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  1. Cycling South Africa reports that Pieter Seyffert who returned an adverse analytical finding in an in-competition test conducted by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport(SAIDS) on 17 February 2013 has been found guilty and has received a two year ban from all sport. The analytical report confirmed the presence of the stimulant, Phentermine in his urine sample. The finding and sanction were handed down by the independent SAIDS tribunal which was held on 9 July 2013. Seyffert is suspended for a period of two years from 10 April 2013 to 9 April 2015. Click here to view the article
  2. In addition, all competitive results obtained by Seyffert from the date of collection of the positive sample, being 17 February 2013, will be disqualified with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes (including prize money). Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and therefore respects the outcome. Cycling South Africa further reiterates its zero-tolerance approach to doping in sport and will increase its education and awareness programmes along with SAIDS to eradicate the scourge of doping from the sport.
  3. Travis Walker (front) and teammate Pieter Seyffert (Ellsworth-ASG) lead the pack on Montagu Pass on the second day of the TransCape mountain bike race. The queen stage of the seven-day journey from Knysna to Franschhoek took the riders on a 135km ride between George and Van Wyksdorp. Photo: Jacques Marais The Ellsworth-ASG duo led the field home for the second consecutive day after a typically hot and dusty Karoo leg between George and Van Wyksdorp. They completed the 135km queen stage – the longest of the seven-day event – in 5:30:24 to lead the standings with a combined time of 8:50:10. Belgians Eddy Feliers and Kristof de Neys (Cicero Baik) hung on to their second place overall after placing second on the stage in 5:40:42 for a total time of 9:23:25. They were chased all the way home by David and William Wertheim Aymes (Bromance), who stopped the clock on 5:45:12 to remain in third overall on 9:27:55. After creating a decent buffer on the opening stage, the 30-year-old Seyffert from Helderkruin on the West Rand said they had planned to ride within themselves on the second day. The Ellsworth-ASG team of Travis Walker (front) and Pieter Seyffert consolidated their overall position at the front on the second day of the TransCape mountain bike race. The queen stage of the seven-day journey from Knysna to Franschhoek took the riders on a 135km ride between George and Van Wyksdorp. Photo: Jacques Marais However, his younger partner could not contain his competitive juices and they quickly opened up a gap on Montagu Pass where the gradient kicks up to 14 per cent in places. “Although the intention was to take it slightly easier, I got a bit excited going up Montagu Pass,” admitted the 25-year-old Walker from Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal. “Going up the pass the breeze was into us, so climbing was a bit slower than usual. About halfway up I rode to the front and from there we were by ourselves for the rest of the stage.” Tongue firmly in his cheek, Seyffert said he would speak to the organisers about the pace his partner was setting and for “always putting me in the hurt box”. “Jokes aside, he’s an awesome teammate, waiting for me on all the climbs. He rides from the front most of the way and I’m learning to pull myself inside out to keep up with him.” Seyffert, who will target the Cycling South Africa-sanctioned Bestmed Tour of Good Hope road race in the Cape Winelands next month, said the heat combined with the wind had made the lengthy stage a tester. “We had a headwind for most of the day, with a slight tailwind for the last 10 to 15km. It was very hot towards the end with the wind at our backs. Although Montagu Pass – which the peloton faced shortly after the start –was the major ascent on the day, Seyffert said the smaller climbs later on presented more of a challenge. “From about 80km onwards you get those district roads and rolling hills, which I found much tougher. And then, right at the end, the organisers have put in a nasty little 1km climb as a final challenge.” In the men’s solo category, defending champion Billy Stelling came through strongly to take the stage in 5:40:46 to move in to third overall with an aggregate time of 9:59:22. Belgian overnight leader Karl Dossche remained at the head of affairs after placing second in 5:51:23 for a total time of 9:39:38. Alan Tilling completes the overall podium on 9:52:40. Hannele Steyn (right) and Spar teammate Catherine Williamson (second from left) continued to enjoy the journey on the second day of the TransCape mountain bike race. The queen stage of the seven-day event from Knysna to Franschhoek took the riders on a 135km ride between George and Van Wyksdorp. Photo: Jacques Marais Britain’s Catherine Williamson and Hannele Steyn (Spar) lead the women’s category on 9:23:24 after finishing the stage in 5:40:40 and Alma Colyn heads the solo women on 9:41:04 after crossing the line in 5:44:54. Matthias and Denise Kubli won the mixed section in 6:55:49 to remain third overall on 11:40:13. Ian and Jane Seggie were second in 6:59:08 to retain their overnight lead on 11:25:00, with Craig Chidrawi and Charmaine Werdmuller third on the day in 7:06:56 to stay in second overall on 11:39:29. The third stage of 81km will take riders over two major climbs between Van Wyksdorp and Riversdal.
