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  1. Any hubbers going through to Wellington for this one? SASeeding is under impression that I last did an event in 2015 so I guess I can be grateful not to be seeded right at the back... But weather is looking good and I always enjoy the trails that side so looking forward to tomorrow.
  2. Hi, I want some advice on the above race next weekend. Since the route profiles are only posted a week before the event, I want to know whether the 40km half marathon is doable for a entry level to intermediate rider? Apparently this specific routes consists of 20km single track, does anyone know that level of technical skills would be required? Any thoughts would be much appreciated Regards,
  3. The event was nothing short of a spring festivity. Close to 3000 riders gathered at the Cowhouse Market, a local hotspot, for a day of dusty trails, gourmet food and craft brewery. Men's elite group set off on dusty trails at the start of the Gauteng Nissan TrailSeeker. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za The man that managed to blaze his way across the finish line first was Nico Bell (Team NAD) while the in-form MTB star Samantha Sanders (Valencia) snatched up the women's title. It was a heated race for the title from start to finish, and it seemed that Pretoria favourite Philip Buys (Pyga Euro Steel) was positioned to come out on top. After a slight technical climb in the first 20km, the group of Nico Bell, Wessel Botha (Lynnwood Cyclery), and Gawie Combrink (Team NAD) took the lead. Lodged in a four way battle for most of the race, Buys could not seem to successfully launch a high-speed attack to escape his fierce competition. Well-deserved victory for Nico Bell (Team NAD). Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za "The pace today was hot! We all threw in as many attacks as we could, aware that Philip wouldn't like the constant pressure. And it worked!" said an elated Bell. Combrink took some big punches up front to pave the way for his teammate, Nico Bell. A technical issue later left Combrink chasing the group, but Bell kept his eyes on the podium and stood tall for Team NAD. He came storming through the last 5km in first place, and managed to maintain his gap all the way to the finish. The performance of the day, however, undoubtedly went to 18-year old Wessel Botha. Despite their best efforts, the experienced Buys, Combrink and Bell could not seem to shake the youngster who only started competing as an elite athlete this year. "It was full gas all the way, and the ride of the day goes to Wessel. Sticking with us wasn't easy, and he held his pace," said Combrink. Botha stole the show when he challenged Buys in the last few metres to the finish line. Despite narrowly missing out on second place, he stood proud on the third spot of the podium for the second time this season. In the women's race, Sam Sanders set off guns-blazing right from the start. It was clear that she was there to win, and nothing was going to get in the way of that. A determined Sam Sanders (Valencia) at the start line. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. The competition was always going to be tight with 2017 series leader, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk-NavWorld) and Vanessa Bell (Bells Cycling) in the mix.It wasn't all smooth sailing for Sanders as she made her way to victory. She punctured on a climb in the first 20km and was quickly passed by a determined Ralph. "Sam is riding so strong, and I knew she would catch me. She's in a different league at the moment, and the effort she's been putting into training is clear since she's turned pro," said Ralph. This was the third consecutive victory for Sanders, who has raised her hand as the woman to take the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng title this season. "A win is always good! The Nissan TrailSeeker routes never fail to excite me. It's been a nice, hard session for me, and it's done my form well before 3 Towers next weekend," said Sanders. The race for the season title is on! Theresa Ralph has never been one to back down from a fight, and the Galileo Risk-NavWorld rider will certainly do her best to defend the series title. Leading ResultsMarathon Men 1 Nico Bell (Team NAD) 02:23:11 2 Philip Buys (Pyga Euro Steel) 02:23:38 3 Wessel Botha (lynwood Cyclery) 02:23:39 4 Gawie Combrinck (Team NAD) 02:24:49 5 Declan Sidey (Bells Cycling) 02:26:14 Women 1 Samantha Sanders (Valencia) 02:41:53 2 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 02:44:34 3 Vanessa Bell (Bells Cycling) 02:46:00 4 Sarah Hill ((Galileo Risk) 02:48:54 5 Adrienne Moolman 02:52:00
  4. Matthys Beukes (Pyga/Eurosteel) cruising through singletrack with no competition in sight, at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series Bosman. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Both riders were dominant in their respective categories, with Beukes (Pyga/Eurosteel_ winning the men’s 62km race by more than five minutes and Lill (dormakaba) waiting for 15 minutes before the women’s runner-up was known. Both riders come from XC-racing backgrounds, which stood them in good stead on a course with a high percentage of singletrack through some of the most picturesque countryside in the country. In the men’s race, Gert Heyns was the early aggressor, charging into the lead from a small six-rider group. The pursuit of Heyns saw the front group split with only Beukes and Waylon Woolcock (Team BCX) left before Woolcock slipped out and lost contact Beukes. Beukes then bridged across to Heyns and the pair set about sharing the pace to build up a firm lead by the 30km mark where Beukes upped the pace to an intensity that Heyns was unable to match. For the second half of the race, Beukes continued to increase his lead, eventually finishing in a time of 02 hours 34 minutes 56 seconds. Heyns began to tire, but managed to hold off a strong-finishing Woolcock to grab second place in 2:40:14 with Woolcock rounding off the podium in 2:41:37. Marco Joubert (Momsen Bikes) and Jurgens Uys (Giant Bikes) completed the top five respectively. “It was quite a good day. The conditions were perfect and the route was so nice. I think it’s probably one of my favourite routes I’ve ever done. Hats off to the Advendurance guys. With the recent rains, the course was super fast. I played my cards right in the first 30 kays and then took off from there,” said a satisfied Beukes. “Matthys was really strong today. I felt a bit tired all day but it wasn’t too bad. I got away in the beginning, but they caught me again. A branch went into my back wheel and I had to stop to remove it, which lost me some time. The route was nice and grippy after the rain though,” said Heyns. “It was super-fast today. The route lent itself to being very technical. Hats off to Matthys for showing good form. In the second half, I was catching Gert (Heyns) on the climbs and he was gapping me on the descents. The rain gave us more traction, but it was a bit slippery at times in some of the shaded areas,” said Woolcock, who maintains his lead in the series with one round remaining. “I am hoping to win the series. It looks like it will be a tussle between myself and Gert. It’s been a great series with some hard, high quality racing on superb routes,” added Woolcock. Candice Lill (dormakaba) using her XCO background to her advantage as she skillfully navigates the singletrack decent at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series Bosman. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the women’s race, the withdrawal of South African champion, Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health), saw a weakened field leave the start line. Lill though, brimming with confidence after her strong victory at Round 5 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series the weekend before, took an early lead, which she never relinquished. Lill set a rapid pace and looked very comfortable on the twisty singletrack finishing an impressive 16th overall and first female in a time of 3:05:42. Carmen Buchacher (Velocity Sports Lab), who suffered a mechanical and missed a turn, finished a distant second in 3:20:41. Courteney Webb was third in 3:32:47. “It was quite unexpected how beautiful this route was. The singletrack is stunning and I can see there’s been a lot of work put into it. I rode a pace I thought I could maintain for 70 kays and it was fast enough to ride away from the other girls. I wouldn’t say it was easy. There was quite a lot of climbing,” smiled a delighted Lill. “I can’t say I’m not happy with second. I do have to mention that my front fork did collapse. So I had to take it a bit easier on the downhills. A wrong turn didn’t help either. But on the flipside, it’s a beautiful day and the course is phenomenal. If you love mountain biking and singletrack, this course is perfect,” said Buchacher. “It’s my first podium position overall and my best Nissan Trailseeker result so far. There was a lot climbing in the beginning and it was quite cold at the start, so it was quite hard to warm up. About 15 kays in the sun came out and the singletrack started and it was just amazing,” said Webb. In the Half-marathon, Junior Rossouw Bekker was the first male and Junior Allison Morton the first female. Elite women's podium -from left to right- Courtney Webb, Candice Lill (dormakaba), Carmen Buchacher (Velocity Sports Lab). Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Elite men's podium -from left to right- Waylon Woolcock (Team BCX) Matthys Beukes (Pyga/Eurosteel) Gert Hyns (Ascendis Health). Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Western Cape Round 3, Bosman Family Vineyards, Wellington Leading results: Overall men 70km marathon 1 Matthys Beukes (Pyga/Eurosteel) 2:34:56 2 Gert Heyns (Ascendis Health) 2:40:14 3 Waylon Woolcock (Team BCX) 2:41:37 4 Marco Joubert (Momsen Bikes) 2:43:41 5 Jurgens Uys (Giant Bikes) 2:47:11 6 Dylan Rebello (Imbuko Momsen) 2:47:12 7 Robert Hobson 2:51:53 8 Dominic Calitz 2:54:07 9 Chris Wolhuter 2:57:03 10 Nico Pfitzenmaier (dormakaba) 2:57:10 Overall women 70km marathon 1 Candice Lill (dormakaba) 3:05:42 2 Carmen Buchacher (Velocity Sports Lab) 3:20:41 3 Courteney Webb 3:32:47 4 Lehane Oosthuizen 3:36:50 5 Louise Ferreira 3:39:37 6 Jeanie de Villiers 3:44:36 7 Simone van Aardt 3:47:31 8 Jana Kruger 3:47:53 9 Megan Warner 3:48:17 10 Dene Conroy-De Wet 3:49:55Overall male 40km half-marathon 1 Rossouw Bekker 1:48:16 2 Stiaan Pretorius 1:48:45 3 Thomas Hudson 1:54:54 Overall female 40km half-marathon 1 Alison Morton 2:17:49 2 Stéfke Tolmay 2:17:52 3 Milandi van Zyl 2:23:11 For full results visit www.saseeding.org
  5. Likely podium contender Matt Beers (Red-E/Cannondale) will be giving Team BCX a run for their money at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Grabouw. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za With forests and mountains and the lush, green vegetation of the Cape winter, the mountain bike trails in and around Grabouw have become a firm favourite, incorporating some spectacular singletrack that’s both scenic and stimulating. The significant popularity of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series lies in the fact that it caters for all riders with the four events on offer. Each route – Marathon (67km), Half-marathon (38km), Fun Race (20km) and Fun Ride (10km) – is designed to offer participants a distance-appropriate challenge, but not too technical so that there’s also a high fun factor. Waylon Woolcock claims (Team BCX) claims victory at the previous Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Tulbagh - Sure to be a race favourite for this weekend in Grabouw. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “The Nissan TrailSeeker Series events always offer a good experience. The courses are not overly technical, but are challenging enough. The routes are well marked and the water points are awesome,” said Clifford van Ass, a regular entrant of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series events, who will be on the start line in Grabouw on Saturday. As usual, the race village will cater for spectators and offer a relaxing environment for riders and supporters before the start and after the finish. As far as the likely title contenders go, Team BCX’s Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger will head up the podium challenge in the men’s marathon. Woolcock won Round 1 in Tulbagh and leads the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Marathon Series. “I’m looking forward to racing in Grabouw again. I always enjoy the trails out there. Between HB and I, we are eager to try and take the win. I think both of us are in a reasonable condition to do so,” said Woolcock. Another men’s podium contender is sure to be Red-E/Cannondale’s Matt Beers. “I'm feeling good. I took a little break for a few weeks and have been building up nicely, so hopefully the legs come to the party on Saturday,” said Beers. Candice Lill (dormakaba) lines up to be a firm favourite at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Grabouw. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the women’s Marathon, Candice Lill (dormakaba) lines up as the firm favourite. Should she win, it will be a hat-trick of victories for Lill at the popular event, after claiming the Grabouw event title in 2016 and 2015. “The Nissan TrailSeeker events are always well organised and the route at the Grabouw event seems to suit me. I hope to have another good result again this weekend,” said Lill, who is coming off a mid-year break and isn’t back to peak racing form yet. Nissan TrailSeeker Grabouw 2017 schedule of events:Venue: Elgin Grabouw Country Club Registration: Saturday, 24 June at Elgin Grabouw Country Club: 06h30-10h00 Race start times: Saturday, 24 June 07h45: Riders briefing 08h00: Start Marathon 09h00: Start Half-marathon 09h50: Start 20km Fun Race 10h10: Start 10km Fun Ride 12h00: Prize giving
  6. The elite men lined up at the start of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Tulbugh on the Saronsberg Wine Estate. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Almost 700 riders participated in the event, which offered four distances and which took place in hot, breezy conditions. The prestigious series attracted most of the Western Cape’s top racers in the marathon event, with a strong Youth and Junior category showing in the half-marathon. In the men’s marathon, a lead group of six formed early on comprising Alan Hatherly (Team Spur), Gert Heyns (Ascendis Health), Woolcock (Team BCX), Matt Beers (Red-E Cannondale), HB Kruger (Team BCX) and Marco Joubert (Momsen Bikes). Hatherly, Beers and Heyns were the aggressors and the pace they set soon saw their rivals drop off as they charged clear on the 68km route. Early formation of the elite men comprising of Alan Hatherly (Team Spur), Gert Heyns (Ascendis Health), Woolcock (Team BCX), Matt Beers (Red-E Cannondale), HB Kruger (Team BCX) and Marco Joubert (Momsen Bikes). Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za But the unexpectedly hot conditions began to take their toll and with 20km remaining, the experienced Woolcock reeled the leaders in and focussed his efforts on maintaining his lead until the finish, even opting to skip a stop at a water point, despite having no water. He survived the conditions better than his rivals and rolled across the finish line first in a time of 02 hours 56 minutes 02 seconds. Joubert managed the conditions well too and claimed the runner-up spot a minute and a half later, with Heyns rounding out the podium places in 2:59:10. “Tulbagh never disappoints when it comes to a hard route. I also made the race bit harder for myself when I clipped a rock and damaged a pedal. That saw me struggle on the singletrack. Luckily the last half of the race had less singletrack so I was able to keep a good rhythm,” said Woolcock Waylon Woolcock (Team BCX) arms raised in victory as he crosses the finish line in first place at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Tulbagh. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “I had no water at all with 20km to go. I was too afraid to stop at a water point because when you’re leading you never know what the gaps are like behind you. I’m really happy to take the win against quite a classy field,” added Woolcock. “It was quite brutal. Alan, Matt and Gert set a hard pace from the start. The last 20 kays the heat started to affect all of us. Then it was a battle for survival and to see who could last. Luckily I managed to hold off Gert and Alan and get second place, but Waylon was just too strong and deserved the win,” said Joubert. “It was quite hard from the start. I got away with Alan and Matt. It was a game of cat and mouse the whole race. With 20 kays to go, Waylon came from behind. We were all a bit tired and running a bit low on water. In the circumstances, I’m happy with third,” said Heyns. Jennie Stenerhag (CBC/Abro) raises an arm as she claims the women’s marathon victory at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Tulbagh. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the women’s race, Stenerhag (CBC/Abro) and Vera Adrian (Team dormakaba), set the pace from the outset. They were locked together for more than half of the race with Stenerhag doing most of the pace-setting. But at 40km Adrian stopped to fill a bottle and Stenerhag pushed on, creating the race-deciding split. Stenerhag rode on alone out front in the hot, windy conditions to finish first in a time of 3:24:46. Adrian secured second place in 3:28:15 with Carmen Buchacher (Velocity Sports Lab) third in 3:37:26. “It was quite a hard race and the heat made it even harder. The route was quite hilly and there was wind, so the conditions were tough. Vera stopped at a water point and I just went through. Then I never saw here again for the rest of the race. I’m very happy with the win,” said Stenerhag. “Tulbagh is fantastic for mountain biking. I’ve been here quite a few times for weekends away, training camps and many races, so I know the trails very well. It’s a hidden gem. More people should come and ride here,” added Stenerhag. Vera Adrian (Team dormakaba) works her way past the men on a farm road in Tulbagh at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “The first hour was lovely. We were in the shade of the mountains where most of the climbing was. Lots of lovely singletrack! It got really hot later though. At 40km I had to stop for water. I knew I wouldn’t make it to the finish on what I had left. That’s where Jennie opened the gap and I just couldn’t close it,” explained Adrian. In the Half-marathon over 40km, Junior Rossouw Bekker, was the first male home in 1:48:45, while Junior Mia de Villiers was the first female to finish in 2:18:23. 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Western Cape Round 1, Saronsberg, Tulbagh Leading results:Overall men 68km marathon 1 Waylon Woolcock (Team BCX) 2:56:02 2 Marco Joubert (Momsen Bikes) 2:57:36 3 Gert Heyns (Ascendis Health) 2:59:10 4 Alan Hatherly (Team Spur) 3:00:39 5 HB Kruger (Team BCX) 3:08:14 6 Matthew Beers (Red-E Cannondale) 3:09:44 7 Robert Hobson 3:11:25 8 Dylan Rebello (Imbuko Momsen) 3:11:47 9 Luke Evans 3:14:58 10 Craig Gerber 3:15:51 Overall women 68km marathon 1 Jennie Stenerhag (CBC/Abro) 3:24:46 2 Vera Adrian (Team dormakaba) 3:28:15 3 Carmen Buchacher (Velocity Sports Lab) 3:37:26 4 Katie Lennard 3:40:31 5 Louise Ferreira 3:55:44 6 Courteney Webb 3:56:22 7 Leorine de Wet 4:02:08 8 Tandi Kitching 4:06:29 9 Jana Kruger 4:14:00 10 Lehane Oosthuizen 4:16:08 Overall male 40km half-marathon 1 Rossouw Bekker 1:48:45 2 Jamie Penfold 1:50:47 3 Joshua Laughton 1:55:13 Overall female 40km half-marathon 1 Mia de Villiers 2:18:23 2 Tessa Keers 2:24:56 3 Alison Morton 2:26:42 For full results visit www.saseeding.co.za Round 2 of the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Series takes place at Grabouw on 24 June. Information and online entries at www.trailseekerseries.co.za
  7. Nico Bell and Theresa Ralph got the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Mountain Bike Series off to a victorious start when they won the men and women’s titles respectively at Legends MX, east of Pretoria at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  8. An aerial view of competitors during Round 1 of the Nissan Trailseeker Series at Legends MX east of Pretoria on Saturday. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Bell claimed the men’s title in a thrilling four-man sprint, while Ralph was able to secure a fairly comfortable win in the women’s race. In the men’s race, the pace was fierce from the start on a 67km course that was considered relatively flat and fast. By 30km there was still a lead group of more than 20. But the distance began to take its toll at that high intensity and riders began to slip off the back in the second half. By the final 10km the lead group was down to five, comprising Bell (Team NAD Pro), Philip Buys (Pyga EuroSteel), Max Knox (New Holland/This Way Out), Arno du Toit (LCB Racing) and Wessel Botha. As the finish drew closer, Botha dropped off, leaving four riders up front. With 2km remaining, both Bell and Knox took an unexpected tumble when they hit a deep mud patch. They got up quickly and began to chase down Buys and Du Toit who had built up a small lead. With one kilometre remaining, Knox and Bell caught Buys and Du Toit and a sprint finish was inevitable. All four were spent though, Buys and Du Toit from trying to hold their lead and Bell and Knox from chasing them down. Bell managed to get into the final corner first, ahead of Knox. The Team NAD Pro rider then kept his lead to the finish line with Buys coming past Knox to take second place. Knox rolled over the line in third with Du Toit taking fourth place. Bell’s winning time was 02 hours 25 minutes 21 seconds. “It’s always hard from the start at these Nissan TrailSeeker races. Everyone is watching each other and it’s a high intensity pace virtually throughout. All our form is quite good ahead of the Epic, so it was quite a close battle right to the end,” said Bell. “I had a good look at the finish section before the start today and new I had to get into the final corner first to be in with a shot at the win. It worked out well in the end,” smiled Bell. “It was game on when Max and Nico caught us after the mud crash they had,” explained Buys. “Nico has a strong, long sprint and we knew he would drag it out from way back. It was very exciting. The whole Nissan series is awesome for the sport. The short races are spectator friendly and make for close racing. It’s great to have this many people here.” “They made some nice improvements to the course this year with bits of new singletrack added on. It kept you on your toes,” said last year’s winner, Knox. “I knew it would be a tactical race and just like last year, it was sprint finish between four guys. A sprint finish is always a bit of a gamble. Last year it paid off for me and I won, just pipping Nico. This year Nico won. Some you win, some you lose.” In the women’s race Ralph (Galileo Risk) and Vanessa Bell were the early leaders. Bell then suffered a mechanical, which saw her adopt chase mode for the remainder of the race. Ralph kept her pace consistent and avoided any potential problems and held onto her lead to finish first in 2:42:39. Bell was second two minutes later with Adrienne Moolman a distant third. “It was a very fast and flat route. In the beginning we were a group of four but on the grassy climb, where you needed a kidney belt because it was so bumpy, Vanessa and I got away from the others. We stayed together until she had a mechanical and I then just kept a safe, steady pace to the finish,” said Ralph. “The Nissan TrailSeeker Series is great for families. Both my son and my daughter participated in shorter events here today. The facilities here are excellent and the organisation first class as always,” added Ralph. “On a long bumpy singletrack section, Theresa and I got away. We just gunned it from there. Then I had a technical and Theresa moved ahead of me,” explained Bell. “I got going again quite quickly and I was quite close to Theresa when we got to a singletrack descent. There were four men in front of me and I shouted ‘track!’ to try and get past. But guys don’t always like it when a lady asks them for track. They weren’t keen to move over and one of them fell in front of me, which upset my rhythm and any chance of getting closer to Theresa,” added Bell. Round 2 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series takes place on 20 May 2017 at Buffelsdrift, Pretoria North. To enter, or for more information, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Gauteng Round 1, Legends MX, 4 March 2017 Leading results Overall men – 72km marathon: 1 Nico Bell (Team NAD Pro) 2:25:21 2 Philip Buys (Pyga/EuroSteel) 2:25:22 3 Max Knox (New Holland/This Way Out) 2:25:23 4 Arno du Toit (LCB Racing) 2:25:24 5 Wessel Botha 2:25:50 6 Stephen du Preez 2:26:40 7 Francois Smith 2:27:38 8 Josef Bester 2:29:33 9 Andrew Duvenage 2:29:48 10 Dylan Jones 2:31:25Overall women – 72km marathon: 1 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 2:42:39 2 Vanessa Bell (Bells Cycling) 2:44:41 3 Adrienne Moolman 2:58:33 4 Kristen Louw 2:58:54 5 Maricel Bekker 3:01:41 6 Johandri Leicester 3:02:47 7 Tamaryn Kietzmann 3:0735 8 Annie David 3:09:22 9 Elmari de Wet 3:10:35 10 Marie Kotze 3:15:15 Overall male – 40km half-marathon 1 Ryan Conradie 1:11:20 2 Erick Heyns 1:11:36 3 Andries Nigrini 1:11:58 Overall female – 40km half-marathon 1 Danielle Strydom 1:23:48 2 Bonny Swanepoel 1:24:30 3 Nicola van der Walt 1:26:38 For full Nissan TrailSeeker Series Round 1 results, visit www.saseeding.org
