Read about Gert Fouche’s 1 hour track record:




Confederation of African Cycling and African Road Race Championships:

Recently crowned South African Time Trial and Road Race Champion,
Ashleigh Moolman Pasio added the Continental Indvidual Time Trial
Gold Medal to her studded career.




Hand cyclist and winner of SA sportswoman with disability award:

Justine Marais Asher


SA sportswoman of the year

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio



Morne Van Niekerk chosen to represent South Africa

at the 2014 South East Asian Track Grand Prix series n Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8 May 2014 - Cycling South Africa’s Track Commission proudly announces the following riders who have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2014 South East Asian Track Grand Prix Series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 10-16 May 2014. The series consists of three events and commences on 10 May.
Participation in these events will provide South Africa with an opportunity to qualify its Elite track cycling squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, and for riders to obtain valuable international racing experience. The team departed from Johannesburg on Wednesday, 7 May and will return on 17 May 2014.


SA National Riders:

Evan Carstens
Kellan Gouveris
Clint Hendricks
HB Kruger
Oupa Maluleke 
Maroesjka Matthee
Theuns van der Bank
Morne van Niekerk

Joshua Buchel
Stefan de Bod
Kyle de Wet
Graeme Ockhuis
Eugene Soule
Waylin Young

Team management
Annerine Wenhold - Tour leader
Sheldon Bole – Endurance Coach and Mechanic
George Stroebel Jnr - Manager, Masseuse and Mechanic

Details of the series
The series will take place on the 333.33m Kuala Lumpur Velodrome in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.  The series is open to both elite and junior riders.


Van Niekerk at SA Track Champs

The writing has been on the wall all year for the 18yr old Abantu – Panda Sportswear Academy rider Morne van Niekerk who last night won the mens elite 4000m individual pursuit. Van Niekerk has had an impressive season to date showing signs of constant development. In February he rode an impressive Time Trial at the SA Road Championships to finish 6th in the U23 category. He then put in a prominent performance during the Boland Tour in March often being seen putting in a deal of work for his seniors Team Abantu.
However it was at the end of March where Van Niekerk showed that he has the talent and potential to go on to become a South African Champion with an impressive performance at the U23 National Road Tour. He again finished 6th in the individual time trial on stage 3 just a mere 7 seconds off 3rd. He went on to win the overall GC for the best young rider white jersey.
Van Niekerk was also selected for the SA Road team to participate in the UCI 2.2 Mzansi Tour. He was often seen in the thick of the action protecting the top 5 position for team captain Carl Pasio. With a solid road program under his belt combined with a well planned track training schedule formulated by his personal coach Sheldon Bole the youngster arrived at the SS Track Championships in fine form.
He qualified fastest in the morning with a time of 4min53sec as Teuns van der Bank (Giant) secured the 2nd fastest time of 4min54sec to meet van Niekerk in the final. Track specialist Nolan Hoffman qualified 3rd with a time of 4min55sec with road professional HB Kruger (Bonitas) finishing 4th.
In the bronze medal final Hoffman went on to claim the last step on the podium edging out Kruger with a time of 4min52sec setting the fastest time of the day, something he would preferred to have done in qualifying. But the moment of the evening came with van Niekerk riding a controlled and composed final, sticking to his schedule to come from behind with 1000m to go to claim his first SA elite title in a time of 4min57sec.
“It’s been a lot of hard work which has paid off. My coach Sheldon and I have targeted this event since October last year and we worked very hard. All the road tours have helped me with my endurance and I’m very happy to have won here tonight” said van Niekerk


Matthee at SA Track Champs

Maroesjka Matthee (Intellibus) won the Elite titles in the 3000m Pursuits.


Team Abantu at SA Track Champs

Team Abantu in full flight on their way to claim the Team Pursuit National Championship title
at the 2014 SA Track and Para-cycling Championships, in Durban.





Milan San Remo 

Photography: Cor Vos RCS Sport

The weather was so treacherous that the climb and descent of the snow-covered Passo del Turchino was removed from the race entirely, with riders being driven roughly 50km down the road in their team buses.

Gerald Ciolek Team MTN  - (eventual winner), Cancellara and Paolini on the descent of Poggio


Dane Wilson and Reuben Van Niekerk para team @ Epic
~ click here for pdf




2012 Awards


Gauteng North Colours:

Dan Wilson
Leon Olivier
Morne Van Niekerk
Piet Van Niekerk

please click here for full list pdf [85KB]



Epic 2012: Memoirs of a Chubby Climber[click to open, click again to close]

May I begin by saying that this is not meant to be a precise and accurate
account of the Epic of 2012 but only the memories of one "not so sane"
individual who participated and happily finished the event.

The sanity of all the participants of this event can or should be
questioned. One can only look at the eyes of the riders at the Prologue.
All the riders had combinations of apprehension, fear and  craziness in
their eyes that morning. Later in the week these expressions would change
and by the time the rain arrived, fear would be the prevalent feature. But I
am running ahead of my story. Back to the Prologue. We started somewhere in
the middle of the field having watched some of the earlier starters cross
over a section of tar road. The Prologue is like a whole MTB race compressed
into a Coke can with the Coke still in. The can is then shaked violently and
opened. It's balls to the wall from the gun. We had some early technical
issues but managed to overcome these and finish in the last 20 percent of
the field.

