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  • Torq zone academy officially opens its doors

    Posted on December 12th, 2014 admin No comments
    Torq opens it doors

    Graeme Stickells, Managing Director of Torq Zone Academy, has officially opened South Africa’s first state of the art technical training facility for the bicycle industry.

    The Torq Zone Academy hit the headlines in August with the announcement of their intention to establish South Africa’s first bicycle technical training facility. The Torq Zone Academy was to offer internationally accredited Cytech™ technical courses exclusively in South Africa. Subsequently, the online course went live on the 1st of October, and shop fitting work at the actual training facility in Doringkloof Mall, Centurion continued unabated. The long anticipated shipment of Park Tool arrived the week before last. Park Tool USA, through their local distributor Cape Cycle Systems, were both instrumental and very supportive in getting this world class training facility established.

    Torq Zone is very excited to announce that their Academy is now a reality and the doors to South Africa’s first state of the art technical training facility have officially opened. The UK based Cytech™ Technical scheme is now also available as class room courses in addition to the online course launched earlier. “The course schedules for the next 6 months are available and you can book your course directly on our website”, said Graeme Stickells, MD of Torq Zone Academy.

    “The positive response we received following the initial announcement has been quite remarkable, even exceeding our wildest expectations. It gave us lots of confidence in this exciting but also risky journey we’ve embarked on. Our planned partnerships with Corporate Social Investment programs such as ABSA Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy is particularly exciting and close to our hearts. With the support of distributors, retail shops and the cycling enthusiast alike, we are looking forward to affect real chance in the cycling industry at large” said Dirk Oerlemans, owner of Torq Zone.

    To celebrate this momentous occasion and to set in motion urgently needed change in the repair and maintenance of bicycles, Torq Zone management decided to extend their launch promotion to include all Cytech™ Technical courses. The promotion makes provision to save up to 30% on your course fees. In addition you stand a chance to get all your course fees paid back as part of a lucky draw. For more info refer www.torqzoneacademy.co.za

     

     

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  • De Groot, Williamson claim Wines2Whales title

    Posted on November 10th, 2014 admin No comments
    Wines 2 Whales

    Robyn de Groot (right) and Catherine Williamson are greeted at the finish line of Stage 1 of the FNB Wines2Whales after finishing the stage in second place. The pair went on to win Stages 2 and 3 and claim the overall title. Photo credit: Cherie Vale/Newsport Media

    South African marathon mountain bike champion, Robyn de Groot (Biogen Toyota) and Britain’s Catherine Williamson (Asrin Cycling), teamed up to secure one last title for the 2014 racing year when they won the women’s category at the FNB Wines2Whales three-day stage race at the weekend. Traditionally the final major stage race for the year, the 2014 Wines2Whales Race, attracted a strong women’s field, setting the scene for three days of close racing.

    Friday’s Stage 1, a 74km leg from Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West to Oak Valley, Grabouw, took place in searing heat, with a top temperature of 45 degrees Celcius recorded on the route. London Olympian Candice Neethling (Time Freight VeloLife) and Swedish marathon champion, Jennie Stenerhag (Cape Brewing Co.) secured the first stage win ahead of De Groot and Williamson with Theresa Ralph (Tribe Suunto) and Jeannie Dreyer (USN HiTec) rounding out the podium.

    “Unfortunately Catherine was feeling a bit ill today and wasn’t able to race at 100%. But she still gave what ever she had and we were able to at least stay within sight of the race lead,” said De Groot on Friday evening. Saturday’s Stage 2 was held over a circular 64km route that started and finished at Oak Valley. With slightly cooler temperatures and a shorter stage, the racing was on from the start. De Groot and Williamson managed to win the stage and secured a big enough lead over second placed stage finishers, Neethling and Stenerhag, to move into a 48-second lead with one stage remaining.

    “Catherine was a lot better today and we were eager to take the stage win. The racing was close though which is great for women’s racing where there isn’t always this much depth. Fortunately we got enough time to get the overall lead and will be defending that with everything we have on the final stage,” said De Groot after Saturday’s leg. The final stage, a 73.5km haul from Oak Valley to Onrus, near Hermanus at the coast, saw a thrilling battle in the women’s race. With most of the stage’s 1300 metres of vertical ascent coming in the second half, the event holds a surprising sting in its tail.

    De Groot and Williamson managed to win the stage ahead of Neethling and Stenerhag, but the winning margin was only 68 seconds as the latter pair exhausted themselves pursuing their rivals over the final 12km.“It was a great contest today! Apparently Candice and Jennie saw us on the last long climb, which motivated them. We actually weren’t aware that they were that close and we decided to take no risks on the last section of singletrack. That’s where they closed the gap on us and for the last couple of kilometres it was an all out effort to get the stage win,” said De Groot.

    De Groot and Williamson’s final overall time was 10 hours 08 minutes 03 seconds. Neethling and Stenerhag finished second in 10:10:09 with Anriette Schoeman (Africa Silks) and Yolandi du Toit (Garmin) claiming the final podium spot in 11:03:21. “It was good to race with Catherine. She is very experienced and we certainly seem to connect well on the bike and off it, which is important in mountain bike stage racing,” said De Groot. “I must thank TREK, my bike sponsor. I found a crack in my frame last week and they went out of their way to build up a brand new bike so that I had a racing machine for Wines2Whales. I flew to Cape Town without a bike, collected it two days before the race and it all ran smoothly,” smiled De Groot.

