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  1. Founded by Bart Brentjens, the CST PostNL Bafang Mountainbike Racing Team heads into their 13th race season in 2021, fuelled by Cadence Nutrition. Click here to view the article
  2. Photo credit: Traian Olinici Inspiring people to discover and enjoy the fun and freedom of riding a mountain bike is the driving philosophy of this team. “A successful team beats with one heart. The ‘heart’ of our team beats by passion for mountain biking” says Bart. After a year of limited racing in 2020 as a result of the global pandemic, CST PostNL Bafang Mountainbike Racing Team is looking forward to competing in the Mercedes-Benz UCI MTB series, EU and World Championships and the UCI E-MTB series in 2021. Photo credit: Traian Olinici However, in 2021, it’s the Olympic flame that burns bright in the team. Since Bart Brentjens became World’s First Olympic Champion Mountainbike at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, the team has had a consistent focus on the Olympic Games. With clear goals and ambitions, CST PostNl Bafang Mountainbike Racing Team chose to work with only quality sponsors and suppliers – such as Cadence Nutrition. Cadence Nutrition products cater for both rapid and sustained energy delivery, hydration and overall improved recovery of the highest standard for training, racing and recovery. Photo credit: Traian Olinici The international team, competing in the Men and Women Elite XCO Mountainbike and E-Mtb categories are: Women Elite: Yana Belomoina - Ukrain Anne Tauber - Netherlands Mariske Strauss - South Africa Men Elite: Sebastian Fini Carstensen - Denmark Martins Blums - Latvia David Nordemann - Netherlands E-MTB: Jeroen van Eck - Netherlands
  3. The president of South Africa asked all South African people that went outside of the country as of February 15, to test for Covid-19. Since I travelled to Andalucia Bike Race, that took place 25 to 29 February, obviously I was asked to test as well. After a couple of days after the testing , I felt a little flu-ish and ill. And yes, actually I tested positive for the Corona virus. With the grace of God I have had really mild symptoms, so very fortunate and blessed with that. I have kept social distancing, adhered to all the guidelines that was given to us anyway, regardless and thanks to that my parents and brother tested negative for the virus, so that is good. I have taken a lot of rest, healthy food and surrounded myself with positive things. Messages from my family, friends and yes, my team with our virtual dinner last week helped me so much to get over this. I am feeling fine now.This is a real thing, it is here, it is a real issue that we are dealing with, and adhere to the guidelines given to you by our president and the healthcare professionals. They know what they are talking about. Together we can stop this. Mariske Strauss Mariske wanted to share this news with all of her followers, especially her South African followers to motivate them to stay inside. South Africa is currently in its 5th day of a 21-day-period lockdown. We are happy that Mariske only had mild symptoms and she is feeling good now. The health of our riders and staff is our Team’s priority number one.The situation worldwide at this moment is unusual and uncertain. Also for our Team, our riders and staff. We do what we can to protect others and ourselves from Covid-19 and to keep our riders and staff motivated and healthy. We try to stimulate our followers to take care for their health, mentally and physically. To stimulate and motivate them to keep a healthy lifestyle, within the guidelines given by the government. Let’s hope this worldwide crisis will be under control soon. As Mariske said: Together we can stop this! Bart Brentjens, Team Manager https://www.facebook.com/mariskestraussmtb/videos/210338436939573/
  4. Not since Yolande Speedy, in 2013, has a South African woman stood upon the top step of the Absa Cape Epic podium. In recent years, Robyn de Groot, Mariske Strauss and Candice Lill have had shots at the title, though all three came up short. Local fans will, therefore, be thrilled to read that two of the three will combine as a local super team in 2020. Riding as Faces CST, Strauss and Lill are the first all-South African team with a realistic chance of victory in nearly a decade. Click here to view the article
  5. The ever-smiling Mariske Strauss will partner Candice Lill during the 2020 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Shaun Dwayne Senior. South African fans have lamented the fact that the country’s two premier cross-country riders have never joined forces before. Organising their collaboration for the 2020 Absa Cape Epic was not entirely straightforward either. “Where there’s a will there is always a way” Strauss pointed out. “Riding with Candice was part of my discussion when I joined Bart Brentjens’s CST Sandd Bafang team, so now it’s just to put the picture together. I think it is beneficial for everyone and I’m super excited to line up with her” the former National Champion stated. “The team name will be 'Faces CST’ and our separate sponsors will be represented elsewhere on the kit” Lill elaborated. “When Mariske joined CST Sandd Bafang for 2020, we found a way to make it work for both teams/sponsors so that everyone is happy. We are in the process of designing the kit and it is looking really good.” Candice Lill has proven her abilities time and again at the Absa Cape Epic and is looking forward to the 2020 Race. Photo by Shaun Roy. “Though we have never raced together as a team, I feel we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses on the bike more than anyone” Lill added. “We would normally use this in a race situation to try and get the upper hand on one another. But now we have the opportunity to combine our strengths and I can’t wait to leverage the power of that. Our first race together will be the Tankwa Trek; as part of the tune-up towards the Absa Cape Epic.” “This is spot on” Strauss agreed. “It’s part of the reason why I approached Candice earlier last year. Besides being a force to be reckoned with, I feel we will be in tune with one another from the get-go. We will be doing some rides and races together to make sure that when the Absa Cape Epic comes along, we are smooth as butter.” “I know that we have the support of South African mountain biking fans and I can’t wait to get out there and give it our best shot,” Lill said, reflecting on the chances of overall victory. “Of course, we would love it to be a success, but we do understand the unpredictable nature of racing the Absa Cape Epic. That’s why we will shoot for the overall victory but will always make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in during the race. It would make me unbelievably proud if we did manage to pull off a win. Imagine!” “I believe we have a good shot, but of course, as Candice said, this is mountain bike racing and not just any mountain bike race, it’s the Absa Cape Epic – The Race That Measures All” Strauss continued. “From personal experience, I can attest that anything can happen. When racing the Absa Cape Epic, you have to be able to adapt and roll with the punches. That said, I also do not think about what others think about, we have enough on our plate as is, so the pressure we both put on ourselves is enough without adding the expectation of home fans.” Candice Lill is excited to partner Mariske Strauss at the 2020 Absa Cape Epic. Photo by Sam Clark. Aside from the Absa Cape Epic, 2020 is a big year for Strauss and Lill. They, along with Cherie Redecker, are battling to score as many UCI points as possible, to qualify South Africa for at least two automatic slots for Tokyo 2020. The women’s cross-country points are calculated separately to the men’s and if they can earn enough points to maintain a ranking of seventh or higher, for the country, two riders will qualify for the Olympic mountain bike race. In December 2019, South Africa was in a position to qualify two riders, the United Kingdom was just seven points behind, while Germany was just eighteen points back in ninth. “Our goal is to see both of us at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Lill said. “We have both worked really hard (separately) to get SA women’s XCO racing on the map at an international level. I am proud of what we have overcome to be ranked seventh in the world as a country. We have now joined forces to get as many points as possible in the early season races to ensure that we at least keep our seventh-place ranking. A major contributor to these points will be the Absa Cape Epic, as it is a UCI HC stage race, and hopefully, we can get a solid double hitter of points for South Africa there.”