The circus then moved to Robertson, a beautiful town in the upper Garden
Route area. I suppose calling it a circus predisposes the appearance of a
few clowns. There were a lot more than just a few clowns. I counted 600
teams of two members each. The first day was, I think, much harder than most
people expected. We implemented our race tactics with great care.  The plan
was simple: start very slowly and then slow down completely.    Having
participated in a few Epic before I knew that if you don't treat the Epic
Gorilla with respect in the first few days it will come and jump on you on
the fifth day. And when that happens you will not recover and most certainly
not enjoy the rest of the event.

Day two and three were a combination of heat, dust sweat and wind. We manage
to ride consistently and Klopps showed signs of the great tour rider he has
always been.

Then the heavens opened up. It rained so much the that I am sure I saw some
guys building a vessel that looked suspiciously like Noah's Arc.  Rain of
course means cold which is not the best news for the lean, thin and trim
cyclist.  Personally I have never  fitted into that particular category. We
got on our bikes and rode like champions leaving a whole lot of lean, thin
and trim cyclist in our wake.  It seemed to me as if everybody with a body
fat percentage of 10% or less was issued with a space blanket and instructed
to heat up. Again I don't fall in that category and neither does my partner.
Sorry Klopps.

The final few days were cold in the mornings and warmer in the afternoons.
The camping became more and more of a hassle. Living in a tent is one thing
but living in a tent whilst exhausted and with burning legs is a different
story.  The showers however were excellent. I do however suspect that the
blonde shower girl had something to do with that. I cannot elaborate more on
this because of a old cycling tradition. What happens on the Epic stays on
the Epic and more important: Renata will slap me silly.

On a personal note: thanks to Kloppies, my partner. He is most certainly a
brilliant cycling/ Epic partner. He is what we like calling a "Ou hoender"
or old dog. Knows all the tricks of tours. Many people, in the very small
Pretoria cycling fraternity, decided before the Epic that we will not get
along. I think Jean said we were a partnership made in hell!!  Well it was
right the opposite. We rode like hell indeed.

Of course I always leave a more than capable support team at home/office. I
will not bore you with the absolute chaos that broke out at my office in
that Epic week save to say that by Thursday I received the following SMS
from Mrs. Murray:
JOU FO##$! VERLOF IS NOU KLAAR!!!! or loosely translated as: My Dear
Husband, We all miss you very much and wish you can come home soon.

Gotta Love Her!!!!!!

Ps. I will now write under a new name "A not so chubby anymore climber"
having lost three kg's on the Epic.


Cloete Murray





Mountain Biking South Africa Newsletter August 2012 - click here



Fausto Coppi Grand Fondo 9th July 2012

~ 200kms with 4500m of climbing.

Bruce Reyneke and Jack Manzavinos rode this gruelling race with climbs of 25km long and an average gradient of 8% and max of 16%.  To quote Bruce  ”it was the hardest race I’ve ridden” .  Have a look at this youtube link to get an idea. BTW their finish time was 10h22mins!
see video here in SCC gallery

LaPina Grand Fondo 15th July 2012

  ~ 175km and about 3500m of climbing

Bruce Reyneke and Jack Manzavinos rode this race too.  Unfortunately Jack took a tumble and injured his shoulder badly enough to not finish the race.  Here is a video (compliments of  Bruce Foulis who incidentally took a tumble too).  Speedy recovery Jack!
see video here in SCC gallery


Tour de France 2012 Teams

• BMC Racing Team
o 3 Cadel Evans (Aus)- contender for the overall GC- but he'll have to work hard
• RadioShack-Nissan
o 11 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) for a stage win in the prologue or individual TT
o 17 Fränk Schleck (Lux) - perhaps a top 5
• Team Europcar
o 29 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) - can he do it again?
• Euskaltel-Euskadi
o o 36 Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa)  - stage win
• Lampre - ISD
o 46 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) – flat stage win
o 47 Michele Scarponi (Ita) - maybe a mountain stage win - if he's lucky
• Liquigas-Cannondale
o 51 Ivan Basso (Ita) - can he do it?
o 55 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) - not sure about Nibali
o 57 Peter Sagan (Svk) - overall points (green jersey) winner
• Garmin-Sharpstrong team
o 62 Tyler Farrar (USA) – flat stage win
o 63 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) - - top 5 (but not overall)
• AG2R La Mondiale
o 77 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) - stage win
o 78 Christophe Riblon (Fra) - stage win
• Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
o 88 Rein Taaramae (Est) - KOM
• Omega Pharma - QuickStep - a strong team
o 91 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) - stage win
o 95 Levi Leipheimer (USA) - stage win
o 96 Tony Martin (Ger) - stage win ? TT
• Saur - Sojasun - not sure about this team
• FDJ-Big Mat - ditto
o 111 Sandy Casar (Fra) ? could be stage winner
• Lotto Belisol Team
o 123 Andre Greipel (Ger) - definite contender for the overall green points jersey
• Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team - no big names here
• Katusha Team
o 142 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) - ? flat stage win
o 146 Denis Menchov (Rus) - think he's over the hill
• Sky Procycling - top team for me
o 152 Mark Cavendish (GBr) - definite flat stage win - but not overall (he's got bigger fish to fry)
o 159 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) - definite Overall GC contender
• Rabobank Cycling Team - another team
o 161 Robert Gesink (Ned) - don't rule him out for overall GC
• Movistar Team - nobody really shines in this team for me
• Team Saxo Bank - ?
• Pro Team Astana - ?
o 199 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) - he's over the hill
• Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
o 204 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) - he must surely win a stage or two
o 205 Daryl Impey (RSA) - go Daryl Impey!!
• Argos-Shimano - don't know this team


Ben Swart summits Mount Cho Oyu

Ben Swart successfully summits Mount Cho Oyu 8201m
– pictured here with Lahkpa Sherpa

The team leaving camp 3 after a successful summit bid.