    “It’s great to finish off the year with a win. Without my sponsors, Biogen, Toyota and Cycle Lab, I wouldn’t have been able to pursue racing mountain bikes professionally as I have this year. I’ve learned so much; especially in the races I didn’t win and will take that experience into 2015 with new goals. But first a proper break!”

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  • Fully subscribed fairview attakwas offers limited charity entries

    Posted on November 5th, 2014 admin No comments
    Limited Charity

    Germany’s Karl Platt, four time winner of the ABSA Cape Epic, opts to push his bike up a loose climb as he leads the front group at the 2014 Fairview Attakwas Extreme Challenge. The 2015 event is full, but the organisers made 70 charity entries available on Wednesday 5 November. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

    You don’t just enter and ride the Fairview Attakwas mountain bike race and zip home with another finisher’s medal. Such is the event’s prestige and difficulty that you have to specifically train for it, plan it into your life (it’s not close to any large cities), start at one point, ride your heart out for hours and hours to finish at a different point and then only do you get a finisher’s medal. And then can you make your way back home. Proudly.

    Sounds like a real challenge, right? Well it is. And that’s why the full name is the Fairview Attakwas Extreme Mountain Bike Challenge. And that’s why the 2015 edition on 17 January sold out its capacity of 800 entries in record time. Again. And that’s why it’s worth setting your sights on one of the 70 charity entries that will be launched today (Wednesday 5 November 2014). Only riders registered on the waiting list will qualify for charity entry package access. To register, visit www.atta.co.za. Starting at Chandelier Game Lodge and finishing at Pine Creek Resort, both in the Oudtshoorn region of the Western Cape, the race is held over a distance of 121km with total vertical ascent of 2900 metres. Those numbers match any ABSA Cape Epic Queen Stage, but it’s the severity of the terrain and potentially extreme weather that make it an impressive feat to finish Fairview Attakwas within the 11-hour cut-off.

    Some years the sun is baking hot, delivering temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius; other years it’s cool and cloudy with the possibility of rain. One thing that’s virtually certain though is that there will be wind. And it’s usually a relentless wind that blows off the Indian Ocean and which is a headwind in the final quarter of the gruelling race… Then there’s the Attakwas. Essentially this is a 300-year-old pass over the Outeniqua Mountains that is steep with a loose surface that ranges from stony to rocky. Even the seasoned international professionals that take on the race each year lament the difficultly of finding any kind of pedalling rhythm through here. There’s good reason the word ‘Extreme’ is used in the event’s name.

    Since the Robinson Pass was completed in 1869 the Attakwas Kloof region was largely unused and is now a protected area that falls under Cape Nature, boasting flourishing indigenous vegetation including proteas, waboom, ericas and other fynbos. There are also imposing natural rock formations and old historical buildings and ruins, which lead to the Attakwas being declared a National Monument in 1995. The 70 charity entry packages coast R1400 each and comprise entry to the full race, a pre-race Klein Karoo International ostrich steak dinner with a bottle of Fairview wine and a 2014 event t-shirt. A portion of each charity entry fee will go to the Fairview Dryland Traverse Academy, which helps develop and support underprivileged local residents in both trail running and mountain biking.

    While the long-distance race is full, the 52km Spur Attakwas Mini, held on the same day, is still open for entries. It’s the ideal event for those wanting to tackle the main event in future, but aren’t quite ready for it, or those who enjoy mountain biking but not at the extreme end… With a total of 1100 metres of ascent, it’s no cruise either. To enter before the rider limit is reached, visit www.atta.co.za

    For more information on the Fairview Attakwas Extreme Challenge and the Spur Attakwas Mini, visit www.atta.co.za

     

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  • De Groot wraps up Gauteng series with clean sweep of wins

    Posted on November 4th, 2014 admin No comments
    Robyn de Groot

    Robyn de Groot (Biogen Toyota), completed a clean sweep by winning the final round of the Nissan Trailseeker Series at the weekend. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

    South African marathon champion, Robyn de Groot (Biogen Toyota) wrapped up the 2014 Nissan Trailseeker mountain bike series with a fifth consecutive win in the five-event series in Irene at the weekend. The Johannesburg-based rider clocked a time of 02 hours 32 minutes 44 seconds for the 68km event, which took place in breezy, overcast conditions and took riders on a relatively flat route to the south east of Pretoria.

    For De Groot, it was the perfect way to end off the popular regional series in her home province. Over 200 women contested the marathon distance during the series, which is focused on hosting events in close proximity to the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The best four results in the series count towards the final overall rankings. With four wins already, De Groot didn’t even have to contest the final round, but she wasn’t going to miss out on the race. “This series is so popular and attracts not only a lot of new women to marathon racing, but also gets very good media coverage. I owed it to my sponsors to be here today. I’ve had an amazing year in mountain bike racing thanks to the support of companies like Biogen, Toyota and Cycle Lab, my primary sponsors,” said De Groot.

    “The organisers of this series, Advendurance, start the marathon women in our own group, which acknowledges the number of women now getting competitive in Gauteng marathons. I raced on my own for virtually the whole race today. The course wasn’t very hilly with lots of exposed sections of gravel road and jeep track. This ensured there were no bottlenecks, but also made it tough going on your own in the wind,” added De Groot. This the first year that De Groot has won the Nissan Trailseeker Series title which offers some consolation after having finished as runner-up in the 2014 MTN National Marathon Series, which she won in 2013.

