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  1. Hi Hubbers! CALLING ALL LADY RIDERS!! My husband recruited me into the wonderful world of mountain biking pretty recently - Although I love hiking, Mountain Biking takes being in nature to a whole new level with a competitive edge. Im a beginner - still waiting to upgrade from my entry level Giant Revel. I would really love to set up a social biking group for women who want to ride together and meet new friends while enjoying the awesome trails in Cape Town and surrounds. Is there anyone out there that would be interested? - no fees, just fun! Guys - Tell your ladies to join the Forum! - its a bit of a sausage fest out here.
  2. Hello everyone I am curious to see what the ladies are riding. Please post a pic of your bike (if you're a lady Hubber) or wife/ girlfriend's bike. Here is my steed. Entry level, but hoping to upgrade to something awesome later this year.
  3. Around about June last year (2016) I was wondering around Cash Converters and came across this very sad looking ladies Peugeot. I thought it would make a great restoration project but they wanted waaaay too much for it. Then in November I was again wandering around the same Cash Converters and spotted her, now even sadder and hiding under some wet suits and dumbells. She was so tired of being neglected she had to seek the comfort of the neoprene and the security of the heavy weights. and someone had taken away her front wheel I needed to rescue this old lady and give her a well deserved and precious retirement. Pics from when I brought her home. Gave her a wheel from one of my other road bike so she can at least stand up straight. http://krunkrace.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IMG_20170101_155240.jpg http://krunkrace.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IMG_20170101_155305.jpg Was loving the details that were still alive from her younger days http://krunkrace.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/stickers.jpg Because these decals are so precious and fragile I decided to preserve them and the paint rather than repaint. So after much cleaning and careful sanding I covered her in 3 coats of clear gloss paint. This preserves the color and decals and keeps her looks. The front fork had Chrome calf height socks but the chrome was very pitted and couldn't be saved without rechroming. So I gave her thigh high white socks. http://krunkrace.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/forks.jpg Looking fantastic after the cleaning and gloss coats http://krunkrace.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IMG_20170106_082117.jpg http://krunkrace.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IMG_20170106_082318.jpg Next were the brakes. These are very special. They seem to be a hybrid between caliper and cantilever. They got stripped, cleaned and polished. Added some modern brake pads to help her stop better. http://krunkrace.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IMG_20170106_233101.jpg http://krunkrace.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/IMG_20170106_233126.jpg The front derailleur was cracked and could not be saved. I cleaned and polished the chain rings and brought the inner one to the outside. http://krunkrace.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/crank.jpg to be continued....
  4. Forming part of the greater Tygerberg MTB trail network, this loop probably won't keep you busy all day, or even half a day, but what it lacks in distance, it more than makes up for on the fun scale. Likewise on the scenery scale, with luminous green rolling hills in every direction, and on a sunny day as we experienced it, blue skies and puffy clouds. Celebrating women's month, this episode sees the first all ladies edition of Trail Daze, featuring three of Cape Town's (well one of them is imported from Switzerland, and the other from KZN) finest trail riders in the form of Joanna Dobinson, Rika Olivier and Simone Futter. A quick pedal out from the parking area and you're surrounded by views stretching all the way to Table Mountain. Hoogekraal remains a commercially active farm, so expect to encounter some curious locals during your ride. These guys have notoriously bad eye-sight, so don't be alarmed when they get startled and start running as soon as you get close. Some high speed A-frames to indicate the start of the single track. The Hoogekraal loop consists of pretty much 99% pristine, single track, all courtesy of master trail builder, Bennet Nel. Trailside banter. A late afternoon winter ride at Hoogekraal is special – green landscape, tacky dirt and, if you’re lucky like we were, that winter kind of sunshine. Perfect golden afternoon fun. Rika Olivier Simone sending the jump line. This section was added more recently and features a high speed, flow trail with a few big jumps and a drop with an alternative chicken line. Blue skies, green grass and some puffy white clouds along with a super fun trail = good times. Ascending the switchbacks towards the top of Hoogekraal. In stark contrast to the extremely dried out and dusty summertime conditions, this region transforms into a lush and colourful landscape during winter. Tiny riders in a sea of green. Muddy trails... something we haven't seen much of in the Western Cape for a very long time. Dropping into the Cobra. A fast paced descent, filled with boulders, a few shaley sections and a lot of fun. I like Hoogekraal for its rocks, jumps and flow. Though it's a short trail, there is a lot to play with and the many switchbacks make it a great workout. We scored a great day after heavy rains and were rewarded with super tacky trails. Bombing down the last flowy section left me smiling silly, long after arriving back at the car. Simone Futter With the Cobra taking you all the way back down the hill, there's a punchy climb back up to the top of the trail. From the top of Hoogekraal, you get panoramic views of pretty much the whole peninsula - from Table Mountain, all the way to Stellenbosch. Hoogekraal is a trail riders treat! Perfectly groomed swooping berms, big drops, fun table tops and rocks made for a perfect balance of speed, exhilaration and heart pumping action! The fact that I got to ride it with two ladies who inspire me with their riding style and immense skill, made it an afternoon that will never be forgotten! #BigBikes&Baggies Joanna Dobinson Swooping back down towards the parking area on perfectly tacky trails as the last rays of the days start to fade away. Cheers to all the female mountain bikers out there, having fun and shredding trails 'till the sun sets. GPS: 33°47'01.2"S 18°34'53.4"E Permit: R40 (part of greater Tygerberg MTB trail network) All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie This project is made possible by: Riders : Joanna Dobinson | Rika Olivier | Simone Futter Stay tuned to Bike Hub for more Trail Daze coming soon...
