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  1. Hi Guys and Gals. Just a quick heads up. You can find the Cape Winelands XCM Results here. Hope this helps at least one person that might be looking for this. Cheers.
  2. Spice Route Destination and Fairview Estate is one of the most visited attractions in the Winelands area . located lease than 30 min from Durbanville and 40 min from Strand and the City Bowl , it is the ideal venue to take the family or mates for a awesome day out. Spice Route has no less than 5 restaurants , a host of different artisans that include craft beer , gin , chocolate , cheese and 2 new kids play areas that include pump tracks . Developing a Hero Adventure Trail park was a no brainer and together with the land owners we have spent the better part of 18 months developing a network of trails to suit everyone . The Western Cape is blessed with many trails and trail parks .The variety and quality is probably right up there with the best in the world . But when designing and planning the trails at Spice Route our key focus was developing trails for the families and weekend warriors . With Hero - Rhebokskloof , Paarl Adventure Trails and Wild boar trails , the area is packed with great trails for the intermediate -experienced cyclist/runner . We felt there was a gap for trails for the less experienced , juniors and fun trails for tourists . Spice Route and Fairview is a venue where people visit to enjoy the views , wine , food and just have a great time . We have taken that foundation of fun and tried to put it into the trails we have developed . We wanted to develop trails that are not difficult , packed with features and provide a place where newbies - intermediate cyclists/runners can enjoy lots of fun single-track . The majority of trails on offer have very little elevation ,giving weekend warriors ,families and tourists the opportunity to get in some proper distance and experience all the great features on the farm . We have however added in a number of pockets where the more adventrous and experienced get their moneys worth . The 1st few months were not much fun . having to deal with difficult terrain and finding a happy medium between having set trails on a working farm . but as we move into the coming season we are really excited at how the park is developing . TRAILS: * 2 kids areas with obstacles and pump tracks * 3km Yellow Trail : A fun short trail through the vineyards close to the main buildings * 5km Pink Trail : A fun but pretty challenging trail that traverses down to the lower part of the farm and back up. it includes a 2km flow trail and forest , so packed with fun * 10km Green Trail : This Trail in our opinion is perfect for weekend warriors just getting started , families and tourists looking for a fun easy adventure . lots of single-tack , vineyards , olives and and .. * 20km Blue Trail : The popular trail for mates, tourists and families that want some proper distance but not technical . the blue showcases many different parts of the farm and terrain , packed with features and a great experience *35km Red Trail : The Red Trail was built for a great day out for the intermediate cyclist/runner .With all the fun and adventure of the blue but topped off with a few challenges and technical sections to get the adrenalin going . The Red trail also includes sections of the new XCO Trail we developed for provincial xco champs at Diamant Estate next door * XCO Trail : We have a dedicated 5km xco trail on the property next Door ( Diamant Estate ) where you get to experience some proper xco love , also included on the red trail * Link trails : There are also 2 link trails that go up Paarl Mountain and to Hero Adventure - Rhebokskloof . Hero Adventure - Spice Route also forms part of the Paarl Adventure Trail Network and has direct access to over 200km of other trails within the project VENUE: Spice Route is a great venue to enjoy a fun day out after your ride , run or walk . grab a shower at the venue and spend the day with family and friends enjoying all the artisans and experiences . for more info visit : http://www.hero-adventure.co.za
  3. Hi all Anyone know whether there will be coverage of the World Marathon Champs? Preferably on Super Sport, alternatively online, or is it something that still goes largely under the radar?
  4. With the curtain coming down on a glittering career, South Africa’s most decorated mountain biker Kevin Evans has taken a more subdued approach in preparation for the upcoming Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Van Gaalen, which doubles up as the 2015 South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships powered by Stihl on 6 June in the North West province. Click here to view the article
  5. With the curtain coming down on a glittering career Biogen-Volcan star Kevin Evans will take part in one last elite South African Marathon Champs at the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Van Gaalen, which doubles up as the 2015 South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships powered by Stihl on 6 June. // Photo credit: Dave Macleod/
Gameplan Media. Having raced to a disappointing fourth place at the recent Nedbank sani2c Evans has returned to the Western Cape and is focusing on a couple of the local races in the build up to the national showpiece however it seems that the approach to the event will be different for him in 2015. “To be honest I have just been focusing on the local events at the moment and not really putting too much emphasis on SA Champs,” the Biogen-Volcan star mentioned. “The SA Champs has been more of a focus for Max (Knox) and if I can help him get across the line first this year then I will be happy with my effort.”