    “This was my first year as a full-time mountain bike racer and I’ve had a very good year in terms of results. Winning the national marathon title for a second time and wearing the national champion’s jersey adds a bit of pressure in every marathon or stage race I contest. But I’m okay with that. I perform well under pressure,” smiled De Groot. The final race for De Groot in 2014 is the FNB Wines2Whales three-day stage race, which starts on Friday in Somerset West. De Groot will team up with Britain’s Catherine Williamson for the event, which requires riders to compete in two-up teams.

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  • Track champ signs with Bestmed-ASG

    Posted on October 31st, 2014 admin No comments
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    Multiple national track champion Ashleigh Parsons has signed with the Bestmed-ASG women’s professional cycling team for the 2015 season

    Three-time national track champion Ashleigh Parsons will join the Bestmed-ASG women’s professional cycling team for the 2015 season, the team management has announced.

    The 14-year-old Parsons, who is also the Western Cape road and time-trial champion in her age group, will sign on as a first-year U16 rider.

    Team manager Owen Botha said they were looking forward to bringing the talented youngster on board and grooming her for top-level competition.

    The Wellington-based sprinter first grabbed the pro outfit’s attention with a dominating performance at the national track championships in Durban at the end of April.

    There she won four gold medals and broke the South African record in the pursuit and time-trial events.

    “I realise that a team like Bestmed-ASG is always on the lookout to add new talent and I’m very proud to have this opportunity,” said Parsons.

    “I’m incredibly excited but nervous at the same time, as it’s my first pro team. It’s a dream come true.”

    She said she believed her track cycling experience would serve to strengthen her performance on the road.

    “It’s important for any young cyclist to ride on the track, as that is where the basic skills are learnt.”

    Parsons, who is currently in grade eight at Huguenot High School, said it was her ultimate ambition to become a full-time pro once she completed her schooling.

    “The sport is demanding and that would be the perfect reward for the hard work – to ride my bike as my job.”

    As part of the Bestmed-ASG set-up, she said she hoped to add the 2015 national road title in her age category to her existing accolades.

    “I think this is achievable with hard work.”

    Extra effort is something Parsons is not afraid of, as she juggles her daily schoolwork and training schedule.

    “It’s not always easy, but with discipline and a little push and shove from my family, I manage it.”

    With both her parents having been competitive cyclists, she said her involvement in the sport seemed somehow inevitable.

    “At the age of four I started riding short fun rides and, after falling in love with the sport, I entered my very first Eric van Enter interprovincial competition at age nine and have never looked back.”

    Her brother Alexander is a first-year junior provincial cyclist and her father is former junior Springbok rider Colin Parsons.

    “Racing from the age of seven, there were many things I missed out on as a youngster because I was in love with the sport,” said Colin, who counts racing for the national road team in Belgium, winning the SA madison champs alongside Robbie Dale and finishing fourth in the Argus among his many achievements.

    “I tell Ash and Alex to partake in other activities but they both enjoy the sport and show good dedication, so I support their choice of cycling all the way.”

    He said Ashleigh’s true commitment was demonstrated in Bloemfontein a few weeks ago when she was involved in a crash on day one of the interprovincial track champs.

    “She bounced back for the time trial the following day, only to be involved in another crash involving an unauthorised vehicle in the finish area.

    “After X-rays she was cleared to race the next day and went on to win the criterium. She shows great mental strength and determination which I believe will take her to great achievements.”

    For racing updates, follow @TeamBestmed_asg or find the team on Facebook.

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  • Hill ready to climb mountains at Berg & Bush

    Posted on October 28th, 2014 admin No comments
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    Andrew Hill (TIB-Thule) will be hoping to make his mark in this year’s FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike stage race alongside new partner Tyrone White. Photo: Gavin Ryan/Finishline Photo

    Last year’s runner-up Andrew Hill will be looking to ascend to the top step of the podium at the FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike stage race, which starts in the Central Drakensberg this Friday. Hill, who finished second in 2013 with Luke Roberts, will be vying for the title in the three-day Descent feature race alongside new teammate Tyrone White.

    “I’d like to believe that we have the experience and racing strengths to stand on the top step this year,” said Hill. “That said, anything can happen on the day and we need to go in confident that we can step up if something doesn’t go to plan on the bike.” When it came to stage racing, he said consistency was key to success.

    “Stage wins are great but the general classification is what really counts. “That said, I feel the first day is usually where overall positions are formed. “At 95km this is the longest and possibly the toughest stage, so if we can make our mark from the word go, we’ll hopefully stay upfront for the rest of the weekend.”

    Hill said both he and White enjoyed the technical sections, could climb well and that their riding styles complemented each other. “We’ve partnered up before and get on well both on and off the bike, which makes things a lot easier when tensions are high while racing.”

    In the absence of defending champions Brandon Stewart and Konny Looser, he said their major challenges were likely to come from the likes of Tyron Bird and Brad Stroberg, who both had excellent stage racing experience. Hill and White, who will be riding in the colours of TIB-Thule, will take on the testing 220km route, which starts at the new Border Post venue on top of Oliviershoek Pass near the provincial boundary with the Free State.

    Hill said the new Drakensberg Drop section, which includes 30km of previously unridden trails, would be a great addition for the pro field, as it provided a longer uninterrupted section of single-track off the escarpment.

    “From a racing perspective it’ll be interesting to see how this will affect the tactics, as nobody would have seen the route and we’ll all have to take it as it comes.”He said the serious contenders would also welcome the omission of the boat crossing of Spioenkop Dam. “The dam crossing was fun but I think for the guys racing the event the prospect of your lead being nullified by a poor boat choice was always quite disconcerting.

