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  1. With the cold front passing through the Cape, spectators and riders faced the cold morning breezes with lots of coffee and warm up sessions. Pro riders were yet again responsible for bringing the heat to the start of the SA XCM Champs. The pro men were first out of the blocks with Shaun-Nick Bester in the lead within the first 10-kilometres. Rain poured down and made the trail even muddier and more slippery after the previous night’s rain. Matt Beers caught up with the leaders and soon after Gert Heyns attacked along with the rest of the batch where they to take over the lead. Their positions stayed unchanged throughout the day and left the rest of the field consistently playing catch up. Gert Heyns claimed the title of Elite Men SA XCM Champion when he crossed the line with a phenomenal finish. The pro ladies stepped up to the start and headed onto the cold wet track. Samantha Sanders took the lead, along with Amy Beth McDougall, Sarah Hill and Robyn de Groot at 14-kilometres. Robyn de Groot lead the climb with Samantha and Amy Beth close behind. 35-Kilometres in, Amy Beth took over the lead and set the pace for the long climb ahead. Robyn de Groot dominated the rest of the race, increasing the gap with every kilometre she covered. A strong finish after a tough day out, made Robyn de Groot the Elite Women SA XCM Champion for the sixth time. The Oak Valley Wine Estate and surroundings provided a memorable day out for both spectators and the competitors. Congratulations to all who finished the race. Robyn de Groot in the lead at the Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #3 Grabouw. 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #3, Western Cape Oak Valley, Grabouw Leading results: Elite Men Podium Gert Heyns – 03:29:30 Matt Beers – 03:33:25 Gawie Combrinck – 03:34:09 Elite Women Podium Robyn de Groot – 03:58:47 Amy Beth McDougall – 04:00:05 Samantha Sanders – 04:20:23 Nissan Trailseeker Event #3 | Grabouw Winners
  2. Riders storm through the breathtaking wine farms of the Hemel & Arrde Valley. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the men’s race, after the early stages had split the field up, a three-way battle began to develop between Kruger (Team BCX), Dylan Rebello (Imbuko Momsen) and Matt Beers (Red-E Cannondale). Unfortunately for Beers, a puncture just before halfway saw him eliminated from the title contest, leaving Kruger and Rebello to fight it out between them. Kruger managed to surge ahead late in the race to claim the victory in a time of 02 hours 37 minutes 09 seconds. Rebello finished second another half a minute later with Dominic Calitz rounding out the podium places in 2:41:11. It was Kruger’s second race win in two weeks and it signaled an upturn in fortune for the Team BCX rider following his four-week break from racing to recover from a broken collarbone. “It was good to finally win my first TrailSeeker race,” smiled Kruger. “Dylan had real vasbyt today and I was really impressed by his ride. I only got a gap on him on a climb with about two kilometres to go.” Epic ocean views at the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Hemel & Aarde. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the women’s race, Stenerhag (CBC/Abro), the Swedish marathon champion, confirmed her pre-race favourite status by taking the lead 5km in and extending it steadily by the time she crossed the finish in a time of 3:06:48. Carmen Buchacher (Velocity Sports Lab) finished second in 3:10:00 with Courteney Webb taking third. Stenerhag won this event in 2015 and her victory on Saturday was the continuation of an impressive year, which includes victories at the Tankwa Trek, Absa Cape Epic, TransAlp and Swiss Epic. “It was a tough route, but a good all-round mountain bike challenge. I really enjoyed the event and am pleased to have good form and good health on my return to South Africa from a strong season in Europe,” said Stenerhag. In the Half-marathon event, Junior Rossouw Bekker was the first male home, while Amy Tait, also a Junior, claimed the female title. The Hemel & Aarde event was the fourth and final round of the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Series Western Cape. The final points standings are taken from the best three results for each rider. The final standings will be announced this week. For more information on the Nissan TrailSeeker Series, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za. For complete results, visit www.saseeding.co.za (from left to right) Elite male riders Dominic Calitz, HB Kruger and Dylan Rebello. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za (From left to right) Elite women riders Courteney Webb, Jennie Stenerhag and Carmen Buchacher. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Top Results: Marathon Men1 HB Kruger (Team BCX) 2:37:09 2 Dylan Rebello (Imbuko Momsen) 2:37:38 3 Dominic Calitz 2:41:11 4 Nicol Carstens 5 Waylon Woolcock 6 Marco Joubert 7 Nico Pfitzenmaier 8 Jurgens Uys 9 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse 10 Chris Wolhuter Marathon Women 1 Jennie Stenerhag (CBC/Abro) 3:06:48 2 Carmen Buchacher (Velocity Sports Lab) 3:10:00 3 Courtney Webb (UCT Cycling Team) 3:27:14 4 Tanja Oosthuyse 5 Louise Ferreira 6 Alma Colyn 7 Janice Venter 8 Lara Woolley 9 Kylie Hanekom 10 Leorine de Wet Half Marathon Men 1 Rossouw Bekker 2 Daniel van der Walt 3 Tristan Nortje 4 Stian Pretorius 5 George Ducharme 6 Luke Moir 7 Joshua Laughton 8 Kevin Long 9 WG van der Walt 10 Daniel Moolman Half Marathon Women 1 Amy Tait 2 Allison Morton 3 Stefke Tolmay 4 Michaela Beaton 5 Nienke Mostert 6 Nicole Murphy 7 Kirstin Roelofse 8 Charlissa Schultz 9 Jacqui Jackson 10 Elaine Chesterton
  3. The event was nothing short of a spring festivity. Close to 3000 riders gathered at the Cowhouse Market, a local hotspot, for a day of dusty trails, gourmet food and craft brewery. Men's elite group set off on dusty trails at the start of the Gauteng Nissan TrailSeeker. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za The man that managed to blaze his way across the finish line first was Nico Bell (Team NAD) while the in-form MTB star Samantha Sanders (Valencia) snatched up the women's title. It was a heated race for the title from start to finish, and it seemed that Pretoria favourite Philip Buys (Pyga Euro Steel) was positioned to come out on top. After a slight technical climb in the first 20km, the group of Nico Bell, Wessel Botha (Lynnwood Cyclery), and Gawie Combrink (Team NAD) took the lead. Lodged in a four way battle for most of the race, Buys could not seem to successfully launch a high-speed attack to escape his fierce competition. Well-deserved victory for Nico Bell (Team NAD). Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za "The pace today was hot! We all threw in as many attacks as we could, aware that Philip wouldn't like the constant pressure. And it worked!" said an elated Bell. Combrink took some big punches up front to pave the way for his teammate, Nico Bell. A technical issue later left Combrink chasing the group, but Bell kept his eyes on the podium and stood tall for Team NAD. He came storming through the last 5km in first place, and managed to maintain his gap all the way to the finish. The performance of the day, however, undoubtedly went to 18-year old Wessel Botha. Despite their best efforts, the experienced Buys, Combrink and Bell could not seem to shake the youngster who only started competing as an elite athlete this year. "It was full gas all the way, and the ride of the day goes to Wessel. Sticking with us wasn't easy, and he held his pace," said Combrink. Botha stole the show when he challenged Buys in the last few metres to the finish line. Despite narrowly missing out on second place, he stood proud on the third spot of the podium for the second time this season. In the women's race, Sam Sanders set off guns-blazing right from the start. It was clear that she was there to win, and nothing was going to get in the way of that. A determined Sam Sanders (Valencia) at the start line. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. The competition was always going to be tight with 2017 series leader, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk-NavWorld) and Vanessa Bell (Bells Cycling) in the mix.It wasn't all smooth sailing for Sanders as she made her way to victory. She punctured on a climb in the first 20km and was quickly passed by a determined Ralph. "Sam is riding so strong, and I knew she would catch me. She's in a different league at the moment, and the effort she's been putting into training is clear since she's turned pro," said Ralph. This was the third consecutive victory for Sanders, who has raised her hand as the woman to take the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng title this season. "A win is always good! The Nissan TrailSeeker routes never fail to excite me. It's been a nice, hard session for me, and it's done my form well before 3 Towers next weekend," said Sanders. The race for the season title is on! Theresa Ralph has never been one to back down from a fight, and the Galileo Risk-NavWorld rider will certainly do her best to defend the series title. Leading ResultsMarathon Men 1 Nico Bell (Team NAD) 02:23:11 2 Philip Buys (Pyga Euro Steel) 02:23:38 3 Wessel Botha (lynwood Cyclery) 02:23:39 4 Gawie Combrinck (Team NAD) 02:24:49 5 Declan Sidey (Bells Cycling) 02:26:14 Women 1 Samantha Sanders (Valencia) 02:41:53 2 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 02:44:34 3 Vanessa Bell (Bells Cycling) 02:46:00 4 Sarah Hill ((Galileo Risk) 02:48:54 5 Adrienne Moolman 02:52:00
  4. I must say I don't like the new Advendurance\Trailseeker site anymore. Not a lot going on there. No information on up-and-coming events. Why such a big change in the site?
  5. Likely podium contender Matt Beers (Red-E/Cannondale) will be giving Team BCX a run for their money at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Grabouw. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za With forests and mountains and the lush, green vegetation of the Cape winter, the mountain bike trails in and around Grabouw have become a firm favourite, incorporating some spectacular singletrack that’s both scenic and stimulating. The significant popularity of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series lies in the fact that it caters for all riders with the four events on offer. Each route – Marathon (67km), Half-marathon (38km), Fun Race (20km) and Fun Ride (10km) – is designed to offer participants a distance-appropriate challenge, but not too technical so that there’s also a high fun factor. Waylon Woolcock claims (Team BCX) claims victory at the previous Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Tulbagh - Sure to be a race favourite for this weekend in Grabouw. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “The Nissan TrailSeeker Series events always offer a good experience. The courses are not overly technical, but are challenging enough. The routes are well marked and the water points are awesome,” said Clifford van Ass, a regular entrant of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series events, who will be on the start line in Grabouw on Saturday. As usual, the race village will cater for spectators and offer a relaxing environment for riders and supporters before the start and after the finish. As far as the likely title contenders go, Team BCX’s Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger will head up the podium challenge in the men’s marathon. Woolcock won Round 1 in Tulbagh and leads the 2017 Nissan TrailSeeker Marathon Series. “I’m looking forward to racing in Grabouw again. I always enjoy the trails out there. Between HB and I, we are eager to try and take the win. I think both of us are in a reasonable condition to do so,” said Woolcock. Another men’s podium contender is sure to be Red-E/Cannondale’s Matt Beers. “I'm feeling good. I took a little break for a few weeks and have been building up nicely, so hopefully the legs come to the party on Saturday,” said Beers. Candice Lill (dormakaba) lines up to be a firm favourite at the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series in Grabouw. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the women’s Marathon, Candice Lill (dormakaba) lines up as the firm favourite. Should she win, it will be a hat-trick of victories for Lill at the popular event, after claiming the Grabouw event title in 2016 and 2015. “The Nissan TrailSeeker events are always well organised and the route at the Grabouw event seems to suit me. I hope to have another good result again this weekend,” said Lill, who is coming off a mid-year break and isn’t back to peak racing form yet. Nissan TrailSeeker Grabouw 2017 schedule of events:Venue: Elgin Grabouw Country Club Registration: Saturday, 24 June at Elgin Grabouw Country Club: 06h30-10h00 Race start times: Saturday, 24 June 07h45: Riders briefing 08h00: Start Marathon 09h00: Start Half-marathon 09h50: Start 20km Fun Race 10h10: Start 10km Fun Ride 12h00: Prize giving
  6. South African marathon champion, Max Knox (New Holland/This Way Out) is eager to defend his title and continue his successful start to 2017 when he competes at Round 1 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series at Legends MX, east of Pretoria on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  7. This year the route designers have promised more singletrack at Legends MX, reducing the amount of farm and gravel roads used. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za The 29-year-old Knox comes off a close second place and a victory at the first two rounds of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series and says he’s motivated to secure another win as he continues his build-up to the Absa Cape Epic later this month. “I’m in a good place at the moment. My training is going very well and my results from the first two races of the year have given my confidence a good boost. Last year this race came down to a five-man sprint, which I managed to win. It was really exciting for the riders and the spectators,” said Knox. “This race last year was actually the first Nissan TrailSeeker Series race I’d ever done. I thoroughly enjoy this series because the courses make the most of the local terrain and the Advendurance team puts together very well-organised events that cater for all mountain bikers,” added Knox. “It’s quite a flat route at Legends MX, but with some very cool sections of singletrack. I did a XCO race in Paarl at the weekend where I had some tyre trouble for the last half, but was still able to confirm that my speed is good currently. It will