Cho Oyu
May 7, 2012    
Johannesburg ADI office

All five ADI clients successfully reached the summit of Cho Oyu (8 201m) this morning at 6 am, together with their climbing sherpas. Sean unfortunately did not summit – at midnight last night they found out that two of three sherpas who were meant to carry up the extra oxygen supplies to Camp 3 were ill.

All the clients were given oxygen, and Sean stayed at Camp 3 (7 500m).

It was a clear night for a summit.

Lance, Elsie and Sean are now back at Camp 2 (6 900m) and are waiting for Ben, Wayne and Donald. Everyone will rest at Camp 2 for the rest of today and tonight and will make their way down slowly to Advanced Base Camp tomorrow.

Lance, who was attempting to summit without supplemental oxygen, got to 8 100m and then strapped on for the last 100 metres. Well done Lance!

Sean will do an update on Wednesday.
To the Team: our heartiest congratulations.

Please do remember to tune in to David O’Sullivan’s Afternoon Drive show on Radio 702 this afternoon between 4 and 6pm to hear him chatting to Sean.

More on this link:


Giro d’Italia 5th – 27th May 2012

Saturday May 5th
Herning 8.7km Prologue
Sunday May 6th
Herning – Herning 206km
Monday May 7th
Horsens – Horsens 190km
Tuesday May 8th
Rest day
Wednesday May 9th
Team TT – Vernona – Verona 32.2kms
Thursday May 10th
Modena – Fano 199km
Friday May 11th
Urbino – Porto Sant’Elipidio 207km
Saturday May 12th
Recanati – Rocca di Cambio 202km
Sunday May 13th
Sulmona – Lago Laceno 229km
Monday May 14th
San Giorgio nel Sannio – Frosinone 171km
Tuesday May 15th
Civitavecchia – Assisi 187km
Wednesday May 16th
Assisi – Montecantini Terme 243km
Thursday May 17th
Seravezza – Sestri Levante 157km
Friday May 18th
Savone – Cervere 121km
Saturday May 19th
Cherasco – Cervinia 205km
Sunday May 20th
Busto Arsizio – Lecco/Pain dei Resinelli 172km
Monday May 21st
Rest day
Tuesday May 22nd
Limone del Garda – Falzes 174km
Wednesday May 23rd
Falzes - Cortina d’Ampezzo 187km
Thursday May 24th
San Vito Cadore – Vadelago 139km
Friday May 25th
Freviso – Alpe de Pamepago 197km
Saturday May 26th
Caldes – Passo dello Stelvio 218km
Sunday May 27th
TT - Milan – Milan 31.5km
Watch it live on RAI (430) every afternoon.


ABSA Cape-Epic 2012

The following members who successfully completed the toughest Epic in the history of the event:
Team FRM -  Rynard Van Hoven & Johan Wentzel 41:05:14.5
Team SOAR -  Guylin Van Den Berg & Tyronne White 41:26:46.7
Team Energas -  HP & Laurike Van Huyssteen 58:05:07.7
Team Energas 1 – Hendrik and Petra Van Huyssteen 63:32:26.0
Team Yip Yip – Christiaan Beyers & Barry Davitt 43:07:13.6
Team Energas Masters – Cloete Murray & Deon Klopper 50:53:45.8
Team SOAR Spirit of Adam Reyneke – Bruce Reyneke & Dave Van Den Berg 51:21:47.2
Team ASG Grand Masters – Malan Van Rensburg 56:41:43.8


Paris-Nice 2012

Stage 1 Dampierre-en-Yvelines-Saint-Remy-les Chevreuse 9.4km TT
winner Gustav Erik Larsson (Vacansoleil DCM Pro Cycling Team)

Stage 2 Mantes-la-Jolie-Orleans 185km

winner Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma Quickstep)

Stage 3 Vierzon-lac de Vassiviere 194km
close finish sprint between Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Stage 4 Rodez Brive –la-Gaillarde 183km

winner Gianni Meersman (Lotto-Belisol)

Bradley Wiggins narrowly beat Lieuwe Westra in the “Race to the Sun”,
with Alejandro Valverde, Simon Spilak, and Tejay Van Garderen filling the top 5 positions.

“The Cliff Face” Stage 4 Onlet-le-Chateau – Mende 178kms



100 year-old sets cycling hour record mark

By BikeRadar UK | Friday, Feb 17, 2012

100 years old 
Robert Marchand in action (UCI)

Proving that age is no barrier to cycling, Frenchman Robert Marchand has established a cycling world hour record for riders over 100 years old.
Marchand, who turned 100 a few months ago, completed 24.251km around the velodrome at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. "But I’m not playing at being a champion," he said. "I just wanted to do something for my 100th birthday."
He rode a standard track bike with no aero equipment for his attempt, his biggest problem being his familiarity with velodrome riding. "I haven’t cycled on a track for 80 years," he said. "You have to get used to the fixed gear! I prefer cycling outside but that is impossible at the moment. I don’t want to catch the flu. So I am short on training."
During his preparation, Marchand was warned not to get his heart rate above 110, a rule that for the most part he obeyed. "I did climb a steep hill not long ago and went up to 134 but it’s best to avoid that," he said. "But I would be very surprised if I had heart attack.
"For the last five years I have decided not to go for rides of more than 100km. There is no point going overboard. I want to keep cycling for some time yet."
He claimed his 'secret' was none other than looking after himself. "I’ve never abused anything. I don’t smoke, I never drank much. The only thing I did in excess was work. I retired at 89 years old!
"But basically, I am like everybody. I am lucky that I haven’t had any major health problems. My advice to anyone, young or old, is to keep moving. I do ‘physical culture’ every day. It works out my whole body and keeps me supple. Some people when they reach 80 years old, start playing cards and they stay immobile. Not me. I’ve never been able to keep still."


UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships – Koksijde Belgium 28th & 29th January 2012.

Elite Men Neils Albert (Belgium)
U23 Men Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands)
Elite Women Mariaane Vos (Netherlands)
Junior Men Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands)

Bryan Falaschi (Italy) in the foreground on one of the dune descents in the U23 Race


a(s)g U 23 and Junior Racing Teams 2012

We are proud to have the ASG U23 and junior teams licensed through our club – here is a brief letter from Dave Mitchell (team coordinator):

MUCH work continues to happen behind the scene as the 2012 Racing Season is upon us, and already w, during the course of the past weekend, have had some MAGNIFICENT results. 
In summary:

1 Viehann Du Plessis Gauteng North Under 23 Road Gold
2 Rohan Du Plooy Gauteng North Junior Road Gold
3 Ryan Felgate Kwazulu Natal Junior Road Gold
4 Wesley Eslick Central Gauteng Junior Road Gold
5 Viehann Du Plessis Gauteng North Under 23 TT   Silver
6 Kevin Patten Gauteng North Under 23 TT   Bronze
7 Rohan Du Plooy Gauteng North Junior TT   Gold
8 Ryan Felgate Kwazulu Natal Junior TT   Gold
9 Wesley Eslick Central Gauteng Junior TT   Gold

The sponsors, management team and coaches are VERY proud of you.  CONGRATULATIONS.
Kind Regards,
Dave Mitchell




The Desert Dash December 2011

A 24 hour beast of an event which starts in Windhoek and ends in Swakopmund covering a distance of 340kms of  mainly open dirt roads.
Piet Van Niekerk finished in a time of 20h25mins, 9th in the 50+ Vet men category and 38th overall. 
Well done Piet!



Awards for our Select Member in 2011

Best Young Rider of the Year:  Morne Van Niekerk – some of his results for 2011:  Morne was 3rd in the white jersey GC in the Mayo tour in Ireland in August, and 2nd overall in the Time Trial stage. He placed in the top 10 in every race overseas except the first 2 races, and won a race overall. 
On the track at SA Nationals he won 1 gold medal, 1 silver medal, and 3 bronze medals. He was awarded u/16 boys rider of the year in Gauteng North.

Top Male Cyclist of the Year:  Rynard Van Hoven.  Rynard won the Lost City Challenge, came 2nd at the 94.7 (Road) and 1st at the 94.7 (Mountain Bike).

Spirit Award:  Johnny Constantinides for his unfailing enthusiasm and positive attitude.

Chairman’s Award:  Leon Olivier.   To quote Johan “Leon loves cycling  - who would chase after a commuter because he was riding an old classic D'accordi”?
Rule 33. Clearly applies to Leon:-
Shave your guns
Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times. If, for some reason, your legs are to be left hairy, make
sure you can dish out plenty of hurt to shaved riders – and yes he does.

The evening was glorious with cocktails served under the trees on the sprawling lawns of the Botanical Gardens, followed by a delicious “real South African meal”, wine and dance.  Thanks to all of you who attended – it was great!
I would also like to thank Rynard for the unique ‘bicycle chain’ key rings he made – a personal gift! 


The following Select members earned GNC colours for 2011





Time Trial


Dane Wilson






Kevin Patten






Morne van Niekerk






Piet van Niekerk






Rohan du Plooy








Philipe Gilbert wins the Fleche Wallonne  20th April 2011


Fabian WegmannFabian Wegmann confirmed that he has joined Garmin-Cervélo for the 2012 season. The German, who had a two year contract with Leopard Trek, was told that he did not have a contract going forward in 2012, following its merger with RadioShack.
Garmin-Cervélo's reputation as a clean team was a factor in his decision to sign with them. “Absolutely, it was very important.  The team is a good fit for me, and I am for them, too.”
2011 was the first season since his rookie year of 2002 that the German has not had any wins.
Wegmann turned pro in 2002 with Team Gerolsteiner, staying with them until the team disbanded after the 2008 season. Following two years with Milram, he joined Leopard Trek in 2011. He won the mountains jersey at the 2004 Giro d'Italia, and is a two-time German national champion. 


Road Race World Champion 2011

Great Britain´s Mark Cavendish is Road Race World Champion 2011 in Rudersdal north of Copenhagen, and now officially the best sprinter on the planet.

In a super tight sprint to the finish line, Cavendish beat Australian Matthew Goss in a thrilling battle for gold and silver. The bronze medal  was just as close, with Germany´s André Greipel beating Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara in a photo finish decider.

Team Great Britain were in control most of the day, setting the pace and closing down the breakaways one by one.. The high speed  race, with a finish time for the 266 km. at 5:40.27 hours suited the British Team as captain Mark Cavendish completed  ”Project Rainbow Jersey”,  which was a three  year plan in the making with a perfect result.

1. Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) 5:40.27 h.
2. Matt Goss (Australia) s.t.
3. André Greipel (Germany) s.t.
4. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) s.t.
5. Jurgen Roelandts (Belgium) s.t.
6. Romain Feillu (France) s.t.
7. Borut Bozic (Slovenia) s.t.
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) s.t.
9. Oscar Freire Gomez (Spain) s.t.
10. Tylar Farrar (USA) s.t.


Trans Baviaans Nuusbrief deur Marlé Kotzé[click to open, click again to close]

Die Trans Baviaans mountainbike marathon word genoem “the longest single stage team mountainbike race in the world”.
Dis 230 km wat aaneen gery word vanaf Willowmore na Jeffreysbaai, deur die Baviaans wildernes area en let wel, wild beteken wild moeilike grondpaaie, modder, gate, klippe, passe, draaie, oppe, affe, stoot fiets, val  af, dra fiets en self deur riviere, bosse, oor berge, deurnag, deurnat, sopnat, yskoud, donker, skewe liggies, trap, stof, eet, drink, lag en huil......dis so wild, as jy een van die 1e 20 teams is wat inskryf en ‘n support vehicle op die roete het, is die spesifikasies 4x4. Deur, beteken van 10 uur die oggend tot jy hopelik voor sonsopkoms en voor te veel van die 24 uur verby is, in Jeffreys inry/stoot/stap/kruip.
So moes ons seker onraad vermoed toe die “rumour” begin dat die marahton gekanselleer is agv weggewaste paaie (daar was reeds meer gat as pad) en hoe watervlakke (baie riviere het nou een grootte geword) en die reeds wilde roete, nou onbegaanbaar is vir selfs fietse!!!!
Ek was heimlik bly, want hoe nader die datum vir wildwees  kom, het ek besef ons span van 4 se paar Saterdae grondpad ry by kwaai Sera  (Que Sera) gaan kwaai te min wees.
Gou is dit as ‘n wolhaarstorie afgemaak deur die organiseerders, maar waar daar ‘n rokie trek is altyd ‘n vuur en 3 dae voor die tyd kom die mail dat die roete wel verander gaan word.....tjoef tjaf sit hulle sommer 5 km by en op Saterdag 14 Augustus 10h00 spring ons span (Rieme, Mario, Gary, Marle) en ongeveer 1 000 ander ryers weg uit ‘n ysige Willowmore. Nie voordat ons eers die res van ons warm goed uit die kar gaan haal en aangetrek het nie.
Ons bevind ons toe op die “langs Baviaans” roete, soos dit gedoop is die jaar.  Langs beteken jys meer langs jou fiets as in die saal, want jy kan nie anders nie. Jy kan nie anders nie beteken die meeste van die 2600 meter wat ons geklim het, was te styl om te trap, of te glad, of te modderig. Bewyse van die stap is die afwesigheid van leer op die skoenpunte.
Die volgende gedrukte woorde: Rider Safety
The event is not recommended for beginners.
Ensure to take enough liquids before, during and after the race.
Team members must stick together at all times.......
kry nogals betekenis soos die dag vorder.

