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  1. An upbeat Heyns, riding for Team DSV, was just too strong for his competitors, crossing the line in two hours, 53 minutes and 10 seconds. He claimed the chequered flag ahead of Durban's Andrew Hill (2.53:46) and Nicol Carstens (2.53:48) from Worcester. Speaking after the race, Stellenbosch-based Heyns said: "I'm feeling good, it was a nice race, and I'm glad with the result. I went quite hard, in the beginning, to try and get away on the single track. "The route was really fun, I managed to open up a gap going up through the pass, but towards the end they were chasing me all the way. But, I managed to hold out [for the win]." In the women's section, Oudtshoorn's De Villiers, riding for Team Silverback Volvo Racing, put up a commanding performance on the course, racing to victory in a time of 3:10:27. De Villiers finished almost 20 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor, Bay rider Anriette Schoeman who finished in a time of 3.29:40. Another PE rider Siska van der Bijl was a further three minutes behind in 3.32:12 in third. De Villiers said: "This whole area is so fantastic for mountain biking, conditions were near perfect out there." De Villiers and Heyns were named king and queen of the mountain for being the first riders to make their way up the Zuurberg Pass In other results, top three finishers per race distance were: 60km men, Gerrit Rautenbach (2.16:25); Raye Moolman (2.19:05) and Matthew Spanjaard (2.21:07) 60km women, Gail Willimott (2.44:47); Michelle Scowby (2.51:31) and Beth Marais (2.55:52) 30km men: Partridge Chimwendu (1.03:56), Benjamin Brown (1.03:57) and Marcell Swartz (1.03:58) 30km women: Ashleigh Mayhead (1.05:59); Ancherien du Plessis (1.11:21) and Elize Strydom (1.11:24)
  2. Anthony Fogel cranks up a forest climb during Stage 3 of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com. Riders were treated to clear skies throughout the third and final stage, which didn’t seem likely during Sunday night when the heavens opened for a typical Storms River downpour. Fortunately the rain blew over and although the Stage 3 route was the wettest of the race it didn’t damped anyone’s spirits. The race leaders, including Hanco Kachelhoffer and Etnard Louw, crossing the Storms River. Photo by Oakpics.com. Louw and Kachelhoffer rode to an assured stage victory to claim the general classification victory, despite Louw crashing spectacularly on a muddy descent. The leading mixed team remained Yolande de Villiers and Neill Ungerer, who capped a fine weekend – during which they proved to be the most festive of the riders competing for overall victory – with another stage victory. The women’s team category saw Wendy Brand and Tania Hanekom claim stage and general classification victory after the Cape Brewing Co women dropped out of contention. Wynand Louw navigates a tricky descent during the final stage of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com. The muddy trails meant that the water point support crew had to work overtime cleaning drivetrains as the riders enjoyed the treats on offer at the water point tables. The highlights of the Stage 3 route were the long indigenous forest sections, where the sunlight filtered through the leaves and Knysna louries called from the canopy. Though the riding was by no means tough, the average pace dropped for the final stage as the riders seemed to be soaking up every last moment at the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Mixed category winners Neill Ungerer and Yolande de Villiers lead the field through the indegenious forests of the Tsitsikamma. Photo by Oakpics.com. As the riders crossed the finish line and enjoyed a final scrumptious lunch the conversation around the lunch tables soon turned to the 2017 Glacier Storms River Traverse. And though entries aren’t open yet many an accommodation booking was made for next year’s race. For riders who enjoy the socialising after each stage as much as they do the actual riding the Glacier Storms River Traverse truly is a must do event. Warren Medina e Vasconcelos and Attie Jacobs celebrate completing the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com. 2016 Glacier Storms River Traverse | Selected Results Men’s Teams: 1. Etnard Louw and Hanco Kachelhoffer 2. Cwynton and Richard Collett 3. Carl Rohwer and Juan SlabbertMixed Team: 1. Yolande de Villiers and Neill Ungerer 2. Liza and Michael Kingston 3. Ross and Victoria Reuvers Women’s Teams: 1. Wendy Brand and Tania Hanekom 2. Vanessa Irvine-Fortescue and Tanya Gazet 3. Jade de Hutton and Kathy Crabbe
  3. A rider winds his way along a scenic MTO Forestry road during Stage 2 of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com. At the sharp end of the race, Etnard Louw and Hanco Kachelhoffer of Team NFB Altech Autopage added a second stage victory to the one they claimed on Stage 1. Crossing the line in second position overall and in first in the mixed teams’ category were Yolande de Villiers and Neill Ungerer, while the Cape Brewing Co combination of Anja van Zyl and Gemma Grobbelaar won the stage in the women’s category. Bernhard Scmidt ploughs through a puddle during day two of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by Oakpics.com. For the less competitively inclined riders the route provided amazing views around every twist and turn in the trail. With the Glacier Storms River Traverse route being made up by-in-large of jeep tracks and plantation roads it’s a deliberately non-technical ride. Dryland Event Management have kept the stage distances short and with the absence of technical challenges and a competitive racing vibe riders can take in the scenery. The tour style atmosphere allows riders to keep their heads up and enjoy the stunning natural surroundings, rather than being on the rivet and staring at their stems or focusing intensely on the trails as they white knuckle their way through technical terrain. With the Tsitsikamma Mountains in the background a group of riders roll through a young plantation. Photo by: Oakpics.com. The stage started with a trip through the Storms River Village before descending under the N2 and climbing into a picturesque indigenous forest. Crossing back under the N2 and heading for the coast riders made their way to the Storms River Pass. The steep switchbacks of the tar road descent were taken with more trepidation than one might expect. But given the number of Glacier Storms River Traverse riders who had watched Vincenzo Nibali’s dramatic Olympic road race crash the evening before, maybe it wasn’t that surprising. Theo Oosthuizen powers up the tough climb from the Storms River Mouth to the cliff-top above. Photo by Oakpics.com. For every descent there has to be a climb however and Stage 2 of the Glacier Storms River Traverse featured a dusi. Rising from sea level, at the Storms River Mouth, to the cliff-tops 200 odd meters above in just over one kilometre the cement paved climb featured sections of 22% gradient. Many riders trudged up the climb, knowing a water point awaited like an oasis at the top. More rode sections – rested briefly and rode on again – and others simply powered up the climb with the aroma of ostrich steaks and burgers on the braai, at the cliff-top water point, providing nearly as much motivation as the bragging rights that clearing the climb earned. Monday’s Stage 3 will be the last chance for riders to soak up the scenery, indulge at the Dryland Water Points and revel in the relaxed atmosphere of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. The final stage features a 50.7km route which takes in 830m of climbing. Johan and Ronelle Engelbrecht celebrate at the finish of day two of the Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by: Oakpics.com. To view more photos from the 2016 Glacier Storms River Traverse like the Facebook page;Storms River Traverse or follow @SRTraverse on Twitter or followdrylandeventmanagement on Instagram. For all the results click here and to find out more about the Glacier Storms River Traverse visit www.stormsrivertraverse.co.za.