    “In the end, the more time we spend riding trails, the happier we are!” The Hillcrest resident said the trails were what set the FedGroup Berg & Bush apart. “I love the amount of work and care that Gary (Green), Sollie (Prinsloo) and the rest of the team put into the trails to make them world class.

    “The climb up and descent off Spioenkop has become synonymous with the event. It’s the route that makes me personally come back year after year.” The 32-year-old has podiumed in each of his three outings at the event, finishing second with Waylon Woolcock in 2012 and winning the mixed category with Brenda Potts the previous year.

    He has had a strong 2014 season to date including victories at the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek and BSI Dusi2c. “I’ve had a productive stage racing season with some really good results. I enjoy the longer races and also the tactical thinking that goes with the stage win battles versus the chess game of the general classification.”

    Hill said he was feeling confident and back in good form following a knee injury sustained during a fall at the Nedbank sani2c in May. “I’ve worked hard to make a comeback and make the last half of the year count. I’ve been enjoying my racing and with that the results have followed.

    “Last month, I had a solid second place at Hill2Hill behind James Reid and followed that up with a win the following weekend in Underberg.” The FedGroup Berg & Bush starts with the Descent on October 10, followed by the Great Trek from October 14 and wraps up with the two-day event from October 18.

    Visit www.bergandbush.co.za, find the race on Facebook or follow @bergandbush.

     

     

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  • Scott win stage,bulls retain bridge Cape pioneer trek lead

    Posted on October 24th, 2014 admin No comments
    Cape pioneer trek lead

    Matthys Beukes and Philip Buys (SCOTT Factory Racing) are closely monitored by Simon Stiebjahn and Tim Both (Team Bulls) during Stage 5 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

    In an effort to take back some of the time they lost on Thursday, South Africans Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (SCOTT Factory Racing) blew Stage 5 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek apart. While they never regained any lost time, they did splinter the field from early on and won the shortened stage, out-sprinting overall leaders Simon Stiebjahn and Tim Bohme (Team Bulls). The stage from George to Herold was shorted from 71km to 51km by the organisers following heavy rain on Thursday, which made parts of the planned route too dangerous.

    Buys and Beukes lost their overall lead on Thursday’s stage, where they encountered a puncture, but vowed they’d fight every remaining metre of the event for the 3 minutes 36 seconds they needed to regain the lead. But the German race leaders stuck to the SCOTT riders on Friday’s stage like their lives depended on it and maintained their overall lead with just one stage remaining. SCOTT Factory Racing clocked a stage time of 2:13:32 with The Bulls finishing in the same time in second place. Third on the stage was the Belgian duo of Michiel van Aelbroeck and Robby de Bock (WMTB.be – Feenstra) two-and-a-half minutes later.

    In the women’s race, South Africans Cherise Stander and Candice Neethling (#iride4Burry) won their first stage of the event, clocking a time of 2:38:05. They were followed home by overall leaders, Asrin Cycling’s Catherine Williamson (GBR) and Alice Pirard (BEL) two minutes later, with Theresa Ralph (RSA) and Esther Suss (SUI) of the Meerendal Wheeler team rounding out the podium places, another minute back. In the other team racing categories, South Africans Phillimon Sebona and Jan Motsoa (Klein Karoo International) were the top Amateurs, with third-placed Brian Lennox and Hannes Hanekom (Klein Karoo Giants) retaining their overall lead. South Africans Inga de Villiers and Dalene van der Leek (LGE Mida Bells Cycling) won the Mixed category, but Germans Max Friedrich and Jana Mischance (Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk), who were second on the stage, retained the Mixed overall lead.

    Heinz Zorweg (AUT) and Bartie Bucher (SUI) of Team Meerendal Wheeler 2 claimed a sixth consecutive stage win and now hold an even larger Masters category lead; while South Africans Johan Labuschagne and Gerrie Beukes (Klein Karoo Veterans) secured a fourth successive stage win and held on to their Veteran category lead. In the Solo men’s division, Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) won the stage in his category and extended his General Classification lead, while Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA), extended her Solo women’s category lead with another stage win.

    Saturday’s final stage over 86km has 1025 metres of ascent but is considered one of the easier stages of this year’s event. The route heads from Herold to Oudtshoorn via the Chandelier Game and Ostrich Farm. For more information on the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek, visit www.capepioneer.co.za. For race updates, follow @BridgeCPT on twitter and Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek on Facebook.

    Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek 2014

    Stage 5

    Leading results

    Men:

    1 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 2:13:32

    2 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 2:13:32

    3 Michiel van Aelbroeck (BEL) / Robby de Bock (BEL) WMTB.Be – Feenstra 2:16:03

    4 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 2:16:05

    5 Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – EAI South Africa 2:17:10

    Women:

    1 Cherise Stander (RSA) / Candice Neethling (RSA) #iride4Burry 2:38:05

    2 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) Asrin Cycling 2 2:40:12

    3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 2:41:05

    Amateur:

    1 Phillimon Sebona (RSA) / Jan Motsoa (RSA) – Klein Karoo International 2:31:54

    2 Matthias Winkler (SUI) / Francois Naf (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2:33:27

    3 Brian Lennox (RSA) / Hannes Hanekom (RSA) – Klein Karoo Giants 2:34:32

    Veteran men:

    1 Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) – Klein Karoo Veterans 2:34:47

    2 Malcolm Dods (RSA) /Billy Stelling (RSA) – Swift Carbon 2:37:50

    3 Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) – Pynfabriek 2:41:20

    Master men:

