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  1. The ABSA Cape Epic set the precedent for international mountain-bike stage races by instituting a zero-tolerance policy against doping. Any rider found guilty of doping will be banned for life from the Lesotho Sky. As a result, Croeser is banned from any future participation in the Lesotho Sky. Rourke Croeser riding the first stage of Lesotho Sky 2016. Lesotho Sky has been a UCI-accredited event since 2013. From the 2015 race onwards it is a Class 1 MTB stage race. Most participants in the race are amateurs from around the world. They come to experience the unique trails of the mountain-bike kingdom. The UCI status attracts a small field of UCI teams each year, among them Lesotho’s top riders, who gain valuable racing experience and UCI points. Lesotho Sky’s UCI status is an important achievement in support of the development of cycling sport in Lesotho. Race organiser Darol Howes shared his regret about doping in cycling: “It is no secret that in the sport of cycling riders will do pretty much anything for marginal gains, but these marginal gains are the difference between 1st and 2nd or making a pay check and not. The furious competition in cycling sport and pressure to make ends meet are ultimately what makes one cheat. Because of this competition and pressure athletes put a crazy amount of time, work and effort into getting themselves ready for competition. Unfortunately, doping is a way around this. When athletes cheat they undermine the sport, and everyone who legitimately partakes, watches or supports the sport. It’s unfair to cheat and yes, life is unfair, but sport should not be. The ABSA Cape Epic set a standard with its stance against doping that needs support from the rest of the cycling community, and we at the Lesotho Sky joins them in helping make cycling a drug-free sport. This allows the athletes who truly put in the hard work with integrity get the results they deserve.” Leading up to this year’s race, we call on all contestants to keep the #mountainbikekingdom clean.
  2. Following Rourke Croeser’s positive tests for EPO and Phentermine, he has subsequently been stripped of his title for the 2015 Lesotho Sky. This judgment sees his team mate Max Knox also losing his title. The title for the 2015 race therefore goes to Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys. We appreciate the spirit in which these riders and other elite competitors approached the race. Click here to view the article
  3. The finding of Cycling South Africa’s Disciplinary Commission’s investigation into national mountain bike team rider Rourke Croeser’s potential UCI medical rule violation has found him not guilty of contravening UCI Medical Rule 13.03.058 (2). Click here to view the article
  4. It was confirmed that Mr Croeser’s possession of syringes and needles prior to the 2015 UCI MTB World Championships in Andorra in September 2015 was not in contravention of any rules regarding anti-doping, the use of illegal substances or the “no needle policy” (UCI Medical Rule 13.03.058 (2) specifically states “In case a violation of article 13.3.052 occurs at a race”, whereas the needle discovery was days before the race while the rider was training). Mr Croeser will be notified of the finding and the report will also be sent to SAIDS (South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport) and the UCI for their records. Cycling SA will suggest to Mr Croeser that he familiarise himself with all the UCI and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) regulations and if required will assist him with the information and or education around this. The recommendations with regards to improving internal policies will also be implemented and Cycling SA General Manager, Mike Bradley, is formalising the necessary rule set to be implemented in the 2016 season. Cycling SA President, William Newman, re-iterated that the National Federation will continue to strive to ensure that riders are aware of the UCI medical rules. Newman further implored riders to familiarise themselves with all the rules relating to our sport including the medical and anti-doping regulations. Cycling SA will not tolerate any activities by athletes that may be an infringement of UCI medical or anti-doping regulations.
  5. 13.3.058 In addition to the sanctions stipulated in article 13.3.057 the following shall apply: 1. In case of infringement of article 13.3.055 all results obtained by the rider in the 48 hours period shall be disqualified. 2. In case a violation of article 13.3.052 occurs at a race the licence holder(s) concerned and, where appropriate, the whole team of the licence holder(s) at fault may be excluded from the race; in this respect the possession of objects used or fit for an injection shall be presumed to constitute evidence of a violation of article 13.3.052 having been committed except if the objects are in the possession of the medical doctor who has made the report referred to in article and are covered by such report and except for those objects that may reasonably be in a medical doctor’s possession. The exclusion may be decided by the president of the commissaires’ panel after having given the persons concerned the opportunity to be heard or by the president of the UCI Disciplinary Commission upon report by the president of the commissaires’ panel. Mr. Croeser voluntarily withdrew from the Championships. The matter is now being dealt with by Cycling South Africa according to the prescribed UCI rules. William Newman, President of Cycling SA, re-iterated that the National Federation will continue to strive to ensure that riders are aware of the UCI medical rules. Cycling SA will not tolerate any activities by athletes that may be an infringement of UCI medical or anti-doping regulations.