  9. Nico Bell and Monica Glover closed out the final round of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Mountain Bike Series with victories in the 68km men and women’s marathon distances at Cullinan, near Pretoria at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  10. The elite men setting off on the marathon at the weekend in Cullinan. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Much-needed rain in the drought-stricken province in the lead-up to the race left the riders to contend with muddy conditions, which added the difficulty factor somewhat on an already challenging route. In the men’s race, Bell’s Team NAD teammate, Gawie Combrinck set a rapid pace from the start. This resulted in a three-rider split off the front with Philip Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) and Bell the only riders able to stay with him. Buys attacked as the trio exited the Little Eden Gorge on a technical climb, but Bell and Combrinck reeled him back in and on the next climb, Bell attacked, taking Buys with him. Combrinck lost time on a technical section and hovered around a minute back as Bell and Buys took turns to push the lead pace. For most of the last half of the race, Bell let Buys lead, which allowed Combrinck to close them down and catch them as they hit the final kilometre. In the sprint for the line, Bell was the fastest, with Buys just holding off a charging Combrinck to secure the runner-up place. “We set out to work as a team. Gawie made the pace hard from the start and then I managed to get a gap on Philip, who had to chase to catch me. Then I let Philip lead for the last part and waited for Gawie to get back so that we could have a numbers advantage and it worked out well in the end,” said Bell. Nico Bell letting Philip Buys lead most of the last half of the race, allowing Gawie Combrinck to close them down and catch them as they hit the final kilometre. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “I did a lot of work today. Well done to Gawie and Nico. They’ve been racing non-stop this year. It was still a hard race for everyone. I had to chase Nico and managed to get a gap on him on one of the technical climbs. I slowed down a bit in the last 10 kays to save something for the sprint. But that allowed Gawie to catch us and I just didn’t have enough left to challenge Nico all the way to the line in the sprint,” explained Buys. “Philip was strong today. I left my skills at home on the technical section and had to chase for about the last 30 kays. The gap was about a minute and then I caught them right at the end but just couldn’t get the jump on them. I’m happy for Nico to win this race win and the Series title,” said Combrinck. In the women’s race, a group of six formed early on but gradually trimmed down as the terrain, gradient and mud began to take their toll. Glover eventually found herself out front alone, eventually clocking a winning time of 3:03:52. Janine Muller was a distant second, with Mari du Toit rounding out the podium places. Nico Bell victoriously crossing the finish line, with Philip Buys and Gawie Combrinck chasing for second place. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “The route suited me. I went as hard as I could for as long as I could. The mud was thick on our tyres though. At about 16km a lot of people stopped to take the mud off. I bounced my bike a bit on the tar and that helped get the mud off. I haven’t raced mountain bikes much this year, but it was good to finish off the year on a high note,” smiled Glover, after her first ever Nissan Trailseeker Series race win. Over 2400 riders participated across the four events on offer on the day. In the 38km half-marathon, Pieter du Toit secured the overall male title, while Danielle Strydom was the first female finisher. Monica Glover finishing off the year on a high note as she crosses the finish to take the win in the women's race. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series Round 5, Diamond Rush, Cullinan, 26 November 2016 Leading results Overall men – 68km marathon: 1 Nico Bell (Team NAD) 2:26:55 2 Philip Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) 2:27:00 3 Gawie Combrinck (Team NAD) 2:27:02 4 Thinus Redelinghuys 2:30:24 5 Jan Withaar (Redhub) 2:37:45 6 Fanie Venter 2:37:45 7 Armand du Toit 2:38:02 8 Juan Jung 2:42:52 9 Daniel Newman 2:43:27 10 Lucky Mlangeni 2:44:00Overall women – 68km marathon: 1 Monica Glover 3:03:52 2 Janine Muller3:17:02 3 Mari du Toit 3:17:25 4 Marisa van der Linde 3:17:55 5 Raiken English 3:23:41 6 Karyn Southgate 3:25:01 7 Chantal Haynes 3:26:04 8 Nina Sender 3:26:53 9 Leandra Biaan 3:32:41 10 Ilse Greyling 3:33:51 Overall male – 38km half-marathon 1 Pieter du Toit 1:18:58 2 Wessel Botha 1:18:59 3 Jean-Pierre Lloyd 1:20:51 Overall female – 38km half-marathon 1 Danielle Strydom 1:38:51 2 Tanya Kotze 1:40:32 3 Marlene Kotze 1:41:36 For full results and Nissan Trailseeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.org
  11. South Africa’s largest mountain bike race series, the Nissan TrailSeeker Series Gauteng, wraps up for 2016 at the Diamond Rush edition at Cullinan, northeast of Pretoria on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  12. Likely favourite Nico Bell (right) and Waylon Woolcock in a sprint finish at the 2015 TrailSeeker Diamond Rush. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za In addition to the podium battles on the day, 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series titles will be contested by what is expected to be a capacity field. After four rounds, SCOTT LCB Factory Racing’s Arno du Toit is the current leader of the men’s marathon series. However, with each rider’s best three events to count, he will be wary of the Team NAD duo of Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck. A win on Saturday could put Combrinck into the overall lead, while Bell may only need to finish second to ensure he defends the series crown he claimed in 2015 after a win and a second place in the two events he contested this year. Others that will be gunning for a top finish on Saturday include Joe Bester and Alan Gordon. The scenic Diamond Rush routes offer a test of fitness, skill and experience with a variety of challenging sections, including riding through rock formations, across rivers and over hand-built bridges. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Current women’s series leader, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) will be missing the event, but she appears to have scored enough points in the four rounds she has completed to secure the title. There will still be a fierce podium battle for the final round prize purse though, with Maricel Bekker likely to be the favourite. There are a total of four distances – the 69km marathon (761m of ascent), 37km half marathon (398m of ascent) and the 20km Fun Race and 10km Fun ride. The marathon route is a single loop and shares the early and final kilometres with the half marathon. It will offer a test of fitness, skill and experience with a variety of challenging sections, including riding through rock formations, across rivers and over hand-built bridges. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za The half-marathon route will also offer a scenic experience, but with less formidable sections and a high percentage of dual track and gravel roads. As is customary at Nissan TrailSeeker Series events, there will be a Nissan Chill Area as well as food, refreshments and a beer garden tent. There’s a kids play area that includes a jumping castle and face painting. The four events will all start and finish at Cullinan Sports Grounds. Online entries can still be done at www.trailseeker.co.za Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za