    1 Heinz Zorweg (AUT) / Barti Bucher (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2 2:30:37

    2 Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) – Wilde 3 2:44:14

    3 Martin Buck (RSA) / Kevin Record (RSA) – Buck n Pom 2:53:00

    Mixed:

    1 Igna de Villiers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling 2:39:16

    2 Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk 2:39:53

    3 Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 2:45:03

    Solo men:

    1 Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) 2:13:33

    2 Konny Looser (SUI) 2:20:01

    3 Renay Groustra (RSA – RSAweb) 2:20:05

    Solo women:

    1 Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 2:56:33

    2 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) 3:09:22

    3 Lara Everts (RSA) 3:10:20

    Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek 2014

    General Classification after Stage 5

    Leading results

    Men:

    1 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 19:29:24

    2 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 19:32:59

    3 Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – EAI South Africa 20:07:43

    4 Michiel van Aelbroeck (BEL) / Robby de Bock (BEL) WMTB.Be – Feenstra 20:10:34

    5 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 20:11:54

    Women:

    1 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) – Asrin Cycling 23:00:50

    2 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) – Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co 23:28:42

    3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 23:53:17

    Amateur:

    1 Brian Lennox (RSA) / Hannes Hannekom (RSA) – Klein Karoo Giants 22:24:27

    2 Mattias Winkler (SUI) / Francois Naf (SUI) Meerendal Wheeler 22:44:03

    3 Phillimon Sebona (RSA) / Jan Motsoa (RSA) – Klein Karoo International 22:53:59

    Veteran men:

    1 Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Klein Karoo Veterans 22:45:49

    2 Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) – Pynfabriek 23:09:56

    3 Malcolm Dods (RSA) / Billy Stelling (RSA) Swift Carbon 24:07:52

    Master men:

    1 Heinz Zorweg (AUT) / Barti Bucher (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2 21:33:01

    2 Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) – Wilde 3 24:03:42

    3 Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) – Pitstop 25:04:21

    Mixed:

    1 Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk 23:00:17

    2 Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 23:13:20

    3 Igna de Villiers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling 24:14:52

    Solo men:

    1 Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) 20:03:08

    2 Alan Gordon (RSA) 20:45:22

    3 Ken van den Bulke (BEL) 20:47:11

    Solo women:

    1 Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 25:25:56

    2 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) 27:32:00

    3 Gina Nixon (RSA) 29:26:29

    For full results visit www.capepioneer.co.za

     

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  • Dramatic stage sees lead changes stage sees lead changes at bridge Cape pioneer trek

    Posted on October 20th, 2014 admin No comments
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    Hermain Persteiner, stage runner up with James Reid, shows the effects of the rainy conditions on Stage 4 of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek.

    Stage 4 of the 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international stage race was always expected to deliver a shake-up; and it didn’t disappoint. As if the 109km with 2690m of ascent from De Rust to George wasn’t difficult enough, the riders had to conquer some exceptionally rough terrain and contend with rain and cold too. In the men’s race, the Team Bulls pairing of Simon Stiebjahn and Tim Bohme charged to the stage win and in the process reclaimed the overall lead from South Africans Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (SCOTT Factory Racing). And in the women’s race Asrin Cycling’s Catherine Williamson (GBR) and Alice Pirard (BEL) also grabbed the stage win and race lead.

    Unfazed by the weather, the German Team Bulls duo were the aggressors on the demanding stage, taking the lead on a climb at 68km into the race, intent on reclaiming some of the three minute deficit from Stage 2 when they relinquished the race lead to Beukes and Buys. Beukes managed to stay with the Bulls riders over the top of the climb, but Buys was a little further back, expecting to rejoin on the descent when Beukes sustained a cut to his rear tyre. “We bombed it but it lost air towards the last tech zone at 90km, so when we got there we changed the whole wheel,” explained Buys. “It’s a risk we took choosing hardtail frames for this race. A dual-suspension frame would have been more forgiving on this section. We’re not out of it yet. Still two more stages to race.”

    Bohme and Stiebjahn clocked a time of 4 hours 59 minutes and 24 seconds. Second place on Thursday went to the Asrin cycling duo of James Reid (RSA) and Herman Persteiner (AUT), just less than two minutes back with Buys and Beukes rounding out the podium in 5:06:24, putting them 3:35 off The Bulls’ overall lead. “These conditions aren’t unusual for us Europeans. So we made the most of that and went on the attack today,” said Stiebjahn. “We definitely put the SCOTT guys under pressure before they had their flat. Tim was super strong in the last 20km though – he pulled me through as I was suffering.”

    While it was day of misfortune for Buys and Beukes, it was a day of improved fortune for Reid and Persteiner, who suffered a mechanical on Wednesday and were given a time penalty on Tuesday for being more than two minutes apart at the stage finish. They moved from ninth up to fifth the General Classification with two stages remaining. “We’re so eager to get a stage win and came close today. But I guess the Bulls were more motivated with the GC lead as their target. We’ll keep trying,” quipped Reid.

    In the women’s race, Williamson and Pirard had passed De Groot and Stenerhag on one of the early climbs and were unaware of the mechanical trouble suffered by the race leaders, forging ahead steadily and eventually finishing 19th overall in a time of 6:04:02. “I’ve been riding one speed this whole race so we were behind Robyn and Jennie early on but caught their group after a while. Then on one of the steep climbs we moved ahead of them. We seem to be better on the steep climbs than they are,” recalled Williamson.

    “I don’t know what trouble they had but I know that we rode cautiously but steadily today because we didn’t want to risk crashing or puncturing. Alice is a really good descender, so I followed her lines on the downhills and we actually finished really strong. It’s great to be leading the race, but we can’t be satisfied until the end of the final stage and will do our best to defend the Pink Jersey,” she added. De Groot suffered a sidewall cut in her rear tyre, but she and Stenerhag had an additional problem with the rear wheel axle.

