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  1. Due to high demand, there will be two camps back-to-back this year. The camps will be four days long with a limit of 30 kids at each camp. The camps cater for cross country and trail riders. Not only downhill riders! The first camp will start on Saturday 29 September and end on Tuesday 2 October. The second camp follow the next day on Wednesday 3 October and run to Saturday 6 October. The cost per camp is R3,200 per person. This includes all the costs for the 4-day camp, all food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks), accommodation, trail maintenance, shuttles, and training. Hakahana Trails Youth Camp On the weekend of 27-28 October 2018, I will have my first youth camp in the Gauteng region. The venue will be Hakahana trails near Hartbeespoort.The Hakahana camp will start on Friday the 26th around lunch time and it will be 2 nights. Ending on Sunday afternoon on the 28 October. The cost for the Gauteng camp is R2,200 per person all inclusive. That includes the training, trail fees and all food (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks). If they want any more info they can contact me directly on 0724602408 or by email johann.potgieter87@gmail.com
  2. The Team Racing Dudes were presented with custom painted YT Tues frames for the 2018 World Championships. South Africa's Johann Potgieter's bike is decorated in green and gold with a touching tribute to his wife on the top tube. The paint scheme was crafted by German designers 70id. Pottie is racing a SRAM's 7-speed downhill specific X01 groupset with a 34 tooth chainring and an ethirteen chain guard to avoid any slips. He clips into a pair of Shimano DX pedals. The suspension features RockShox with a 2018 Boxxer World Cup fork and Vivid R2C shock. Pottie keeps the speed in check with a pair of SRAM Code RC brakes. The bike rolls on DT Swiss's proven FR 1950 wheels with 650b sized rims. The bike currently has Maxxis Highroller and Minion DHF tyres fitted front and back respectively. Although he may change this combination depending on conditions on race day. The handlebar and stem are a Truvativ Descendent pairing with the bars having been cut down to 780mm and the stem measuring 50mm. The saddle and seatpost are from SDG with ODI grips finishing off the cockpit. The bike weighs in at around 16 kilograms, not a problem for Pottie's gun show. Full specifications FrameYT Tues CF 27.5Fork2018 Rockshox Boxxer World CupShockRockshox Vivid R2CWheelsDT Swiss FR 1950Front TyreMaxxis High Roller 2.5 3c compoundRear TyreMaxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3c compoundHandlebarTruvativ Decendant DH Riser (cut down to 780mm)GripsODI lock onStemTruvativ Decendant Direct mount 50mmHeadset + top capAcrossSeatpostSDGSaddleSDGBrakesSRAM Code RC (200mm rotors)ShiftersSRAM X0 7-speedRear derailleurSRAM X0 DH 7-speedCassetteSRAM DH 7-speedCrank armsSRAM X0 DH 165 mmChainringSRAM 34t Narrow wideChainSRAM PC XX1Bottom BracketSRAMPedalsShimano DXChain guideE-Thirteen Looking to buy a downhill bike? Check our classifieds listings here.