  4. After a rainy opening stage, riders were presented with different conditions today as pace-setters Pieter Seyffert and Travis Walker consolidated their overall lead in the TransCape mountain bike race. Click here to view the article
  5. The Ellsworth-ASG duo took control early on to cover the tough 80km ride between Knysna and Wilderness in the Western Cape in 3:19:46. Pieter Seyffert from Ellsworth-ASG was in top form on the opening day of the seven-day TransCape mountain bike race as he and team-mate Travis Walker set the pace on the 80km stage from Knysna to Wilderness today. Photo: Jacques Marais They were followed home by Belgians Eddy Feliers and Kristof de Neys (Cicero Baik) in 3:42:42, with David and William Wertheim Aymes (Bromance) crossing the line in third in 3:42:43. Their commanding performance on a day that took in almost 1 600m of vertical climbing will see the South African pro outfit take a handy buffer into tomorrow’s queen stage. Seyffert, who hails from Helderkruin on the West Rand, said their sizeable lead would allow them the luxury of not having to make the racing on tomorrow’s stage, which is the longest of this year’s event. He said they were building towards next month’s Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in the Cape Winelands and were delighted with their debut outing. “This is our first race together and it will be a good test to see what I have to do as Travis’s partner for upcoming stage races,” said the 30-year-old. “I have a feeling we will be pretty good together. We have had a great start and will build on that as we learn from each other.” After some heavy overnight showers, the riders faced a gentle drizzle through much of the stage, which took in sections of the well-known Seven Passes road – including Phantom Pass early on. Walker, who had recently returned to SA after racing in Europe, said while the weather made the route more treacherous in places, there was a positive side as well. “The rain can be good and bad,” said the 25-year-old, who has settled in Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal. “The roads were quite gravelly and sandy, so the rain meant they were not that slippery and there was no dust from any vehicles going past. “I don’t really mind the drizzle as I prefer it cooler than blazing hot. “On the other hand, some of the parts were very muddy and if you are not too careful you can go around a corner and slide on rocks or roots.” He added the conditions were also prone to causing mechanicals and said the bikes would be checked thoroughly afterwards to assess their condition. Catherine Williamson and Hannele Steyn (Spar) finished in 3:42:44 to take the lead in the women’s section. Hannele Steyn of Spar was delighted to lead the women’s category alongside Britain’s Catherine Williamson after the first stage of the seven-day TransCape mountain bike race that took riders over 80km from Knysna to Wilderness today. Photo: Jacques Marais The 34-year-old Williamson from North Yorkshire in Britain said she was thrilled to be riding with a partner after competing in the solo category last year. “When you ride solo, you have to go flat out and try to hang on to groups. “Riding with a partner is a completely different dynamic and Hannele is such an awesome rider with so much experience,” said the former Cape Epic champion. “We worked nicely together and she was always right on my wheel.” Belgian Karl Dossche found himself leading the men’s solo section in 3:51:23 after initially entering in the team category. “Unfortunately my friend had to withdraw because of family reasons so I went ahead to ride solo,” he explained. “Of course, it would be nicer if he was here, but I had a very good ride on a wonderful course. The rainy conditions were not too bad because in Belgium we are used to that.” Despite taking a wrong turn and adding several kilometres to her day, Alma Colyn completed the stage in 3:56:10 to take the lead in the women’s solo category. “It was an awesome route, even if it was wet and muddy,” she said. “Unfortunately, I took my glasses off at one stage to tuck them in my top and when I looked up I realised I was going straight instead of turning into the forest.” Colyn said she refused to panic and merely turned around to find the correct route. “All you can do is just pray and hope you see another cyclist or a sign board. I was very grateful to get back on track to enjoy an amazing event.” The second stage will take riders over a distance of 135km between George and Van Wyksdorp with 2 450m of ascent. The 690km event finishes in Franschhoek on Saturday. Provisional results:Men’s teams 1 Travis Walker, Pieter Seyffert (3:19:46) 2 Eddy Felliers, Kristof de Neys (3:42:42) 3 David Wertheim Aymes, William Wertheim Aymes (3:42:43) 4 Pierre Cloete, Graeme Cumming (3:53:01) 5 Reynard Tissink, Brandon Harcus (4:03:41) Women’s teams 1 Hannele Steyn, Catherine Williamson (3:42:44) Mixed 1 Ian Seggie, Jane Seggie (4:25:52) 2 Craig Chidrawi, Charmaine Werdmuller (4:32:33) 3 Matthias Kubli, Denise Kubli (4:44:24) 4 Michael de Coster, Yolanda Witteveen (4:58:13) 5 Simon Knutton, Sandra Johannessen (5:45:04) Men’s solo 1 Karl Dossche (3:51:23) 2 Alan Tilling (3:51:24) 3 Malcolm Dods (4:00:47) 4 Peter Hall (4:05:59) 5 James Whitehouse (4:05:59) Women’s solo 1 Alma Colyn (3:36:10) 2 Mandy Langebrink (4:18:35) 3 Nicola Geldenhuys (4:46:35) 4 Chandre Wertheim Aymes (4:52:18) 5 Susan Thornton-Smith (5:07:34)
  6. Despite wet conditions, Pieter Seyffert and Travis Walker kicked off their new partnership on a perfect note by winning the opening stage of the seven-day TransCape mountain bike race today. Click here to view the article