    “The quick release through-axle broke while we were trying to remove the wheel. So we had to repair that first. Then the tyre cut was too big to plug, so we had to insert a gaitor and a tube. When it’s muddy all of this is even more tricky to do,” said a dejected De Groot.

    Second place on the stage went to Cherise Stander (RSA) and Candice Neethling (#iride4Burry) with Meerendal Wheeler’s Theresa Ralph (RSA) and Esther Suss (SUI) claiming third place. De Groot and Stenerhag were fourth, but lost 37 minutes and the overall lead to Williamson and Pirard, who now have a healthy 24:21 lead. In the other team racing categories, South Africans Brian Lennox and Hannes Hanekom (Klein Karoo Giants) were the top Amateurs, extending their GC lead in the process. South Africans Kobus and Fienie Barnard (Klein Karoo Mixed), won the stage again, reducing their deficit by a further three-minutes to Germans Max Friedrich and Jana Mischance (Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk), who were second on the stage, but retain the Mixed overall lead.

    Heinz Zorweg (AUT) and Bartie Bucher (SUI) of Team Meerendal Wheeler 2 claimed a fifth consecutive stage win and now hold a massive Masters category lead; while South Africans Johan Labuschagne and Gerrie Beukes (Klein Karoo Veterans) secured a third successive stage win and moved into the Veteran category lead. In the Solo men’s division, Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) won the stage in his category and extended his General Classification lead, while Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA), extended her Solo women’s category lead with another stage win.

    Friday’s Stage 5 from George to Herold is somewhat deceptive. In just 71km, riders will have to climb 1755 metres, initially up an 18km climb out of George to the Montagu Pass, after which riders will be taken on a new section of trails through the Klein Langkloof along the northern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains.

    For more information on the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek, visit www.capepioneer.co.za. For race updates, follow @BridgeCPT on twitter and Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek on Facebook.

    Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek 2014

    Stage 4

    Leading results

    Men:

    1 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 4:59:29

    2 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 5:01:18

    3 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 5:06:31

    4 Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – EAI South Africa 5:15:44

    5 Adriaan Louw (RSA) / Lourens Luus (RSA) – Fairview Elite 5:17:42

    Women:

    1 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) Asrin Cycling 2 6:04:02

    2 Cherise Stander (RSA) / Candice Neethling (RSA) #iride4Burry 6:25:03

    3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 6:28:38

    Amateur:

    1 Brian Lennox (RSA) / Hannes Hanekom (RSA) – Klein Karoo Giants 6:06:11

    2 Phillimon Sebona (RSA) / Jan Motsoa (RSA) – Klein Karoo International 6:10:29

    3 Mattias Winkler (SUI) / Francois Naf (SUI) Meerendal Wheeler 6:11:57

    Veteran men:

    1 Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Klein Karoo Veterans 6:04:26

    2 Malcolm Dods (RSA) / Billy Stelling (RSA) Swift Carbon 6:22:09

    3 Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) – Pynfabriek 6:22:45

    Master men:

    1 Heinz Zorweg (AUT) / Barti Bucher (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2 5:50:31

    2 Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) – Wilde 3 6:27:54

    3 Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) – Pitstop 6:44:33

    Mixed:

    1 Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 6:07:26

    2 Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk 6:10:25

    3 Igna de Villiers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling 6:44:50

    Solo men:

    1 Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) 5:06:33

    2 Renay Groustra (RSA – RSAweb) 5:23:38

    3 Alan Gordon (RSA) 5:37:01

    Solo women:

    1 Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 7:15:11

    2 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) 7:40:24

    3 Gina Nixon (RSA) 8:00:14

    Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek 2014

    General Classification after Stage 4

    Leading results

    Men:

    1 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 17:15:52

    2 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 17:19:27

    3 Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – EAI South Africa 17:50:33

    4 Michiel van Aelbroeck (NED) / Robby de Bock (NED) WMTB.Be – Feenstra 17:54:31

    5 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 17:55:49

    Women:

    1 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) – Asrin Cycling 20:20:38

    2 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) – Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co 20:45:17

    3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 21:12:12

    Amateur:

    1 Brian Lennox (RSA) / Hannes Hannekom (RSA) – Klein Karoo Giants 19:49:55

    2 Mattias Winkler (SUI) / Francois Naf (SUI) Meerendal Wheeler 20:10:36

    3 Phillimon Sebona (RSA) / Jan Motsoa (RSA) – Klein Karoo International 20:22:05

    Veteran men:

    1 Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Klein Karoo Veterans 20:11:02

    2 Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) – Pynfabriek 20:28:36

    3 Malcolm Dods (RSA) / Billy Stelling (RSA) Swift Carbon 21:30:02

    Master men:

    1 Heinz Zorweg (AUT) / Barti Bucher (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2 19:02:24

    2 Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) – Wilde 3 21:19:28

    3 Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) – Pitstop 22:06:21

    Mixed:

    1 Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk 20:20:24

    2 Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 20:28:17

    3 Igna de Villiers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling 21:35:36

    Solo men:

    1 Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) 17:49:35

    2 Alan Gordon (RSA) 18:22:11

    3 Ken van den Bulke (BEL) 18:25:32

    Solo women:

    1 Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 22:29:23

    2 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) 24:22:38

    3 Gina Nixon (RSA) 26:11:14

    Elite points

    Men

    1 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 41

    2 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 40

    3 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 25

    Women

    1 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) – Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co 42

    2 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) – Asrin Cycling 39

    3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 35

    For full results visit www.capepioneer.co.za

     

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  • Bulls unstoppable at bridge Cape pioneer trek finale CAPE PIONEER TREK FINALE

    Posted on October 20th, 2014 admin No comments
    Bulls unstoppable

    Catherine Williamson (left) and Alice Pirard celebrate their overall women’s category victory at the 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek.