Die eerste 120 km was nog nie te “langs” nie. Die pad was redelik oop , mooi en reguit en ons kon 23 tot 26 km/uur handhaaf. Die energie was nog genoeg om lekker te skerts en gesels met mekaar, die natuurskoon te geniet en ‘n val of twee te absorbeer. Hier en daar ietsie op die fiets te verstel. Daar was selfs tyd vir ‘n fototjie hier en daar.
Rieme was egter stil en ek het gewonder of hy swaar kry, konsentreer, of sommer net Rieme is, maar het later besef hy het weer sy strategie beplan. Wat was om almal te laat dink hy gaan dit nie maak nie om dan net later die pas aan te gee en die res van die span deur die drif te trek.
Ons eerste waterpunt was op ongeveer 60 km en almal ry tot hier net vir die roosterkoeke. Dis ‘n Baviaans tradisie en werklik heerlik.  By ‘n waterpunt moet dinge vinnig gebeur. Daarom het mens voor die tyd ‘n time keeper aangestel en Gary het soos ‘n stophorlosie die sowat 15 tot 20 minute wat ons op besluit het per stop, afgetel. In die tyd moet jy aanmeld as span, in ‘n tou val vir kos, water optop, piepie ens.  Kaptein Mario doen ‘n vinnige spanbou, terwyl elkeen skarrel, maal, eet, praat en maak gereed......vir verder gaan.
By die tweede waterpunt op 100km is die sosaties op, die aartappels darem lekker sout, maar tog begin mens wonder of die inskrywing vir roosterkoeke op 60km regtig die moeite werd was???
Elke span (2 tot 4 lede) kry 2 kratjies van 26 liter om ekstra of droee kleertjies, handskoentjies, spaarwiele, tools etc in te pak. Die kratte word by punt 3 en 4 beskikbaar gestel. As 26 liter vir jou groot klink, probeer 4 lede se ekstra stel warm klere daar inpas en vind uit hoekom mens die aand voor die tyd 3 ure lank kan pak aan 2 maal 26 liter kratjies en weer uitpak en weer inpak en steeds nie die regte goed daar in het nie.
Die moeilikheid het so net voor skemer begin toe ons teen 43 km/uur teen die smal kronkelende dubbelspoor paadjie afjaag om by die 20 meter kniediep rivierkruising te kom.
Getrou aan my mountainbike skills (of eerder, gebrek daaraan) moet ek mos eers ordentlik val – 2 jaar terug se Baviaans was dit sommer op 20km en ek moes met ‘n gekraakte rib verder ry.......die keer is dit nie die kamera se skuld nie, maar een helse klip wat voor my ingerol het en toe ek die tref, val ek myself in een groot bloukol in. Later moes ek sien hoe ‘n Saartjie Baartman heup aan my linkerheup kom groei. Terwyl my voete, ook gebruiklik, nog in die trappe vassit en Mario my ophelp en almal wat verbyjaag, skree kry jou gat en fiets uit die pad, sien ek dat my Hope Vision lig se bracket gebreek het. Emergency item nr een, nl DUCT tape word ingespan om die lig weer op die handvatsel vas te plak, skeef natuurlik en ons moet dadelik fokus om te fokus, vergeet van die seer heup, wat besig is om ‘n boggel te groei, want ons kan die rivier daar onder hoor en Rieme en Gary wag.....
Onder by die rivier is dit erger as ‘n cattle crossing soos die mense maal om skoene uit te trek en gereed te maak vir die “wading”. Dis modder, fietse, sweet, bloed, droeewors, energygels, pleisters, sakke en liggies begin orals flikker, want die donker het intussen ingesluip op ons en die temperature daal steeds. Almal praat tegelyk en een lot gaan deur met skoene en al en die ander lot trek uit en maak gereed vir wat lyk en voel na ‘n 40 jaar trek deur die sterk stroom water. Party dra hulle fietse, ander stoot dit, maar almal maal en beur om deur te kom. Ander kant die rivier, moet mens verbygly vorentoe, want nes skape stop die lot sodra die tone nie meer water raak nie en val net daar plat om weer aan te trek. Party grawe rond vir iets om te peusel, terwyl die ander hand vars boudsalf aansmeer.
Gereed en droog,  soek ons ‘n gelykte om op te saal en weg te ry van die gemaal by die rivier. Die opwaartse flikkerende, kronkelende stroom liggies teen die sterreruim, is toe nie vuurvliegies nie, maar die begin van die epiese klim, stap, trap van die “Langs” Baviaans verder.
Vandaar was die roete bitter moeilik en ongelooflik koud. By tye so styl dat 5km/uur jou laat omval of die modder jou vassuig. Stap, stoot, klim, swets, nat, modder, stil, misreen, koue, snotneus, pap batterye......maar tog die bewustheid van die geheimsinnige diepte en grootheid van die omgewing en die voorreg van daarwees, heeltyd soos ‘n skaduwee by mens. By tye is mens bewus van ‘n liggie agter jou wat wil verbykom, ‘n siel wat in die donker op die kant van ‘n gat sit en wag, rus, herstel, iemand wat soos ‘n sak beeshoewe van sy fiets afval en in swetsende stilte hoop niemand het gehoor of sien nie......
Mens het te min hande om tegelyk 2 koppies sop en 7 brode te vat by punt 4 op 144 km wat min of meer 11 uur, half 12 die aand was. Honger, nat, misreen en koue, kan mens laat grom vir ‘n stukkie brood wat op die grond val en die tydhouer trommel die minute af, terwyl ek klaar planne maak om iewers nog sop en brood te kry om die koue in my lyf te help bedaar. Dis hier waar die span hul 2e kratjie kry met vars, droee, skoon, warmer klere, handskoene, boudsalf....alles behalwe die enjin vir die tussen eet, bewe, snot en modder onder jou skoene uitgrawe en uit jou ratte en ketting, trek jy aan, maar al die klere in die wereld kan nie dooie vingers en tone warm maak nie.....gee ook nie vars boude nie en ook nie meer energie nie.....Die mense begin al hoe meer swets, terwyl ons met brood in die kieste en modder teen die lieste, die opdraendes in die donker koue nag uitbeur, reeds weer die droee klere vol modder geval het.....
By punt nommer 5 op 176 km het ek gewonder of ek ooit weer my tone gaan voel, terwyl ek sooibrand saam met ‘n jaffel nuttig en myself moes keer om my voete in die lekker warm vuur te druk, ‘n kombers te hijack van die grootbek organiseerder wat ‘n ruskans vat en te vergeet van my span, die monster van ‘n Merida wat le en wag en volgende lot kilos in die koue nag.
Waterpunt 6 was die hoogtepunt van die kosstoppe en om en by 2 uur Sondagoggend. Daar was vars broodrolletjies met slap chips, tamatiesous en baie sout. Die tannie het sommer gesien aan al die stof en modder op ons tande, dat sy die tee soet moet maak en stil moet bly oor wat nog wag. Nog klim en stoot en dan weer afdraendes so steil en skerp dat remme skree en brand.
Ai die laaste paar kilos in die donker en stilte, het mens laat voel die einde gaan nooit kom nie, maar toe Jeffrey se liggies in die verte begin wink, het ons elkeen ‘n nuwe stukkie energie gekry en getrap met die wete dat ons dit gaan maak, gemaak het en beslis die medalje verdien vir 19 ure se allesomvattende ervaring. Ons het in gietreen die wenstreep gehaal so om en by half 5 se kant die Sondag oggend.
Tenspyte van die koue, natgeit, moegheid, het  ons breebors en kouevingers gesmul aan die gratis steers hamburger en chips en “war stories” gedeel en hande in die lug gecelebrate wie ons is en waardeur ons is.......klaar vergeet van die pyn en leed, weer daar vir volgende jaar.
Die doel is beslis vinniger as 19 ure, maar skugter vir die wentyd van 8:58!!!! Daai ouens sluk nou en kou later.......
Die “Langs Baviaans” se ervarings sal altyd deel van ons wees.




