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  1. Event Name: Wagon & Spear When: 23 September 2016 - 25 September 2016 Where: Verbara Lodge, Kwazulu-Natal Category: MTB This year Camelot Events brings you the inaugural event on the KZN North Coast- Wagon & Spear! This event will traverse some of the most diverse and beautiful scenery on the North Coast, with massive valleys filled with natural single track, breathtaking scenery and all the luxuries of a proper MTB stage race event. This July holiday, don't miss out on participating in KZN's hottest new stage race. Entries are limtied to 150 teams, so be sure not to delay. Go to Event PageWagon&Spear_EFlyer.pdf
  2. The Camelot Events team is proud to bring you the inaugural Wagon & Spear 3 Day MTB Satge Race on the KZN North Coast! (View our official race flyer attached) We have an entry limit of only 150 teams- 300 riders- so make sure you enter soon. Breathtaking scenery, natural cattle tracks and groomed flowing single track built especially for you! FB: https://www.facebook.com/wagonandspear/ Website: http://www.camelotevents.co.za/ Wagon&Spear_EFlyer.pdf
  3. South African Rourke Croeser and Swiss Ariane Kleinhans conquered strong competition and atrocious conditions to claim victories in the men and women’s races respectively at Round 5 of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series at Ballito on South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast at the weekend. Click here to view the article
  4. It was Croeser’s first Ultra-marathon victory and it came in his home province. It also came at a time when he was in need of a confidence boost, following a disappointing South African Cross-country championships where he finished fifth a week earlier, unable to defend the title he won in 2014. Croeser, who races for the Italian-based team, Full Dynamix, showed his intentions from the outset on the 105km course by charging off the start line straight into the lead. Three days of relentless rain had left conditions extremely wet and muddy, atrocious actually, even by mountain biking standards. But Croeser surged ahead regardless, forcing his rivals to weigh up whether to chase him hard early on or wait to see if he’d fade. A smiling Rourke Croeser after winning Ashburton Investments. But he never did fade. Instead, Croeser steadily built his lead to more than 10 minutes over his nearest rival when he crossed the finish line in a time of 4 hours 46 minutes 50 seconds. Swiss rider, Konny Looser (Wheeler), finished second in 4:57:42 with Darren Lill rounding out the podium in 4:59:52. They were the only riders to break five hours on a course what was considered ‘tame’ but clearly made more challenging by the wet weather. “I planned to go hard from the start. But I didn’t expect to be on my own!” smiled a satisfied Croeser afterwards. “I know that I can ride at 175 beats per minute heart rate for five hours, so that’s what I set out to do. I managed to keep my heart rate at that average for almost the whole race. Just the last five kays I started to struggle a bit, but I had a good lead so it worked out well in the end,” added Croeser. “Regarding the conditions, if you have a negative attitude towards them it doesn’t help. I enjoy it. I really like riding in the mud. That’s why I’m a mountain biker! Looser’s runner-up place ensured that he extended his lead in the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series. He hasn’t finished outside the top five in all five events this year, showing impressive consistency, but is yet to claim a victory. In the women’s race, Kleinhans and her RECM teammate, Cherise Stander, were the aggressors, setting a quick pace from the start that was only matched by South African champion, Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health). After the Queen of the Mountain prime at 20km, Kleinhans and Stander moved clear of De Groot and set about working together to build a lead on their rival. Ariane Kleinhans conquering the weather winning Ashburton Investments. But De Groot managed to reel the RECM pair back in after Stander crashed, disrupting their rhythm. They were able to drop De Groot again, but on a long climb around 15km from the finish, Stander wasn’t able to stay with Kleinhans and began to drop back. Kleinhans held onto her lead to cross the finish line in a time of 3:45:34 for the 75km race. De Groot caught and passed Stander to clock a time of 3:49:02 for the runner-up place, with Stander finishing in third in 3:53:40. This was the third victory for Kleinhans in the 2015 Series and she takes a narrow lead in the women’s Ashburton Investments National MTB Series standings over De Groot with two events remaining. The best four results from the seven event-series will count towards the final rankings. “There aren’t any big mountains here, but there was really bad weather. That made the race tough. It was wet and windy and we really had to work hard,” explained Kleinhans. 2015 Ashburton Investments National Marathon Series Round 5, Ballito, Sunday 26 January 2015 Leading results Elite men – 105km Ultra-marathon: 1 Rourke Croeser (RSA) Full Dynamix 4:46:50 2 Konny Looser (SUI) Wheeler 4:57:42 3 Darren Lill (RSA) 4:59:52 4 Max Knox (RSA) Biogen-Volcan 5:04:00 5 Nico Bell (RSA) RECM 5:05:50 6 Adriaan Louw (RSA) Contego Swift 5:10:51 7 Hendrik Kruger (RSA) Abantu 5:11:09 8 Erik Kleinhans (RSA) 5:14:05 9 Dave Lees (RSA) 5:16:37 10 Matthew Beers (RSA) Red-E 5:17:52 Elite women – 75km marathon: 1 Ariane Kleinhans (SUI) RECM 3:45:34 2 Robyn de Groot (RSA) Ascendis Health 3:49:02 3 Cherise Stander (RSA) RECM 3:53:40 4 Candice Neethling (RSA) Freewheel Cycology/Pam Golding 3:54:41 5 Vera Adrian (NAM) BestMed ASG 3:59:56 6 Amy McDougall (RSA) 4:03:37 7 Vanessa Bell (RSA) 4:22:57 8 Nicola Giliomee (RSA) 5:01:04 9 Michelle Beetge (RSA) 5:05:06 10 Heila Meintjes (RSA) 5:10:11