    The Team Bulls pair of Simon Stiebjahn and Tim Bohme finished the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race on Saturday like they started it a week ago – with a stage win – in the process extending their lead to secure the overall title.

    In the women’s event, it was the South Africans Candice Neethling and Cherise Stander (#iride4Burry) who won the event’s final stage, but the overall title went to the Asrin Cycling pair of Catherine Williamson (GBR) and Alice Pirard (BEL). Stage 6, an 86km leg from Herold to Oudtshoorn took place in warm, sunny conditions, stark contrast to the final rain-flooded last stage a year ago. And what was anticipated to be a relatively tame finale became a fiercely contested affair.

    Eager to put Team Bulls under pressure in the hope that they could reclaim some lost time and possibly the overall win, the South African duo of Philip Buys and Matthys Beukes (SCOTT Factory Racing) were the early aggressors. But with 30km remaining, on the rough jeep track trails of the Chandelier Game and Ostrich Farm, Stiebjahn and Bohme took control and increased the pace, leaving the field in tatters behind them.

    They opened a gap on the field with only Asrin Cycling’s James Reid (RSA) and Herman Persteiner (AUT) able to join them, setting up a two-team duel for the stage. Asrin Cycling were unable to tame Team Bulls though and the Germans claimed the win a time of two hours 28 minutes 55 seconds, neatly bookending their campaign after having won the opening prologue stage.

    Asrin Cycling had to settle for second on the stage, but moved up one place on the General Classification to fourth. Third on the stage was the EAI Cycling duo of Gawie Combrinck (RSA) and Johann Rabie (RSA), former road racing pros, who finished third overall. Buys and Beukes were home fourth and sealed their second spot on the GC, conceding more time to their German rivals.

    The seven-day race, which attracted over 400 riders from 15 nations, ultimately became a duel between SCOTT Factory Racing and Team Bulls, who swapped the race lead and claimed all the stage wins between them, Buys and Beukes claiming four and Stiebjahn and Bohme winning three.

    “The profile of the last stage was not ideal, but there were a few small climbs near the end so Tom and me decided to go hard there. We felt the best way to defend our lead was to attack. We knew that if we got a gap we might break the SCOTT guys mentally. And it worked,” said Stiebjahn.

    “The sprint worked out well too. The Asrin guys were actually riding to move up the GC, so they had already put in a big effort and we were able to get away with about 500 metres to go and stayed away,” explained Stiebjahn. “We’re very happy with this result. The Cape Pioneer Trek is a great preparation race for the Cape Epic. Tim and me were third at the Cape Epic this year in our first stage race together. We came to the Cape Pioneer Trek to use it for Cape Epic preparation because it’s quite similar in many ways,” added Stiebjahn.

    The women’s title race saw South Africa’s Robyn de Groot and Sweden’s Jennie Stenerhag (Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co.) winning the first four stages. But a mechanical on Day 5 saw them lose significant time and the overall lead to Williamson and Pirard, who won Stage 4 and finished second on Stages 5 and 6, both won by Neethling and Stander.

    Stenerhag and De Groot finished second overall with the Meerendal Wheeler pair of Esther Suss (SUI) and Theresa Ralph (RSA) rounding out the final General Classification podium. In the other team racing categories, South Africans Brian Lennox and Hannes Hanekom (Klein Karoo Giants) won the Amateur division title, while German Max Friedrich and Jana Mischance (Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk), claimed the overall Mixed title. With 45 finishing teams, the Amateur division was the largest of the race.

    Heinz Zorweg (AUT) and Bartie Bucher (SUI) of Team Meerendal Wheeler 2 won all seven stages and finished an impressive 11th overall on their way to dominating the Masters (50-years and over) division, while South Africans Johan Labuschagne and Gerrie Beukes (Klein Karoo Veterans) eventually sealed the competitive Veteran men’s category after having to claw their way into contention after a poor start. In the Solo men’s division, Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) won the title rather convincingly, while Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA), was finally confirmed as the dominant winner of the Solo women’s category.

    For more information on the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek, visit www.capepioneer.co.za. For race updates, follow @BridgeCPT on twitter and Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek on Facebook

    Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek 2014

    Stage 5

    Leading results

    Men:

    1 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 2:38:55

    2 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 2:39:00

    3 Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – EAI South Africa 2:41:22

    4 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 2:13:32

    5 Oliver Zurbruegg (SUI) / Lucien Besancon (FRA) Meerendal Wheeler 3 2:44:31

    Women:

    1 Cherise Stander (RSA) / Candice Neethling (RSA) #iride4Burry 2:56:34

    2 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) Asrin Cycling 2 2:58:10

    3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 3:04:28

    Amateur:

    1 James Tennent (RSA) / David Garrett (RSA) – Giant 2 2:49:08

    2 Brian Lennox (RSA) / Hannes Hanekom (RSA) – Klein Karoo Giants 2:56:25

    3 Matthias Winkler (SUI) / Francois Naf (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2:56:26

    Veteran men:

    1 Malcolm Dods (RSA) /Billy Stelling (RSA) – Swift Carbon 2:56:34

    2 Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) – Klein Karoo Veterans 2:58:05