  3. It will take place this year from the 12th to the 16th of December. The camp is usually 4-days, however this year I will have a 5-day option for the kids who want to stay longer. Watch the highlights from last year's camp: This year we welcome all cross country riders. There will be a coach taking them to do their skills training with me and we will also help them with their bike setup. Thus all disciplines are welcome at the Youth Camp this year. From Downhill riders all the way through to cross country riders. The ages for the youth camp is for kids ages 10 to 19. We camp out in tents, and there are of course toilet and kitchen facilities. We do skills training in the mornings, come back for lunch and in the afternoons we do some nice riding, play games, and do activities that are cycling related.The costs are R 2,900 for the 4-day and R 3,600 for the 5-day camp. These prices are all inclusive for the camp (Shuttles, all food, and drinks, skills training and accommodation). Each kid will also receive a really cool goody bag at the start of the camp. For more info and details contact Johann directly by phone 072 460 2408 or by email johann.potgieter87@gmail.com. Also, check out the action from the 2015 Youth Camp:
  4. Due to the fact that Cycling South Africa (CSA) is not in a position to contribute towards the travel costs of riders that have been selected to compete at at the UCI World MTB Champs in Cairns, Australia, the selected athletes are required to self-fund the trip. The Western Province Mountain Biking Commission (WPMTBC) has decided to contribute R30 000 towards the WC cyclists’ costs to attend the World Champs and are offering cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to contribute as well, and stand a chance to win a SRAM Eagle GX upgrade kit sponsored by Cape Cycle Systems. For more details see the press release below. Click here to view the article
  5. Hey guys! I'm having a raffle to raise funds to be able to take part at World Champs this year which is in Cairns, Australia. WIN: You stand a chance to win a Fox mountain bike Jersey, a pair of shorts and gloves of your choice on foxracing.co.za. Tickets are R100 each (you can buy multiple entries) and the draw will take place on Friday, 18th of August. The draw will be done by an independent person from YT Industries. Each entrant will have a number, of course, if you bought more than one entry you will have as many numbers as you bought entries. All the numbers will be thrown into a box, and the winner will be drawn. HOW TO ENTER: You can enter by making payment to the bank account below. Please put your name and surname as a reference and please send me your cell number (johann.potgieter87@gmail.com). Tickets are R100 each (you can buy multiple entries) and the draw will take place on Friday, 18th of August. Absa cheque 4085993240 Code 632005 johann.potgieter87@gmail.com Thanks for the support guys Johann Potgieter www.facebook.com/johannpotgieter-athlete www.instagram.com/johannpotgieter_downhill
  6. Round one of the 2017 SA Downhill Cup series kicked off with a bang and some tight racing this past weekend. Plenty of KZN riders made the trip down Cape Town to join in and give the Western Province boys a good run for their money on the ever popular Helderberg Downhill track. Click here to view the article
  7. The event format consisted of two days, with Saturday allowing for a full day of shuttle runs for riders to practice, and Sunday being race day. Race day morning also allowed for a small window of shuttle runs, to get everybody settled in and some last minute line choices, before the racing started at 10:30 am. Each rider got a seeding run which determined the starting position for the official race run, going from slowest to fastest. In total, 76 riders took part in the event, with a fair amount of KZN riders travelling down, joined by a handful of riders from GP. Among those visitors were the always fast, always dangerous McMaster and Philogene brothers. With the predicted cloud cover not showing up, temperatures soon reached high 20's and saw spectators and riders alike head for the sparse shade on offer at Helderberg. Chasing another victory, Stefan Garlicki couldn't quite follow up last week's win at Paarl, and had to settle for 2nd position, just 1.5 seconds behind Johann Potgieter. Pottie put in a flawless and blistering race run, bettering his seeding time by 4 seconds. 