Top local and international XTERRA Warriors are currently gearing up for the highlight of the XTERRA SA Season, the exciting DUESOUTH XTERRA SA Championship presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT. Taking place at the picturesque Grabouw Country Club this coming weekend (Saturday, 26 February 2011), participants and spectators alike can look forward to a day filled with endless racing pleasure.
Port Elizabeth lived up to its name as the windy city when it hosted Stage 3 of the Cell C Tour of South Africa.
Following Monday’s rest day, the stage started in earnest at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, before finishing 171 km’s later, on Marine Drive along the beachfront.
Yohann Gene (Europcar) outsprinted a small group at the finish, to take the stage honours ahead of Johann Rabie (Team Bonitas). Asked what the victory meant to them, team management said it was very important, as Europcar is an official sponsor of the race.
Organisers of the Cell C Tour of SA 2011 – an eight-day International Cycling Union-sanctioned professional road race – have officially apologised to teams, the 120 riders, the public and sponsors for the fiasco that led to the cancellation of yesterday’s second stage.
Race Face Performance Products, a global leader in premium mountain bike components, apparel and protection, has signed legendary freerider Aaron Chase to a two-year sponsorship deal. Chase, a preeminent figure in the realm of dirt jumping, street, and freeriding will be kitted-out in Race Face clothes, armor, and componentry.
The start of the race was extremely fast paced and according to Race Director Barry Austin, it took approximately 15 minutes to cross from one side of Tshwane to the other. A couple of riders broke away about 10kms into the race, the most aggressive team of the day was definitely Team Rapha Condor Sharp.
The MTN Clarens Ultra-marathon that will take place on Saturday (19 February) will in all probability boil down to a battle of wits and brawn between the riders from Garmin-adidas and DCM.
When it comes to racing ultra-marathons, Max Knox (DCM) is certainly the in-form rider at the moment. He finished fourth in the Attakwas and fulfilled the role of destroyer in Barberton when he simply ‘killed off’ his competitors on the last climb of the race to achieve a third consecutive victory.
It took a long time, twenty years to be exact, but at long last Rwanda has a cyclist again who is good enough to represent the country at the Olympic Games.
Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN/Qhubeka) actually made cycling history last weekend (12-13 February) when he finished fourth in the pro-elite men’s race of the African Championship at Jonkershoek, near Stellenbosch.