  4. The second stage of the Glacier Storms River Traverse took place on the forestry roads around the Eastern Cape village of Storms River on Sunday the 7th of August. The 43.2km stage featured a notoriously tough climb and lots of scenic riding. Click here to view the article
  5. Fresh off their victory in the 2015 Old Mutual joBerg2c, Sasol Racing’s Yolande de Villiers and Catherine Williamson have already shifted their focus to a strong showing in the women’s clash of the upcoming Nedbank sani2c which takes place from Glencairn Farm at the base of Sani Pass to Scottburgh Main Beach on KZN’s South Coast from 14-16 May. Click here to view the article
  6. Defending champions Gawie Combrinck and Johann Rabie swept to their second straight victory in the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c at Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  7. Defending champions Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck delivered another workmanlike performance to all but seal their victory on day six of the Old Mutual joBerg2c near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday. Click here to view the article
  8. Dylan Rebello and Yolande de Villiers raced to victories in the men’s and women’s categories in the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort mountain bike challenge on Saturday the 1st of October. The single day marathon, through the magnificent Seweweekspoort and the scenic Hoeko Valley, doubled as the Western Province Marathon Championships. The event boasted a combined starting line-up of 1 055 riders, including 100 local development riders sponsored by Ladismith Cheese, across the three distances. Click here to view the article
  9. Marketing Director for the race, Andrew Finn said that conditions for the race were perfect for mountain bikers. “It was slippery and muddy because of all the rain we had yesterday, and I think that is why times were not as fast as last year.” Riders set off in clear but chilly conditions from 08:00 this morning when the gun was fired by Knysna Executive Mayor, Georlene Wolmarans, but the sun shone through a cloudy sky and there was no rain. First over the line in the main event of the day, the 80 km MTB, was HB Kruger in 03:01:50. A sprint over the line saw Waylon Woolcock finish second (03:01:51) and Matthew Beers third in a split second time difference. (Last year’s winner, Matthys Beukes finished in a course record of 02:52:12.) Speaking after the race, Kruger said that conditions were quite technical. “It was very muddy, and I had actually deflated my tyres too much and had to stop to bomb them to get the pressure up again. But it was a nice route and a good challenge.” Kruger, who races professionally for Team Telkom, established a lead from the start in a group with five other riders. “I was with my team member Johann Rabie, and Matt Beers, Waylon Woolcock, Renay Groustra (King of the Mountain) and James Tennant for the first 30 km. Then James and Renay dropped back a little and coming into the finish it was myself, Waylon and Matt. I knew I had a bit of a kick and with my road background I was able to get a good sprint to the finish.” This was Kruger’s first Knysna Cycle Tour race and he will be racing again tomorrow in the 115 km road race with Telkom Team members Nolan Hoffman and Reynard Butler, who were first and second in last year’s race. Ladies Elite winner Yolande de Villiers agrees that the route was “slippery, and very wet. I’m usually sick at Oyster Festival time so I’m very glad I was able to ride this year. It’s a challenging course, starting with the steep climbs up the Simola and Gouna hills and this year there was a new section near the end with lots of single track. It was awesome. I really enjoyed the race.” De Villiers beat Samantha Sanders by two seconds in a time of 03:24:26. Third lady over the line was Carmen Buchacher with a time of 03:31:06. Carel Bosman, Sponsorships Manager for Momentum, one of the two naming sponsors of the cycle tour, said that he was delighted with the event. “I was particularly pleased to see so many moms and dads riding with their children today. Momentum is very much about families and it’s great to see them enjoying and participating in the events together. I was also delighted that the numbers of young development cyclists have increased this year to about 100, with 50 percent of these coming from Knysna. The Oyster Festival is about giving back to the local community and assisting development cyclists is a great way to do this.” All provisional MTB race results are available on the website, oyster.events. Tomorrow the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Rotary road races take place with the first start at 08:00 am.
  10. The pair had never competed together previously however their joBerg2c success suggests they will be serious challengers for this year’s women’s title come the popular three-day clash in mid-May. Sasol Racing's Catherine Williamson (left) and Yolande de Villiers (right) are eager to add this year's Nedbank sani2c to the Old Mutual joBerg2c crown they clinched over the weekend. “We confirmed our partnership for both joBerg2c and sani2c at the Cape Epic earlier this year. Luckily Catherine was available to help us and its actually gone so well so far that I think I may even ask her if we can ride together for the rest of the races as well!” laughs De Villiers. “We opted to do joBerg2c in preparation for sani as we’ve actually never ridden together before so we knew we were probably going to go through a bit of a learning curve together during joBerg but it was a really good few days on the bike for us. “joBerg2c also gave us a good chance to have a look at the trails ahead of sani2c so it was really good preparation in that sense as well.” Many would expect a few teething issues with a new partnership however the pair have competed in a various stages races previously and their wealth of experience saw them hit it off from the get go. “At the end of the day even though you’re racing with someone else, you’ve both got to get yourself to the finish line, however you do that,” explains Williamson. “You just have to do so with the other person in mind as well.” “You’ve got to learn what each other’s strengths and weaknesses are and then you play to that. If you are able to do that well then you’ll probably come in in as shorter time as you’re capable of and I think that’s something we’ve done quite well already. “It’s all about working with your partner, knowing when to push yourself over the limit and when then to sit back and relax a bit,” she adds. De Villiers echoes Williamson’s sentiments. “Catherine is a very good rider and a great team mate both on and off the bike! We’ve really clicked as a team very well so far. “Catherine is really funny and constantly joking and I really enjoy her humour.” While aware of the needed shift in style from the nine day long joBerg2c to the snappy racing style of the Nedbank sani2c, both riders are confident they can make the necessary adjustment and are looking forward to a stiff challenge in the women’s tussle this year. “sani2c is just so quick! Sometimes if you’ve got joBerg2c in your legs then you can fell a little slow off the mark at sani so that’s obviously something we’ll look to make sure we avoid,” says Williamson. “I’m sure there will be some really strong women’s teams on the line with us. Ariane (Kleinhans) and Cherise (Stander) as well as Jennie (Stenerhag) and Robyn (de Groot) will definitely be a couple of really tough team but that’s exactly what we’re hoping for!” adds De Villiers. The 11th edition of the Nedbank sani2c's gets underway when the Trail event takes place from 12-14 May 2015. The Adventure then unfolds from 13-15 May before the cream of the the country's top mountain bikers do battle during the Race from 14-16 May. More information can be found at www.sani2c.co.za.
