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  1. Hatherly crossed the line after six laps of racing in a time of one hour 34 minutes and 50 seconds. The most impressive rider on the day however was second placed Jan Withaar who rode fast and hard to finish in 01:38:42, with Stuart Marais crossing the line in third place (01:39:16). Alan Hatherly (right) took the Elite Men's title at the third round of the SA National MTB Series XCO at the Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein on Saturday 6 May. Photo: Reblex Photography For Withaar, the first two laps were a struggle to find a constant rhythm. “It was more of a matter of finding the concentration than it was physical,” he said. “I hadn’t cleated in properly either at the beginning which also isn’t too helpful,” he added. When chatting about the course, Withaar said: “It’s a very natural track, and it was a little bit blown out – which by no means detracted for the quality of it. It’s an excellent track, we just all had to be very careful and concentrate hard to not hit too many obstacles that could lead us to punctures.” Withaar was very happy with his second place and has said that this result has only given him even more of a confidence boost. “Seeing the repeatability after Pretoria means so much to me, and it’s very reassuring,” he added. Strauss crossed the finish line first in the five-lap Elite Women’s race in a time of 01:38:55. Second place went to Swiss Team Spur rider Ariane Luthi in a time of 01:42:20 and third place to Namibian Michelle Vorster (1:45:55). “Today went really well for me. It was dry and dusty out there but it was a great race – there were lots of obstacles to keep us alert and on our toes,” Strauss said. Strauss heads off to KwaZulu-Natal soon to take part in the 2017 Sani2c next week with Robyn de Groot for Team Ascendis Health. “I’ve have wanted to do ’Sani for a long time and I am really looking forward to it,” she added. Mariske Strauss was the fastest Elite Women at the third round of the SA National MTB Series XCO at the Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein on Saturday 6 May. Photo: Reblex Photography. The following week Strauss heads off to kick off her UCI MTB World Cup campaign, with the Nove Mesto (CZE) and Albstadt (GER) races on 20/21 and 27/28 May respectively. “I’m excited to get the World Cup season going, and I am going to take it one race at a time,” she said. All the top riders from all of the race categories were present to solidify their standings on the series log, with one remaining event to be held in Pietermaritzburg mid-June. Solid racing was seen especially in the Junior and Youth categories. The countries that were represented were South Africa, USA, Switzerland, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. In the Junior race, which formed part of the UCI Junior World Series, the Men’s title went to Pieter du Toit after four laps in a time of 01:08:53. Johann Trotzky and Namibian Alex Miller diced for the second and third places with both riders recording the same finish time of 01:10:55, but Trotzky’s wheel was inches ahead of Miller’s to take the second place. Tiffany Keep won the three-lap Junior Women’s race in a time of 01:04:13 against second-placed rider Danielle Strydom (01:05:19), who finished just over a minute off the winning time. Azulde Britz finished in third place in a time of 01:11:03. “Today went really well,” said Keep. Although looking as though she had breezed through the course, she assured that it wasn’t an easy one. “It was very tough, but mostly the conditions that made it so. There was also a lot climbing as well. There hasn’t been rain here either so it was very sandy and dusty. The races before us also then made the track quite blown out by the time that we raced. “A few of the lines had changed on the climbs and there were a lot of loose rocks. The downhill sections were really fun. There were quite a few spectators watching that as well. The climbs took a lot out of me because they were very hard. I am happy with my win.” The fourth and final round of the 2017 SA National MTB Cup Series XCO takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 17 June. The event also carries a UCI Category 1 rating and also forms part of the UCI Junior World Series. For more information about the Series, visit: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-sa- mtb-cup- series/. The Elite Men's Podium (from left) Stuart Marais, Alan Hatherly and Jan Withaar at the third round of the SA National MTB Series XCO at the Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein on Saturday 6 May. Photo: Reblex Photography Summary of Results – SA National MTB Cup Series XCO #3 – Happy Valley Conservancy 6 May 2017Results sourced from live timing system and can be found here Elite Men (6 laps) 1.Alan Hatherly 1:34:50.484 2.Jan Withaar 1:38:42.312 3.Stuart Marais 1:39:16.801 4.Dominic Calitz 1:39:45.545 5.Arno du Toit 1:40:30.433 6.Tristan de Lange 1:46:14.182 7.Jason Meaton 1:46:57.118 8.Wessel Botha 1:47:50.838 9.Thomas Jessop 1:49:23.913 10.Phetetso Monese 1:52:13.043 Elite Women (5 laps) 1.Mariske Strauss 1:38:55.414 2.Ariane Luthi 1:42:20.220 3.Michelle Vorster 1:45:55.507 4.Sarah Hill 1:50:21.740 5.Frances du Toit 1:55:39.598 Junior Men (4 laps) 1.Pieter du Toit 1:08:53.978 2.Johann Trotzky 1:10:55.262 3.Alex Miller 1:10:55.691 Junior Women (3 laps) 1.Tiffany Keep 1:04:13.127 2.Danielle Strydom 1:05:19.846 3.Azulde Britz 1:11:03.350 Youth Men (3 laps) 1.Luke Moir 51:46.200 2.Jamie Penfold 52:04.184 3.Daniel van der Walt 53:08.818 Youth Women (3 laps) 1.Zandri Strydom 1:04:32.933 2.Sabine Thies 1:09:48.537 3.Emma van Coller 1:10:34.445 Sub Junior Boys (3 laps) 1.Luca Ruwiel 1:02:28.396 2.Marcel Swartz 1:04:18.392 3.Ben du Plessis 1:07:16.556 Sub Junior Girls (2 laps) 1.Chante Olivier 44:43.233 2.Chloe Bateson 50:34.117 3.Madison Mann 53:00.794 Sprog Boys (4 laps) 1.Alec Coleske 43:08.820 2.Kevin Lowe 44:36.303 3.Hendre de Villiers 45:20.218 Sprog Girls (3 laps) 1.Lilian Baber 37:56.932 2.Riley Smith 44:26.018 3.Ada Kahl 48:59.721 Nipper Boys (3 laps) 1.Logan Stander 35:51.467 2.Alessandro Fanicchi 35:59.095 3.Roger Suren 38:45.749 Nipper Girls (2 laps) 1.Hannah Elliott 30:17.806 2.Danel de Jager 32:40.418 3.Megan Botha 32:54.791 Sub Vet Men (4 laps) 1.Jacques Malherbe 1:17:33.813 2.Duane Stander 1:22:26.715 3.Justice Makhale 1:40:31.846 Sub Vet Women (3 laps) 1.Ronel Odendaal Veteran Men (4 laps) 1.Mark Moir 1:21:33.428 2.David Walsh 1:31:20.404 3.Marcel Suren 1:33:26.384 Master Men (3 laps) 1.Dirk Maarsingh 1:03:01.949 2.Alan van Coller 1:05:30.483 3.Marc Ruwiel 1:19:01.063
  2. The clover leaf-like course made for excellent spectator viewing, and there was a great showing of supporters at the venue. National Women’s XCO Champion, Redecker, came out with 200 points from her win, which resulted in her taking the overall Series win as well. She said: “I had so much fun today – what an awesome weekend of racing and spending time with friends. Elite Women's race winner Cherie Redecker (Novus OMX Pro Team) enjoyed the flow of the technically challeging track to take a decisive victory in her category at the fifth and final round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series (UCI Cat 2) at Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein, Free State, on Saturday 18 June. Pieter Herbst A two-week mid-season break gave Elite Men's race winner Philip Buys (Team Scott LCB) more punch on the bike at the fifth and final round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series (UCI Cat 2) at Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein, Free State, on Saturday 18 June. Johan Roux “The Bloemfontein course was great. It was well built, technically challenging and had a great flow to it. I wasn't short of support especially with Stephen and Heiko popping up all over the course shouting words of encouragements and making sure that I didn't slack off the pace. It was great to take the win and overall series title.” When asked to say which STIHL SA XCO Cup was her favourite, Redecker said it was particularly difficult to say. “I know that each province has put a lot of effort in organising their event, but if I have to choose, then I’d say Bloemfontein was my favourite. The track was great and I felt on form physically and mentally.” Redecker expressed gratitude to her team, coach and sponsors for their support in helping her to become a competitive XCO racer. The wind had begun to pick up for the start of the Elite Men’s race, which was lead from the start by Buys, with Kargo Pro MTB Team’s Alan Hatherly taking second place, enough to score the points for the overall Series title. Arno du Toit (Team SCOTT LCB) fought hard, and delivered a consistent race, resulting in a third place finish. The dice of the day went to Julian Jessop and Jan Withaar in a titanic battle for fourth and fifth place, with Jessop winning by a whisker. Elite Men’s winner Buys, said: “I felt pretty good and happy to win the final race of the Series. After the Port Elizabeth race I was starting to fade a