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  1. The ASG Store, which will specialise in bikes and accessories, will have a soft opening in Paarl on November 21. Photo: Supplied. Managed by well-known South African professional cyclist Hanco Kachelhoffer, the store will give customers access to the broad range of bikes and cycling accessories distributed by ASG in South Africa. “By definition, a concept store offers shoppers multiple types of items with one centralised theme,” said Kachelhoffer. “Our main focus will be to showcase the brands we distribute ourselves, such as Pinarello, Ellsworth, Wilier, Rudy Project, F-Tech, High5 and Sidi.” In addition, he said they would provide specialist knowledge of the ASG distributed products as well as exceptional after-sales support. “Our mission is to offer cyclists a unique experience and to give them access to top-class cycling expertise. “We have some of the country’s top riders on hand to help with advice, bike setups and coaching.” He said his wife, An-Li, the SA women’s road champion and Rio Olympian, would add massive value to cyclists in the region and nationally by putting her knowledge and experience into the ASG Bike Club. “From riding with club groups to coaching riders, she will be as busy off the bike as on it.” Kachelhoffer added that professional and first-rate servicing of bikes was a priority. “In Leon Nel and Paul Gibbings we have two of the country’s most respected, experienced and qualified bike technicians. “Leon is well-known among top professional riders. He has done several Cape Epics and understands the detail behind keeping top-end bikes in perfect condition.” He added that Gibbings had vast international experience. Professional cyclist Hanco Kachelhoffer will manage the ASG Store opening next week in Paarl. The outlet will specialise in bikes and accessories, as well as providing expert advice for customers. Photo: Supplied. Kachelhoffer and pro colleague HB Kruger will do bike setups using the German Smartfit Q5 system – the most technologically advanced product in the world. An extension of ASG, Kachelhoffer said it had been a long-time desire to create a space where their top-end brands could be showcased in an exclusive way. “With ASG Events already located in Paarl, it made sense to create the concept store here, without detracting from ASG’s distribution to many cycling shops around the country. “In fact”, continued Kachelhoffer, “we encourage all store owners to bring their customers to help them decide between the bike brands and accessory options that are available from ASG.” Kachelhoffer said ASG Group chief executive Heinrich Dannhauser felt the concept store was a natural progression in the ASG business model. “The cycling industry globally is going through some testing times and as a group we are trying to find the best response to these challenges.” He said other brands had opened concept stores in the Western Cape, but ASG would take the approach of trying to do things differently. “We will always have limited edition bikes, shoes, glasses and more on display.” Kachelhoffer said that although their main focus would be on showcasing ASG’s brands, they would offer a wide range of items to cater for cyclists’ complete needs – on and off the bike. He said there would also be an in-store coffee bar where “coffee is free and made with a smile”. Kachelhoffer said he felt he had landed his dream job. “I’ve always been involved in the business side of cycling, even as a pro. I love bikes, I know the industry and I have a great team from ASG that makes this all work smoothly.” He felt the expertise he had gained from being involved in cycling in all its aspects would add considerable value. “It goes without saying that having a professional in-store to provide expert advice is invaluable. “I have done most races in South Africa, on and off-road, and I understand what it takes to be a good rider, manager and mechanic. “I know most brands and have done bike setups since 2006, so I think this sort of knowledge will help cyclists make informed decisions.” Kachelhoffer said they were situated at the Laborie Centre, from where they would also offer weekly rides through the ASG Bike Club.