  6. National team rider Rourke Croeser was found to be in possession of a syringe at the recent World MTB Championships in Andorra. This is in direct contravention of the UCI Medical rules and specifically in relation to the sub-section “Ban on Injections”. The possession of syringes is in violation of UCI Medical rule 13.03.058 (2). The rule states: Click here to view the article
  7. As per the SAIDS rules, Mr. Croeser was placed under provisional suspension as of 8 October 2015, the date on which he was notified of the adverse analytical finding. The case will now be referred to the Independent Doping Hearing Panel for hearing and adjudication. Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and will respect the outcome. Cycling SA further reiterates its zero-tolerance approach to doping in sport and will continue working with SAIDS in the promotion of a drug-free sport via its awareness and extensive testing programmes. Go to Forum discussion
  8. The Team Full-Dynamix rider describes the term “dream come true” as an understatement. “I came into the season with the hopes of a possible top 20. I know I didn't finish fifth in this race, but to be in that position with two laps to go was unreal,” he said. Team Full-Dynamix rider, Rourke Croeser flew the South African flag high, as he crossed the finish in 15th place in the Men's Elite XCO race at the 2015 UCI MTB World Cup final in Val di Sole, Italy on Sunday 23 August. Photo: Craig Dutton/pics2go.co.za. “What I achieved was really good and I'm happy that people understand and appreciate my hard work but, at the end of the day I'm just another South African following his dream. I am overwhelmed by the support of the South African public and would personally like to thank each and everyone who supports and believes in me,” he said. Sunday’s result has pushed Croeser up five places in the overall UCI rankings from 55th to 50th. The 24-year-old has now channeled his focus to UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, which take place in Vallnord, Andorra, from 2-6 September 2015. Most of the South African team members have arrived safely and are settling in very well. “World Champs is a whole new ball game. My start position isn't ideal and it takes a lot out of me to move through the field. All I can do is remain focused and follow the process needed to perform at my best,” he said. Cycling SA MTB Commission Director, Brett Coates, said: “Well done to Rourke on a fantastic achievement. Starting with the number 47 board and finding himself in the top five was a huge mountain to climb, and he handled it extremely well. Rourke has excelled in mountain biking for many years and showed promise early in his career. We look forward to the coming races.” For the 2015 UCI MTB World Championships Programme of events, click here: http://vallnordworldchampionships.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Schedule_wchamps2015_vallnord_ok.pdf
  9. The 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series presented by Shimano drew to a close when the final round took place in Val di Sole, Italy from 22-23 September. The name hot off the mouths of those supporting on Sunday was that of South Africa’s Rourke Croeser, who climbed 32 places to finish 15th in the Elite Men’s cross-country (XCO) race. Click here to view the article
  10. South African Rourke Croeser and Swiss Ariane Kleinhans conquered strong competition and atrocious conditions to claim victories in the men and women’s races respectively at Round 5 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Ballito on South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  11. It was Croeser’s first Ultra-marathon victory and it came in his home province. It also came at a time when he was in need of a confidence boost, following a disappointing South African Cross-country championships where he finished fifth a week earlier, unable to defend the title he won in 2014. Croeser, who races for the Italian-based team, Full Dynamix, showed his intentions from the outset on the 105km course by charging off the start line straight into the lead. Three days of relentless rain had left conditions extremely wet and muddy, atrocious actually, even by mountain biking standards. But Croeser surged ahead regardless, forcing his rivals to weigh up whether to chase him hard early on or wait to see if he’d fade. A smiling Rourke Croeser after winning Ashburton Investments. But he never did fade. Instead, Croeser steadily built his lead to more than 10 minutes over his nearest rival when he crossed the finish line in a time of 4 hours 46 minutes 50 seconds. Swiss rider, Konny Looser (Wheeler), finished second in 4:57:42 with Darren Lill rounding out the podium in 4:59:52. They were the only riders to break five hours on a course what was considered ‘tame’ but clearly made more challenging by the wet weather. “I planned to go hard from the start. But I didn’t expect to be on my own!” smiled a satisfied Croeser afterwards. “I know that I can ride at 175 beats per minute heart rate for five hours, so that’s what I set out to do. I managed to keep my heart rate at that average for almost the whole race. Just the last five kays I started to struggle a bit, but I had a good lead so it worked out well in the end,” added Croeser. “Regarding the conditions, if you have a negative attitude towards them it doesn’t help. I enjoy it. I really like riding in the mud. That’s why I’m a mountain biker! Looser’s runner-up place ensured that he