  11. The EAI Cycling duo took half a dozen stage wins, including the final stage, en route to overall honours in the sixth edition of the 900km mountain bike race for a combined time of 34:38:51. Eventual winners of the 2015 Old Mutual joBerg2c, from left, Gawie Combrinck and Johann Rabie (EAI Cycling) lead Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert (Altech Autopage Karan Beef), and Justin Tuck and David George (The Gear Change) through the sugar cane fields en route to Scottburgh. Combrinck and Rabie won the nine-day mountain bike race on Saturday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. Day seven winners Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert, riding in the colours of Altech Autopage Karan Beef, fought all the way to the line but failed to narrow the almost 20-minute time gap to settle for second in 34:58:11. Former winner David George and new partner Justin Tuck rounded out the general classification for The Gear Change in 35:14:06. Combrinck said he and Rabie were delighted with their result after a busy start to their competitive calendar. “We’ve done a lot of racing this year so far, so winning joBerg2c again is a really nice way to round off the first half of our season. “This is a very special race. There aren’t many events that go from the middle of the country all the way down to the coast.” After departing Jolivet Farm near Highflats on the final day, the three lead teams stayed together for most of the 84km route as they rolled through sugar cane plantations down towards the sea. When Rabie suffered a mechanical halfway into the stage, he and Combrinck were forced to chase back hard until they closed down their rivals again. The two were first out of the singletrack as they hit the beach but a slight navigational miscalculation put them, followed by Kachelhoffer and Seyffert, on the alternative chicken run around Scottburgh Lagoon instead of the floating bridge across it. The champs nevertheless had enough time in hand and were able to race into the finish first in 2:48:26, just five seconds clear of Kachelhoffer and Seyffert, with George and Tuck trailing them home across the water in 2:50:53. “We weren’t going for the stage win today,” said Combrinck. “We just wanted to make it here safely, so we’re glad it worked out.” In the women’s race, two-time winner Catherine Williamson notched up her third triumph alongside new teammate Yolande de Villiers after winning the final stage in 3:05:33. EAI Cycling’s Johann Rabie (left) and Gawie Combrinck celebrate their victory in the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Saturday. The event followed a 900km route from Heidelberg, just south of Johannesburg, to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. The SasolRacing duo did not drop a single stage as they powered towards an uncontested overall victory in 38:33:35. Williamson said she was “over the moon” with her trio of wins and amazed at her teammate’s strength. “It’s my favourite race and it couldn’t get any better now that I’ve had my third victory,” said the British racer. “I want to keep coming back here every year – it’s got such a great vibe and to win is the bonus.” With three stages apiece, the hotly contested mixed category was characterised by a ding-dong battle between Seattle Coffee’s Billy Stelling and Carmen Buchacher and Valencia Cycling’s Samantha Sanders and Justin Victor. Overnight leaders Stelling and Buchacher eventually stormed into the finish to take the stage and the top spot in the standings in 3:02:41 (39:01:21). “We just fought and fought. There were some nervous moments there and five kilometres from the finish we nearly went down,” said Stelling. “Carmen’s been sick throughout the week but she’s shown great courage. It’s never in the bag until you’re over the line, and we’re so chuffed.” Chris Brand and Paul Furbank of the USN-Cycle Lab team were crowned undisputed City Lodge masters champions in 3:05:26 (37:55:27). HiddenHunger’s Sean Henderson and riding mate David de Lima, who rode with broken ribs after crashing in the earlier stages, showed their class to take the veterans’ category in 3:04:13 (39:01:37). In the solo race, Timothy Hammond of Ultimate Cycle Base in Botswana was pipped on the day by Dorma’s German rider Nico Pfitzenmaier. He trailed Pfitzenmaier by three seconds in 2:52:11 but his substantial overall lead kept the title in his grasp in 35:33:34. Paula Hardy took the women’s competition in 43:27:58, after finishing second on the day in 3:36:15, five minutes and 20 seconds behind Germany’s Gabriele Forster. Blind Kenyan rider Douglas Sidialo and his tandem pilot John Mwangi, who broke his collarbone after crashing on the penultimate stage, showed their grit as they completed their 900km journey. The pair received a heroes’ welcome from the crowds who gathered on the beach and the race’s Paolo Beltramo memorial award for courage in the face of adversity for their efforts. For the full results and all the highlights from the daily stages, delivered by Avis Van Rental, visit www.joberg2c.co.za. For updates, follow @joberg2c_journo or find the race on Facebook. RESULTS Stage 9 Men: 1. Johann Rabie & Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling) 2:48:26; 2. Pieter Seyffert & Hanco Kachelhoffer (Altech Autopage Karan Beef) 2:48:31; 3. David George & Justin Tuck (The Gear Change) 2:50:53 Women: 1. Catherine Williamson & Yolande de Villiers (SasolRacing) 3:05:33; 2. Sarah van Heerden & Cindy Theunissen (Old Mutual) 3:29:39; 3. Landy Puddu & Rebecca van der Linde (Wild Chix) 3:32:20 Mixed: 1. Carmen Buchacher & Billy Stelling (Seattle Coffee) 3:02:41; 2. Hayley Smith & Darryn Purtell (Bell Equipment) 3:12:31; 3. Samantha Sanders & Justin Victor (Valencia Mixed) 3:15:50 Overall Men: 1. Johann Rabie & Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling) 34:38:51; 2. Pieter Seyffert & Hanco Kachelhoffer (Altech Autopage Karan Beef) 34:58:11; 3. David George & Justin Tuck (The Gear Change) 35:14:06 Women: 1. Catherine Williamson & Yolande de Villiers (SasolRacing) 38:33:35; 2. Sarah van Heerden & Cindy Theunissen (Old Mutual) 43:13:13; 3. Landy Puddu & Rebecca van der Linde (Wild Chix) 48:05:37 Mixed: 1. Carmen Buchacher & Billy Stelling (Seattle Coffee) 39:01:21; 2. Samantha Sanders & Justin Victor (Valencia Mixed) 39:21:28; 3. Hayley Smith & Darryn Purtell (Bell Equipment) 41:05:03
  12. The Storms River Traverse, a three day mountain biking stage race, was based at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn and took place from the 4th to the 6th of August. The stage distances were a manageable 50, 43 and 54 kilometres and it proved to be the perfect event for first time stage racers and experienced riders looking to slow down, take in the sights and soak up the relaxed Storms River atmosphere. Yolande de Villiers celebrates victory at the 2017 Glacier Storms River Traverse. Photo by Seamus Allardice. Hill had travelled down to the Storms Traverse on the back of a fifth place finish at the South African cross country championships at Mankele two weeks before but when her stage race partner, Nicolle de Greft, fell ill. She was paired up at registration with Giant South Africa’s Gavin Salt, to form the Liv/Giant team, and the pair immediately struck up a rapport. Salt and Hill’s neighbours in the luxury tents soon informed her of the more relaxed spirit at the Storms River Traverse. “I absolutely loved it here. I think it’s definitely a race that everyone should come and experience. That’s what it ends up being, an adventure. You get to socialise, you get to meet people and you get to ride with some really awesome, strong, crowds.” Hill said upon