  2. Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert ended a three-year partnership on a high note when they won the Sanlam MTB Invitational two-stage mountain bike race at Rhebokskloof near Paarl today. Click here to view the article
  3. The ASG duo won the 60km opening stage on Saturday to take a comfortable lead of just under six minutes into the second day. ASG’s Pieter Seyffert leads team-mate Hanco Kachelhoffer through a section of single-track on the final stage of the Sanlam MTB Invitational near Paarl today. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha. The buffer allowed them to control the racing and they eventually finished the punchy 40km final stage in second, just five seconds behind ASG’s Bennie Viljoen and Jaco Davel. Kachelhoffer and Seyffert took the title in an overall time of 4:37:33, followed by Viljoen and Davel in 4:43:16 and Flandria’s Linus and Leonardo van Onselen in 4:50:18. Kachelhoffer, who is moving into the retail side of the sport, said it was a special moment to end their partnership on a winning note. “This was our last race together as regular team-mates so it was great to win it overall,” said the 31-year-old, who lived in Johannesburg and George before moving to Paarl last month. “It’s nice to start a new chapter with a good result and to finish the year with a win.” Kachelhoffer said although their partnership had officially ended, he and the 30-year-old Seyffert would still be teaming up in some of the country’s top endurance races next year. Reflecting on today’s stage, he said their lead of 5:48 allowed a more relaxed approach early on with the idea of putting them in a good position for the more testing single-track that followed. “Today was quite short and we took control of the race early on by setting the tempo on the first climb,” said Kachelhoffer. “We have learnt our lessons over the years. It is the best strategy to relax a bit when you have a lead, because you want to be as fresh as possible for the technical sections and downhills. “In mountain biking you never know what can happen. You can easily make a mistake going around a corner and fall out of contention.” ASG’s Hanco Kachelhoffer (left) and Pieter Seyffert took overall honours in the Sanlam MTB Invitational two-stage race near Paarl this weekend. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha He said Davel and Viljoen stayed with them and ultimately took the lead going into the decisive single-track section. “It takes you from about 10km out all the way to the finish and you can’t really pass, so we just stayed on their wheel and finished a few seconds behind.” Kachelhoffer said going into the race, which is presented by ASG Events, their aim was to finish on the podium and to “possibly win”. “Pieter is a fulltime professional so he was here for only one reason and that was to win. I had to try to hold on and just managed to do that.” He said he had found the route of the Sanlam MTB Invitational, which evolved from a one-day event, quite challenging. “Today’s stage was new and there was a long climb at the start which caused Pieter to say ‘what’s going on’,” he laughed. “And they have really done a good job with the new single-track right on the edge of that cliff. I thought at the time that if I had a fear of heights this might be a little intimidating, but we never complain about too much single-track so overall it was a great challenge.” The women’s race was won by Girls On Bikes’s Karla Groenewald and Sylma Jordaan in 6:44:38, with the mixed category going to Enduro Hub’s Tiaan Pretorius and Jenny Close in 5:26:05. The general classification results were: Men1. Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert (ASG) 4:37:33 2. Bennie Viljoen and Jaco Davel (ASG) 4:43:16 3. Linus and Leonardo van Onselen (Father and Son Flandria) 4:50:18 Women 1. Karla Groenewald and Sylma Jordaan (Girls On Bikes) 6:44:38 2. Tania Rossouw and Estelle van Schalkwyk Morland (Tulbagh Street) 7:01:57 Mixed 1. Jenny Close and Tiaan Pretorius (Enduro Hub) 5:26:05 2. Anja van Zyl and Erik Knoetze (Almost There) 5:44:10 3. Ilse Viljoen and Constant Viljoen (Viljoens) 6:04:25
  4. The three day Glacier Storms River Traverse wrapped up with a final beautifully scenic stage through the Tsitsikamma Forest on Monday the 8th of August. The race victory was secured by Etnard Louw and Hanco Kachelhoffer of Team NFB Altech Autopage but their elation was shared by every rider in the field. Click here to view the article
  5. Anthony Fogel cranks up a forest climb during Stage 3 of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com. Riders were treated to clear skies throughout the third and final stage, which didn’t seem likely during Sunday night when the heavens opened for a typical Storms River downpour. Fortunately the rain blew over and although the Stage 3 route was the wettest of the race it didn’t damped anyone’s spirits. The race leaders, including Hanco Kachelhoffer and Etnard Louw, crossing the Storms River. Photo by Oakpics.com. Louw and Kachelhoffer rode to an assured stage victory to claim the general classification victory, despite Louw crashing spectacularly on a muddy descent. The leading mixed team remained Yolande de Villiers and Neill Ungerer, who capped a fine weekend – during which they proved to be the most