  5. I found out recently I am pregnant and really don't want to quit now and get completely unfit and have to start at square 1 in 8 months or so... My doctor said it is fine to keep going 'moderately', no more than 70% of my max. heart rate. That would mean strolling at 140bpm, and since it doesn't take much effort to get there, it feels rather on the 'easy' side than to the moderate side. I am planning to get at least an hour a day in outside on the MTB (only on the tar road and easy gravel, nothing dangerous), and once I get too top-heavy to continue on my indoor trainer. Are there any lady hubbers who kept on cycling right through their pregnancy? At what intensity did you keep cycling? How did it work out for you?
  6. Hi, My girlfriend started riding last year and is really enjoying the riding but unfortunately we only get to ride on average twice a month. I am the culprit here as I am working and finishing up my MBA studies so I have limited time to ride with her. Does anyone perhaps know of beginner friendly rides or ladies groups in Pretoria East that she might be able to join on weekdays/weekends or whenever possible. Perhaps any leads on beginners skills development sessions or clinics would also be appreciated. She loves riding the green route at Big Red Barn as its nice and flat, we do around 20km at 15km/h average when we ride the barn. She has done several other routes in Pretoria and surrounds with me. Any help would be most appreciated. Kind Regards, Ewald
  7. Good day! I am a total beginner mountain bike rider, and I was wondering if there is any other beginner MTB ladies who would be interested in riding with me? I also want some advice on routes to do around Pretoria? I am located in Monument Park. Thank you in advance!
  8. Sally Bigham of Great Britain will arrive in Pietermaritzburg for the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships with her eye firmly set on collecting her maiden Rainbow Striped World Champions jersey when the event gets underway from 27-29 June. Image credit: Andy Upton/Gameplan Media With four ABSA Cape Epic finishes, another ‘DNF’ and half a dozen other trips to South Africa under her belt, the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team star is relishing the opportunity to return to sunny South Africa in a little over five weeks’ time to take on the best off-road endurance cyclists the world has to offer. Having finished second in March’s gruelling eight day long Cape Epic and then notching up her fifth national title just a few days ago, Bigham comes into the clash in formidable form and has one clear goal for this year’s World Champs. “The World Championships is the biggest race a marathon rider can win. It's the most important and to win it this year in South Africa would be a dream come true!” explained Bigham. “The European and World Marathon Championships are two pretty big season goals for me this year and I'm exactly where I want to be in terms of my form at the moment. “My winter training was perfect and then I haven't had any big disruptions to my training since coming back after the off season in November. “With British Nationals now behind me I have some smaller races in the UK coming up in the next couple of weeks. Then it’s the European Marathon Championships in the middle of June and so in another 4 weeks or so I aim to be in top shape – it's important not to peak too soon!” she added. Bigham missed out on the coveted title in 2013 by the narrowest of margins when she was pipped to the post by mountain biking legend Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa. 2014 presents a fresh opportunity for Bigham to challenge for top honours however the Topeak-Ergon ace is uncertain of exactly where her greatest threat will come from. “I haven't seen an entry list yet but I expect Esther Suss and Annika Langvad will be hard to beat again this year. I also think that Ariane (Kleinhans) could be in the mix this year!” Despite set to compete at this year’s World Champs in the colours of her native Switzerland, Kleinhans’ strong South African ties – due to wedding bells having rung for her and Team RECM flyer Erik Kleinhans three years ago and the pair now residing in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape – should give the host nation’s adopted sweetheart a good foundation ahead of this year’s global clash in PMB. With home ground advantage in their favour, Bigham also believes Kleinhans’ regular rivals from the local South African racing scene may well feature this time around too. “Marathon and stage racing is big worldwide, especially in South Africa, because it's accessible to so many people. It's really nice to see so many people, ranging from fully professional to amateur, racing together – something you don't get in cross country - and it creates a great atmosphere. “I certainly hope this marathon and stage racing culture within South African cycling circles will see some of the South African ladies be competitive at this year’s Worlds!” “I love South Africa! It's such a beautiful country with friendly people, amazing MTB and great food!” exclaimed Bigham. “The café-and-cake culture is pretty good too!” she chuckled. The UCI MTB Marathon World Championships takes place at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg on 29 June 2014. More information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za
