Seasoned pro Waylon Woolcock and rising star Lourens Luus ended an electrifying game of one-upmanship to emerge as the mud-splattered overall winners of the three-day RE:CM Knysna 200 mountain bike race on Sunday.
The Stellenbosch-based RE:CM duo hung on to their split-second overnight lead, and their brakes, on the wet and slippery 58km final stage to seal victory over their FedGroup-Itec rivals Kevin Evans and Brandon Stewart.
Anticipation is building ahead of the opening round of the Downhill series of the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano taking place in Fort William, Scotland on Sunday 9 June.
South Africa will be represented by current UCI World Champion Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate), consistent top-ten World Cup finisher Andrew Neethling (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) and multiple South African National Champion Johann Potgieter (RRP Ghost).
Waylon Woolcock and national marathon series champion Lourens Luus struck the first blow in what is expected to be an epic duel with Kevin Evans and Brandon Stewart on the opening stage of the three-day RE:CM Knysna 200 on Friday.
The duo, riding in the colours of RE:CM, outsprinted the FedGroup-Itec riders to take the 77km stage by one second in 2:59:18 in a dramatic showdown on Thesen Islands.
South African Time Trial and Road Cycling Champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio had the race of her life when she won the UCI 1.2 Boels Rental Hills Classic in Valkenburg, The Netherlands on Friday.
The Lotto Belisol Ladies team rider comes off what she terms a “hard race block” having just completed the gruelling Tour du Languedoc-Roussillon. The ’Tour featured 5 back-to-back stages, which took place from Saturday 18 May to Wednesday 22 May (the first stage was cancelled). Ashleigh finished in fourth place.
Tokai forest is the mountain biking gem of Cape Town. Situated just 20km from Cape Town CBD it is the most popular mtb destination for riders living in and around Cape Town. If you have ridden there recently you would have noticed the prolific felling of trees, causing a moonscape effect where the ever popular Mumba trails used to be.
Max Knox and Nico Bell held onto their overnight lead to claim overall victory in the three-day Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race that finished on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast on Saturday.
Riding in the colours of EAI-Westvaal, the pair finished fourth on the 80km final stage from Highflats to Scottburgh to claim the victors’ laurels in an aggregate time of 9:44:50.
Max Knox and Nico Bell mastered slippery conditions to win the decisive second stage and take the overall lead of the Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.
After crashing early on the descent into the Umkomaas River Valley, the mud-spattered EAI-Westvaal riders powered their way back to claim the 99km stage from MacKenzie Club near Ixopo to Jolivet farm in the Highflats region.
After a run of bad luck this season, Charles Keey and Darren Lill finally got the break they needed to claim the opening stage of the three-day Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race near Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.
The Cannondale-Blend duo timed it perfectly to hold off all contenders in a bunch sprint to the finish, taking the 87km stage from Underberg to MacKenzie Club in 2:47:10.