festive of the riders competing for overall victory – with another stage victory. The women’s team category saw Wendy Brand and Tania Hanekom claim stage and general classification victory after the Cape Brewing Co women dropped out of contention. Wynand Louw navigates a tricky descent during the final stage of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com. The muddy trails meant that the water point support crew had to work overtime cleaning drivetrains as the riders enjoyed the treats on offer at the water point tables. The highlights of the Stage 3 route were the long indigenous forest sections, where the sunlight filtered through the leaves and Knysna louries called from the canopy. Though the riding was by no means tough, the average pace dropped for the final stage as the riders seemed to be soaking up every last moment at the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Mixed category winners Neill Ungerer and Yolande de Villiers lead the field through the indegenious forests of the Tsitsikamma. Photo by Oakpics.com. As the riders crossed the finish line and enjoyed a final scrumptious lunch the conversation around the lunch tables soon turned to the 2017 Glacier Storms River Traverse. And though entries aren’t open yet many an accommodation booking was made for next year’s race. For riders who enjoy the socialising after each stage as much as they do the actual riding the Glacier Storms River Traverse truly is a must do event. Warren Medina e Vasconcelos and Attie Jacobs celebrate completing the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com. 2016 Glacier Storms River Traverse | Selected Results Men’s Teams: 1. Etnard Louw and Hanco Kachelhoffer 2. Cwynton and Richard Collett 3. Carl Rohwer and Juan SlabbertMixed Team: 1. Yolande de Villiers and Neill Ungerer 2. Liza and Michael Kingston 3. Ross and Victoria Reuvers Women’s Teams: 1. Wendy Brand and Tania Hanekom 2. Vanessa Irvine-Fortescue and Tanya Gazet 3. Jade de Hutton and Kathy Crabbe
  6. Riders were treated to a perfect winter’s day, ideal for taking in the vistas and trails of the first stage of the 2016 Glacier Storms River Traverse. The 62.2km route looped from the Tsitsikamma Village Inn; dropping down into the Storms River Gorge, climbed the eastern slopes of the valley, traversed lush MTO Forestry plantations and kissed the cliff-tops overlooking the Indian Ocean before returning back to Storms River village. Click here to view the article
  7. A rider in action during Stage 1 of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com. The stage was won by Etnard Louw and Hanco Kachelhoffer of Team NFB Altech Autopage, with Yolande de Villiers and Neill Ungerer finishing second to win the stage in the mixed category. The first women’s team across the line was the Cape Brewing Co pairing of Anja van Zyl and Gemma Grobbelaar. The focus of the Glacier Storms River Traverse though is firmly on the more social riders. The riders who spent more time on the beautiful route of Stage 1, than the winners did, were therefore the day’s undoubted victors. Sean McDonald leading a group of riders though the Tsitsikamma forest. Photo by Oakpics.com. The largely non-technical route was ideal for riders new to mountain biking or experienced riders looking to slow it down and take it easy. With the notoriously fickle Tsitsikamma weather playing along it was the perfect day for a social ride through the forests, fields and plantations. Most riders formed small groups and could be heard chatting away the kilometres. The two water points on Stage 1 of the Glacier Storms River Traverse were particularly well appreciated, with riders lingering for longer than usual. With no time pressure riders could indulge in an extra date ball or succulent cube of perfectly braaied ostrich steak rather than just filling up their bottles with 32Gi and racing off as they usually would at a stage race. Karika and Dries Human sharing a mid-ride celebration during Stage 1 of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com. For Stage 2 the Glacier Storms River Traverse once again descends into the Storms River Valley, but also takes in a jaunt to the Storms River Mouth before crossing under the N2 and exploring the northern reaches of the Tsitsikamma forest. The 43.2km route features 670m of climbing, stats which could come as a relief to the riders who get a little too caught up in Saturday night’s 80’s themed fancy dress party. Cape Brewing Co's assistant brewer Anja van Zyl and Gemma Grobbelaar riding to stage victory in the women’s category. Photo by Oakpics.com. To view more photos from the 2016 Glacier Storms River Traverse like the Facebook page; Storms River Traverse or follow @SRTraverse on Twitter or follow drylandeventmanagement on Instagram. For all the results click here and to find out more about the Glacier Storms River Traverse visit www.stormsrivertraverse.co.za. Bernhard Schmidt and Heidi Stumpf pose for a photo at Water Point 1 on the cliffs above the Indian Ocean. Photo by: Oakpics.com. Johan Engelbrecht crosses the Storms River before starting the climb back to the race village at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn. Photo by: Oakpics.com. Leandri and Dirk Joubert celebrate finishing Stage 1 of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com.