  9. British national marathon champ Sally Bigham believes she is on the perfect training and preparation track ahead of this year’s UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg and is eager to get her hands on her maiden rainbow striped jersey and world champion title this June. Click here to view the article
  10. Lynette Burger, winner of the 2012 and 2013 aQuellé Tour Durban women's titles, will be a spectator at the event this year as she is expecting her first child in three week’s time. Image credit: Dave Macleod/Gameplan Media "I am taking a step back from everything so you won't see my name on the start list this year," said Burger, who captained the successful Momentum Toyota that recently disbanded. "I did "re-tire" at the end of last year to start a family so that is my focus for now," she added. "I hope to be back in a couple of years." Burger's absence and the disbanding of the Momentum Toyota team that dominated the race last year, claiming three of the top four placings with Leandri du Toit and Anri Coetzee, has left the door wide open in the women's race. Last year's second placed Marissa Stander, who raced in Bestmed colours is also absent, along with the consistent Cashandra Slingerland. Last year's sprint hotspot winner Heidi Dalton is back for another crack at the women's race, and with her recognised strengths as a climber, she may well play her hand on the climb up to Pinetown midway through the race. The strongest challenge for the 2014 women's honours looks set to come from the locally based Time Freight VELOLife team, skippered by Lise Olivier, who, with only one failed attempt at the aQuellé Tour Durban to her credit, may well find herself being set up for the end sprint for the women's title. While she is happy with her role as the mentor of the squad and the senior pro in Johann Wykerd's new team, she is also fully aware that any one of the other youngsters might find themselves in a better position to challenge once the race turns back towards the finish at the Moses Mabhida stadium. "We are all competitive and we would love to win this race," says Olivier. "It looks like we will start with a team of six for the race, and it is hard to say at this stage who we will try and set up for the win. "Everyone is committed to the team cause, and what I like about the positive vibe is that the younger riders will ask if they can attack and not feel the pressure of expectations," she added. "It is exciting that we have quite a few cards that we can play in the race." In all likelihood Olivier will lead a team made up of Annemie Kruger, Hazel Magill, Ashleigh Moffatt, Frankie du Toit, Alexandra Mapstone, and Carla van Huyssteen. Annemie Kruger (left) and Lise Olivier (right) of the new KZN based Time Freight VELOlife team will look to take control of ther women's race at the 2014 aQuellé Tour Durban which starts at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 28 April. Image credit: Cyclenation/Gameplan Media By the close of normal entries 341 women's had entered the 105km road race, and a steady stream of late entries was being processed at the race office. The aQuellé Tour Durban road races takes place on Monday 28 April 2014. More information can be found at www.tourdurban.co.za
  11. There will be a new name engraved on the women's trophy for the 105km aQuellé Tour Durban road race on Monday 28 April, as double champion Lynette Burger will be watching from the sidelines, expecting her first child in three week’s time. Click here to view the article
  12. Swiss star Jolanda Neff claimed her maiden elite Cross Country World Cup win at the same Cascades MTB Park where she won her Under 23 World Championship title last year, as she held off the experienced Gunn-Rita Dahle and team mate Maja Wloszczowska in harsh conditions on Sunday afternoon. Click here to view the article
