Jaroslav Kulhavy charged to a solo victory on his home turf in Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic. With this win, Jaroslav secures himself the World Cup overall title for 2011. Nino Schurter rode to the silver medal, nine seconds ahead of Julien Absalon.
Philip Buys (Garmin-adidas) got snookered by a cramp in the deciding moments of the Illovo Eston Marathon (60km) in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday (7 August).
As a result he finished second behind Brandon Stewart (Itec Connect). Burry Stander (Specialized) finished third.
Buys was not despondent because of the result.
“Brandon deserved to win. He was the most aggressive rider throughout the race and I had to play catch-up most of the time.
Simons Town, December 1992. Another south-easter, another race and I’m nursing a broken wrist. As an aspiring albeit injured teenage triathlete now unable to compete in the opening Olympic distance triathlon of the season, I have eagerly volunteered to help out at the event as race marshall directing traffic and handing out water sachets to my fellow competitors.
But at least I’ll have a front seat view of the action.
About twenty minutes before the race start, I notice a large, familiar figure resembling a local fisherman casually walking down from the terraced parking area overlooking Long Beach wheeling a Lejeune 753 bicycle complete with shoes clipped in the pedals and carrying a shopping bag slung over his broad shoulders.
“Do you okes know where I can find a floor pump? My tyres are a bit pap”, remarks the barefoot stranger resplendent in old Dulux stained tracksuit pants and top and a Longmile visor.
This guy is no stranger. It’s Keith Anderson – South Africa’s finest triathlete, UCT graduate, fisherman and legendary waterman.
Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) won the sixth round of the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup in La Bresse, France. With a final run of 2min 09. sec Greg beat Gee Atherton in second by 0.5sec and Aaron Gwin into third by 2.5sec . Gwin’s third place secures him the 2011 overall World Cup title and makes him the first American to win the overall.
‘Down but not out’. This is probably the best way to describe Adrien Niyonshuti (Team MTN Qhubeka)’s experience last weekend (30-31 August) when he raced against some of the world’s best cross-country riders on the course that had been designed for next year’s London Olympic Games.
Lesotho Sky is a 500km team Expedition Mountain Bike Stage Race in Lesotho. With 14000m of climbing in the “Mountain Kingdom” over 6 days, this event will blow your mind and your legs…