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  1. Aloft his Merida 96 Team issue, the 18 year-old Kokstad based rider overcame both his fellow competitors and the day’s hot and sandy conditions as he charged to victory in the Half-Marathon event of the seven-race series’ Rooiberg leg on Saturday, narrowly edging out junior national marathon champion Wessel Botha and Jean-Pierre Lloyd. 19 year-old Reinhard Zellhuber secured his third consecutive Ashburton National MTB Series on the weekend when he claimed victory in the Half-Marathon event of the seventh and final leg in Rooiberg, rounding out his junior career in resounding fashion. Jetline Action Photo/ Gameplan Media “I was caught a little off-guard by the pace that the other guys set early on and they managed to open a two hundred metre gap over me quite quickly,” explains Zellhuber. “Once I caught them I looked to save as much energy as possible, especially as I knew there weren’t any climbs or other opportunities to try attack and get away from the others.” “Towards the end of the race I started feeling a bit stronger and so I looked to try do as little work as possible and then fortunately managed to make my move stick right at the end and take the win.” The triumph came as Zellhuber’s fifth race win in this year’s series, having also finished on the top step of the podium at the Sabie, Van Gaalen, Ballito and Dullstroom clashes, handing him the series’ Junior Boys’ spoils for a second year running and adding to the Youth crown he claimed in 2014. “Winning the National MTB Series, especially for a third time, really means a lot to me!” says the 32Gi/Garrun Group/The Bicycle Company rider. “The series has done a lot for me as a young rider and I’ve been working really hard for the title this year. “Retaining the Junior title has definitely been harder than winning it in my first year as a junior because the racing has been really tough this year and the competition has been very strong,” says Zellhuber. Over and above his National MTB Series title, the versatile competitor performed with aplomb at cross country, marathon and stage race events the country over throughout 2016. Despite missing two STIHL SA Cup Series legs, as well as the SA National Marathon Championships and African Continental Championships, due to illness, victories at the first and fifth SA Cup Series events in Nelspruit and Bloemfontein respectively as well as two second places at the Pietermaritzburg and Port Elizabeth legs, saw Zellhuber finish fourth overall. The emerging young talent also claimed the spoils at the two-day Fedauto Sani Dragon stage race in the Southern Drakensberg with team mate Marc Fourie. “I’m really chuffed with how the season went for me this year,” says Zellhuber. “I tried to do as well as I could across all three disciplines as I looked to see which of the three I enjoyed the most. “I also put in a lot of hard work this year, so it was great to see how it all paid off in the end.” 2016’s noteworthy success has come at the perfect time for Zellhuber, who will take good confidence from his successes in 2016 with him as he starts the next chapter of his racing career next year – the Under-23 Men’s division. Stepping up an age group in 2017 will see Zellhuber tasked with a number of fresh challenges however the exciting youngster is keen to tackle all that comes his way with the same determination and vigour as he has done throughout his Junior years. “The competition is insanely strong in the Under-23 age group. “At the moment I’m just focusing on putting in a really good base phase during the off- and pre-season though, and then I’ll look to take things as they come and learn as much as I can next year. “In 2017 I’ll focus mainly on cross country racing as I look to take part in five of the World Cup circuit’s events, including the opening two legs in Czech Republic and Germany, while the Ashburton National MTB Series will be another focus of mine for the year. “I’ve never raced overseas before; the furthest I’ve competed outside of South Africa is the African Continental Champs in Lesotho. “I’m very excited to compete abroad and to race at World Cup level and winning the National MTB Series has done a lot for my confidence too!”
  2. Exciting young mountain biking talent, Reinhard Zellhuber capped off an unforgettable 2016 cycling season by claiming a third consecutive Ashburton National MTB Series title over the weekend, bringing down the curtain on his Junior years of racing in emphatic style. Click here to view the article
  3. Two faultless days’ racing by Reinhard Zellhuber and Marc Fourie, including a determined effort up the iconic Sani Pass on Saturday, handed the talented young mountain biking pair consecutive stage victories and saw them crowned 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota champions. Click here to view the article
