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Baie sterkte aan elke Hubber wat die Panorama gaan doen.  Gee julle beste.


Ek is vol vertroue dat 'n Hubber/s met die trofee gaan wegstap


Reis asseblief veilig soontoe en terug


Sien julle daar


Backlash2007-04-26 04:36:03
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Ek ry eers more oggend 07h00. Dalk sien ek julle by een van die 1-stops op die N4. Ek ry 'n silver Volkswagen Transporter. Kan nie wag nie!

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Psycho and MWNN (said in 3rd person Daredevil style) will leave JHB at 7h00 tomorrow morning, white Beamer, two bikes on the back, hoot if you see us!


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Narra, white C180 Merc, two bikes on the back, only hoot if children is not sleeping in the back. The one behind the drivers seat will most probably wave to everybody. Only leaving at 9:00, we need to feed the kids. How far is it and how long will it take to drive ?

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Guest Michelle

Jason & Spinnekop:  No pressure! LOL

Tough terrain awaits at Panorama tour
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 09:17


http://images.supersport.co.za/PanoramaTourpic180.jpgSome of the toughest climbs in the country await more than 320 riders that will line up for the 2007 Panorama Tour road cycling stage race in White River on Saturday. The first three stages form a very achievable combined total distance of 319km. But it?s the 5750 metres of accumulated altitude gain that has had participants reaching for their 27-tooth climbing cogs.

I rode the first stage the other day and I can tell you it is very hard,? said Raleigh MTN Energade mountain bike team rider Melt Swanepoel. ?There is some super steep climbing on Stage 1 and Stage 3 is also a killer!? said the rider who finished eighth in the recent Absa Cape Epic and who is regarded as a climbing specialist.

Swanepoel and Max Knox (Adidas/William Simpson) look to be a formidable pair in the Open Men?s category. Knox is a local lad that lives in nearby Sabie and should be properly recovered following his 11th place at the recent Cape Epic. Other strong combinations in Open Men include Jason du Preez and Julius Cobbett (Weekend Warriors) and Alexander Lamberts and Philip Fourie (Computer Smith 2).

The hilly nature of the Panorama Tour has attracted some strong climbers, most notably former professional Andrew McLean and his partner Graham Cronje. The pair will race for the Cycle Lab team in the Veteran?s category, but will definitely be in contention for the overall title too. Another former professional that relishes climbs is Graeme McCallum who will be riding with Ian Martin in the Standard Bank Veteran?s team. McCallum and McLean built their reputations in the Mpumalanga region in the early 1990s when they climbed to success in events like the old Investec, Hansom and Rapport Tours.

In the Sub-veteran?s division, expect a strong bid for victory by Donovan van Gelder and Lee Muir (Mr Price Cybercoach). Van Gelder won the Three-Day Vet?s Tour in the Western Cape in 2006, while Muir has consistently placed in the top-five at major races in the past few months, including fourth place at last weekend?s Cycle Lab Tour Durban. Among other likely contenders are the powerful siblings, Johan and David Labuschagne (Cycle Lab Brothers) who were first and seventh respectively at the 2007 Tour Durban.

In the Mixed division, the top team on paper is Jaco Ferreira and Cherise Taylor (Computer Smith), while Jurie Kriege and Jo Muller (Truck and Tractor Specialists), the winners in 2006, are back to try and defend their overall and Mixed titles.

After three tough climbing days, the riders will end off with a short 20km time trial on the final stage, which will get a whole new spin as riders will have a partner with whom to share the workload. Expect established time trial specialists like McLean and Van Gelder to be pulling their partners to fast times and a possible stage win on the final leg.

All the stages start and finish at Casterbridge Farm, White River:
Stage 1, Saturday 28 April: 117km with 2200m of ascent
Stage 2, Sunday 29 April: 82km with 1450m of ascent
Stage 3, Monday 30 April: 120km with 2100m of ascent
Stage 4, 20km time trial with 376m of ascent


Photo 1: Former professional, Andrew McLean (in picture), will team up with Graham Cronje in an effort to conquer the big climbs at the 2007 Panorama Tour. The pair are favourites to win the Veteran category and possibly the overall title.

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Howdy ! I'll be with Narra and the kids ! I will be taking pic's over the weekend and post them on the hub so I'm hoping to meet all of you ! smiley36.gif

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Ciao!  We're leaving tomorrow from Potch, me, Doret and friend.  Silver Toyota Corolla with trailer (I think)  See ya'll there!

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Man this is going to hard, imagine the following:


Jurie and Jo chasing after Jaco and Cherise on the downhills (Crux, have you checked that disk at the back? J&amoryns dropped most of us on Kowyns on the tandem, so be warned people!!

In the VA's the lappas brothers against van Gelder/Muir. Psycho and MWNN will wait at the top to see how they duke it out!LOL

Other subvets to watch - Jason Ward/Chris Dutton; Glen Campbell/Thomas Grobler; who else?

Man with no name2007-04-26 06:59:51
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I think the Lappas brothers have a very good chance of taking overall ,TCS has also got some very good combinations there ,and then there is always Andrew!!Dead

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