Former champion Neil MacDonald, riding with new partner Brandon Stewart, notched up his second overall victory in the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race at Scottburgh on Saturday.
The FedGroup-Itec riders completed the 910km journey from Heidelberg in Gauteng to the KwaZulu-Natal south coast in 34:11:05, taking four stage wins in the process.
Brandon Stewart and Neil MacDonald strengthened their grip on the Old Mutual joBerg2c when they claimed their third stage victory on day six of the mountain bike race in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.
The FedGroup-Itec riders completed the 91km stage from Kamberg to Hazeldene farm near Underberg in 3:21:00 to take a comfortable three-and-a-half minute lead after 24:02:11 of racing.
RE:CM’s Waylon Woolcock and Lourens Luus, who were unlucky to suffer technical problems in the closing kilometres of the previous stage, trailed them home in 3:23:53. Third on the day was the Bridge duo of Nico Pfitzenmaier and Timo Cooper in 3:26:09.
Brandon Stewart and Neil MacDonald of FedGroup-Itec fired the opening salvo as the racing proper got under way on the second stage of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Saturday.
As the rest of the country enjoyed the Freedom Day celebrations, it was business as usual for the top pro teams as they battled it out all the way along the 93km stage from Frankfort to Reitz in the Free State.
Former winner and last year’s runner-up Neil MacDonald will once again have victory in his sights when he and FedGroup-Itec team-mate Brandon Stewart line up for the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Friday.
The former roadie is currently in good stage-racing form, both on and off-road, following strong performances at the recent Mzansi Tour and Absa Cape Epic.
The FedGroup-Itec cyclists are normally known for their heroics in the dirt of South Africa’s toughest mountain-bike trails, but they have decided to test the truth of the saying that a change can be as good as a holiday.
This is why Brandon Stewart, Neil MacDonald, Kevin Evans and Brad Stroberg will switch from mountain bikes to road bikes for a few weeks to compete in the UCI-sanctioned Mzansi Tour powered by Cathsseta (17-21 April).
The fact that the riders from FedGroup-Itec will participate in the Mzansi Tour, might have the proverbial effect of setting a cat loose among the pigeons.
Top South African rider Brandon Stewart (31) will participate in this year’s Absa Cape for the 10th time, partnering with Neil MacDonald as team FedGroup-Itec. Stewart won the Absa African Leader jersey in both 2007 and 2012, as well as finished in the top 5 in 2005, having partnered with Gerrie Beukes, Shan Wilson, Max Knox and Jacques Rossouw in the past. He was the South African Cross-country Champion in 2008 and a TransAlp stage winner in 2007.
Reigning champion Brandon Stewart and new partner Neil MacDonald won the FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike race from the Harrismith area in the Free State to Winterton in KwaZulu-Natal by a whisker on Sunday after three days of close racing.
Defending champion Brandon Stewart will team up with old foe Neil MacDonald in a surprise last-minute pairing for the three-day FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike race that gets underway on Friday.
The FedGroup-Itec Connect man, who won with Jacques Rossouw last year, will mount his title defence in the 220km event alongside the 35-year-old former roadie as he waits to announce his new team-mate for the 2013 season.