  13. Konny Looser and Ariane Lüthi won the men and women’s marathons respectively to score a Swiss sweep of the top titles at the final round of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series at Bosman Family Vineyards, Wellington at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  14. The elite men lining up on the start at the weekend on Bosman Family Vinyard, Wellington. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Both Looser (BIXS) and Lüthi (Team Spur) base themselves in the Western Cape for most of the European winter and are familiar with many of the trails, particularly in the Wellington region where they have contested recent Absa Cape Epic stages. But the strong winds and high temperatures made for challenging conditions over the 65km race, which included a high volume of singletrack. All smiles as the elite women line up on the start at the weekend on Bosman Family Vinyard, Wellington. From left to right Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur), Carmen Buchacher (Velocity), and Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis Health). Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the men’s event, Looser, Germany’s Simon Stibjan (Team Bulls) and South African Adriaan Louw (Contego) moved clear of the lead group on the first section of singletrack. Louw eventually found the pace too hard and backed off, leaving Looser and Stibjan to battle for the win. Looser managed to ride clear of Stibjan before the final long descent, Cool Runnings, a favourite among locals for it’s length and flow and one that ensured Looser retained his lead to cross the finish line first in a time of 03 hours 03 minutes 17 seconds. Stibjan claimed the runner-up spot just 18 seconds later with Louw rounding out the podium places in 3:10:41. Germany's Simon Stibjan (Team Bulls) followed closely by Swiss Konny Looser (BIXS) as they navigate the numerous Wellington singletrack. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “I had to make a gap on Simon before the last downhill because I know he is quicker than me on the downhills. I attacked and got a gap and rode my own pace to the finish, but I did run out of water and it was very hot, so it wasn’t a comfortable end to the race,” said Looser. “The heat made it hard, especially for us riders from Europe. Konny was strong today and I couldn’t follow him when he made that last attack. It was a great course though with long climbs and technical descents. It suits us Europeans and we love to come back here to race,” said Stibjan. Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) hot on the heels of Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur) as they battle it out on a climbing singletrack. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za The women’s race got off to a relatively steady start, but became a two-rider battle between Ariane Lüthi, the current Swiss national champion and Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health), the current Swedish national champion after the first big climb. A hard crash saw Stenerhag lose ground – and confidence – with Lüthi using the technical sections to put more time between her and her rival. The three-time Cape Epic winner finished strongly in an impressive 16th place overall, clocking a time of 3:34:58. With a bleeding left elbow, a relieved Stenerhag finished second in 3:40:26, with Carmen Buchacher (Velocity) claiming the final podium spot in 3:50:50. “I made a decision only yesterday to do this race. It turned out to be a good one. What a cool course! I was very surprised. I know Wellington well and I have done many Cape Epics through here. There is so much singletrack!” smiled Lüthi. Mens podium (from left to right) Simon Stibjan (Team Bulls) Konny Looser (BiXS) Adriaan Louw (Contego Swift) Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “After Jennie crashed I could see her arm was bleeding quite a lot. But we stayed together and I was very happy with my improved skills, which I have been working on. That helped be relax a bit in the technical sections and save energy for the end,” said Lüthi. “I can’t say I felt really good from the start. Then when I had the crash it took a bit out of me. After that I just tried to stay with Ariane for as long as I could. Eventually she got a gap and I didn’t have the energy to close that gap so I just cruised. It really wasn’t a good day,” said Stenerhag. Womens podium (from left to right) Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur) Carmen Buchacher (Velocity). Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Almost 600 riders participated across the four events on offer on the day. In the 39km half-marathon, Jamie Penfold secured the overall male title, while Lizette Wiseman was the first female finisher. 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series Western Cape Series Round 4, Bosman Wines, 19 November 2016 Leading results Overall men – 65km marathon: 1 Konny Looser (BiXS) 3:03:17 2 Simon Stibjan (Team Bulls) 3:03:35 3 Adriaan Louw (Contego Swift) 3:10:41 4 Marcus Bauer 3:11:33 5 Dominic Calitz 3:12:24 6 Tony Haralambous 3:17:22 7 Michael Lord 3:18:46 8 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse 3:27:12 9 Nico Pfitzenmaier (Dormakaba) 3:28:09 10 Craig Gerber 3:28:49 Overall women – 65km marathon: 1 Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur) 3:34:58 2 Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) 3:40:26 3 Carmen Buchacher (Velocity) 3:50:50 4 Katie Lennard 3:58:51 5 Louise Ferreira 4:01:11 6 Michelle Lombardi 4:05:33 7 Ila Stow 4:16:22 8 Kate Slegrova 4:18:56 9 Jeannie de Villiers 4:28:12 10 Hanli Cilliers 4:28:44 Overall male – 39km half-marathon 1 Jamie Penfold 1:37:00 2 Daniel van der Walt 1:37:47 3 Robert Hobson 1:38:28 Overall female – 39km half-marathon 1 Lizette Wiseman 1:44:23 2 Mia de Villiers 1:59:30 3 Courteney Webb 2:03:56 For full results and Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.org
  15. Philip Buys and Theresa Ralph secured their first victories of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series when they triumphed in the men and women’s categories respectively at Round 4, the Bundu Bash, held at Buffelsdrift MTB Park near Pretoria at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  16. The elite men eagerly awaiting the start of the race on the start line at the ARC Roodeplaat venue. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing), a multiple Cape Epic stage winner, won the men’s race in a time of 02 hour 25 minutes 18 seconds. He was less than a minute ahead of runner-up, Jan Withaar (Redhub), with Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) rounding out the top three places another minute-and-a-half later. The 69km marathon route was a race of two halves with fairly wide open gravel roads and jeep track in the first half and then a high volume of twisty singletrack in the second half. This helped spread out the field of almost 700 riders who were faced with hot, dusty conditions. It was evident from early on that the SCOTT LCB Factory Racing team was intent on splitting up the field with Du Toit riding aggressively and taking some ambitious early starters with him off the front. Buys was able to sit in and let his rivals chase Du Toit down. But the pace proved too fast and only Withaar and Buys were able to catch and match Du Toit, the trio taking the lead within the first 20km. A confident Philip Buys crossing the finish line, securing the win in a time of 2hrs 25min 18sec. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. The early pace saw Du Toit fade slightly later on and Buys managed to shake off Withaar on the singletrack sections that he knows so well to secure his first TrailSeeker Series win of the year. “It was a lot of fun and super fast. The first half I did yesterday as part of a training ride. But that training ride ended up being 90km so my legs were hurting today,” said a content Buys afterwards. “I had to ride a smart race. I know the trails here as I ride at Buffelsdrift a lot. Local knowledge was an advantage because I knew what was coming and made my move into the lead at the right time. “Arno sacrificed himself a bit for me in the beginning. I suppose that’s what teams are for. It worked out well that we got the win in the end. And well done to Jan (Withaar). Job well done by a guy that has very little major sponsor support,” added Buys. “The race started with wider trails and roads and then by the end it was just crazy, crazy singletrack. A great race route!” said runner-up Withaar. “In the beginning I sat upfront as much as I could. Arno pulled a bit of a gap early on. I hedged my bets on watching Philip and didn’t chase Arno. I just tried to keep the gap to Arno the same. Eventually we caught him. Philip then tried a few attacks and we got away from everyone else on the singletrack sections. It was a really good fun event. These Nissan TrailSeeker races are prime events!” added Withaar. Theresa Ralph, delighted at her win as she gives her post-race report for the cameras. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. In the women’s race Ralph (Galileo Risk) claimed the victory in a time of 2:58:53. She was just over a minute ahead of Adrienne Moolman (Lynwood Cyclery) with Tamaryn Kietzmann (Complete Cyclist) completing the podium placings. “It was actually a very lovely race. There was a big bunch to begin with, but on the first climb it began to split. I took the lead from there onwards. I pushed it a bit to get a decent gap. You never really know who is feeling strong behind you or if you could get a mechanical delay. It was great to get a win in the Series and hold my position at the top of the points standings,” said a delighted Ralph. “It’s my best result this season, so I’m pleased. It was a tough course. Luckily Tammy (Kietzmann) and I joined up and worked together. Then in the singletrack I managed to get away,” smiled Moolman. “They could have done a copy and paste of last year’s route and it would have still be a good event, but they chose to create new route and built new sections, which made it very exciting!” added Moolman. Round 5 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series, Diamond Rush, takes place on 26 November 2016 at Cullinan, east of Pretoria. To enter, or for more information, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za. 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Gauteng Round 4, Bundu Bash, Buffelsdrift MTB Park, 1 October 2016 Leading resultsOverall men – 69km marathon: 1 Philip Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) 02hrs25min18sec 2 Jan Withaar (Redhub) 2:26:11 3 Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) 2:27:31 4 Alan Gordon 2:32:55 5 Henry Uys (Complete Cyclist) 2:36:52 6 Matthys Koekemoer 2:37:11 7 Kai Pritzen 2:38:04 8 Wessel Redelinghuys 2:39:54 9 Cobus van den Berg 2:40:05 10 Alwyn Dippenaar 2:41:15 Overall women – 69km marathon: 1 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 2:58:53 2 Adrienne Moolman (Lynwood Cyclery) 3:002 3 Tamaryn Kietzmann (Complete Cyclist) 3:08:01 4 Carmen Bassingthwaighte 3:09:03 5 Janine Muller 3:12:04 6 Johandri Leicester 3:11:41 7 Anli Smith 3:12:05 8 Renante le Roux 3:12:08 9 Chantal Haynes 3:13:30 10 Chrissie Viljoen 3:14:23 Overall male – 40km half-marathon 1 Wessel Botha 1:18:45 2 Jean-Pierre Lloyd 1:19:30 3 Marc Oliver Pritzen 1:20:01 Overall female – 40km half-marathon 1 Danielle Strydom 1:35:01 2 Monique du Toit 1:37:56 3 Heather Slabbert 1:38:18 For full results and Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.org
  17. Both riders were forced to sprint for their victories at the end of the 63km race, which took place at Legends MX, a new mountain biking venue to the east of Pretoria. In the men’s race, Knox (New Holland Agriculture) came out on top when a five-rider sprint was needed to decide the podium positions after a close race on a course that wasn’t particularly long, hilly or technical. Knox clocked a fast winning time of 02 hours 08 minutes in what was his fifth consecutive marathon victory. He narrowly beat Nico Bell (Team NAD) to the line with SCOTT LCB Factory Racing’s Arno du Toit taking third place. Team NAD’s Gawie Combrinck and Jan Withaar were fourth and fifth respectively in one of the closest finishes ever seen at a South African marathon race. “I recced the last bit of the course before the race and I knew that the rider in front coming into the final turn would win the race. The front rider gets the straightest, fastest line at the end and the others are limited by barriers and then have to go wide to get around the front guy. I managed to be the front guy at the last corner and then just kept on the gas to the finish line,” explained Knox. “The speed was fast from the beginning. With no big hills it’s not a course that really suits me as it’s very difficult to get away. So it became a very tactical race, which makes it more interesting. To win on that course was a real bonus for me,” smiled Knox. Max Knox and Nico Bell crossing the finish line centimeters apart, with Arno du Toit rounding off the podium. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “With the shorter distance races like this one, you see the XC specialists in the mix which makes it bit more competitive and adds to the excitement,” said runner-up Bell. “The last few corners were quite sketchy and it was hard to maintain traction at the speed we were coming in. I’ve been a very close second now in the last two races. I need to work on my sprint I guess,” added Bell. In the women’s race the sprint was between De Groot (Ascendis Health) and the in-from Samantha Sanders (Valencia), winner of Round 2 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series. It was De Groot’s first race since May when a crash resulted in surgery to repair an injured shoulder. De Groot and Sanders moved clear of the women’s lead pack on one of the few climbs and they paced together to maintain their lead over their rivals, clocking a time of 2:22:55. Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) finished third in 2:24:28. “Great to be back racing and see familiar faces again. It was a pretty flat, dusty course, but good to be out there again. Nice to see more competition at the top of the women’s race,” said De Groot. “It was good to have Robyn back and her presence certainly helped make the race more exciting,” said Sanders. “It was quite a flat route so there was a bunch of us for most of the race. On one climb Robyn and I got a gap, which we held to the end. But while the race was flat, it was still hard. You don’t get any chance to recover really,” added Sanders. The elite ladies lead by Samantha Sanders, Robyn de Groot, Amy-Beth McDougall and Theresa Ralph. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Close to 2500 mountain bikers competed in the four different distances on offer, with the biggest number in the half-marathon where Wessel Botha and Bonny Swanepoel were the male and female winners respectively. “It’s always exciting to find new race venues close to home for Gauteng riders. It’s quite flat and fast but there are is some really nice singletrack here too,” said Fritz Pienaar of Advendurance, organisers of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series. “We had a lot of riders here participating today and it’s encouraging how many youngster and women there were, which is the great thing about the Nissan TrailSeeker events, which are aimed at giving everyone a chance to enjoy a Saturday morning mountain bike race,” added Pienaar. Round 4 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series takes place on 1 October 2016 at Buffelsdrift, Pretoria North. To enter, or for more information, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Gauteng Round 3, Legend MX, Pretoria EAST, 27 August 2016 Leading resultsOverall men – 63km marathon: 1 Max Knox (New Holland Agriculture) 2hrs08min33sec 2 Nico Bell (Team NAD) 2:08:34 3 Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) 2:08:35 4 Gawie Combrinck (Team NAD) 2:08:36 5 Jan Withaar 2:08:36 6 Heine Engelbrecht 2:08:40 7 Guylin van den Berg 2:10:31 8 Wessel Redelinghuys 2:11:46 9 Alan Gordon 2:11:48 10 Grant Usher (Kargo Pro) 2:11:52 Overall women – 63km marathon: 1 Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health) 2:22:55 2 Samantha Sanders (Valencia) 2:22:56 3 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 2:24:28 4 Amy-Beth McDougall (Valencia) 2:24:40 5 Vanessa Bell (Bells Cycling) 2:24:41 6 Adrienne Moolman 2:31:15 7 Maricel Bekker 2:33:26 8 Kim le Court (Time Freight) 2:35:08 9 Mia van Rooyen 2:38:05 10 Nadine Visage 2:40:20 Overall male – 40km half-marathon 1 Wessel Botha 1:25:57 2 Henry Liebenberg 1:26:48 3 Jean-Pierre Lloyd 1:27:01 Overall female – 40km half-marathon 1 Bonny Swanepoel 1:46:37 2 Monique du Toit 1:48:36 3 Odette Guy 1:48:37 For full results and Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.co.za.