 The national marathon title is far from unfamiliar for Evans who has four national championship jerseys in his cabinet but the veteran does not feel that 2015 will be the year to add a fifth to his collection. He has promised he will give the event his best shot even though he does not feel that the conditions in the North West province will be suited to him. “The course is quite punchy and lacks those long climbs that I am stronger on so I don’t think that it provides me with the ideal chance to win and it seems like it is going to be catered better for guys like Max and the other Cross Country guys.

 “It is quite a rough course and I managed to get a third place in a race there last year so realistically I am not going out there and putting pressure on myself to win. Evans understands the prestige that surrounds being a national champion and knows that the motivation of the other riders is going to be high heading into the event. With four South African Marathon MTB titles to his name Biogen-Volcan star Kevin Evans has not set his sights fully on claiming his fifth title at the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Van Gaalen, which doubles up as the 2015 South African Mountain Bike Marathon Championships powered by Stihl on 6 June. // Photo credit: Dave Macleod/
Gameplan Media. “Once you have won the title once people are going to refer to you as an SA Champion. That’s a title that all riders want to their name so it is a huge title to hold and the guys all appreciate that which makes it an even more difficult title to win. 
“I think there have only been three of four different winners over the past eleven years which just shows how much people value it and want to hold on to it! “There will be a number of guys vying for the title this year and with a few guys out of sponsors and that it makes this title even more important because it does add to your brand quite significantly and it ups your value if you are in the market for sponsors,” Evans explained.

 With his announcement that he was to retire from professional riding Evans does not see this SA Champs as his last but feels that it is the right time to move on from the elite level of competition and let the younger riders fight it out for the glory. “I will come back and take part in SA Champs again in the age group categories – my elite racing days are over,” he mentioned adamantly. “I know that I have made the correct decision and I have had a great career and achieved all that I wanted to so it is time for other riders to take up the mantle. Online pre-entries for the 2015 SA MTB Marathon Champs powered by Stihl – which doubles up as the fourth round of the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Van Gaalen – are now open and close at 06:00 on Tuesday 2 June 2015. To enter, click here. Late entries will be accepted on the day, with an additional nominal fee of R50. This event is not limited to the championship contenders and is open to the public.
  6. London Olympian, Philip Buys, widely regarded as South Africa’s most complete mountain bike racer, will lead a new 14-rider mountain bike racing team into 2015 – and beyond. SCOTT Factory Racing powered by LCB will focus primarily on the Olympic Cross-Country (XCO) discipline with World Championships and Olympic Games success as its long-term goal. Click here to view the article
  7. Scott Factory Racing's Gert Heyns and Matthys Beukes celebrate winning the final stage and the African team title at the 2014 ABSA Cape Epic. Celebrating with them are SCOTT stablemates Nino Schurter (far left) and Philip Buys (far right). SCOTT Factory Racing, powered by LCB will tackle the 2015 Cape Epic with two teams. Photo credit: Nick Muzik The team comprises four Elite men, eight Junior men and two Junior women. Joining Buys in the Elite section are Matthys Beukes, Gert Heyns and Arno du Toit. The Elite men will help mentor the youngsters within a structured, professional team environment. Buys is a multiple African and South African XCO champion, while Beukes, Heyns and Du Toit have all excelled at national and continental championships in XCO racing. Du Toit is the current South African Under-23 XCO Champion. The quartet is also accomplished in the longer Marathon discipline (XCM), with Buys, Beukes and Heyns all having won stages in the ABSA Cape Epic with top 10 overall finishes. The Junior team (all aged 16-18) will race as Team LCB, supported primarily by SCOTT Sports with bicycles and gear, with various other co-sponsors completing the infrastructure, which includes the employment of a full time mechanic and coach. “Our main focus is developing champion mountain bikers in the XCO discipline,” said Buys.