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  1. At 2pm tomorrow (Saturday, 30 April) the bell rings for the start of the penultimate round of what has been a year-long brawl for Olympic selection. Appropriately, the fight takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, a world-class venue famous for hosting the 2013 UCI MTB World Championships and a number of UCI World Cups. Although the Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival taking place this weekend is a Cycling South Africa sanctioned event, it is not part of the Stihl SA XCO Cup Series. However, it is a UCI HC (Hors Categorie) event, carrying plenty of valuable UCI points. More importantly, it is one of the last chances South African mountain bikers get to impress our Olympic selectors. Essentially it's do-or-die for any Olympic hopefuls. The team will be chosen after Round 4 of the SA XCO Cup in Port Elizabeth on 14 May. In the heavyweight category (UCI Pro Elite Men) James Reid is locked in a tight three-way tussle for (what will hopefully be) two spots to Rio. It's a long and complex algorithm that has James, veteran Phil Buys and youngster Alan Hatherly pitted against each other. All you need to know is it boils down to tomorrow's XCO event in Pietermaritzburg with one last-ditch chance in PE in mid-May. With so much to race for the tension is already palpable and race day will feature no-holds-barred action of the highest quality over the punchy 5.4km route. The technical course will suit James's explosive riding style and although he now trains in Stellenbosch, he can claim a hometown advantage as he was raised on the loamy Pietermaritzburg trails. James holds a strong position in the eyes of selectors, with his 2015 Elite South African XCO title and two wins from three rounds at the 2016 SA XCO Cup Series. Unfortunately, he relinquished his 2015 Elite African Continental Championship title to rival Phil Buys in Lesotho in early April, falling victim to a late crash and the negative effects of racing at altitude (the African Continental Championships was hosted at a staggering 3000m). So, if you want a ringside seat for all the action tomorrow, head to www.streamit360.tv at 2pm.
  2. In the triathlon event, there may be swimming and running but what we at Bike Hub care about the most is the cycling leg. Mari put in an excellent performance on the bike so let's take a closer look at the Specialized S-Works Amira Torch that she raced in Rio. In Olympic distance triathlon, drafting other riders is perfectly legal so bikes tend to look more like road bikes than the weird aerodynamic bikes you might expect to see in longer distance formats of the discipline. In the case of the Rio Olympics, Mari elected to ride Specialized's S-Works Amira SL4 road bike. For those unfamiliar with Specialized's range: the Amira is, in essence, a Tarmac with ladies-specific geometry and contact points. The top of the range S-Works model comes so well equipped that Mari did not need to make many changes from the stock specification. Mari's Amira is fitted with Shimano's mechanical Dura-Ace groupset, with the obvious exception of the S-Works carbon crank and accompanying 52-36 chainrings. The Roval carbon wheels are a set of Rapide CLX 40 providing good stiffness and some aerodynamic assistance. Specialized's super supple Turbon Cotton tyres provide grip and low rolling resistance. The cockpit features more S-Works gear with a carbon handlebar, seatpost, and Power saddle. Even the bottle cages carry the prestigious S-Works branding. Full specifications: FrameS-Works FACT 11r carbon, OSBB, full internal cable routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 130mm rear spacingForkS-Works FACT carbon, full monocoque, size-specific taperRimsRoval Rapide CLX 40Hub + SpokesRoval CLX with DT Swiss SpokesTyresSpecialized Turbo CottonHandlebarsSpecialized Women's SL Carbon, shallow drop, 125mm drop, 75mm reachStemS-Works SL alloyBrakesShimano Dura-AceShifters + cablingShimano Dura-AceDerailleursShimano Dura-AceCassetteShimano Dura-AceChainShimano Dura-AceCranksS-Works FACT carbonChainringS-Works 52-36Bottom BracketCeramicSpeedPedalsShimano 105SeatpostS-Works FACT carbon, 20mm offset, 27.2mmSaddleS-Works Power SaddleBottle CagesSpecialized S-Works Rib Bottle Cages
  3. Richard Murray put in a huge effort during the triathlon at the Rio Olympics, narrowly missing out of a podium spot after making up places with a fantastic run. However, being Bike Hub, we'll just skip the swim and run, and focus on Richard's Specialized S-Works Tarmac. Click here to view the article
