Bestmed Capital Classic

Our first “big” race for Pretoria in a while.

A coldish Autumn morning saw us line up for the start of the Bestmed Capital Classic.  The route was fairly boring heading out on the N14 highway towards Krugersdorp and back.

In the end everyone enjoyed a day out on the bike.  Andre finished an impressive 16th overall, coming in with the main Elite bunch in a time of 2:20

Philip and Jaco Engelbrecht finished in the Vets bunch with Philip getting 5th (2:28) and Jaco  18th (2:33)

Ronet and Renate raced Ladies for the day.
Congratulations to Ronet getting 8th overall in a time of 2:54
Renate finished 19th in a time of 3:09

Jaco and Ilé took on the tandem.  Great result for them with 3rd mixed tandem!

Well done to all!!!!!

Race results:
http://racetec.co.za/profile/my-events/

Race photos:
http://www.cyclenation.co.za/gallery/886-bestmed-capital-classic-presented-by-asg

Race webpage:
http://www.capitalclassic.co.za/

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2015

So 2015 is a go!!

We welcome Energas and Kamoeba to the TCS family.  Pretty awesome to see companies still supporting cycling and we appreciate it very much that TCS is your choice.

So SA champs happened as well as Fast One and Ride for Sight.
With SA’s, TCS got a new road champ as well as the TT champ for ladies 60-64.
Well done Ilna Lemmer!!  We are very proud of you!
Philip Fourie got a third place in the TT Vets 35-39.  Also very well done.

Ride for Sight saw good results with Andre and Dewalt finishing in the main bunch (Elites) and Philip getting a top 10 finish in the Vets cat.

Racing this weekend will resume with Carnival City as well as Sabie MTB challenge.
Good luck everyone!!!

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Big Podium weekend for the boys and girls in blue!

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This past weekend TCS scored a perfect 1, 2 at the Vortex race just North of Pretoria.
Philip, Ian, Andre and Peet compete in the Elite category over a distance of 112km. With a hard finish and loads of climbing this was never going to be easy.

30km into the race, Peet used the gutter to put the bunch in serious difficulty after which the remaining 3 TCS Blue Pencil Columbia boys threw a blistering attack. The plan succeeded together with 2 Cyclelab riders, Andrew Stockwell and Issy Zimmerman.
With 10km to go it was Philip that got away and Ian finished off with a good second place, Issy was third.
Well done guys!

Then on the MTB front:
Our own African Champ and silver medallist at World Cross Country, Brand du Plessis, managed a 4th overall in this weekends 5th and final leg of the Nissan Series. He also won his age cat (see pictures). Brand is a true ambassador of pain! Congrats!
Mia was the only Mountain Biker competing on Sunday at the Leverage Corporate Charity event held at Monaghan Farms close to Lanseria. Her team won the mix cat on the day and took the series win. Awesome result Mia!!
And then, last but not the least. Lee-zaan Henrichsen managed a 2nd at the World Championship Time Trial event held in Pietermaritzburg, after her bike broke as well. Stunning result! Huge congratulations to her!

This weekend will be Rooiwal and then final big race for the year, the 94.7.

Good luck to all!!!

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GO TCS!! What happened this weekend….

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The TCS Blue Pencil Columbia team was quite busy this weekend. Jaco and Alexander started the PE to Plet MTB race. First stage they finished 2nd overall! Well done.
A lot of guys and girls competed at Van Gaalens. One of SA’s toughest races!
Lots of training rides also happening and the blue was seen all across the land. Nice to see summer is finally kicking in and the miles on the bikes are being stacked up!

Good luck for the week! Keep the rubber side down.

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Vortex challenge

What could possibly be better than cycling in the bushveld on a nippy autumn morning?
With a nice late (8am) start, we all set off to the wild mall of the North, just 40km out of Pretoria. The sun was shining and the conversation started happening on the social media forums. The racing boys were eager to WIN!
We set off and it was immediately a cat and mouse game between the two big teams of the day, TCS Blue Pencil Columbia and Finishline Cycles and Finishline, a Johannesburg based team had brought a full Elite team to the race to stretch those winter legs.
Henning (TCS Blue Pencil Columbia) was the aggressor in the first 10km and it paid off when he got away with one of the Finishline guys, forming the main break for the day.
We managed to get Ian (TCS Blue Pencil Columbia) across to Henning in order to have better odds at winning the race.

With the main break decided for the day, TCS Blue Pencil Columbia decided to give the front guys enough of a gap before “playing around” in the second bunch.
We soon realised the Finishline cyclist had dropped from the front group and that meant 3rd place was up for grabs……An all TCS Blue Pencil Columbia podium was imminent.

The remaining TCS Blue Pencil Columbia riders in the bunch, Philip, Henru and Pieter, started attacking one after the other until the main peloton consisted of only 6 riders. From there we kept the pace and 20km from the finish it was crunch time.
Philip, (TCS Blue Pencil Columbia) upped the pace and went solo to try and give Henro an easy path to the finish line.
Henro waited patiently behind the Finishline rider that had to try close the gap to Philip and when the two eventually caught him, Henro attacked and took a well-deserved 3rd place, giving TCS Blue Pencil Columbia a 1-2-3 for the day.

Back in the ladies group, Leezaan fought her way to a second place in the Ladies category.

All in all it looks like TCS Blue Pencil Columbia is fit and ready for the summer classics approaching.

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