“We have the talent in South Africa and with the backing of SCOTT Sports and LCB (Lead Crystal Batteries), we can create a support system and opportunities that gives those talented riders a chance to grow into champions.” Buys and Beukes will race the 2015 ABSA Cape Epic as teammates. The pair won the African jersey when they finished sixth overall in 2013. Heyns and Du Toit will ride as their back-up team in this year’s Cape Epic. Heyns and Beukes won the African jersey with their sixth place overall in 2014. One of the objectives for 2015 is to secure the prestigious top African team prize for a third consecutive year. Although it’s a XCM-format race, the Cape Epic holds a premium level race grading and therefore offers a high volume of International Cycling Union (UCI) rankings points for the XCO discipline. It’s the accumulation of these points that determine where nations are ranked when countries' start quotas are allocated for Olympic Games participation. “That’s the main reason we’re doing the Cape Epic,” explained Buys. “We’re chasing those UCI points because the more we can earn for South Africa as a nation, the clearer the path becomes to developing potential medalists at the highest level, whether from our team or not.” “After having supported Philip and Matthys since 2013 and then adding Gert to the SCOTT Factory Racing team mix last year, we were excited when the opportunity came up to partner with LCB from 2015,” said Phillip Erasmus, Marketing and Product Manager at SCOTT Sports Africa. “At SCOTT Sports we’re driven by performance, which is why we develop premium quality equipment, whether it’s bicycles or components or cycling gear. The objectives of this group of talented, committed Elite and Junior riders require access to the best equipment available. We’re proud to be able to offer that and join them on this journey in their quest for success.” “I established the LCB team last year with the aim of giving young, committed mountain bike racers the support to help them achieve their potential. This year, with the mentorship of Philip, Matthys, Gert and Arno, we plan to take it up a notch. Seldom do teenage racers get to interact with and learn from the top pro racers. Our team will have that in place, which will be very valuable,” said Johan Hattingh, CEO of Lead Crystal Batteries. “With LCB there is at least a five-year commitment to this team because we know that you can’t build a champion bike racer overnight. It takes time. It’s an investment,” added Hattingh. Heyns will be in action at the Fairview Attakwas Extreme Challenge in Oudtshoorn on Saturday, while Du Toit and Buys will make their first race appearance of 2015 at the Ashburton Investments National Marathon Series event at Meerendal on 31 January. On the same day, Beukes and Heyns will contest the VW Herald MTB Challenge in Port Elizabeth. “The first race where the whole team will be in action together – the Elites and the Juniors – will be the first round of the South African XCO Cup Series in Port Elizabeth on 14 February. We’re very excited about that day because it will not only be the real start of our campaign for the 2015 XCO racing season, but another step closer to achieving our ultimate objective, creating champion XCO racers,” said Buys.
  8. Trek South Africa's James Reid's victory in the recent SA National MTB Marathon Champs has left him deliberating as to whether or not to tackle the 2014 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg. Image credit: Andrew McFadden/Gameplan Media Despite the under-23 cross-country star making no secret of his preference for the Olympic discipline of the sport, Reid surged to victory in the SA National MTB Marathon Championships this past weekend to retain the national title he clinched famously in 2013. The pleasing result has however opened up a subsequent can of worms for the Trek South Africa rider who is now re-evaluating taking on the Worlds’ challenge in less than three weeks’ time. “I’ve been really focusing on cross-country this year and I didn’t expect to be anywhere at SA Marathon Champs really so Worlds certainly wasn’t a consideration at all before this weekend,” explained Reid. “It’ definitely is now after winning Nationals though but it’s a really difficult one!” The decision to compete at the Marathon World Champs is complicated by Reid’s XCO preference. After suffering a disappointing and frustrating 2013 season which saw him slide down the national pecking order, Reid has returned to top form in the first half of this year after stringing some impressive results together on both the national and international cross-country scene. So impressive has Reid’s turnaround been, that many of the MTB fraternity believe he is now once again a strong contender for a spot in Team South Africa who will represent the country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in July. Should this transpire, then Reid is unlikely to risk over-extending himself by competing in the Marathon World Champs in PMB at the end of the month. However the appeal of competing on marathon’s greatest global stage, generated largely by South Africa’s unique marathon thirst, has left the young star’s mind frantically working overtime as he looks to make sense of the maze of scenarios he is faced with. “It was great to win this past weekend, a national title always matters! A lot of titles and races matter but a national one really stands out and in a country that is so marathon-crazy definitely added a special touch!” said Reid. “Cross country is still my focus though and so I’ve got a lot to work through in few days.” “As much as it would be great to race both World Marathon Champs and – if I am selected – then Commonwealth Games too, it just isn’t realistic to think that you can be on top of your game and peak