  6. We are happy that Mariske will be joining our Team. Mariske is an experienced rider with a strong body and mind. She has a very positive mindset and is capable to give an enormous effort to her sport. Mariske is focused and eager to get the best out of herself. Besides that she is a team player.She loves to ride stageraces and is willing to work together to get the best result. Mariske is working towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, she is ‘still in the race’ for a qualification. We hope we can support her on her way to Tokyo and to see her ride at the Olympic Games next year for the South African Olympic Team. Team Manager Bart Brentjens I actually already feel a part of the team. Everyone has been super welcoming and friendly. The prospect of having a new racing family just puts a huge smile on my face and the extra support at races will definitely be the edge I have been lacking. Mariske Strauss This year the CST Sandd Bafang Team Training Camp is being held in South Africa, directly after the Tankwa Trek (South Africa). The Team will ride the Tankwa Trek with three teams. Mariske will ride together with South African Candice Lill. They will ride together as a special occasional team. More about the Tankwa Trek and the Team Training Camp will follow later. Resume Mariske Strauss: Mariske Strauss (DOB 16 May 1991), living in Durbanville, South Africa, began to form her incredible work ethic at a young age, spending time outside school and on the weekends practicing in pursuit of the ultimate goal. To compete at the top level as a Professional Athlete.Mariske completed her BSc (Sport Science ) degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2016. She started her racing career at the age of 10 and has been lining up on start lines ever since. In 2008 Mariske began racing competitively and was a representative for South Africa for the first time in Italy that same year. She has been SA XCO Champion a total of 15 times and represented South Africa at the 2014 & 2018 Commonwealth Games. Mariske finished 2nd & 3rd in the 2017 & 2018 ABSA Cape Epic and was selected for the 2015 Mail&Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans in 2015. Besides currently racing professionally on the XCO World Cup series, she is also a coach at Science2Sport. Here is where the gap is bridged between scientific research and men and woman in the field.
  7. 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
  8. Team Spur’s Hatherly consistently drove the ace to remain in the front of the race from start to finish, claiming the title after seven laps in a time of one hour and 19:30 minutes. He was well clear of second placed rider Philip Buys by over a minute, with Matthys Beukes claiming the bronze medal. Team Spur’s Hatherly consistently drove the ace to remain in the front of the race from start to finish, claiming the Elite Men's title after seven laps at the 2017 SA National XCO Championships at Mankele MTB Park on Saturday 22 July. Photo: Memories 4 U Photography Facebook Page. In Team Spur’s Race Report, Hatherly mentioned how thrilled he was with his win, having been trying to grab it for the past three years.He also mentioned the extreme heat on the course, and that he took in more fluids than usual to keep up his power to the end. For OMX Pro Team’s Strauss in the women’s race, it was an equally dominant performance as she completed her six laps in a time of one hour and 22:27 minutes. The race between Cherise Redecker and Amy McDougall was a tussle until Redecker picked up her pace on the fourth lap to secure the silver medal and McDougall the bronze. Strauss said: “The race was super - I’m glad to be back on form. After being sick I didn’t know what to expect so I started off easy and wound it up. It was so smooth, my bike was an absolute delight and the track was amazing. Thank you to everyone involved. I cannot believe the cross-country season is already over.” OMX Pro Team's Mariske Strauss was "super chuffed" with her Elite Women's victory at the 2017 SA National XCO Championships at Mankele MTB Park on Saturday 22 July. Photo: Memories 4 U Photography Facebook Page Julian Jessop and Frankie du Toit claimed the U23 races. The Youth and Junior Men also gave us super exciting racing, where any one of the top four or five could have taken the wins. Tiffany Keep won the Junior Women’s race, and Johan Trotzky held it together to win the Junior Men’s race where only two seconds separated the top three times. Zandri Strydom and Daniel van der Walt won the Youth categories. On Sunday, Johan Pottie Potgieter (YT-Industries and Dragon Energy) absolutely blitzed the trails to become the newly crowned National Downhill Champ in a time of two minutes and 17 seconds, ahead of 2016 Champion Stefan Garlicki in second and Christopher Philogene in third. “Looking back at my season as a whole, the SA Champs was my main goal. I had been happy with my performances in Europe as well. It was a different feeling being at home – you know. You could be in contention to win it. I was super nervous about it,” he said. Johann "Pottie" Potgieter gave an excellent performance and cruised to victory ahead of Stefan Garlicki (left) and Christopher Philogene (right) at the 2017 SA National DHI Championships at Mankele MTB Park on Sunday 23 July. Photo: Supplied. Having been in the game for some time now, Potgieter said: “I’m a bit older now and a bit more experienced so I just tried to keep myself calm and not push too hard. It could cost you a lot of time because on a course like Mankele its easy to make a mistake.” Potgieter gave it his all on the course, and after seeding first was elated with his final run as a whole. “I was just super happy and very relieved. This was the fourth National title to my name, but the first in seven years. I was happy to prove to myself that I could do it again. I was very happy about it. I’m over the moon – I can’t believe it, its still sinking in.” The women’s race was won by youth rider Zandri Strydom, who did the double after winning the XCO on Saturday. For more information about the 2017 SA National MTB Championships, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-sa-mtb-champs/ SUMMARY OF RESULTS FROM THE 2017 SA NATIONAL MTB CHAMPS XCO (Saturday 22 July) Elite Men (7 laps) 1.Alan Hatherly 01.19.30 2.Philip Buys 01.20.44 3. Matthys Beukes 01.21.35 Elite Women (6 laps) 1.Mariske Strauss 01.22.27 2.Cherie Redecker 01.23.14 3. Amy Mcdougall 01.25.37 Men U-23 (6 laps) 1.Julian Jessop 01.13.27 2.Franco Pelser 01.14.28 3.Henry Liebenberg 01.14.54 Women U-23 (5 laps) 1.Frances Du Toit 01.12.01 2.Bianca Haw 01.12.52 3.Julia Kotze 01.22.18 Junior Men (5 laps) 1.Johann Trotzky 01.05.55 2.Pieter Du Toit 01.05.55 3. Dawie Grobbelaar 01.05.57 Junior Women (4 laps) 1.Tiffany Keep 00.59.46 2.Danielle Strydom 01.01.28 3.Allison Morton 01.07.25 Sub Junior Boys (3 laps) 1. Ian Els 00.42.19 2.Aidan Penfold 00.42.51 3.Justin Chesterton 00.44.02 Sub Junior Girls (2 laps) 1.Chloe Bateson 00.32.05 2.Chante Olivier 00.32.15 3.Marjoné Strydom 00.36.26 Youth Men (4 laps) 1.Daniel Van Der Walt 00.50.20 2.Jamie Penfold 00.51.10 3.Luke Moir 00.52.11 Youth Women (3 laps) 1.Zandri Strydom 00.43.11 2. Emma Van Coller 00.48.13 3.Megan Bircher 00.50.10 Veteran Men (4 laps) 1.Nico Pfitzenmaier 00.52.41 2.Grant Usher 00.53.15 3.Mark Moir 00.54.21 Veteran Women (4 laps) 1.Natalie Bergström 01.02.37 2.Theresa Ralph 01.08.05 3.Yvonne Cornes 01.03.59 (3 laps) Sub Vet Men (5 laps) 1.Brand Du Plessis 01.03.22 2.Dan Fowler 01.04.27 3.Dion Froneman 01.06.01 Master Men (3 laps) 1.Alan Van Coller 00.42.43 2.Jimmy Mills 00.47.26 3.Dirk Maarsingh 00.47.57 Grand Master Men (2 laps) 1.Colin Gibbings 00.34.38 2.Charles Stander 00.34.46 Sprog Boys (4 laps) 1.Alec Coleske 00.41.49 2. Ernest Roets 00.43.06 3.Hendre De Villiers 00.43.28 Sprog Girls (3 laps) 1.Lilian Baber 00.35.37 2.Olivia Penfold 00.36.25 3.Emily Van Heerden 00.37.21 Nipper Boys (3 laps) 1.Alessandro Fanicchi 00.33.49 2.Luca Zietsman 00.34.31 3.Gustav Dirk-Roller 00.35.12 Nipper Girls (2 laps) 1.Hannah Elliott 00.25.36 2.Danel De Jager 00.26.58 3.Megan Botha 00.27.42 To see the full set of results, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20170722_SA-XCO-Championships-2017-Results-1.pdf SUMMARY OF RESULTS FROM THE 2017 SA NATIONAL MTB CHAMPS DHI (Sunday 23 July) Overall (Top 10) 1.Johann Potgieter 02:17.991 (Elite Men) 2.Stefan Garlicki 02:20.231 (Elite Men) 3.Christopher Philogene 02:20.815 (Elite Men) 4.Jonathan Philogene 02:24.089 (Elite Men) 5.Struan McMaster 02:33.769 (Elite Men) 6.Cullen McMaster 02:33.881 (Junior Men) 7.Niko Velasco 02:34.055 (Junior Men) 8. Sharjah Jonsson 02:35.929 (Junior Men) 9.Dylan Williams 02:38.521 (Elite Men) 10. Jasper Barrett 02:40.901 (Youth Men) 18. Zandri Strydom 03:11.293 (Youth Women) To see the full set of results, click here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20170723_SA-DHI-Champs-2017-Results-1.pdf