  13. Liv Pro XC Team rider Jolanda Neff celebrates her win at the 2014 UCI World Cup Image Credit: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Having made the leap from age group racing to the elite section the Liv Pro XC Team rider never looked under pressure after she went into the lead early on in the first lap. Having gained the lead she never relinquished it – even after a crash during her second of four laps. “I had a crash on the second lap after I had a lead of over a minute and when I crashed I lost a lot of time and hurt myself and my saddle was out of place so I had to get off and fix it,” a relieved Neff said. “It is not the best thing that can happen but I was happy that I could find the rhythm again in the next lap and keep the lead until the finish line.” Making the step up to the elite level has not been difficult for the 21 year old who now boasts a record of two wins from two outings in Pietermaritzburg. She was elated to have held off the challenge from the other riders and felt that she had the ability to win but needed to execute well – which she did. “It is such an amazing feeling; I knew that I was in good shape after I had a really good winter where I could do a lot of good training so I knew my shape was good and it is always really special when you can put it together when it counts and it is amazing that I could do it today. “I like the course here, I was here last year for the first time and I immediately loved the track and I really feel at home here. The new sections are really fun to ride and I have started to really love racing here,” an ecstatic Neff added. Jolanda Neff in action Image Credit: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Eight World Championship titles as well as the second most wins in Women’s cross country World Cup history, experience was on the side of Multivan Merida Biking Team rider Gunn-Rita Dhale Flesjaa and she used every ounce of street wisdom to make her way through the field to end in second place having started in 10th. “I had a lot of fun out there, it is extremely hard but we have worked a lot on the technical skills and the sport has changed a lot in the last five, six years and I think I proved to everyone else and especially myself that I can still be up there fighting. “The courses are not going to stop changing and I am just really happy with what I did out there today,” a satisfied Dahle said. Having been on the second row at the start of the race the chance of getting caught up in other riders and that is what happened to the 41 year old off the start line after she was in an altercation with the rider in front of her. “I was a little bit unlucky at the start, I was on the second line at the start and Alexandra was in front of me and her foot slipped somehow on the peddle and then my bars went into her saddle which meant that I had a really bad start. “I was just repeating to myself that in the last few days I have been telling myself that if something happens that I must not panic and stress because that is the most stupid thing you can do on a course like this so I tried to just keep calm and focus on what I am good at and it turned out well and I am really happy about that,” she concluded joyfully. South African hopeful and Orange Monkey Pro Team rider Mariske Strauss produced a dream ride in her maiden women's elite race after she ended in 19th place overall and that followed a crash along the course from the Western Cape resident. South Africa's major hopeful in the women's elite Cross Country event, Mariske Strauss Image Credit: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media SUMMARY OF RESULTS - 2014 UCI MTB WORLD CUP PIETERMARITZBURG, PRESENTED BY SHIMANO Cross Country Elite Women 1. Jolanda Neff (Liv Pro XC Team) 1:38.00 2. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida Biking Team) 1:38.25 3. Maja Wloszczowska (Liv Pro XC Team) 1:39.00 4. Annika Langvad (Specialized Racing XC) 1:39.37 5. Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Team) 1:39.55 6. Sabine Spitz (Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro Team) 1:40.04 7. Irina Kalentieva 1:40.08 8. Julie Bresset (BH-Suntour-KMC) 1:40.48 9. Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) 1:41.05 10. Tereza Hurikova (Specialized Racing Team) 1:41.27
  14. Madison Saracen Factory Team star Manon Carpenter produced the run of the day as she powered her way to her first ever World Cup win in the women’s Downhill at the first UCI MTB World Cup, presented by Shimano, ahead of fellow Brit and current World Champion, Rachel Atherton at the Cascades MTB Park on Saturday, ending a week of total domination of the women’s downhill competition. Click here to view the article