    3 Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) – Pynfabriek 3:00:02

    Master men:

    1 Heinz Zorweg (AUT) / Barti Bucher (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2 2:52:00

    2 Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) – Wilde 3 3:04:28

    3 Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) – Pitstop 3:07:36

    Mixed:

    1 Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 3:00:38

    2 Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk 3:07:01

    3 Rob Crag (RSA) / Diana Caroline (RSA) – Craft Racing 3:20:53

    Solo men:

    1 Konny Looser (SUI) 2:39:01

    2 Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) 2:41:08

    3 Kevin van de Bulke (BEL) 2:44:21

    Solo women:

    1 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) 3:18:45

    2 Lara Everts (RSA) 33:36:09

    3 Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 3:40:21

    Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek 2014

    Final General Classification

    Leading results

    Men:

    1 Simon Stiebjahn (GER) / Tim Bohme (GER) – Team Bulls 22:08:19

    2 Philip Buys (RSA) / Matthys Beukes (RSA) – SCOTT Factory Racing 22:17:07

    3 Johann Rabie (RSA) / Gawie Combrinck (RSA) – EAI South Africa 22:49:05

    4 James Reid (RSA) / Herman Persteiner (AUT) – Asrin Cycling 22:50:54

    5 Michiel van Aelbroeck (NED) / Robby de Bock (NED) WMTB.Be – Feenstra 23:09:39

    Women:

    1 Catherine Williamson (GBR) / Alice Pirard (BEL) – Asrin Cycling 25:59:00

    2 Jennie Stenerhag (SWE) / Robyn de Groot (RSA) – Biogen Toyota Cape Brewing Co 26:43:38

    3 Theresa Ralph (RSA) / Esther Suss (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 1 26:57:45

    Amateur:

    1 Brian Lennox (RSA) / Hannes Hannekom (RSA) – Klein Karoo Giants 25:20:52

    2 Mattias Winkler (SUI) / Francois Naf (SUI) Meerendal Wheeler 25:40:29

    3 Phillimon Sebona (RSA) / Jan Motsoa (RSA) – Klein Karoo International 25:50:26

    Veteran men:

    1 Johan Labuschagne (RSA) / Gerrie Beukes (RSA) Klein Karoo Veterans 25:43:54

    2 Fanie Venter (RSA) / Wayne McDuling (RSA) – Pynfabriek 26:09:58

    3 Malcolm Dods (RSA) / Billy Stelling (RSA) Swift Carbon 27:04:26

    Master men:

    1 Heinz Zorweg (AUT) / Barti Bucher (SUI) – Meerendal Wheeler 2 24:25:01

    2 Izak Visagie (RSA) / Lieb Loots (RSA) – Wilde 3 27:08:10

    3 Waleed Baker (RSA) / Glen Haw (RSA) – Pitstop 28:11:57

    Mixed:

    1 Max Friedrich (GER) / Jana Zieschank (GER) – Firebike Tomotion by Blacktusk 26:07:18

    2 Kobus Barnard (RSA) / Fienie Barnard (RSA) – Klein Karoo Mixed 26:13:58

    3 Igna de Villiers (RSA) / Daleen Van der Leek (RSA) LGE Midas Bells Cycling 27:49:19

    Solo men:

    1 Travis Walker (RSA – Kargo Pro Racing) 22:44:16

    2 Ken van den Bulke (BEL) 23:31:32

    3 Alan Gordon (RSA) 23:31:53

    Solo women:

    1 Christine Janse van Rensburg (RSA) 29:06:17

    2 Katja Cauwenbergh (BEL) 30:50:45

    3 Gina Nixon (RSA) 33:10:51

    For full results visit www.capepioneer.co.za

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  • Tread magazine publishers resort to courier service for subscribers

    Posted on October 20th, 2014 admin No comments

    Tread

    The long-term strike that’s brought the South African Post Office to a standstill has led to high levels of frustration among magazine publishers and subscribers. In an effort to minimise this frustration, the publishers of TREAD – Mountain Biking With Soul magazine, have couriered Issue 31 to subscribers.

    “With no control over this strike we decided to be proactive and send this issue via courier to all subscribers,” said Mark Rieth, Director of Umoya Group Pty Ltd, the company that publishes TREAD magazine, South Africa’s leading mountain biking publication. “We made a digital version of TREAD magazine available on Zinio in June this year and found a number of former hard-copy subscribers committing to the digital edition. These were readers that had been affected by previous SA Post Office strikes,” added Rieth.But the bulk of TREAD’s subscribers are still committed to the hard copy version and were in danger of not receiving Issue 31 with the postal service shut-down.

    “We’ve developed a good relationship with Aramex over the past six months with our various other delivery needs and decided to explore the courier option with them for subscription copies. It’s a far higher cost to us than standard postage, but we consider our subscribers to be our most important clients and feel that it’s more an investment than a cost,” said Rieth.

    There appears to be no obvious resolution of the SA Postal Service crisis, despite ongoing discussion about the situation at national government level. “Even if the strike ends this week, the backlog will take ages to clear. And there’s always a chance of future strikes. Because of this uncertainty, we are looking at alternative methods of hard-copy subscriber delivery on a permanent basis. It’s really what every magazine should be doing right now. No publication can afford to wait – their subscribers deserve their resourcefulness,” added Rieth.

    TREAD magazine is published six times year and is focussed specifically on South African mountain biking content. It is sold at CNA, Exclusive Books, SPAR and discerning bike shops throughout South Africa.

     

     

     

     

     

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