extended his lead in the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series. He hasn’t finished outside the top five in all five events this year, showing impressive consistency, but is yet to claim a victory. In the women’s race, Kleinhans and her RECM teammate, Cherise Stander, were the aggressors, setting a quick pace from the start that was only matched by South African champion, Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health). After the Queen of the Mountain prime at 20km, Kleinhans and Stander moved clear of De Groot and set about working together to build a lead on their rival. Ariane Kleinhans conquering the weather winning Ashburton Investments. But De Groot managed to reel the RECM pair back in after Stander crashed, disrupting their rhythm. They were able to drop De Groot again, but on a long climb around 15km from the finish, Stander wasn’t able to stay with Kleinhans and began to drop back. Kleinhans held onto her lead to cross the finish line in a time of 3:45:34 for the 75km race. De Groot caught and passed Stander to clock a time of 3:49:02 for the runner-up place, with Stander finishing in third in 3:53:40. This was the third victory for Kleinhans in the 2015 Series and she takes a narrow lead in the women’s Ashburton Investments National MTB Series standings over De Groot with two events remaining. The best four results from the seven event-series will count towards the final rankings. “There aren’t any big mountains here, but there was really bad weather. That made the race tough. It was wet and windy and we really had to work hard,” explained Kleinhans. 2015 Ashburton Investments National Marathon Series Round 5, Ballito, Sunday 26 January 2015 Leading results Elite men – 105km Ultra-marathon: 1 Rourke Croeser (RSA) Full Dynamix 4:46:50 2 Konny Looser (SUI) Wheeler 4:57:42 3 Darren Lill (RSA) 4:59:52 4 Max Knox (RSA) Biogen-Volcan 5:04:00 5 Nico Bell (RSA) RECM 5:05:50 6 Adriaan Louw (RSA) Contego Swift 5:10:51 7 Hendrik Kruger (RSA) Abantu 5:11:09 8 Erik Kleinhans (RSA) 5:14:05 9 Dave Lees (RSA) 5:16:37 10 Matthew Beers (RSA) Red-E 5:17:52 Elite women – 75km marathon: 1 Ariane Kleinhans (SUI) RECM 3:45:34 2 Robyn de Groot (RSA) Ascendis Health 3:49:02 3 Cherise Stander (RSA) RECM 3:53:40 4 Candice Neethling (RSA) Freewheel Cycology/Pam Golding 3:54:41 5 Vera Adrian (NAM) BestMed ASG 3:59:56 6 Amy McDougall (RSA) 4:03:37 7 Vanessa Bell (RSA) 4:22:57 8 Nicola Giliomee (RSA) 5:01:04 9 Michelle Beetge (RSA) 5:05:06 10 Heila Meintjes (RSA) 5:10:11
  12. Defending South African Cross Country Champion and Full Dynamix/USN’s Rourke Croeser will be back in the country to defend his national title at the 2015 Stihl South African Mountain Bike Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings on Saturday 18 July © Andrew Mc Fadden/Gameplan Media Cycling SA has noted the highest level of pre-entries recorded in the last five years and with late entries still to be factored in, the overall tally stands at 293 participants with a recent record of 245 pre-entries for the XCO and 48 for the DHI. Racing gets underway on Saturday with a variety of cross country clashes with the likes of Olympian Philip Buys (Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB), defending national champ Rourke Croeser (Full Dynamix/USN) and recent Stihl SA MTB Cup Series winner Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro MTB), amongst many others, set to lock horns in the elite men’s clash that gets underway at 14h00 and is preceded by the elite women’s race at 10h00. With the loss of defending champion and team mate Mariske Strauss, Novus OMX Pro Team's Cherie Vale will take the mantle of favourite when the national cross country championships get underway at the 2015 Stihl South African Mountain Bike Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings on Saturday 18 July © Andrew Mc Fadden/Gameplan Media While Hatherly has enjoyed good form of late, the youngster will be up against it as his more experienced counterparts look to not only make the national title their own but earn vital UCI points ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Women’s defending champ Mariske Strauss (Novus OMX Pro Team) has sadly been forced out of this year’s national showdown due to an ankle injury that has plagued her for the better part of the 2015 season. With some solid international form under his belt Kargo Pro MTB's Alan Hatherly will have his work cut out for him when he races in the elite cross country category at the 2015 Stihl South African Mountain Bike Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings on Saturday 18 July © Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media Strauss’ absence may well open the door for her Novus OMX Pro Team teammate Cherise Vale, who is another to have enjoyed a good run of form of late, while Olympian Candice Neethling (Free Cycles/Pam Golding Properties) and Under-19 rising star Bianca Haw (Specialized SA/Red Bull) will also be eyeing a positive national champs showing. Sunday sees competition shift to the trails of the renowned Jonkershoek mountains as the adrenalin seeking downhill stars go head to head. With defending women's cross country champion Mariske Strauss out of the running Specialised/Red Bull's Bianca Haw could see an opening at the 2015 Stihl South African Mountain Bike Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings on Saturday 18 July © Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media While international sensation Greg Minnaar