News of the ASG Select Junior Team

Kevin Patten Winning Stage 2

After a very successful 6 day tour in Ireland, Kevin Patten has since returned to South Africa,
having gained valuable experience in Europe.

James Fourie in Yellow after stage 1

James Fourie, however, returned to Einthoven to continue his campaign in Europe,
and has since raced in three events in Belgium.

Alt-Hoeselt – Time trial and road race – 2nd Overall.
Encourt – 4th overall
Geel – 8th.
The next major event will be the Nations Cup race in Germany.
James is hoping to finish in the top 20 to qualify for the “junior worlds”


Heroes of the Tour de France 2011

Johnny Hoogerland – who managed to change his shorts and finish the stage after being flung from his bike into a barbed wire fence.  He is still riding, although he no longer wears the polka dot jersey.

Laurens Ten Dam
– his “face first” crash caused serious injuries to his nose and lip.  He refused
to stop, managed to finish the stage –then went to the local hospital to receive damage control (eight stitches to his nose and chin), and was on the start line up the next day.


Why did Mario Cippolini sayit will be extremely difficult to beat Cavendish in Ravenna”? see article



Awards Year End

Top Male Cyclist of the Year:  Bradley Mitchell
Top Female & Most Improved Cyclist of the Year:  Sarah Chemaly
Mountain Biker of the Year:  Guylin Van Den Berg
Top Veteran Woman:  Anita Malan
Top Veteran and Most Consistent Rider:  Leon Olivier
Most Consistent Female:  Petra Van Huyssteen
Top Tandem Couple:  Hans and Monique Scheffer
Achievement Award:  Ben Swart
Spirit Trophy:  Rynard Van Hoven
Chairman’s Trophy:  Hans and Monique Scheffer



Awards Year End

Most improved rider: Christiaan Scriba
Mountain biker of the year: Rynard Van Hoven 
Best female rider: Lise Olivier
Best Veteran cyclists of the year: Leon Olivier
Fastest Rider: Adam Reyneke
Best tandem pair: Richard and Heidi Siebert
Chairmans Award: Cloete Murray


Three friends tackle the Baviaanskloof by Philip Herselman


TOM SIMPSON [click to open, click again to close]

Tom Simpson (30 November 1937–13 July 1967) was an English road racing cyclist who died of exhaustion on the slopes of Mont Ventoux during the 13th stage of the Tour de France in 1967. The post mortem found that he had taken amphetamines and alcohol, a diuretic combination which proved fatal when combined with the heat, the hard climb of the Ventoux and a stomach complaint.
At the start of the 1967 Tour de France, Simpson was optimistic he could make an impact. After the first week he was sixth, but a stomach bug began to affect his form, and he lost time in a stage including the Col du Galibier. In Marseille, at the start of stage 13 on Thursday 13th July, he was still suffering as the race headed into Provence on a hot day, and was seen to drink brandy during the early parts of the stage. In those years, Tour organizers limited each rider to four bottles (bidons) of water, about two litres - the effects of dehydration being poorly understood. During races, riders raided roadside bars for drinks, and filled their bottles from fountains.
The day started hot. The Tour doctor, Pierre Dumas, took a stroll at dawn. Near his hotel, the Noaille at Cannebière, he met other race followers at 6:30am. "If the riders take something today, we'll have a death on our hands," he said.
Pierre Chany wrote:
The race was quiet until the foot of the sugar-loaf [colloquial name for Mont Ventoux] where Julio Jimenez attacked, checked by Raymond Poulidor. The heat was torrid, 45C in the shade on this eve of July 14. The followers were bare-chested or in short sleeves and the climb looked like being extremely painful. The Ventoux is 21km of stone slopes, a ramp hors mesure with no shade in its last section or even before it. Behind Jimenez and Poulidor, a group formed around Roger Pingeon, Felice Gimondi Balmanion and Jan Janssen, a group from which Simpson disappeared, suddenly weak, dropping back to a second group led by Lucien Aimar, Desire Letort and Noël van Clooster.
Aimar said: "I came back up to him after having punctured. Van Springel and Letort were with us. The heat was suffocating. I offered him a drink but he didn't hear me. He had a totally empty look, and the extraordinary thing was that he tried to jump me! [il me flinguait la gueule!] He took 250 metres out of me. I said to him: 'Tom, don't play the bloody fool!' [Tom,Fais pas le con!] But he didn't respond. A moment later, he was on my back wheel. I heard a cry, I didn't see him fall.”
Chany continued:
Three kilometres from the summit, in a landscape of stone, where the mountain becomes most arid, the Briton began to wobble. The drama was imminent and it came a kilometre further on. Simpson climbed in slow motion, his face blank, his head tilted towards his right shoulder in his familiar manner. He was at the end of his strength. He fell a first time. Spectators went to him, putting him back in the saddle and pushing him. He went another 300m, helped by unknown arms, then fell again. This time, nobody tried to pull him upright: he had lost consciousness.
His team manager, Alec Taylor, said in Cycling that after the first fall he feared for Simpson less for the way he was going up the mountain than for the way he would go down the other side. The rushing air would revive him but Taylor feared that Simpson, whom he described as a madcap descender, would overdo things and crash. The team mechanic, Harry Hall, said he worried the moment Simpson started to zigzag. "He was riding like an amateur then, going from one side of the road to the other [to lessen the gradient] and sometimes he went dangerously close to the edge of the road. And there's no barrier there. Once you go over, you go over." He tried to persuade Simpson to stop when he fell, saying "That's it for you, Tom." "But he said he wanted to go on. He said 'My straps, Harry, my straps!' Meaning that his toe-straps were still undone. So we got him upright and we pushed him off again."
When he fell again, his hands were locked to the handlebars. Hall shouted for the other mechanic, Ken Ryall, to prise them loose and the pair laid Simpson beside the road. A motorcycle policeman summoned Pierre Dumas, who took over team officials' first attempts at saving Simpson, including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Dumas massaged Simpson's heart and gave him oxygen and an injection. Dumas found that Simpson was not breathing even in an oxygen mask. He, his deputy Macorig and nurse, took turns massaging his heart and giving mouth-to-mouth. A police helicopter took Simpson to the St-Marthe hospital at Avignon but Simpson was declared dead soon after arrival. Two tubes of amphetamines and a further empty tube were found in the rear pocket of his racing jersey. The official time of death was 5:30pm, the verdict that he had died of a heart attack.
Dumas refused to sign a burial certificate and a poisons expert from Marseille was commissioned to conduct an autopsy. It confirmed five days later that Simpson had traces of amphetamine in his body.
Simpson's last words, as remembered by the team mechanic, Harry Hall (d. 2007), and by Alec Taylor (d. 1997), were "Go on, go on!" The words "Put me back on my bike!" were invented by Sid Saltmarsh, covering the event for The Sun and Cycling, who was not there at the time and in a reception black spot for live accounts on Radio Tour.