  4. Fedauto's Reinhard Zellhuber (left) and Marc Fourie (right) claim their victory at the 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota after summiting the iconic Sani Pass. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The win comes as a maiden stage race success for Kokstad’s Zellhuber and Bloemfontein’s Fourie both individually and as a combination – a partnership the Fedauto duo hope will continue to blossom after such a positive beginning this weekend. “I’m really happy that Marc and I managed to take the win here!” said 19 year-old Zellhuber. “We had to work together as a team quite a bit, keep motivating each and making sure that we didn’t look to push too hard, especially at the beginning.” “Reinhard and I are both super competitive and usually try to kill each other out there when we’re racing against each other so it was a pleasure to ride with him and not against him for once,” added 18 year-old Fourie. Fedauto's Reinhard Zellhuber (front) and Marc Fourie (back) and the rest of the 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota participants were treated to idyllic conditions during the Sani Pass climb. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “Hopefully this is the beginning of something big for us and I think we’ll look to race together more in the future for sure.” Having started day two with a handy two minute lead over their nearest rivals – Dream Team’s Hendrik Bester and Brennan Anderson – the previously untested Fedauto combination dug deep to overcome the testing second day’s route and keep their fellow title hopefuls at bay. The event’s main attraction – the climb up to the finish line at the top of Sani Pass – presented the Fedauto pair with one of the tallest challenges of their fledgling careers however the youngsters charged on bravely to claim victory overall while Zellhuber clinched the King of the Mountains award as well. “The climb was pretty tough but the view from the top of Sani Pass is absolutely insane,” said Zellhuber. “It was definitely one of my hardest days on a bicycle ever,” agreed Fourie. “The stage is only 32km long but it really is brutal!” “Overall though, the area is just so beautiful and the Sani Dragon is one of the most beautiful events that I’ve ever done. “The trails we rode on during the first stage were amazing and then the view from the top of Sani Pass is incredible.” Dream Team's Brennan Anderson (left) and Hendrik Bester (right) from Amanzimtoti finished second overall after Saturday's second stage of the 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota while HB Trading's Grant Lavers (centre) claimed the Sani Dragon solo men's title. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Amanzimtoti’s Bester and Anderson gave it their all to as they attacked from the outset and opened a small gap on the overnight leaders early on. They were however unable to match the exuberance of youth in the end though and having been reeled in shortly after reaching the dirt road at the start of the Sani Pass climb, ultimately had to settle for second place. After two solid days of racing, Mielie & Wood’s Carel le Roux and Grant Underwood claimed the bottom step on the podium while Mortimer Toyota’s Chris van der Linde and Rowan Bernstein and In It To Finish It’s Ian Sayer and Andrew Glover finished fourth and fifth respectively. Drop off Daisies’ Sarah Matcher and Rialette Kruger were unrivalled at the front of the women’s race while Cleats and Cleavage’s Retha and Gertjie Harmse the mixed category’s overall honours. The testing final switchback section up Sani Pass had many 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota participants digging deep as the charged to the top. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media In the Sani Dragon solo event HB Trading's Grant Lavers extended his overnight lead to secure the men’s crown while Miroda Otto continued her supremacy to claim the women’s spoils. “This is my first real win so I’m really stoked!” exuded 42 year-old Lavers from Kamberg. “I’m very chuffed, it was a lovely two days of riding and to get the Queen of the Mountains award was a nice little bonus too,” added Umhlanga’s Otto, who hoped the climb up Sani Pass would help prepare her for The Pioneer stage race in New Zealand in February. The shorter Sani Dragon Lite event saw Zellhuber’s younger brother, Heinrich and his Fedauto/Russell White team mate Ethan Kemp race to victory in the team category while Gregg McDonagh furthered his overnight lead to win the men’s title and a gutsy second stage effort by Melissa Abbey saw her surpass Shareen Snyman to clinch the women’s division. More information can be found at www.sanidragon.co.za. SUMMARY OF RESULTS 2016 FEDAUTO SANI DRAGON IN ASSOCIATION WITH MORTIMER TOYOTA (GENERAL CLASSIFICATION)SANI DRAGON TEAMS Men 1.Fedauto (Reinhard Zellhuber/Marc Fourie) 4:14.00 2.Dream Team (Hendrik Bester/Brennan Anderson) 4:26.00 3.Mielie & Wood (Carel le Roux/Grant Underwood) 4:56.00 4.Mortimer Toyota (Chris van der Linde/Rowan Bernstein) 5:15.00 5.In It To Finish It (Ian Sayer/Andrew Glover) 5:25.00 Women 1.Drop Off Daisies (Sarah Matcher/Rialette Kruger) 7:19.00 2.Pic n Mix (Elma York/Estie Potgieter) Mixed 1.Cleats & Cleavage (Retha Harmse/Gertjie Harmse) 6:45.00 2.50 Shades of Grey (Roger Clark/Elizabeth Clark) 3.Team Peas (Grant Cowen/Lee MacPherson) SOLO Men 1.Grant Lavers 4:26.00 2.Theo Jordaan 4:37.00 3.Grant Langley 4:57.00 Women 1.Miroda Otto 5:31.00 SANI DRAGON LITE TEAMS Men 1.Fedauto/Russell White (Heinrich Zellhuber/Ethan Kemp) 3:48.00 Mixed 1.The Greenenders (Angela Walker/Rob Walker) 6:34.00 SOLO Men 1.Gregg McDonagh 3:36.00 Women 1.Melissa Abbey 5:16.00
  5. Youngsters Reinhard Zellhuber and Marc Fourie claimed line honours and a healthy early advantage over their nearest rivals during their stage one victory at the 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota in the Southern Drakensberg on Friday while there were smiles aplenty from the rest of the field at the end of the 56km mountain biking adventure. Click here to view the article