won’t be on this year’s start line, defending national champion Tiaan Odendaal is relishing a shot at a fourth consecutive national crown having banked good form during his victorious Stihl SA MTB Cup Series effort. Three time defending South African downhill champion Tiaan Odendaal is positive he can retain his title at the upcoming 2015 Stihl South African Mountain Bike Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings on Sunday 19 July © Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media March’s devastating fires that ripped through the Western Cape region left organisers having to build a near brand new course, something that has Odendaal excited ahead of this weekend’s action.Despite the new layout, Odendaal is confident he will be able to call on his healthy racing experience in the region to safely navigate the new course and along with his recent good form should prove to be the man to beat. Odendaal is however unlikely to have things all his own way as the likes of Sam Bull (Sportsnut DH Team) and Stefan Garlicki (Investec/Solid Reverse Factory Racing) also look to stamp their authority on proceedings and challenge for national honours. Bull and Garlicki have returned from stints in Europe where they would have been racing against some of the best riders in the world. The experience gained there should prove to be invaluable when the national championships get underway on Sunday. While the atmosphere of the world class race village and top end racing is set to be hot, the cold front expected to hit the Western Cape this weekend may add an extra element to proceedings with the cold and wet conditions being added challenges competitors will have to overcome in their effort to reign supreme. Mountain biking fans can tune in to the live streaming channel to watch all the action unfold in the Elite Men and Women’s XCO races on Saturday as well as Sunday’s DHI race via http://www.cyclingsa.com/community while more information can be found at www.cyclingsa.com
  13. The student town of Stellenbosch is all set to host the 2015 Stihl SA MTB Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings this weekend with the country’s top cross country and downhill mountain bikers set to stake a claim for their respective discipline’s national colours. Click here to view the article
  14. Although Croeser has been happy with the way his European racing has gone this season he has felt slightly frustrated at times with a few issues hampering him at crucial times during the season. “It has been a great season for me so far. I have been the best South African performer at the World Cups but I have to prove that I am the best in South Africa,” Croeser said. “Unfortunately I have had a few mechanical issues at critical points in my season, which have been slight setbacks. Following what has been a successful season for Full Dynamix/USN's Rourke Croeser he is full of confidence ahead of the 2015 Stihl South African Mountain Bike Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings on Saturday 18 July. Andrew McFadden/Gameplan Media. “With that said one thing that has been proven is that I am a fighter and not much is going to stop me.” With time running out to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Croeser has emphasised the importance of doing well at the South African Champs in his quest to follow in the footsteps of the great late Burry Stander at the event. “SA Champs is crucial if I want to qualify for the Olympics,” the Full Dynamix/USN rider said. “I have been the best South African performer at the World Cups but I have to prove that I am the best in South Africa. “It is going to be really difficult considering that a lot of the other riders have been at home training whereas I only get in late on the week of the event, but Rio is my dream and I know that I have to work really hard to get there! “Although I know that Olympic qualification is vital for me I have put a lot of energy into the World Cup season this year and I have been performing well over there so I am confident that I can take that form into SA Champs next week,” the KZN North Coast resident commented. The legacy of the late Burry Stander is still something that Croeser sees as an inspiration for him and harnessing that inspiration is an important element for Croeser. “Everyone knew how good Burry was but few understood what he meant for mountain biking in South Africa. With a national title to defend Full Dynamix/USN rider Rourke Croeser is in good form heading into the 2015 Stihl South African Mountain Bike Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings on Saturday 18 July. Andrew McFadden/Gameplan Media. “He is the reason why I am racing mountain bikes today!” an inspired Croeser mentioned. Having to defend his National Championship title is going to be a tough ask with a number of the locally based riders going really well however Croeser is aware of this and with very little knowledge of the course that they are going to be racing on, understands the enormity of the challenge. “I have never raced in Stellenbosch so it is going to be a completely new experience for me! “There is always pressure when you have to defend a national title and I know that the local guys have been in some incredible form of late so that is going to make the task even more difficult! “Getting back into the country quite late next week is going to make the preparation harder but I am looking forward to a great race,” he explained. Entries for the event are now open and riders can enter at http://csams.cyclingsa.com/enter-an-event/mtb/2015---mtb---sa-national-championships-xco--dhi.aspx. Online pre-entries close on Tuesday 14 July and late entries will be accepted at registration. More information can be found at http://www.cyclingsa.com/2015-sa-mtb-champs/