  7. Mountain biking pro Pieter Seyffert (front) will team up with Travis Walker to ride for Ellsworth-ASG in the seven-day TransCape mountain bike race from Sunday. Photo: Warren Elsom In his first appearance at the TransCape, the 30-year-old said he was looking forward to teaming up with Walker under the Ellsworth-ASG banner for the 690km journey between Knysna and Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Seyffert said he and Walker – who recently returned to South Africa after racing in Italy – had both been looking for team-mates after his long-time partner Hanco Kachelhoffer retired following their victory in the Sanlam MTB Invitational in November last year. “This is a new combination and we have never raced together,” said Seyffert, who hails from Helderkruin on the West Rand. “In fact, I don’t think I have even raced against him. “Travis is from a cross country background and I come from a road cycling background, so it will be interesting to see how we pair up. The TransCape will provide a good guideline for us.” Seyffert said he had spent the last two years focusing on improving his technical skills and added he was confident he had made a successful transition to mountain biking. Although he will be new to the TransCape, which is presented by ASG Events, Seyffert said he was familiar with the terrain, having ridden in most of the areas the route will cover. “There is a real buzz and sense of expectancy in the mountain biking community around TransCape. “Because of the exceptional organisation and the special trails many riders expect the event to surpass the current offerings on the mountain bike stage race scene in South Africa. “So, of course, I can’t wait to experience it.” He added that their goal was to “definitely go for the overall win”, but that they would take things one day at a time. “As with any stage race your equipment has to be reliable and if you don’t get a puncture and don’t break anything, you have had a good tour,” he said. “We will try to play it fairly safe early on and assess the opposition in the first couple of stages to see if we can find any weaknesses. Then you can try to put them under some sort of pressure, for example on climbs or descents. “We will not look too far ahead. We will finish day one before we look at day two.” Seyffert said he and Walker – a 25-year-old from Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal – had done a lot of base training and were in good condition. “We have also done some intervals, although those sessions have not been too intense at this stage.” Looking back on last year, Seyffert said one of the highlights was winning the Magalies Monster in Rustenburg in May. He also fondly recalled his last few rides with Kachelhoffer. “It was great to finish off in a few races with Hanco, who is a good friend of mine. Our very last race was the Sanlam MTB Invitational near Paarl, which we won, so that was very special.” Visit www.transcapemtb.co.za for more information. Stage by stage:Stage 1 – Knysna to Wilderness (80km) Stage 2 – George to Van Wyksdorp (135km) Stage 3 – Van Wyksdorp to Riversdal (81km) Stage 4 – Riversdal to Swellendam (103km) Stage 5 – Swellendam to Greyton (112km) Stage 6 – Greyton to Villiersdorp (68km) Stage 7 – Villiersdorp to Franschhoek (78km)
  8. After a lengthy association with Hanco Kachelhoffer, mountain biking professional Pieter Seyffert will reveal a new partnership when he and Travis Walker tackle the seven-day TransCape mountain bike race from Sunday. Click here to view the article
  9. Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert ended a three-year partnership on a high note when they won the Sanlam MTB Invitational two-stage mountain bike race at Rhebokskloof near Paarl today. Click here to view the article
  10. The ASG duo won the 60km opening stage on Saturday to take a comfortable lead of just under six minutes into the second day. ASG’s Pieter Seyffert leads team-mate Hanco Kachelhoffer through a section of single-track on the final stage of the Sanlam MTB Invitational near Paarl today. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha. The buffer allowed them to control the racing and they eventually finished the punchy 40km final stage in second, just five seconds behind ASG’s Bennie Viljoen and Jaco Davel. Kachelhoffer and Seyffert took the title in an overall time of 4:37:33, followed by Viljoen and Davel in 4:43:16 and Flandria’s Linus and Leonardo van Onselen in 4:50:18. Kachelhoffer, who is moving into the retail side of the sport, said it was a special moment to end their partnership on a winning note. “This was our last race together as regular team-mates so it was great to win it overall,” said the 31-year-old, who lived in Johannesburg and George before moving to Paarl last month. “It’s nice to start a new chapter with a good result and to finish the year with a win.” Kachelhoffer said although their partnership had officially ended, he and the 30-year-old Seyffert would still be teaming up in some of the country’s top endurance races next year. Reflecting on today’s stage, he said their lead of 5:48 allowed a more relaxed approach early on with the idea of putting them in a good position for the more testing single-track that followed. “Today was quite short and we took control of the race early on by setting the tempo on the first climb,” said Kachelhoffer. “We have learnt our lessons over the years. It is the best strategy to relax a bit when you have a lead, because you want to be as fresh as possible for the technical sections and downhills. “In mountain biking you never know what can happen. You can easily make a mistake going around a corner and fall out of contention.” ASG’s Hanco Kachelhoffer (left) and Pieter Seyffert took overall honours in the Sanlam MTB Invitational two-stage race near Paarl this weekend. Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha He said Davel and Viljoen stayed with them and ultimately took the lead going into the decisive single-track section. “It takes you from about 10km out all the way to the finish and you can’t really pass, so we just stayed on their wheel and finished a few seconds behind.” Kachelhoffer said going into the race, which is presented by ASG Events, their aim was to finish on the podium and to “possibly win”. “Pieter is a fulltime professional so he was here for only one reason and that was to win. I had to try to hold on and just managed to do that.” He said he had found the route of the Sanlam MTB Invitational, which evolved from a one-day event, quite challenging. “Today’s stage was new and there was a long climb at the start which caused Pieter to say ‘what’s going on’,” he laughed. “And they have really done a good job with the new single-track right on the edge of that cliff. I thought at the time that if I had a fear of heights this might be a little intimidating, but we never complain about too much single-track so overall it was a great challenge.” The women’s race was won by Girls On Bikes’s Karla Groenewald and Sylma Jordaan in 6:44:38, with the mixed category going to Enduro Hub’s Tiaan Pretorius and Jenny Close in 5:26:05. The general classification results were: Men1. Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert (ASG) 4:37:33 2. Bennie Viljoen and Jaco Davel (ASG) 4:43:16 3. Linus and Leonardo van Onselen (Father and Son Flandria) 4:50:18 Women 1. Karla Groenewald and Sylma Jordaan (Girls On Bikes) 6:44:38 2. Tania Rossouw and Estelle van Schalkwyk Morland (Tulbagh Street) 7:01:57 Mixed 1. Jenny Close and Tiaan Pretorius (Enduro Hub) 5:26:05 2. Anja van Zyl and Erik Knoetze (Almost There) 5:44:10 3. Ilse Viljoen and Constant Viljoen (Viljoens) 6:04:25
