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  1. Buys is all power as he leads his PYGA Euro Steel partner Matthys Beukes up a technical climb on the final stage of the 2017 KAP sani2c from Jolivet to Scottburgh on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The PYGA Euro Steel duo tumbled back to third midway through the 82km final stage from Jolivet Farm to Scottburgh, after crashing and then battling with chain problems in the treacherous conditions caused by the heavy cold front that gripped the region, and victory seemed almost impossible. The Beukes and Buys, and Sanders and McDougall pairings were the men's and women's winners respectively after the opening stage of the event on Thursday. After Friday's long Queen stage was neutralized, the fast final stage from Jolivet to Scottburgh – where it is normally tough to make up significant amounts of time – was the only chance for teams to overcome the deficits after Stage 1. However, the mud – the aftermath of the heavy rain which forced the neutralization of Stage 2 – created massive drive-train issues for all riders and meant the race became a dramatic case of stop, repair and chase back for all the leading contenders. NAD Pro's Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell, who started the day in second overall, were quickly out of contention when their muddied chains choked their hopes early in the stage. They eventually took fourth on the stage and fourth overall, just ahead of TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill and Julian Jessop. Fourth after the only racing day before Saturday, Matthew Beers and Tim Hammond (Ryder RED E Spot Africa) seemed to have dodged most of the early drama and even looked to have the final stage under control as they built a solid lead midway through their journey to Scottburgh. At one point they were timed at over two minutes ahead of Team BCX, and three ahead of the PYGA duo – advantages which effectively gave them the race lead. Team dormakaba's Vera Adrian (left) and Candice Lill are muddied but happy after winning the final stage of the 2017 KAP sani2c from Jolivet to Scottburgh on Saturday and taking the overall win. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger from Team BCX, just 53 seconds behind PYGA at the start of Stage 3, were thus in second position on the road, but when Kruger hit a rock at a river crossing and punctured, they were thrown out of contention for the win. The two former road riders managed to repair and finish third on the stage and third overall. But up front Buys, who also crashed heavily and later said he "was in pain", and Beukes fought back bravely and had all but caught the early leaders when Hammond suffered from chain suck. As Hammond stopped to clear his drive train, Buys and Beukes gratefully swept past and incredibly were able to take the stage win, and with it an overall victory by just over two minutes. "I don't know how we got back to win," said an incredulous Buys after crossing the line. Hammond and Beers remounted and sped to the finish to claim second on the stage and second overall. "It is great to defend the title that I won last year and we have been in great form this year, so the confidence was there for us and despite our challenges today we knew that we just needed to stay calm and we could win," said a muddied Beukes after the finish. "To have another sani2c title is great and I am glad that Phil and I could pull off the victory." Buys was a bit more descriptive of their dramas out on the route: "We had some serious problems today but that was going to happen if you looked at the nature of the stage. ";My chain slipped a couple of times and then I had a fall in a donga which set us back a bit. "It was far from the perfect day of mountain biking but its really satisfying that we can win in these conditions," he added. In the women's race, Lill and Adrian fought a rabbit-and-hare dice from soon after the start as they steadily built a lead over Sanders and McDougall. Midway through the stage they had enough of a lead on the stage to be leading on the road, however, just when it looked as if they had victory sorted, the Valencia pairing began to eat into their lead again – only for more mechanical problems to finally scupper their hopes. Riders carve their way through a cane field during the final stage of the 2017 KAP sani2c from Jolivet to Scottburgh Beach on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Eventually the dormakaba pair reached the finish four minutes ahead which was enough for a deceptively large three-minute win. "Candice and I have