  9. Hatherly crossed the line after six laps of racing in a time of one hour 34 minutes and 50 seconds. The most impressive rider on the day however was second placed Jan Withaar who rode fast and hard to finish in 01:38:42, with Stuart Marais crossing the line in third place (01:39:16). Alan Hatherly (right) took the Elite Men's title at the third round of the SA National MTB Series XCO at the Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein on Saturday 6 May. Photo: Reblex Photography For Withaar, the first two laps were a struggle to find a constant rhythm. “It was more of a matter of finding the concentration than it was physical,” he said. “I hadn’t cleated in properly either at the beginning which also isn’t too helpful,” he added. When chatting about the course, Withaar said: “It’s a very natural track, and it was a little bit blown out – which by no means detracted for the quality of it. It’s an excellent track, we just all had to be very careful and concentrate hard to not hit too many obstacles that could lead us to punctures.” Withaar was very happy with his second place and has said that this result has only given him even more of a confidence boost. “Seeing the repeatability after Pretoria means so much to me, and it’s very reassuring,” he added. Strauss crossed the finish line first in the five-lap Elite Women’s race in a time of 01:38:55. Second place went to Swiss Team Spur rider Ariane Luthi in a time of 01:42:20 and third place to Namibian Michelle Vorster (1:45:55). “Today went really well for me. It was dry and dusty out there but it was a great race – there were lots of obstacles to keep us alert and on our toes,” Strauss said. Strauss heads off to KwaZulu-Natal soon to take part in the 2017 Sani2c next week with Robyn de Groot for Team Ascendis Health. “I’ve have wanted to do ’Sani for a long time and I am really looking forward to it,” she added. Mariske Strauss was the fastest Elite Women at the third round of the SA National MTB Series XCO at the Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein on Saturday 6 May. Photo: Reblex Photography. The following week Strauss heads off to kick off her UCI MTB World Cup campaign, with the Nove Mesto (CZE) and Albstadt (GER) races on 20/21 and 27/28 May respectively. “I’m excited to get the World Cup season going, and I am going to take it one race at a time,” she said. All the top riders from all of the race categories were present to solidify their standings on the series log, with one remaining event to be held in Pietermaritzburg mid-June. Solid racing was seen especially in the Junior and Youth categories. The countries that were represented were South Africa, USA, Switzerland, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. In the Junior race, which formed part of the UCI Junior World Series, the Men’s title went to Pieter du Toit after four laps in a time of 01:08:53. Johann Trotzky and Namibian Alex Miller diced for the second and third places with both riders recording the same finish time of 01:10:55, but Trotzky’s wheel was inches ahead of Miller’s to take the second place. Tiffany Keep won the three-lap Junior Women’s race in a time of 01:04:13 against second-placed rider Danielle Strydom (01:05:19), who finished just over a minute off the winning time. Azulde Britz finished in third place in a time of 01:11:03. “Today went really well,” said Keep. Although looking as though she had breezed through the course, she assured that it wasn’t an easy one. “It was very tough, but mostly the conditions that made it so. There was also a lot climbing as well. There hasn’t been rain here either so it was very sandy and dusty. The races before us also then made the track quite blown out by the time that we raced. “A few of the lines had changed on the climbs and there were a lot of loose rocks. The downhill sections were really fun. There were quite a few spectators watching that as well. The climbs took a lot out of me because they were very hard. I am happy with my win.” The fourth and final round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 17 June. The event also carries a UCI Category 1 rating and also forms part of the UCI Junior World Series. For more information about the Series, visit: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-sa- mtb-cup- series/. The Elite Men's Podium (from left) Stuart Marais, Alan Hatherly and Jan Withaar at the third round of the SA National MTB Series XCO at the Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein on Saturday 6 May. Photo: Reblex Photography Summary of Results – SA National MTB Cup Series XCO #3 – Happy Valley Conservancy 6 May 2017Results sourced from live timing system and can be found here Elite Men (6 laps) 1.Alan Hatherly 1:34:50.484 2.Jan Withaar 1:38:42.312 3.Stuart Marais 1:39:16.801 4.Dominic Calitz 1:39:45.545 5.Arno du Toit 1:40:30.433 6.Tristan de Lange 1:46:14.182 7.Jason Meaton 1:46:57.118 8.Wessel Botha 1:47:50.838 9.Thomas Jessop 1:49:23.913 10.Phetetso Monese 1:52:13.043 Elite Women (5 laps) 1.Mariske Strauss 1:38:55.414 2.Ariane Luthi 1:42:20.220 3.Michelle Vorster 1:45:55.507 4.Sarah Hill 1:50:21.740 5.Frances du Toit 1:55:39.598 Junior Men (4 laps) 1.Pieter du Toit 1:08:53.978 2.Johann Trotzky 1:10:55.262 3.Alex Miller 1:10:55.691 Junior Women (3 laps) 1.Tiffany Keep 1:04:13.127 2.Danielle Strydom 1:05:19.846 3.Azulde Britz 1:11:03.350 Youth Men (3 laps) 1.Luke Moir 51:46.200 2.Jamie Penfold 52:04.184 3.Daniel van der Walt 53:08.818 Youth Women (3 laps) 1.Zandri Strydom 1:04:32.933 2.Sabine Thies 1:09:48.537 3.Emma van Coller 1:10:34.445 Sub Junior Boys (3 laps) 1.Luca Ruwiel 1:02:28.396 2.Marcel Swartz 1:04:18.392 3.Ben du Plessis 1:07:16.556 Sub Junior Girls (2 laps) 1.Chante Olivier 44:43.233 2.Chloe Bateson 50:34.117 3.Madison Mann 53:00.794 Sprog Boys (4 laps) 1.Alec Coleske 43:08.820 2.Kevin Lowe 44:36.303 3.Hendre de Villiers 45:20.218 Sprog Girls (3 laps) 1.Lilian Baber 37:56.932 2.Riley Smith 44:26.018 3.Ada Kahl 48:59.721 Nipper Boys (3 laps) 1.Logan Stander 35:51.467 2.Alessandro Fanicchi 35:59.095 3.Roger Suren 38:45.749 Nipper Girls (2 laps) 1.Hannah Elliott 30:17.806 2.Danel de Jager 32:40.418 3.Megan Botha 32:54.791 Sub Vet Men (4 laps) 1.Jacques Malherbe 1:17:33.813 2.Duane Stander 1:22:26.715 3.Justice Makhale 1:40:31.846 Sub Vet Women (3 laps) 1.Ronel Odendaal Veteran Men (4 laps) 1.Mark Moir 1:21:33.428 2.David Walsh 1:31:20.404 3.Marcel Suren 1:33:26.384 Master Men (3 laps) 1.Dirk Maarsingh 1:03:01.949 2.Alan van Coller 1:05:30.483 3.Marc Ruwiel 1:19:01.063
  10. Two-time KAP sani2c winner De Groot has teamed up with the young cross country specialist after seeing up close how her new teammate can “suffer”, and how well she works in a team scenario. Having battled it out against one another at the recent Absa Cape Epic, Team Ascendis Health's Robyn de Groot (pictured) will join forces with cross country powerhouse Mariske Strauss in an effort to win the overall women's crown at the upcoming KAP sani2c from 11-13 May. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media De Groot and Strauss are both South African champions: De Groot as a marathon rider while Strauss has become the country’s leading cross country specialist, but the youngster has proven she can battle it out over the longer distances as well. The new Team Ascendis Health pairing were in opposite trenches last month when they traded mountain biking blows at the ABSA Cape Epic, an encounter which was won by Strauss and her English partner Annie Last when they clinched a narrow second place in the women’s category, just ahead of De Groot and her German partner Sabine Spitz. “With my team set up at the moment I always need to be looking for partners for the big stage races,” said De Groot this week. “So just before the Epic I asked (team principal) Malcolm Lange to keep an eye on Mariske at the Epic, with a view of me doing the sani with her. “She was so good at the Epic and so after that he chatted to her and has put something together for us to race. “We both had very good form at the Epic, but a lot can change in the time between the Epic and sani, however, I am really looking forward to racing with Mariske and I think we can do really well. “I don’t see any problems with our compatibility as a team, and I think we will work really well together. She can suffer a lot – we saw that at the Epic – and I believe I will enjoy riding with anybody who can suffer like that because I think I can also suffer. “Mariske is a person who will do anything for her teammate. At the Epic she had times when she was taking strain and there were times when Annie was hurting, and when Annie was in trouble Mariske looked after her partner. I like that.” The 34-year-old De Groot will be hoping her partnership with Strauss will bring a change in fortunes after a series of mishaps have cost her potential race victories over the past two years. Last year at the KAP sani2c De Groot and Swedish partner Jennie Stenerhag ended their victory hopes when a navigational error handed the lead to Candice Neethling and Vera Adrian. And a few weeks earlier, at the 2016 Epic, Stenerhag suffered heart palpitations when leading the women’s category with De Groot and they were forced to retire. And finally, Last and Strauss, who turns 26 three days after the KAP sani2c, inherited second place at the recent Epic from De Groot when her German partner crashed and broke her handlebars on the penultimate day. “We are certainly going for the win at the sani2c and I think we have a good chance. I think if we don’t go for the win then questions need to be asked, especially as a professional rider you have to always go for the win,” added De Groot. This year is the 13th 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. There are three races which form the event. On May 9, the Trail riders set off from Himeville for MacKenzie Farm near Ixopo. Then on the next day, while they are heading for Jolivet Farm in Highflats, the Adventure riders take on stage one. As the Trail riders dash to Scottburgh on May 11, the serious Race riders set off on their three-day journey from Himeville. For more information on KAPsani2c: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za.
