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  1. New Zealand’s Samuel Gaze (S-Racing XCO) and Switzerland’s Esther Süss (Wheeler) placed their racing prowess in the spotlight when they won the Pro-Elite Men and Women’s races respectively by a large margin at Helderberg Farms in Somerset West on Saturday for the second round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series. Click here to view the article
  2. 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Samuel Gaze (NZL) of the S-Racing XCO team had a good start and led the seven-lap Elite Men's race from the get-go during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock Riders from across the world took part, representing countries such as New Zealand, Netherlands, USA, Denmark, Namibia, Switzerland and Germany with a strong field of Elite riders. Not to be outdone, the Junior, Youth, Sprogs and Nippers classes were equally well supported as they took to the 4.90 kilometre course with an elevation gain of just over two hundred metres. Gaze, the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, had a good start and led the seven-lap race from the get go, finishing in a time of 01:30:18, with Philip Buys (Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB) and Danish rider Simon Andreassen (S-Racing XCO) jostling for second position. At the end of the fifth lap of the seven-lap race, Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro MTB Team) launched an attack, which would ultimately see him claim second place 01:32:36), which was a fantastic result considering he worked his way through the field from 10th place in the opening lap. During the final lap, Buys managed to put some space between himself and Andreassen, finishing in third place (01:33:31) with Andreassen fourth (01:33:51) and Team Spur’s James Reid (01:34:08) chasing hard and settling for fifth place. A strong field of Pro-Elite Men riders from across the world took part, representing countries such as New Zealand, Netherlands, USA, Denmark, Namibia, Switzerland and Germany during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock “The race went great for me, I felt in control from start to finish,” said Gaze. “It’s a great stepping stone for me, obviously, being the main preparation for the first of my selection races for the Olympic Games this year. I felt great the whole day and I’m really happy with how things are tracking along. My coach, Christoph Sauser, and me have been working pretty hard to get things right. As for the rest of the race, it was run amazingly and the course was great. The guys put a great effort into the trails and I’ll be back here training again sometime soon.” In the Elite Women’s race, 41-year-old Süss – a former Mountain Bike Marathon World Champion and multiple winner of the Absa Cape Epic – claimed the victory in 01:32:35 after a solid performance over six laps when she passed South African National Champion, Cherie Vale (Novus OMX Pro Team) on the first lap. Vale worked hard to maintain the gap to under one minute in the following few laps, finishing overall under two minutes off the winning pace. 41-year-old Esther Süss (SUI) – a former Mountain Bike Marathon World Champion and multiple winner of the Absa Cape Epic – claimed the Elite Women's victory in 01:32:35 during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock For Vale, who fell ill just prior to the opening round of the Series at Mankele, she looked back to her usual self and had a strong start with equally strong competition, finishing in 01:34:26. Kargo Pro MTB team riders Frankie du Toit and Hayley Smith, both unfortunately took a tumble in the opening lap, which set them back and saw them working through the field as the race progressed. Genevieve van Coller put on an excellent performance to finish in third place (01:39:47), holding off a rampant Du Toit. “I’m super chuffed with my result today,” said Vale. “I was looking forward to the race at Helderberg because it is pretty much my home ground, well for now, because I’m moving to Pietermaritzburg tomorrow. I’m still on a high from getting married last week and then having such amazing support this week. John Wakefield helped immensely with my preparations, taking us out on the track on Tuesday and doing some hot laps. I’ve really been able to just focus on racing this week and my heart was set on doing well. I was focussed on the start and Esther was strong. I wanted to see how long I could stay. It’s great to see so many more women racing and I’m especially happy for Genevieve’s 3rd place today.” South African National Champion, Cherie Vale (Novus OMX Pro Team) leading eventual race winner Esther Süss (Wheeler) of Switzerland during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock Don’t miss the third round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series, to be hosted by the Tshwane Metropole and taking place at Wolwespruit Mountain Bike and Trail Park in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, on 27 March. More details of the Stihl 2016 National Cup Series can be found here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series Pro-Elite Men's podium from left: Philip Buys (Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB - 3rd), Samuel Gaze (S-Racing XCO - 1st) and Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro MTB Team - 2nd) with Specialized Performance Director Christoph Sauser during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock Pro-Elite Women's podium from left: Genevieve van Coller (3rd), Esther Süss (Wheeler - 1st) and Cherie Vale (Novus OMX Pro Team - 2nd) during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock Summary of Results – Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series #2 [Helderberg Farms] Full results are available here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160227_SA-MTB-XCO-Cup-Series-2-2016-Results-1.pdfPro-Elite Men (7 laps) 1.Samuel Gaze (NZL) 01:30:18 2.Alan Hatherly (RSA) 01:32:36 3.Philip Buys (RSA) 01:33:31 4.Simon Andreassen (DEN) 01:33:51 5.James Reid (RSA) 01:34:08 6.Michiel Van Der Heijden (NED) 01:34:28 7.Gert Heyns (RSA) 01:35:57 8.Martin Gujan (SUI) 01:37:20 9.Arno Du Toit (RSA) 01:38:35 10.Stuart Marais (RSA) 01:38:44 Pro-Elite Women (6 laps) 1.Esther Süss (SUI) 01:32:35 2.Cherie Vale 01:34:26 3.Genevieve Van Coller 01:39:47 4.Frances Du Toit 01:40:29 5.Hayley Smith 01:44:26 6.Candice Neethling 01:45:35 7.Mandy De Beer 01:51:13 8.Hanli Cilliers 01:53:56 Junior Men (5 laps) 1.Jarrod Van Den Heever 01:08:49 2.Matthew Keyser 01:09:19 3.Andrew Sparks 01:10:16 Junior Women (4 laps) 1.Danielle Strydom 01:02:49 2.Christie Hearder 01:05:15 3.Kristen Louw 01:06:32 Youth Men (5 laps) 1.Michard Meets 01:14:06 2.Mulder Oosthuizen 01:14:21 3.Daniel Van Der Walt 01:14:21 Youth Women (4 laps) 1.Tiffany Keep 00:58:31 2.Zandri Strydom 01:06:06 3.Azulde Britz 01:08:20 Sub Junior Boys (4 laps) 1.Luke Moir 00:55:27 2.Matthew Lochner 01:01:30 3.Pierre Le Roux 01:01:41 Sub Junior Girls (3 laps) 1.Chloe Bateson 00:44:13 2.Stèfke Tolmay 00:45:54 3.Julia Marx 00:50:54 Sprog Boys (4 laps) 1.Alec Coleske 00:38:32 2.Jooste Coetzee 00:38:48 3.Hendre De Villiers 00:41:00 Sprog Girls (4 laps) 1.Kayleigh Stevenson 00:47:58 2.Anna Marx 00:48:52 3.Kayleigh Scholtz 00:49:58 Nipper Boys (3 laps) 1.Matt Laughton 00:30:29 2.Matthew Jones 00:31:58 3.Alessandro Fanicchi 00:33:26 Nipper Girls (3 laps) 1.Marili Nel 00:42:50 2.Chloe Chesterton 00:47:55 3.Jesse Munna 00:54:36 Sub Vet Men Overall (5 laps) 1.Darryn Stow 01:13:44 2.Dion Froneman 01:14:15 3.Graeme Dale Kuys 01:17:03 Sub Vet Women Overall (4 laps) 1.Liesl Lourens 01:11:16 2.Leorine De Wet 01:12:07 3.Kylie Hanekom 01:13:28 Vet Men Overall (5 laps) 1.Nico Pfitzenmaier 01:12:22 2.Mark Moir 01:16:20 3.Xavier Scheepers 01:17:59 Vet Women (4 laps) 1.Diana Carolin 01:06:57 2.Michelle Lombardi 01:07:13 3.Tandi Kitching 01:07:43 Master Men Overall (4 laps) 1.Corrie Muller 01:02:41 2.Jimmy Mills 01:03:07 3.Bob Schuiling 01:04:46
  3. After an overwhelming response and a fantastic day of racing at the first leg, it is without doubt that this year’s Stihl 2016 SA MTB Cup XCO Series will be one for the books. Online pre-entries for the second round, taking place outside just Somerset West on Helderberg Farm in the Western Cape on Saturday 27 February are now open. Click here to view the article
  4. With a UCI Category 1 rating for Pro Elite Men and Women, some of the nation’s top cross-country fanatics will once again be taking to the tracks and trails for an early opportunity to increase their UCI points tally towards their Rio Olympics 2016 qualification in the all-important Olympic year. A Full Racing License is required to participate in the Pro Elite categories.Local landowner and keen mountain biker, Jan van Schalkwyk, is constantly developing both the cross-country as well as downhill courses on the farm. Van Schalkwyk has a great passion for the sport. His willingness to listen to advice from, and to take into consideration the input of, the riders is on going, resulting in the courses always leaning in favour of the mountain bike enthusiasts. With the help of the Neethling Brothers, Andrew and Jonty, and their international mountain biking experience, the standard of the trails are on par with other international cross-country tracks. The course offers many sharp climbs and super fun downhill sections, as well as thrilling steep berms. The climbs are on an open section of the trail to allow riders to pass. Both feed zones are in close proximity to the finish line, so that back-up crews are able to stay in contact with their riders right up to the finish line.The third round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series is made possible by the valued support of XCO Andreas Stihl (Pty) Ltd, as well as the contributions of the local land owners, Subaru Cape Town, Giant, Western Cape Cycling and Durbanville Commercial Printers. Online pre-entries are open, and close at midnight on Tuesday 23 February. Click here to enter: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/events/4441-sa-cup-series-xco-2. Late entries will be accepted at registration, with a nominal charge of R50 in addition to the entry fee. For event information and route map, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/, or contact Dellah Paul on 082 781 5656 (for administration info).
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