  5. The prestigious Ashburton Investments National MTB Series heads to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province this weekend for what could be the most decisive round in the seven-event series. Click here to view the article
  6. The event, which takes place at Hero Adventure at Sugar Rush incorporating Holla Trails, Ballito, is Round 5 of the Series, a crucial round in terms of the overall final series standings. Riders get ranked on their best five results in the Series and some of those that have missed a round will be able climb up the rankings with a strong result this weekend. Seven of the current top 10 men have confirmed that they’ll be on the start line, including Series leader, Switzerland’s Konny Looser (Meerendal Wheeler). Looser has a second, a third, a fourth and a fifth so far in the first four rounds and will be eager to grab that elusive win. But he’ll be up against strong opposition. South African marathon champion, Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling), Guylin van den Berg (IXU Sport), Waylon Woolcock, Nico Bell (RECM), Pierre Smith, Matthew Beers and Erik Kleinhans (RECM) are all in the current top 10 rankings of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series and will be joined by the likes of Darren Lill, currently 12th and the KwaZulu-Natal trio of Travis Walker (Full Dynamix), Andrew Hill (TIB Insurance) and Tyronne White (Thule), for what promises to be an engaging tussle. Bell, the 2013 and 2014 National MTB Series champion, showed he’s probably the man with the best form currently following his second place finish at last weekend’s BestMed Jock Tour, a demanding three-stage road race in Mpumalanga. But Walker’s bronze medal at the South African XCO Championships in Stellenbosch last weekend will have not gone unnoticed. His big challenge will be the endurance. By Ashburton Investments National MTB Series standards, the course is on the ‘tame’ side. The men will tackle 105km with 2100 metres of vertical ascent. This will produce a faster race, but will still be a substantial challenge for the riders. The climbs on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast aren’t long, but they’re steep and prolific and the high volume of mountain-bike specific singletrack at Holla Trails is sure to demand 100% focus from the riders, especially in the latter stages of the race. The women’s event will be raced over 70km with 1200 metres of accumulated ascent. The field is a strong one, headed up by multiple ABSA Cape Epic winner, Ariane Kleinhans (RECM), South African champion, Robyn de Groot (Ascendis Health), former South African champion, Cherise Stander (RECM), Namibian champion, Vera Adrian and 2012 Olympian, Candice Neethling (Freewheel Cycology/Pam Golding). Neethling currently leads the 2015 Series and showed good form to win the Nissan TrailSeeker Series marathon in Grabouw recently. But Stander and Kleinhans, both returning from Europe, cannot be underestimated. With Stander only having done two rounds of the series and Kleinhans three, they’ll be eager to claw their way up the rankings, especially Kleinhans, who is the Series defending champion and recent runner-up at the Swiss marathon championships. De Groot comes into the race with good form, as was seen by her dominant win at the Nissan TrailSeeker Lionman marathon less than a fortnight ago. She won the 2012 National MTB Series and is eager to regain that coveted title. The winter rain in the region over the past few days has helped break a long dry spell that’s led to the implementation of water restrictions. It’s likely to result in trail conditions ranging from firm to damp to muddy, all of which will add to the challenge. In addition to the Ultra-marathon and the marathon, there’s a 40km half-marathon, which is expected to draw a large entry.
  7. It was awesome seeing so many 'GP' cars in the Holla car park during the last month or so. It was even better listening, and talking to, you guys raving about the trails, over a craft beer after your rides. Hope to see you all back here soon......even if you guys did carve some new lines on some of the single track, and berm gardens ;-)
  8. So finally I am on leave for a glorious week and heading down to Ballito with the family. We'll do a day or two at Giba no doubt ... but can't spend 2hrs every day driving back and forth when I'm *supposed* to be on a family holiday. Any cool trails closer by? Any areas to avoid? Thx cool cats
  9. Hi guys, spotted this bike at Ballito Junction last night. Guy claims he bought it. Seemed like a decent enough chap, so could be true. Was a bit suspicious as he was in overalls, and his 'briefcase' was a plastic bag. Said he had a cool bike & asked if I could take a photo. All I could really see in the dark was that it was a Diamondback.........
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