  11. Alan Hatherly (Team Spur) commanded his race over six laps of the short and punchy four-kilometre track in a time of one hour 22 minutes and 54 seconds at the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO at the Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane on Saturday 15 April 2017 Hatherly (Team Spur) commanded his race over six laps of the short and punchy four-kilometre track in a time of one hour 22 minutes and 54 seconds, winning the Elite Men race by less than a minute over Philip Buys (Team PYGA Eurosteel) in 01:23:38, with Matthys Beukes (Team PYGA Eurosteel) finishing third in 01:25:21. Speaking about his race, Hatherly said: “When racing at altitude, you always have to play it smart tactically. If you start too hard, you will pay the price at the end.” Mariske Strauss (OMX Pro Team) surged ahead in complete control, posting the fastest laps in each of her five laps and claiming her victory in a time of 01:27:15 at the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO at the Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane on Saturday 15 April 2017 Hatherly completed the first lap in Buys’ wake. “I was sussing out the first lap and playing it safe. I felt good, but Phil seemed to play tactically and was trying to get Matthys to link with us. That wouldn't have worked to my favour so I pushed off on the first main climb of the lap and rolled off and settled into my own pace.” The Rio Olympian’s attack placed a suitable gap between himself and Buys, which he managed to maintain throughout the remaining laps. “I gapped it and kept the pace up, and kept the gap up, attacking every descent and finding the flow. On the whole it was a good race.” Hatherly’s next race is the third round of the National Cup Series in Bloemfontein on 6 May, before he heads off to the island of Mauritius for the African Continental Championships. Thereafter he returns home briefly before jetting off to Europe on 14 May for the UCI MTB World Cups in the Czech Republic and Germany. The Elite Women’s race saw a battle for podium positions between Ariane Luthi (Team Spur), Frankie du Toit (Absolute Motion) and Bianca Haw (Red Bull) as race winner Strauss (OMX Pro Team) surged ahead in complete control, posting the fastest laps in each of her five laps and claiming her victory in a time of 01:27:15. Luthi was the second rider home in 01:33:30, with Du Toit rounding out the podium in a time of 01:35:07. The current National Champion said: “My race went smoothly – I have to admit I was a tiny bit nervous as I wasn’t sure how my legs would perform. My game plan was to gradually open the valves and that seemed to have worked for me.” Ariane Luthi (Team Spur) navigates her way to second place at the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO at the Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane on Saturday 15 April 2017 Strauss adopted the approach of trying to chase the men’s lap times, in a racing format where every category races on the exact same course (apart from the Nippers and Sprogs on a shortened course). It showed in her lap times, which were in the 17 and even 16 minute bracket. “I am happy with how it went,” she said. “Now to pack again as I prepare to set off for the Swiss Cup next week.” The Junior Men raced four laps, with Pieter du Toit claiming victory in a time of 01:00:36. Ryan Conradie and Mulder Oosthuizen’s tight battle ensued until the very end, with the former taking second place in 01:02:43 and Oosthuizen third, five seconds behind. The Elite Men's podium from left: Jan Withaar, Philip Buys (PYGA Eurosteel), Alan Hatherly (Team Spur), Matthys Beukes (PYGA Eurosteel), Stuart Marais at the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO at the Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane on Saturday 15 April 2017 Fresh from her recent European campaign, Tiffany Keep kept a one-minute buffer between herself and second placed Danielle Strydom to take the victory in the Junior Women’s race in 00:56:35. Azulde Britz rounded out the podium in 01:00:28. Philip Buys (PYGA Eurosteel) gets some air over the jump section at the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO at the Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane on Saturday 15 April 2017 Luke Moir, who has also recently competed in Europe, managed to keep Jamie Penfold at bay to secure his victory in 00:48:54 in the Youth Men’s race, with Penfold taking second place five seconds behind in the three-lap battle. Daniel van der Walt finished in third place, only one second behind Penfold. Also competing over three laps, the Youth Women’s race saw Zandri Strydom take victory in 00:57:24. Christelle Coetzer finished in second place in a time of 01:05:55, while Andrea De Waal finished in third place (01:07:16). Jan Withaar maintains focus through the trees at the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO at the Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane on Saturday 15 April 2017. The third round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO takes place in Bloemfontein on Saturday 6 May. For more information about the Series, visit: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-sa-mtb-cup-series/. The Elite Women's podium from left: Sarah Hill, Ariane Luthi (Team Spur), Mariske Strauss (OMX Pro Team), Frances du Toit (Absolute Motion), Bianca Haw (Red Bull) at the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO at the Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane on Saturday 15 April 2017 Summary of Results – SA National XCO Cup Series #2 – Wolwespruit 15 April 2017Download the full results here: https://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20170415_SA-XCO-Cup-Series-2-2017-Results-1.pdf Elite Men (6 laps) 1.Alan Hatherly 01:22:54 2.Philip Buys 01:23:38 3.Matthys Beukes 01:25:21 4.Jan Withaar 01:26:32 5.Stuart Marais 01:26:49 6.Arno Du Toit 01:28:19 7.Julian Jessop 01:29:23 8.Dominic Calitz 01:29:35 9.Franco Pelser 01:31:36 10.Tristan De Lange 01:32:27 Elite Women (5 laps) 1.Mariske Strauss 01:27:15 2.Ariane Lüthi 01:33:30 3.Frances Du Toit 01:35:07 4.Bianca Haw 01:37:06 5.Sarah Hill 01:38:25 Junior Men (4 laps) 1.Pieter Du Toit 01:00:36 2.Ryan Conradie 01:02:43 3.Mulder Oosthuizen 01:02:48 Junior Women (3 laps) 1.Tiffany Keep 00:56:35 2.Danielle Strydom 00:57:39 3.Azulde Britz 01:00:28 Youth Men (3 laps) 1.Luke Moir 00:48:54 2.Jamie Penfold 00:48:59 3.Daniel Van Der Walt 00:49:00 Youth Women (3 laps) 1.Zandri Strydom 00:57:24 2.Christelle Coetzer 01:05:55 3.Andrea De Waal 01:07:16 Sub Junior Boys (3 laps) 1.Luca Ruwiel 00:56:16 2.Ben Du Plessis 00:59:00 3.Jordan Bold 00:59:20 Sub Junior Girls (2 laps) 1.Chante Olivier 00:43:34 2.Chloe Bateson 00:46:44 Sprog Boys (4 laps) 1.Alec Coleske 00:27:24 2.Ernest Roets 00:28:03 3.Francois de Jager 00:28:08 Sprog Girls (3 laps) 1.Lilian Baber 00:22:48 2.Olivia Penfold 00:23:59 3.Riley Smith 00:24:37 Nipper Boys (3 laps) 1.Luca Zietsman 00:22:43 2.Logan Stander 00:22:48 3.Jed Bridger 00:23:49 Nipper Girls (2 laps) 1.Hannah Elliot 00:16:56 2.Danel de Jager 00:17:15 3.Megan Botha 00:19:51 Sub Vet Men (4 laps) 1.Armand Du Toit 01:05:59 2.Matthys Koekemoer 01:06:46 3.Petrus Malherbe 01:09:14 Sub Vet Women (3 laps) 1.Theresa Ralph 01:01:23 Veteran Men (4 laps) 1.Mark Moir 01:13:11 2.Rynard Van Hoven 01:14:11 3.Xavier Berteau 01:21:51 Master Men (3 laps) 1.Colin Gibbings 01:06:18 2.Marc Ruwiel 01:07:54 3.Daniel Marneweck 01:15:44
  12. Alan Hatherly and Mariske Strauss both put on commanding performances and dominated their Elite races at the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO at the Wolwespruit Bike Park in Tshwane today. Click here to view the article