be a good burn for me on Saturday as it’s my final race before the Cape Epic,” explained Knox. As was the case last year, Knox is likely to face strong opposition the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series winner, Nico Bell and his Team NAD Pro teammate, Gawie Combrinck. “Gawie and I are in a big training block for the Cape Epic. This is the last big week of training so the legs are going to hurt on Saturday. But it’s also a very flat race so the pace will be high and it will probably end in a sprint like last year,” said Bell, who was pipped by Knox in the finish line dash last year. Others sure to be in the podium-hunt mix include Arno du Toit (LCB Racing), Jan Withaar and Guylin van den Berg. Last year’s women’s division winner, Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health), will not be defending her title. There is still likely to be a fairly good turn out in the women’s race though, where the prize money is equal to that of the men. In 2016 there were over 3000 participants at the Legends MX event, with a large number of women and young riders. The course is sufficiently challenging, but not considered technical and therefore ideal for riders still lacking confidence. The 72km marathon includes 683 metres of accumulated elevation. The region between Pretoria and Bronkhorstspruit isn’t particularly hilly, but the route designers have ensured optimal use of the available gradient in order to deliver as balanced a course as possible. The 40km half-marathon has a total elevation gain of 379 metres. There is also a 20km Fun Race and a 10km Fun Ride. Both take in some of the best sections of the Legends MX mountain bike trails. As usual, the race village will cater well for spectators and offer a relaxing environment for riders and supporters before the start and after the finish. Entries will be available until prior to the start at www.trailseekerseries.co.za Nissan TrailSeeker Legends MX schedule of events: Venue: Legends MX, East of Pretoria Registration: Friday 3 March 10h00–16h00: Lynwood Cyclery, Pretoria 10h00–16h00: Centurion Cyclery, Centurion 10h00–16h00: Concept Cyclery, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg Saturday 4 March 06h00-09h00: Legends MX Race start times: Saturday 4 March 06h45: Riders briefing 07h00: Start Marathon 08h15: Start Half-marathon 09h35: Start Fun Race 10h05: Start Fun Ride 12h00: Prize giving For more information on Saturday’s event, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za
  8. Nico Bell and Monica Glover closed out the final round of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Mountain Bike Series with victories in the 68km men and women’s marathon distances at Cullinan, near Pretoria at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  9. The elite men setting off on the marathon at the weekend in Cullinan. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Much-needed rain in the drought-stricken province in the lead-up to the race left the riders to contend with muddy conditions, which added the difficulty factor somewhat on an already challenging route. In the men’s race, Bell’s Team NAD teammate, Gawie Combrinck set a rapid pace from the start. This resulted in a three-rider split off the front with Philip Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) and Bell the only riders able to stay with him. Buys attacked as the trio exited the Little Eden Gorge on a technical climb, but Bell and Combrinck reeled him back in and on the next climb, Bell attacked, taking Buys with him. Combrinck lost time on a technical section and hovered around a minute back as Bell and Buys took turns to push the lead pace. For most of the last half of the race, Bell let Buys lead, which allowed Combrinck to close them down and catch them as they hit the final kilometre. In the sprint for the line, Bell was the fastest, with Buys just holding off a charging Combrinck to secure the runner-up place. “We set out to work as a team. Gawie made the pace hard from the start and then I managed to get a gap on Philip, who had to chase to catch me. Then I let Philip lead for the last part and waited for Gawie to get back so that we could have a numbers advantage and it worked out well in the end,” said Bell. Nico Bell letting Philip Buys lead most of the last half of the race, allowing Gawie Combrinck to close them down and catch them as they hit the final kilometre. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “I did a lot of work today. Well done to Gawie and Nico. They’ve been racing non-stop this year. It was still a hard race for everyone. I had to chase Nico and managed to get a gap on him on one of the technical climbs. I slowed down a bit in the last 10 kays to save something for the sprint. But that allowed Gawie to catch us and I just didn’t have enough left to challenge Nico all the way to the line in the sprint,” explained Buys. “Philip was strong today. I left my skills at home on the technical section and had to chase for about the last 30 kays. The gap was about a minute and then I caught them right at the end but just couldn’t get the jump on them. I’m happy for Nico to win this race win and the Series title,” said Combrinck. In the women’s race, a group of six formed early on but gradually trimmed down as the terrain, gradient and mud began to take their toll. Glover eventually found herself out front alone, eventually clocking a winning time of 3:03:52. Janine Muller was a distant second, with Mari du Toit rounding out the podium places. Nico Bell victoriously crossing the finish line, with Philip Buys and Gawie Combrinck chasing for second place. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “The route suited me. I went as hard as I could for as long as I could. The mud was thick on our tyres though. At about 16km a lot of people stopped to take the mud off. I bounced my bike a bit on the tar and that helped get the mud off. I haven’t raced mountain bikes much this year, but it was good to finish off the year on a high note,” smiled Glover, after her first ever Nissan Trailseeker Series race win. Over 2400 riders participated across the four events on offer on the day. In the 38km half-marathon, Pieter du Toit secured the overall male title, while Danielle Strydom was the first female finisher. Monica Glover finishing off the year on a high note as she crosses the finish to take the win in the women's race. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series Round 5, Diamond Rush, Cullinan, 26 November 2016 Leading results Overall men – 68km marathon: 1 Nico Bell (Team NAD) 2:26:55 2 Philip Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) 2:27:00 3 Gawie Combrinck (Team NAD) 2:27:02 4 Thinus Redelinghuys 2:30:24 5 Jan Withaar (Redhub) 2:37:45 6 Fanie Venter 2:37:45 7 Armand du Toit 2:38:02 8 Juan Jung 2:42:52 9 Daniel Newman 2:43:27 10 Lucky Mlangeni 2:44:00Overall women – 68km marathon: 1 Monica Glover 3:03:52 2 Janine Muller3:17:02 3 Mari du Toit 3:17:25 4 Marisa van der Linde 3:17:55 5 Raiken English 3:23:41 6 Karyn Southgate 3:25:01 7 Chantal Haynes 3:26:04 8 Nina Sender 3:26:53 9 Leandra Biaan 3:32:41 10 Ilse Greyling 3:33:51 Overall male – 38km half-marathon 1 Pieter du Toit 1:18:58 2 Wessel Botha 1:18:59 3 Jean-Pierre Lloyd 1:20:51 Overall female – 38km half-marathon 1 Danielle Strydom 1:38:51 2 Tanya Kotze 1:40:32 3 Marlene Kotze 1:41:36 For full results and Nissan Trailseeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.org