The origin of the phrase is in Saltmarsh's report in Cycling.

Yellow Jersey for RUDY PROJECT at the TRANSALP 2009... [click to open, click again to close]

The 12th Jeantex Bike Transalp, the fascinating mountain bike race over the Alps by teams of two, ended with the triumph of two Rudy Project devotees, the young champions Lukas Buchli and Thomas Stoll.

The two Swiss bikers bested the 550 competing couples (1100 competitors from 40 nations) who were biking to win up to the last kilometer, engaging in an exciting battle.
Buchli and Stoll won first place in the overall rankings, completing the race in 23 h 42 min 28 sec. The race included 8 grueling legs, for a total of 528 kilometers of track and 18,808 meters of elevation. A fascinating path through the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites, starting in Bavaria, Germany and arriving in Italy on Lake Garda.

In order to better concentrate on the competition and focus on the yellow jersey of mountain biking, the Swiss pair entrusted Rudy Project with the protection of their eyes by wearing Exowind eyewear.
Arising from valued partnerships with the greatest names in international cycling, Exowind sunglasses are distinguished by the application of the latest technology and the comfort of their fit. Also valued is the support provided in competition by Rudy Project’s ImpactX photochromatic and indestructible lenses, suitable to wear for many hours at any time of day, under any weather and light conditions, ensuring protection and excellent optical quality.

Giant Anthem X1 – Voted Bike of the Year 2009 [click to open, click again to close]

The “WHAT Mountain Bike Magazine” test team went out and tested 127 bikes to their limits and whittled them down to a shortlist of 12 – but only 1 reigned supreme…

In short here’s what they said:

1st: Giant Anthem X1

The lightest, fastest and most speed-hungry bike here, it wins the top crown for its cross-category capabilities and unabashed enthusiasm for speed at a price that looks like a misprint. A bike for World Cup cross country racing as well as an all-day adventure trail rider.

2nd Lapierre Zesty 314

The Zesty’s perfectly balanced geometry, long top tube and stable suspension make for a truly dynamic and exciting ride.

3rd Boardman Comp FS

The Comp FS deserves its place on the podium for consistently exceeding all expectations of what a bike is capable of doing for this price.

The team who designed and built the Giant Anthem X1

Director of Product Development – Dennis Lane – The “Big Cheese” oversaw the whole project, and rode the very first prototype.

Global Category Manager, MTB – Kevin Dana – The powerhouse responsible for developing the genre-busting geometry of the Anthem X, worked closely with cross-country racer Adam Craig to fine tune the nuts and bolts of the bike.

Industrial Designer – Erik Klemm –The aluminium artist tasked with making Giant’s bicycles look as good as they ride, smoothed out the rough edges and made the whole thing look gorgeous.

Frame evolution

The most obvious change between the original Anthem frame and the X is the new, vertical shock mounting position with shared ‘co-pivot’ at the bottom. Previously, the original Anthem had the shorter stroke shock mounted on the down tube.


"Don’t weight another moment to get on your bike it’s not worth the waist"



The Giro was inspired by the Tour de France and, just as the French race was intended to boost circulation of L’Auto, so Emilio Camillo Costamagna, the editor of La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, aimed to increase his circulation. The first Giro d'Italia started on May 13, 1909 at Milan with eight stages totalling 2,448 kilometres (1,521 miles). Luigi Ganna was the first winner.


Whereas the overall leader of the Tour de France is awarded a yellow jersey (originally to correspond with L'Auto 's yellow pages), since 1931 the overall leader in the Giro sports the maglia rosa (pink jersey), which corresponds with newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport 's pink newsprint. The “King of the Mountains” wears the maglia verde (green jersey). The leader of the points classification wears the maglia ciclamino (mauve jersey), the best young rider wears the maglia bianca (white jersey).

Italian Felice Gimondi holds the record for the most podium finishes: nine in total, consisting of three victories, two second places and four third place finishes