Team DCM’s reigning South African road champion Darren Lill has entered the nine-day Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race – which starts on April 29 – with the intention of winning it.
In what promises to be a formidable partnership, Lill will be riding alongside former national cross-country champion Brandon Stewart (29).
Defending champion Yolandi du Toit has proved she’s peaking at the perfect moment to mount a strong defence of her title at the Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race.
Du Toit’s win in this past weekend’s Mr Price Karkloof Classic should give her a timely confidence boost ahead of the nine-day stage race on April 29.
Former Dakar Rally champion and this year’s runner-up Giniel de Villiers has signed up for yet another multi-stage endurance test – this time on a mountain bike.
De Villiers, 39, will team up with former international triathlete Bobby Behan to ride the world’s largest fully serviced stage race, the Subaru sani 2c, from May 19 to 21.
In the UCI-sanctioned Karkloof cross-country race that took place this past weekend (9-10 April), Philip Buys (Garmin-adidas) rode the ride of his life.
He finished second after Burry Stander (Specialized) with just more than 30 seconds separating the two riders.
It’s July 1998 and the riders in the Tour de France have endured an epic journey through the Alps on the way to Morzine. The defending Tour champion, Jan Ullrich, as endured a torrid day, constantly being attacked by the Italian climbing phenomenon, Marco Pantani, and with a less than sufficient buildup, the cracks are starting to show. As he crosses the finish line, the young German is consoled by his friend and mentor, the veteran rider Udo Boelts, who has stayed by his side throughout the day, nursing the 1997 champion in his time of need.
Fast forward to 2011, and the evergreen Boelts is leading the masters category in the ABSA Cape Epic, dubbed by many as the “Tour de France of mountain biking.” Along with his JUWI teammate Carsten Bresser, the German pair are just outside the top ten riders overall in a field boasting the cream of international mountain bikers.
We were fortunate to connect with the German legend after the time trial stage in Worcester and find out that he is as passionate as ever about endurance sports after a pro career spanning nearly two decades.
It was a glorious day in Pietermaritzburg. Some 2,000 South African BMX fans were treated to the world’s best BMX racing. It was also a great day for the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series presented by Swatch with an extremely successful first stop of the 2011 edition. But it was an especially glorious day for Corben Sharrah (USA) and Manon Valentino (FRA) who won the first elite BMX Supercross World Cup event of 2011.