bit because of accumulated fatigue, so I took a two-week mid-season break and feel plenty more punch on the bike now. There’s still some work to do before Worlds, but all is good in training. The track was really fun – it was a very natural track that I thoroughly enjoyed.” Overall Men’s Cup Series Winner, Hatherly, who hails from KwaZulu-Natal, spoke about the altitude difference between Bloemfontein and home. “It had an affect coming from sea level but we got here on Friday to avoid the effects of altitude, which I definitely think was the better choice for me. Of course I could still feel the air was thin but it was bearable. The descents were super fun,” he said. When chatting about the Series win, Hatherly said: “On the whole, the Series went really well for me by being consistent at each event. I would have to say Cape Town was my favourite; everything went to the book that day and the course suited me to the tee. Having international riders there also made it really incredible to have done well there. I'm really happy to have kept my overall Pro-Elite Series title again for 2016, and I look forward to heading to Europe this coming week for World Champs in Czech.” The Junior Women’s race saw Kristen Louw (Kargo Pro MTB Team) take a decisive victory against Allison Morton, winning her three-lap race by two-and-a-half-minutes at the fifth and final round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series (UCI Cat 2) at Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein, Free State, on Saturday 18 June. Pieter Herbst Reinhard Zellhuber (Russell White Academy/Merida/32Gi) beat Jarrod van den Heever by nearly one and a half minutes over the four-lap Junior Men's race at the fifth and final round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series (UCI Cat 2) at Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein, Free State, on Saturday 18 June. Johan Roux The Junior Women’s race saw Kristen Louw take a decisive victory against Allison Morton, winning her three-lap race by two-and-a-half-minutes. Louw also took the Junior Women’s Series title while Danielle Strydom finished in second place after only competing in three events out of five. Morton finished third on the Series Log. Reinhard Zellhuber beat Jarrod van den Heever by nearly one and a half minutes over the four-lap Junior Men's race. Van den Heever’s second place was enough to secure the overall series title after five races, placing him on top of the log with 751 points. Henry Liebenberg placed second on the Series Log, with Pieter du Toit and Reinhard Zellhuber finishing in third and fourth places respectively. STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series Results Co-ordinator, Grevile Ruddock, said: “It has been some years now since we had this number of unique individuals participating in the XCO discipline of the SA National Cup Series. There are 485 unique individuals on the Series Log, with sustained solid participation particularly in the younger ages categories and Elites. There were over 70 participants in each of the Youth, Junior and Elite Men groups, and also much-improved participation from Nippers through to Youth in the female categories.” The next National event on the racing calendar is the once-off 2016 SA MTB National Championships for the cross-country and downhill disciplines, which takes place at the world-class venue of Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on 16 and 17 July. More details will be coming soon on www.cyclingsa.com. SUMMARY OF RESULTS – STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series #5 [bloemfontein, Free State] To view the full set of results and the final Series Log, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/ Pro-Elite Men (6 laps) 1.Philip Buys 01:29:58 2.Alan Hatherly 01:31:48 3.Arno Du Toit 01:32:53 Pro-Elite Women (5 laps) 1.Cherie Vale 01:28:15 2.Frances Du Toit 01:40:00 3.Sarah Hill 01:43:11 Junior Men (4 laps) 1.Reinhard Zellhuber 01:01:44 2.Jarrod Van Den Heever 01:03:06 3.Henry Liebenberg 01:03:57 Junior Women (3 laps) 1.Kristen Louw 01:02:56 2.Allison Morton 01:05:33 3.Sabrina Van Wyk 01:10:17 Youth Men (4 laps) 1.Ryan Conradie 01:06:20 2.Wicus Breytenbach 01:07:00 3.Daniel Van Der Walt 01:08:13 Youth Women (3 laps) 1.Zandri Strydom 01:00:03 2.Tiffany Keep 01:01:29 3.Azulde Britz 01:03:39 Sub Veteran Men (5 laps) 1.Dion Froneman 01:27:25 2.Michael Maine 01:28:17 3.Darryn Stow 01:30:04 Sub Veteran Women (3 laps) 1.Liesl Lourens 01:09:07 2.Nadine Nunes 01:10:34 3.Christelle Le Roux 01:27:20 Veteran Men (4 laps) 1.Alan Van Coller 01:12:10 2.Tertius Van Niekerk 01:12:50 3.Ewan Cochran 01:13:38 Master Men (4 laps) 1.Dirk Maarsingh 01:12:43 2.Pierre Nel 01:36:12 3.Charles Stander -1lap Sub Junior Boys (3 laps) 1.Travis Stedman 00:55:52 2.Jean Van Der Merwe 00:58:32 3.Zac Gerber 00:59:22 Sub Junior Girls (2 laps) 1.Chante Olivier 00:42:27 2.Simone Grove 00:48:45 3.Chloe Bateson 00:51:49 Sprog Boys (4 laps) 1.Jooste Coetzee 00:42:19 2.Marcell Swartz 00:42:25 3.Alec Coleske 00:43:42 Sprog Girls (3 laps) 1.Olivia Penfold 00:41:07 2.Madison Mann 00:43:00 3.Riley Smith 00:44:10 Nipper Boys (3 laps) 1.Connor Wright 00:34:03 2.Francois De Jager 00:34:57 3.Aiden Wright 00:36:33 Nipper Girls (2 laps) 1.Hannah Elliott 00:28:37 2.Marili Nel 00:29:39 3.Amelie Owens 00:33:20
  3. The Happy Valley Conservancy played host to the fifth and final round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in Bloemfontein on Saturday 18 June. Novus OMX Pro MTB Team’s Cherie Redecker and Team SCOTT LCB’s Philip Buys took the respective wins in the Elite Women and Men’s category at the first UCI Category 2 cross-country event to take place in the Free State. Click here to view the article
  4. James Reid (Team Spur) is currently the Elite Men's Log Leader, after four rounds of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series. The fifth and final round takes place at Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein on Saturday 18 June. Photo credit: Hendrik Steytler The Elite Men’s Log currently shows Team Spur’s James Reid in the top seat with 725 points, with Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro MTB team) in second place on 645 points followed by Philip Buys (Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB) with 600 points. Stuart Marais lies fourth (450) and Jan Withaar, fifth (424). Reid’s overall lead is a result of three wins from four races – one victory went to New Zealand’s Samuel Gaze. Hatherly has finished in second place on three occasions, while Buys has consistently finished third in all four races this season. Although Novus OMX Pro MTB Team's Cherie Redecker is the current Elite Women's Log Leader, the overall title will only be decided at the fifth and final round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series, which takes place at Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein on Saturday 18 June. Photo credit: Darren Goddard Cherie Redecker (Novus OMX Pro MTB Team) is the current leader in the Elite Women’s Series Log with 665 points, while second, third and fourth place belong to Kargo Pro MTB Team’s Frances du Toit (575), Novus OMX Pro MTB Team’s Mariske Strauss (520), and Absolute Cycling’s Genevieve van Coller (505) respectively. Redecker has finished in fifth place, second on two occasions and first in one race. Du Toit has finished in fourth place in three of her races and second place in her first race of the season; while Strauss has finished in first, second and third places in three races this season, having missed the Helderberg leg.The largely unpredictable and fast-changing Junior Men’s Log is extremely close with more than six riders in contention to take the overall win. Riders in the mix include Jarrod van den Heever (581), Pieter du Toit (570), Henry Liebenberg (550), Matthew Keyser (510), Andrew Sparks (490), and Reinhard Zellhuber (470) to name a few. The Junior Women’s points Log sees a tussle between Kristen Louw (690) and Danielle Strydom (600), with only 90-points separating the two riders. Chriestie-Leigh Hearder holds third place with 490 points, while Nicolene Marais (410) and Saffron Vosloo (395) are in fourth and fifth places respectively. The younger categories, such as the Sprogs (11-12) Boys will see an epic battle unfold between Alec Coleske (715) and Jooste Coetzee (710), while Sarah van der Walt (445), Chante Olivier (400) and Chloe Bateson (400) all sit tightly together in the Sub Junior (13-14) Girls’ competition. Travis Stedman (665) holds a 65-point lead over Luke Moir (600) in the Sub Junior (13-14) Boys’ race; with the Youth Men race close in the top few positions between Wicus Breytenbach (540), Ryan Conradie (525), Daniel van der Walt (480) and Brendan van Eeden (455). The Masters’ age groups see much larger winning margins at the top of the Series Log, with riders like Liesl Lourens (540) leading the Sub vet Women’s (30-39) race, Diana Carolin (800) leading the Veteran Women’s (40-49) charge, and Ewan Cochran heads up the Veteran Men (40-49) class with 605 points. STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series Results Co-ordinator, Grevile Ruddock, says: “Many categories will only be decided at the final race in Bloemfontein this month. All five races in this year’s National Cup Series count towards the final points, which mean that there is no throwaway result.” The 4.9km length course has a vertical ascent of 160 metres. Included in this course is hand-built single track, two challenging climbs of 660 metres and 350 metres respectively, natural rock gardens, gap jumps, drop offs, and two rather technical downhill sections. This course guarantees to close the series and send riders off with a bang. The fifth round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series will take place in the Free State on Saturday 18 June 2016. Entries are open and close at midnight on Tuesday 14 June 2016. To enter, click here: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/events/6841-sa-cup-series-xco-5 For more information, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/ or contact Dellah Paul on 082 781 5656 for administration info. To see the Series Log after four events, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160520_SA-XCO-Cup-Series-Log-2016-4.pdf