  13. “I’m very pleased with this year’s Epic,” says Strauss. “It was the first time that I raced with Annie, although we have been teammates for two years. We know each other well but have never raced together,” she added. After recently completing the Absa Cape Epic, South African MTB XCO Champion Mariske Strauss will be headed to the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO in Wolwespruit on Saturday 15 April. Photo: DoubleST Strauss went into the competition with an open mind. She said: “Our goal was to finish on the podium – it was an achievable target. We would’ve been happy with a third place, and then we got the queen stage win, which was amazing, and it moved us up to second overall. I really enjoyed racing with Annie and our friendship grew stronger.” Strauss says it's now back to the norm of racing against her teammate and not with her. She also mentioned that her mind set is completely different doing the stage races as opposed to one-day cross-country race. Although the international cross-country season only begins close to the end of May, Strauss feels that she couldn’t have had it work out any other way. “My base training has been slightly different, with more distance in my legs,” she added. Strauss’ focus has been mainly on quality rather than quantity. “I’ve learned that I don't have to be on the bike more than 500 hours,” she added. When chatting about this weekend’s Cup Series, Strauss said: “The Western Cape opening race was a bit of a failed attempt. I finished in fifth place there. It is still early in the season and I still have some work to do. I went out too hard in the beginning and I just popped after lap two.” Looking at the track, Strauss explains that when racing at Elite level, riders need to own each track that they race on. “Wolwespruit is nice and fun though, with some great technical bits and some good climbing sections. I’m positive and confident and will take the day as it comes,” she said. For Strauss, she has a strong focus on the World Cups overseas, and one or two goals that she’d like to achieve while she’s there. “But I’ll also be mixing it up first with another stage race, as I have entered the Sani2C. I’ll probably miss the World Cup in Canada, but intend to compete in the rest of them,” she concluded. Entries for the second round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO are currently open, and close on Tuesday 11 April. To pre-enter, click here: https://cyclingsa-events.co.za/app/. For more information about the Series, visit: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-sa-mtb-cup-series/.
  14. Mariske Strauss and Annie Last of Team Hansgrohe Cadence OMX Pro win stage 6 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race from Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin, South Africa on the 25th March 2017. Photo by Greg Beadle/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS Mariske Strauss and Annie Last from Hansgrohe Cadence OMX Pro may have won the battle for the 103km Queen Stage on Saturday, but the crash and resultant broken handlebar to Robyn de Groot and Sabine Spitz (Ascendis Health) means Süss and Stenerhag have all but won the war for the Hansgrohe Women’s category. The crash, about 75km into the stage, was the final devastating blow to a tough campaign for De Groot and Spitz and after another big crash and mechanicals on Stage 1 it means any meagre hope of victory for them has finally been snuffed out. The massive amount of time it took to firstly make a series of temporary repairs to Spitz’s handlebar with sticks, and then a more permanent one to get them to the finish at the technical repair zone, meant the Ascendis Health pair finished way down in seventh, 35 minutes behind Strauss and Last. Sabine Spitz and Robyn de Groot during stage 6 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race. Photo by Ewald Sadie/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS The time gap also means the stage winners moved up to second overall, 35 minutes behind Suss and Stenerhag and 12 minutes ahead of De Groot and Spitz. As De Groot and Spitz crossed the line, Spitz summed up the feelings of the team when she said with resignation that she “had about all the (trouble) I can take on this race”. A massively disappointed De Groot simply said she “had no words today … it was a disaster” before going and crying on the shoulders of her parents near the finish line. Stenerhag had mixed feelings about the day’s result. “It is never nice to hear that someone else has crashed, but when I was so tired it did mean I could slow down a bit because we knew they were not coming back at us. Annie Last and Mariske Strauss during stage 6 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race. Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS “At about 14km to go Mariske and Annie came and we rode with them for a while, but I did not have the extra edge today and they have also been riding so well this week that we felt they were worth a win. “But taking nothing for granted, this race is not over until it is over. Nothing is finalised until it is finished.” Suss added another word of warning. “I am extremely happy and it is nice that we have the bigger gap but we know with their handlebar that broke that it can happen to us as well. We still have to be safe until the finish line.” Strauss and Last seemed a bit overwhelmed by their victory. “We just kept it consistent,” said Strauss. “Annie was an amazing teammate today and it is really, really cool to have taken the win and the stage – this is a really special feeling. “The plan was to just not lose time to Spur and then on the way up Groenlandberg we thought OK lets just crack on and keep it consistent. And then we caught Robyn and Sabine on the climb up Die Nek and so powered it a bit and never saw them again. “My dad was on course and he was giving up splits so we knew we were catching Esther and Jennie. “When we caught them we just kind of wound our way up to them. We have got seven days of riding in our legs so the fire to race is not as potent. Annie Last and Mariske Strauss during stage 6 of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race. Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS “After we passed them, I tried to just take it a metre at a time and not think about winning the stage, and with about a kilometre to go I finally thought ‘OK we can do this’. “This is stunning. It is one of the biggest wins I have had.” In the Virgin Active Mixed category, Olympic champion Jenny Rissveds and Thomas Frischknecht (Scott Sram Nextlevel) won their seventh stage in a row and are now a massive 54 minutes ahead of Grant Usher and Amy Beth McDougall (joBerg2c-Valencia) with Johan Labuschagne and Catherine Williamson (RBI Tech-Mitas) 37 minutes further back. 2017 Stage 6 WomenStage Results 1. Hansgrohe Cadence OMX Pro 54-1 Mariske Strauss (South Africa) 54-2 Annie Last (England) 5:16.18,4 2. Meerendal CBC 52-1 Esther Suss (Switzerland) 52-2 Jennie Stenerhag (Sweden) 5:16.49,3 +30,9 3. Hollard-Velocity Sports Lab 138-1 Carmen Buchacher (South Africa) 138-2 Michelle Vorster (Namibia) 5:22.10,0 +5.51,6 Overall Results 1. Meerendal CBC 52-1 Esther Suss (Switzerland) 52-2 Jennie Stenerhag (Sweden) 28:05.01,8 2. Hansgrohe Cadence OMX Pro 54-1 Mariske Strauss (South Africa) 54-2 Annie Last (England) 28:40.35,5 +35.33,7 3. Ascendis Health 51-1 Sabine Spitz (Germany) 51-2 Robyn de Groot (South Africa) 28:52.19,0 +47.17,2 4. Spur 50-1 Ariane Lüthi (Switzerland) 50-2 Adelheid Morath (Germany) 29:08.59,2 +1:03.57,4 5. Hollard-Velocity Sports Lab 138-1 Carmen Buchacher (South Africa) 138-2 Michelle Vorster (Namibia) 29:24.18,2 +1:19.16,4 6. DormaKaba SA 55-1 Candice Lill (South Africa) 55-2 Vera Adrian (Namibia) 29:24.29,6 +1:19.27,8 7. Merchants 438-1 Jeannie Bomford (South Africa) 438-2 Samantha Sanders (South Africa) 30:18.24,6 +2:13.22,8 8. Meerendal CBC 2 53-1 Hielke Elferink (Netherlands) 53-2 Cornelia Hug (Switzerland) 30:18.33,1 +2:13.31,3 9. LIVBeyond 667-1 Fienie Barnard (South Africa) 667-2 Dalene van der Leek (South Africa) 31:33.10,6 +3:28.08,8 10. Spur Foundation 57-1 Alice Pirard (Belgium) 57-2 Sabrina Enaux (France) 31:38.01,4 +3:32.59,6