become such a good combination because we are both technically really good and we compliment each other," said Adrian. "We were strong today and rode really well together in some really tough conditions. It was great to win this year but it was a really tough day for the Valencia Ladies and you never want to see others have problems like that. "We were looking forward to the second stage but it was definitely the right decision to cancel to drop in the Umko and we knew we had to work really hard today." Defeat was tough to accept for Mcdougall, who is normally one of the most consistent and toughest riders in the women's races. "I had so many problems today, I am usually really good and enjoy the mud but today just wasn't my day," the dejected runner up said after the finish. "It cost us a lot of time today but that is mountain biking and I still really enjoyed riding with Sam (Sanders) and the whole race." 2016 Olympian James Reid made a quick foray away from his studies at UCT to compete for the first time in 2017 and with South African Triathlete Mari Rabie was a convincing winner in the mixed category, finishing 11 minutes ahead of Sanet and Dana Coetzee. Provisional Results (with stage time and overall time) 1.PYGA Euro Steel (Philip Buys/Matthys Beukes) 2:50:08, 5:38:04 2.Ryder RED E Spot Africa (Matthew Beers/Tim Hammond) 2:50:17, 5:40:12 3.Team BCX (Waylon Woolcock/HB Kruger) 2:54:37, 5:43:26 4.NAD Pro MTB (Gawie Combrinck/Nico Bell) 2:56:39, 5:45:19 5.Team TIB (Andrew Hill/Julian Jessop) 0 2:56:45, 5:48:28 6.William Simpson (Derrin Smith/Michael Posthumus) 0 3:05:07, 6:04:32 7.Ballito Bicycling Company (Pieter Seyffert/Andrew Johnson) 0 3:07:35, 6:04:39 8.Home Ice Cream (Matthew Stamatis/Thomas Jessop) 0 3:06:22, 6:05:20 9.Urban Fitness Outdoor (Jonathan Cloete/Nicholas Porteous) 0 3:20:51, 6:20:39 10 Time Freight eTeam (James Burne/Aiden Nugent) 3:13:57, 6:22:26Women 1.dormakaba (Candice Lill/Vera Adrian) 3:09:45, 6:18:31 2.Valencia Ladies (Samantha Sanders/Amy Mcdougall) 3:13:42, 6:21:20 3.Team Ascendis Health (Robyn de Groot/Mariska Strauss) 3:19:08, 6:37:18 Mixed Team 1.Private Client Holdings (James Reid/Mari Rabie) 3:23:47, 6:37:53 2.Omnico Team (Sanet Coetzee/Dana Coetzee) 3:27:26, 6:48:19 For more information on KAPsani2c: Info@KAPsani2c.co.za or www.sani2c.co.za
  2. Gary Perkin. Cape Epic. Sportzpics. South African Candice Neethling is 25 and her Namibian partner Vera Adrian just 23 but their form in stage races in 2016 hints at a big future. They will both be taking part in the eight-day Absa Cape Epic for the first time and they have made it clear that 2017 will be a year of “getting to know” the rigours of the race. The Dorma Kaba will, however, have a good shot at another prize on offer: the opportunity to be the first all-African team across the line. Standing in their way will be six-time finisher Theresa Ralph, 41, and Yolandi du Toit, 31, (Team Galileo Risk Garmin) who has completed the Untamed African MTB race four times. The latter pair’s experience of this event could be critical, but Neethling and Adrian won the Sani2c and Berg&Bush stage races in 2016 and have the talent to burn. Ralph has second, third, fourth and fifth place finishes in the Absa Cape Epic. The fifth place in 2016 was secured with du Toit, when they were the first African women’s team to finish. Here is what the two teams have to say about their approach to the 2017 race: Dorma Kaba Adrian believes the youthful Dorma Kaba team will give it their all, but ought to remain realistic. “Because we are so young it will not be our goal to ride onto the podium, but rather to gather valuable experience and finish strongly. Obviously, if there is a chance for podium position we will not refuse it.”Neethling agrees, “We are going into the race with a conservative approach because young and it is our first Cape Epic. “We will see how we feel during the first few days and maybe go for some stage podiums if we are feeling strong in the later stages. That being said, our wins at Sani2c and Berg & Bush were a surprise to both of us. We will go in with the same positive energy and willingness to suffer and dig deep.” The Dorma Kaba riders have followed separate training regimes. “I spent December and January in Europe. A training camp on Gran Canaria has given me form for the Epic. The last few weeks before the race itself, I will be in South Africa again and hopefully do some training rides together with Candice,” says Adrian. Neethling says she is happy with the progress she has made. “It has been a solid few weeks of progressive work. The last few weeks going into the Cape Epic will be about sharpening, getting race-ready and staying mentally and physically fresh.” Galileo Risk Garmin Ralph believes she and her partner are on track for a fruitful Cape Epic in 2017 for several reasons.