  15. Defending men’s South African Cross Country champion Rourke Croeser will jet home next week to try and win another national title as well as vital UCI points in his bid to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics at the Stihl SA MTB Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings in Stellenbosch on Saturday 18 July. Click here to view the article
  16. The sun broke through at the beginning of the Elite Men’s seven-lap race at 1pm, five minutes before the Junior Men took off to race their five. The Elite race was a neck-and-neck battle to the end between Full Dynamix Pro Team’s Rourke Croeser and Kargo Pro MTB Team rider, Alan Hatherly. Rourke Croeser (Team Full Dynamix) crosses the finish line in first place in the Elite Men's race at the fourth round of the 2015 Stihl SA MTB Cup XCO at Cascades, Pietermaritzburg, on 27 June. Photo: Gavin Ryan/Quick Pix Croeser surprised the crowds with his entry, as he arrived from Europe to race and then proceeded to take the Elite Men’s victory ahead of Hatherly, who topped the series’ points log. “I arrived on Thursday evening – it was a late decision. KZN MTB managed to help me out to get me here,” said Croeser.With his focus purely on Rio 2016, Croeser is doing all he can to prepare well. “I really wanted to win, I need the points. I knew I had good form, but it was all about time management and racing properly and pacing myself well throughout the event,” he said. Specialized Concept Cyclery rider, Julian Jessop, claimed the Junior Men’s title and was thrilled with his result, but mentioned that it was far from easy. “I had a good start – being first into the single track and then Matthew (Lombardi) passed me for a little bit. We finished the first lap with five people altogether in the lead group. On the main climb on the second lap, Jessop managed to break away from the group and keep a consistent gap of close to 30 seconds ahead of the second place position, which was claimed by Namibian rider Tristan de Lange. “It was tough and full of pain, but I’m so happy to win,” Jessop said. The Youth Men’s category win was claimed by firecracker, Pieter du Toit (Kargo Pro MTB Team). Du Toit said: “It was a very nice race. I didn’t have the best start but the climbs were really nice, and the technical sections were wonderful. One of the boys unfortunately fell just after the corkscrew section, which is where I managed to get away from the pack. The new pump track was wonderful to ride as well. A very big thanks to Team Kargo for the kit and all of the support.” Setting the tone for the day, the women’s races delivered fast paced action in very cold conditions at 10am. With Mariske Strauss watching from the sidelines wearing a moon boot, her Novus OMX Pro Team teammate Cherie Vale leapt out of the start gates and comfortably stretched her lead as the six-lap race progressed. Novus OMX Pro Team and Women's Elite rider, Cherie Vale,claimed the Elite Women's victory in the last round round of the 2015 Stihl SA MTB Cup XCO at Cascades, Pietermaritzburg, on 27 June. Photo: Gavin Ryan/Quick Pix Chasing hard was Bianca Haw (Red Bull/Specialized) and Hayley Smith (Bell) but Junior rider Frankie du Toit (Time Freight eTeam) also found herself in the mix, despite her category starting the race 2 minutes later than the Elite Women. Vale claimed the victory with Haw finishing second, six-and-a-half minutes back with a rampant Smith only 13-seconds back in third.“I was a bit worried in the beginning, the legs felt a bit tight but I thought if I just push it on the climbs and descents that I could just recover a little,” said Vale. “I took it easy – I rode the rock garden well in the practice but I had an uneasy feeling in the race so I decided to take the B-line and it paid off because I was able to get the speed out of the rock garden with no hesitance. Once I opened the gap I just tried to drive for more time. “But the support out there was fantastic and it is amazing what Nick (Floros) can do out there with the track, making it so different to what we’re used to. It had a great flow and was well balanced and offers us great help in preparing to go and race overseas.” Du Toit’s remarkable lap times over four laps show immense promise for this young lady, and her solid victory placed her four minutes ahead of second placed Genevieve van Coller with Sabrina van Wyk collecting third. “I had a fast start and my aim was to get into the top singletrack first and I just put my head down and I went for it,” said Du Toit. “I managed to keep my lead until the very end, which was great. I caught some of the elite ladies and when I started seeing them, I just pushed harder. I’ve been training hard and I’m very happy to see it paying off.” Local lass Tiffany Keep (Pure Adventure Wear) took control of the Youth race from the onset, finishing with a five-minute lead over Danielle Strydom with Allison Morton third in the four-lap race. “It was a very hard race, definitely very intense,” said Keep. “This track was lots of fun and I really enjoyed it. It was very different to the normal courses that we have at Cascades. It was switched around and there was a section through the pump track, which was lots of