  15. https://www.strava.com/segments/9765064 Behind the scenes making Contego Segment Hunter Episode 5: How do I ride this segment? Aap d'Huez is part of the black route at the Welvanpas trails just outside of Wellington.If you leave Wellington on Church Street towards Bainskloof Pass, follow the Bovlei Road turn off until you reach the Welvanpas farm. Here you can buy riding permits for the trail and grab some refreshments at the cafe. Grand Prize: Contego Unit Trust worth R30,000 At the end of the series, Contego are giving away R30,000 worth of unit trusts. All you have to do is ride your bike!How to enter: Join the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club and record your segment rides on Strava. Get out and ride! After each segment is announced go and ride it. Please ride safely though, there is no prize for being the fastest. For each Contego Segment Hunter segment you ride, you will be entered into the draw to win. So if you ride all six segments during the series, you will receive six entries. Episode Prizes - Win with Duesouth By taking part in the Contego Segment Hunter Strava club you will also be in line to win a Duesouth voucher valued at R3,000 to spend in their stores each episode.Episode 5 winner: Tim Wightman Nominate your favourite segments for Contego Segment Hunter: We're looking for you to nominate your favourite Strava segments to be featured in our Contego Segment Hunter video series. If your segment is chosen you could win a Cadence Nutrition hamper valued at R2,620. You can still nominate your segments here.
  16. In episode 5, Mariske Strauss is out to claim the Queen of the Mountain from Ila Stow on the Aap d'Huez climb at Welvanpas trails. Click here to view the article
  17. South Africans Mariske Strauss and Yolande de Villiers won the final stage of the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, on Sunday. But the Swiss/Swedish duo of Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag claimed the overall victory after three days of fierce racing in the rugged Kouebokkeveld region of South Africa’s Western Cape province. Click here to view the article
  18. After winning Stages 1 and 2 quite convincingly, fate struck Süss and Stenerhag (Meerendal/CBC) after 18km of the 89km stage when they had to stop to repair a puncture sustained by Süss. This opened up the racing for the final-stage podium and Strauss and de Villiers (OMX Pro) and Candice Lill and Vera Adrian (dormakaba) were ready to oblige, tackling the stage’s signature singletrack sections with renewed intent. Yolande de Villiers (left) and Mariske Strauss celebrate winning the final stage of the Momemtum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za For de Villiers and Strauss, the General Classification was also a consideration. Even though they started the day with a 13-minute deficit to the Meerendal/CBC pair, they’re experienced enough to know that mountain bike mechanicals can rob riders of huge chunks of time. With generous prize money and International Cycling Union rankings points up for grabs, there was a lot at stake. Süss and Stenerhag repaired the tyre with a plug and then found themselves in pursuit mode for the rest of the stage. Strauss is the current national XCO champion and she led de Villiers smoothly and swiftly through the long sections of singletrack that wove its way through the rocky landscape. Jennie Stenerhag – along with Esther Süss (left) – won her third consecutive title at Momemtum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Although Süss and Stenerhag managed to catch and pass, the dormakaba duo, they fell short of closing down the OMX Pro pair, who crossed the finish line in a time of 03 hours 30 minutes 23 seconds. Süss and Stenerhag were second, almost two minutes later with Lill and Adrian rounding out the podium places another four minutes later. “It all came together for us on the final day. I dropped my chain about 15km in. We paced back hard to the leading women and just as we reached them, Esther got a flat. Along with Candice and Vera we then pushed the pace and at some point we rode clear of them. Then it was a matter of just hanging on to our lead because we heard time gaps and knew that Esther and Jennie were catching. But we held on and we are really happy with the win,” smiled Strauss. “It was very tough!” exclaimed de Villiers. “Mariske is like an Energizer Bunny! So much energy and she knows how to ride a bike. The fast pace and the pressure of trying to get into the singletrack first really made it a hard stage. But the trails today were awesome. This is a proper mountain bike race route. It was hard but we enjoyed it so much,” said De Villiers. Riders tackle a sandy gravel road during the early kilometres of Stage 3 of the Momemtum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za “Esther’s puncture came on the open road, where we were in bunches with the men. The pace there was fast and a lot of bunches passed us while we were repairing the tyre, which took longer that it probably should have,” said Stenerhag. “But it was a good test for us as a team to see how we cope with this kind of thing and it prepares us well for the Cape Epic. Staying calm and chasing back became our priorities. This is the fifth time I’m doing this race and I know this final day route quite well. As we got near the first section of singletrack we caught a huge bunch. I said to Esther we HAVE to get past them or else we’ll get held up. We rode super hard and managed to get around them just before the singletrack started, giving us a mostly clear run,” explained Stenerhag. “The next really long section of singletrack wasn’t as open for us, but most riders had seen we’d flatted earlier and we very kind in letting us past. After that section we could see the other women and by the final water point our gap was down to 1:30. We decided to change Esther’s wheel there because she was losing pressure in the tyre. I thought we’d be able to still catch OMX Pro but they rode really well. We are still very happy to get the overall win though,” added Stenerhag. Candice Lill makes her way through a rock formation section during the final stage of the Momemtum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za “We plugged and pumped my tyre and really had to work hard to fight back. We were on our own and I think we did really well. As we were approaching the last water point, where I changed my wheel, I noticed my dropper seatpost was broken and wasn’t returning to the normal height. I had it fixed it at the tech zone and from there on I was worried it would break again, so had to be careful for the rest of the stage. Luckily it held and we were able to finish okay,” said a relieved Süss. Süss and Stenerhag collected R80 000 (5600 Euro) for their overall victory, the same amount as the men’s overall winners, courtesy of Anderson Transport, which boosted the women’s prize purse to match that of the men. Strauss and de Villiers finished second overall with Lill and Adrian completing the final overall podium. The win was the third successive Tankwa Trek for Stenerhag, who won the previous two editions with South African Robyn de Groot, who won the 2017 Mixed category with her Ascendis Health teammate, Gert Heyns. Runners-up in the Mixed division were Team Valencia’s Grant Usher and Amy Beth McDougall with Charles Mcfall and Carmen Buchacher (Velocity Sports Lab) rounding out the podium places. In the Solo women’s division, Jeannie Dreyer was dominant, winning all three stages and the overall title ahead of Dalene van der Leek and Reinette Geldenhuis respectively. Esther Süss (left) and Jennie Stenerhag celebrate winning the overall title of the Momemtum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za For extensive photo galleries and daily video summaries of the world’s most prestigious three-day mountain bike race, visit the Tankwa Trek Facebook page. For more information on the event or to enter the 2018 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, visit www.tankwatrek.co.za. For the extended stage 3 highlights: Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen Roll of Honour – Women: 2013: Ischen Stopforth (RSA) and Hanlie Booyens (RSA) 2014: Cherise Stander (RSA) and Ariane Lüthi (SUI) 2015: Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) and Robyn de Groot (RSA) 2016: Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) and Robyn de Groot (RSA) 2017: Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) and Esther Süss (SUI)Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen 2017 Stage 3, 89km – leading results: Open Women 1. Yolande de Villiers (RSA) / Mariske Strauss (RSA) OMX Pro 03:30:23 2. Esther Süss (SUI) / Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) Team Meerendal / CBC 03:32:17 3. Candice Lill (RSA) / Vera Adrian (NAM) dormakaba 03:36:10 4. Cornelia Hug (SUI) / Hielke Elferink (NED) Meerendal / CBC-1 03:43:00 5. Yolandi du Toit (RSA) / Theresa Ralph (RSA) Garmin Galileo Risk 03:55:17 Mixed Teams 1. Robyn de Groot (RSA) / Gert Heyns (RSA) Team Ascendis Health 03:23:19 2. Grant Usher (RSA) / Amy Beth McDougall (RSA) Valencia 03:29:39 3. Charles Mcfall (RSA) / Carmen Buchacher (RSA) Velocity Sports Lab 03:30:10 4. Katie Lennard (RSA) / Oliver Lennard (RSA) The Gear Change 03:42:46 5. Henning Blauw (RSA) / Louise Ferreira (RSA) Globeflight 03:48:44 Solo Women 1. Jeannie Dreyer (RSA) 03:41:44 2. Dalene van der Leek (RSA) 03:50:43 3. Reinette Geldenhuis (RSA) 04:03:16 4 Collette Bastard (RSA) 04:06:16 5. Marietjie Lutz (RSA) 04:34:08 Final General Classification Open Women 1. Esther Süss (SUI) / Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) Team Meerendal / CBC 12:28:40 2. Yolande de Villiers (RSA) / Mariske Strauss (RSA) OMX Pro 12:40:19 3. Candice Lill (RSA) / Vera Adrian (NAM) dormakaba 12:58:37 4. Cornelia Hug (SUI) / Hielke Elferink (NED) Meerendal / CBC-1 13:20:39 5. Yolandi du Toit (RSA) / Theresa Ralph (RSA) Garmin Galileo Risk 13:42:24 6. Ann Harrison (RSA) / Marleen Lourens (RSA) Speed Structures 15:24:21 7. Jeanie de Villiers (RSA) / Kylie Hanekom (RSA) CITRICOM 16:19:13 8. Cherise Stander (RSA) / Mikayla Webb (RSA) CansaActive 16:53:38 9. Anneke Viljoen (RSA) / Louise Bezuidenhout (RSA) Anderson Transport 17:21:25 10 Hildegarde Cronje (RSA) / Auralia Edwards (RSA) Cycloworx 19:22:04 Mixed Teams 1. Robyn de Groot (RSA) / Gert Heyns (RSA) Team Ascendis Health 11:52:57 2. Grant Usher (RSA) / Amy Beth McDougall (RSA) Valencia 12:23:01 3. Charles Mcfall (RSA) / Carmen Buchacher (RSA) Velocity Sports Lab 12:53:44 4. Katie Lennard (RSA) / Oliver Lennard (RSA) The Gear Change 13:22:11 5. Henning Blaauw (RSA)/Louise Ferreira (RSA) Globeflight 14:02:28 Solo Women 1. Jeannie Dreyer (RSA) 13:06:05 2. Dalene van der Leek (RSA) 14:10:45 3. Reinette Geldenhuis (RSA) 15:03:43 4. Collette Bastard (RSA) 16:00:00 5. Rentia Denissen (RSA) 17:02:34 For full results of all categories, visit www.tankwatrek.co.za
  19. British National Champion, Annie Last, and South African National Champion, Mariske Strauss, will race eight days through South Africa’s stunning Western Cape in a bid for podium places, UCI points, and a strong foundation for the cross-country season. Annie and Mariske will be backed by two fantastic title sponsors and will race under the team name, Hansgrohe-Cadence OMX. Hansgrohe is a premium brand for bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and is a title sponsor of the Bora-Hansgrohe team of road race World Champion, Peter Sagan. They are also a major sponsor of the Cape Epic and have extended their commitment to the race to include supporting our Elite ladies team. Cadence Nutrition has been OMX’s nutrition partner since the beginning of the 2016 season. We have worked closely with the brand over the past year and have developed a love and trust of their products. We are very happy that they will be a major sponsor of our Cape Epic race. Head of Cadence Nutrition, Jeroen Swart, has been Mariske’s coach for six seasons and is a strong believer in OMX and our journey. He says, “[Mariske] undoubtedly has the talent and ability to compete for stage wins and the overall title at the Cape Epic. If she finds the form she is capable of and paired with Annie, another supremely talented athlete, they might be the surprise package of the race." The 2017 Cape Epic starts in the beautiful Meerendal Wine Estate on the outskirts of Cape Town on 19th March. From there the race takes the riders over 691 kilometres and 15400 metres of vertical ascents before finishing up in Val di Vie on 26th March. This will be Mariske’s third Cape Epic and she will look to her experience to help carry the team through the eight days of untamed African adventure. She knows it’s going to be painful, but being Mariske, she looks forward to that: “The epic is such a well-organised, World-class event, and they always seem to top the previous year and finish it off treating everyone like kings. I can’t wait to share the experience with Annie and have a blast riding ourselves into a heap of hurt. The race fits in perfectly as the World Cup season only starts at the end of May; it will be perfect to push us to the next level and remind us how to suffer properly!” Annie is a Cape Epic newbie but she certainly is not in the dark about the race. “I have heard lots about the Cape Epic, about how great the stages are and how amazing the scenery is. Also I keep getting told how hard it is and how you can't prepare yourself for it. I'm going in excited to get stuck in to my first Epic and to see what it's like.” With regards to Mariske as her partner, Annie adds, “Mariske has so much energy and positivity. She has ridden the Cape Epic twice before and so has big experience and knowledge. As a local South African, she is also the designated wildlife handler incase of any encounters!” Safari scenarios aside, Annie and Mariske don’t have too much to worry about. They are both in fine form and training really well through the winter. Furthermore, they will be aboard the Cape Epic tried and tested Silverback Sesta Superbikes which have performed perfectly in the 2015 and 2016 editions.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. The penultimate day of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape province added another twist to the 2016 tale with the rugged terrain delivering more tyre challenges that led to a shift in the overall podium positions with one day remaining. Click here to view the article
  23. Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers powered to their fourth stage win on Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za South Africans Matt Beers and Erik Kleinhans (Full Suss/Topeak Ergon/Red-E) stormed to yet another gutsy stage win to give them a total of four in six days. They moved up the General Classification to fifth, but it was ahead of them where the biggest shift occurred as Team Spur’s James Reid and Julian Jessop swapped places with The Dutch duo of Erik Groen and Jeroen Boelen (Stappennbelt Specialized) dropping down to fourth. James Reid (left) and Julian Jessop moved into third place overall in the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za The Dutchmen had an early puncture and spent most of the stage chasing alone, which saw them lose almost five minutes to their primary rivals. But for Kleinhans and Beers, it was a matter of hunting down another stage win after having lost any hope of a final overall podium after surrendering so much time on Day 2. It was their third stage win in succession on a day that saw the unforgiving terrain leave the race splintered, with teams finishing in ones and twos. Chris Wolhuter (back) and Dylan Rebello mounted an early attack during Stage 4 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za The Imbuko Freewheel Cycology Momsen pair of Chris Wolhuter and Dylan Rebello set the early pace with a brazen attack shortly after the start. But the pair were reeled in after 35km once the terrain became more challenging. After a couple of days of dealing with tyre issues, race leaders Combrinck and Bell were back to their proactive selves, but were once again victims to a flat tyre, as were many other teams. Kleinhans and Beers escaped the tyre ire of the Karoo and clocked a winning time of 03 hours 18 minutes 11 seconds, almost two minutes clear of Estonian duo, Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvis (KOMO/RMW), who recovered well from two early punctures. Third place went to Reid and Jessop, another two minutes back. Gawie Combrinck (front) and Nico Bell managed to retain their overall lead after a challenging Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za “We took a different strategy because once the racing got serious, Bell and Combrinck started off attacking and we thought it would be a more defensive day for us. But on the first technical downhill they were quite cautious, obviously trying to protect their tyres. Matt and I just went hard on the technical downhills and that seemed to give us an advantage so we just pushed on from there,” explained Kleinhans. Cherie Redecker looks confident ahead of Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Friday. She and teammate Mariske Strauss won the stage and extended their overall lead. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the women’s race, Cherie Redecker and Mariske Strauss (OMX Pro) remained the dominant team, collecting another stage win and further extending their GC lead. They rode much of the stage with the winning Mixed team, Yolande de Villiers and Neil Ungerer (Ultimate Cycling), who added another four minutes to their lead going into the final day on Saturday. Igna de Villiers and Fanie Venter (LGE Midas BusinessPrint) won the stage in the Veteran men’s race and extended their lead. Their main rivals, Vickus Boschoff and Iniel Hattingh (Klein Karoo Ko Op), had a difficult day with tyre drama and dropped from a close second overall to a distant third behind Belgians Hans Planckaert and Wim Tollenaere (Der Fietser Rotwild Zaes). Competitors found the steep, loose terrain challenging during Stage 5 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Leading Masters, Linus van Onselen and Izak Visagie also endured tyre trouble on Friday. However, their significant lead allowed them ample time to manage their crisis and still win the stage and stay out front with a day to go. In the Solo men’s race, Jiri Krivanek captured his fourth stage win to extend his overall lead, while the Solo women’s race saw its tightest contest yet, with Nicky Giliomee maintaining her perfect record, winning the stage and adding more time to her overall advantage. Competitors in the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race ease through the town of Oudtshoorn after the start of Stage 5 on Friday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Saturday’s final stage is a relatively brief 57km, starting at the Chandelier Game Reserve and ending at the Queens Hotel in the town of Oudtshoorn. It climbs a total of 1200 metres and is sure to be an intense contest as teams vie for a final shot at a stage podium finish. The action will once again be covered live on Twitter, so follow @CapePioneerTrek. The stage will start at 07h30 Central African Time/06h30 Central European Time. To stay up to date with the action: Follow @CapePioneerTrek on twitter for live tweets
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 For more indepth route descriptions and other information on the 2016 race, visit www.capepioneer.co.za. Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 Stage 5 – 88km starting and finishing in Oudtshoorn Leading Results Men 1. Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Matt Beers (RSA) – Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E 03:18:11 2. Peeter Pruus (EST) / Peeter Tarvis (EST) – KOMO/RMW 03:20:51 3. James Reid (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) – Team Spur 03:22:59 4. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 03:23:48 5. Konny Looser (SUI) / Daniel Gathof (GER) – CBC Elite Pro 03:24:45Women 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 03:44:50 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo International 03:59:16 3. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC BreakAway 04:14:22 4. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 04:39:08 5. Susanna Lagerqvist (SWE) / Maria Runeteg (SWE) – Du och Jag 04:54:04 Mixed 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 03:44:50 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo 03:48:57 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 04:02:02 4. Georg Schollerer (GER) / Kristina Schollerer (GER) – Schollerers 04:05:16 5. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 04:07:01 Veterans 1. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 03:40:00 2. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 03:52:59 3. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 03:56:44 4. Andrew Donkin (RSA) / Mark Olivier (RSA) – The Invalids 04:06:09 5. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 04:08:48 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 03:53:07 2. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 04:13:57 3. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (RSA) – Team Grassroof 04:17:43 4. Mike Thomson (RSA / Jan van der Berg (RSA) – Age is just a Number 04:42:46 5. Dirk Labuschagne (RSA) / David Johannes Fourie (RSA) – Clover RR 04:42:46 Solo Men: 1. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 03:22:59 2. Franco Pelser (RSA) 03:25:33 3. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 03:37:54 4. Marc Greyling (RSA) 03:51:36 5. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 03:48:57 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 04:08:51 2. Sabine Stampf (GER) 04:13:58 3. Collette Bastard (RSA) 04:17:28 4. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 04:21:41 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 05:35:03 Cape Pioneer Trek 2016 General Classification – After Stage 5 Leading Results Men 1. Nico Bell (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – NAD Pro MTB 17:04:51 2. Konny Looser (SUI) / Daniel Gathof (GER) – CBC Elite Pro 17:13:53 3. James Reid (RSA) / Julian Jessop (RSA) – Team Spur 17:15:48 4. Erik Groen (NED) / Jeroen Boelen (NED) – Team Stappenbelt Specialized 17:18:02 5. Erik Kleinhans (RSA) / Matt Beers (RSA) – Full Sus 17:18:41 Women 1. Mariske Strauss (RSA) / Cherie Redecker (RSA) – OMX Pro Team 19:53:08 2. Leana de Jager (RSA) / Catherine Williamson (GBR) – Klein Karoo International 21:33:16 3. Hannele Steyn (RSA) / Katja Steenkamp (RSA) – Team CWC BreakAway 22:07:21 4. Mari du Toit (RSA) / Janine Muller (RSA) – Oakley Group Girls 23:40:27 5. Susanna Lagerqvist (SWE) / Maria Runeteg (SWE) – Du och Jag 24:31:03 Mixed 1. Neill Ungerer (RSA) / Yolande de Villiers (RSA) – Ultimate Cycling 19:24:09 2. Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 19:34:50 3. Daniele Troesch (FRA) / Max Friedrich (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 1 20:42:45 4. Jens Schoenhofen (GER) / Gwenda Ruesing (GER) – toMotion Racing by black tusk 2 21:21:53 5. Luc Bellings (BEL) / Pokobova Vladislava (BEL) – gastro bikes 21:42:49 Veterans 1. Fanie Venter (RSA) / Igna de Villiers (RSA) – LGE Midas BusinessPrint 19:04:30 2. Hans Planckaert (BEL) / Wim Tollenaere (BEL) – De Fietser Rotwild Zaes Team 19:34:31 3. Iniel Hattingh (RSA) / Vickus Boshoff (RSA) – Klein Karoo Ko Op 19:39:56 4. Charl Bleach (RSA) / Shaun Sale (RSA) – Sale's Hire 20:35:16 5. Brett Penney (RSA) / Eugene Long (RSA) – brett/long 20:51:39 Masters: 1. Linus van Onselen (RSA) / Izak Visagie (RSA) – Anderson Masters 19:40:53 2. Mark de Beule (NED) / Robbert De Moor (NED) - Cyclingteam Delta 22:04:49 3. Mike Charlewood (RSA) / Doug Girling (RSA) – Team Grassroof 23:07:35 4. Enzo Antoniazzi (RSA) / Stewart Goodman (RSA) – SOAR 2 24:07:37 5. Daniel Evrard (BEL) / Joseph Kerkhofs (BEL) - tean joven 24:14:41 Solo Men: 1. Jiri Krivanek (CZE) 17:16:18 2. Franco Pelser (RSA) 17:41:49 3. Brandon Stewart (RSA) 18:42:11 4. Andrew Cairns (RSA) 19:08:19 5. Bart de Boeck (BEL) 19:15:52 Solo Women: 1. Nicky Giliomee (RSA) 21:05:49 2. Marianne Bergli (NOR) 22:24:10 3. Collette Bastard (RSA) 22:34:44 4. Sabine Stampf (GER) 22:35:33 5. Teresa Coetzee (RSA) 28:23:09
  24. South Africans Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers turned up the heat even further on Thursday to win Stage 4 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race; as overall leaders, Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell, lost a chunk of their advantage when they endured mechanical problems. Click here to view the article
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