“This will be our second Cape Epic and fifth stage race together – so we are still learning about each other. “Nevertheless, Yolandi and myself are well suited. Our strengths are similar and so are our weaknesses, so no partner is riding away from the other. We communicate well and ride well as a team, so we are getting stronger together and are hoping for a successful Cape Epic this year.” Emma Hill. Cape Epic. Sportzpics. Ralph says the success she and her partner hope for will not come without mastering the challenges of an untamed trail. “I have seen the profile and it will be a very tough route this year – possibly the toughest ever! I started the season with riding the Attakwas to give myself a shock to the system. I will be doing hill work and a few stage races before the event to get accustomed to multiple stage racing. “My coach Mike Posthumus, from Science2Sport, has been helping me with my training and I have great confidence in his skills. A great fault of many riders is to over-train and with the doctor monitoring me I can train without the fear of burnout. Many athletes think the more the better and come into the Cape Epic fatigued, which is not where you need to be for such a gruelling stage race.” Du Toit believes it is easy to over-prepare for the eight-day race, and says that a cautious approach to training can be the blueprint for survival. Ewald Sadie. Cape Epic. Sporzpics. “For the 2016 edition of the Cape Epic I started too early with high-intensity work and by the time the Epic rolled around I wasn’t feeling as fresh as I wanted to. I probably did too much in the build-up period. I believe my conservative training approach for this year will benefit me more and I look forward to seeing where my form is come Cape Epic 2017 .” Ralph and du Toit aim to be the first finishers to wave the African flag at this year’s Epic, but admit there is no guarantee. “With each year the Cape Epic seems to get tougher and with the ever-changing route you are always heading into the unknown. This year there is a very strong ladies field and all the top girls are pairing up with different partners. I think realistically our goal this year would be a top seven finish. If we get a top five like we did last year then we will be ecstatic,” shares Ralph.
  3. The race-within-a-race to be the first all-African team to finish in the Absa Cape Epic Hansgrohe Women’s category will pit one of the youngest teams in the event against a pair of multiple finishers. Click here to view the article
  4. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky In February, Vera is off to Egypt for the African Road Champs, she won the event when it was in Morocco last year. Vera also had podium finishes for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, The Mayoral Cycle Race and The Tour of Durban. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky While her first love and primary specialty is road cycling, she has had great off-road success too. In 2016, Vera placed first in the Fedhealth MTB Challenge and the Desert Dash. Furthermore, Vera partnered with dormakaba athlete, Candice Neethling, and together they won the Sani2c, the Berg and Bush and placed third at the Wine2Whales. Candice and Vera enjoy riding together and we will see more of the dynamic pair in 2017 starting with the Tankwa Trek and their first ever attempt at the notorious Cape Epic. With all Vera’s racing success, it’s hard to believe she also completed her BComm degree in Management Accounting last year. Vera’s training schedule is a mixture of gym and cycling, taking 12 to 15 hours per week depending on her race schedule. Her degree kept her very busy, but now that she’s a graduate she is keen on doing more cross-training in the form of hiking, swimming and aerobics to supplement the cycling and better condition her body for the harsh terrains of mountain biking. Her diet consists of abundant salad, water and meat is her vegetable of choice. When Vera is not on her bike, she enjoys baking or cooking and she won’t shy away from a glass of wine or Swiss chocolate. Dormakaba South Africa is honoured to have Vera Adrian represent their brand. Vera is the girl-next-door who happens to be an Olympian. “We are thrilled to be working with her” says regional director Shaun Frayne, adding that he is “really excited to see Candice and Vera disrupt the trails together this year”.
