With only days to go until the 20th Coronation Double Century team cycle challenge is set to take place in Swellendam, top teams have thrown down the gauntlet and made their intentions clear for Race Day on Saturday, 24 November.
Nu Water team captain Hannes van der Walt, who also captained last year’s winning Cape Town Market / Noble Energy team, said they are definitely going for another win this year. “We have some high-performance riders in our team this year, including 2012 Amashovashova winner Johan Rabie and Luthando Kaka, Chris Jennings and James Perry. We’ll tackle the route in two stages, namely two 100km sprints!”
In a first for international off-road racing on the southern tip of Africa, the 2013 edition of the Old Mutual joBerg2c will see timed enduro sections included in the nine-day mountain bike journey across South Africa.
Dubbed “the race within the race”, these single-track sections would be known as the Red Bull Runs and give riders the opportunity to show their skill, said one of the organisers Craig Wapnick.
By: Sarah Bonner
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio celebrated a double victory this past week at African Continental Championships in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. Moolman-Pasio showed her prowess in both the road and individual time trial disciplines winning the sprint from a breakaway in the road race and the timetrial by 43 seconds.
Victory wasn’t without it’s challenges, however, as only five of the 21 bicycles sent arrived with Team South Africa. With flights arriving only every second day, riders were left without equipment and forced to abandon some events. “I had both, my time trial and road bike, so I was one of the fortunate ones,” Moolman-Pasio stated, sounding relieved all over again.
Virtually enter the race before the race
The Absa Cape Epic attracts many of the best mountain bikers in the world. We’re expecting around 15 past and current world champions at the 2013 event, and it’s tipped to be the most competitive event yet. But long before the riders even congregate at race registration at the V&A Waterfront in March next year, there will be some serious competition, in fact, it’s already begun – with the GPS-based exercising social network Strava.
Former SA pole vault star Okkert Brits and one-time Welsh rugby captain Colin Charvis, have teamed up to take on the monumental challenge of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic, in support of the JAG Foundation.
Apart from competing in one of the most arduous adventure races on the planet, their efforts will also raise funds and drive awareness of the JAG Foundation’s philosophy of using sport as a catalyst for change.
After spending the cycling season in America Christiaan Kriek still believes that going to the States is the way to go for those wanting to pursue a career as a professional cyclist.
“It was the perfect first step and a very good learning experience,” said the 23-year-old rider from the American Continental Team Jelly Belly P/B Kenda.
The 2012 African Continental Championships came to an end amidst sweltering heat over the course of the weekend in West Africa’s Burkina Faso, where Team South Africa will return home from the capital city Ouagadougou with a total of nine medals.
Saturday’s Elite women’s road race saw the three South African’s outsmart their rivals to claim gold, silver and bronze for the top three podium positions of the 68km event. Shortened due to the very hot conditions, the participants were required to race four laps of the 17 kilometre circuit.