The MTN Sabie will be the first race of Rossouw’s second comeback.
Rossouw demonstrated how important it is for him to give a good account of himself at Sabie by flying out to Namibia to do some high altitude training with his coach, Mannie Heymans, starting this week.
Training with Heymans may prove to be the proverbial ace up Rossouw’s sleeve because Heymans won the Sabie race no less than seven times.
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.
Defending champion Max Knox will team up with two-time former winner Mannie Heymans as they take on the three-day sani2c, presented by BoE Private Clients, which starts at Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday.
Knox – who heads the MTN National Mountain Bike Marathon Series after five of the eight rounds – and his Namibian partner will be up against Old Mutual joBerg2c winners and pre-race favourites Kevin Evans and David George of Nedbank 360Life.
Last year’s champion Andrew Mclean tipped MTN-DoItNow’s Adrien Niyonshuti and Max Knox for overall honours in the 900-kilometre Fairbairn Capital/Old Mutual joBerg2c that starts on Friday and ends nine days later.
He said the young Rwandan mountain biker was currently in winning form after securing the African jersey with Namibian team-mate Mannie Heymans at the recent Absa Cape Epic.
Mission accomplished is the best way to describe Adrien Niyonshuti and Mannie Heymans (Garmin-adidas/MTN) overall victory in the Absa Cape Epic’s African Jersey competition.
Moments after finishing the last stage on Sunday at Lourensford Heymans made it clear that finishing ninth overall in the Epic and winning the African Jersey with Niyonshuti is a definite highlight in his already illustrious mountain biking career.
Mannie Heymans (Garmin-adidas) and Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN/Qhubeka) will team up to contest next month’s Absa Cape Epic.
This might develop into one of the most exciting combinations during the world famous stage race. One thing is for certain they will be contesting the category ‘Best African Team of the Tour’.
Karl Platt (Team Bulls) proved on Saturday by winning the MTN Sabie ultra-marathon that patience is a virtue.
Despite the South African and Namibian riders trying their utmost to put him under pressure the German rider refused to be intimidated. He just kept on riding at his own pace biding his time for the right moment to dish out his own punishment.
A dress rehearsal for the Absa Cape Epic is what Saturday’s (26 February) MTN Sabie ultra-marathon might just boil down to.
Germany’s Karl Platt (Team Bulls) who has perfected winning the Epic into a fine art has, indicated that he will race at the MTN Sabie.