  11. Pieter Seyffert and Robyn De Groot’s FNB Magalies Monster victories at the ATKV in Buffelspoort on Saturday, 21 May 2016 did not come without its fair share of challenges. Click here to view the article
  12. Seyffert completed the 70km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic in an impressive time of 03 hours 26 minutes 31 seconds. “The route was very challenging,” says a delighted Seyffert. “I took it easy on the technical and flat sections, and pushed on the uphills. There were sections without single track that were really bumpy and rocky. I felt for the guys that were on hardtail mountain bikes today. The competition is getting stronger every year. It feels really good to still be able to walk away with a win.” Nico Sterk came in second, while Julius Cobbett finished third. [caption]Pieter Seyffert was the rider to beat in the men’s 70km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic at the ATKV in Buffelspoort on Saturday, 21 May 2016. Seyffert claimed gold in an impressive time of 03 hours 26 minutes 31 seconds. Seen here: Pieter Seyffert in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg[/cpation] “The route was easier than what I remembered,” says De Groot. “There wasn’t as much climbing, but it was good. Amy had a great race and added some pressure in the beginning. I knew the route though, so I wasn’t stressed.” “It was nice and technical,” continues De Groot. “I came off of my bike on a downhill that was about 20km from the finish. The fall definitely disturbed my rhythm. I could feel my collarbone, but I felt comfortable holding onto my handlebars. Crossing the finish line first is a nice feeling, especially after my crash. The FNB Magalies Monster is a good race to win. I really think more professional mountain bikers should race this event.” De Groot’s 70km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic victory was secured in a well-deserved time of 03 hours 38 minutes 37 seconds. Amy Beth McDougall came in second, while Theresa Ralph finished third. One of the North West Province’s most revered mountain bike races, the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic caters for mountain bikers of all fitness levels by offering a 15km, 35km and 70km route. Brandon Van der Berg secured the top spot on the podium in the men’s 35km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic in a time of 01 hour 45 minutes 28 seconds. Pieter du Toit came in second, while Brendan van Eeden finished third. Danielle Strydom was the lady to beat in the women’s 35km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic crossing the finish line first in 02 hours 01 minutes 52 seconds. Kristen Louw came in second, while Herne Visser finished third. The 15km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic was the source of much excitement with Ian Els crossing the line first in the men’s race in 43 minutes 34 seconds. Liam Mccoy came in second, while Bertie Anderson finished third. In the women’s 15km FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic Monique van Wyk was the first rider home in 49 minutes 47 seconds. Jone van Eeden came in second, while Natalie Strydom finished third. “The camaraderie, spectacular route and intense competition makes this race one of the toughest mountain biking events in the region. This competition is rapidly becoming a flagship event for cyclists in and outside of South Africa, and FNB Business is delighted to be in a position to enable this experience for the cycle enthusiast, including our clients. We congratulate all the participants and the winners and look forward to seeing them next year,” says Mike Vacy- Lyle, CEO FNB Business. TOP 5 RESULTS: 2016 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic Date: Saturday, 21 May 2016 Venue: ATKV in BuffelspoortMen 70km 1 Pieter Seyffert 03:26:31, 2 Nico Sterk 03:27:07, 3 Julius Cobbett 03:31:14, 4 Franco Ferreira 03:32:12, 5 Fanie Venter 03:33:24 Women 70km 1 Robyn De Groot 03:38:37, 2 Amy Beth 03:42:53, 3 Theresa Ralph 03:53:34, 4 Tamaryn Kietzmann 04:13:51, 5 Bonny Swanepoel 04:17:02 Men 35km 1 Brandon Van der Berg 01:45:28, 2 Pieter du Toit 01:45:29, 3 Brendan van Eeden 01:49:21, 4 Juan-Pierre Van der Merwe 01:53:49, 5 Riaan Greyling 01:56:00 Women 35km 1 Danielle Strydom 02:01:52, 2 Kristen Louw 02:04:28, 3 Herme Visser 02:23:08, 4 Chantelle Van Staden 02:32:14, 5 Amelia Du Toit 02:34:28 Men 15km 1 Monique Van Wyk 00:49:47, 2 Jone van Eeden 00:50:46, 3 Natalie Strydom 00:52:53, 4 Jennette Visser 00:56:06, 5 Nicole Botha 00:56:40 Women 15km 1 Ian Els 00:43:34, 2 Liam Mccoy 00:43:44, 3 Bertie Anderson 00:48:32, 4 Vincent Buter 00:53:23, 5 Andrico Espach 00:53:43
  13. Kevin Evans and Pieter Seyffert drew first blood on the opening stage of the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek near Addo, just outside Port Elizabeth, on Friday. Click here to view the article
  14. Evans and Seyffert powered away from defending champion Andrew Hill and teammate Chris Wolhuter on the historic Zuurberg Pass to open up more than a minute’s lead in the 200km mountain bike race. Pieter Seyffert (left) and Kevin Evans of Biogen Volcan-Altech Autopage drew first blood on the opening stage of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek near Addo outside Port Elizabeth on Friday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. The Biogen Volcan-Altech Autopage duo sailed into the finish at Zuurberg Mountain Village to claim the 66km stage in a time of 2:40:27, followed by TIB Insurance’s Hill and Wolhuter in 2:41:46. Former Western Province U23 cross-country champion Jurgens Uys and his Isostar partner Jason Meaton completed the day’s podium in 2:48:59. According to Evans, things had not gone according to plan as they had originally decided to make an easy start to the racing. “We both felt good early on, so then we pushed it and had a nice gap by the middle of the stage.” After the opening gravel