  10. Konny Looser and Ariane Lüthi won the men and women’s marathons respectively to score a Swiss sweep of the top titles at the final round of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series at Bosman Family Vineyards, Wellington at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  11. The elite men lining up on the start at the weekend on Bosman Family Vinyard, Wellington. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Both Looser (BIXS) and Lüthi (Team Spur) base themselves in the Western Cape for most of the European winter and are familiar with many of the trails, particularly in the Wellington region where they have contested recent Absa Cape Epic stages. But the strong winds and high temperatures made for challenging conditions over the 65km race, which included a high volume of singletrack. All smiles as the elite women line up on the start at the weekend on Bosman Family Vinyard, Wellington. From left to right Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur), Carmen Buchacher (Velocity), and Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis Health). Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za In the men’s event, Looser, Germany’s Simon Stibjan (Team Bulls) and South African Adriaan Louw (Contego) moved clear of the lead group on the first section of singletrack. Louw eventually found the pace too hard and backed off, leaving Looser and Stibjan to battle for the win. Looser managed to ride clear of Stibjan before the final long descent, Cool Runnings, a favourite among locals for it’s length and flow and one that ensured Looser retained his lead to cross the finish line first in a time of 03 hours 03 minutes 17 seconds. Stibjan claimed the runner-up spot just 18 seconds later with Louw rounding out the podium places in 3:10:41. Germany's Simon Stibjan (Team Bulls) followed closely by Swiss Konny Looser (BIXS) as they navigate the numerous Wellington singletrack. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “I had to make a gap on Simon before the last downhill because I know he is quicker than me on the downhills. I attacked and got a gap and rode my own pace to the finish, but I did run out of water and it was very hot, so it wasn’t a comfortable end to the race,” said Looser. “The heat made it hard, especially for us riders from Europe. Konny was strong today and I couldn’t follow him when he made that last attack. It was a great course though with long climbs and technical descents. It suits us Europeans and we love to come back here to race,” said Stibjan. Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) hot on the heels of Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur) as they battle it out on a climbing singletrack. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za The women’s race got off to a relatively steady start, but became a two-rider battle between Ariane Lüthi, the current Swiss national champion and Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health), the current Swedish national champion after the first big climb. A hard crash saw Stenerhag lose ground – and confidence – with Lüthi using the technical sections to put more time between her and her rival. The three-time Cape Epic winner finished strongly in an impressive 16th place overall, clocking a time of 3:34:58. With a bleeding left elbow, a relieved Stenerhag finished second in 3:40:26, with Carmen Buchacher (Velocity) claiming the final podium spot in 3:50:50. “I made a decision only yesterday to do this race. It turned out to be a good one. What a cool course! I was very surprised. I know Wellington well and I have done many Cape Epics through here. There is so much singletrack!” smiled Lüthi. Mens podium (from left to right) Simon Stibjan (Team Bulls) Konny Looser (BiXS) Adriaan Louw (Contego Swift) Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “After Jennie crashed I could see her arm was bleeding quite a lot. But we stayed together and I was very happy with my improved skills, which I have been working on. That helped be relax a bit in the technical sections and save energy for the end,” said Lüthi. “I can’t say I felt really good from the start. Then when I had the crash it took a bit out of me. After that I just tried to stay with Ariane for as long as I could. Eventually she got a gap and I didn’t have the energy to close that gap so I just cruised. It really wasn’t a good day,” said Stenerhag. Womens podium (from left to right) Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur) Carmen Buchacher (Velocity). Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Almost 600 riders participated across the four events on offer on the day. In the 39km half-marathon, Jamie Penfold secured the overall male title, while Lizette Wiseman was the first female finisher. 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series Western Cape Series Round 4, Bosman Wines, 19 November 2016 Leading results Overall men – 65km marathon: 1 Konny Looser (BiXS) 3:03:17 2 Simon Stibjan (Team Bulls) 3:03:35 3 Adriaan Louw (Contego Swift) 3:10:41 4 Marcus Bauer 3:11:33 5 Dominic Calitz 3:12:24 6 Tony Haralambous 3:17:22 7 Michael Lord 3:18:46 8 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse 3:27:12 9 Nico Pfitzenmaier (Dormakaba) 3:28:09 10 Craig Gerber 3:28:49 Overall women – 65km marathon: 1 Ariane Lüthi (Team Spur) 3:34:58 2 Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) 3:40:26 3 Carmen Buchacher (Velocity) 3:50:50 4 Katie Lennard 3:58:51 5 Louise Ferreira 4:01:11 6 Michelle Lombardi 4:05:33 7 Ila Stow 4:16:22 8 Kate Slegrova 4:18:56 9 Jeannie de Villiers 4:28:12 10 Hanli Cilliers 4:28:44 Overall male – 39km half-marathon 1 Jamie Penfold 1:37:00 2 Daniel van der Walt 1:37:47 3 Robert Hobson 1:38:28 Overall female – 39km half-marathon 1 Lizette Wiseman 1:44:23 2 Mia de Villiers 1:59:30 3 Courteney Webb 2:03:56 For full results and Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.org
  12. Tristan de Lange and Katie Lennard claimed dominant wins in the men and women’s marathons respectively at Round 3 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series Hemel & Aarde event held near Hermanus at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  13. De Lange (Mannie’s Bike Mecca) clocked a time of 02 hours 48 minutes 51 seconds for the 62km distance, which included 1 365 metres of vertical ascent. Stephan Senekal (Specialized) finished second, just over two minutes later with CP van Wyk (Maties) rounding out the podium a further three minutes back. Tristan de Lange navigating the singletrack through Harmanus, with CP van Wyk hot on his trail. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. Jurgens Uys (Kargo Pro) set a fast pace from the start. This led to the establishment of a five-rider leading group until just before 20km was covered. Then De Lange put in an attack and Van Wyk was the only rider that could stay with him. The pair worked together until De Lange powered away up a steep switchback climb just after 50km in. De Lange maintained a steady pace over the last 12km to capture the victory, but Van Wyk was caught and passed by a fast-finishing Senekal less than 3km from the finish. “I was quite surprised at how much climbing there was. That last climb to the finish was quite a kicker! The route was stunning and the trails were fantastic. It was a really enjoyable race,” said an elated De Lange, a student from Stellenbosch. “After having done the race last year, I knew what to expect. For me it’s the perfect mix of singletrack and road sections. I really enjoyed it. You have to work throughout the race – no free kilometres. I paced myself quite well and was happy to catch CP before the finish,” said Senekal. In the women’s race, the pace was reasonably quick from the start and the pack began to splinter after 20km where the technical sections began. Lennard was the strongest on the technical terrain and was the lone leader before the halfway mark. Katie Lennard on rocky singletrack, with no opponent in sight. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. She kept a constant pace and steadily increased her lead, clocking a winning time of 3:24:26. Tanja Oosthuyse was second in 3:29:19 with Catherine Colyn claiming the final podium spot a minute later. “This is the first time I’ve done this race. The route delivered proper mountain biking, which I like. Lots of rough surfaces, some mud, lots of climbing and descending and plenty of singletrack. And there was beautiful scenery,” smiled a delighted Lennard. “I struggled a bit in the first 20km as I’ve been ill this week. I was just hanging in there and talking myself through it. On the technical sections I started to open up a bit of a gap on the other ladies and then at around 30km I was on my own. I quite enjoy being on my own as there’s no pressure and I started to feel stronger in the second half,” added Lennard, a medical research scientist at UCT. “Riding out here is awesome! This area has the best mountain biking in the Western Cape. The conditions were perfect too – no heat, wind or rain and the trails were just beautiful,” said runner-up Oosthuyse. Breath-taking Sumaridge venue. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. “The weather is always a bit unpredictable in the Cape, so the pre-entry numbers were a little lower than what we expected, but there were a lot of late entries so we are happy with the final numbers. This area boasts some of the best riding in the country and it’s a pleasure to be able to offer a round of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series here again,” said Fritz Pienaar, director of Advendurance, the event organisers. In the 36km Half-marathon, Robert Hobson and Vicky van der Merwe won the male and female races overall respectively. For complete results, visit www.saseeding.co.za. Round 4 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series will be at Bosman Wines, Wellington on 19 November 2016. To enter, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za. 2016 Nissan Trailseeker Western Cape Series Round 3, Hemel & Aarde, 08 October 2016 Leading resultsOverall men – 62km marathon: 1 Tristan de Lange (Mannie’s Bike Mecca) 02:48:51 2 Stephan Senekal (Specialized) 02:51:08 3 CP van Wyk (Maties) 02:54:01 4 Bradley Weiss 02:58:14 5 Ian Cunningham 02:58:22 6 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse 02:58:29 7 Mathew Lombardi 02:59:08 8 Ian Lategan 03:01:23 9 Michael Posthumus 03:01:35 10 Justin Tuck 03:01:36 Overall women – 62km marathon: 1 Katie Lennard 03:24:26 2 Tanja Oosthuyse 03:29:19 3 Catherine Colyn 03:30:19 4 Michelle Lomardi 03:34:25 5 Louise Ferreira 03:34:46 6 Ila Stow 03:34:47 7 Kate Slegrova 03:38:29 8 Alma Colyn 03:39:01 9 Jeanie De Villiers 03:42:30 10 Kate Munnik 03:42:32 Overall men – 36km half marathon: 1 Rober Hobson 01:37:33 2 Andrew Sparks 01:38:20 3 Nicholas Mabrecht 01:39:47 Overall women – 36km half marathon: 1 Vicky Van Der Merwe 02:02:15 2 Allison Morton 02:02:16 3 Anthea Pinheiro 02:02:31
  14. Philip Buys and Theresa Ralph secured their first victories of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series when they triumphed in the men and women’s categories respectively at Round 4, the Bundu Bash, held at Buffelsdrift MTB Park near Pretoria at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  15. The elite men eagerly awaiting the start of the race on the start line at the ARC Roodeplaat venue. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing), a multiple Cape Epic stage winner, won the men’s race in a time of 02 hour 25 minutes 18 seconds. He was less than a minute ahead of runner-up, Jan Withaar (Redhub), with Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) rounding out the top three places another minute-and-a-half later. The 69km marathon route was a race of two halves with fairly wide open gravel roads and jeep track in the first half and then a high volume of twisty singletrack in the second half. This helped spread out the field of almost 700 riders who were faced with hot, dusty conditions. It was evident from early on that the SCOTT LCB Factory Racing team was intent on splitting up the field with Du Toit riding aggressively and taking some ambitious early starters with him off the front. Buys was able to sit in and let his rivals chase Du Toit down. But the pace proved too fast and only Withaar and Buys were able to catch and match Du Toit, the trio taking the lead within the first 20km. A confident Philip Buys crossing the finish line, securing the win in a time of 2hrs 25min 18sec. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. The early pace saw Du Toit fade slightly later on and Buys managed to shake off Withaar on the singletrack sections that he knows so well to secure his first TrailSeeker Series win of the year. “It was a lot of fun and super fast. The first half I did yesterday as part of a training ride. But that training ride ended up being 90km so my legs were hurting today,” said a content Buys afterwards. “I had to ride a smart race. I know the trails here as I ride at Buffelsdrift a lot. Local knowledge was an advantage because I knew what was coming and made my move into the lead at the right time. “Arno sacrificed himself a bit for me in the beginning. I suppose that’s what teams are for. It worked out well that we got the win in the end. And well done to Jan (Withaar). Job well done by a guy that has very little major sponsor support,” added Buys. “The race started with wider trails and roads and then by the end it was just crazy, crazy singletrack. A great race route!” said runner-up Withaar. “In the beginning I sat upfront as much as I could. Arno pulled a bit of a gap early on. I hedged my bets on watching Philip and didn’t chase Arno. I just tried to keep the gap to Arno the same. Eventually we caught him. Philip then tried a few attacks and we got away from everyone else on the singletrack sections. It was a really good fun event. These Nissan TrailSeeker races are prime events!” added Withaar. Theresa Ralph, delighted at her win as she gives her post-race report for the cameras. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za. In the women’s race Ralph (Galileo Risk) claimed the victory in a time of 2:58:53. She was just over a minute ahead of Adrienne Moolman (Lynwood Cyclery) with Tamaryn Kietzmann (Complete Cyclist) completing the podium placings. “It was actually a very lovely race. There was a big bunch to begin with, but on the first climb it began to split. I took the lead from there onwards. I pushed it a bit to get a decent gap. You never really know who is feeling strong behind you or if you could get a mechanical delay. It was great to get a win in the Series and hold my position at the top of the points standings,” said a delighted Ralph. “It’s my best result this season, so I’m pleased. It was a tough course. Luckily Tammy (Kietzmann) and I joined up and worked together. Then in the singletrack I managed to get away,” smiled Moolman. “They could have done a copy and paste of last year’s route and it would have still be a good event, but they chose to create new route and built new sections, which made it very exciting!” added Moolman. Round 5 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series, Diamond Rush, takes place on 26 November 2016 at Cullinan, east of Pretoria. To enter, or for more information, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za. 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Gauteng Round 4, Bundu Bash, Buffelsdrift MTB Park, 1 October 2016 Leading resultsOverall men – 69km marathon: 1 Philip Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) 02hrs25min18sec 2 Jan Withaar (Redhub) 2:26:11 3 Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) 2:27:31 4 Alan Gordon 2:32:55 5 Henry Uys (Complete Cyclist) 2:36:52 6 Matthys Koekemoer 2:37:11 7 Kai Pritzen 2:38:04 8 Wessel Redelinghuys 2:39:54 9 Cobus van den Berg 2:40:05 10 Alwyn Dippenaar 2:41:15 Overall women – 69km marathon: 1 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 2:58:53 2 Adrienne Moolman (Lynwood Cyclery) 3:002 3 Tamaryn Kietzmann (Complete Cyclist) 3:08:01 4 Carmen Bassingthwaighte 3:09:03 5 Janine Muller 3:12:04 6 Johandri Leicester 3:11:41 7 Anli Smith 3:12:05 8 Renante le Roux 3:12:08 9 Chantal Haynes 3:13:30 10 Chrissie Viljoen 3:14:23 Overall male – 40km half-marathon 1 Wessel Botha 1:18:45 2 Jean-Pierre Lloyd 1:19:30 3 Marc Oliver Pritzen 1:20:01 Overall female – 40km half-marathon 1 Danielle Strydom 1:35:01 2 Monique du Toit 1:37:56 3 Heather Slabbert 1:38:18 For full results and Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.org
  16. Both riders were forced to sprint for their victories at the end of the 63km race, which took place at Legends MX, a new mountain biking venue to the east of Pretoria. In the men’s race, Knox (New Holland Agriculture) came out on top when a five-rider sprint was needed to decide the podium positions after a close race on a course that wasn’t particularly long, hilly or technical. Knox clocked a fast winning time of 02 hours 08 minutes in what was his fifth consecutive marathon victory. He narrowly beat Nico Bell (Team NAD) to the line with SCOTT LCB Factory Racing’s Arno du Toit taking third place. Team NAD’s Gawie Combrinck and Jan Withaar were fourth and fifth respectively in one of the closest finishes ever seen at a South African marathon race. “I recced the last bit of the course before the race and I knew that the rider in front coming into the final turn would win the race. The front rider gets the straightest, fastest line at the end and the others are limited by barriers and then have to go wide to get around the front guy. I managed to be the front guy at the last corner and then just kept on the gas to the finish line,” explained Knox. “The speed was fast from the beginning. With no big hills it’s not a course that really suits me as it’s very difficult to get away. So it became a very tactical race, which makes it more interesting. To win on that course was a real bonus for me,” smiled Knox. Max Knox and Nico Bell crossing the finish line centimeters apart, with Arno du Toit rounding off the podium. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za “With the shorter distance races like this one, you see the XC specialists in the mix which makes it bit more competitive and adds to the excitement,” said runner-up Bell. “The last few corners were quite sketchy and it was hard to maintain traction at the speed we were coming in. I’ve been a very close second now in the last two races. I need to work on my sprint I guess,” added Bell. In the women’s race the sprint was between De Groot (Ascendis Health) and the in-from Samantha Sanders (Valencia), winner of Round 2 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series. It was De Groot’s first race since May when a crash resulted in surgery to repair an injured shoulder. De Groot and Sanders moved clear of the women’s lead pack on one of the few climbs and they paced together to maintain their lead over their rivals, clocking a time of 2:22:55. Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) finished third in 2:24:28. “Great to be back racing and see familiar faces again. It was a pretty flat, dusty course, but good to be out there again. Nice to see more competition at the top of the women’s race,” said De Groot. “It was good to have Robyn back and her presence certainly helped make the race more exciting,” said Sanders. “It was quite a flat route so there was a bunch of us for most of the race. On one climb Robyn and I got a gap, which we held to the end. But while the race was flat, it was still hard. You don’t get any chance to recover really,” added Sanders. The elite ladies lead by Samantha Sanders, Robyn de Groot, Amy-Beth McDougall and Theresa Ralph. Photo Credit: www.zcmc.co.za Close to 2500 mountain bikers competed in the four different distances on offer, with the biggest number in the half-marathon where Wessel Botha and Bonny Swanepoel were the male and female winners respectively. “It’s always exciting to find new race venues close to home for Gauteng riders. It’s quite flat and fast but there are is some really nice singletrack here too,” said Fritz Pienaar of Advendurance, organisers of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series. “We had a lot of riders here participating today and it’s encouraging how many youngster and women there were, which is the great thing about the Nissan TrailSeeker events, which are aimed at giving everyone a chance to enjoy a Saturday morning mountain bike race,” added Pienaar. Round 4 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series takes place on 1 October 2016 at Buffelsdrift, Pretoria North. To enter, or for more information, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Gauteng Round 3, Legend MX, Pretoria EAST, 27 August 2016 Leading resultsOverall men – 63km marathon: 1 Max Knox (New Holland Agriculture) 2hrs08min33sec 2 Nico Bell (Team NAD) 2:08:34 3 Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) 2:08:35 4 Gawie Combrinck (Team NAD) 2:08:36 5 Jan Withaar 2:08:36 6 Heine Engelbrecht 2:08:40 7 Guylin van den Berg 2:10:31 8 Wessel Redelinghuys 2:11:46 9 Alan Gordon 2:11:48 10 Grant Usher (Kargo Pro) 2:11:52 Overall women – 63km marathon: 1 Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health) 2:22:55 2 Samantha Sanders (Valencia) 2:22:56 3 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 2:24:28 4 Amy-Beth McDougall (Valencia) 2:24:40 5 Vanessa Bell (Bells Cycling) 2:24:41 6 Adrienne Moolman 2:31:15 7 Maricel Bekker 2:33:26 8 Kim le Court (Time Freight) 2:35:08 9 Mia van Rooyen 2:38:05 10 Nadine Visage 2:40:20 Overall male – 40km half-marathon 1 Wessel Botha 1:25:57 2 Henry Liebenberg 1:26:48 3 Jean-Pierre Lloyd 1:27:01 Overall female – 40km half-marathon 1 Bonny Swanepoel 1:46:37 2 Monique du Toit 1:48:36 3 Odette Guy 1:48:37 For full results and Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.co.za.
