Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN-Energade) surprised everybody by winning the Nissan Hazeldean Race over 70 kilometers on Saturday (5 June).
During the last 10 kilometers, when things really got tough, the young rider from Rwanda kept his cool and managed, with brutal force, to ride away from everybody else. It was the first time he won a major race in South Africa.
Swart proved during the Tour de l’Aude Cycliste Feminin (known as the women’s version of the Tour de France) which finished on Sunday, 23 May, that she is able to hold her own against the world’s best. She achieved top-ten finishes in three of the stages. To crown it all, she also finished 2nd in the category for best young riders.
Philip Buys (Garmin-adidas) proved the truth of this on Saturday, 15 May, at the Saasveld track just outside George, when he outsprinted Kevin Evans (MTN-Energade) to win the third pro-elite race in the MTN National Cross-country Series.
Saturday, 2 May 2010, will be a very important date for Christoff van Heerden, MTN-Energade’s South African Road Champion.
It is not often that a rider finds himself in a position to win one of South Africa’s big one-day Classics three times in succession. Van Heerden is, as far as the Tour Durban is concerned, on the brink of making South African cycling history. He has won the Tour Durban in 2008 and 2009 and consequently needs only one more victory to complete his hat trick.
This weekend saw the first leg of the MTN Ultra Marathon series taking place in Oudtshoorn. Going into its 4th year, the Attakwas is no doubt a fitting start to this series. Word on the street is that this 137km race which is extremely technical is the hardest one day offroad event in the country.
Conditions on the morning were perfect, and a record number of entries saw batches leaving from the Chandelier Game farm, to start the first part of the race in the reserve. There was star studded field with a couple guys eager to turn the pace up from the beginning.