  5. With the fifth and final round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series rapidly approaching, the Series Title is wide open as the riders prepare for the season finale in the Free State at Happy Valley Conservancy in Bloemfontein on Saturday 18 June. What is important to note, is that all five rounds this year will be considered in the overall National points system, determining the overall win, as well as carrying a UCI Category 2 rating. Click here to view the article
  6. Riders faced 4,2km laps with an elevation of 170m, suiting those with the strongest legs on the day. With lots of climbing and a technical rock section called “Boulder Bash” that tested the skills of many, the track was built for the greatest of the great, giving the contenders one last chance to score valuable points in this Olympic year. Mariske Strauss (Novus Pro OMX Team) leads the way in the Pro-Elite Women's race at Settlers Park Nature Reserve in the fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Photo credit: Anton Havenga “I had an absolute blast,” said Elite Women’s Winner, Mariske Strauss, who had led the bunch from the beginning. “It was a crazy track, but an awesome track. We need more of these in South Africa. There aren’t many tracks like these with a steep technical section – it’s great preparation for racing in Europe,” she said. After a series of unfortunate race meetings, Strauss has seemed to rid herself of her bad luck and minor setbacks to produce exceptional results of late. She also mentioned how happy she was to share the podium with Novus OMX Pro MTB teammate and 2016 National Champion, Cherie Redecker, who was strong and consistent throughout her race. “I’m so happy, it’s all just awesome: an awesome track, awesome ride and an awesome day out. But next for me is an exam on Tuesday, and then I fly to Europe for the next UCI World Cup XCO in Germany next weekend,” concluded Strauss. Recent winner of the African Continental Marathon, Amy Beth McDougall (Valencia), who claimed the bronze medal, said: “I have just come off the joBerg2c so had no idea what my legs would do. I am not primarily a cross-country racer, I just do it to sharpen my skills and mix up the season with some fun and intensity, and so I was happy with third place. It was a tough course with two massive loose climbs, which were painful, but it was all rewarded with some fun descents. I felt pretty consistent despite a tuck-and-roll down the first technical section and kept third place until the end.” It was a hard and fast start in the Pro-Elite Men's race, where Team Spur's James Reid emerged the victor at Settlers Park Nature Reserve in the fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Photo credit: Anton Havenga Elite Men’s winner, Reid, also led the charge from the get-go. “What a race out there – super challenging,” he said. “The back story to this race was that Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro MTB Team), Philip Buys (Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB) and myself are fighting for Olympic spots. So from the gun the three of us really fed it to each other – it really was no holds barred.” Reid had taken part in the Eastern Cape Provincial XCO last weekend in much wetter conditions, but had felt that he had done his homework on the track. The Team Spur rider touched on Olympic selection: “I really hope that the selectors can see that when the three of us line up, it’s the same result as the last time the three of us lined up and that we had a fair, clean race in proper conditions. I hope this bodes well for my Olympic dream – it is the last selection race in a series of seven of them that are competitive, so today, I’m just really happy to have pulled off the win,” he concluded. James Reid (Team Spur) leads the way in the Pro-Elite Men's race at Settlers Park Nature Reserve in the fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Photo credit: Anton Havenga An outstanding performance was also witnessed from Specialized Concept Cyclery’s Julian Jessop, who crossed the line with a fourth place in his first year with Pro Elite status. “Today was really hard, but I had really good performance,” said Jessop. When asked about the transition from Junior to Pro Elite, he said: “One of the hardest parts about it, is the lap count. Take this race for instance, the Juniors do four laps and the Elites are doing six. That’s one and a half times more. There is also no change in pace at this level, the speed is constantly high – if you try to take it easy, you just get left behind. I’ve been training hard and building on my strength. It takes time to increase the ability to be able to ride at that pace for longer.” Jessop said that preparation to receive the results he did today has been difficult. “This is the highest position I’ve gotten this year, so it’s awesome,” he said. He also mentioned that because he had to write an exam on Friday, he flew to Port Elizabeth for the day on Thursday to practise on the course, and flew back in the evening. “I also heard that there was a section that they changed a bit on the Friday, so I rode it blind today, but pretty happy with how it turned out,” he concluded. The Junior competition, which formed part of the UCI Junior World Series, saw Tim Meier and Danielle Strydom take top honours n the Men’s and Women’s races. Meier’s lap times showed that he performed faster than his peers throughout the race, while Reinhard Zellhuber and Wessel Botha rounded out the podium in second and third places respectively. Strydom’s dominance in Junior Women’s racing continued as she stood on top of the podium with Kristen Louw finishing in second place over three minutes behind the young star! The Junior Men's race saw winner Tim Meier stand atop the podium, flanked by Reinhard Zellhuber (2nd place - right) and Wessel Botha (3rd place - left) at Settlers Park Nature Reserve in the fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Photo credit: Anton Havenga The fifth round of the 2016 SA National Downhill Cup Series will take place in the Free State on Saturday 18 June 2016. For more information, click here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/ or contact Dellah Paul on 082 781 5656 for administration info. SUMMARY OF RESULTS – Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series #4To see the full set of results, click here http://great-time.co.za/ Pro-Elite Men 1.James Reid 01:22:51.956 2.Alan Hatherly 01:23:45.537 3.Philip Buys 01:25:06.283 Pro-Elite Women 1.Mariske Strauss 01:27:12.233 2.Cherie Redecker 01:28:49.955 3.Amy McDougall 01:34:30.417 Junior Men 1.Tim Meier 01:00:09.235 2.Reinhard Zellhuber 01:02:17.368 3.Wessel Botha 01:02:44.311 Junior Women 1.Danielle Strydom 01:20:51.406 2.Kristen Louw 01:23:57.858 Youth Men 1.Ryan Conradie 01:04:54.963 2.Michard Meets 01:07:52.454 3.Brendan van Eeden 01:08:40.976 Youth Women 1.Zandri Strydom 01:01:11.262 2.Kelsey van Schoor 01:05:16.124 3.Rimari Sutton 01:11:20.688 Sub Veteran Men 1.Darryn Stow 01:10:21.849 2.Michael Maine 01:12:09.471 3.Renay Groustra 01:12:13.144 Veteran Men 1.Ewan Cochran 01:11:36.740 2.Brendon Wood 01:12:00.619 3.Ashton Ferreira 01:24:40.038 Veteran Women 1.Diana Carolin 01:06:18.191 2.Christelle le Roux 01:33:30.066 Master Men 1.Didier Duc 01:01:56.712 2.Errol Black 01:09:18.324 3.Peter Venter 01:14:42.859 Sub Junior Boys 1.Travis Stedman 00:54:54.148 2.Juan van Rooyen 00:56:12.864 3.Krige van der Vyver 00:58:22.892 Sub Junior Girls 1.Chante Olivier 00:46:15.734 2.Sarah van der Walt 01:02:30.546 Sprog Boys 1.Alec Coleske 00:35:18.074 2.Jooste Coetzee 00:35:41.516 3.Marcell Swartz 00:36:57.131 Sprog Girls 1.Madison Mann 00:40:57.540 2.Sarah-Dene Wyllie -1 lap Nipper Boys 1.Connor Wright 00:27:03.240 2.Francois de Jager 00:27:55.900 3.Aiden Wright 00:28:44.569 Nipper Girls 1.Danel de Jager 2.Hannah Elliott