  4. For the Rio triathlon, Richard reached for Specialized's road race specific Tarmac road bike. To match the other Specialized bikes at the Rio Olympics, Richard's bike underwent the Torch paint job treatment. This camera breaking paint scheme changes colour from orange to yellow as parts of the frame heat up. Richard rides on SRAM's wireless Red eTap drivetrain, which makes the Tarmac's internal routing partly redundant, with only the brakes requiring a mechanical connection. The Roval CLX 64 wheelset is an aerodynamic and tubeless-ready carbon clincher and is hand-built onto a Roval hub featuring DT Swiss 240 internals and CeramicSpeed bearings. While Richard currently has the Specialized Armadillo tyres on the bike, he usually races on the brand's Turbo Cotton tyres. Richard's cockpit oozes lightweight and aero S-Works components including the wind tunnel test Aerofly handlebars and a Power saddle. The Look pedals do upset the theme however, but Specialized do not make those, yet. Specifications: FrameS-Works FACT 11r carbon, OSBB, full internal cable routing, internally integrated seat clamp, 130mm rear spacingForkS-Works FACT carbon, full monocoque, size-specific taperCranksetSpecialized S-Works Front DerailleurSRAM Red eTapRear DerailleurSRAM Red eTapShiftersSRAM Red eTapCassetteSRAM RedChainSRAM RedBrakesSRAM RedBottom BracketPress Fit 30 Ceramic Speed bearingsRimsRoval CLX 64HubsRoval by DT SwissSpokesDT SwissTyresSpecialized Turbo Cottons (training Specialized Armadillos)StemSpecialized S-Works SLHandlebarSpecialized S-Works AeroflySeatpostSpecialized S-Works 27.2 20mm set backSaddleSpecialized S-Works Power SaddlePedalsLookBottle CagesSpecialized S-Works Rib Carbon
  5. On August 21st 2016, N1NO Schurter completed his collection of Olympic medals by winning Gold in Rio de Janeiro, after winning the Bronze medal in Beijing in 2008, and Silver in London in 2012. Click here to view the article
  6. The 5x UCI MTB World Champion had not only set himself the biggest goal, but also put himself under tremendous pressure to succeed in his Hunt for Glory. Now that the hunt has ended in glory, N1NO breaks down the last few years for us.​
  7. The cycling disciplines kick off with the Track events, which will see Roxy Burns (C3) and Dane Wilson (C5) taking part from 8-11 September. The Road events follow soon afterwards, from 14-17 September. Stellenbosch-based Burns is the first of the team to compete in her particular events: The 3000m Pursuit and the 500m Time Trial. Burns’ career highlights include a Silver medal at the 2009 Track World Championships, being a finalist for SA’s Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability in 2014, and being selected to compete in the Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio (2016) Paralympics. She was also the first South African to claim a UCI World Cup Series Winner’s title on the Road in 2013. Her positive outlook on life continuously gives her the ability to face each challenge with a level head and strong heart.Dane Wilson says that for him, his career highlight is most certainly going to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He has excelled in both track and road cycling disciplines, claiming first place in this year’s Road Race at the 2016 National Road, Time-Trial and Para-cycling Championships in Wartburg. Family man Wilson will take on the Men’s 4000m Pursuit as well as the 1000m (or Kilo) Time Trial at the Rio Paralympic Games this year. Both Burns and Wilson will be battling it out on the Track, as well as the Road events later this month. The Road cyclists will then begin with their respective races, with first off, Multiple Paralympian, Ernst van Dyk. Van Dyk has had the opportunity to represent his country at the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2016 Paralympics and won medals for Handcyling and Wheelchair racing. The ten-time Boston Marathon winner takes to the tarmac for the Men’s H5 Time Trial on Wednesday 14 September, and the Men’s H5 Road Race on Thursday 15 September. Next to compete in the Handcycling discipline, is Double World Para-cycling Champion, Justine Asher. The mother of two from Cape Town applies her “yes I can” slogan to everything she does in life, and looks forward to a happy and successful time in Rio. Asher will be taking part in the both the Women’s H2 Time Trial and Road Race on the 14 and 16 September respectively. South Africa’s Tricycling representative, Goldy Fuchs, has long awaited the opportunity to represent his country in Rio, and the time has finally arrived. Fuchs achieved his goal this year by claiming the number one position in the UCI T2 World Rankings in the Para-cycling Road discipline. He also won double gold at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Pietermaritzburg earlier this year. Fuchs will take part in the Men’s T2 Time Trial and Road Race on 14 and 16 Septemberrespectively. Craig Ridgard will be representing his country in the Men’s C2 Time Trial and Road Race on 14 and 16 September respectively. Ridgard, who resides in Cape Town, has achieved multiple World Cup podium finishes, from Bronze through to Gold, and views his Rio 2016 selection to be one of the greatest moments in his career. Cycling South Africa’s Para-cycling Discipline Director, Dr Mike Burns, said: “We have had a Rio 2016 strategy in place since immediately after the London Paralympic Games, which has been operationalised systematically over the past 4 years. Underpinning the strategy is the discipline’s High Performance Plan, which has significantly aided in developing the international competitiveness of each of the riders now competing in