  5. Windhoek-born, Vera Adrian, is the most recent member of Team dormakaba. At 23 years of age, this two-wheel athlete has already won some impressive titles and even represented her country at the Rio Summer Olympics last year. Like most of us, Vera started riding her bike as a hobby, “but never imagined that it would take [her] to the world stage”. Click here to view the article
  6. Close to 1300 mountain bikers lined up to experience the best that the Durbanville Winelands has to offer including spectacular MTB routes, clear skies and magnificent views of the ocean, Robben Island and Table Mountain. Erik Kleinhans in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg Competition was rife in the men’s 65km Fedhealth MTB Challenge with Erik Kleinhans, James Reid and Konny Looser forming part of the lead group. Kleinhans admitted to being surprised by the competition on the day. “I didn’t expect there to be so many strong riders. We were still part of a big group of riders when we reached the first big climb. James increased the tension a bit, Konny and I followed. We worked together until the second last climb at Dorstberg where James launched a big attack. He was then 10 seconds in front of me and Konny 10 seconds behind me. James overexerted himself on the Quarry climb though. Konny and I passed him. The route was lovely. The climbs weren’t too major, the single tracks fun and the downhills fast.” Kleinhans claimed gold in a time of 02 hours 36 minutes 06 seconds. Konny Looser came in second, while James Reid finished third. According to Looser, the 65km route was amazing. “It wasn’t too long. I could still concentrate towards the end. It was fun. Finishing second to Erik feels good. I just came back from a long off season in Europe, so I am happy to be able to hold the wheels of the fast riders.” Vera Adrian in action on the day. Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg The women’s 65km Fedhealth MTB Challenge title was clinched by Vera Adrian. According to Adrian, the race was harder than expected. “There was a lot of climbing, but the route was super, real mountain biking. Katie surprised me. She caught me on the last climb. I had to work hard to pass her. This was definitely my hardest finish to a MTB race. It’s always nice to win.” Adrian secured an impressive finishing time of 03 hours 19 minutes 30 seconds. Katie Lennard came in second, while Ila Stow finished third. Matthew Keyser claimed gold in the men’s 35km Fedhealth MTB Challenge in a time of 01 hours 35 minutes 55 seconds. Joel Schaefer came in second, while Daniel Van Der Walt finished third. Courteney Webb was the lady to beat in the 35km Fedhealth MTB Challenge claiming victory in a time of 02 hours 09 minutes 37 seconds. Allison Morton came in second, while Liezel Jordaan finished third. The 15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge saw Bobby Troskie cross the finish line first in the men’s race in 35 minutes 14 seconds. Antonio De Brito came in second, while Henry Owens finished third. Danielle Barnard was the first lady home in the 15km Fedhealth MTB Challenge in a time of 39 minutes 25 seconds. Erin Jones came in second, while Sadi Grooduih finished third. “Another Fedhealth MTB Challenge is now done and thoroughly dusted – and I have to say it was better than ever,” says Jeremy Yatt, Principal Officer of Fedhealth. “The weather played its part, and so did everyone who helped to make the 2016 edition the most memorable MTB Challenge yet. The attendance was great, the entertainment fantastic, everything was well-organised and it was evident that a great time was had by all – from the serious competitors to the families who got to spend a great day out together. We’d like to offer our sincere gratitude to everyone who did their bit to make it such a special weekend. We look forward to seeing you all next year!” With an array of food stalls serving up mouth-watering treats combined with Meerendal’s award winning wines and live music, participants and spectators could enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon outdoors in good company. RESULTS: Fedhealth MTB Challenge 65km Men 1 Erik Kleinhans 02:36:06, 2 Konny Looser 02:38:08, 3 James Reid 02:39:24, 4 Adriaan Louw 02:45:14, 5 Bradley Weiss 02:45:14, 6 Renay Groustra 02:47:55, 7 Charl-Pierre Esterhuyse 02:49:56, 8 Jurgens Uys 02:51:00, 9 Nico Pfitzenmaier 02:52:17, 10 Stuart Marais 02:52:5465km Women 