  15. Having been the strongest rider throughout the qualifying Madison Saracen Factory Team youngster Manon Carpenter was fully deserving for her 2014 UCI MTB World Cup, presented by Shimano, win at the Cascades MTB Park on a hot Saturday afternoon. Image credit: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media With a major challenger in Emmeline Ragot picking up a puncture during her run, effectively ruling her out of contention, it was always going to be a race between the two British riders and it was the young Welshwoman that was too fast for Atherton – who was battling with illness all week. “I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season because I was really stressed coming into this race so I am just really glad that I managed to pull it off today,” an elated Carpenter said. “I was feeling good after practice yesterday and then it got really loose at the top and bits were getting blown out so I was nervous and I had a few moments so I said that I didn’t want to do that in my race run but I’m just glad I got a smooth run in.” Having missed out on a chance at the World Championships at the same venue last year following an unfortunate crash Carpenter was determined to make up for that when she returned this week and she produced the performance of the weekend to claim the series leader’s jersey by four seconds. “I really like this track, I crashed at the World Champs last year which I was gutted about because I thought that I had a chance so I was looking forward to coming back here and it is nice that it is the first race and a nice one to start on so I feel good for the rest of the season!” the Swansea resident added positively. It was a tough week for GT Factory Racing Team rider and current UCI MTB Downhill World Champion Rachel Atherton who had been battling flu the whole week but still managed to ride her way to a solid second place finish at the first leg of the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup, presented by Shimano, at the Cascades MTB Park on Saturday. Image credit: Darren Goddard/Gameplan Media Having been on a drip a day before qualifying, GT Factory Racing’s Rachel Atherton bit the bullet and rode to a determined second in the women’s downhill final after she was a doubtful starter earlier in the week.“I was pretty sure that I wasn’t going to be able to race this weekend, the doctor here was amazing and he really sorted me out,” a satisfied Atherton explained. “It has been a tough fight and a long weekend but I am absolutely stoked that I could come away with second place it is beyond what I imagined I could do and it completely blew my mind!” Atherton proved her pedigree after she battled the flu during the week and only having one day of training again proved that she is a deserved World Champion after having to rely a lot on her memory of the course from the only other time she had ridden it seven months ago. “Having missed that first day of practice and then going into the qualifying yesterday just thinking that I have to ride the track that I know what I am doing and just kind of pretend a little bit and I remembered the course so well from World Champs last year so I just went out there and just had to do what I had to do!” she concluded proudly. SUMMARY OF RESULTS – 2014 UCI MTB WORLD CUP PIETERMARITZBURG, PRESENTED BY SHIMANO DOWNHILL FINAL Elite women 1. Manon Carpenter (Madison Saracen Factory Team) 4:34.923 2. Rachel Atherton (GT Factory Racing) 4:38.831 3. Jill Kintner 4:44.041 4. Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Riding Addiction) 4:44.651 5. Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic) 4:44.662 6. Tracey Hannah (Hutchinson UR) 4:48.045 7. Tahnee Seagrave (FMD Racing) 4:52.285 8. Morgane Charre (Evil Vengeance Tour) 4:52.400 9. Emilie Siegenthaler (GSTAAD-Scott) 4:58.117 10. Fionn Griffiths 5:00.973 More information can be found at www.mtbworldcupsa.co.za
  16. Using the right saddle can make the difference between a comfortable ride and an intolerable one. Arran Brown from Cycle Fit gives a few pointers on saddle choice, setup, and where you could go wrong. It is worth noting that this is only a general overview and it is recommended to seek professional assistance for a proper fitting. Saddle discomfortThe most common cause of saddle discomfort is a poor saddle. Some saddles are too hard and some are too soft. A saddle that is too thick and soft will make you sink down from the weight of your sit bones and cause the middle of the saddle to push up and place more pressure on your soft tissue.A firmer saddle is usually better, especially for longer rides. A proper woman’s saddle should have good padding for the sit bones and a cutout or groove in front to provide relief from pressure on the perineum and to improve blood flow. It’s important for the cutout or groove to extend far enough forward to remove. A women-specific saddle is essential for most women. Saddle tiltA saddle tilt that is too nose up will put additional pressure on the front soft tissues. This also usually causes a hunched posture on the bike. A saddle that is too nose down will cause you to slide forward on the saddle and make you sit on the wrong part of the saddle. The sit bones will no longer provide adequate support and more weight will be placed on the hands, causing numbness and hand pain. The saddle should either be perfectly level or slightly nose down by a few degrees. On a time trial bike, the saddle