down Bezuidenhout’s Pass and suffered a mechanical at the wrong time.” Combrinck said they had good form over the second half of the race and were able to ride aggressively. “On day six we felt that we were getting better and that is also when HB started to struggle a bit. “We usually get better during a tour and I felt that day was the turning point.” He said the elation of the moment would possibly only sink in later, but paid tribute to his 32-year-old partner. “Nico and I have raced together a lot and we train together every day and he must be one of the best teammates one can have. It is vital on a stage race as you are only as strong as the weakest rider. “It is also important to be able to look after your partner when he is going through a rough patch. We race very well together in that sense.” Johann Rabie (left) and HB Kruger of Telkom win the final stage of the 2016 Old Mutual joBerg2c to finish second overall. Photo: Full Stop Communications Rabie, who has collected two titles alongside Combrinck in the past, was gracious in defeat. “We tried to put them under pressure today to try and force an error, but realised it wouldn’t be possible as they were riding very well. “I have to congratulate them, they rode brilliantly throughout,’’ said the 29-year-old from Malmesbury. “Second is not as good as the win, but it is not the end of the world. It was HB’s first joBerg2c and he is relatively new to mountain biking and I’m sure we will still get our fair share of victories.” He said he was relieved that the event was over as it had taken its toll and most of the front-runners were starting to struggle with their health. Lill and Neethling, who both hail from Fish Hoek in Cape Town, won their fifth stage as they raced to a hard-fought overall victory in the Lanham-Love Attorneys mixed category. “Today we decided to go out hard and to put the opposition on the back foot rather than waiting for them to do it to us,” said the 33-year-old, who has made a successful transition from road racing in recent years. “Once we got ahead, we were actually able to take it relatively chilled. Being ahead of the other mixed teams took a little bit of pressure off in terms of possible mechanicals.” He said they had a tough start to the tour with Neethling struggling at altitude and lost a fair amount of time over the first three days. “I think it was good for us to have that challenge to make back the time. It almost makes it more worthwhile having to work hard for it and knowing victory didn’t come easily.’’ Darren Lill (left) and Candice Neethling of Dorma-USN-Purefit win the mixed category at the 2016 Old Mutual joBerg2c. Photo: Full Stop Communications The 24-year-old Neethling, who rode an event of this length for the first time, said she was just happy to have made it through the nine days. “I actually surprised myself. Maybe I rode myself fit, maybe I had a mental change and started believing that I could do it. “It has been quite a journey in many ways. Not just the actual physical journey.” The Bicycle Company-Bestmed pairing of Johan Labuschagne and Catherine Williamson, who lost their lead on the penultimate day, finished second overall, followed by Valencia-Lanham-Love’s Grant Usher and Amy McDougall. Old Mutual South Africa CEO Dave Macready made his debut at the event alongside former Irish rugby captain Dion O’ Cuinneagain. “Everything you hear about the race turned out to be true,” said Macready. “There’s lots of camaraderie, food, coffee, and the communities along the route go out of their way to make you feel at home. “There were good and tough days. Congratulations to all who made it to the finish, and especially those who walked away as winners.”
  22. Nelspruit’s Gawie Combrinck became the first three-time winner of the 900km Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race after placing second alongside teammate Nico Bell on the final stage of 84km between Highflats and Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal today. Click here to view the article
  23. Gawie Combrinck (front) and Nico Bell of NAD Pro lead the eighth stage of the 2016 Old Mutual joBerg2c. Photo: Full Stop Communications The NAD Pro duo won the 99km eighth stage, which is famous for its descent into the Umkomaas valley and the ascent out the other side, in 3:46:17 (29:42:38). After winning the previous stage, former front-runners Johann Rabie and HB Kruger, from Telkom, looked a beaten team when they finished in 3:53:29 (29:54:51). Johann Rabie (front) and HB Kruger of Telkom chase the leaders on stage eight of the 2016 Old Mutual joBerg2c. Photo: Full Stop Communications Andrew Hill and Tyronne White of Thule-Pyga-TIB were again best of the rest in 3:58:11 (30:39:24). “It is always a race to enter the single-track to the Umkomaas descent in front, but we opted to play it safe today,” said Bell, who is from Nelspruit. “We didn’t want to take too many chances on the downhill and was happy for Telkom to lead the way. “When we reached the valley, it was only them and us and they made the pace until the first waterpoint.” On the steady climb out of the valley, Combrinck went to the front in an effort to put them under pressure and they saw that Kruger was struggling a bit. “After that, on the single-track climb through the Bridges for Africa section, we upped the tempo and got a gap. “And then on Push of a Climb we rode tempo to make up some more time – and simply played it safe from there.” The 32-year-old said everyone seemed a bit sick due to the sustained effort and dust. “I think HB, especially, is struggling with his chest. I think we’re now all just nursing ourselves to tomorrow’s finish.” He said that if Telkom was still capable of winning, the Umkomaas stage was probably their last chance to take time back. “The last day is fast and we’ll be focusing on staying safe and on course. “We’ll have an eye on them, of course, but we don’t need to try and ride away. It is now all about the overall victory.” Candice Neethling of Dorma-USN-Purefit in full flight on stage eight of the 2016 Old Mutual joBerg2c. Photo: Full Stop Communications Capetonians Darren Lill and Candice Neethling, of Dorma-USN-Purefit, won their fourth stage in the Lanham-Love Attorneys mixed category to become the new overall leaders. They completed the stage to Jolivet farm in 4:09:04 (32:11:28) to displace long-time leaders Johan Labuschagne and Catherine Williamson. The riders from The Bicycle Company-Bestmed had another below-par day when they finished fourth in 4:21:27 (32:16:09) due to mechanical and physical issues. Grant Usher and Amy McDougall of Valencia-Lanham-Love were second in 4:13:12 (32:23:20), with Topeak-Ergon’s international team of Sonya Looney and Yuki Ikeda third in 4:15:30 (33:16:09). Lill, 33, said they knew it was important to be in front going down the Umkomaas and they fought hard to get in position. “We were just off the back of the leading men, so we got to have a free run down there. I let Candice go in front so that she could ride her own speed. “Once we go to the bottom, we kept it very steady as it is a long day. I knew I had to look after Candice because of all the climbing on the other side.” After their performances on the previous stages, he said he was confident that they would be able to take the lead today.“It was obviously the last big day of the joBerg2c and the day where the biggest gains or losses could be made.” None of the other categories saw any changes in the overall standings. Robert Daniel’s Corrie and Richard Muller and Cycle Lab’s Greg Anderson and Deon Kruger head the veterans’ and master’s sections respectively, while Valencia’s Samantha Sanders and Anriette Schoeman are the leading women. Calvin Beneke and Patsy Hime head the solo category. The nine-day, 900km Old Mutual joBerg2c concludes at Scottburgh tomorrow after a final day of 84km.
  24. Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck took a major step towards sealing the Old Mutual joBerg2c title with another impressive display on the penultimate stage between Ixopo and Highflats in KwaZulu-Natal today. Click here to view the article
  25. Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell won the all-new sixth stage of the 2016 Old Mutual joBerg2c in emphatic fashion to become the new overall leaders today. Click here to view the article
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