3rd spot on the podium was claimed by local shredder, Adi van der Merwe, some 2.5 seconds behind Garlicki. Other notable results include Cullen McMaster (Junior class) in 6th and Matt Lombardi (Enduro class) in 7th overall. The crew from BMT providing shade, good vibes and some much-needed vision in the form of ice cold post-race beers. Winning. Pre-race chit chat while waiting for the first shuttles to get things going. The 1.5 hour pre-race practice session saw riders put in a few more runs to get things dialed in. Stefan Garlicki during morning practice - 2nd Overall. Cullen McMaster - 1st Junior and 6th Overall. Struan McMaster - 4th Overall Jonathan Philogene - 5th Overall. Matt Lombardi - 1st Enduro and 7th Overall. I just tried not do die in all the braking bumps during practice and seeding, and then during the race run I just pedalled more and hung it out in the corners to go 4 seconds faster. Matt Lombardi ~ winner enduro class Rika Olivier - 1st Woman Overall Sabine Thies - 2nd Woman Overall Simone Futter - 3rd Woman Overall The break between the seeding and race runs saw everybody seek shelter from the blazing midday sun. Adi van der Merwe - 3rd Overall. Theo Erlangsen - 9th Overall. Johann Potgieter - 1st Overall With Downhill you need a bit of luck on your side, and during the race run I laid it all on the line and I managed to nail the technical bits. Got the bike setup ready during the week and in practice on Saturday, and also put on some new tyres which seemed to make a big difference. Johann Potgieter ~ winner overall Overall Top 10 Men: 1 Johann Potgieter - 02:12.735 2 Stefan Garlicki - 02:14.391 3 Adi Van Der Merwe - 02:16.622 4 Struan McMaster - 02:18.267 5 Jonathan Philogene - 02:18.414 6 Cullen McMaster - 02:19.315 7 Matt Lombardi - 02:21.894 8 Christopher Philogene - 02:23.318 9 Theo Erlangsen - 02:24.441 10 Dane Olsen - 02:26.658 Overall Top 3 Women: 1. Rika Olivier - 02:58.052 2. Sabine Thies - 03:11.134 3. Simone Futter - 03:13.781 Full results here. A big thank you goes out to all the sponsors, for making this event a reality. They are (in no particular order):- Subaru - National Lotteries Commission - CSA - Cascade Country Manor - DCP Printers - GIANT - Hollywood Kitchens & Furniture - Magine Media - smith&nephew - This Way Out - Western Province Cycling Check out the official race gallery here: http://esphotography.co.za/race_gallery.php?id=DH2017-Helderberg
  8. Johann "Pottie" Potgieter was over the moon with his win at the first round of the 2017 SA Downhill National Cup Series in Helderberg on Sunday 29 January. Photo: Theo Bruwer “It was an unbelievable day for me yesterday,” said Potgieter. “We had had the Western province race the weekend before and obviously Stefan Garlicki was on form again, so I knew that I would have to put in 110% to beat him,” he added. He mentioned how close the friendship is between him and Garlicki, but also said that the rivalry on the track is strong. “We keep each other on our toes,” he said. Potgieter paced himself well, and preserved as much energy as he could ahead of the final race. “I gave it 90% in the seeding run and just tried to get the technical bits pinned and not to break myself on the pedalling sections,” he said. After placing second in the seeding run behind Theo Erlangsen, Potgieter knew that he had to put in just a little bit extra to win at the end. He said: “I managed to nail the technical bits, I had a moment here and there, but luckily I stuck it and where I had to pedal I just gave it my everything. As I crossed the line there was no more breath left and I thought to myself that if it wasn’t enough, then well done to the other guys – they rode really well.” In the Junior Men's category, Cullen McMaster impressed with nine minutes on the second placed rider in his category in Helderberg on Sunday 29 January. Photo: Theo Bruwer After hearing he had finished with the fastest time, Potgieter said that he could not have been more “stoked”, especially after two years of injuries. “The last time I won a national was in about 2012 or around there if my memory serves me correctly. It was an awesome feeling to know that I could still do it. “Now that I’m back, I’ve got my bike set-up dialled and all of that as well. I felt really good on the bike yesterday as well. But as you know, guys like Stefan – he’s a really quick nowadays and he puts in the hard work and is really hard to beat, so I am incredibly stoked.” He said. In the overall Women’s category, Rika Olivier impressed all as she powered to victory with 13 seconds over Sabine Thies, and Simon Futter two seconds behind to grab the third spot on the podium. In the Junior Men’s race, Cullen McMaster had just under nine seconds over Nicolaas Van Pletzen, who had 400 split seconds on third placed Francios du Toit. Sabine "Beani" Thies claimed second place in the Women's Overall category at the first round of the 2017 SA Downhill National Cup Series in Helderberg on Sunday 29 January. Photo: Theo Bruwer SUMMARY OF RESULTS Elite Men 1. Johann Potgieter 02:12.735 2. Stefan Garlicki 02:14.391 3. Adi Van Der Merwe 02:16.622 Junior Men 1. Cullen McMaster 02:19.315 2. Nicolaas Van Pletzen 02:28.015 3. Francois Du Toit 02:28.403 Youth Men 1. Jasper Barrett 02:29.346 2. Kayle Seaward 02:35.932 3. Steph Geldenhuys 02:40.407 Overall Women 1. Rika Olivier 02:58.052 2. Sabine Thies 03:11.134 3. Simone Futter 03:13.781 To see the full set of results, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20170129_SA-Downhill-1-2017-FINAL-Results-1.pdf