fun. I really enjoyed it as a whole, and I’m happy with the win.” Frankie du Toit excited at the start of her Junior Women's race, where she claimed the victory at the 2015 Stihl SA MTB Cup XCO at Cascades, Pietermaritzburg, on 27 June. Photo: Gavin Ryan/Quick Pix. The four-lap sub junior boys race showed immense talent from the youngsters with an ultra fierce battle that unfolded. Luke Moir and Daniel van der Walt raced neck-and-neck for the first two laps and opened a sizeable gap from the rest of the field. Moir snapped the elastic band on the third lap and placed a 50-second gap against Van Der Walt by the end of the race. Third place finisher Adriaan Duminy closed the gap and finished a minute behind. Andrea de Waal rode a solid race in the Sub Junior Girls category with Sabine Thies and Megan Bircher making excellent ground after both recovering well from early crashes to finish second and third respectively. From the young little Nippers categories right through to the Veteran age groups, the 2015 Stihl SA MTB Cup Series cross-country races closed out today with top-notch racing and great crowd support for our talented athletes. Sunday will see the downhill competitors battle it out on the championship track to close out the four-part series of events. Racing starts at 10am at Cascades MTB Park and spectators are welcome. Summary of results: 2015 Stihl SA MTB Cup Series #4Elite Men 1. Rourke Croeser 01:29:54 2. Alan Hatherly 01:30:06 3. Philip Buys 01:31:44 4. Brendon Davids 01:32:09 5. Gert Heyns 01:32:23 6. Stuart Marais 01:32:39 7. Arno du Toit 01:34:28 8. Matthys Beukes 01:35:08 9. Marc Fourie 01:38:10 10. Jan Withaar 01:38:49 Elite Women 1. Cherie Vale 01:35:05 2. Bianca Haw 01:41:30 3. Hayley Smith 01:41:44 Junior Men 1. Julian Jessop 01:05:55 2. Tristan de Lange 01:06:15 3. Matthew Lombardi 01:07:06 Junior Women 1. Frances du Toit 01:00:45 2. Genevieve van Coller 01:04:46 3. Sabrina van Wyk 01:10:40 Youth Men 1. Pieter Du Toit 00:55:36 2. Chris du Plessis 00:56:37 3. Sharjah Jonsson 00:58:27 Youth Women 1. Tiffany Keep 01:04:29 2. Danielle Strydom 01:09:36 3. Allison Morton 01:11:01 Sub Junior Boys 1. Luke Moir 01:01:10 2. Daniel van der Walt 01:02:02 3. Adriaan Duminy 01:03:02 Sub Junior Girls 1. Andrea de Waal 00:57:46 2. Sabine Thies 00:59:57 3. Megan Bircher 01:00:26 Sprogs Boys 1. Ben du Plessis 00:30:38 2. Luca Ruwiel 00:31:39 3. Jordan Bold 00:33:00 Sprogs Girls 1. Chloe Bateson 00:34:30 2. Chante Olivier 00:35:38 3. Marjone Strydom 00:39:01 Nippers Boys 1. Alec Coleske 00:24:07 2. Marco Strydom 00:25:05 3. Hendre de Villiers 00:25:09 Nippers Girls 1. Hannah Elliott 00:32:23 2. Megan Emslie 00:33:16 Sub Vet Men 1. Dan Fowler 01:26:40 2. Bradley Rowlett 01:29:54 3. Trevor Rowe 01:30:05 Sub Vet Women 1. Nadine Nunes 01:24:12 Veteran Men 1. Warren Price 01:11:03 2. Mark Moir 01:11:52 3. Alan van Coller 01:18:57 Veteran Women 1. Natalie Bergstrom 01:08:17 2. Frances Marsburg -1lap 3. Caroline Dann -1lap Master Men 1. Jimmy Redman 01:05:12 2. Tony Stark 01:08:15 3. Gregory Hill 01:20:30 To see the full set of resutls, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20150627_SA-MTB-XCO-Cup-Series-4-2015-Results-1-bn8w.pdf
  17. Cold conditions greeted the riders at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg for the fourth and final round of the Stihl SA MTB Cup Series, which saw tough competition and hard racing amongst all the categories today. Click here to view the article
  18. South African cycling is on top of the world as fans and supporters celebrated major successes from their cycling heroes in the various disciplines of cycling at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  19. Saturday’s qualifying run at the second round of the UCI MTB World Cup (DHI #2) in Fort William was cancelled due to poor weather conditions, with strong crosswinds affecting most of the riders on the track. Running both a qualifying run and a final run on Sunday did not deter one of the most consistent riders on the world circuit despite a weak hand. Three-time World Champion, Greg Minnaar (33), said before the race that he had battled a little in getting his bike set up in the gnarly weather conditions, but had managed to find a good line that he felt comfortable on. “My hand is healed but it's a little weak. I don't think it will be an issue. It’s all eyes on the final,” he said. And deliver he did! Minnaar’s incredible victory at Fort William was his 17th World Cup victory in his illustrious career, equalling the most World Cup career wins with his Santa Cruz Syndicate teammate and stalwart Steve Peat! Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla Pro Cycling Team) claimed Sunday's 127km stage and the overall GC win in the Auensteiner Radsporttage in Germany which took place from 5 - 7 June. Photo Credit: ©craigdutton.com. Kicking off the medal tallies and setting the tone for the weekend was the South African Para-cycling team, who had travelled to Italy for the first round of the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup series in Maniago. Handcycling H2 competitor, Justine Asher, claimed double gold when she won the 12.8km Time Trial on Friday and the 49.7km road race on Saturday. Asher’s performances also earned her the World Cup competition leader’s jersey. Craig Ridgard (C2) and Goldy Fuchs (T2) both narrowly missed the medals but finished in fourth places in their respective time trial races in amongst highly competitive fields. Despite a technical problem at the start, Gerhard Viljoen (T2) finished 8th in his time trial. On Saturday, Fuchs added to the medal tally with a bronze medal in the 28.4km road race. Ridgard finished his 63.9km road race in the final bunch sprint and was awarded 9th place. African Pro-Continental cycling team, Team MTN-Qhubeka powered by Samsung, competed in the prelude to the Tour de France – the Criterium du Dauphine – on Sunday. The 131.5km opening stage took riders from Ugine to Albertville. Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot got into the early break of the day in the first 10km, riding in the lead group of four and notching up five of the KOM sprints. He was awarded the King of the Mountains polka dot jersey, the first World Tour jersey won in the team's history. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg’s massive effort in the final kilometre did not go unnoticed as he drove the leadout for Edwald Boasson Hagen. Boasson Hagen sprinted to 3rd place as the peloton attempted to reel in Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh in the final metres, but Kennaugh claimed the stage victory. On Friday, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla Pro Cycling Team) posted the second fastest time in the 6.3km TT in the Auensteiner Radsporttage, a three-day stage race in Germany. Moolman-Pasio recorded a 7th place finish in the 96km second stage from Ilsfeld to Auenstein, which placed her 3rd in the GC on Saturday, and she went on to claim the race win on Sunday in a 127km stage from Ilsfeld to Auenstein and with that, the overall GC win. Cross-country mountain bikers Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker, both racing for Team Full Dynamix, recorded podium positions respectively at a XCO race in Italy on Sunday. Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health) claimed her hat trick of titles at the 2015 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Van Gaalen, which doubled up as the South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships powered by Stihl in the North West province on Saturday 6 June. Photo Credit: ©craigdutton.com. Back at home, Cycling SA crowned National Champions across all the race categories at the 2015 Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Van Gaalen, which doubled up as the South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships powered by Stihl in the North West province on Saturday. The gruelling and demanding course in very cold conditions presented a thrilling day of racing with Gawie Combrinck (Team EAI Cycling) claiming his first national marathon title and Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health) claiming her hat trick of titles. Combrinck won the 111km Ultra Marathon distance in 4 hours 46 minutes and 53 seconds by almost 30 seconds to second and third placed Nico Bell (Team RECM) and Swiss rider Konny Looser (Wheeler iXS). In the women’s race, De Groot held a commanding lead claiming the 75km victory in 3 hours 36 minutes 8 seconds. Early leader and Sasol Racing star Yolande de Villiers completed the podium with Specialized/Freewheel Cycology rider Candice Neethling, third. Junior riders Julian Jessop and Frankie du Toit cemented their status as the top young riders by claiming the national titles in their categories, while young Pieter du Toit and Tiffany Keep won the Youth national titles. National Championship titles were also awarded to the Sub Veteran, Veteran and Masters Men and Women’s categories.
  20. Late last year, Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker signed up to ride for the Full-Dynamix factory team. Full-Dynamix didn't budget for the lads doing the Cape Epic, so they had to look to USN to help them compete. We chatted to Rourke and Travis during the Epic and got a look at Rourke's Full-Dynamix Higher bike. Click here to view the article
  21. Full-Dynamix is the mountain bike division of Italian bike maker Battaglin Cicli. The Higher is the company's professional level bike for marathon and XC racing. A Marzocchi 320 LCR Carbon fork does duty on the front. Rourke favours the trusty SRAM XX1 drivetrain (with a spiderless crank) and a RockShox can to control the tail. Look's S-Track pedal was a popular choice amongst 2015 Epic pros. The wheelset takes us back to Italy with a stunning pair of Alchemist wheels and hubs. The cockpit features a FSA bar with XX brake levers, Marzocchi lockout, XX1 shifter, and a Powertap Joule GPS mounted on a negative angled stem. A Selle San Marco Aspide Racing Protek Open saddle. Rourke Croeser talks about his Full-Dynamix bike setup for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic: Ray caught up with Rourke and Travis at Oak Valley during the 2015 Absa Cape Epic:
  22. The following riders have been selected according to the 2015 CSA-MTB Selection Criteria. Cross-country (XCO) ELITE Philip Buys Matthys Beukes James Reid William Mokgopo Rourke Croeser Sipho Madolo Mariske Strauss Candice Neethling Cherie Vale U23 Brendon Davids Gert Heyns Bianca Haw This is the second time that Rwanda is hosting a continental cycling event having hosted the 2009 African Cycling Continental Championships for the road cycling discipline. Rudy Hauser and Ueli Gunpli, who work for Trailworks, a trail design and consulting company in Switzerland, have been working hard on constructing the track that will be 6km long on a piece of land next to the Africa Rising Cycling Centre (ARCC), the home of Team Rwanda Cycling (TRC).* Good luck on your selection and we wish you every success.