  7. James Reid (Team Spur) and Mariske Strauss (Novus OMX Pro Team) displayed their athletic dominance amidst perfect weather conditions and energised crowds when they raced against some of the country’s top mountain bike enthusiasts at Settlers Park Nature Reserve in the fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Click here to view the article
  8. A truly amazing track was set ablaze with racing here in PE by top riders from all over the country. The fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series took place on 14 May and riders were able to experience the beauty of Baakens Valley while battling out for SA XCO National positions and Olympic qualification. Click here to view the article
  9. The stakes were high for the Elite riders especially, with this event being the final qualifying race for the Olympic selection process. With only two spots available for the men’s Olympic team, the three way battle continued between Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro MTB Team), James Reid (Team Spur) and Philip Buys (Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB) who showed a class of their own in the Elite field. It was a tight race between Reid and Hatherly after the first lap but Reid was able to edge an advantage when Hatherly briefly dismounted after clipping a stair with his pedal on the start of the most notorious climb of the day. Hatherly who’s had the most consistent season so far had to settle for 2nd place and Philip rounded off the podium in 3rd. First up however was the woman’s Elite race with Mariske Strauss setting a blistering pace from the get-go that Novus Pro OMX teammate, Cherie Redecker, was unable to match. In 3rd was Amy Beth McDougall (Valencia) finishing more than 7min off the pace from Strauss. I had an absolute blast. We need more of these [tracks ] in South Africa. There aren’t many tracks like these with a steep technical section – it’s great preparation for racing in Europe Mariske Strauss It was a tough course when it came to climbing as well as descending. All and all the course was put together really well and compared to other nationals it was the closest to a World Cup standard Alan Hatherly This article was originally published on http://eastcapemtb.co.za/
  10. Top-notch racing is expected from South Africa’s biggest cross-country racing stars as we go into the penultimate round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series, which shifts across to the Eastern Cape at Settler’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Click here to view the article
  11. The Pro-elite race carries a UCI Category 1 rating, which offers some good points for our top finishers towards their World and Olympic rankings. The Junior riders have the opportunity to compete in the third and final event on South African soil that counts towards the UCI Junior World Series, and guns will surely be blazing after the second event in South Africa saw the elements challenge the Junior riders in every possible way on a muddy track in Pietermaritzburg. James Reid (Team Spur) currently leads the hotly-contested Pro-Elite Men Series Log after the first three events in the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series as we head into round four in the Eastern Cape at Settler’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Photo credit: Hendrik Steytler Competing on a slightly revamped course compared to last year’s hit route, riders are guaranteed to be challenged in this gruelling discipline of mountain bike racing. The 4.2-kilometre laps will have an elevation of 170 metres. In terms of the Series Points Log, the top three positions in the Pro-Elite Men’s race are closely contested with James Reid leading the way on 525 points, Alan Hatherly second (475) and Philip Buys third with 450 points. Marc Fourie and Stuart Marais hold fourth and fifth place on the log with 331 and 325 points respectively. Reid has two victories and a fifth place so far this season, while Hatherly has two second places and a fourth place and Buys has consistently finished third in three races. After Buys’ solid performance at the Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival (which is excluded from this series), he will be looking to scoop his first victory of the season, but not without a tough challenge from a host of other Pro-Elite Men who are capable of standing atop the podium. Cherie Redecker (Novus OMX Pro Team) leads the Pro-Elite Women's Log after the first three events in the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series and will look to reatin her lead at round four in the Eastern Cape at Settler’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Photo credit: Darren Goddard The Pro-Elite Women’s race log is equally exciting, with Cherie Redecker holding the lead on 495 points, followed by Frances du Toit (440), Candice Neethling and Genevieve van Coller (both 380) and Hayley Smith fifth with 355 points. Redecker has one victory to her name this season, at the third round at Wolwespruit, and finished second to Swiss rider Esther Suss in Helderberg and fifth at Mankele. Du Toit place second to Annie Last (GBR) at Mankele earlier in the season, and has also finished with two fourth places in the previous two events. Mariske Strauss is currently in 6th place on the log, made up of only two races entered where she finished second and third. Strauss will be looking to bring her A-game to Port Elizabeth as she did at the Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival.Pieter du Toit leads the Junior Men’s race with two second places and a sixth place, leading the race with 460 points after the first three events. He is closely followed by Jarrod van den Heever (446) and Henry Liebenberg (435) with Andrew Sparks in fourth place on the log (390) and Matthew Keyser fifth (385). Van den Heever scored top points in the second race at Helderberg, while Liebenberg won the third round race at Wolwespruit. Currently out of the top five was the winner at Mankele, Reinhard Zullhuber, who will no doubt be looking to topple the top-five points ladder from his current seventh place on the log. In the Junior Women’s local points race, Kristen Louw leads the way after three events with 520 points, followed by Chriestie-Leigh Hearder (490) with Nicolene Marais third (410), then Danielle Strydom fourth (400) and Saffron Vosloo fifth (395). Louw has one victory to her name and a second and third place, whereas Strydom (currently fourth) has two wins to her name out of two events entered. Online pre-entries for the fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in Port Elizabeth are open, and close at midnight tonight. Click here to enter: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/events/5861-sa-cup-series-xco-4. Late entries will be accepted at registration, with a nominal charge of R50 in addition to the entry fee. For event information, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/, or contact Dellah Paul on 082 781 5656 for administration info.
  12. With new upgrades to the course, Settler's Park is ready to host the fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Photo: Supplied The upgraded course has 4.2-kilometre laps and an elevation of 170 metres. Joubert also mentioned that the course is very different to the other XCO National Cup tracks. “In the Baakens Valley, there is plenty of beautiful vegetation surrounding the trails, and not too much dust,” he added. “It won’t be as technically challenging as the 2015 PE XCO track, however it will still be technical. There is a lot of climbing involved though, and this will definitely require a lot of powering down and a lot of strength. It’s definitely going to suit the stronger riders,” said Joubert. Riders are expected to bring all their leg power to the fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Photo: Supplied The track is located less than two kilometres from the Port Elizabeth Airport, St Georges Park and Cricket grounds are within walking distance. Port Elizabeth’s main beach, Kings Beach, and the harbour are less than two kilometres from the track. “It’s an extremely spectator-friendly course, with view points on either side of the valley,” added Joubert. The fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series, takes place at Settler’s Park, Port Elizabeth, on Saturday 14 May. Although the UCI Category 1 rating applies to Pro-Elites only, the Juniors will be able to earn series points, as well as UCI points for their own UCI Junior World Series at some of the Cup Series events. Online pre-entries for the fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in Port Elizabeth are open, and close on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at midnight. Click here to enter: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/events/5861-sa-cup-series-xco-4. Late entries will be accepted at registration, with a nominal charge of R50 in addition to the entry fee. For event information, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/, or contact Dellah Paul on 082 781 5656 for administration info.
