Kevin Evans (360Life) will make his second comeback to serious racing in 2011 this Saturday (14 May) when he competes in the MTN Tulbagh Ultra-marathon.
This will be his first race since he crashed out of the Epic, breaking his collarbone. His first setback happened in December 2010 when his appendix had to be removed in an emergency operation.
The Azerbaijan International Cycling Tour in Iran which starts on Friday will be the last that Daryl Impey is riding for Team MTN Qhubeka.
Impey has received a contract offer to ride for the German Pro-Continental Team, Team NetApp. Daryl will ride for Team NetApp for the first time at the end of May in the Bayern Rundfahrt (UCI 2. HC). Next month he might already be competing in the Tour of Switzerland racing shoulder to shoulder with some of the best ProTour-riders.
During the past weekend (7-8 May) Philip Buys and Marc Bassingthwaighte (Garmin-adidas) dominated the national cross-country event in Port Elizabeth by finishing first and second respectively.
As was expected, Buys did not waste time before taking control of the pro-elite race. The moment he reached the single-track section, Buys took the lead and rode a near perfect race, increasing his lead with almost every pedal stroke.
Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock capped a memorable nine days with overall victory in the second Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c that finished on the beach in Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday.
The RE:CM duo won six of the nine stages on the 911-kilometre trek from Heidelberg in Johannesburg to record a total time of 34:20:18.
Overall leaders Brandon Stewart and Darren Lill survived yet more body blows to remain ahead on points after round seven of the Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c that finished at Mackenzie Club in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday.
“This bike race is like getting into the ring with Mike Tyson,” said FedGroup Berg and Bush’s Stewart after he and his partner finished second on the 87-kilometre trek from Underberg.