Rio. "To date, 2016 has seen a set of unparalleled international competition results produced by our riders, and I am confident that this will push through into the Rio results too. I know that each of the riders has given it their absolute all in terms of training and preparing for this ultimate event. For certain, rewards for this will materialise. Cycling South Africa is 100% behind Team SA”. To keep up to date with schedules for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Para-cycling Track events, click here: https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/cycling-trackTo keep up to date with schedules for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Para-cycling Road events, click here: https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/cycling-road
  8. The country will once again stand together back home to watch and support as the next set of sporting legends take the stage at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this month. Forming part of the 45-strong South African Paralympic Team, are six para-cycling competitors, who have been settling in and getting fired up for the events ahead. Click here to view the article
  9. Henri Schoeman explains how he won the bronze medal in the triathlon at the Rio Olympics. The Brownlee brothers took the top two spots while Henri Schoeman fought off a strong run from Richard Murray to take third. Hear from Henri Schoeman on how his race unfolded. Click here to view the article
  10. “It was probably one of the best experiences of my life,” said South African National BMX Champion, Kyle Dodd. “Just going to the event was something new.” Dodd (22) explained how his race panned out: “I felt good on the track but I have never been that nervous in my life. I was the first one to do the time trial, which made it even worse. I was confident going into the races though and wanted to make the top 16 semi finals.” South African National BMX Champions, Kyle Dodd looks (centre) back on an incredible journey that was the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo: uci.ch With each gate holding eight riders, the riders ranked one-to-four from each heat after three runs qualified for the semi finals. Dodd finished fourth, fifth and fifth, which resulted in a fifth place overall and placed him out of contention. “All in all, my experience was amazing. The support and love I received from my family and friends back home was just incredible.” Team South Africa’s BMX Coach Jonnathan Chislett reflected on Kyle’s performance in Rio. “Kyle’s performance was nothing short of exceptional. After seven months of rehabilitation, Kyle made his way back to international competition this year. His mental ability was tested as fear and disappointment overwhelmed him. In true Kyle Dodd spirit he fought hard through this tough time as he clawed his way back from injury.” Describing the Olympic Games as the “pinnacle of BMX”, Chislett said: “Kyle is still a young rider and we can expect many more quality performances from Kyle. We will take some time to reflect on the year and move upward and forward in the coming years.” Kargo Pro Team’s Alan Hatherly (20) rode an impressive race and crossed the finish line in 26th place. “Starting at the back of the field was always going to be a difficult task to avoid the first lap bottlenecks. After a solid week’s training in dry hot conditions, I wasn't too concerned about what would happen on the first lap, however when the weather changed it became a different ball game. Every rock section was made into more than what it was and created a lot of running for me on the first lap.” Hatherly worked his way through the field and rode with Simon Andreassen for majority of the race. “I was feeling really good and smooth out on course and towards the end of the race I pushed the pace up a bit and ended up riding solo to the line, finishing just behind a big group of riders.” South African Mountain bike representatives Alan Hatherly (left) and James Reid (right) enjoyed every minute of their Rio 2016 Olympic Games experience. Photo: James Reid (Twitter) South African National Cross-country Champion, James Reid (24) returned home disillusioned and disheartened. “There’s disappointment in life and then there’s Rio,” he said. Reid’s first mishap was going over the handlebars and crashing on the third lap when he tried to avoid a crash in front of him. Soon after, he had a puncture to his front tyre shortly after the tech zone, which resulted in running half the lap before being able to repair it. However, Reid managed to not let his disappointment of his race detract from the life-altering experience that was Rio 2016 Olympic Games. “The experience was insane, it was mind-blowing. It changed my perception of sport and its role society and how it can unite people from different nations.” Team South Africa’s Cycling Code Manager, Brett Coates, shared the sentiments of the riders in the Olympic Games being one of the best experiences he has had. “It was incredible to be amongst some of the best athletes in the world. At the food hall you had Usain Bolt two tables down