  13. Round four of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series takes place this year at Settler’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 14 May. Entries are open and close at midnight on Tuesday 10 May. Eastern Cape Bike Mountain Bike Commissioner, Charl Joubert says: “Although it will be very much the same as last year’s track, there are a few changes and new instalments, including a brand new rock garden.” Click here to view the article
  14. London 2012 Olympian, Philip Buys (Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB) leads the Pro-Elite men's field through the start/finish area at round three of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series hosted by the City of Thswane at Wolwespruit Bike Park in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, on Saturday 26 March. Photo credit: Hendrik Steytler Photography. Reid broke away fairly early in the race, and managed to keep a comfortable distance ahead of second placed Brendon Davids (Trek Racing Team) despite a tumble on one of the last two laps when his pedal hit a rock. According to Reid, the course was similar to marathon racing in many sections, which seemed to suit the Team Spur rider. “I really enjoyed it – it’s not super punchy and with a sustained climb in the middle and the sustained longer downhill, it does suit the riders who need slightly longer to recover and who are less punchy.” The course, Reid felt, played to his and Davids’ strengths, whereas Philip Buys (third – Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB) Alan Hatherly (fourth – Kargo Pro MTB Team) both dominate in the more “punchier” courses. James Reid (Team Spur) won the Pro-Elite men's race at round three of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series hosted by the City of Thswane at Wolwespruit Bike Park in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, on Saturday 26 March. Photo credit: Hendrik Steytler Photography Reid mentioned that before the second round at Helderberg Farms, which was considered a “home race” for him, he’d done a fairly extensive amount of work beforehand and felt over done going in. “Here, I took the intensity and the race simulation away from the Cape Epic and put it into this weekend and next weekend (African Continental Championships), which are quite important for Olympic qualification,” he added. Trek Racing Team's Brendon Davids finished in second place - 12 seconds off the pace - in the Pro-Elite Men's race at round three of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series hosted by the City of Thswane at Wolwespruit Bike Park in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, on Saturday 26 March. Photo credit: Hendrik Steytler Photography The keen participation of younger riders was also of interest to Reid. “It’s cool to see the cross-correlation between cross-country and Spur, in particular the Spur School Series. I’ve been lucky to be involved and have been able to keep a close eye on the high school league, and it’s been incredible to witness that talent that we have at the younger levels,” he said.“Hats off to Cycling SA, Stihl and everyone involved in putting together this series – its really come a long way, and here its UCI Category 1 where we are earning valuable UCI points for our country and individual ranking, which is fantastic,” Reid said. Next for our riders is the African Continental MTB Championships in Lesotho next weekend. Reid (who took the title in Lesotho in 2014) mentioned that the course is one that would suit him, but that Davids (who won in 2013) had been training up there already. “It’s never predictable and with the high altitude there, it’s a whole new ball game. It’s going to be an interesting and exciting race,” he said. Novus OMX Pro Team’s Cherie Redecker said: “This track was pretty difficult, about 5.8km with 180m of climbing, plus the start loop. It was quite strenuous – the first climb literally felt like it went straight up. It wasn’t smooth, it was very rocky at times and we had to keep focused.” Redecker also broke away early on in the race and sat comfortably ahead for the remaining laps. The finish line saw many of the women riders emotionally and physically challenged from the course, and Redecker said: “It was really strenuous. I’m so proud of every single one of those girls out there today. It was so great to see more girls racing. Unfortunately my teammate Mariske had quite a bad tumble and I just hope that she recovers well as we’ve got Africa Champs this weekend. I just pray that she has a smooth season and that this is the last set back that she has.” Redecker is excited for the Continental Championships, but said that she is a little nervous with it being 3000 metres altitude. “I think this weekend’s given me a bit of a boost but it will be interesting to see what the course is like. If it were a power course I would just have to set my mind to it and think that I love powering and flats. The climbing is to my advantage and with the Helderberg SA Cup 2 and with this race it’s been great,” she said. Novus OMX Pro Team's Cherie Redecker won the five-lap Pro-Elite women's race at round three of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series hosted by the City of Thswane at Wolwespruit Bike Park in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, on Saturday 26 March. Photo credit: Alcock's Quick Snaps Henry Liebenberg and Danielle Strydom took the Junior Men and Women’s titles respectively. City of Tshwane MMC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Counsellor Nosipho Tyobeka Makeke said: “Having an event like this is very important for the city. Back in 2012 the city launch the City Vision 2055, and we identified some game changers that would really put the city on the map and take it to new heights. Sport is one of those game changers. “We need to develop all the sporting codes, but in particular cycling. It’s not as popular amongst our communities as we would like it to be. Let cycling be introduced as one of those programmes of development to our communities. Cycling is one of those sporting codes that we’ve earmarked as a city. It also brings the economic spin-offs to the city, attracting visitors from all over the country and the world. “We have started and want to see it grow. We want to see everyone get involved – especially in the communities. The city has got so much to offer and we are proud of that. We want to see it become an event destination.” On Sunday 27 March, The City of Tshwane hosted the inaugural Tshwane Cycle Challenge Series race, which was in a MTB relay format. Participants entered as solo riders or teams of two or four, and competed on a 12-kilometre circuit in a relay format. The inaugural event was a great success and City of Tshwane MMC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Counsellor Nosipho Tyobeka Makeke looks forward to hosting more events in the years to come. The format saw many newcomers try their hand at mountain bike racing in a manageable format, which added to the success of the event. Cycling South Africa extends a huge “Thank you” to the City of Tshwane for their wonderful contributions over the course of the weekend, and to Wolwespruit MTB Park for pulling out al the stops in creating a great racing venue. Mariske Strauss (Novus OMX Pro Team) finished in second place in the Pro-Elite Women's race at round three of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series hosted by the City of Thswane at Wolwespruit Bike Park in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, on Saturday 26 March. Photo credit: Alcock's Quick Snaps Next on the agenda for our cross-country specialists is the African Continental Championships, which takes place in Lesotho this coming weekend, after which XCO riders will turn to the 2016 Pietermaritzburg MTB Festival at Cascades MTB Park on Saturday 30 April for the UCI HC-rated Elite Men and Women’s XCO races with the Junior race also forming part of the UCI Junior World Series. More details of the 2016 PMB MTB Festival can be found here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-pmb-mtb-festival/ Don’t miss the fourth round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series, which takes place in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, on Saturday 14 May. It is a UCI Category 1 race for Elite Men and Women and also forms part of the UCI Junior World Series. More details of the Stihl 2016 National Cup Series can be found here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series Summary of Results – Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series #3 [Wolwespruit MTB Park] Full results are available here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160328_SA-MTB-XCO-Cup-Series-3-2016-Results-2.pdfPro-Elite Men (6 laps) 1.James Reid 01:37:01 2.Brendon Davids 01:37:13 3.Philip Buys 01:38:57 4.Alan Hatherly 01:40:39 5.Stuart Marais 01:44:03 6.Marc Fourie 01:45:57 7.Nathan Byukusenge 01:46:23 8.Jan Withaar 01:46:29 9.Tristan De Lange 01:47:04 10.Yannick Lincoln 01:48:03 Pro-Elite Women (5 laps) 1.Cherie Redecker (Vale) 01:37:47 2.Mariske Strauss 01:41:00 3.Candice Neethling 01:42:19 4.Frances Du Toit 01:44:45 5.Amy Mcdougall 01:45:32 6.Michelle Vorster 01:48:42 7.Genevieve Van Coller 01:50:01 8.Hayley Smith 01:51:22 9.Mandy De Beer 01:52:43 10.Skye Davidson 01:59:54 Junior Men (4 laps) 1.Henry Liebenberg 01:10:49 2.Pieter Du Toit 01:10:51 3.Jarrod Van Den Heever 01:11:41 Junior Women (3 laps) 1.Danielle Strydom 01:03:54 2.Kristen Louw 01:07:13 3.Christie Hearder 01:09:42 Youth Men (4 laps) 1.Ryan Conradie 01:16:03 2.Dawie Grobbelaar 01:16:45 3.Daniel Van Der Walt 01:17:03 Youth Women (3 laps) 1.Zandri Strydom 01:07:50 2.Azulde Britz 01:11:09 3.Rimari Sutton 01:16:17 Sub Junior Boys (3 laps) 1.Luke Moir 00:58:38 2.Travis Stedman 01:03:13 3.Juan Van Rooyen 01:05:56 Sub Junior Girls (2 laps) 1.Chloe Bateson 00:50:59 2.Jade Slabbert 00:54:42 3.Sarah Van Der Walt 00:57:03 Sprog Boys (4 laps) 1.Jooste Coetzee 00:36:37 2.Nicholas De Bruin 00:37:40 3.Lourens Spies 00:39:59 Sprog Girls (3 laps) 1.Lilian Baber 00:35:39 2.Jessica Svacha 00:36:37 3.Jeanine Badenhorst 00:38:34 Nipper Boys (3 laps) 1.Francois De Jager 00:30:17 2.Connor Wright 00:30:35 3.Aiden Wright 00:31:16 Nipper Girls (2 laps) 1.Caitlin Mccoy 00:25:08 2.Hannah Elliott 00:25:12 3.Marili Nel 00:27:12 Sub Vet Men Overall (4 laps) 1.Armand Du Toit 01:14:11 2.Dion Froneman 01:14:47 3.Duane Stander 01:15:31 Sub Vet Women Overall (3 laps) 1.Adrienne Moolman 01:08:36 2.Liesl Lourens 01:12:39 3.Annie David 01:17:10 Vet Men Overall (4 laps) 1.Grant Usher 01:16:38 2.Mark Moir 01:17:05 3.Rynard Van Hoven 01:19:30 Vet Women (3 laps) 1.Diana Carolin 01:10:18 2.Helen Gibbings 01:26:35 Master Men Overall (3 laps) 1.Paul Cannon 01:01:53 2.Colin Gibbings 01:14:37 3.Charles Stander 01:16:40