stretch, the top two teams got away together on the Seven Dwarves descent into the horse trails section of the Addo Elephant National Park. Then Evans and Seyffert put in a major effort on the first big ascent of the day, Monty’s Climb, up to waterpoint one at 18km. They extended the gap into the undulating Sundays River Valley section and were one minute and 20 seconds clear of Hill and Wolhuter by the second waterpoint after 35km. The chasing team made up time rolling through the thick African bushveld inside Intsomi Game Reserve and were thirty seconds off by the time they exited the reserve. “We got to see quite a lot of wildlife out there. There was one big majestic giraffe in front of us that also slowed us down a little,” laughed Evans. By the third waterpoint at Hayterdale Trails at the bottom of the pass, Hill and Wolhuter were just 15 seconds behind and closing in. But Evans and Seyffert tapped their reserves to put more than a minute into the second-placed team on the climb to take a comfortable stage win. “We need to save some legs for the last two stages because judging by today’s so-called easy day it’s going to be quite hard,” added Evans. Seven-time national road champion Anriette Schoeman and Africa Silks teammate John Wakefield made short work of the opening gravel road stretch before riding away from their mixed category rivals on the first climb to dominate the stage in 3:14:27. Last year’s winners Lester Tait and Siska van der Bijl of Red Cherry were a distant second in 3:39:51, with husband-and-wife Gerhard and Junita Kruger third for PwC in 3:45:17. “John had other ideas today and I just had to go with the move,” said Schoeman. “The trails were magnificent but my legs suffered. I hope I have enough in the tank for tomorrow.” The Merrell Ladies pairing of SanMari Woithe and Andrea Shirley are clearly on the hunt for a second consecutive victory in the women’s race after taking the stage win in 3:34:46. Visit www.greatzuurbergtrek.co.za. Follow @zuurbergtrekker or find the race on Facebook.
  15. Pieter Seyffert of Altech-Autopage was the inaugural winner of the Bestmed National MTB Series. Photo: Full Stop Communications Seyffert (Altech-Autopage) won both the Lost City MTB Challenge and Satellite MTB Classic en route to series victory, while Bateson won the 25km Ballito Expedition race for their share of the R15 000 prize purse. The seven-race series rolled out across five provinces this year, starting with the Walkerville MTB Classic in Gauteng in May and culminating in the Paarl MTB Classic in the Western Cape on November 21. According to race director Wynand de Villiers of ASG Events, the concept had been wonderfully received by the cycling fraternity. “While it’s great for the elite riders to have an added incentive to race for, for us it was more about rewarding the social riders who are loyal to our brands and to our events. “We have so many people who take part in just about all of our races and the series concept has allowed us to find a way to reward them.” Those who finished four or more races received a special finisher’s T-shirt and series medal as well as discounts on a range of ASG Sport brands. De Villiers said the idea behind the series was to create a credible, consistent and trusted racing brand on the national calendar. “No matter where you are, as a rider you can have faith that you won’t be disappointed and will know what to expect.” With more than 1 600m of climbing in 60km, he said the iconic Paarl race attracted over a thousand participants and was perhaps the toughest and most fitting event with which to finish the series. “We took a large bite out of the apple this year with the creation of the series and our goal for 2016 is simply to refine things and add more value to the events,” said De Villiers Chris Luyt, head of marketing and distribution for Bestmed, said the medical scheme was very excited about the series and that its value would grow over the next few years as it continued to gain recognition. “Now that participants are recognised with their race statistics in the total ranking system, I think it’s going to do a lot for cyclists in South Africa, and hopefully for Bestmed as well, as the core sponsor of the series.” Luyt said the prime objective was to encourage greater participation in cycling and to establish Bestmed as a trusted brand in the cycling fraternity. “From our point of view it was a way to acknowledge those participants who took part in one or more races, create a community that appreciates excellence and present Bestmed as a brand that is proud of its five wellness pillars. “The series gives recognition to those individuals who are really serious about being active, healthy and happy.” In support of these ambitions, he said the medical scheme had instituted a number of race-day initiatives. “We focus very strongly on health and safety. Our alliance with Cansa ensures that all participants get free sunscreen and we’ll also be making UV sleeves available for purchase, which help to prevent skin cancer.” Bestmed members receive additional benefits such as blue ICE emergency identity tags and access to a hospitality zone, where they can get racing tips from some of the elite riders. “We also have an award for the best male and female Bestmed member of the day,” said Luyt. “However, regardless of whether you are a member or not, at a Bestmed event you can be assured that we make sure safety comes first and you experience a world-class event, with lots of family activities.” The Bestmed National MTB Series races were: Walkerville MTB Classic (May 23), Sondela MTB Challenge (June 27 and 28), Powerade Lost City MTB Challenge (August 16), Makro MTB Challenge (September 5), Satellite MTB Classic (October 18), Ballito Expedition (November 14) and Paarl MTB Classic (November 21). BESTMED NATIONAL MTB SERIES STANDINGS: Men – overall 1. Pieter Seyffert 2. Alasdair Garnett Callum Hilton Gerrit Rautenbach Kobus Burger Martin Wesemann Matthew Wilkinson Michael Pullock Nic White Rikus Visser Rossouw Bekker(Note: All 10 riders shared second place as they achieved the same overall score on the ranking index.) Women – overall 1. Chloe Bateson 2. Ronel van Straaten 3. Mandy de Beer 4. Lize-Mari Ras 5. Naomi Visser 6. Adri van den Heever 7. Andrea de Waal 8. Teresa Coetzee 9. Chantelle van Staden 10. Alma BesterFor more information, visit www.asgevents.co.za and click on the Bestmed National Series tab.