  9. The 2017 South African Downhill National Cup Series kicked off at the weekend which formed part of the MTB Gravity Series. Johann “Pottie” Potgieter cruised down the hill at a superb 2:12.735 to beat National Champion Stefan Garlicki, with Adi van der Merwe coming in at third place Helderberg in the Western Cape on Sunday 29 January. Click here to view the article
  10. The riders were met with tough conditions and a bone dry, steep course, with deep dust, roots and rocks from top to bottom. The physical nature of the track took its toll on not just the fresh faces, but also the more experienced riders of Downhill. Junior rider Christopher Philogene was happy to get down the challenging track with no injuries at the 2016 UCI MTB World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, from 6-11 September. Photo: Jos Williams. South African superstar and multi World Cup medallist, Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) finished seventh in his final run, and said: “Worlds was one hell of a race and I just really didn’t have the hand strength towards the end to be able to push it as hard as I needed to, which is just unfortunate.”The three-time World Champion has been bike testing in Val di Sole to get ready ahead of next season. “All-in-all, I’m happy to leave there in one piece,” he said. South African Elite Men’s Champion, Stefan Garlicki finished 57th with a time of 4:07, and Johann Potgieter, 72nd with a time of 4:22, despite two crashes during his race. “Worlds is always a highlight for me in the year and hanging with the South African Team is such a good vibe,” said Potgieter. When chatting about the course, he said: “Val di Sole is always a track where I feel like I can go fast. I feel confident on the rough terrain and I’m not afraid of the track or anything. A full run is really tough, though.” He mentioned that no tracks in South Africa could prepare the riders for the beating that their arms take on a track like Val di Sole. “We need to train on tracks like those overseas, but its hard with the South African Passports as we are only allowed 90 days in six months, which is mostly taken up by the races, he said. Potgieter had an unfortunate run-in with a red flag due to a rider crashing ahead of him, three quarters of the way down his race run, which meant for him a re-run. “It was basically like running an 800m race and then after 600m someone stops you. So after giving it your all, you have to do it again,” he said. All in all, Potgieter said that he was happy to get away injury-free. He commended the work of the team manager and mechanic, having done a great job. “I’ve been racing overseas since 2004, and that was probably the toughest track I’ve ever raced on. Hats off to the juniors who raced, and thank you to Cycling South Africa for the support,” he concluded. Lapierre’s Christopher Philogene enjoyed his race, but also commented on the physical toll taken on his upper body: “It was pretty hard to put a full run together, but I just tried to get down as smoothly as possible. It was hard on the arms and hands.” Philogene finished in 40th place in the Junior race. “It wasn’t the best result for me, but I was just happy that I had made it down without crashing or making any stupid mistakes, which was very easy to do on a track like this. The mechanic and manager helped out a lot, and it was a really good time,” he said. His brother, Johnathan, was looking slick and confident on the track, until a crash on his timed run, which later resulted in the decision and recommendation by management and medical professionals for him not to race due to a minor head injury. Cullen McMaster said: “The race went well. I put down a safe run and got to the bottom in one piece.” McMaster also mentioned that the Val di Sole track was the toughest he’d ever ridden, and was tough on his hands. “Otherwise the weekend was awesome, the World Champs vibe was so cool, a once in a life time experience,” he concluded. Team Manager, Sam Bull, described the track as one of the “gnarliest” he had seen. “It was the roughest, and certainly the most physically demanding,” he added. On the track, Bull said: “The guys weren’t able to push as hard as they needed to, but they weren’t alone. They had to ride a lot tighter than they had wanted to because they couldn’t manage the speeds that they wanted to ride.” Bull enjoyed the experience and said that the World Championships was awesome to watch, packed with action. “We were busy flat out with bike issues and one or two injuries, but a really great time was had,” he said. To see the full set of results from the 2016 UCI World Downhill MTB Championships, see below: Junior Men: http://www.valdisolebikeland.com/_files/f_media/2016/09/1217.pdf Elite Men: http://www.valdisolebikeland.com/_files/f_media/2016/09/1219.pdf
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