and Fabian Cancellara at the table behind – it was unreal. It really was just another world, and it gave me a new perspective and opened my eyes to how the rest of the world sees sport.” Coates was impressed with the overall performance of his cycling athletes. “I’m really proud of them all: Daryl (Impey) buried himself to help Louis (Meintjes) – Louis’ seventh place was unbelievable to see on a seriously tough course,” he said. “Ashleigh (Moolman-Pasio) rode very well despite being disappointed with her races; it was really great to have team experience in Doug Ryder (Road Cycling Manager) and Gary Blem (Road Cycling Mechanic), helped us out with any logistical issues and offering excellent advice; Carl Pasio (Road Cycling Coach) is so knowledgeable when it comes to women’s cycling; An-Li (Kachelhoffer) rode well and was a magnificent pillar of support for Ashleigh as well,” said Coates. Talking about the BMX and MTB races, Coates said: “Kyle is a huge talent, and this race made me realise how much BMX is a massive contact sport; Alan rode fantastically well and he is only 20; James was hit hard by bad luck and it cost him his race, but until that point he rode is absolute heart out.” The Rio 2016 Olympic Games MTB track was designed by KwaZulu-Natal local and track and trail maestro, Nick Floros, who never fails to disappoint when building a course. Feedback from the MTB Olympians on the course was good, with many riders commending the layout albeit many experiencing punctures.
  11. As the Rio 2016 Olympic Games curtain drew to a close, cyclists Kyle Dodd (BMX), James Reid and Alan Hatherly (both MTB) reflected on the jubilation, the pain and experiences of a lifetime. Click here to view the article
  12. South African cycling representatives James Reid and Alan Hatherly are currently testing out the Mountain Bike Cross-country course in the final days ahead of their race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday 21 August. Click here to view the article
  13. Reid, the two-time SA National Cross-country Champion, has also claimed two Elite Men’s Marathon National Championship titles in 2013 and 2014. The 24-year-old Stellenbosch local also placed 10th at the u23 World Championships in Norway in 2014. James Reid after winning the SA National Cross-country Championship. “I’m feeling quite good, its good to be here time-wise so that the jetlag is over,” said Reid. “I’m settled in and the team is quite organised. It’s really kind of no holds barred here. Everyone does everything and it really does feel like your country has your back, it truly is something,” he said. Reid described his experience so far as a sensory overload: “I’m still mind blown by the magnitude, intensity and diversity of the Olympics.” He also spoke about how the swapping of lapel pins has been a huge icebreaker, encouraging the athletes to meet others from all walks of life. “Ours went up in value significantly after the other night’s 400-metre win by Wayde van Niekerk, which left us all with a hearty shot of inspiration and cheering as a nation for our first gold rush,” he added. Finally feeling adjusted to the heat, Reid concluded by saying that he is looking forward to what the track has in store for the mountain bike riders come Sunday. Alan Hatherly is the u23 Men’s African Continental Cross-country Champion, and the 2014 African Youth Games Gold Medallist, who has impressed not only the u23 category, but also the Elite Men’s scene at a provincial and national level. Alan Hatherly. Photo credit: Tyron Mackenzie | www.tcmphotography.co.za Hatherly mentioned that although very tired upon arrival on Saturday, the two mountain bikers were still able to absorb how “massive" the Olympic experience was. “The food hall itself is about 500 metres long with basically anything you want to eat. To have that option for 12000 athletes is just incredible,” he said. "Everything here is crazy-thought-out and super easy to get hold of. There are busses for us to get all over Rio and watch all the events,” he added. He has been positively overwhelmed by his experience so far: “We get given passes that allow us access to pretty much everything, including massages and any food hall. I’m still trying to take it all in and actually realise how big this really is. We managed to get out onto the course on Wednesday, which was massive. When asked about the Rio 2016 Men’s Cross-country course, Hatherly said: “The course is incredible and super well structured. It’s a lot more man-made compared to the courses we race but it works really well. We did some laps and got a feel for it and it’s really tough but I think the major factor for the race is going to be the heat on the day. We are off to the course again today to do some final checks. I’m looking forward to the race on Sunday and I’m feeling really good.” The Cross-country specialists will tackle laps of a 4.85-kilometre track at Deodoro Olympic Park on Sunday 21 August at 12:30 (local time) / 17:30 (SA time). You can watch the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Men’s XCO MTB on Sunday 21 August from 17:25 on SuperSport 6.