  16. Pieter Seyffert and Chloe Bateson have emerged as the overall male and female champions in the inaugural Bestmed National Mountain Biking Series, which drew to a close earlier this month. Click here to view the article
  17. West Rand cyclist Pieter Seyffert will be seeking the double crown in the Bestmed Satellite Classic when he lines up for both the road and mountain bike feature races on October 17 and 18. Click here to view the article
  18. Seyffert, who lives in Helderkruin, said the race routes, which start from Saloon Route 66 on the Hartbeeshoek road, played to his strength as an all-rounder. Altech-Autopage rider Pieter Seyffert, pictured here winning the Bestmed Lost City MTB Classic, will be aiming for both the mountain bike and road race titles at the Bestmed Satellite Classic, presented by ASG, on October 17 and 18. Photo: Full Stop Communications. "I know the roads well as they are my training routes. It would be nice if I could do the double and it would be even more special because it would be on home ground." As joint leader in the mountain bike standings for the Bestmed National Cycling Series, Seyffert said a race win would improve his chances of an overall victory. This season has been marked by a strong competitive comeback from the 28-year-old, who returned to cycling in April after an enforced two-year hiatus from the sport. "I'm feeling very confident and I'm enjoying cycling again. I've always enjoyed it. In my opinion, a happy rider is a good rider. "I've done close to 40 race days in total and been on the podium or in the top 10 for basically everything." Seyffert said he was proud to be in the press for positive reasons once more. With mountain bike racing now his main focus as part of the Altech-Autopage set-up, he kicked off his season with a notable second place alongside regular partner Hanco Kachelhoffer in the Old Mutual joBerg2c. Seyffert has also enjoyed wins in off-road events such as the Bestmed Lost City MTB Classic and the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek with Kevin Evans. On the road, he finished second in the inaugural Bestmed Capital Classic in May and third in the Dome2Dome this past weekend. Seyffert also demonstrated his tour riding abilities when he claimed the king of the mountains jersey at the Bestmed Jock Tour in June. "I haven't won a race on the road so far this year," conceded the former roadie, who is hoping to correct that situation come Satellite Classic. "It would just put the cherry on the cake for this season." He said he was unsure what to expect from the 40km mountain bike race, as he had never ridden it before, but was looking forward to getting back to the road classic. The 106km route straddles the border between Gauteng and the North-West province and is dominated by the imposing Hekpoort climb in the latter stages of the race. "It's a very physical route and unlike many races, it's not a pure sprinter's course," said Seyffert. "It's undulating, and there are a lot of climbs that aren't too long but still give you the opportunity to get away." The line-up of road races on the Saturday includes 106km and 80km options - both premier seeding events for the Cape Town Cycle Tour - and a new 60km route aimed at social riders. The 40km and 20km mountain bike events follow on the Sunday. Road race entries close on October 6, with the off-road cut-off on October 11. A portion of entry fees from the weekend festival of cycling, which is presented by ASG, will go to the Cancer Association of South Africa. Visit www.asgevents.co.za/satelliteclassic or find the race on Facebook and Twitter.
  19. Seyffert got away on the first climb of the 55km route and stayed away over the two-lap circuit to claim an uncontested win at the Sun City resort in 1:51:40. Behind him, a ding-dong battle for second place ensued, with Kai Pritzen fighting off a strong challenge from Kobus Wagner to finish two seconds ahead of his rival in 1:53:59. Pieter Seyffert (Altech-Autopage) celebrates his victory in the Bestmed Lost City MTB race at Sun City in the North-West Province on Sunday. Photo: Full Stop Communications. Seyffert, who rides in the colours of Altech-Autopage, said the revamped feature route had offered a more technically demanding course with a few additional climbing challenges early on. “The race started splitting up in the first six or seven kilometres and I managed to pull a gap on the first climb and just kept it to the finish.” The win is sweet consolation for the 28-year-old Helderkruin resident, who punctured out of the lead bunch with 30km to go in Saturday’s Lost City Cycle Classic. In the women’s mountain bike race, Bestmed-ASG swept the podium, with Sanet Coetzee making a winning debut for the team in a time of 2:10:52. Her teammates Mariette Hattingh (2:17:28) and Michelle Benson (2:19:00) completed the rout, taking second and third respectively. Coetzee, who is the national road champion and marathon silver medallist in the 30 to 34 age group, also finished a respectable fifth in the Lost City road race. “I didn’t know how today was going to turn out because my legs were feeling a bit tired from yesterday’s road race,” she admitted. “We started quite hard – it was like a cross-country race.” The 31-year-old said the pace remained flat out over both laps of what she described as a “proper mountain biking” course. “In the end, it turned out well for me. I won today and I’m really happy about that.” Both the road and mountain bike feature races formed part of the Lost City Cycle 4 Cansa weekend in aid of the North-West branch of the Cancer Association of South Africa. They are also part of the Bestmed National Cycling Series. For more information, visit www.cansalostcity.co.za, find Lost City Cycle Festival on Facebook or follow @lostcitycycle.