  6. Fedauto's Reinhard Zellhuber (left) and Marc Fourie (right) charged to victory in the opening stage of the 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The talented young Fedauto duo took on the chilly early morning conditions and their competitors alike as they surged to the front of the intimate field from the get-go and soon opened up an unassailable lead over the Dream Team chase pair of Hendrik Bester and Brennan Anderson. Try as they may, Amanzimtoti’s Bester and Anderson were powerless in preventing Kokstad’s Zellhuber and Bloemfontein’s Fourie from improving their lead at the front of the field the longer the opening stage went on. “We’re really chuffed with our stage win,” explained Zellhuber. “It was pretty cold at the start so we decided to try get away from the others quite early on, get out of sight and then give ourselves a chance to recover, which worked well for us.” Mortimer Toyota's Chris van der Linde (front) and Rowan Bernstein (back) from Newcastle power to fourth place during Friday's opening stage of the 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “Fortunately, with both of us coming from cold places, we’re quite used to the cold and the legs felt really good throughout,” added Fourie. “Once we knew we were quite safe then we were able to ease up a bit as we tried to save some energy for tomorrow.” The youngsters – former National MTB Series age group rivals yet good friends off the bike – started the day eager to stamp their authority of the event ahead of Saturday’s grueling climb up the iconic Sani Pass. “We tried to find as many hills as possible to train on in the build up to the Fedauto Sani Dragon but I don’t anything could have prepared us for what we’re in for,” said Zellhuber. “Almost twenty kilometres of climbing and a 1360 metres gain in altitude is going to hurt no matter what!” The Dream Team's Amanzimtoti duo of Brennan Anderson (front) and Hendrik Bester (back) put in a strong opening stage effort to finish the day in second place at the 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media “We’ll just have to see how the legs feel in the morning and then decide how hard we look to push at the start of the second stage so that we make sure we have enough for the climb up Sani Pass,” chimed Fourie. Bester and Anderson followed Fedauto’s overnight leaders home while Mielie & Wood’s Carel le Roux and Grant Underwood finished the day in third place. And they're off! Participants of the 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota get Friday's opening stage's racing underway. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media In the women’s category Drop Off Daisies’ Sarah Matcher and Riallette Kruger opened a comfortable lead over Pic n Mix’s Elma York and Estie Potgieter while Cleats & Cleavage’s Retha and Gertjie Harmse, 50 Shades of Grey’s Roger and Elizabeth Clark as well as Team Peas’ Grant Cowen and Lee MacPherson top the mixed double standings ahead of Saturday second and final stage. Stage one’s win in the Sani Dragon’s popular solo category went the way of Grant Lavers who, together with the day’s second place finisher Theo Jordaan, enjoyed much of opening encounter in the company of Dream Team’s Bester and Anderson. Lavers ultimately finished three minutes ahead of Jordaan while Grant Langley finished in third place a further fourteen minutes back. Miroda Otto enjoyed a strong day through the district of Underberg, Himeville and surrounds to be the first solo female rider welcomed home with Yvette Roberts and Annelize Gouws finishing second and third respectively. Miroda Otto's solid opening stage effort at the 2016 Fedauto Sani Dragon in association with Mortimer Toyota earned her a healthy lead in the solo female category. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Winning ways continued in the Zellhuber family as Sani Dragon leader Reinhard’s younger brother, Heinrich and his Fedauto/Russell White partner Ethan Kemp were the first Sani Dragon Lite team to the finish. Gregg McDonagh and Shareen Snyman go into Saturday’s second stage leading the Sani Dragon Lite men’s and women’s solo charges respectively after solid opening stage performances. Saturday’s second stage gets underway at 06h30 with Sani Dragon competitors set to take on the event’s major drawcard – the climb up Sani Pass – while the Sani Dragon Lite riders will head for the South African Border Post at the bottom of the pass. More information found at www.sanidragon.co.za. SUMMARY OF RESULTS – 2016 FEDAUTO SANI DRAGON IN ASSOCIATION WITH MORTIMER TOYOTA STAGE ONESANI DRAGON TEAMS Men 1.Fedauto (Reinhard Zellhuber/Marc Fourie) 2:21.00 2.Dream Team (Hendrik Bester/Brennan Anderson) 2:23.00 3.Mielie & Wood (Carel le Roux/Grant Underwood) 2:42.00 4.Mortimer Toyota (Chris van der Linde/Rowan Bernstein) 2:48.00 5.In It To Finish It (Ian Sayer/Andrew Glover) 2:56.00 Women 1.Drop Off Daisies (Sarah Matcher/Rialette Kruger) 3:25.00 2.Pic n Mix (Elma York/Estie Potgieter) 4:25.00 Mixed 1.Cleats & Cleavage (Retha Harmse/Gertjie Harmse) 3:32.00 2.50 Shades of Grey (Roger Clark/Elizabeth Clark) 3:54.00 3.Team Peas (Grant Cowen/Lee MacPherson) 4:26.00 SOLO Men 1.Grant Lavers 2:23.00 2.Theo Jordaan 2:26.00 3.Grant Langley 2:40.00 Women 1.Miroda Otto 2:53.00 2.Yvette Roberts 2:59.00 3.Annelize Gouws 3:23.00 SANI DRAGON LITE TEAMS Men 1.Fedauto/Russell White (Heinrich Zellhuber/Ethan Kemp) 1:55.00 SOLO Men 1.Gregg McDonagh 1:46.00 Women 1.Shareen Snyman 2:33.00
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