1 Vera Adrian 03:19:30, 2 Katie Lennard 03:19:52, 3 Ila Stow 03:30:14, 4 Louise Ferreira 03:31:57, 5 Kate Slegrova 03:38:47, 6 Jeanie De Villiers 03:43:30, 7 Vicky Van Der Merwe 03:45:54, 8 Tanya Rabie 03:48:05, 9 Tarryn Povey 03:49:21, 10 Anneke Hanekom 03:49:35 35km Men 1 Matthew Keyser 01:35:55, 2 Joel Schaefer 01:38:30, 3 Daniel Van Der Walt 01:41:35, 4 Thomas Moss 01:42:43, 5 DianKotze 01:44:49, 6 Ico Coetzee 01:45:27, 7 Tjaart Van Der Walt 01:46:23, 8 Armin Occonnor 01:49:27, 9 Andrew Mcpherson 01:56:16, 10 Kieran Horsford 01:57:09 35 Women 1 Courteney Webb 02:04:34, 2 Allison Morton 02:09:37, 3 Liezel Jordaan 02:10:11, 4 Saskia Van Der Merwe 02:18:45, 5 Luetta Van Der Westhuizen 02:21:24, 6 Michelle Van Zyl 02:21:32, 7 Cally Silibabauer 02:24:48, 8 Elli Scheffer 02:30:21, 9 Linda Petersen 02:33:23, 10 Heidi Brett 02:36:00 15km Men 1 Bobby Troskie 00:35:14, 2 Antonio De Brito 00:35:21, 3 Henry Owens 00:35:32, 4 Thando Sgundla 00:35:33, 5 Storm Lanfear 00:35:50, 6 Rory Harris Smith 00:38:12, 7 Nicolas Lipinski 00:38:13, 8 Herman De La Guerre 00:38:17, 9 Ethan Marais 00:38:23, 10 Johan Fritz 00:39:31 15km Women 1 Danielle Barnard 00:39:25, 2 Erin Jones 00:40:57, 3 Sadi Grooduih 00:41:58, 4 Amelia Owens 00:42:23, 5 Kaylie De Jager 00:43:39, 6 Sheyaun Botha 00:44:12, 7 Thea Roodman 00:44:34, 8 Liza Adlem 00:45:11, 9 Nina Adlem 00:45:13, 10 Karla Higginbotham 00:46:19
  7. The second annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge kicked off at the majestic Meerendal Wine Estate on Sunday, 04 September 2016. Click here to view the article
  8. After what has been a tough year for the SCOTT LCB Factory Racing pair following their disappointing ABSA Cape Epic, this victory at the KAP sani2c was one that they will savour. An elated SCOTT LCB Factory Racing pair of Matthys Beukes (left) and Gert Heyns (right) following their overall race win after the third and final stage of the 2016 KAP sani2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media "Our main goal was the Epic this year but I have been struggling with injury the whole season and I couldn't even start there so I have only been right for about a month now and to walk away with the victory is unbelievable!" Beukes mentioned. The winners knew that a fast stage like the final 82 kilometres into Scottburgh was going to provide them with a tough challenge and overturning the deficit was going to be difficult as Team Telkom set the early pace. In what was a difficult stage for overnight leaders Team Telkom, Johann Rabie and HB Kruger battled with mechanicals during the third and final stage of the 2016 KAP sani2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media "We wanted to go out really hard from the start but it was Johann (Rabie) and HB (Kruger) who put us under pressure and set a really pace at the front and put us in the hurt box early on. "Unfortunately HB punctured on a rocky downhill and its bad luck but we had bad luck on day one so sometimes it goes your way and other times not. "We captilised on that and in the last hour we knew that every second would count so I was absolutely spent at the finish but it was all worth it," Beukes added. The SCOTT LCB Factory Racing team of Matthys Beukes (front) and Gert Heyns (second) put a lot of pressure on the chasing pack during the third and final stage of the 2016 KAP sani2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The pace was frantic at the front of the race and the SCOTT youngsters attempted to split up the group however Gert Heyns explained that their attacks were met with resistance from the rest of the pack. "We went really hard on the first climbs but most of the guys managed to stick to us which just shows that on a route like this it is really hard to get away." It was SCOTT LCB Factory Racing's Gert Heyns who dished out a lot of the pain to the other teams during the third and final stage of the 2016 KAP sani2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The final stage went to the script of the previous two days and threw up another curve ball as the leading pair of Team Telkom's Johann Rabie and HB Kruger were downed by an unfortunate puncture at the 47km mark. The resultant mechanicals all but destroyed their chances of an overall victory as they fell out of contention with a group of four teams contesting the end sprint that was won by NAD Pro MTB Team's Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell. "It