  20. Roadie turned mountain biker Pieter Seyffert showed his all-round racing abilities when he soloed to victory at the Bestmed Lost City mountain bike race in the Pilanesberg region of the North-West Province on Sunday. Click here to view the article
  21. Kevin Evans sealed what could be one of the last wins of his professional career when he and teammate Pieter Seyffert claimed the overall victory in the second edition of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race near Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Click here to view the article
  22. Kevin Evans (front) leads the pack on the final climb up Zuurberg Pass in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Evans and Seyffert took the overall win in the three-day mountain bike race near Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Photo: Full Stop Communications. Evans and Seyffert (Biogen Volcan-Altech Autopage) were one second behind defending champion Andrew Hill and partner Chris Wolhuter (TIB Insurance) in the 50km final stage that finished at Zuurberg Mountain Village. The duo, who hail from Plettenberg Bay and Johannesburg respectively, clocked 2:26:52 to secure the title in 8:50:21. Despite taking their second stage win, Hill and Wolhuter could not erase the deficit of more than a minute created by the overnight leaders on the opening day. They retained their runner-up spot in the general classification throughout to finish in 8:51:38. The rising Isostar pairing of Jurgens Uys and Jason Meaton rounded out the daily podium in 2:29:36 to remain third in the standings in 9:22:00. The podium finishers in the PwC Great Zuurberg mountain bike race were (from left) third-placed Jason Meaton and Jurgens Uys, winners Pieter Seyffert and Kevin Evans, and runners-up Chris Wolhuter and Andrew Hill. The three-stage mountain bike race finished at Zuurberg Mountain Village near Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Photo: Full Stop Communications. Multiple South African marathon champion Evans said the win in the three-day Eastern Cape race was a special one for him. “It’s possibly one of my last ones, so it’s nice to tick off the Zuurberg Trek as one of the races that I’ve won.” Seyffert said it was an honour to race alongside Evans in his final season as a pro. “And then to take the win just tops it off.” Seyffert, who finished second with Hanco Kachelhoffer in the Old Mutual joBerg2c earlier this month, said he and Evans had been climbing well since taking the opening stage. “So with our lead and knowing the pass was coming, we decided not to take any unnecessary risks on the descents today. Chris and Andrew pushed very hard on the technical single-track sections but we kept our cool and luckily had no mechanicals.” Mountain biker Andrea Shirley in action in the Addo bushveld during the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Shirley and teammate SanMari Woithe defended their title in the three-stage mountain bike race near Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Photo: Full Stop Communications. The foursome rolled together with Meaton and Uys for most of the day. However, on the final climb, Evans and Seyffert upped the tempo to drop the youngsters. Then it was left to the top two teams to tough it out, with Hill working hard on the front in the closing kilometres. Turning into the finishing straight, Wolhuter took the more risky outside line but stayed upright to cross the line first, followed by Seyffert, his teammate Hill, and Evans. In the women’s race, the Merrell team of Andrea Shirley and SanMari Woithe took their third consecutive stage win in 3:15:24 to defend their title in 12:00:22. “It’s not easy but I think it’s one of the most scenic races in the Eastern Cape if not the country,” said Shirley. Mixed category leader Anriette Schoeman clipped a pole and crashed heavily within the first 12km but recovered well to win the stage in 2:57:03. Seven-time South African road champion Anriette Schoeman in action in the Addo bushveld during the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek. Schoeman and teammate John Wakefield won the mixed category in the three-stage mountain bike race near Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Photo: Full Stop Communications She concluded an uncontested overall victory in 10:58:53 with Africa Silks teammate John Wakefield. Visit www.greatzuurbergtrek.co.za. Follow @zuurbergtrekker or find the race on Facebook.
  23. Chris Wolhuter and Andrew Hill took one back from overnight leaders Kevin Evans and Pieter Seyffert as they sprinted to the stage win on day two of the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek near Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  24. Chris Wolhuter (left) and Andrew Hill (second from left) outsprint Kevin Evans and Pieter Seyffert (far right) to claim the second stage of the three-day PwC Great Zuurberg Trek near Addo outside Port Elizabeth on Saturday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. Wolhuter and Hill, riding in the colours of TIB Insurance, finished in 3:43:01 to hold the Biogen Volcan-Altech Autopage duo at bay by a single second to claim the 78km queen stage that took in remote portions of the Addo Elephant National Park. Cycle Lab’s Andrew Mclean and Bruce Diesel finished a distant third in 4:03:00 on the tough stage that featured almost 2 000m of climbing. Evans and Seyffert retain their positions at the top of the leaderboard with an aggregate time of 6:23:29 and will take a 1:18 lead into the final day. The young Isostar team of Jurgens Uys and Jason Meaton finished fourth in 4:03:25 to remain third in the general classification in 6:52:24. The stage is now set for an interesting showdown on the fast-paced 50km final stage. While Wolhuter and Hill may have the technical advantage on the Hayterdale cross-country trails, the race could come down to the final climb up Zuurberg Pass, where Evans and Seyffert asserted their authority on the opening stage. “I think a minute’s enough to win this race if you don’t have any bad luck or mechanicals,” said Evans. “Andrew and Chris were stronger today than yesterday, so our goal was just to ride with them, not lose time and defend our lead.” The race started at a brisk pace as the riders descended into the valley from Camp Figtree towards Slagboom Dam, with the foursome going clear on the technical Monty’s Python climb just before the first waterpoint. “Then we climbed up and out of the Addo Park grasslands, where I just sat at the front and rode a nice consistent pace,” said defending champion Hill. On one of the recommended portage sections after the second waterpoint, the Isostar youngsters caught the leaders but the elastic snapped once more when the tempo was increased. There were some anxious moments for the overall leaders when Evans’s chain kept dropping, forcing him and Seyffert to chase back several times in the vicinity of the radio mast high on the northern ridge of the Zuurberg mountains. “We then set a really strong pace through the third and fourth waterpoints along the Karoo Koppies section, with a tailwind behind us and a nice smooth track,” said Hill. However, his turn for trouble came when a lead motorbike crashed in front of him, snagging a roll of farm fencing and his rear wheel in the process. After extricating Hill from the barbed wire, the foursome paced together on For Pete’s Sake, the final sting in the tail climb, before deciding the stage in a nail-biting finishing sprint. In the women’s race, the Merrell team of Andrea Shirley and Sanmari Woithe claimed their second stage victory in 5:10:12 for a combined time of 8:44:58. Multiple Cape Town Cycle Tour champion Anriette Schoeman and Africa Silks teammate John Wakefield won the day in the mixed category in 4:47:23 for an overall time of 8:01:50. Visit http://www.greatzuurbergtrek.co.za. Follow @zuurbergtrekker or find the race on Facebook.