should be more nose down as the pelvis is rotated more forward at the front of the bike. A seat post with adjustable angles allows you to find that ideal tilt. Many posts have saddle clamps with scores that often leave you with the choice of being either too nose up or too nose down. Saddle heightA saddle that is too high will take your weight off the pedals and place more weight on the saddle. It will also cause your hips to rock, causing side-to-side movement and chafing. The perfect saddle height is measured using specific tools. We set the right and left leg at 150 degrees. Saddle vs Handlebar heightA more aggressive position at the front will put more weight on the hands and the perineum. The difference in height between the seat and the handlebars is calculated by assessing the riders’ flexibility in the hamstring and lower back. Flexible rider = more aggressive (lower at the front). Inflexibly rider = less aggressive (higher at the front). Specific ratios are used to finally set this height difference for each rider. Handlebar reachHaving to stretch too far out at the front reduces support from your arms and places more of your weight on the front of the saddle. Measuring the upper body angle sets the rider’s reach. The 90-degree angle is measured differently during a road setup, MTB setup and TT setup. A rider will complain of lower back, neck and shoulder pain if the reach is set too far. If the reach is too close then riders usually complain of wrist pain.It is important to have your bike setup done by a professional, as they will provide you with accurate advice on which saddle suits you best and why. Words: Arran Brown - Cycle Fit Image credit: Zoon Cronje
  17. Mariske Strauss (Orange Monkey Pro Team) and Bianca Haw (BMC-SA) excelled in their races at the opening round of the Southern African MTB Cup Series, which took place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, today. Click here to view the article
  18. After a week of rain and dismal conditions, riders were greeted with very hot and humid weather. Mariske Strauss (Orange Monkey Pro Team) Strauss led the Elite women’s race from the get-go, winning the 4 laps of the 4.8km course in a time of 01:24:32. Hayley Smith (Bell) finished second, in 01:32:16 with Kim Westbrook claiming third place in 01:38:29. VeloLife’s Ashleigh Moffatt suffered two technicals when she punctured, and had to run across the finish line after the plug popped out of her tyre on the rock garden.Crossing between long distance training for the Absa Cape Epic and short course training for the cross-country (XCO) races Strauss’ year has been a busy one already, not to mention her Varsity studies. “Everything has been going smoothly,” said Strauss. “Thanks to Jeroen (Swart) and Science 2 Sport, we’re getting the balance right and all the data is looking good. It’s definitely a bit of a change training for ’Epic and trying to fit everything in. At the moment I’m feeling good but the season is long and I am taking it one race at a time. Cascades is always technical, but it’s an awesome course. It was good training for next month’s World Cup.” Bianca Haw (BMC-SA) Haw, the current National Junior Road Race Champion, displayed her true cycling talent in the Junior women’s race. “It was very hot. I started off fast and it got really hard on the second and third laps. I did all the technical stuff, which was nice. I’m in my first year at university now, so it’s been quite nice because I have a lot more time, and I’ve been riding a lot more than normal.”The Pro-Elite Men’s XCO race is currently underway (started at 14:00) and can be followed by LIVE streaming at www.streamit360.tv. Summary of results: SA XCO Cup #1 (Cascades) 15 March 2014 Elite Women – 4 laps 1 Mariske Strauss 01:24:32 2 Hayley Smith 01:32:16 3 Kim Westbrook 01:38:29 4 Ashleigh Moffatt 01:24:56 (3 laps) Junior Women – 3 laps 1 Bianca Haw 01:05:22 2 Frances du Toit 01:09:21 3 Genevieve van Coller 01:14:34 4 Kimberley le Court 01:17:47 5 Amy Williams 01:19:33 Youth Women – 2 laps 1 Saffron Vosloo 00:54:42 2 Sabrina van Wyk 01:01:18
  19. Two teams - each with a Swiss connection - are emerging as the favourites for what promises to be a hotly-contested women’s category at the 2014 Absa Cape Epic. Click here to view the article