  18. South African marathon champions Max Knox and Robyn de Groot did their national titles justice at the weekend when they beat off strong challenges to win the men and women’s titles respectively at Round 3 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Mountain Bike Series near Pretoria. Click here to view the article
  19. Mpumalanga-based mountain bikers, Nico Bell and Samantha Sanders, raced to convincing wins in the men and women’s categories respectively at the Nissan TrailSeeker Hazeldean Marathon outside Pretoria at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  20. 3200 riders participated over four distance options at the event, which was Round 2 of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series, the most popular marathon series in South Africa. The elite women silhouetted by the winter sun as they jump off from the start line. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting The undulating route was always going to see a fast pace, especially early on and the men’s race was a frantic dash for the first half an hour before the first significant climb, which was technical in places and saw the men’s field begin to splinter. Bell and his Team NAD teammate, Gawie Combrinck along with Philip Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) were left at the front after the climb, with Buys finding himself having to close down a series of attacks by this two rivals. Eventually Bell succeeded in staying clear and took the victory in a time of 02 hours 27 minutes 19 seconds. The finish was unusual in that it was located indoors, in a building called The Cowhouse. Buys managed to prevent a Team NAD 1-2 by out-sprinting Combrinck for the runner-up spot in a time of 2:30:00. Heine Engelbrecht and Thinus Redlinghuys were fourth and fifth respectively. Nico Bell hot on the heels of Philip Buys has the men make their way down the 700m climb. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “The race was quick from the start. We had quite a big bunch in the beginning and on the climb things split up. From then on it was a matter of keeping focused and as fast as possible on what was an interesting route,” said men’s winner, Nico Bell. “Nissan TrailSeeker races are always fun to do. I have done these races for the last four years and am amazed that they are constantly able to find new routes so close to the cities. Today’s route had a very nice mix of rocky sections and singletrack,” added Bell, who also won the 2015 edition of the TrailSeeker, Hazeldean event. Buys out-sprinting Combrinck in the Cowhouse finish chute, preventing a 1-2 Team NAD podium. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “It was a fairly flat race. We only had a total of about 700 metres climbing. Gawie and Nico were strong. They’re teammates and they used that to their advantage. That’s racing. I’m just glad I could get second place,” said men’s runner-up Buys. The women’s race saw Sanders and Theresa Ralph share the pace-setting until the main climb 20km in. The in-form Sanders was able to power over the technical sections and that was enough to take the lead, which she extended to almost six minutes by the finish. Sanders clocked 2:44:56 with Ralph finishing in 2:50:47. Michelle Benson managed to edge out Adrienne Moolman by just two seconds to round out the podium places. “I came off a second place at the Knynsa Marathon last weekend so I just wanted to capitalise on the work I’ve done over the past week really – smash it here today, go hard and see what happens. And it all went to plan,” smiled Sanders. Theresa Ralph breathing down the neck of Sam Sanders as they make their way towards the first significant climb. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “The route was cool. Advendurance just know what they’re doing and they created a fast, fun route with a lot of twisty singletrack,” added Sanders. “I thoroughly enjoyed the race today. Sam and I were together until about halfway up the big climb, but on a technical section she left me behind. I didn’t see her again. The course was great. There were some technical, rocky bits and lots and lots of singletrack,” said runner-up Ralph. Round 3 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series takes place on 27 August 2016 at Legends MX, Pretoria East. To enter, or for more information, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za. 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Gauteng Round 2, Hazeldean, Pretoria, 9 July 2016 Leading results Overall men – 70km marathon: 1 Nico Bell (Team NAD) 2:27:19 2 Philip Buys (SCOTT LCD Factory Racing) 2:30:00 3 Gawie Combrinck (Team NAD) 2:30:00 4 Heine Engelbrecht 2:31:15 5 Thinus Redlinghuys 2:32:00 6 Stephan Reyneke 2:33:06 7 Dewald Lotter 2:33:07 8 Willie Smit 2:33:08 9 Phillimon Sebona 2:33:09 10 Guylin van den Berg 2:33:19 Overall women – 70km marathon: 1 Samantha Sanders (Valencia) 2:44:56 2 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 2:50:47 3 Michelle Benson 2:57:55 4 Adrienne Moolman 2:57:59 5 Maricel Bekker 2:58:43 6 Marisa van der Linde 3:03:45 7 Janine Muller 3:04:32 8 Sarah Hill 3:06:51 9 Heather Slabbert 3:08:17 10 Monica Glover 3:08:50 Overall male – 40km half-marathon 1 Marc Oliver Pritzen 1:27:55 2 Jean-Pierre Lloyd 1:28:05 3 Ruan de Villiers 1:28:34 Overall female – 40km half-marathon 1 Bonny Swanepoel 1:40:03 2 Nicole van der Walt 1:44:25 3 Monique du Toit 1:46:39 For full results and Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.co.za.
