Q4 2015

So the final part of 2015 is upon us.  The summer classic road races are in full swing.

Good luck to all competing in events like Dome to Dome, Race for Victory, Telkom satellite challenge, Amasova, 94.7, Hakahana, Cullinan etc.
Enjoy it and keep the rubber side up!!!

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Tour de Maurice

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Just a short mention of the TCS team that did so incredibly well in Mauritius.

Willie took the yellow and blue jersey.  Barend won red jersey.
We won 2 stages.  Mornay got a second place on a stage.
And TCS took the best team classification for the tour.

Very well done!!!!!!

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Panorama 2015

So I returned to the Panorama after an absence of 8 years.

The event surely has grown.  I can still remember the great vibe back then and this also was still present in 2015.

What makes the Lowveld so amazing and unforgiving is the fact that there are not flat roads.  You are either going up or you are going down.
The 2015 tour was no exception. We totalled over 5000m accent over the 4 days!

The racing up front for the top 5 positions was pretty intense from what I understood.  Only on the last day the battle was won by Nico Bell and his partner.  A very well deserved win and breaking the TT course record to boot!  Just WOW!
As part of the “fun-rider” squat we had a look at our watts for direction and we kept the Norm Power at 341 for the hour.  Total time was 1:02:43.  Nico and partner rode no less than 5 minutes into us.  That is DAYLIGHT right there.  Huge congrats to them.

Jaco from TCS took a well deserved win in the Sub-Vets category.  Well done!

To all who finished, a big congratulations all around.

So with this we enter the final month of    Autumn.  The mornings are getting darker and colder.
Be safe out there and enjoy every pedal!

 

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Crunch time

So the last “Big” race of 2013 is around the corner. 3 weeks and counting.
Last minute kilos and chaos.

Good luck to all and hang in there. All will be worth it in the end. I think.

This is what I did yesterday.
5 x hill repeats at 350w avg – 8min per hill.

Hills

Jakaranda Satellite Challenge

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Early morning on a Saturday…..what else could we do but to race ANY local race on the calendar. This time around it was the Bestmed Jakaranda Satellite Challenge over a distance of 106km. The infamous Hekpoort lurking just 15km from the finish.

The Elites got away at 6am. Henning had a puncture and was out of contention for the overall win which left Jaco and Ian to do some racing on the front end. Both finishing in a remarkable time of 2:37.

In the Vets bunch Philip tried his best to tame the ever competitive Demacon and Bishops teams but it was a surprise solo break of Shaun Mackenzie on Hekpoort that stayed away to take the win. Philip was 5th finishing in a time of 2:44

Leezaan competed in the Elite ladies cat with the main focus of getting some decent training in for the upcoming worlds qualifier race in Pietermaritzburg. An-li took the win for the Bestmed ladies team with Leezaan finishing safely in the bunch with a time of 3:08 giving her 9th overall.

Mia and Johan and Dewalt competed in the open A bunch all finishing with good times.

Good luck to all for the week that is upon us. Keep the rubber side down!

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Closer to the end…..

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So 2013 is slowly but surely creeping to a close. There are but a few big races left, Satellite challenge, OFM and 94.7.

Good luck to everyone doing the Satellite this weekend. Hekpoort is NEVER easy!

Then….

Congrats Ian for finishing 5th overall in the Berg and Bush this past weekend. Awesome result!
Not only that but TCS Blue Pencil Columbia had riders at Crater Cruse, Berg and Bush, Amashova and Voriberg races this past weekend…..nice seeing everyone out and about and wearing the BLUE load and proud.

Keep the rubber side down!!

Track SA’s 2013 – Ilze Bole

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I don’t normally write race reports, but having recently raced the SA track champs I just need to do a short write up to share my experience and maybe just a bit of my passion as well.

First up for me was the points race. This is my personal favourite and always guaranteed to be exiting. 15kms with 6 sprints in which to gain points. Rider with the most points win. Sounds like fun hey? We were a very small field that took to the track, but with Lynette Burger and Maroesjka Matthee in the mix it was never going to be easy. My normal tactic is to break away and lap the field, earning a bonus 20 points in the process. However this wasn’t going to happen as Tannah chased down every attack for teammate Maroesjka. So it was sit in the bunch and SPRINT. In the end Maroesjka took a clear victory on 28 points, Lynette was second on 16 and surprising myself I claimed third on 14.

The next morning it was time to race against the clock in the 3km pursuit. Now anyone who has tested themselves against the clock knows that this is pure agony. The tactic is simple, start of steady and build. Well that’s the theory. For once it all came together. In a good pursuit you find yourself in this bubble and it’s just you and the bike and nothing else matters and I found my bubble. A smooth easy start, with steady early laps building it up and up and up. My 4:20 was my seasons’ best and good enough for second on the day.

It felt like I had barely caught my breath when we were called to the line for the 10km scratch race. Once again it was going to be a four horse race with no-one giving an inch. We all attempted an attack, but nobody made an impact. So it was fasten your seatbelts for the gallop to the line. Tannah led us out but with half a lap to go Maroesjka blew past her. Tannah managed to hang on for second and I sneaked past Lynette just before the line to take third.

Saturday morning saw us back on the track for a quick 500m. This is once again against the clock. Now this is more a sprint event, but having practiced so many starts for the pursuit I knew that even though I am no track sprinter I do have the technique and in this race that is 50% right there. So off I went and off and off. I just couldn’t get the gear rolling. My legs screamed at me the entire way. So it was a quick cool down and off home to rest up for the next day. Lounging around at home I received a phone call to say that medal presentation is about to start and believe it or not I had to be present. So of
I rushed to the track to hear that I clinched silver! Best ride ever.

Sunday morning arrived too early with genuine relieve amongst the elite ladies that this was to be the last day. First up Keirin. A motorbike paces us for 5.5 laps picking up the speed gradually then swings off and racing is on for the last 2.5 laps. Fast and furious. Except I wasn’t so fast and had no fury left in my legs. But here lies the beauty of track racing for me. Not even an hour later I had the opportunity to redeem myself in the 1500m. All through the race I positioned myself better and when the final kick came took an inside gap to fight to the line. I finished third but ecstatic because it was hard aggressive racing.

My medal tally reads 2 silver and 3 bronze. I will admit that they were just thrown into a box at the bottom of my cupboard, but my heart is singing because I got to race my bike.