finishing the final stage. Yolande de Villiers went on the attack early on each stage, dropping the field of leading male contenders within the early kilometres of each stage. Photo by Oakpics.com. Reflecting on the three days of riding Hill concluded: “It’s a great mental break, to come here and have a whole lot of fun, and to still ride. You can be competitive if you want, but the Storms River Traverse is more about pedalling and looking up to see and appreciate where you are.” Despite having slacked off the pace from her usual level; Hill was more than a match for the men in the race, including her partner Salt. In addition to winning the mixed category and being the team with the overall fastest time, the Liv rider was also the fastest rider up the toughest climb of the race. The 1 kilometre long, 15% average gradient, climb from the Storms River Mouth to the plateau at 172 meters above sea level is undoubtedly the toughest section of an otherwise relatively unchallenging route. Hill set a remarkable time of 8 minutes and 55 seconds for the climb, to claim the Strava Queen of the Mountain and set the sixth fastest time ever. The beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest set the scene for a relaxed weekend of riding during the Glacier Storms River Traverse which took place from the 4th to the 6th of August from the Storms River Village, in the Eastern Cape. Photo by Oakpics.com. An even more impressive performance was turned in by Yolande de Villiers, as she won all three stages of the 2017 Storms River Traverse by 17, 8 and 10 minutes respectively over the next fastest finisher, Vincent Hill. “I had to do it for the girls, it’s women’s month” de Villiers said when asked about why she rode so fast despite no pressure from the rest of the field. “I’m trying to peak for next week” she elaborated. “It’s beautiful. This area is awesome for mountain biking. So well done to Dryland.” Stage 2 of the Glacier Storms River Traverse proved a trial by water and mud, after heavy overnight rains. Photo Oakpics.com. Further behind the leading women Nikki Haywood was riding with her Trail Angels club members. Haywood had brought a number of first time stage racers along with her and was impressed at how they grew in confidence over the course of the event. “Next year I’ll definitely be bringing more of my Trail Angels along, it’s the perfect event to introduce riders to stage racing” Haywood said. “The routes are not technical and the social spirit makes the Storms River Traverse a non-threatening mountain bike event. And there are not enough of those” she finished. A group of riders get silly in the forest. Photo by Oakpics.com. #TankwaLift at the #StormsRiverTraverse. Photo Oakpics.com. To find out more about the 2017 Glacier Storms River Traverse visit www.stormsrivertraverse.co.za, click here to view all the results, or like the Storms River Traverse Facebook page to view all the photos and the event highlight videos. The 2018 event will take place from the 2nd to the 5th of August next year, and though entries will only open in October this year it is advisable to book accommodation in the Tsitsikamma Village Inn now to ensure the best possible Glacier Storms River Traverse experience in 2018. A few of the leading riders pose for a finish line photo. From left to right: Mari du Toit, Janine Muller, Vincent Hill, Andrew Robertson, Yolande du Toit, Paul Fauche, Sarah Hill, Gavin Salt, Jaco Cockrell, Timothy Hoek and Warren Williams. Photo by Seamus Allardice.
  13. The duo’s finishing power on the final ascent was too much for their rivals and, after dislodging them, they were able to cruise home in 2:40:07 after 67km of undulating racing. HB Kruger (left) leads BCX teammate Waylon Woolcock on a climb on stage one of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race outside Port Elizabeth today. Photo: Shayne Minott. Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit of Ascendis-LCB, who clocked 2:41:36, was next to reach the finish at the Zuurberg Mountain Village with Marco Joubert and Andrew Hill of TIB Insurance-Momsen third in 2:42:02. Woolcock, who won the three-day Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape alongside the 26-year-old Kruger last month, said the race was far from finished. “The lead we have means very little in mountain biking terms and we will go into tomorrow knowing that we have to be cautious while also trying to maintain the pressure on our rivals,” said the 34-year-old from Stellenbosch. He said all the favourites were together as they hit the first major descent and their sole focus was on making sure they didn’t have any mechanicals. “We went into the first single-track and all the cross-country boys were very excited, but all I could think of was safety first – look after your tyres, look after your bike and yourself,” he said. “Arno and Gert went screaming down the single-track and had gapped us quite a bit, but when we came around a corner, we saw that Arno had a puncture.” The two teams joined forces as they headed towards the day’s first major test. “On the climb just before the waterpoint, about 20km in, we saw Arno was taking a bit of strain, so we gapped them quite a bit,” explained Woolcock. “But we knew it was too early to ride alone from there as there are a lot of flat sections before the final climb.” After the waterpoint, two teams – Hill and Joubert and Chris Wolhuter and Craig Boyes of Imbuko Wines – rode up to the leaders and Woolcock said the workload was shared evenly at that point. “There was nothing tricky or technical as it was jeep track and mostly open district roads, but we knew the last climb was going to be decisive.” As soon as they started to climb Zuurberg Pass that linked the valley at the bottom with the hotel at the top, Kruger went clear at the front while Imbuko Wines started to falter at the back. Mixed team Neill Ungerer (left) and Yolande de Villiers of Dryland-Ultimate Cycling en route to winning stage one of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race outside Port Elizabeth today. Photo: Full Stop Communications. “HB had a gap of a few hundred metres and when I could see that Arno couldn’t respond, I attacked him and rode across,” said Woolcock. “Once I got there, HB kept up the tempo to give me a bit of breather and we then worked together to keep the gap until the finish.” Woolcock said the nature of the course on the opening day played to their strengths as they were both good climbers. “I might have the edge on the climbs, but HB is able to keep a higher tempo on the flats and rolling climbs.” Woolcock said being in front was the best possible scenario. “It’s always better to lead than to chase. I wouldn’t say it takes the pressure off, but it does mean we don’t have to force it. “Tomorrow we will work to look after the bike because it’s better to lose a few seconds in a technical section than to try to close the gap after having a puncture. “So it’s always a bit of a relief to have that buffer.” Neill Ungerer and Yolande de Villiers of Dryland-Ultimate Cycling, who won the GR300 last month, finished in 3:02:26 to lead the mixed section. Women’s team Annie Davids (left) and Siska van der Bijl of GZT-Ladies win the first stage of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek mountain bike race outside Port Elizabeth today. Photo: Shayne Minott. Andrea and Steven Shirley of On Your Bike finished second in 3:25:46 with Roan Rossouw and Heather Slabbert of Totally Stoked third in 3:48:48. Siska van der Bijl and Annie Davids of GZT-Ladies were the first women home in 3:45:44. Riders will tackle the queen stage over 78km with 1 750m of climbing on Saturday.
