Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) proved today that he is human after all when he and Adrien Niyonshuti finished second in the first stage of the DCM Cape Pioneer Tour.
The stage from Oudtshoorn to Mosselbaai (135km) was won by Max Knox and Thomas Zahnd (DCM) in five hours 43 minutes. Evans/Niyonshuti crossed the finish line at Milkwood Primary School 3 minutes and 09 seconds later with Brandon Stewart and Jacques Janse van Rensburg (DCM) third another 1 minute 14 seconds behind.
Over the last four days it has been a case of different day, different province, different mountain bike tour and even different teammate.
The only constant seems to be Max Knox of DCM’s desire to “kill off” his rivals one by one with his cool and calculating hard riding.
Arran Brown, the standout sprinter in South African road cycling in 2009, showed on Sunday that he’s back to peak form after an injury-enforced layoff when he won the MTN Amashova 106km Classic between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
Brown led a Team Medscheme one-two for the second year in succession when he and teammate Malcolm Lange produced a carbon copy of their 2009 finish by claiming the first two places respectively in a time of 2hr 24min 08sec.
Officially Switzerland’s former double world champion, Christoph Sauser, is on holiday and he will, therefore, ride the six-day DCM Cape Pioneer Tour that starts on Monday (18 October) for the sheer joy of it.
But South Africa’s top mountain bikers would be naive to believe that Sauser will merely be a fun rider during the six days of the tour.
Bon Voyage, not to Happy Friday but to one of Cranks’s founding members Adrian aka Jorge. Adrian, together with his wife Nicky will be sailing from Florida, around Cuba to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and beyond. Here’s to your safe travels and happy friday snapping along the way.
Max Knox and Brandon Stewart (both DCM) have decided to compete in two mountain bike tours within nine days.
Most riders would consider a six-day mountain bike tour as a tough enough challenge, but then Max Knox and Brandon Stewart (both DCM) are not your average mountain bikers. Their motto is ‘The tougher the better’ and they thrive on physical challenges.
Check out this video which show Patrick Seabase climbing Italy’s famous Stelvio Pass on a fixie and then bombing back down, impressive stuff. It just show that you only really need one gear – as long as you’ve got the willpower.
Scotland’s David Millar won the gold medal in the men’s 40km time trial road race at the Commonwealth Games on earlier today.
Alex Dowsett of England took silver with Australian Luke Durbridge winning the bronze.
The winning margin was just a shade under 55 seconds as Millar, seeded first and therefore last out of the gate, crossed the line in 47 minutes and 18 seconds.