  23. Cycling South Africa’s Mountain Bike Commission has great pleasure in announcing that the following riders have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2015 African Mountain Bike Continental Championships in Musanze, Rwanda, from 8-10 May. Click here to view the article
  24. Little more than two minutes separate the top three South African teams after Tuesday’s windswept Stage 2 of the Absa Cape Epic. Click here to view the article
  25. Waylon Woolcock and Darren Lill of RED-E Blend. // Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS. RED-E Blend’s Darren Lill and Waylon Woolcock, managed to put a poor Stage 1 behind them and were first home among the teams racing for the red Absa African special jersey, worn by the top all-African team to finish the event. In doing so they closed the gap on Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker (USN), but the KwaZulu Natal youngsters will still be in red on Wednesday’s Stage 3. Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (Scott Factory Racing) are second in the race for the special jersey, only one minute and 32 seconds back. Rourke Croeser [R] and Travis Walker [L] during stage 2. // Photo by Sam Clark/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS. The Absa African special jersey has become much sought after in recent years and Woolcock made it clear it was their objective for this year’s Absa Cape Epic: “Along with Philip and Matthys we put some pressure on Travis and Rourke, and did some damage,” he said. “Today was very windy and it was not always so easy out there. We are happy to be upright still and are feeling confident for the days ahead.” The Dimension Data Masters category is also a tight affair, with South Africans Nico Pfitzenmaier and Robert Sim (Dorma/Robert Daniel) beating Masters leaders Bart Brentjens of the Netherlands and Brazil’s Abraao Azevedo (BETCH.nl-Superior) by five seconds on Tuesday. The South Africans are now less than two minutes behind Brentjens and Azevedo in the race for the blue category jersey. Nico Pfitzenmaier and Robert Sim. // Photo by Sophie Smith/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS. Pfitzenmaier, who had struggled on Stage 1, said: “I felt way better than yesterday. Today was my favourite kind of racing. I feel at home here because we come and ride so much on these trails. I really wanted the victory on ‘home soil’, so I am very happy.” Swiss/Austrian combination Barti Bucher and Heinz Zoerweg (Meerendal BIXS KTM) have taken a firm hold of the Grand Masters category and have a lead of almost 30 minutes over second-placed South Africans Greg Anderson and Andrew Mclean (Ascendis Health). There was drama in the Mixed category when overnight leaders Rene Haselbacher and Sabine Sommer, both of Austria and riding for team ENS RH77, got lost towards the end of the stage and finished fourth in the category on the day – more than 12 minutes back. “We took a wrong turn close to the finish at added some three kilometres to our stage,” said Haselbacher, a former Tour de France rider. Slovenian Peter Vesel and his German partner Ivonne Kraft (ETIS) won the stage and took the overall lead, but only have a one-and-a-half minute cushion over Haselbacher and Sommer, which they may find difficult to defend over the remaining five stages. “We’re not happy to lose the overall lead, but we still have time to get back in front,” said Haselbacher. Masters category - Stage 2 results17. Dorma / Robert Daniel; 61-1 Nico Pfitzenmaier (South Africa) 61-2 Robert Sim (South Africa); 4:35.27,9 20. BETCH.nl-Superior; 60-1 Bart Brentjens (Netherlands) 60-2 Abraao Azevedo (Brazil); 4:35.33,3 (Masters leaders)
 24. GoldNutrition/Portugal; 487-1 Vitor Gamito (Portugal) 487-2 José Rosa (Portugal); 4:39.07,9 Grand Masters category - Stage 2 results49. Meerendal BIXS KTM; 65-1 Barti Bucher (Switzerland) 65-2 Heinz Zoerweg (Austria); 4:59.22,2 (Grand Masters leaders) 
60. Ascendis Health; 66-1 Greg Anderson (South Africa) 66-2 Andrew Mclean (South Africa); 5:03.55,7
 66. Nampak; 67-1 Izak Visagie (South Africa) 67-2 Linus van Onselen (South Africa); 5:09.31,2 Mixed category – Stage 2 results63. ETIS; 71-1 Peter Vesel (Slovenia) 71-2 Ivonne Kraft (Germany); 5:07.12,9 (Mixed leaders) 
71. Asrin Cycling; 70-1 Nizaam Essa (South Africa) 70-2 Catherine Williamson (England); 5:12.04,6
 86.Open - Kappius components; 75-1 Jean-Francois Bossler (France) 75-2 Coralie Redelsperge (France); 5:16.28,6

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