  14. Dylan Rebello and David Garrett racing through the orchards of the Hoeko Valley. Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. Rebello, now riding in the colours of Imbuko Wines, excelled in the absence of his new teammate and defending champion Chris Wolhuter leading from start to finish. Climbing up the Seweweekspoort towards the Great Karoo Rebello was content to sit in the lead group, but once the route reached the rugged trails at the top of the poort only David Garrett could match his pace. The pair then worked together to stay ahead of the chasing pack, which included riders of the class of Nico Pfitzenmaier and Niell Ungerer. In the approach to water point three, with two long climbs remaining, Rebello accelerated on a sharp climb through the orchards in the Hoeko Valley. Garrett was unable to match Rebello on the climb and soon dropped out of sight of the leader. Rebello soloed to victory and said afterward that the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge was the perfect tune-up for the Cape Pioneer Trek. He and Wolhuter will be targeting a podium at Dryland Event Management’s flagship stage race, which will take place from the 16th to the 22nd of October; if Wolhuter can recover from the broken hand, which forced him out of the 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge, in time. The imposing cliffs of the Seweweekspoort provide breath-taking views for the riders during the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge. Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. Garrett claimed the second step on the podium, finishing three minutes and fifty seconds down on Rebello’s winning time of two hours, fifty minutes and thirty five seconds. Rounding out the podium was Pieter Gildenhuys, who outsprinted Ungerer and Vickus Boshoff in a dramatic finish. Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge men's 82km podium. From left to right: Ronaldo Groenewald (CEO Ladismith Cheese), David Garret (2nd), Dylan Rebello (1st), Pieter Gildenhuys (3rd) and Shani Morton (Western Province Cycling). Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. In the women’s race de Villiers was largely unchallenged as her nearest rival Fienie Barnard was never able to join de Villiers’ group on the road. Despite not being pushed by a rival for victory de Villiers flew through the route, finishing in a remarkably fast time of three hours, four minutes and twenty seconds; despite the swirling wind making the descent of the poort slower than usual. Barnard claimed second position in the women’s race while last year’s winner, Alma Colyn was third. The elite women’s podium featuring from left to right: Ronaldo Groenewald (CEO Ladismith Cheese), Alma Colyn (3rd), Yolande de Villiers (1st) and Shani Morton (Western Province Cycling). Not pictured: Fienie Barnard (2nd). Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. With Western Province colours on offer for the age group racers the 26km and 40km races were also hotly contested among the younger riders while the veteran, masters and grand-masters were out in force to race for provincial glory in the full 82km marathon. The impressive young Joshua de Freitas and Amy Tait held off their age group rivals and the older riders taking part in the 40km race to claim hard fought victories, by just a single second in de Freitas’ case and a mere three seconds in Tait’s. Tony White receiving a high five as he crosses the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge finish line after completing the 82km distance in a time of 05:43:18. Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. The race once again showcased the riding and tourism potential of the Kannaland area; hopefully inspiring the 900 odd entrants to return for a weekend of riding and sightseeing before next year’s Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort Mountain Bike Challenge, which is set to take place on the 30th of September 2017. The Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge starts next to the old Lutheran church in Amalienstein. Photo Credit: Oakpics.com | Ladismith Cheese 7Weeks MTB Challenge. For more information please visit www.7weekspoortmtb.co.za or click here to view the full results. Selected Results: Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge82km Women: Yolande de Villiers (03:04:20) Fienie Barnard (03:08:03) Alma Colyn (03:12:29) 82km Men: Dylan Rebello (02:50:35) David Garrett (02:54:25) Pieter Gildenhuys (02:59:30) 40km Women: Amy Tait (01:45:21) Allison Morton (01:45:24) Saskia van der Merwe (01:45:26) 40km Men: Joshua de Freitas (01:29:01) Louis Visser (01:29:02) Robert Hobson (01:29:03)
  15. Matt Beers and Yolande de Villiers won the 2021 South African Cross-Country Marathon Championships in Paarl on Saturday, 1 May. The Type{DEV} NanoTime rider dominated the race, virtually from the gun, to win by 5 minutes and 21 seconds. While the women’s race had more drama as the Cycling South Africa commissaires had to adjudicate the winner following a protest, after Robyn de Groot had crossed the finish line first. Click here to view the article
  16. South Africans Mariske Strauss and Yolande de Villiers won the final stage of the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, on Sunday. But the Swiss/Swedish duo of Esther Süss and Jennie Stenerhag claimed the overall victory after three days of fierce racing in the rugged Kouebokkeveld region of South Africa’s Western Cape province. Click here to view the article
  17. The three day Glacier Storms River Traverse wrapped up with a final beautifully scenic stage through the Tsitsikamma Forest on Monday the 8th of August. The race victory was secured by Etnard Louw and Hanco Kachelhoffer of Team NFB Altech Autopage but their elation was shared by every rider in the field. Click here to view the article