  14. Four years of training, preparation and sacrifice all has come to a head for three special athletes, representing South Africa, Canada and Japan, in the men’s triathlon, women’s triathlon and women’s road TT respectively. Henri Schoeman, Sarah-Anne Brault and Eri Yonamine will pilot special edition bikes – Schoeman and Brault on Hypervox aero road bikes and Yonamine a Neurogen TT bike. Henri Schoeman's Swift Hypervox.Founder Mark Blewett says, “The bike industry might be a tough business to be in, but it suddenly all feels worth it when you see such bright talents riding our bikes at the highest possible level.” Eri Yonamine's Swift NeurogenYonamine, 25, is the current Japanese National Time Trial Champion, Sarah-Anne, 26, is a former ITU Pan-Am Cup winner and 24-year-old Henri is a multiple ITU African champion and Commonwealth Games silver medalist. The designs are themed around the countries’ flags that they’ll be flying, and were hand painted in Cape Town by Jared Mahaffey of BMC. “It was a tricky job, very intricate, but of course quite an honour doing it. I hope they like them.” Sarah-Anne Brault's Swift Hypervox in the spray booth. “For any athlete building up to the Olympics, it’s tunnel vision for months, and a special frame helps lift the morale a little,” says Blewett. “When her frame arrived in Japan, Eri burst into tears, and Sarah-Anne got pretty jealous when she saw Henri’s bike, all built up and ready. I really can’t wait to see them out on the course!” Event Dates:Road TT women: August 10, 2016 Triathlon men: August 18, 2016 Triathlon women: August 20, 2016
  15. South Africa will be well represented at the Olympic Games this summer, with 137 athletes heading to Rio. But it’s not just the athletes that are Brazil-bound. South African brand SwiftCarbon will be hitting the streets too, ridden by some of the most talented athletes in the world, in the sports calendar's biggest and most important test of fitness, form and resolve. Click here to view the article
  16. Dodd (22) kicks off with the Seeding Runs of the Men’s BMX event on Wednesday 17 August at 14:34 (local time), and 19:34 (SA time). The event takes place at the Olympic BMX Centre in Rio de Janeiro. The Quarter Finals take place the following day, Thursday 18 August at 13:51 (local time)/18:51 (SA time). The Semi Finals and Finals both take place on Friday 19 August from 13:38 (local time)/18:38 (SA time). South Africa’s Kyle Dodd has arrived in Brazil and has begun his final preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Dodd will be competing in the BMX discipline from Wednesday 17 August. Photo: supplied. Three-time SA National Elite Men’s BMX Champion, who has marked his selection into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games National Team as a major career highlight, said: “The vibe is unreal in this place. To be surrounded by so many countries with world-class athletes is absolutely amazing. I'm just taking everything in and learning step by step, but the Olympic Games is huge and I quite like being a part of it.”The Glenanda local mentioned that he feels confident at the way practice has been going for him. “What I love most about the schedule is that I have so much time to get the whole track dialled then rather rush and risk injury,” he added. “I'm definitely excited to get racing underway and just go out there firstly to make my country proud (especially my family as they have come all this way to watch), my coach and most importantly, myself. All I can do is my best and leave it all on the track,” he concluded. You can watch the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Men’s BMX and MTB on DSTV SuperSport at the following viewing times: BMX Schedule: Wednesday 17 August (18:25): Men & Women’s Seeding Run Session 1 – SS4 Wednesday 17 August (19:30): Men & Women's Seeding Run Session 2 – SS6 Thursday 18 August (18:25): Men QFs – SS6 Friday 19 August (18:25): Men & Women's SFs – SS6 Friday 19 August (20:00): Men & Women's Finals – SS6
  17. South Africa’s remaining three cyclists – Kyle Dodd, James Reid and Alan Hatherly – have arrived in Brazil as they begin their final preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Dodd will be competing in the BMX discipline from Wednesday 17 August, while Reid and Hatherly will tackle the Mountain Bike Cross-country race on the final day of the three-week sporting spectacular, on Sunday 21 August. Click here to view the article
  18. Team South Africa’s four road cyclists have showed their quality, class and professionalism in the opening days of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August. Team Manager Douglas Ryder was full of praise for Louis Meintjes, Daryl Impey, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and An-Li Kachelhoffer after competing as teams of two against the world’s strongest cycling nations, some of which had teams of four or five riders. Click here to view the article