  15. South African Mountain Bike Champions James Reid and Cherie Redecker took the respective titles in the Elite Men and Women’s races at the third round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series hosted by City of Tshwane at Wolwespruit Bike Park in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria on Saturday 26 March. Pleasant skies and warm mid-twenties temperatures greeted the riders as they tackled the challenging course. Click here to view the article
  16. Kargo Pro MTB Team's Alan Hatherly currently leads the Pro-Elite Men's category by just 15 points, and hopes to retain the top spot at the third round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series, which takes place at Wolwespruit Bike Park in the City of Tshwane on Saturday 26 March. Photo: Chris Hitchcock. The first two rounds of the series – which were held in Mpumalanga at Mankele MTB Park and in the Western Cape at Helderberg Farms – have shown the intent of the riders at the sharp end of the sport to deliver great performances across the age categories. Particular great interest has come from the Pro-Elite, Junior and Youth categories with massive entries in each, as well as the younger Nippers and Sprogs age categories, which bodes well for the development of the sport. Now, with less than three months and five selection races to go for our Olympic contenders, the competition is peaking. Currently, on the SA National MTB Points Log and Rankings, Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro MTB Team) with 340 points is leading the Pro-Elite Men by just 15 points over James Reid (Team Spur - 325) with Phil Buys (Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB) third (300); and Frankie du Toit (Kargo Pro MTB Team) leads the Pro-Elite Women’s Log with 305 points while Cherie Vale (Novus OMX Pro Team) sits in second place with 295. Hatherly, who recovered well from a bad start at round two at the weekend, was happy with how his race ended up. “I didn't quite get the start I was hoping for,” he said. “This meant that I was chasing hard in the first couple of laps, trying to get back to the group. So I had to remain calm and be confident that I could make my way through the group. I progressively picked the pace up and caught everyone one by one and managed to reach the front group with Phil (Buys) and Simon (Andreassen). With one-and-a-half laps to go, I opened up to move myself into second place and I’m really happy with how it went.” Hatherly has consistently finished in second place in both rounds, while Reid won at Mankele and finished fifth at Helderberg Farms. Buys’ consistent third place in both events sees him sitting 40 points behind the leader after two rounds. The Pro-Elite Women’s Log saw two different international competitors take the top spot in Mankele, where Annie Last (GBR) of the Novus OMX Pro Team secured a victory with Du Toit second and Vale fifth, suffering from an illness in the lead up to the race. At Helderberg Farms, it was Esther Süss (SUI) of Wheeler who claimed maximum points with Vale back to her usual self to claim second place. Du Toit’s crash on the start line saw her fighting her way back to eventually finish in fourth place. Together with her second place in Mankele, Du Toit leads the Women’s Log with Vale second. Online pre-entries for the third round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Wolwespruit Bike Park are open, and close on Tuesday 22 March 2016 at midnight. Click here to enter: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/events/5301-sa-cup-series-xco-3. Late entries will be accepted at registration, with a nominal charge of R50 in addition to the entry fee. For event information, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/, or contact Dellah Paul on 082 781 5656 for administration info. The City of Tshwane invites you to participate in a fun new event on the mountain bike calendar, at the Wolwespruit MTB Park. An exciting weekend of racing, hosted by The City of Tshwane, will include the third round of the STIHL 2016 SA National Mountain Bike series, a UCI Category 1 MTB cross-country race that forms part of the Olympic qualification for our Elite Men and Women Riders. Then, on Sunday 27 March 2016, there is an open event for solo riders and teams of two or four. More information about this exciting new event will be revealed shortly.
  17. The third round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series will be heading to a brand new venue on the calendar at Wolwespruit Bike Park in the City of Tshwane on Saturday 26 March. Wolwespruit is a mountain bike and trail run park located in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria. Named after the spruit that runs through it, the park's hand crafted single track trails provide a flowing and adrenaline filled adventure for beginner to advanced skilled riders and runners, and on 26 March, will keep the country’s top cross-country specialists enthralled as they race to accumulate UCI points in the UCI Category 1 event. Click here to view the article
  18. Kargo Pro MTB Team’s Pieter Du Toit, (who hasn’t seemed to show strain transitioning from the Youth category last year) currently lies third in the Junior Men’s Series Log after two events, only ten points below current series leader, Reinhard Zellhuber, and four behind second placed Jarrod van den Heever. “We are very close to each other in the points. I have never ridden Wolwespruit before, I am aiming for podium, but I am expecting a lot of climbing,” he said. Kargo Pro MTB Team's Pieter du Toit, currently sits in third place in the Junior Men's log after two rounds of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series. Round three takes place at Wolwespruit Bike Park, and will be hosted by City of Tshwane in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria on Saturday 26 March. Photo: Supplied “We’ve been training very hard so far with Oom Frans van der Berg,” said Du Toit. “We are focusing on our climbing a bit more as well as endurance, because the SA Marathon Champs is coming closer. We have been doing a lot of technical training here in Namibia as well,” he added. Du Toit is currently in Namibia with teammate and current overall Junior Women’s log leader, Kristen Louw. When discussing 2016 season goals, Du Toit said: “I would like to win or get a podium place at the National Champs in Cross-country and Marathon this year, as well as the African Continental Championships in Lesotho. I would also like to go and compete at World Champs this year.” Certainly making a name for herself in the Junior realm of XCO racing, is KwaZulu-Natal local, Christie-Leigh Hearder. The fresh-faced firecracker has been hit with a cold over this past week, but isn’t scared, and she’s eager to shake it off and head to Pretoria for round three for the middle battle of the series. “I haven't ridden in Wolwespruit before, so looking forward to a new challenge,” says Hearder. Absolute Cycling's Christie-Leigh Hearder, currently sits in second place in the Junior Women's log after two rounds of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series. Round three takes place at Wolwespruit Bike Park, and will be hosted by City of Tshwane in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria on Saturday 26 March. Photo: Paul Botma The season has been a promising one so far for Hearder, claiming two silver medals in the series, and two gold in the KZN Provincial XCO Series so far. Hearder has put nothing but focus and energy into every bit of her riding this season, and is determined to reach the personal goals she has set for herself. When asked about a possibility of taking the overall series title in her age group after the five events, she said:“To take the title would mean a lot to me. To be able to show that the hard work of my coach Johann (Wykerd) has paid off would be amazing. And for me, I would love to take the title to make my mom proud as after her death last year - she has been my biggest inspiration in every race.” Although enjoying provincial racing, Hearder says that the lack of Junior women entrants in the local competitions doesn’t provide enough challenge for her to better herself on the bike. “When I do provincial racing, I try to keep up with the u23s and, although I haven't gotten there yet, I still try my best and hopefully one day will keep up with them. Nationals are a lot more pressure as there are a lot of juniors. But it makes the race more exciting and interesting,” she concluded. Click here to see the full log after the first two events. Online pre-entries for the third round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Wolwespruit Bike Park are open, and close on Tuesday 22 March 2016 at midnight. Click here to enter: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/events/5301-sa-cup-series-xco-3. Late entries will be accepted at registration, with a nominal charge of R50 in addition to the entry fee. For event information, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/, or contact Dellah Paul on 082 781 5656 for administration info. On Sunday 27 March, The City of Tshwane invites all keen mountain bikers to participate in a fun new event on the mountain bike calendar at the Wolwespruit MTB Park. The open event for solo riders and teams of two or four will compete on a 12-kilometre circuit with a maximum distance of 48 kilometres in a relay format. So gather your cycling mates and join fellow enthusiasts in this exciting format of racing at a spectacular new venue on the racing calendar. A whopping R70 000 total prize money is up-for-grabs! For more information, visit: http://www.cyclingsa.com/tshwane-cycle-challenge-series/.