was flat out from the start and I was battling a bit but Nico looked after me well," stage winner Gawie Combrinck said. "We managed to hang onto the front and in the last few kilometres we got the jump on the guys and got onto the bridge and from there we luckily stayed up front and took the win!" Bell was happy that they were able to get one stage win under the belt after missing out over the first two days of the race. "To win the final stage is probably the best stage to win in terms of coverage for sponsors and that so we are happy with our win but we tried our best in the general classification but it was difficult because we were still a little tired from joBerg2c but to get a stage win is satisfying." The famous floating bridge would have given a lot of riders a few nerves during the third and final stage of the 2016 KAP sani2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media With drama being served during every stage of the 2016 edition of the KAP sani2c the unfortunate victims on the final day of the Race were the Team Telkom duo and a litany of mechanical issues ended their charge. "It was not just the puncture, we had mechanical problems with the back wheel which got stuck which seized the free body which caused the chain to slip. "We had to stop about seven or eight times to put the chain back on so it was a disastrous day. If we just had the flat I think we could have kept our lead but that's what happens," a despondent Rabie mentioned after . The ladies race was a two-horse contest with the young Candice Neethling and Vera Adrian of Dorma Time Freight attempting to try and hold off the Team Ascendis Health pair of Robyn de Groot and Jennie Stenerhag who were going to fight until the last possible moment to overturn the three minute deficit that the former had put on them after the second stage. It was the Dorma Time Freight pair of Vera Adrian (left) and Candice Neethling (right) who claimed the overall ladies spoils after the third and final stage of the 2016 KAP sani2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Despite the stage win going to the Team Ascendis Health pair the spoils were enjoyed by Neethling and Adrian who would have been described as underdogs going into the race. "I believed that we could do it but to actually pull off a win like this is really something and I think that we both surprised ourselves in the ay that we rode and how we stuck with them the whole way," Neethling said. Dorma Time Freight's Candice Neethling powers at the front of the leading ladies group during the third and final stage of the 2016 KAP sani2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media It was the Team Ascendis Health pair of Robyn de Groot (front) and Jennie Stenerhag who had to make up time in order to try and take the overall women's title during the third and final stage of the 2016 KAP sani2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media Adrian commented on their conservative approach to the final stage with an overall title being the main focus for the pair."We mainly just tried to stay with them. A stage win is always nice but I think that Robyn and Jennie deserved it today after a great three days of riding but we are just really overwhelmed with the overall title!" After three solid days of racing the Galileo Risk Valencia duo of Samantha Sanders and Theresa Ralph claimed the bottom step of the overall women's podium. It was a dominant performance from the Team TBC/Mitas duo of Johan Labuschagne (front) and Catherine Williamson (back) they were powering their way to their third stage win and the overall mixed title during the third and final stage of the 2016 KAP sani2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media The mixed race was no contest as the Team TBC/Mitas crew of Johan Labuschagne and Catherine Williamson cruised to their third stage victory and the overall title over the Team Garmin duo of Ben-Melt Swanepoel and Yolandi de Villiers with Kargo PRO MTB Team's Hayley Smith and Andrew Warr coming third. Riders were greeted to some more incredible views and trails during the third and final stage of the 2016 KAP sani2c on Saturday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media More information can be found at www.sani2c.co.za. SUMMARY OF RESULTS -2016 KAP SANI2C STAGE THREE (JOLIVET FARM - SCOTTBURGH) Men 1.Team NAD Pro (Gawie Combrink/Nico Bell) 02:37.09 2.Contego RedE (Adriaan Louw/Matthew Beers) 02:37.11 3.SCOTT LCB Factory Racing (Matthys Beukes/Gert Heyns) 02:37.12 4.Team TIB (Andrew Hill/Tyronne White) 02:37.21 5.The Gear Change (Dave George/Justin Tuck) 2:42.21Mixed 1.Team The Bicycle Company/Mitas (Catherine Williamson/Johan Labuschagne) 02:54.20 2.Kargo PRO MTB (Hayley Smith/Andrew Warr) 02:58.20 3.Team Garmin (Yolandi du Toit/Ben-Melt Swanepoel) 02:59.30 Women 1.Team Ascendis Health (Robyn de Groot/Jennie Stenerhag) 02:56.29 2.Dorma Time Freight (Candice Neethling/Vera Adrian) 02:56.34 3.Galileo Risk Valencia (Sam Sanders/Theresa Ralph) GENERAL CLASSIFICATION Men 1.SCOTT LCB Factory Racing (Matthys Beukes/Gert Heyns) 9:05.06 2.Team NAD Pro (Gawie Combrinck/Nico Bell) 9:07.26 3.Team Telkom (Johann Rabie/HB Kruger) 9:09.34 4.Contego RedE (Adriaan Louw/Matthew Beers) 9:23.45 5.William Simpson (Derrin Smith/Timothy Hammond) 9:34.09 6.Team TIB (Andrew Hill/Tyronne White) 9:35.29 7.Biogen Centurion Cyclery (Gordon Gilbert/Paul Theron) 9:37.28 8.The Gear Change (Dave George/Justin Tuck) 9:41.51 9.KAP Restonic 1 (Craig Uria/Andrew Duvenage) 9:42.59 10.RoadCover 40+ (Grant Usher/Nic White) 9:43.57 Mixed 1.Team TBC/Mitas (Catherine Williamson/Johan Labuschagne) 10:13.46 2.Team Garmin (Yolandi du Toit/Ben-Melt Swanepoel) 10:32.28 3.Kargo PRO MTB Team (Hayley Smith/Andrew Warr) 10:39.42 Women 1.Dorma Time Freight (Candice Neethling/Vera Adrian) 10:21.22 2.Team Ascendis Health (Robyn de Groot/Jennie Stenerhag) 10:24.19 3.Galileo Risk Valencia (Sam Sanders/Theresa Ralph) 10:56.02
  9. In what has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable KAP sani2c's in memory the Race event was a ding-dong affair that went right down to the breakers of Scottburgh as the pair of Matthys Beukes and Gert Heyns overturned a two minute overnight deficit to win the overall title whilst the pair of Candice Neethling and Vera Adrian held on to their overnight lead to claim the ladies title on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  10. Team Bestmed-Multihull-ASG’s newly crowned Nambian champion Vera Adrian will turn her attentions to the African continental road cycling championships in South Africa next week. Adrian, who won both the road and time-trial titles in her home country last weekend, looks in top form for the event in Wartburg, South Africa, from February 9 to 14. A two-time junior national road and time-trial champion, she also claimed the double gold as a first-year elite rider in 2012. Last year, she won the road race yet again but had to be content with second in the time-trial. “I knew I had to be better prepared this year, but the competition doesn’t sleep either,” said Adrian.“Winning always feels great, especially if it is a win that you have to work for like this one.” Now based in Stellenbosch, where she is a fulltime university student, Adrian returned to Namibia in November to begin her training for nationals. “A month before nationals I started with the really intense stuff. “The only thing I could not prepare for in Stellenbosch was the altitude. Windhoek lies 1 600m above sea-level, so I could definitely feel the lack of oxygen in my lungs at the road race.” The 21-year-old sprinter is set to join her Namibian teammates on Sunday in the lead-up to the African champs. “This week is all about sharpening up and staying focused. My objectives are to stay motivated and enjoy every moment.” Although Adrian has medalled at the previous two continental competitions, she said the bar for this year was set particularly high. “Not only does South Africa have very good riders, but Egypt and Eritrea too, and not forgetting my teammate Kim from Mauritius. “I will give my best to make my country proud but nothing is guaranteed.” She took time-trial bronze in 2012 and 2013 and also scooped silver in the road race at the latter event. In 2014, she represented Namibia in the cross-country, road and time-trial disciplines at the Commonwealth Games. Adrian joined her first professional cycling team – Bestmed-Multihull-ASG – in December. “Training and travelling in a group is much more exciting than on your own. I am excited to meet all the other girls and start racing together.”
  11. Team Bestmed-Multihull-ASG’s newly crowned Namibian champion, Vera Adrian, will be striving for continental glory at next week’s African road cycling championships. Click here to view the article
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