  20. Image credit: Karin Schermbrucker/Cape Epic/ SPORTZPICS Will Swiss national but Stellenbosch resident Ariane Kleinhans or her countrywoman Esther Süss stand on top of the podium at Lourensford wine estate, Somerset West, on March 30 after 718km of racing through the Western Cape? Or could the vagaries of eight days of challenging riding - mechanical problems, injuries or illness being the most common - undermine the favourites and hand the win to one of the lesser-fancied teams? An added incentive this year is the biggest pot of prize money ever put up for a women’s race - R690 000, matching that of the elite men’s riders. Kleinhans has won the mixed category of the race for the past two years with her husband Erik, the South African professional. This year though she will be joined by Denmark’s Annika Langvad as Team RECM 2 in the women’s division. Langvad has won the world marathon championship twice and, together with Kleinhans, comfortably took first place in their category in the Cape Pioneer Trek in October of last year. “She was a machine. She’s a complete rider - a good climber and very good technically, ” said Kleinhans, adding that “we definitely want to win it”. Much-decorated veteran Süss is also eyeing the win and will be reunited with Briton Sally Bigham in Team Meerendal 3. The pair won the category in the 2012 Cape Epic and each has tasted success in the race before: Süss twice winning the mixed category and Bigham the women’s category in 2011 with Karien van Jaarsveld. Image credit: Sam Clark/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS Süss knows too well though that success or failure in the Cape Epic can be influenced by events beyond a riders’ control: illness, for example, ended her efforts to win the 2013 race with Jane Nuessli. “I hope we will have more luck,” says Süss. But both top teams have prepared well and are confident they will be in good form when the race kicks off on March 20 with a 23km prologue at Meerendal wine estate. Should they falter, word from their fellow professionals is that Team Meerendal Wheeler 18’s Milena Landtwing (Swiss too) and Hielke Elferink (Netherlands) are riding strongly as the Epic approaches. They will be spurred on by Team Meerendal Wheeler 7’s Sara Mertens (Belgium) and Laura Turpijn (Netherlands). South Africans who will be near the front of the field include Yolande de Villiers and Ischen Stopforth (Team SasolRacing) and Hanlie Booyens and Mariska Strauss (Team Pragma Orange Monkey).
  21. Robyn de Groot (Biogen Toyota) and Lourens Luus (RE:CM) celebrate their respective overall women and men's category wins at the MTN Dullstroom on Saturday. Photo credit: ZOON CRONJE/NIKON De Groot was involved in a two-rider battle for supremacy with current Swiss marathon champion, Ariane Kleinhans (Team RE:CM) for the first half of the race, but their duel ended abruptly when Kleinhans sustained a torn tyre sidewall and lost more than 30 minutes. De Groot, who was less than half a minute behind at the time of Kleinhans’ misfortune, offered to assist the Swiss, who told her to continue. De Groot then charged on alone through the muddy conditions to claim the victory. Second went to Jeannie Dreyer (USN) with Samantha Saunders (Valencia) rounding out the first three places. Kleinhans limped home in sixth. The 31-year-old London road race Olympian has made her presence felt on the women’s mountain biking scene after making the switch from the tar last year. Besides winning the 2013 national marathon title, De Groot also won the overall title in the 2013 MTN National Marathon Series. “It was a nice way to start off this year’s MTN Series with a win. It’s a pity Ariane had a problem with her tyre as I felt we were really having a solid battle, which would have been great to continue until the end,” said De Groot. The pair moved clear of the other women on the first major climb at around 25km into the 77km race. They then rode together until the first water point at 34km whereafter Kleinhans managed to edge clear of De Groot on the subsequent descent. “I found the climbs easier than I’d expected today. But the mud made the going tough. Ariane got away from me on that descent because I really did struggle a bit to negotiate the mud. I just don’t have the same experience as she does,” explained De Groot. “I could see her ahead of me and she was probably half a minute ahead when I noticed her stop and examine her tyre. I offered to help her, but she said it looked bad and might take a while and that I should continue, which I did,” added De Groot. The Johannesburg-based biokenicist then claimed the Queen of the Mountain title at 57km and continued to set a steady tempo to the finish. “I expected Arian to have repaired her tyre a lot quicker and to be chasing me. I wasn’t getting any information about the riders behind me so I really had to keep my pace consistent and avoid any mechanicals or crashes. In the end it all worked out well for me,” smiled De Groot. After struggling to find sponsors in 2013, De Groot began 2014 with full support with Biogen and Toyota her main backers and Cycle Lab, Trek bikes, Craft clothing and Nike eyewear her support sponsors. “It’s said so often, but it’s so important to thank one’s sponsors. Today’s race was my first race with all my new gear and if it wasn’t for those companies putting their trust in me, I wouldn’t even be on a bike this year,” said De Groot.