  25. Pieter Seyffert (left) and Hanco Kachelhoffer of Altech Autopage Karan Beef celebrate their first stage win on day seven of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c near Ixopo on Thursday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. The Altech Autopage Karan Beef pair hung on in a tight run into the finish at MacKenzie Club near Ixopo to claim the win over 79km in 2:58:09. Multiple national time-trial champion David George and teammate Justin Tuck of The Gear Change were second on the day in 2:58:13, while race leaders Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck of EAI Cycling came in for third a further second back. Rabie and Combrinck now take a commanding 19-minute lead (27:45:48) into the penultimate stage of the 900km race. Kachelhoffer and Seyffert move into second overall (28:05:02) in the absence of overnight runners-up Tyronne White and Andrew Hill. The Avis Van Rental duo was forced out of the race after White sustained a knee injury in a crash on Wednesday. Third place in the general classification now belongs to George and Tuck (28:10:51). “This stage is always so fast and I think everyone looks forward to seeing how fast they can go on the flowing singletracks, so we knew it would come down to a bunch sprint,” said Kachelhoffer. “Luckily, today Pieter and I had good legs into the finish.” In the other racing categories, some leads changed hands while others extended their already substantial time gaps. There was an upset in the mixed category as Seattle Coffee’s Billy Stelling and Carmen Buchacher stormed through the singletrack trails ahead of overnight leaders, an under-the-weather Samantha Sanders and teammate Justin Victor of Valencia Cycling. Stelling and Buchacher finished first on the stage in 3:09:49 to slip into the overall lead in 31:21:43 – a full five-and-a-half minutes ahead of Sanders and Victor. “I rode with the second group through the Oak Lane dual track and my plan had been to wait for Carmen and give her a hand up the hill on the Red Bull Run,” said Stelling. “But then she came out in front and just rode brilliantly. We were just aiming to consolidate second but she rode so well today that the race is on again.” Former downhill racer Victor said he and Sanders were particularly strong on the technical sections and would be looking to take the lead back on the Umkomaas descent on Friday. Hanco Kachelhoffer, riding in the colours of Altech Autopage Karan Beef, sprints to the stage win for his team on day seven of the Old Mutual joBerg2c near Ixopo on Thursday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. Women’s race leaders Catherine Williamson and Yolande de Villiers continued their total domination of their category, with a seventh straight win for SasolRacing in 3:17:16 (30:56:18). The City Lodge vets and masters categories remain unchanged with HiddenHunger’s David de Lima and Sean Henderson topping the former in 3:16:25 (31:11:26) and USN-Cycle Lab’s Chris Brand and Paul Furbank claiming the latter in 3:15:16 (30:09:23). In the dice for the solo category, Timothy Hammond and Nico Pfitzenmaier were awarded the same time of 2:58:36 on the stage to keep Hammond in the overall lead (28:29:41). Solo woman Paula Hardy kept top spot in the standings (34:24:39) with the stage win in 3:49:48. Day eight of the nine-day race sees riders descend over 2 163m into the Umkomaas River Valley as they take on the 99km route to Jolivet Farm in the vicinity of Highflats in KwaZulu-Natal. The race culminates on the South Coast at Scottburgh main beach on Saturday. For the full results and all the highlights from the daily stages, delivered by Avis Van Rental, visit www.joberg2c.co.za. For updates, follow @joberg2c_journo or find the race on Facebook. RESULTS Stage 7 Men: 1. Pieter Seyffert & Hanco Kachelhoffer (Altech Autopage Karan Beef) 2:58:09; 2. David George & Justin Tuck (The Gear Change) 2:58:13; 3. Johann Rabie & Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling) 2:58:14 Women: 1. Catherine Williamson & Yolande de Villiers (SasolRacing) 3:17:16; 2. Sarah van Heerden & Cindy Theunissen (Old Mutual) 3:48:56; 3. Carla Plens & Graziela Takay (Brazil Legionarias) 4:16:16 Mixed: 1. Carmen Buchacher & Billy Stelling (Seattle Coffee) 3:09:49; 2. Samantha Sanders & Justin Victor (Valencia Mixed) 3:20:34; 3. Hayley Smith & Darryn Purtell (Bell Equipment) 3:34:48 Overall Men: 1. Johann Rabie & Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling) 27:45:48; 2. Pieter Seyffert & Hanco Kachelhoffer (Altech Autopage Karan Beef) 28:05:02; 3. David George & Justin Tuck (The Gear Change) 28:10:51 Women: 1. Catherine Williamson & Yolande de Villiers (SasolRacing) 30:56:18; 2. Sarah van Heerden & Cindy Theunissen (Old Mutual) 34:31:22; 3. Ann Olivier & Shirley-Ann van Heerden (Mazi Capital) 38:23:17 Mixed: 1. Carmen Buchacher & Billy Stelling (Seattle Coffee) 31:21:43; 2. Samantha Sanders & Justin Victor (Valencia Mixed) 31:27:14; 3. Hayley Smith & Darryn Purtell (Bell Equipment) 33:00:19
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