  19. Louis Meintjes finished in 7th place in the Road Race at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday 6 August. Photo: Douglas Ryder (Twitter Post) The Men’s Road Race was the first event to go on Saturday morning, with Meintjes finishing in an incredible seventh place and Impey attaining a top-30 result with 28th place. There was no doubt about it – the route was technical and hard and the heat and humidity was telling on the bodies, and the end result showed that the technical nature of the route claimed the world’s best riders with some damaging consequences. But Meintjes and Impey remained out of trouble and safely crossed the finish line. Greg van Avermaet (BEL) was the eventual winner with Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) second and Rafal Majka (POL) third. Meintjes (24) said: “I think we had a very good race. It was a pretty technical course and very hard, and it was really hot out there that day. In the end I think Daryl and I worked well together. In general the tactics were pretty good as well. Daryl was there and making sure that no dangerous moves broke away and he supported me into the final climb, where I bridged to the front group. Right until the end we were a small group fighting for the medals and unfortunately it was just seventh for me, but I think we can be happy with that.” Impey (31) showed his class by supporting Louis for most of the race, into the final climb. He shared his experience of the Olympic race and what it meant to him. “The Olympics is a unique event and one of a kind. Although the course didn't entirely suit me I came here with the idea of giving it my best and preparing as best I could, knowing that representing my country at an event of this quality deserves that. I was really happy with my performance and my early mechanical may have taken that final edge needed to push further into the final but near the end I spoke with Louis and he was feeling good. We decided the best tactic for us would be for him to try ride away on the final climb and so I positioned him well going into it before my day was over. “It was an incredible performance from him and a highly credible ride. I would like to thank all our staff here that made our lives as easy as possible and also everyone for their words of encouragement afterwards. I am proud to be an Olympian and to have played a role in Louis’ great ride. Being here in Rio is an achievement in its own right and definitely a career highlight.” Sunday afternoon saw the Women’s Road Race take to the streets of Fort Copacabana in strong windy conditions. Moolman-Pasio finished in an amazing 10th place, with An-Li Kachelhoffer crossing the line in 39th place. As with the Men’s race, the course was treacherous and the technical descent claimed the Dutch leader, Annemiek van Vleuten, who crashed incredibly hard and lay concussed against the side of the road for quite some time. This must’ve been a shock to the riders who passed her soon afterwards. Anna van der Breggen (NED) claimed the gold medal, with Emma Johansson (SWE) second and Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) third. An-Li Kachelhoffer (28) shared how the race unfolded. “Going into the race, I knew that it was a climber’s course. For me the tactic was to support Ashleigh as best as I could before the last climb. The first two laps were fine and the weather conditions felt okay – I didn't really notice the wind because I was so focused on the race. The wind however, did play a part with the speed going out and coming back.“The main thing was not to let a break gain more than a minute. We had to look at the other teams as well because some of them had more riders and if they had no-one in the break, they could work as well to bring the break back.” Speaking about her first Olympic experience, An-Li said: “It’s a lifelong dream! I told my dad when I was four-years-old that I was going to be here one day. If you haven’t changed as a person coming into the Olympic Games, then it wouldn’t mean anything. I am really content and it is everything that I have hoped for. The support from South Africa has been over the top! The messages have been incredible – thank you!” Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio is incredibly grateful for the support received from home during her participation in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she finished 10th place in the Road Race on Sunday 7, and 12th place in the Time Trial on Wednesday 10 August. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen/Saspa A disheartened Moolman-Pasio (30) had prepared for an Olympic medal, but it wasn’t meant to be. “To say that I am not disappointed would be a complete lie. A top-10 result is a good result but I was after a medal and unfortunately that didn't happen. I’ve said this many times before; road cycling is a very strange sport. You can do everything in your power to be on the start line in the best possible shape and condition and mindset to go for the win but so much can happen on the day. There are so many variables that can go wrong and everything adds up at the end of the day. “For me to get a medal, everything must’ve gone 100% according to plan. Unfortunately that was not the case. Some things went wrong which cost me on that final climb. I didn't get the result that I wanted but I am incredibly grateful for the support that I received from home. I can’t even get through all the messages, Facebook messages and Tweets. I can feel the spirit from home and all the support and I’m very grateful for that, and to be in one piece and to be healthy and strong, especially after seeing the horrific accident that my teammate from last year Annemiek had. I am happy to hear that she is ok. It was a crazy day out there and a tough race.” She bumped into an Egyptian female rider in the eating hall who pleaded with Ashleigh to get a medal in the Time Trial, “not just for South Africa but Africa needs a medal” she said. Refocused and recovered, Moolman-Pasio went for one last shot at the medal on Wednesday 10 August, but after a great start and lying in second place early along the 29.7-kilometre Individual Time Trial route, she unfortunately crashed after slipping out on an oil slick, which cost her valuable time. She eventually finished in 12th place. The winner was Kristin Armstrong (USA) with Olga Zabelinskaya (RUS) second and Anna van der Breggen (NED), third. Fabian Cancellara (SUI) won the Men’s Individual Time Trial, followed by Tom Dumoulin (NED) second and Chris Froome (GBR), third. Douglas Ryder was extremely proud of the team and their achievements. “The Olympic Road Race was an exceptional event for the National Team. The men’s race was a super hard, super technical course. Daryl and Louis – wow what a team effort by the two of them. In the beginning part of the first lap of the first circuit, Daryl had a bike change because he had caught his chain on the cobble section, which was chaos. We managed to get him back into the race and after that he was able to look after Louis the whole time. It was like an elimination race, and Daryl looked after Louis until the final climb at 25 kilometres to go. For Daryl to finish in 28th overall was an exceptional performance - he really committed 100% to Louis and it shows the incredible condition that he is in. And Louis, riding with the best in the world! Unfortunately he missed a little move that went with Fuglsang and Van Avermaet. Louis’ experience will come in one-day races because he is a conservative guy who is good at conserving his energy for tours. His experience and aggression will come for one-day races. His seventh place is phenomenal and he could’ve got third or fourth even, if he was a little more lucky in the end. Everyone was super tired and cramping at the end because of the heat and humidity.” Recapping the Women’s race, Ryder said: “Ashleigh and An-Li were unbelievable too. The race was really windy and Ashleigh took charge and closed the breakaway of six riders down on the climb. An-Li struggled a bit on the cobbles but came back and gave Ashleigh some support, feeding her between the two circuits. On the final climb, it looked like Ashleigh was in a really good position but didn't seem to have the legs to go with some of the front riders, which was unfortunate. She was really focused on the event and really wanted to do incredibly well. She was going for a win, and when you’re one of the favourites going into a race, it is really difficult. To end 10th in an Olympic Games is a really great achievement and she should be super proud.” Summary of Results – 2016 Rio Olympic Games Men’s Road Race – Saturday 6 August 1.Greg van Avermaet (BEL) 6:10:05 2.Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) 6:10:05 3.Rafal Majka (POL) 6:10:10 7.Louis Meintjes (RSA) 6:10:27 28.Daryl Impey (RSA) 6:19:43 Women’s Road Race – Sunday 7 August 1.Anna van der Breggen (NED) 3:51:27 2.Emma Johannson (SWE) 3:51:27 3.Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) 3:51:27 10.Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) 3:52:41 39.An-Li Kachelhoffer (RSA) 4:01:29 Women’s Individual Time Trial – Wednesday 10 August 1.Kristen Armstrong (USA) 44:26.42 2.Olga Zabelinskaya (RUS) 44:31.97 3.Anna van der Breggen (NED) 44:37:80 12.Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) 46:29.11 Men’s Individual Time Trial – Wednesday 10 August 1.Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 1:12:15 2.Tom Dumoulin (FRA) 1:13:02 3.Chris Froome (GBR) 1:13:17
  20. Hi Gents Does anyone know any live feeds for today's events? Googled earlier no such luck
  21. Excuse my ignorance here, but... If you have a mechanical here, one where you need a new bike, is that game over? No "team" cars or back up vehicles?