for both events.” The situation is further complicated by Reid’s uncertainty of whether he has in fact even qualified to participate in the global showcase. “I wasn’t able to ride in the World Marathon Series events in Sabie or Clarens as I was racing overseas and so I couldn’t qualify that way and I’m not sure if this [victory at SA National MTB Marathon Champs] even qualifies me!” said a bemused Reid. “There is lots to consider and there are two selections – the first being Commonwealth Games and the second Marathon World Champs – so I’ll obviously be in contact with Cycling South Africa quite a bit over the next few days to try and establish what their thinking is, where I stand regarding both events and then try work out what the best option for me is.” Reid, who crossed the line ahead of Kargo Pro MTB’s Rourke Croeser and FedGroup ITEC’s Kevin Evans, was surprised to have clinched the victory, especially after a mechanical in the early part of the race saw him someway off the pace however believed the cross-country nature of the route played a role as well. “It’s funny how often these things come about when you’re not overly expectant. I just took every step one at a time and it was a real blessing to win!” said Reid. “When I broke my chain after 13km I thought that was my race over. Fortunately I managed to catch back up by about 25km or so but even so I thought the extra work I’d had to do to catch up would catch up with me a little later in the race.” “I think the course really suited me though. It was really punchy, fast rolling, rough and raw, had a lot of climbing and heaps of singletrack – very much like cross-country. We even came down one part of the World Cup cross-country course itself! “Rourke (Croeser) and I worked really well together when we got away but when he started dipping just a little I knew I had to go for it on my own. “I basically did exactly what I did last year though – I waited for the final bit of single track and then looked to use my cross-country skills as best I could.” Regardless of the final pathway he eventually follows in the coming six weeks, many a South African MTB supporter will be hoping all falls into place and works out favourably for both Reid himself and the nation as a whole. 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. Freshly re-crowned national marathon champion, James Reid is faced with a tough conundrum of decisions ahead of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships which take place in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 29 June. Click here to view the article
  10. Eight South African endurance mountain bike riders will line up at the start of the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Champs in the scenic ski village of Kirchberg in Tyrol, Austria on Saturday 29 June. Click here to view the article
  11. Image source: Wikimedia Commons The elite men, represented by Max Knox, Nico Bell, Charles Keey, Lourens Luus, Darren Lill and Erik Kleinhans, will tackle a 94-kilometre course with 4,400 altitude metres. The world championship route, which is the ultra marathon loop for the annual KitzAlpBike-Marathon, presents a highly technical trail with high-speed descents, killer climbs and fast, steep corners. 2013 National MTB Marathon Champion Robyn de Groot and Samantha Sanders will be put through their paces on the 85km elite women’s route. With tough climbs and dangerous descents to be negotiated, the women will also have to tackle 3,700 metres of altitude during their race to be crowned the World Champion. Cycling SA wishes all the athletes the best of luck for the weekend.
  12. Cycling South Africa’s Mountain Bike Commission has great pleasure in announcing that the following riders have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, taking place in Kirchberg, Austria on 29 June. Click here to view the article
  13. The following riders have been selected according to the 2013 Cycling SA-MTB Selection Criteria: Elite Men: Max Knox Charles Keey Lourens Luus Nico Bell Elite Women: Robyn de Groot Samantha Sanders Candice Neethling The criteria and performance levels detailed in the approved Mountain Bike Selection Policy were followed closely. The relevant data from the 8 nominated selection races were gathered and assessed against the performance criteria for all riders competing in the Elite Women and Elite Men categories. These are the only categories provided for at World MTB Marathon Championships. According to the Special Rules for the Mountain Bike Marathon Series, the top 20 men and women of each round of the UCI marathon series as well as the top 50 of the individual general marathon series ranking obtain a qualification for the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships. Please note that if a rider falls within this special rule, they are entitled to participate at the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships, however the travel expenses are for their own account and they are obliged to compete in National Federation cycle kit. All riders must confirm their kit requirement with Dellah Paul immediately so that the cycling kit can be ordered. Dellah can be reached by email at dellah@cyclingsa.com, or by mobile on 082 781 5656.