  22. Photo Credit: Raymond Cox Moolman-Pasio, who represents Momentum Toyota Cycling Team in South Africa and races for the Lotto Belisol Ladies team whilst in Europe, added the continental title to her list of accolades this year in the 93km 63km race. The finish was close with Moolman-Pasio, Vera Adrian from Namibia (silver), and Wehazit Kidane from Eritrea (bronze) all recording the same finish time of 1 hour 53 minutes 24 seconds. An-Li Kachelhoffer finished in fourth place, missing the podium by 33 seconds. Junior cyclist Gerber crossed the finish line in first place ahead of Ebtesam Zayed Ahmed (Egypt) and teammate Mikayla Oliver, who claimed a bronze medal, in a time of 56 minutes and 21 seconds. The junior women raced 63km 31km and compatriots Heidi Dalton and Andri Coetzee finished in 4th and 7th places respectively, recording the same finish time as Gerber. In the Junior Men’s race, Ivan Venter, who races in the Nuwater team at home, claimed a bronze medal in the 93km 63km race, also recording the same finish time as the race winner. Moroccan Abderrahim Zahiri took the Championship title in 01:33:03, with Abderrahmane Mansouri (Algeria) in second place. Venter’s compatriots Morne van Niekerk finished within the same time in 6th place, with Nickolas Dlamini finishing 10th, 3 seconds off the pace. Jandrich Kotze finished in 17th place. The Elite/U23 men’s road race takes place tomorrow. Summary of Results – Wednesday 4 December 2013 Women – Elite 1 Ashleigh MOOLMAN (RSA) 1:53:24 2 Vera ADRIAN (NAM) +0 3 Wehazit KIDANE (ERI) +0 4 An-Li PRETORIUS (RSA) +33 Women – Junior 1 Monique GERBER (RSA) 56:21 2 Ebtesam ZAYED AHMED (EGY) +0 3 Mikayla OLIVIER (RSA) +0 4 Heidi DALTON (RSA) +0 7 Andri COETZEE (RSA) +0 Men – Junior 1 Abderrahim ZAHIRI (MAR) 1:33:03 2 Abderrahmane MANSOURI (ALG) +0 3 Ivan VENTER (RSA) +0 6 Morne VAN NIEKERK (RSA) +0 10 Nickolas DLAMINI (RSA) +3 17 Jandrich KOTZE (RSA) +4:10 Click here to view all results * Update (5 December 2013): Distances corrected
  23. Olympian Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and junior cyclist Monique Gerber were crowned African Continental Champions in the elite and junior women's road races in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, today. Click here to view the article
  24. Mountain biking is the fastest growing sport in South Africa and one of the fastest growing in the world, with exponential growth specifically in the woman’s market. Ladies want to get a piece of the action too! Click here to view the article
  25. Mountain biking is, however quite an intense and highly technical sport to master, which makes it intimidating for women to master the sport in this mostly male-dominated arena. Enter Vanessa Haywood – internationally and locally known as the leading lady in the film District 9 and also a top model – Vanessa has moved into the extreme sporting world of endurance mountain biking with perceived ease, including completing two ABSA Cape Epic’s and the Leadville 100 miler in Colorado. “When I first started mountain biking, I was thrown into the deep end! Not many women were mountain biking at the time either. I didn't acquire the much needed skills until many years later & I found myself a bit isolated within a mostly male-dominated sport,” explains Vanessa. So to ensure other women do not go through this, Vanessa has organised a mountain biking weekend specifically for woman at the beautiful Arabella Country Estate from the 6th to the 8th of December 2013. It will be a first in a series of weekends hosted by her. “This event is aimed at woman wanting to experience a fun, stress-free weekend of awesome riding and socializing. Men and families will however get a chance soon too! I'll be hosting several of these events across the country over the next year. I hope to see you at one of them!" reassures Vanessa. Guests will be staying at the 5-star Arabella Hotel & Spa, where they will be taught basic technical and mechanical skills to equip them to become competent mountain bikers. Long and short routes will be offered on the both the 7th and 8th of December for guests to choose from, with water and snack points en route. Massages are an optional extra and need to booked in advance, and the Spa is offering 20% off all treatments for guests too. For R5 500 per person single and R3 900 per person sharing, you can enjoy 2 luxurious nights at the Arabella, all meals included (excluding beverages) and ride fantastic mountain bike routes. All skills levels are welcome, from those who have just purchased their first mountain bike, to those who regularly go out to play in the mountains but would like to learn more. To book your spot please email Vanessa on info@vanessahaywood.com. Please visit www.arabellacountryestate.co.za for more information about the venue and www.vanessahaywood.com for more info about the event.
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