Adventure enthusiast, Letshego Moshoeu, excitedly joins Team Absa 2013 with 4 years of mountain biking experience and lots of practice at overcoming challenges! Known among her peers as ‘GI Jane’, Moshoeu was the runner-up of Survivor South Africa: Maldives in 2011 and made it to the top four contestants on Fear Factor South Africa in 2006. This will be her first attempt at the Absa Cape Epic and she will be partnered with Team Absa leader, Ernst Viljoen.
Thanks to Charles Keey (Cannondale/Blend Properties) and Nico Bell (Westvaal/Bell Cycles)’s never say die approach to racing the UCI MTN Sabie ultra-race yesterday (23 February) went right down to the wire.The 112 kilometer race was literally decided in the last 100 meters. Keey insured his victory by managing to be the first to race into the final corner.
This post stage race depression is a serious problem. As I sit here in the office all I can do is think about the riding through the lush Knysna forests. Lets hope that I can back into the swing of normal life as the today progresses.
Day 3 of the GR 300 was the polar opposite experience for Pieter and I compared to Day 2. It is amazing what a bit of food in your stomach can do for performance. Although still not at our best, we managed to hang in and complete the day in 12th position overall. The route, perhaps not as long and hard as the first two days, was still testing at 80km and 1700m of climbing.
Renay Groustra of South Africa and Daniel Gathof of Germany won the third and final stage of the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 mountain bike race in Knysna on Sunday to secure a comfortable overall victory.
The Rocky Mountain-RSA Web team’s time of 3:10:11 over the final 80km was two seconds faster than that of stage-one winners Timo Cooper and Adriaan Louw (Bridge), who had relinquished their overall lead the previous day.
Olympian Richard Murray and reigning XTERRA SA champion Carla Van Huyssteen were on fire in Elgin Grabouw (Western Cape) on Sunday, 24 February 2013 at the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA South African Championship presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT completing the 1.5km swim, 27km mountain bike and 11km trail run first in the men’s and women’s category in combined times of 02hours23minutes02seconds and 02hours51minutes01seconds respectively.
South Africa’s Renay Groustra and German team-mate Daniel Gathof claimed the 115km second stage and overall lead of the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 mountain bike race in Knysna on Saturday.
In a reversal of fortune, the Rocky Mountain-RSA Web duo came good on a stage that included 2 400m of climbing to comfortably overhaul Bridge’s overnight leaders Timo Cooper and Adriaan Louw.
Groustra and Gathof crossed the line in 4:39:56, followed by Cooper and Louw(4:48:45) and V&A Market on the Wharf’s Billy Stelling and Rob Dormehl (4:55:15).
So, where to start? It was a rough day out there for us. It started with me hearing the heavy breathing from partner Pieter Calitz on the toilet at 2am, not ideal. When I woke up 2 hrs later, the same dreaded rush to toilet was enforced on me, then again. And again.
Being the stubborn blokes that we are, we rolled down to the start line and and started what promised to be a tough day out, even for the healthy. 113 km and over 2000m climbing is a big day in anybodies book.
After almost 100km of pristine forest riding, former champion Timo Cooper and ad hoc partner Adriaan Louw made the decisive move on the final stretch of tar to claim the opening stage of the three-day Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 in Knysna on Friday.
In a day of shifting fortunes, the Bridge riders finally outsprinted Renay Groustra and Daniel Gathof (Rocky Mountain/RSA Web) to cross the line in 4:28:48, just four seconds clear of their fellow escapees