  18. The challenging 85-kilometre route featured 2 100-metres of climbing, most of it falling within the first 50-kilometres. Hosted by the Paarl Adventure Trails a great deal of the course was made up of singletrack, including the Spice Route, Diamante Estate and Rhebokskloof cross-country loops. As such the strongest riders were always likely to emerge victorious. Matt Beers soloed to an impressive victory and his first national title in the 2021 South African XCM Championships; in Paarl on Saturday, 1 May. Photo by Chris Hitchcock. In the elite men’s race the field was stacked with South Africa’s top marathon mountain bikers. Alongside the pre-race favourite, Beers, were PYGA EuroSteel’s Matthys Beukes, Philip Buys and Gert Heyns; Insect Science’s Arno du Toit and Keagan Bontekoning; DSV Pro Cycling’s Nicol Carstens and Jacques Janse van Rensburg; and Imbuko Giant’s Tristan Nortje and Rudi Koen. Alfa Body Works rider and Paarl local, HB Kruger was also one to watch. A fast start loop hardly spread the field as the leading men blitzed the first 6-kilometres of dual track. Then a steep climb towards the first singletrack of the day, the infamous Wall climb, stretched the group. Beers lead into the singletrack and rode it at a pace which had his rivals on the back foot. The Type{DEV} NanoTime star summited with the embryo of an advantage, which he would incubate into an unassailable lead over the next 70-kilometres. “I made my move on The Wall” Beers recounted. “Then tried to hold a pace which I thought the group behind would probably be riding. The route, with so much singletrack, did not really lend itself to groups working together, so I did not feel being on my own was much of a disadvantage. I saw Arno [du Toit] was chasing me initially; but when he dropped back, I just had to keep up my tempo.” “The last 5-kilometres or so were really though” Beers added. “I was cramping so badly. But I’m so happy to win the South African Marathon title. It’s been a big goal of mine for years, especially after missing the 2019 race, with a broken collar bone, and the 2020 race because of its Covid cancellation.” The 2021 South African XCM Championships were held in pristine conditions, on the Paarl Adventure Trails. The challenging 85km course included 2 100m of climbing and proved a stern but fair test for the elite men and women. Photo by Chris Hitchcock. Behind Beers, as Du Toit’s challenge for victory faded he was swallowed up by a chase group which constantly changed its composition. PYGA EuroSteel were represented throughout though as Heyns, Buys and Beukes all contributed to the pursuit of Beers. Du Toit’s Insect Science teammate Bontekoning, and the Imbuko Giant pair of Nortje and Koen also assisted in the chase. Eventually it was the experience of Beukes that prevailed. He and Du Toit distanced their companions, one-by-one, until they were able to contest a two-up sprint for second. Beukes pipped his former teammate to the line, in so doing securing his best South African Marathon Championships result. “I tried to ride my own race today” the PYGA EuroSteel rider reflected. “I started steady and rode my way into contention. But even if I could have gone with Matt [beers] earlier I do not think I would have been able to stay with him throughout the race. He was the worthy winner today.” In the women’s race De Groot, Amy McDougall and De Villiers distanced the rest of the field within the first 30-kilometres. The six-time champion then pulled away from her breakaway companions, quickly establishing a 4-minute advantage over the next 10-kilometres. Tragedy struck for the dormakaba rider in the Rhebokskloof singletracks however. She invertedly followed the wrong trail and cut 5-kilometres from her race distance. Yolande de Villiers was adjudged the 2021 South African XCM Champion, after the first woman across the finish line – Robyn de Groot – was disqualified for taking a wrong turn and missing a section of the route. Photo by Chris Hitchcock. Though De Groot crossed the finish line first; the victory, upon a careful examination of the leading women’s GPS files, was awarded to De Villiers. Having come back from a potentially career ending leg break, in 2019, the victory represents a remarkable return for the Mad Macs rider. De Villiers’ persistence and tenacity are an example to all young riders and an illustration of the rewards reaped from years of dedication. With De Villiers moving up to first, the South African Road champion, Hayley Preen, inherited second and McDougall stepped up onto the final podium place. “It was an incredible race” McDougall stated from the podium. Her sentiments were echoed by many a rider, as praise for the route was a common theme of the post-race interviews. “It was a proper race” Henry Liebenberg emphasised. “It was my first marathon since 2019, so it was though. But well done to the route team for putting together such an amazing course.” Given the change in UCI rules the marathon champions will now be able to wear their national colours in stage races. This means that Type{DEV} NanoTime will need to design Beers a new jersey, to incorporate the South African flag into their white and blue kit, before KAP sani2c. The three-day stage race from Underberg to Scottburgh, in KwaZulu Natal, starts on Friday, 14 May. Matt Beers had no time to take in the beauty of Paarl and the Cape Winelands as he time-trialled to victory, having established a lead within the first 10km of the 85km course. Photo by Chris Hitchcock. South African Cross-Country Marathon Championships ResultsElite Men: 1. Matthew Beers, Type{DEV} NanoTime (3:36:44) 2. Matthys Beukes, PYGA EuroSteel (3:42:06 | +05:21) 3. Arno du Toit, Insect Science (3:42:07 | +05:22) 4. Gert Heyns, PYGA EuroSteel (3:43:40 | +06:55) 5. Nicol Carstens, DSV Pro Cycling (3:45:47 | +09:02) Elite Women: 1. Yolande de Villiers, Team Mad Macs (4:27:46) 2. Hayley Preen, Team Reach for Rainbows (4:32:33 | +4:46) 3. Amy Mcdougall, Perigon Property Motor Lease (4:35:39 | +7:52) 4. Sarah Hill, Liv Racing (4:44:12 | +16:25) 5. Shauna Esmeyer (4:46:35 | +18:48) For the full results from the SA XCM Championships please click here.