  22. ....strange, because I personally usually find the woman's race much more competitive and hense entertaining than the mens! I guess one would need to feel like losing money to ignore Lizzy Armitstead's chances, certainly she is going to be one of, if not the favourite, but I think Kristen Armstrong is also going to be a tough competitor and of course one forget's Marianne Vos at their peril, its a really strong field, I think I may have to break out the nuts and beers and watch it in its entirety.
  23. The 23 year-old Team Spur athlete was recently confirmed alongside youngster, Alan Hatherly as the country’s two male cross country mountain bikers to compete at Olympics and Reid hopes a competitive outing at the popular Eston event will be the perfect final hit-out. Team Spur's James Reid will be back to defend his 60km Illovo Eston Marathon title at this year's Illovo Eston MTB Challenge which takes place at the Eston Farmers' Club on Sunday 7 August. Paul Botma/ Gameplan Media “I grew up here in KZN and I finally won the Eston race last year,” explains Reid. “Hopefully I can go there again next weekend and replicate all those good feelings and try get another good result before I head off to Rio.” “It will be nice to have Alan (Hatherly) at Eston too and it would be great to see guys like Max Knox and Phillip Buys possibly coming through for the event as well. “Last year’s race was a really stacked field and it would be great to have another hard, fast race again this year. The more fast guys at Eston the better,” he adds. Known for the speed at the front of the field, Reid believes the Eston event – although a marathon rather than a cross country race – will replicate many of the elements of a cross country event, serving as good preparation for his all-important Brazilian clash. “Eston is always a super fast race and my winning time last year of two and a quarter hours is only approximately 45 minutes longer than a cross country race. “It is always interesting with the King of the Mountain hotspot prize right at the beginning of the race and then there is usually a sprint finish – which I’m expecting will happen again this year.” Having moved to the Western Cape shortly after matriculating from Kearsney College in 2010, Reid is currently back in KwaZulu-Natal for the final phase his Rio preparations. “At this stage you’re looking for a simple, stable training environment and in the Cape you’re permanently playing dodgems with the weather at this time of the year and having to work your training programme. “I also love being in KZN and with the snow and the rain this week hasn’t quite played ball, it is improving now and should be a great place to base myself for the last couple of days before I leave for Rio on 13 August.” Through his Eston win last year and his recent crowning as national cross country champion, the Team Spur racer also brings good confidence with him into next weekend’s KZN Midlands event. “The first five months of the year were action packed and was a fiercely contested qualification battle. “I then went off to race in Europe for a bit and when I got back, somehow I managed to get it right for national champs – I was probably a bit on the euphoria of being selected for the Olympics. “I managed to take a short break after that to try recover a bit and then it has been another big push for a couple of days here in KZN and it would be great to cap that all off with a good performance at Eston before I leave,” says Reid. The 2016 Illovo Eston MTB Challenge takes place on Sunday, 7 August. Entries can be submitted via www.roag.co.za and more information can be found at www.illovoestonmtb.co.za.
  24. Defending champion James Reid has confirmed he will be on the start line of this year’s 60km Illovo Eston Marathon, the feature race of the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge on Sunday 7 August, before jetting off to Rio de Janeiro less than a week later to represent Team South Africa at for the 2016 Olympic Games. Click here to view the article
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