  8. Pieter Seyffert (left) and Hanco Kachelhoffer of Altech Autopage Karan Beef celebrate their first stage win on day seven of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c near Ixopo on Thursday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. The Altech Autopage Karan Beef pair hung on in a tight run into the finish at MacKenzie Club near Ixopo to claim the win over 79km in 2:58:09. Multiple national time-trial champion David George and teammate Justin Tuck of The Gear Change were second on the day in 2:58:13, while race leaders Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck of EAI Cycling came in for third a further second back. Rabie and Combrinck now take a commanding 19-minute lead (27:45:48) into the penultimate stage of the 900km race. Kachelhoffer and Seyffert move into second overall (28:05:02) in the absence of overnight runners-up Tyronne White and Andrew Hill. The Avis Van Rental duo was forced out of the race after White sustained a knee injury in a crash on Wednesday. Third place in the general classification now belongs to George and Tuck (28:10:51). “This stage is always so fast and I think everyone looks forward to seeing how fast they can go on the flowing singletracks, so we knew it would come down to a bunch sprint,” said Kachelhoffer. “Luckily, today Pieter and I had good legs into the finish.” In the other racing categories, some leads changed hands while others extended their already substantial time gaps. There was an upset in the mixed category as Seattle Coffee’s Billy Stelling and Carmen Buchacher stormed through the singletrack trails ahead of overnight leaders, an under-the-weather Samantha Sanders and teammate Justin Victor of Valencia Cycling. Stelling and Buchacher finished first on the stage in 3:09:49 to slip into the overall lead in 31:21:43 – a full five-and-a-half minutes ahead of Sanders and Victor. “I rode with the second group through the Oak Lane dual track and my plan had been to wait for Carmen and give her a hand up the hill on the Red Bull Run,” said Stelling. “But then she came out in front and just rode brilliantly. We were just aiming to consolidate second but she rode so well today that the race is on again.” Former downhill racer Victor said he and Sanders were particularly strong on the technical sections and would be looking to take the lead back on the Umkomaas descent on Friday. Hanco Kachelhoffer, riding in the colours of Altech Autopage Karan Beef, sprints to the stage win for his team on day seven of the Old Mutual joBerg2c near Ixopo on Thursday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. Women’s race leaders Catherine Williamson and Yolande de Villiers continued their total domination of their category, with a seventh straight win for SasolRacing in 3:17:16 (30:56:18). The City Lodge vets and masters categories remain unchanged with HiddenHunger’s David de Lima and Sean Henderson topping the former in 3:16:25 (31:11:26) and USN-Cycle Lab’s Chris Brand and Paul Furbank claiming the latter in 3:15:16 (30:09:23). In the dice for the solo category, Timothy Hammond and Nico Pfitzenmaier were awarded the same time of 2:58:36 on the stage to keep Hammond in the overall lead (28:29:41). Solo woman Paula Hardy kept top spot in the standings (34:24:39) with the stage win in 3:49:48. Day eight of the nine-day race sees riders descend over 2 163m into the Umkomaas River Valley as they take on the 99km route to Jolivet Farm in the vicinity of Highflats in KwaZulu-Natal. The race culminates on the South Coast at Scottburgh main beach on Saturday. For the full results and all the highlights from the daily stages, delivered by Avis Van Rental, visit www.joberg2c.co.za. For updates, follow @joberg2c_journo or find the race on Facebook. RESULTS Stage 7 Men: 1. Pieter Seyffert & Hanco Kachelhoffer (Altech Autopage Karan Beef) 2:58:09; 2. David George & Justin Tuck (The Gear Change) 2:58:13; 3. Johann Rabie & Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling) 2:58:14 Women: 1. Catherine Williamson & Yolande de Villiers (SasolRacing) 3:17:16; 2. Sarah van Heerden & Cindy Theunissen (Old Mutual) 3:48:56; 3. Carla Plens & Graziela Takay (Brazil Legionarias) 4:16:16 Mixed: 1. Carmen Buchacher & Billy Stelling (Seattle Coffee) 3:09:49; 2. Samantha Sanders & Justin Victor (Valencia Mixed) 3:20:34; 3. Hayley Smith & Darryn Purtell (Bell Equipment) 3:34:48 Overall Men: 1. Johann Rabie & Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling) 27:45:48; 2. Pieter Seyffert & Hanco Kachelhoffer (Altech Autopage Karan Beef) 28:05:02; 3. David George & Justin Tuck (The Gear Change) 28:10:51 Women: 1. Catherine Williamson & Yolande de Villiers (SasolRacing) 30:56:18; 2. Sarah van Heerden & Cindy Theunissen (Old Mutual) 34:31:22; 3. Ann Olivier & Shirley-Ann van Heerden (Mazi Capital) 38:23:17 Mixed: 1. Carmen Buchacher & Billy Stelling (Seattle Coffee) 31:21:43; 2. Samantha Sanders & Justin Victor (Valencia Mixed) 31:27:14; 3. Hayley Smith & Darryn Purtell (Bell Equipment) 33:00:19
  9. It was a battle of the former roadies as Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert outsprinted their rivals to take the stage win on day seven of the Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Thursday. Click here to view the article
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