  21. “I’m really looking forward to the race in Grabouw. I love this series and especially the trails in Grabouw. My choice of bike will be the Scott Scale. The hardtail suits my riding style and knowing that I’m on one of the lightest bikes in the race gives me a lot of confidence.” - Gert Heyns Heyns will be keen to hear the sound of the podium platform underneath his feet. After a great season start, he was set to pair up with Matthys Beukes at the Cape Epic. However, illness for both riders left their 2016 Epic dreams in tatters. After some time off, the two came back with a bang at the Sani2C. With this win still echoing in his mind, Heyns is the guy to watch at Saturday’s race. Date : 25 June 2016 Venue: Elgin Grabouw Country CLub, Grabouw, Western Cape, South Africa GPS: 34°07'41.5"S 19°01'24.7"E Terrain: Farm lands | Vineyards | Arid | Savanna Ascent: 70km (69.32) - 1413m / 40km (38.47) - 603m / 20km (20.94) - 277m / 10km (9.01) - 129m Participant Limit: 1500 (70km - 500 / 40km - 600 / 20km - 300 / 10km - 100 ) - LATE ENTRIES AVAILABLE Features: Hand-built trails | Bridges | Cattle track | 4x4 Trails | Dirt roads
  22. South African marathon champion, Max Knox and African marathon champion, Amy Beth McDougall, won the men and women’s titles respectively at the Nissan TrailSeeker Lionman mountain bike race near Bela Bela at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  23. Knox clocked a time of 2 hours 24 minutes 16 seconds for the marathon event, which was just short of 70km. He was followed across the line by Hein Engelbrecht (Valencia) five minutes later, with Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) rounding out the podium. In the women’s race, McDougall’s (Valencia) winning time of 2:49:31 was six minutes faster than that of runner-up, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk). Vanessa Bell completed the podium places. Max Knox ready and waiting on the start line. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting Exceptional organisation, good weather and the truly African wildlife venue, made the opening round of the Gauteng Nissan TrailSeeker Series a memorable one. A total of 2700 participants across four distances enjoyed the opportunity to ride through the wild bushveld at the base of the Waterberg mountain range. With the entire event taking place within the Mabalingwe Game Reserve, there was an additional air of excitement. A number of riders saw wide range of the game in the reserve. Some riders reported seeing hyena and elephant and some exceptionally lucky riders spotted a leopard. Women's podium (left to right) Theresa Ralph, Amy Beth McDougall, Vanessa Bell. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “Compliments to the organisers, who presented an almost perfect race. Markings were excellent and you had well briefed marshals at all points. The venue was lovely too,” wrote participant, Frans Verwoerd, on Facebook. “Yesterday’s race was one of the best mountain bike races I have done. I will definitely be back next year. The event was very well organised,” wrote participant, Netto Smith, on Facebook. Round 2 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series, the Hazeldean edition, takes place on 9 July 2016 at Curro College, Hazeldean, Pretoria East. To enter, or for more information, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za. 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Gauteng Round 1, Lionman, Mabalingwe, 28 May 2016 Leading resultsOverall men – 70km marathon: 1 Max Knox 2:24:16 2 Hein Engelbrecht 2:29:12 3 Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) 2:30:59 4 Gawie Combrinck (Team NAD) 2:31:00 5 Alan Gordon 2:33:55 6 Wade Prinsloo 2:37:00 7 William Mapogo (Kargo) 2:39:11 8 Pierre Smith 2:40:54 9 Martien Venter 2:41:01 10 Fanie Venter 2:41:41 Overall women – 70km marathon: 1 Amy Beth McDougall (Valencia) 2:49:31 2 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 2:56:36 3 Vanessa Bell (Bells Cycling) 2:59:35 4 Maricel Bekker 3:02:54 5 Tamaryn Kietzmann (Complete Cyclist) 3:04:45 6 Mia van Rooyen 3:11:06 7 Michelle Benson 3:13:00 8 Johandri Leicester 3:13:17 9 Chantal Haynes 3:14:17 10 Janine Muller 3:15:24 Overall male – 40km half-marathon 1 Henry Leibenberg 01:21:53 2 Wessel Botha 01:21:54 3 Marc Oliver Pritzen 01:21:56 Overall female – 40km half-marathon 1 Azulde Britz 1:35:12 2 Odette Guy 1:35:15 3 Nicola van der Walt 1:36:36 For full results and Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.co.za.
  24. The key to the growing popularity of these Nissan TrailSeeker Series events lies in the fact that they are designed to usher newcomers into the sport by offering enjoyable trails that are enough of a challenge to keep them fun, but not overly technical. Statistically speaking, the half-marathon event is a breeding ground for first time racers if you look at the sheer number of first time registrations on the SASeeding system. Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series offers riders with iconic scenery for pure riding pleasure. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting The Boschendal half-marathon is a 40km distance event and is expected to offer a balanced challenge to participants who will do their route on both the Banhoek and Boschendal trails with some stimulating singletrack and stunning autumn season views. The 70km marathon event boasts an incredible 40% singletrack, including the famed Skyfall descent section and the Banhoek Conservancy, adding a measure of thrill to the enjoyment factor. There is of course a serious side to the event with some of the big names in the sport already signed up for the marathon including the likes of Waylon Woolcock (USN Purefit), Gert Heyns (Scott LCB), HB Kruger (Telkom) and Matt Beers (Red-E Cannondale) to name a few. According to Woolcock, the 2.5km Skyfall section is something to look forward to for the marathon-distance racers: “While it’s quite a long, fun descent, it does test you if you are racing hard. You can’t afford to make any mistakes on any of the many switchbacks. For skilled riders, it’s a great section to gain some time on those who are nervous on switchback turns,” said Woolcock. The sheer volume of singletrack over such a short distance should also present some explosive racing perhaps suiting Cross Country specialist Gert Heyns. The first of four events in the Western Cape Series competition is sure to be fierce to claim the first points on offer. Athletes in the various categories will also be able to qualify for Western Province Regional Cross Country Marathon (XCM) points at the Series. There is also a 20km fun race and a 10km fun ride for those who are young, old or just starting out. As usual the race village will cater well for spectators and offer a relaxing environment for riders and supports before the start and after the finish. While entries are looking strong, participants will still be able to register online through SASeeding until the morning of race day. Nissan Trailseeker Boschendal schedule of events: Venue: Boschendal Estate Registration: Friday, 6 May at Boschendal Estate: 16h00–19h00 Saturday, 7 May at Boschendal Estate: 06h00-09h15 Race start times: Saturday, 7 May 07h45: Riders briefing 08h00: 70km 09h00: 40km 09h30: 20km 09h45: 10km 13h00: Prize giving2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series Dates TrailSeeker Western Cape #2 Grabouw – 25 June 2016 TrailSeeker Western Cape #3 Hemel & Aarde – 8 October 2016 TrailSeeker Western Cape #4 Bosman – 19 November 2016 For more information on Saturday’s event, visit www.trailseeker.co.za
  25. The 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series kicks off in the majestic Banhoek Valley this weekend at Boschendal Wines. The Hottentots Holland mountains will welcome close to a 1000 mountain bikers eager to take to some of the highly rated trails in the region. Click here to view the article
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