  14. The annual running of the Cycling SA-MTB Marathon Championships is a draw card for the country’s top endurance off-road cyclists. Induna Adventures in Hazyview played host to this prestigious event, using their annual First Ascent Big Induna race to host not only the championship for the elite class, but to crown age group categories as well, at the same venue on the same day. This year’s national championship elite race brought about a surprise result in both the men and women’s events. Having just arrived from the high intensity cross-country (XCO) courses in Europe, James Reid (sponsored by Trek, Craft and Privateer) surprised the pundits with a stellar performance and race tactics over the longer marathon on Saturday. The same applied in the women’s race when London Olympic road cyclist Robyn de Groot overcame the odds and displayed gutsy determination to claim her first national title ever. Download attachment: 20130606_James_Reid_2013_SA_Marathon_Champs.JPG James Reid (sponsored by Trek, Craft, and Privateer) during the 2013 Cycling SA-MTB Marathon Championships at Induna Adventures in Hazyview, Mpumalanga on Saturday 1 June 2013. Photo credit: Action Photos Reid said he felt as if his training for the UCI XCO World Cups in Europe had all culminated in peaking for this marathon race. “I put in a big block of work before the world cups. The training has been intense, right down to my diet as well as powering up.” Twenty-year-old Reid finished 23rd and 18th at the German and Czech Republic under-23 world cups respectively. “It came right for me at the marathon champs and I could use it! The course was explosive with short, punchy climbs and lots of up-and-down sections. It required a lot of power and it all seemed to come right for me on the day.” Racing tactics came into play for Reid, as he raked up his first marathon championship title in his young career. “From mostly racing cross-country, I had to save as much as I could until the end,” he continued. “I only have so much to spend. The other guys have bigger tanks and bigger engines. I knew my only opportunity was to get into the last singletrack section first at around 10 kilometres to go. It was there, or never for me. “I got in first and managed to hold off the chasing riders until the end. It felt like 8km of drag racing. Everyone had been watching Max (Knox); the defending champ was a marked man. But you have to race the route and not the riders.” Reid completed the 112km race in 4 hours 40 minutes and 36 seconds, followed by Nico Bell in second place (04:41:08) and Kevin Evans in third place (04:41:41). For De Groot, her transition has been from skinny road tyres as a professional cyclist in the European Lotto Belisol Ladies team to mountain bike knobblies as a non-professional at home. “It has always been a dream of mine to be a national champion,” said De Groot. “I think I’ve finished second twice in road racing, but never managed to achieve that title. I’ve been doing well in the MTN (National MTB) Series, and I’ve managed to podium in all the races, so I thought I might as well give it (National MTB Marathon Champs) a bash.” Download attachment: 20130606_Robyn_de_Groot_SA_MTB_Marathon_Champs.JPG Robyn de Groot (centre) proudly displays her Cycling SA-MTB Marathon Championship jersey, flanked by Candice Neethling (left) and Samantha Sanders (right) at Induna Adventures in Hazyview, Mpumalanga on Saturday 1 June 2013. Photo: supplied Claiming her first ever title was not without its mishaps as the leading women found themselves off course and worked hard to regain their lead positions. “There was a climb in the first 5km, and I put a little pressure there already to test my climbing against Candice (Neethling). I’ve never beaten Candice before, and her technical skills are excellent, but I was feeling strong. Candice bridged the gap to me after the climb, and Samantha (Sanders) joined us. “The three of us pulled about a 90-second gap at roughly 20km into the race when we must’ve taken a wrong turn and ended up on some farm driveway. We had to climb back up to get back onto the route, and caught up with Yolandie (Du Toit) who told us there were about 4 or 5 girls ahead. “I think the adrenalin kicked in for me, and I worked very hard to catch them and pass them. This was my only chance to get the national championship title and I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.” In a phenomenal display of determination, De Groot raced the final 30km of the 73km race on her own to claim the victory in 3 hours 33 minutes 56 seconds. Samantha Sanders finished in second place (03:38:25) with Candice Neethling third (03:38:57). “This is a whole new world for me, and the mountain biking vibe at the races is really great,” said De Groot. Cycling SA Mountain Bike Director Brett Coates was pleased at the turnout and the mix of talent at this year’s event. “It was fantastic to see pretty much all of our top mountain bikers line up, and even better, to see how strong we are across all disciplines. “The fact that a cross-country specialist and an ex-road cyclist won the event just shows how diverse our talent is. Good luck to all our cyclists as they head overseas to compete and prepare for this year’s World Champs.” Download the full results on our dedicated SA XCM Champs web page here Click here to view the article
