After a run of bad luck this season, Charles Keey and Darren Lill finally got the break they needed to claim the opening stage of the three-day Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race near Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.
The Cannondale-Blend duo timed it perfectly to hold off all contenders in a bunch sprint to the finish, taking the 87km stage from Underberg to MacKenzie Club in 2:47:10.
Team Bulls rider Tim Böhme coasted to victory on day one of the 2013 Nashua Grape Escape after breaking away from the leading bunch, which included top local and international riders, a few hundred meters from the finish. Second place went to South African rider Darren Lill, while Urs Huber, another rider from the six-strong Team Bulls camp, took third.
Böhme, who finished third overall at the 2012 Grape Escape, said it was a good start for the first day. “The route was challenging but had a good balance between steep climbs and nice flats.” Böhme’s teammate Urs Huber said he had a great day out. “It’s my first Nashua Grape Escape and I really enjoyed the steep climbs and nice technical sections. It’s great training for the Absa Cape Epic next month.”
South Africa’s national road cycling team stuck to their game plan and claimed their first victory at the 2012 Tour of Rwanda when Darren Lill retained the yellow jersey after the seventh stage to claim the overall win with compatriot Dylan Girdlestone finishing in second place. The Tour of Rwanda ended on Sunday in Kigali with a stage of 124,3km.
After starting in Kigali nine days earlier, international teams toured the scenic and hilly Rwandan countryside to span 876 kilometres in total, starting with a Prologue on Sunday 18th November followed by eight stages.
After last year’s heartbreak, Kevin Evans and David George smashed the course record to reclaim their rightful place as winners of the 2012 sani2c, presented by BoE Private Clients, in Scottburgh on Saturday morning.
The Nedbank 360Life riders took the overall lead after winning the opening stage between Underberg and McKenzie Club near Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday and did not relinquish it again. Keep reading for a day by day report.
By winning the MTN Barberton ultra-marathon on Saturday (28 January), Jacques Rossouw (Team FedGroup-Itec Connect) at long last completed a hat trick of victories. Kevin Evans (Nedbank360Life) was second and Jacques Janse van Rensburg (MTN-Qhubeka) third.
In South African mountain biking Rossouw’s hat trick was probably the longest in the making. His previous victories in Barberton were in 2004 and 2005.
Prestigious medals were aplenty for the road cycling team participating at the 10th All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique that took place from 3rd to 18th September.
From the onset on Thursday (8 September), the South African team began their onslaught despite the threat of non-road closure taking place in the capital city.
Seven South African road cyclists have travelled to Mozambique as part of a 200-strong South African team representing eighteen sporting disciplines at the 2011 All Africa Games, taking place in Maputo. The duration of the Games, which happen every four years, is from 3rd to 18th September.
Arran Brown (MTN-Qhubeka) proved himself to be true to his word when, on Sunday (28 August), he outsprinted Nolan Hoffman (Tasol) to win the last stage of the Tour de Free State.
“It was a great stage. I owe much to my teammates who tactically rode a brilliant race. They set up everything for me so perfectly that I had the luxury of saving myself for the final sprint to the line,” Brown said. He predicted the day before the race that, if given half a chance, he would win.