  19. The third round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series, which takes place at Wolwespruit Bike Park, will be hosted by City of Tshwane in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria on Saturday 26 March. Although the UCI Category 1 rating applies to Pro-Elites only, this does not stop the performance of the younger riders, as they all challenge each other for series points as well. Click here to view the article
  20. New Zealand’s Samuel Gaze (S-Racing XCO) and Switzerland’s Esther Süss (Wheeler) placed their racing prowess in the spotlight when they won the Pro-Elite Men and Women’s races respectively by a large margin at Helderberg Farms in Somerset West on Saturday for the second round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series. Click here to view the article
  21. 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Samuel Gaze (NZL) of the S-Racing XCO team had a good start and led the seven-lap Elite Men's race from the get-go during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock Riders from across the world took part, representing countries such as New Zealand, Netherlands, USA, Denmark, Namibia, Switzerland and Germany with a strong field of Elite riders. Not to be outdone, the Junior, Youth, Sprogs and Nippers classes were equally well supported as they took to the 4.90 kilometre course with an elevation gain of just over two hundred metres. Gaze, the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, had a good start and led the seven-lap race from the get go, finishing in a time of 01:30:18, with Philip Buys (Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB) and Danish rider Simon Andreassen (S-Racing XCO) jostling for second position. At the end of the fifth lap of the seven-lap race, Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro MTB Team) launched an attack, which would ultimately see him claim second place 01:32:36), which was a fantastic result considering he worked his way through the field from 10th place in the opening lap. During the final lap, Buys managed to put some space between himself and Andreassen, finishing in third place (01:33:31) with Andreassen fourth (01:33:51) and Team Spur’s James Reid (01:34:08) chasing hard and settling for fifth place. A strong field of Pro-Elite Men riders from across the world took part, representing countries such as New Zealand, Netherlands, USA, Denmark, Namibia, Switzerland and Germany during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock “The race went great for me, I felt in control from start to finish,” said Gaze. “It’s a great stepping stone for me, obviously, being the main preparation for the first of my selection races for the Olympic Games this year. I felt great the whole day and I’m really happy with how things are tracking along. My coach, Christoph Sauser, and me have been working pretty hard to get things right. As for the rest of the race, it was run amazingly and the course was great. The guys put a great effort into the trails and I’ll be back here training again sometime soon.” In the Elite Women’s race, 41-year-old Süss – a former Mountain Bike Marathon World Champion and multiple winner of the Absa Cape Epic – claimed the victory in 01:32:35 after a solid performance over six laps when she passed South African National Champion, Cherie Vale (Novus OMX Pro Team) on the first lap. Vale worked hard to maintain the gap to under one minute in the following few laps, finishing overall under two minutes off the winning pace. 41-year-old Esther Süss (SUI) – a former Mountain Bike Marathon World Champion and multiple winner of the Absa Cape Epic – claimed the Elite Women's victory in 01:32:35 during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock For Vale, who fell ill just prior to the opening round of the Series at Mankele, she looked back to her usual self and had a strong start with equally strong competition, finishing in 01:34:26. Kargo Pro MTB team riders Frankie du Toit and Hayley Smith, both unfortunately took a tumble in the opening lap, which set them back and saw them working through the field as the race progressed. Genevieve van Coller put on an excellent performance to finish in third place (01:39:47), holding off a rampant Du Toit. “I’m super chuffed with my result today,” said Vale. “I was looking forward to the race at Helderberg because it is pretty much my home ground, well for now, because I’m moving to Pietermaritzburg tomorrow. I’m still on a high from getting married last week and then having such amazing support this week. John Wakefield helped immensely with my preparations, taking us out on the track on Tuesday and doing some hot laps. I’ve really been able to just focus on racing this week and my heart was set on doing well. I was focussed on the start and Esther was strong. I wanted to see how long I could stay. It’s great to see so many more women racing and I’m especially happy for Genevieve’s 3rd place today.” South African National Champion, Cherie Vale (Novus OMX Pro Team) leading eventual race winner Esther Süss (Wheeler) of Switzerland during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock Don’t miss the third round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series, to be hosted by the Tshwane Metropole and taking place at Wolwespruit Mountain Bike and Trail Park in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, on 27 March. More details of the Stihl 2016 National Cup Series can be found here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series Pro-Elite Men's podium from left: Philip Buys (Scott Factory Racing powered by LCB - 3rd), Samuel Gaze (S-Racing XCO - 1st) and Alan Hatherly (Kargo Pro MTB Team - 2nd) with Specialized Performance Director Christoph Sauser during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock Pro-Elite Women's podium from left: Genevieve van Coller (3rd), Esther Süss (Wheeler - 1st) and Cherie Vale (Novus OMX Pro Team - 2nd) during round two of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms, Somerset West, on Saturday 27 February. Photo credit: Chris Hitchcock Summary of Results – Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series #2 [Helderberg Farms] Full results are available here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160227_SA-MTB-XCO-Cup-Series-2-2016-Results-1.pdfPro-Elite Men (7 laps) 1.Samuel Gaze (NZL) 01:30:18 2.Alan Hatherly (RSA) 01:32:36 3.Philip Buys (RSA) 01:33:31 4.Simon Andreassen (DEN) 01:33:51 5.James Reid (RSA) 01:34:08 6.Michiel Van Der Heijden (NED) 01:34:28 7.Gert Heyns (RSA) 01:35:57 8.Martin Gujan (SUI) 01:37:20 9.Arno Du Toit (RSA) 01:38:35 10.Stuart Marais (RSA) 01:38:44 Pro-Elite Women (6 laps) 1.Esther Süss (SUI) 01:32:35 2.Cherie Vale 01:34:26 3.Genevieve Van Coller 01:39:47 4.Frances Du Toit 01:40:29 5.Hayley Smith 01:44:26 6.Candice Neethling 01:45:35 7.Mandy De Beer 01:51:13 8.Hanli Cilliers 01:53:56 Junior Men (5 laps) 1.Jarrod Van Den Heever 01:08:49 2.Matthew Keyser 01:09:19 3.Andrew Sparks 01:10:16 Junior Women (4 laps) 1.Danielle Strydom 01:02:49 2.Christie Hearder 01:05:15 3.Kristen Louw 01:06:32 Youth Men (5 laps) 1.Michard Meets 01:14:06 2.Mulder Oosthuizen 01:14:21 3.Daniel Van Der Walt 01:14:21 Youth Women (4 laps) 1.Tiffany Keep 00:58:31 2.Zandri Strydom 01:06:06 3.Azulde Britz 01:08:20 Sub Junior Boys (4 laps) 1.Luke Moir 00:55:27 2.Matthew Lochner 01:01:30 3.Pierre Le Roux 01:01:41 Sub Junior Girls (3 laps) 1.Chloe Bateson 00:44:13 2.Stèfke Tolmay 00:45:54 3.Julia Marx 00:50:54 Sprog Boys (4 laps) 1.Alec Coleske 00:38:32 2.Jooste Coetzee 00:38:48 3.Hendre De Villiers 00:41:00 Sprog Girls (4 laps) 1.Kayleigh Stevenson 00:47:58 2.Anna Marx 00:48:52 3.Kayleigh Scholtz 00:49:58 Nipper Boys (3 laps) 1.Matt Laughton 00:30:29 2.Matthew Jones 00:31:58 3.Alessandro Fanicchi 00:33:26 Nipper Girls (3 laps) 1.Marili Nel 00:42:50 2.Chloe Chesterton 00:47:55 3.Jesse Munna 00:54:36 Sub Vet Men Overall (5 laps) 1.Darryn Stow 01:13:44 2.Dion Froneman 01:14:15 3.Graeme Dale Kuys 01:17:03 Sub Vet Women Overall (4 laps) 1.Liesl Lourens 01:11:16 2.Leorine De Wet 01:12:07 3.Kylie Hanekom 01:13:28 Vet Men Overall (5 laps) 1.Nico Pfitzenmaier 01:12:22 2.Mark Moir 01:16:20 3.Xavier Scheepers 01:17:59 Vet Women (4 laps) 1.Diana Carolin 01:06:57 2.Michelle Lombardi 01:07:13 3.Tandi Kitching 01:07:43 Master Men Overall (4 laps) 1.Corrie Muller 01:02:41 2.Jimmy Mills 01:03:07 3.Bob Schuiling 01:04:46