  15. The annual running of the Cycling SA-MTB Marathon Championships is a draw card for the country’s top endurance off-road cyclists. Induna Adventures in Hazyview played host to this prestigious event, using their annual First Ascent Big Induna race to host not only the championship for the elite class, but to crown age group categories as well, at the same venue on the same day. This year’s national championship elite race brought about a surprise result in both the men and women’s events. Having just arrived from the high intensity cross-country (XCO) courses in Europe, James Reid (sponsored by Trek, Craft and Privateer) surprised the pundits with a stellar performance and race tactics over the longer marathon on Saturday. The same applied in the women’s race when London Olympic road cyclist Robyn de Groot overcame the odds and displayed gutsy determination to claim her first national title ever. James Reid (sponsored by Trek, Craft, and Privateer) during the 2013 Cycling SA-MTB Marathon Championships at Induna Adventures in Hazyview, Mpumalanga on Saturday 1 June 2013. Photo credit: Action Photos Reid said he felt as if his training for the UCI XCO World Cups in Europe had all culminated in peaking for this marathon race. “I put in a big block of work before the world cups. The training has been intense, right down to my diet as well as powering up.” Twenty-year-old Reid finished 23rd and 18th at the German and Czech Republic under-23 world cups respectively. “It came right for me at the marathon champs and I could use it! The course was explosive with short, punchy climbs and lots of up-and-down sections. It required a lot of power and it all seemed to come right for me on the day.” Racing tactics came into play for Reid, as he raked up his first marathon championship title in his young career. “From mostly racing cross-country, I had to save as much as I could until the end,” he continued. “I only have so much to spend. The other guys have bigger tanks and bigger engines. I knew my only opportunity was to get into the last singletrack section first at around 10 kilometres to go. It was there, or never for me. “I got in first and managed to hold off the chasing riders until the end. It felt like 8km of drag racing. Everyone had been watching Max (Knox); the defending champ was a marked man. But you have to race the route and not the riders.” Reid completed the 112km race in 4 hours 40 minutes and 36 seconds, followed by Nico Bell in second place (04:41:08) and Kevin Evans in third place (04:41:41). For De Groot, her transition has been from skinny road tyres as a professional cyclist in the European Lotto Belisol Ladies team to mountain bike knobblies as a non-professional at home. “It has always been a dream of mine to be a national champion,” said De Groot. “I think I’ve finished second twice in road racing, but never managed to achieve that title. I’ve been doing well in the MTN (National MTB) Series, and I’ve managed to podium in all the races, so I thought I might as well give it (National MTB Marathon Champs) a bash.” Robyn de Groot (centre) proudly displays her Cycling SA-MTB Marathon Championship jersey, flanked by Candice Neethling (left) and Samantha Sanders (right) at Induna Adventures in Hazyview, Mpumalanga on Saturday 1 June 2013. Photo: supplied Claiming her first ever title was not without its mishaps as the leading women found themselves off course and worked hard to regain their lead positions. “There was a climb in the first 5km, and I put a little pressure there already to test my climbing against Candice (Neethling). I’ve never beaten Candice before, and her technical skills are excellent, but I was feeling strong. Candice bridged the gap to me after the climb, and Samantha (Sanders) joined us. “The three of us pulled about a 90-second gap at roughly 20km into the race when we must’ve taken a wrong turn and ended up on some farm driveway. We had to climb back up to get back onto the route, and caught up with Yolandie (Du Toit) who told us there were about 4 or 5 girls ahead. “I think the adrenalin kicked in for me, and I worked very hard to catch them and pass them. This was my only chance to get the national championship title and I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.” In a phenomenal display of determination, De Groot raced the final 30km of the 73km race on her own to claim the victory in 3 hours 33 minutes 56 seconds. Samantha Sanders finished in second place (03:38:25) with Candice Neethling third (03:38:57). “This is a whole new world for me, and the mountain biking vibe at the races is really great,” said De Groot. Cycling SA Mountain Bike Director Brett Coates was pleased at the turnout and the mix of talent at this year’s event. “It was fantastic to see pretty much all of our top mountain bikers line up, and even better, to see how strong we are across all disciplines. “The fact that a cross-country specialist and an ex-road cyclist won the event just shows how diverse our talent is. Good luck to all our cyclists as they head overseas to compete and prepare for this year’s World Champs.” Download the full results on our dedicated SA XCM Champs web page here