  17. South African marathon champions Max Knox and Robyn de Groot did their national titles justice at the weekend when they beat off strong challenges to win the men and women’s titles respectively at Round 3 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Mountain Bike Series near Pretoria. Click here to view the article
  18. Mpumalanga-based mountain bikers, Nico Bell and Samantha Sanders, raced to convincing wins in the men and women’s categories respectively at the Nissan TrailSeeker Hazeldean Marathon outside Pretoria at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  19. 3200 riders participated over four distance options at the event, which was Round 2 of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series, the most popular marathon series in South Africa. The elite women silhouetted by the winter sun as they jump off from the start line. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting The undulating route was always going to see a fast pace, especially early on and the men’s race was a frantic dash for the first half an hour before the first significant climb, which was technical in places and saw the men’s field begin to splinter. Bell and his Team NAD teammate, Gawie Combrinck along with Philip Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) were left at the front after the climb, with Buys finding himself having to close down a series of attacks by this two rivals. Eventually Bell succeeded in staying clear and took the victory in a time of 02 hours 27 minutes 19 seconds. The finish was unusual in that it was located indoors, in a building called The Cowhouse. Buys managed to prevent a Team NAD 1-2 by out-sprinting Combrinck for the runner-up spot in a time of 2:30:00. Heine Engelbrecht and Thinus Redlinghuys were fourth and fifth respectively. Nico Bell hot on the heels of Philip Buys has the men make their way down the 700m climb. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “The race was quick from the start. We had quite a big bunch in the beginning and on the climb things split up. From then on it was a matter of keeping focused and as fast as possible on what was an interesting route,” said men’s winner, Nico Bell. “Nissan TrailSeeker races are always fun to do. I have done these races for the last four years and am amazed that they are constantly able to find new routes so close to the cities. Today’s route had a very nice mix of rocky sections and singletrack,” added Bell, who also won the 2015 edition of the TrailSeeker, Hazeldean event. Buys out-sprinting Combrinck in the Cowhouse finish chute, preventing a 1-2 Team NAD podium. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “It was a fairly flat race. We only had a total of about 700 metres climbing. Gawie and Nico were strong. They’re teammates and they used that to their advantage. That’s racing. I’m just glad I could get second place,” said men’s runner-up Buys. The women’s race saw Sanders and Theresa Ralph share the pace-setting until the main climb 20km in. The in-form Sanders was able to power over the technical sections and that was enough to take the lead, which she extended to almost six minutes by the finish. Sanders clocked 2:44:56 with Ralph finishing in 2:50:47. Michelle Benson managed to edge out Adrienne Moolman by just two seconds to round out the podium places. “I came off a second place at the Knynsa Marathon last weekend so I just wanted to capitalise on the work I’ve done over the past week really – smash it here today, go hard and see what happens. And it all went to plan,” smiled Sanders. Theresa Ralph breathing down the neck of Sam Sanders as they make their way towards the first significant climb. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “The route was cool. Advendurance just know what they’re doing and they created a fast, fun route with a lot of twisty singletrack,” added Sanders. “I thoroughly enjoyed the race today. Sam and I were together until about halfway up the big climb, but on a technical section she left me behind. I didn’t see her again. The course was great. There were some technical, rocky bits and lots and lots of singletrack,” said runner-up Ralph. Round 3 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series takes place on 27 August 2016 at Legends MX, Pretoria East. To enter, or for more information, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za. 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Gauteng Round 2, Hazeldean, Pretoria, 9 July 2016 Leading results Overall men – 70km marathon: 1 Nico Bell (Team NAD) 2:27:19 2 Philip Buys (SCOTT LCD Factory Racing) 2:30:00 3 Gawie Combrinck (Team NAD) 2:30:00 4 Heine Engelbrecht 2:31:15 5 Thinus Redlinghuys 2:32:00 6 Stephan Reyneke 2:33:06 7 Dewald Lotter 2:33:07 8 Willie Smit 2:33:08 9 Phillimon Sebona 2:33:09 10 Guylin van den Berg 2:33:19 Overall women – 70km marathon: 1 Samantha Sanders (Valencia) 2:44:56 2 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 2:50:47 3 Michelle Benson 2:57:55 4 Adrienne Moolman 2:57:59 5 Maricel Bekker 2:58:43 6 Marisa van der Linde 3:03:45 7 Janine Muller 3:04:32 8 Sarah Hill 3:06:51 9 Heather Slabbert 3:08:17 10 Monica Glover 3:08:50 Overall male – 40km half-marathon 1 Marc Oliver Pritzen 1:27:55 2 Jean-Pierre Lloyd 1:28:05 3 Ruan de Villiers 1:28:34 Overall female – 40km half-marathon 1 Bonny Swanepoel 1:40:03 2 Nicole van der Walt 1:44:25 3 Monique du Toit 1:46:39 For full results and Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.co.za.
  20. One of the more challenging race routes delivered a good allround challenge for over 1000 riders in four different distances in the heart of the scenic Western Cape agricultural district. For Heyns, it was his second successive win in the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Western Cape. The SCOTT LCB Factory Racing rider held off a strong field to claim the 70km race title in a time of 02 hours 45 minutes 14 seconds. He was followed home two-and-a-half minutes later by Team Telkom’s HB Kruger who out-sprinted Matt Beers (Red-E Cannondale) for the runner-up spot. Dylan Rebello (Momsen Bikes) and Waylon Woolcock (USN Purefit) rounded out the top five overall. Gert Heyns (second rider from left) in SCOTT LCB kit, making his way up the ranks to claim the win in the marathon race. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “Today was great fun, really good route with incredible trails. It was just so nice and grippy out there after the rain” said a satisfied Heyns. In the women’s race, Team Dorma’s Neethling took the lead on the first big climb, which came after 20km of racing. From the summit she steadily increased her lead to clock a winning time of 3:16:31, which put her in 22nd place overall. Carmen Buchacher finished second in 3:21:31 with Katie Lennard rounding out the podium positions. “On the first big climb I knew what kind of pace I could hold to the top, so I kept that and had a decent lead over Carmen by the top. From there, I just had to make sure that she wasn’t closing on me. Fortunately for me, there was a lot of technical riding, which gave me an advantage over her and I extended my lead,” said a content Neethling. Candice Neethling taking and holding the lead on the first big climb at Grabouw. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “I love racing in the Grabouw area. The terrain is tough and unforgiving and that suits me better than the events with lots of flowing, open-trail riding. Having said that, we did finish on a fun section of trail that left me finishing with a smile,” added Neethling. In the 40km Half-marathon, Robert Hobson and Allison Morton won the male and female races overall respectively. For complete results, visit www.saseeding.co.za Round 3 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series will be the Hemel & Aarde event near Hermanus on 8 October 2016. To enter, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za