  22. Frankie du Toit at the 1st KZN MTB Provincial XCO Series Race in Hilton on 6 Feb 2016. Photo Credit Boogs Photography. Hayley Smith and Frankie du Toit have been in the Western Cape since Monday, attending a skills training camp with Chris Nixon and preparing for the race. “I have also been doing some interval training and core strengthening exercises,” says Hayley Smith, one of the new additions to the team. “My preparations have been going well and I am loving being part of the Kargo team,” she enthuses. “We have an awesome group of riders and I find it really special just being part of each rider’s journey at a race and experiencing all the highs and lows that go with racing.” Hayley placed 6th Elite Women in the 1st SA XCO Cup Series at Mankele, just behind defending National XCO Elite Women’s champion, Cherie Vale. Frankie is recovering well after illness put her off the bike last week, and she is positive going into the race on Saturday. “The training with Chris has done my skills the world of good and we’ve had some quality training on the Cape roads.” Alan Hatherly at the 1st KZN MTB Provincial XCO Series Race in Hilton on 6 Feb 2016. Photo Credit Boogs Photography. As a Rio 2016 hopeful, Frankie says Olympic selection changes her approach to racing. “I’m now more focused on performing, whereas before I was more focused on gaining experience,” she explains. “A highlight of my season so far is definitely the first SA XCO Cup Series at Mankele where I came 2nd Elite Women and 1st South African lady across the finish. Lining up with some of my cycling role models was in itself amazing, but beating them was crazy! You always dream that it would happen, but don’t actually expect it to come true!” she says humbly. “So the whole experience around that race was great and I am super keen to prove this weekend that it wasn’t a fluke and I can do it again.” In the men’s race, all eyes will be on U23 Alan Hatherly who will be looking to take the overall win. “My preparations have been really good leading up to Cape Town, I’ve managed to get some quality speed sessions in which I’m sure will pay off. My focus for the week has just been to ride the bike, nothing much changes until I’m actually on the start line.” As the 9th place U23 Men’s MTB rider in the world, he doesn’t let the pressure get to him. “I would say it’s more motivating than pressure, because I always want to be better and improve on my results. I’m really hoping to move up those ranks by the end of the year!” Full Team Kargo Roster for the 2nd Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in the Western Cape: Elite Men Jurgens Uys U23 Men Alan Hatherly Marco Joubert Junior Men Brandon van der Berg Pieter du Toit U23 Women Frankie du Toit Hayley Smith Junior Women Kristen Louw
  23. The second round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series – presented by Subaru Cape Town takes place this weekend at Helderberg Farms in the Western Cape, and with an exciting pre-entry line-up of national and international riders, the hype around the event is growing quickly. Included in those to be seen on the start line are some of the Specialized Racing team’s international riders also aiming to grab some of those all-important UCI points available for Pro-Elite Men and Pro-Elite Women at the UCI Category 1 event. Click here to view the article
  24. Riders that have pre-entered hail from South Africa, New Zealand, Netherlands, USA, Denmark, Namibia, Switzerland and Germany with a strong field of Elite riders as well as one of the biggest gatherings of Junior and Youth riders, and right through to the young Sprogs and Nippers. There is no doubt that the future stars are eager to test their abilities against those of their Elite counterparts on the same track. Junior World XCO Champion, Simon Andreassen (Specialized Racing) is looking forward to racing in the Men's Elite category in the second round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms in the Western Cape on Saturday 27 February. Photo Credit: Johan Badenhorst (Specialized) Specialized Racing Manager Kandice Venter, who is in the country with her team for a pre-season training camp in Stellenbosch, shared some of the team’s plans whilst here: “Stellenbosch has long been the adopted home of multiple World Champion, and now Specialized Performance Director, Christoph Sauser (SUI), so it makes perfect sense for Specialized to host the Specialized Racing XCO team here for a pre-season training camp. We’re extremely excited to have the team together training in the Cape, and racing a few of the local races leading up to the Absa Cape Epic and UCI MTB World Cup season.” The team has a busy few weeks of racing action ahead of them. “This weekend we have Sam Gaze (NZL), Howard Grotts (USA) and Simon Andreassen (DEN) competing in the Men’s category. World Cup winner, Annika Langvad (DEN) and Howard are building up towards the 2016 Absa Cape Epic in March. (Unfortunately, Langvad had to withdraw from this weekend's racing do to an illness). Sam and Simon are focusing on the upcoming XCO World Cup season, while also competing in the BestMed Tour of Good Hope and Cape Town Cycle Tour while in the country,” said Venter. As a Junior World Champion now competing in the Men’s Elite category at the National XCO Cup, Simon Andreassen says that he feels less nervous now. “I'm feeling pretty good about it, there is not so much pressure anymore, and makes it easier for me to surprise,” he said. Andreassen mentioned that training with the Elite riders helps better his level of racing and that it pushes him to the limit even more, thus always improving his performance and growing in strength as a cross-country rider. Riders from the international Specialized Racing team will be bringing their epic skills and love for mountain biking to Helderberg Farms this weekend for the second round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series in the Western Cape on Saturday 27 February. Photo Credit: Johan Badenhorst (Specialized) When asked about the one thing that he looks forward to when coming to South Africa, the Danish youngster said: “Just to get some very good weeks of training and racing, and to be with the whole Specialized Racing team.” The second round of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series takes place at Helderberg Farms in the Western Cape on Saturday 27 February. Familiarise yourself with the start times on the CSA-MTB Standard National Programme here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160222_SA-XCO-2-2016-Program-V01.pdf. You can watch the Pro-Elite Women and Pro-Elite Men’s action unfold live from your laptop or mobile device via live streaming by visiting www.streamit360.tv, with the Women starting at 10:00 and the Men starting at 14:00. For any further event information, visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/.
  25. The Western Cape awaits the weekend of thrilling cross-country action ahead of the Stihl 2016 SA XCO Cup Series at Helderberg Farms on Saturday 27 February. Photo: Andrew McFadden / BOOGS Photography For the cross-country race, the UCI Category 1 rating for Pro Elite Men and Women aims to attract not only local, but international cross-country heroes to the event, with all-important UCI points on offer for Olympic qualification. There was a great international showing of riders at the Western Cape XCO Provincial at the weekend, and the hope is that they will test their talents against some of the nation’s top cross-country specialists on Saturday. Online pre-entries are open, and close at midnight tonight (Tuesday 23 February 2016). Click here to enter: https://entries.cyclingsa.com/events/4441-sa-cup-series-xco-2. Late entries will be accepted at registration, with a nominal charge of R50 in addition to the entry fee. For event information and route map, please visit http://www.cyclingsa.com/2016-sa-mtb-cup-series/, or contact Dellah Paul on 082 781 5656 (for administration info). Please see the revised Programme of Events here: http://www.cyclingsa.com/s/20160222_SA-XCO-2-2016-Program-V01.pdfFor 2016, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will use two of their downhill provincials to double as SA Cup events; one of these events is this weekend’s provincial at Helderberg Farms. The results will be used for selection and towards a SA Cup Series. Home grown international downhill hero, Andrew Neethling, chats about the hard work behind the trails and courses for XCO and DHI at Helderberg Farms: “These guys have been working tirelessly to build unbelievable tracks for everyone to enjoy. We’ve upgraded about 90% of the already-existing trails, and the course has an offer for any skill level.” South African Downhill specialist, Andrew Neethling and his team at Helderberg Trails are happy with the upgrades to the courses ahead of the SA National DHI Cup Series at Helderberg Farms on Sunday 28 February. Photo: Christ Hitchcock Although mentioning that this is not a new mountain to MTB specialists, Neethling added that the efforts put in and upgrades to the tracks will certainly be appreciated on the day of the DHI National. “This is on the same mountain that we have held provincials and local races before, but there has been a lot of work put into this. Looking at it, I’d say that it’s one of the most technical, world-cup standard courses in the country,” he said. “We’ve got a great rock garden on the top. It’s a very steep but flowing course, and there is a massive mixture of terrain - which keeps it so exciting. There are some chicken runs for those not too keen to take the technical, so it’s really a track for everyone,” he concluded. The venue does tend to embrace the African sun and does not offer too much shade, so sunscreen is a must for all who attend. Registration for the downhill will take place on Friday 26 February from 12:00 to 16:00 (late entries accepted) and Saturday 27 February from 07:00 to 13:00 (late entries accepted). No late entries will be allowed after 13:00 on Saturday. There will be practice on Saturday from 08:00 to 16:00, and Sunday from 08:00 to 09:30 with the seeding run beginning at 10:00. Depending on the amount of entries, the race run is scheduled to begin at 12:00. Online entries for the DHI are open, and close at 22:00 on Wednesday 24 February. To enter, click here.
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