  16. Cycling South Africa has crowned the 2013 Mountain bike marathon national champions in perfect Lowveld winter weather conditions at Induna Adventures in Hazyview, Mpumalanga on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  17. National championship titles were up for grabs across all the age categories, for the main elite event, as well as for the junior, youth, sub veteran, veteran, masters and grand masters events. All categories cycled on the same route, although the distances were altered to provide the correct race route for the various categories. The elite men and women were required to race over distances of 112 kilometres and 73km respectively. The classy, talented fields built momentous anticipation for their followers and families, as there were a host of potential winners at any point during the race. The winner being decided right at the end. A tactical race ensued for the men, which saw the lead group change on several occasions. Max Knox (Specialized), Lourens Luus (Team RE:CM) and Kevin Evans (FedGroup-Itec) were leading for most of the first loop of approximately 40km, but they were reeled in by the determined chasing group. The top names of Waylon Woolcock and Erik Kleinhans (both Team RE:CM), Brandon Stewart and Neil Macdonald (both FedGroup-Itec), Darren Lill (Cannondale Blend), Philip Buys (Scott), Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck (both Team Westvaal Columbia) and James Reid (sponsored by Trek and Craft) all regrouped with Knox, Luus and Evans. By the time they reached the second technical zone situated at 74km, Luus, Knox, Lill, Reid, Bell, Evans, Stewart and Buys were working hard at the front and had managed to place a significant space between themselves and the splintered chasing pack. Coming into the final kilometres of the 112km race, Evans, Bell and Reid were out in front, and it was under-23 cross-country racer James Reid who managed to secure the victory for the SA Marathon Championship title in a time of 4 hours 40 minutes and 36 seconds. Nico Bell finished in second place (04:41:08) with Kevin Evans third (04:41:41). London Olympic road cyclist Robyn de Groot, who has recently turned to mountain biking, won the elite women’s 73km race. De Groot put on a solid performance to take the victory in 3 hours 33 minutes and 56 seconds. Local Lowveld rider Samantha Sanders (Valencia) crossed the line in second place (03:38:25) with cross-country Olympian Candice Neethling (BMC-SA) rounding out the podium less than a minute behind (03:38:57). Summary of Results – 2013 SA National MTB Marathon Championships Download the full results on our dedicated SA XCM Champs web page here:http://www.cyclingsa...x?uid=20&fid=15 Elite Men: Ultra marathon 112km (EM) James Reid 04:40:36 Nico Bell 04:41:08 Kevin Evans 04:41:41 Darren Lill 04:42:34 Max Knox 04:43:11 Elite Women: Marathon 73km (EW) Robyn de Groot 03:33:56 Samantha Sanders 03:38:25 Candice Neethling 03:38:57 Sub Veteran Men (30-39 years) 73km (SVL) Jan Withaar 03:12:26 Hennie Kriek 03:16:11 Brand du Plessis 03:17:11 Sub Veteran Women (30-39 years) 73km (SXL) Laura Herd 04:20:41 Nadine Klopper 04:22:15 Dorothy Rood 05:12:22 Veteran Men (40-49 years) 73km (VML) Andrew Mclean 03:17:17 Johan Labuschagne 03:26:37 Warren Squires 03:27:09 Veteran Women (40-49 years) 73km (VWL) Cindy Rebello 04:17:04 Wendy Dippenaar 04:35:49 Vanessa Record 05:55:33 Master Men (50-59 years) 73km (MML) Chris Brand 03:33:02 Charles Nienaber 03:40:17 Tim James 03:43:39 Youth Men (15-16 years) 36km (YM) Julian Jessop 01:29:05 Franco Pelser 01:33:17 Thomas Jessop 01:35:48 Youth Women (15-16 years) 36km (YW) Genevieve van Coller 01:45:16 Ame Venter 02:03:25 Mandie Swart 02:12:10 Junior Men (17-18 years) 36km (JM) Dylan Rebello 01:27:16 Frans Grotepass 01:29:06 Carlo Marzoppi 01:29:12 Junior Women (17-18 years) 36km (JW) Jessica Alcock 01:57:21 Danielle Rheeder 01:59:01 Kirsten Gillespie 02:00:55 Master Women (50-59 years) 36km (MWM) Pauline Cound 01:58:50 Elizabeth Delport 02:05:52 Heidi de Bruin 02:16:26 Grand Master Men (Age 60+) 36km (GMM) Peter Barber 01:37:45 Jean Hubert 01:50:14 Gerry de Boer 01:59:11
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