  21. Gert Heyns and Candice Neethling made the most of their cross-country technical racing skills to win the men and women’s marathon race titles respectively at Round 2 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Series at Grabouw in the Western Cape at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  22. “I’m really looking forward to the race in Grabouw. I love this series and especially the trails in Grabouw. My choice of bike will be the Scott Scale. The hardtail suits my riding style and knowing that I’m on one of the lightest bikes in the race gives me a lot of confidence.” - Gert Heyns Heyns will be keen to hear the sound of the podium platform underneath his feet. After a great season start, he was set to pair up with Matthys Beukes at the Cape Epic. However, illness for both riders left their 2016 Epic dreams in tatters. After some time off, the two came back with a bang at the Sani2C. With this win still echoing in his mind, Heyns is the guy to watch at Saturday’s race. Date : 25 June 2016 Venue: Elgin Grabouw Country CLub, Grabouw, Western Cape, South Africa GPS: 34°07'41.5"S 19°01'24.7"E Terrain: Farm lands | Vineyards | Arid | Savanna Ascent: 70km (69.32) - 1413m / 40km (38.47) - 603m / 20km (20.94) - 277m / 10km (9.01) - 129m Participant Limit: 1500 (70km - 500 / 40km - 600 / 20km - 300 / 10km - 100 ) - LATE ENTRIES AVAILABLE Features: Hand-built trails | Bridges | Cattle track | 4x4 Trails | Dirt roads
  23. South African marathon champion, Max Knox and African marathon champion, Amy Beth McDougall, won the men and women’s titles respectively at the Nissan TrailSeeker Lionman mountain bike race near Bela Bela at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  24. Knox clocked a time of 2 hours 24 minutes 16 seconds for the marathon event, which was just short of 70km. He was followed across the line by Hein Engelbrecht (Valencia) five minutes later, with Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) rounding out the podium. In the women’s race, McDougall’s (Valencia) winning time of 2:49:31 was six minutes faster than that of runner-up, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk). Vanessa Bell completed the podium places. Max Knox ready and waiting on the start line. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting Exceptional organisation, good weather and the truly African wildlife venue, made the opening round of the Gauteng Nissan TrailSeeker Series a memorable one. A total of 2700 participants across four distances enjoyed the opportunity to ride through the wild bushveld at the base of the Waterberg mountain range. With the entire event taking place within the Mabalingwe Game Reserve, there was an additional air of excitement. A number of riders saw wide range of the game in the reserve. Some riders reported seeing hyena and elephant and some exceptionally lucky riders spotted a leopard. Women's podium (left to right) Theresa Ralph, Amy Beth McDougall, Vanessa Bell. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “Compliments to the organisers, who presented an almost perfect race. Markings were excellent and you had well briefed marshals at all points. The venue was lovely too,” wrote participant, Frans Verwoerd, on Facebook. “Yesterday’s race was one of the best mountain bike races I have done. I will definitely be back next year. The event was very well organised,” wrote participant, Netto Smith, on Facebook. Round 2 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series, the Hazeldean edition, takes place on 9 July 2016 at Curro College, Hazeldean, Pretoria East. To enter, or for more information, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za. 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series, Gauteng Round 1, Lionman, Mabalingwe, 28 May 2016 Leading resultsOverall men – 70km marathon: 1 Max Knox 2:24:16 2 Hein Engelbrecht 2:29:12 3 Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) 2:30:59 4 Gawie Combrinck (Team NAD) 2:31:00 5 Alan Gordon 2:33:55 6 Wade Prinsloo 2:37:00 7 William Mapogo (Kargo) 2:39:11 8 Pierre Smith 2:40:54 9 Martien Venter 2:41:01 10 Fanie Venter 2:41:41 Overall women – 70km marathon: 1 Amy Beth McDougall (Valencia) 2:49:31 2 Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) 2:56:36 3 Vanessa Bell (Bells Cycling) 2:59:35 4 Maricel Bekker 3:02:54 5 Tamaryn Kietzmann (Complete Cyclist) 3:04:45 6 Mia van Rooyen 3:11:06 7 Michelle Benson 3:13:00 8 Johandri Leicester 3:13:17 9 Chantal Haynes 3:14:17 10 Janine Muller 3:15:24 Overall male – 40km half-marathon 1 Henry Leibenberg 01:21:53 2 Wessel Botha 01:21:54 3 Marc Oliver Pritzen 01:21:56 Overall female – 40km half-marathon 1 Azulde Britz 1:35:12 2 Odette Guy 1:35:15 3 Nicola van der Walt 1:36:36 For full results and Nissan TrailSeeker Series standings, visit www.saseeding.co.za.
  25. In the men’s race, Heyns (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) and Matt Beers (Red-E Cannondale) managed to take an early lead up a steep climb. The pair then worked together throughout the race, gradually extending their lead over the field. But Heyns was simply too strong for Beers in the finale and powered over the finish line first in a time of 02 hours 55 minutes 43 seconds. Beers was the runner-up 13 seconds later with a fast-finishing Waylon Woolcock (USN Purefit) claiming third place just over half a minute back. Gert Heyns confidently crossing the finish line at TrailSeekerWC1 Boschendal. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting “I was quite surprised at how fun the trails were. The race duration wasn’t too long – around 3 hours – and the route had a lot of cool singletrack. It was a very enjoyable race and a nice one to win,” smiled Heyns. “Gert and I broke away early and rode together. But when we got to the last singletrack my legs were dying and I just couldn’t match him over the last 500 metres or so. I’m feeling good for Sani2c though,” said Beers. “It was a tough, but stimulating route. The rough surface in places, some steep climbs and the strong wind made for a solid challenge. I’m happy with third place because I took a break after SA marathon champs, so am not at a peak currently, said Woolcock. In the women’s race Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) used the steep early climbing to her advantage and was able to extend her lead gradually throughout the 70km race to finish first in a time of 3:41:11. Katie Leonard grabbed second place less than two minutes later with Carmen Buchacher another 10 seconds back in third. “I found the race really hard from the start. The wind was very strong but I got away from the other ladies on the steep climb at around 11km and kept a steady pace the rest of the way. It was actually a tough race, but it feels good to be healthy again,” said Stenerhag. Jennie Stenerhag pushing hard on the early climbs to set a strong lead. Photo Credit: ZC Marketing Consulting Over 1000 riders tackled the four distances, which started and finished at a new TrailSeeker Series venue, Boschendal Wines. The routes included the 2.5km descent down the switch-backed Skyfall descent as well as a traverse through the Banhoek Valley, home of some pristine singletrack. Round 2 of the Nissan TrailSeeker Western Cape Series will be at Grabouw on 25 June 2016. To enter, visit www.trailseekerseries.co.za
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