  19. After winning Stages 1 and 2 quite convincingly, fate struck Süss and Stenerhag (Meerendal/CBC) after 18km of the 89km stage when they had to stop to repair a puncture sustained by Süss. This opened up the racing for the final-stage podium and Strauss and de Villiers (OMX Pro) and Candice Lill and Vera Adrian (dormakaba) were ready to oblige, tackling the stage’s signature singletrack sections with renewed intent. Yolande de Villiers (left) and Mariske Strauss celebrate winning the final stage of the Momemtum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za For de Villiers and Strauss, the General Classification was also a consideration. Even though they started the day with a 13-minute deficit to the Meerendal/CBC pair, they’re experienced enough to know that mountain bike mechanicals can rob riders of huge chunks of time. With generous prize money and International Cycling Union rankings points up for grabs, there was a lot at stake. Süss and Stenerhag repaired the tyre with a plug and then found themselves in pursuit mode for the rest of the stage. Strauss is the current national XCO champion and she led de Villiers smoothly and swiftly through the long sections of singletrack that wove its way through the rocky landscape. Jennie Stenerhag – along with Esther Süss (left) – won her third consecutive title at Momemtum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za Although Süss and Stenerhag managed to catch and pass, the dormakaba duo, they fell short of closing down the OMX Pro pair, who crossed the finish line in a time of 03 hours 30 minutes 23 seconds. Süss and Stenerhag were second, almost two minutes later with Lill and Adrian rounding out the podium places another four minutes later. “It all came together for us on the final day. I dropped my chain about 15km in. We paced back hard to the leading women and just as we reached them, Esther got a flat. Along with Candice and Vera we then pushed the pace and at some point we rode clear of them. Then it was a matter of just hanging on to our lead because we heard time gaps and knew that Esther and Jennie were catching. But we held on and we are really happy with the win,” smiled Strauss. “It was very tough!” exclaimed de Villiers. “Mariske is like an Energizer Bunny! So much energy and she knows how to ride a bike. The fast pace and the pressure of trying to get into the singletrack first really made it a hard stage. But the trails today were awesome. This is a proper mountain bike race route. It was hard but we enjoyed it so much,” said De Villiers. Riders tackle a sandy gravel road during the early kilometres of Stage 3 of the Momemtum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za “Esther’s puncture came on the open road, where we were in bunches with the men. The pace there was fast and a lot of bunches passed us while we were repairing the tyre, which took longer that it probably should have,” said Stenerhag. “But it was a good test for us as a team to see how we cope with this kind of thing and it prepares us well for the Cape Epic. Staying calm and chasing back became our priorities. This is the fifth time I’m doing this race and I know this final day route quite well. As we got near the first section of singletrack we caught a huge bunch. I said to Esther we HAVE to get past them or else we’ll get held up. We rode super hard and managed to get around them just before the singletrack started, giving us a mostly clear run,” explained Stenerhag. “The next really long section of singletrack wasn’t as open for us, but most riders had seen we’d flatted earlier and we very kind in letting us past. After that section we could see the other women and by the final water point our gap was down to 1:30. We decided to change Esther’s wheel there because she was losing pressure in the tyre. I thought we’d be able to still catch OMX Pro but they rode really well. We are still very happy to get the overall win though,” added Stenerhag. Candice Lill makes her way through a rock formation section during the final stage of the Momemtum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za “We plugged and pumped my tyre and really had to work hard to fight back. We were on our own and I think we did really well. As we were approaching the last water point, where I changed my wheel, I noticed my dropper seatpost was broken and wasn’t returning to the normal height. I had it fixed it at the tech zone and from there on I was worried it would break again, so had to be careful for the rest of the stage. Luckily it held and we were able to finish okay,” said a relieved Süss. Süss and Stenerhag collected R80 000 (5600 Euro) for their overall victory, the same amount as the men’s overall winners, courtesy of Anderson Transport, which boosted the women’s prize purse to match that of the men. Strauss and de Villiers finished second overall with Lill and Adrian completing the final overall podium. The win was the third successive Tankwa Trek for Stenerhag, who won the previous two editions with South African Robyn de Groot, who won the 2017 Mixed category with her Ascendis Health teammate, Gert Heyns. Runners-up in the Mixed division were Team Valencia’s Grant Usher and Amy Beth McDougall with Charles Mcfall and Carmen Buchacher (Velocity Sports Lab) rounding out the podium places. In the Solo women’s division, Jeannie Dreyer was dominant, winning all three stages and the overall title ahead of Dalene van der Leek and Reinette Geldenhuis respectively. Esther Süss (left) and Jennie Stenerhag celebrate winning the overall title of the Momemtum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen on Sunday. Photo credit: www.zcmc.co.za For extensive photo galleries and daily video summaries of the world’s most prestigious three-day mountain bike race, visit the Tankwa Trek Facebook page. For more information on the event or to enter the 2018 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, visit www.tankwatrek.co.za. For the extended stage 3 highlights: Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen Roll of Honour – Women: 2013: Ischen Stopforth (RSA) and Hanlie Booyens (RSA) 2014: Cherise Stander (RSA) and Ariane Lüthi (SUI) 2015: Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) and Robyn de Groot (RSA) 2016: Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) and Robyn de Groot (RSA) 2017: Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) and Esther Süss (SUI)Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen 2017 Stage 3, 89km – leading results: Open Women 1. Yolande de Villiers (RSA) / Mariske Strauss (RSA) OMX Pro 03:30:23 2. Esther Süss (SUI) / Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) Team Meerendal / CBC 03:32:17 3. Candice Lill (RSA) / Vera Adrian (NAM) dormakaba 03:36:10 4. Cornelia Hug (SUI) / Hielke Elferink (NED) Meerendal / CBC-1 03:43:00 5. Yolandi du Toit (RSA) / Theresa Ralph (RSA) Garmin Galileo Risk 03:55:17 Mixed Teams 1. Robyn de Groot (RSA) / Gert Heyns (RSA) Team Ascendis Health 03:23:19 2. Grant Usher (RSA) / Amy Beth McDougall (RSA) Valencia 03:29:39 3. Charles Mcfall (RSA) / Carmen Buchacher (RSA) Velocity Sports Lab 03:30:10 4. Katie Lennard (RSA) / Oliver Lennard (RSA) The Gear Change 03:42:46 5. Henning Blauw (RSA) / Louise Ferreira (RSA) Globeflight 03:48:44 Solo Women 1. Jeannie Dreyer (RSA) 03:41:44 2. Dalene van der Leek (RSA) 03:50:43 3. Reinette Geldenhuis (RSA) 04:03:16 4 Collette Bastard (RSA) 04:06:16 5. Marietjie Lutz (RSA) 04:34:08 Final General Classification Open Women 1. Esther Süss (SUI) / Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) Team Meerendal / CBC 12:28:40 2. Yolande de Villiers (RSA) / Mariske Strauss (RSA) OMX Pro 12:40:19 3. Candice Lill (RSA) / Vera Adrian (NAM) dormakaba 12:58:37 4. Cornelia Hug (SUI) / Hielke Elferink (NED) Meerendal / CBC-1 13:20:39 5. Yolandi du Toit (RSA) / Theresa Ralph (RSA) Garmin Galileo Risk 13:42:24 6. Ann Harrison (RSA) / Marleen Lourens (RSA) Speed Structures 15:24:21 7. Jeanie de Villiers (RSA) / Kylie Hanekom (RSA) CITRICOM 16:19:13 8. Cherise Stander (RSA) / Mikayla Webb (RSA) CansaActive 16:53:38 9. Anneke Viljoen (RSA) / Louise Bezuidenhout (RSA) Anderson Transport 17:21:25 10 Hildegarde Cronje (RSA) / Auralia Edwards (RSA) Cycloworx 19:22:04 Mixed Teams 1. Robyn de Groot (RSA) / Gert Heyns (RSA) Team Ascendis Health 11:52:57 2. Grant Usher (RSA) / Amy Beth McDougall (RSA) Valencia 12:23:01 3. Charles Mcfall (RSA) / Carmen Buchacher (RSA) Velocity Sports Lab 12:53:44 4. Katie Lennard (RSA) / Oliver Lennard (RSA) The Gear Change 13:22:11 5. Henning Blaauw (RSA)/Louise Ferreira (RSA) Globeflight 14:02:28 Solo Women 1. Jeannie Dreyer (RSA) 13:06:05 2. Dalene van der Leek (RSA) 14:10:45 3. Reinette Geldenhuis (RSA) 15:03:43 4. Collette Bastard (RSA) 16:00:00 5. Rentia Denissen (RSA) 17:02:34 For full results of all categories, visit www.tankwatrek.co.za
  20. The EAI Cycling pair took their fourth consecutive stage win on the 97km route from Nottingham Road to Glencairn Farm in the shadow of Sani Pass to extend their overall lead to more than 18 minutes. EAI Cycling’s Johann Rabie (left) and Gawie Combrinck all but sealed their victory on day six of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c near Underberg on Wednesday. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. Rabie and Combrinck cruised into the finish in a time of 4:17:47, just 38 seconds clear of The Gear Change’s David George and Justin Tuck, with Hanco Kachelhoffer and Pieter Seyffert of Altech Autopage Karan Beef third in 4:20:57. After the mountainous stage, which saw riders ascend Snow Top Mountain – the highest point on the nine-day route – the leaders retained their similarly lofty spot in the standings with an aggregate time of 24:47:34. Despite crashing heavily, Avis Van Rental’s Tyronne White and partner Andrew Hill still managed to place fourth on the stage in 4:22:37 to remain second in the general classification in 25:05:47. Kachelhoffer and Seyffert rounded out the overall podium in 25:06:53. Heavy mist dampened the start of the day’s racing from Clifton Preparatory School but after an enforced 10km neutral zone the four teams quickly broke away. They stayed together as they headed for the foothills of the southern Drakensberg until White crashed with 20km to go on the aptly named Face Plantation stretch. “We were coming down off the top of Winterhoek after the second waterpoint and as we reached the tribal land area Tyronne got on the wrong side of David when he swerved to avoid a rutted section and landed rather heavily,” said Hill. Their three rival teams initially sat up but then decided to make the most of White and Hill’s misfortunes as they headed up the last technical climb on the Red Bull Run. Rabie lifted the pace on the ascent to shake Kachelhoffer and Seyffert before the final two-team chase towards the finish. In the mixed category, overnight leaders Samantha Sanders and Justin Victor rode hard all day to catch yesterday’s stage winners Billy Stelling and Carmen Buchacher of Seattle Coffee with two kilometres to go. “We caught them in this last section but we worked pretty hard for it,” said Sanders. “They were way ahead of us but we closed the gap, rode their wheel, recovered, and then just put the hammer down.” The Valencia Cycling duo took the stage win in 5:01:06 for an overall time of 28:06:40, which translates into a lead of more than five minutes. Women’s race leaders Catherine Williamson and Yolande de Villiers of SasolRacing lost valuable time after the first waterpoint when Williamson suffered a sidewall puncture. But they recovered well to claim the stage win in 5:04:24 to remain safely ahead on 27:39:02. Men’s solo category leader Timothy Hammond also asserted his authority with another stage win in 4:25:32 (25:31:05). Paula Hardy finished second on the day in 5:51:13 to remain at the front of the women’s solo race (30:34:51). In the City Lodge masters and vets categories, the leading teams also remain unchanged after stage six. USN-Cycle Lab’s Chris Brand and Paul Furbank (4:46:25; 26:54:07) and HiddenHunger’s David de Lima and Sean Henderson (5:03:59; 27:55:01) were the respective winners on the day. The 79km seventh stage takes riders to Mackenzie Club near Ixopo. For the full results and all the highlights from the daily stages, delivered by Avis Van Rental, visit www.joberg2c.co.za. For updates, follow @joberg2c_journo or find the race on Facebook. RESULTS Stage 6 Men: 1. Johann Rabie & Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling) 4:17:47; 2. David George & Justin Tuck (The Gear Change) 4:18:25; 3. Pieter Seyffert & Hanco Kachelhoffer (Altech Autopage Karan Beef) 4:20:57 Women: 1. Catherine Williamson & Yolande de Villiers (SasolRacing) 5:04:24; 2. Sarah van Heerden & Cindy Theunissen (Old Mutual) 5:39:54; 3. Susan Zorzetto & Alice Leao (BRA Alegria) 6:03:48 Mixed: 1. Samantha Sanders & Justin Victor (Valencia Mixed) 5:01:06; 2. Carmen Buchacher & Billy Stelling (Seattle Coffee) 5:01:22; 3. Hayley Smith & Darryn Purtell (Bell Equipment) 5:14:40 Overall Men: 1. Johann Rabie & Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling) 24:47:34; 2. Andrew Hill & Tyronne White (Avis Van Rental) 25:05:47; 3. Pieter Seyffert & Hanco Kachelhoffer (Altech Autopage Karan Beef) 25:06:53 Women: 1. Catherine Williamson & Yolande de Villiers (SasolRacing) 27:39:02; 2. Sarah van Heerden & Cindy Theunissen (Old Mutual) 30:42:26; 3. Carla Plens & Graziela Takay (Mazi Capital) 34:31:50 Mixed: 1. Samantha Sanders & Justin Victor (Valencia Mixed) 28:06:40; 2. Carmen Buchacher & Billy Stelling (Seattle Coffee) 28:11:54; 3. Hayley Smith & Darryn Purtell (Bell Equipment) 29:25:31
  21. Nearly 4,000 riders competed in the first major sporting event of the 2016 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival this morning - the MTB events of the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour. Click here to view the article
  22. Cycling South Africa takes note of the sanction of 11 months period of ineligibility imposed by the UCI against Ms. Yolande de Villiers for the presence of the prohibited substances hydrochlorothiazide and amilorid (diuretic) found in three samples collected from the rider on 31 January, 28 February and 21 March 2015. Click here to view the article
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